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Picture books for frosty days

Posted in Parents and Teachers on January 2, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs Winter is just not my thing. I’m too clumsy to ski. It’s too cold to enjoy being outside. And I get too dispirited by the short days to remember to take my vitamin D. I pretty much just grit my teeth, put on my stupid tights (and gloves, and boots, and hat, […]

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At the library: GED and ESL classes taught by Spokane Community College faculty

Posted in News on December 28, 2017 at 6:00 am

GED & HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION CLASSES For teens & adults Spokane Community College Adult Education faculty work to create a supportive and inclusive environment in which student learning is the focus. Students receive instruction in math, science, social studies, writing, and more. Classes are tailored to the individual, allowing students to […]

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Tweens explore Extreme Science with Radical Rick: Tornadoes, vortexes, and gyroscopes

Posted in News on December 27, 2017 at 6:00 am

Anyone who thinks science is boring has never met Radical Rick or seen his Extreme Science video segments on KHQ.com. This winter, kids, grades 4 and up, can discover the forces that create tornadoes, vortexes, and gyroscopes in hands-on experiments when Radical Rick stops by our libraries. INSIGHTS ABOUT SCIENCE FROM RADICAL RICK Q: What […]

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Do you hygge? What it is and how to do it this winter

Posted in Explore and Discover on December 26, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole Do you hygge? Maybe you have no idea what I’m asking about. I didn’t either, until recently when I listened to the audiobook of Meik Wiking’s The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living. I highly recommend reading or listening to this book. The author himself does the reading for […]

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Trivia buffs take on the biggest realms of fandom at Spokane Valley Library

Posted in News on December 21, 2017 at 6:00 am

Do you follow the wisdom of Yoda and “always pass on what you have learned”? How many times have you read The Lord of the Rings books and and watched the movies? What’s your favorite Hermione quote? Is your rightful place on the Iron Throne of trivia? Then our adult trivia nights are for you! […]

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Everybody Counts: Donations help our most vulnerable population

Posted in News on December 19, 2017 at 6:00 am

Every January, the City of Spokane performs a community-wide, one-day count of the sheltered and unsheltered homeless population as part of the Everybody Counts Campaign. The city’s outreach team also distributes much needed supplies and items to this most vulnerable population in our community. In support of the Everybody Counts Donation Drive p […]

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Social-emotional picture books to help your kids get through the holidays

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

By Rachel Edmondson The holiday season is often fraught with emotions. Many adults find themselves stressed, excited, joyous, and sad—sometimes all in the same day! It’s helpful to remember that the children in our lives are often dealing with the same strong emotions. While having a vacation from school, receiving gifts, attending celebrations […]

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’Tis the Season for Mobile Devices

Posted in Explore and Discover on December 7, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Erin Dodge Whether you have a new mobile device or you’re loving your old one, you have access to free apps and resources with your library card. You can download popular books, movies, music, and more. Because all of the apps and digital resources are free, avid and casual readers, listeners, and watchers of […]

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Holiday Gifts for Expectant Mothers

Posted in Explore and Discover on December 5, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Stefani Miller “What do you want for Christmas?” I’ve never had trouble answering that question in the past. There’s always been a thing or two on my list. But as a newly expectant mother I find myself, for the first time, unable to answer. Before I became pregnant, I could ask for things that […]

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Big animals, big news: Connect with Washington wildlife at your local library

Posted in Explore and Discover on November 30, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Nathaniel Youmans 2017 has been quite a big year for Washington’s large wildlife. The gray wolf population in the northeast part of the state continues to rebound by an annual growth rate of nearly 30%, with the two newest established packs recognized in a Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife survey conducted late last […]

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