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Preschoolers get ready for school with STEM kits from the library

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on June 20, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Mary Ellen Braks Keep your preschoolers busy this summer with hands-on activities that encourage playful learning while exploring STEM concepts and reading. Preschoolers will find lots to discover with their parents and caregivers, using our new Ready for School with STEM kits. Spokane County Library District in partnership with the Inland North […]

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The dog days of summer

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on June 19, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs The hot, sticky afternoons of late July through August are typically called “the dog days of summer.” It’s that time when the only thing that sounds good for dinner is gazpacho, and even grownups without kids consider a visit to the neighborhood swimming pool. To the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, the dog […]

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High School 21+, GED, and ESL classes taught by Spokane Community College faculty at the library

Posted in Business and Careers, News on June 14, 2018 at 6:00 am

HIGH SCHOOL 21+ Turn your life experience into credits toward a high school diploma with High School 21+, a program that recognizes life skills and competency in addition to classroom time and tests. Another benefit of the program is that much of the coursework can be done online, with support and advising from a Spokane […]

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Pounce-worthy feline books

Posted in Explore and Discover on June 13, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Dana Mannino Need a great book for a cat lover? You might naturally gravitate towards heartwarming nonfiction works like Dewey and Strays, or others that include fictional cats. But have you considered a picture book? The cat lover in your life may have aged out of the target demographic for picture books years ago, […]

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Community is the heart of the library: Share your voice

Posted in News on June 12, 2018 at 6:00 am

The Library District wants to hear from you. We want to know what your hopes for the future of our community are. What kind of community do you want to live in? Your ideas and vision for the future will help guide us in creating the Library District’s Community Engagement Plan. Here’s how it works: […]

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Young adult booklist for Pride Month

Posted in Parents and Teachers, Teens on June 11, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Caitlin Wheeler As I wrote about in a previous blog that spotlighted children’s books, June is LGBTQ Pride Month. You can learn more about Pride Month and LGBTQ representation in that post. Here, I’m recommending some great young adult (YA) literature with LGBTQ representation, which has been on the rise for the last few […]

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Business Matters at the library: Free classes in marketing, open data, and writing your business plan

Posted in Business and Careers, News on June 8, 2018 at 6:00 am

Unlocking the Power of Open Data for Your Business Perform in-depth market research to gather information for your new product or customers. Maintain your competitiveness in your industry using open data. You can do all of this and more when you unlock the power of open data. In this two-part class, you will learn to […]

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Kids tackle exciting challenges to stay active this summer

Posted in News on June 7, 2018 at 6:00 am

Play Unplugged in Spokane Valley With Play Unplugged, kids have 42 ways to stay active throughout the summer, without constantly saying, “I’m bored.” So this summer, get up and moving, and plan fun, exciting challenges to earn Brag Badges! Each badge has points called “brags.” Parents can create rewards that their kids […]

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Create something “sew” amazing at The Lab

Posted in News on June 6, 2018 at 6:00 am

Weave new sewing projects into your life at our classes taught by instructors from local shop, Sew Uniquely You! You can also practice on our sewing machines (model: Elna eXplore 320), available during drop-in hours. Sewing at The Lab: Drop-in Hours Jun 23–Aug 11 Wednesdays, 6–8pm (closed July 4) Saturdays, 10am–1pm SEWING CLASSES AT THE […]

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Confession of a librarian mom: Reading and summer slide

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on June 5, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Last summer my family was busy with summer activities: camps, road trips, and camping vacations. We planned highly educational and enriching activities for our youngest daughter, but we did not make reading a high priority. When she started school in the fall, her teacher told me that she had definitely lost ground […]

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