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1000 Books Before Kindergarten programs foster early literacy skills

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on September 24, 2020 at 6:00 am

By MARY ELLEN BRAKS We’re starting a new online reading challenge for parents and caregivers of young children in October. You can track the books you’re reading as your child grows! The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is designed to foster early literacy skills during the time period in a child’s development where the brain […]

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15 trivia questions for Banned Books Week

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 23, 2020 at 6:00 am

BY ABRA COLE Banned Books Week is next week, September 27–October 3. So, usually at this time of year, I would be working on a banned books display for the Teens section at the Spokane Valley Library. It is one of my most favorite displays to put together, not just because it is such an […]

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Dive past Schoolhouse Rock! into this Learning Circle course

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 17, 2020 at 6:00 am

BY DANA MANNINO If I asked you what you know about the constitution, would you start humming a Schoolhouse Rock! song? Would you then blush and realize that the School House Rock song is pretty much everything you know about the constitution? If so, blush no longer! The library has a learning opportunity especially for […]

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Are you up for a reading challenge?

Posted in News on September 15, 2020 at 6:00 am

The online reading challenge has begun for the Spokane Is Reading Diverse Voices booklist. As a co-sponsor of Spokane Is Reading, we always look forward to the annual book selection and author visit in the fall. So when Spokane Is Reading had to switch gears to do something different for 2020, we couldn’t be more […]

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Not too young to talk about race and social justice: Library programs and other resources for starting the discussion

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers, Teens on September 10, 2020 at 6:00 am

BY MOLLY MOORE In the video and slide presentation How Kids Learn About Race put together by EmbraceRace, they show that children learn about race from a variety of sources. This means that, whether we are prepared to discuss race or not, children of all ages are receiving messages from everywhere around them. Children, even […]

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Now available: Family Museum Passes for the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Posted in News on September 8, 2020 at 6:00 am

They’re back! You can once again reserve a Family Museum Pass for the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture! Here’s a quick recap of how a Family Museum Pass works: Provides admission for up to 2 adults and 4 children Reserve a Pass online up to 30 days in advance Print your confirmation to gain […]

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Online classes for freezer meals & Instant Pot cooking

Posted in News on September 3, 2020 at 6:00 am

The popular meal preparation and cooking programs presented by Meegan Ware are back—this time online! These classes are for adults. Registration is required and closes at 5pm the day before each program. You’ll need an email to receive the login information. Be sure to sign up before they fill up! Easy & Healthy Freezer Meals […]

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Homeschool Information Session offers insights into this at-home learning option

Posted in News on September 3, 2020 at 5:00 am

BY DANA MANNINO Parents are making difficult choices about how their children will learn this year. Among these choices, many parents are considering homeschooling for the first time. If this is one of the options you are weighing, it can helpful to get an inside look from an expert. The Library District is offering a […]

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Refresh your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution & check your voter registration status

Posted in News on September 2, 2020 at 6:00 am

Our latest Learning Circle focuses on the U.S. Constitution and its interpretation by the judicial branch of our government. Learning Circles are great for people who want to take a free online class and learn together with others in a study group. You’re invited to join this Learning Circle to learn more about key constitutional […]

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Starting the conversation: Helping you discuss race inequity

Posted in News on September 1, 2020 at 6:00 am

“It’s hard to know where to start the conversation about race with young children. After all, these conversations aren’t easy for most adults,” writes Sheri Boggs, youth collection development librarian, in a recent blog post. To help parents, grandparents, caregivers, and all adults who work with children, we’re offering a program that d […]

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