TAG: young learners

Fractured fairy tales: re-inventing imagined worlds

Posted in Explore and Discover on February 14, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to true love and finding happily-ever-after. Most of the time, life is not a fairy tale. Unless, of course, you’re reading the original fairy tales, which are darker and more gruesome than the Disneyesque versions. Sometimes real life feels a bit too similar […]

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Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash: You’re invited!

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on February 13, 2017 at 6:00 am

You are invited to be our very special guest as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at Spokane Valley Library. In honor of America’s favorite reading teacher, Dr. Seuss, we have planned “lots of good fun that is funny.” Listen to local celebrities read their favorite Seuss books. You’ll also be able to meet and take […]

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It’s the bee’s knees: learning about urban beekeeping

Posted in Explore and Discover on January 31, 2017 at 6:00 am

By David Wyatt “The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” ― Henry David Thoreau In the midst of February is probably not when most of us would be thinking of bees. However, it is an excellent time to plan for spring and think happy thoughts of the warmer seasons ahead. As part […]

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Kindergarten Kickoff 2017: getting ready for registration

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on January 12, 2017 at 6:00 am

Starting kindergarten can be exciting, fun, and a little scary. And that’s just for the parents. So what does being ready for kindergarten actually mean? Children need to have some basic skills so that they are ready to successfully learn and adapt to a kindergarten classroom environment. These skills include language, literacy, physical movement […]

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Engage: our new library event magazine

Posted in News on December 22, 2016 at 6:00 am

  Spokane County Library District introduces Engage, the new magazine packed with information about events, workshops, and programs at the library. You can pick up Engage at any of our 10 libraries or view it online. Just like all of our events and programs, the magazine is free. When you open the pages of Engage, […]

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Gift guide: kids books perfect for giving (and reading)

Posted in Explore and Discover on November 22, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs In looking over the thousands of books published in 2016, I have found that there’s no shortage of great gift ideas for the children and teens on your holiday list. A few high profile releases come out before or around Thanksgiving: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down and the newest […]

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Talking about preschool STEM

Posted in Parents and Teachers on November 1, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley STEM is a hot topic right now. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields are the fastest growing sector of the economy, and businesses in Washington state are among the leading employers in these fields. As a parent, I want to make sure that my daughters are aware of all the opportunities […]

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Pajama Storytime 2016

Posted in News on October 31, 2016 at 6:00 am

Hear local authors read their favorite picture books at a special pajama storytime! We’ll follow the usual format with 30 minutes of stories, fingerplays, and songs followed by a 30-minute play and learn session. Pajamas are encouraged but not required. All ages welcome. Ages 6 and under must bring an adult. AIRWAY HEIGHTS Saturday, Nov […]

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Early Literacy Skills workshops

Posted in News on October 14, 2016 at 6:00 am

For parents of preschool and early elementary students What are early literacy skills? Early literacy skills are what kids know about reading and writing before they actually read and write. Many of these skills develop naturally in children when parents, siblings, and caregivers spend time talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing with them. […]

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Bringing family together: picture books for older kids

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids on October 11, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Melanie Boerner Picture books are known for their 40 pages (or less) of illustrations and text that tell a story for young children. And most kids leave picture books behind when they enter higher elementary grades. But wait, don’t disregard picture book reads entirely for these grades! Authors and illustrators are penning picture books […]

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