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15 fresh programs for April: Spring gardening, piggy banks, Nancy Drew & more

Posted on March 18, 2021 at 6:00 am

You’re bound to find a library program for you or someone you know this April.

Fresh for spring, Master Gardener Kurt Madison shares gardening tips, kids and adults can celebrate Earth Day with a BioBlitz (hint: it involves going to the park!), and adults can create spring-inspired art with Creativebug daily challenge.

If you have a different kind of green on your mind, we have programs to help you with your money. Kids of all ages and their families can paint piggy banks and play a spend and save money game. Small business owners and entrepreneurs can learn how to adjust their business plans to stay resilient in changing times. Adults can stop scammers in their tracks with tips on spotting Medicare and COVID-19 scams and fraud.

Nancy Drew turns 91 in April, so we’ve planned two programs, including a virtual escape room!

Nostalgia for the ’90s is in full swing during this month’s trivia.

Take a history walk during National Celebrate Diversity Month to celebrate Spokane’s diversity that includes sites and statues to remember, honor, and inform about some of the lesser known but important members of our community.

Parents, don’t miss Camp Read-a-Rama, Picture Book Chat, Science from Home, and Evening Storytime Online.

SMALL BUSINESSES

Small Business Resiliency Tools & Ideas: Guiding Through the Pandemic 

The pandemic has fundamentally changed the market that small businesses once knew. Because our past experiences and assumptions about customers, finances, and sales cycles no longer hold true, it is critical for small businesses to revisit their business models and make adjustments. SCORE mentor Ben Cabildo provides you with the guidance to adjust your business model and the community resources available to you to boost the resiliency of your business. Adults

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information. 

ONLINE
Thursday, Apr 22, 12–1:30pm | REGISTER

ADULTS

Sign Language Learning Circle

This five-week Learning Circle provides an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) and is intended for people with little or no prior training in ASL. The Learning Circle includes two parts: enrolling in an online course and meeting up online with other learners to practice what you’ve learned. You’ll watch course videos at your own pace to learn basic ASL vocabulary and grammar as well as a brief introduction to deaf culture and meet online once per week. A librarian facilitates the discussion as a fellow learner. Teens & Adults

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Thursday, Apr 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 7–8:30pm | CLASS IS FULL

Creativebug: Mixed Media Watercolor & Botanical Compositions

This Creativebug daily art practice includes 31 videos in which art instructor Kristy Rice imparts watercolor technique instruction as she works on a mixed media composition. Rice combines watercolors with flora, such as flowers, berries, and leaves, and photographs her compositions. In this challenge, you can collect flora to incorporate them into your watercolor still-life paintings to create art inspired by nature, the instructor’s compositions, and even your muse. Supplies will be available for pick up for registered participants. Adults

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to reserve supplies and receive interactive meeting login information.

Creativebug is only available to in-district library card holders and those with their own subscription. Check out the Creativebug daily art practice on their website.

ONLINE
Kick-off event: Tuesday, Apr 6, 11am–12pm | REGISTER FOR ALL
Mid-way meet up: Tuesday, Apr 20, 11am–12pm
Final celebration: Tuesday, May 11, 11am–12pm

Gardening Through the Seasons: Spring Emphasis

Master Gardener Kurt Madison shares information about basic yard care, spring cleanup, gardening preparation, and seed propagation. There will be time to “Ask a Master Gardener,” so be sure to bring your gardening questions with you. Adults

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Tuesday, Apr 6, 6–8pm | REGISTER

Trivia: ’90s TV Nostalgia, TGIF & Nickelodeon

Relive ’90s couch-potato time as we bring you behind-the-scenes stories and memories from the decade that invented commercial dial-up internet. Share your knowledge answering questions about ABC TV’s TGIF comedy lineup, including Full House, Boy Meets World, and Family Matters. From the days of getting slimed, we have questions and fun facts about Nickelodeon TV shows like Hey, Arnold!, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Rugrats, and Legends of the Hidden Temple. Baggy jeans, jelly shoes or combat boots, and butterfly hairclips encouraged but not required. Adults

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Friday, Apr 9, 7–8pm | REGISTER

Recognizing Scams & Fraud Related to Medicare & COVID-19

Learn about the different types of scams and fraud related to Medicare and COVID-19, so that you can avoid them. Adults

This information session is presented by SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisor), a consumer protection services group from the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, and SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) and is sponsored locally by Aging & Long-Term Care of Eastern Washington (ALTCEW). These organizations provide free, unbiased, and confidential help with Medicare and health care choices.

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Tuesday, Apr 13, 6–7pm | REGISTER

Picture Book Chat

Discover new picture books that children will enjoy with librarians Mary Ellen and Sheri as they chat about recently released titles in our collection. Hear and see what they like about these wonderful books for toddlers, preschoolers, and emergent readers. They also offer some book-inspired activities you can try with the children in your life! Adults

View Picture Book Chat on our Facebook page.  

ONLINE
Wednesday, April 21, 1–2 pm

ALL AGES

Spokane Area History Walk

During National Celebrate Diversity Month, you’re invited to celebrate Spokane’s diversity with a history walk that includes sites and statues to remember, honor, and inform about some of the lesser known but important members of our community. Learn about the stories and lives of some of the Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and women who helped make the Spokane area what it is today. Follow the walk through Spokane to imagine what life was like for them as they put down roots and propelled the region from being a small settlement to the thriving region it is today. All ages

Webpage and printable guide will be available April 15.

ONLINE & PRINTABLE
April 15–May 31 | CHECK FOR UPDATES

Piggy Bank Painting

Celebrate Money Smart Week by decorating a piggy bank to make it uniquely yours. You’ll also learn about deciding when to spend, give away, and save your hard-earned money during a “Spend or Save” activity! Supplies will be available for curbside pickup for registered participants. All ages

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Saturday, Apr 10 & 17, 2–3:30pm | REGISTER

Earth Day BioBlitz with iNaturalist

Celebrate Earth Day and biodiversity with a BioBlitz! Find and identify as many plants and animals as possible using the iNaturalist app in any of the following parks: Mirabeau Point Park in Spokane Valley, Sutton Park in Cheney, and Library Park in Deer Park. Record the birds in the sky, the insects by your feet, and the plants and trees all around! After a week of collecting information, we will meet to showcase what everyone has found in our community parks. Students and faculty from the Eastern Washington University Biology department will answer questions about the local plants and wildlife. All ages

To participate: Download the iNaturalist app (free: iOS and Android) to your device and explore one of the three community parks between April 15 and April 22. Use the iNaturalist app to record and take pictures of the plants and wildlife you find. Each park will have a project page in the iNaturalist app to collect observations and photographs of what you find.

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

LIBRARY PARK (DEER PARK), MIRABEAU POINT PARK (SPOKANE VALLEY), SUTTON PARK (CHENEY)
BioBlitz Observation Days: April 15–22

ONLINE
BioBlitz Meet-up: Saturday, Apr 24, 11am–12pm | REGISTER

The Mystery of Nancy Drew

Ninety-one years ago, a plucky detective stepped out from her powder blue roadster and into the hearts of readers. The brainchild of publisher Edward Stratemeyer, Nancy Drew proved that a strong heroine with style and bravery could win huge popularity. Claim your virtual front seat as historian Leslie Goddard, PhD, explores the history of everyone’s favorite “girl detective.” Who was Carolyn Keene, author of the series? Why did this young adult book series, more than any other, captivate generations of readers? All ages

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Wednesday, Apr 28, 6:30–7:30pm | REGISTER

TWEENS & TEENS

Sign Language Learning Circle

This five-week Learning Circle provides an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) and is intended for people with little or no prior training in ASL. The Learning Circle includes two parts: enrolling in an online course and meeting up online with other learners to practice what you’ve learned. You’ll watch course videos at your own pace to learn basic ASL vocabulary and grammar as well as a brief introduction to deaf culture and meet online once per week. A librarian facilitates the discussion as a fellow learner. Teens & Adults

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Thursday, Apr 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 7–8:30pm | CLASS IS FULL

Nancy Drew Virtual Escape Room

Help! Nancy Drew was in the midst of confronting her latest culprit—streaming social media influencer sensation Dinah Mite—when nefarious Dinah locked Nancy in the studio. Work collaboratively with a team to help Nancy find the keys to escape before Dinah gets away. Solve clues, complete puzzles, and have fun while rescuing one of literature’s most beloved heroines from a tricky situation. Tweens & Teens

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Wednesday, Apr 21, 7–8pm | REGISTER
Saturday, Apr 24, 1–2pm & 3–4pm | REGISTER

KIDS & FAMILIES

Camp Read-a-Rama: Spring 2021

Our online camp has themes based on books that spark the imagination, plus related camp activities, crafts, music, games, and more! Make reading part of your spring break and set yourself up for success. Camp materials will be available for pick up at select libraries for all registered participants. Grades 2–5

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

Registration closes on Monday, March 29, at 5pm for this program.

Note: The AM and PM sessions for the 4-day camp cover the same material. Please only register for only one session.

ONLINE
Monday–Thursday, Apr 5–8
AM session: 10–11:30am | REGISTER
PM session: 2–3:30pm | REGISTER

Online Evening Storytime

Children will have fun learning when we read stories, sing songs, and share fingerplays during this evening storytime. Ages 2–5 & their families

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Thursdays, Apr 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 6:30–7pm | REGISTER

Science from Home

Let’s see what we can do with science! Librarian Molly shares a science experiment with you each week that you can do at home with common household supplies. Ages 8+ & their families

You can view the live premiere of this program on our Facebook page.

ONLINE
Mondays, Apr 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2–2:20pm

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