It’s electriFYING!

Posted in News on October 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

FallEnergy_feature How does electricity really work? Let’s explore with Snap Circuits! Together we’ll build things that buzz, light up, and spin. Hear from Avista electrical engineers about their fascinating jobs as they join in the circuit-building fun. For kids ages 8–14. Space is limited. Airway Heights | Saturday, Nov 21, 2–3:30pm Argonne | Thursday, Nov […]

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Pluto: The little dwarf planet that could

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on October 1, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Pluto By David Wyatt Nerd that I am, anytime NASA, SpaceX, Planetary Resources, or any other space exploration organization makes it into the news I am glued to my news feed. The New Horizons mission to Pluto is no exception, and it has been an active year for our favorite little ex-planet. Launched almost a decade ago, […]

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Astronomy for Everyone: Exploring the size and scale of the universe

Posted in News on September 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Astronomy Who better to star gaze with than a NASA astronomer? Award-winning astronomer and NASA consultant Kevin Manning shares his passion for outer space. Discover more about the size and scale of the universe, the stars, and other celestial wonders using hands-on activities and visuals. Evening presentations followed by outdoor stargazing (weathe […]

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Written in the stars

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on July 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Stars By Jane Baker The old lawn chair isn’t comfortable. My legs always stick to it when I wear shorts and it tilts to the left. But on this unusually warm Fourth of July evening, just minutes before the grand fireworks were about to begin, I was able to lean back and gaze up to a sky full of […]

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The Educational Merits of Minecraft

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Parents and Teachers, Prime Time, Teens on January 8, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Minecraft By Brian Vander Veen At the North Spokane Library, where I mainly work, it’s rare that anyone has to wait more than ten or twenty minutes for a free computer, if they have to wait at all. But sometimes our computers do get full, and I’ve more than once heard adult members grumble about the […]

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Let There Be Legos

Posted in kids on December 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

Kids_Feature_LegoBuild Mix fun and learning by spending a Saturday creating engineering feats at the library! SCLD is hosting a series of day-long Lego Build Days, one at each library throughout 2014 and 2015. The library will provide thousands (current count is roughly 47,000 270+ pounds which is about 150,000 pieces!) of Lego pieces for kids and […]

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From The Director…

Posted in News on December 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

primary school science experiment In December I had the pleasure of attending the Washington STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Summit held at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond. Over 350 caring people came together to learn how we can prepare young people for careers requiring science and math proficiencies. The Boston Consulting Group presented a study show […]

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From the Director…

Posted in News on July 14, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_NancyLedeboer Trent, my grandson, just turned five, and his mother is wondering if he’ll be ready for Kindergarten in September. When I read the Ready, Set, Kindergarten! blog by our librarian Rachel Edmondson, I knew I needed to share it with her. I hope my daughter finds comfort in knowing that other parents are concerned about […]

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Science at Home

Posted in kids on May 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

Kids_Feature_ScienceHome by Kristy B. If you find yourself stuck inside, why not pass the time with some fun science experiments? There are lots of great websites with fun ideas. On PBS Kids, you can learn how make a container that will keep an egg from breaking, even when it is dropped from 10 feet! On Science […]

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Scratch That

Posted in kids on May 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

Kids_Feature_Scratch by Cindy U. Have you ever thought about being a computer programmer or computer animator? Check out Scratch and learn to make your own games, mini-movies, and interactive stories. Scratch is a free drag-and-drop programming language created by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) especially for kids. No need to write complicated code, just f […]

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