Author: Gwendolyn Haley

Library of Things Returns with New Things & an Easy Reservation System

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on June 15, 2022 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Did you know you can check out a telescope, Instant Pot, educational toys, tools, and electronic equipment from the library? We’ve been adding more and more non-book items to our collection to help you learn, work, create, and thrive. As the Library of Things collection continues to grow, you’ll find interesting new […]

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Read Beyond the Beaten Path: Track Your Summer Reading for a Chance to Win a Prize

Posted in News on May 31, 2022 at 6:00 am

Illustration of kids in a canoe with oars in the water, a red bird flying in the sky, and a boy reading a book under a tree on land This summer, reading offers you a chance to win prizes! The benefits of reading also include such things as sleeping better, reducing stress, increasing general knowledge, helping concentration, improving empathy, and improving literacy. Plus, reading is a great for free entertainment. Our summer reading challenge for 2022 includes reading books fr […]

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Earth Week Celebration & Exploration of Plants, Animals & Insects for All Ages

Posted in Explore and Discover on March 16, 2022 at 6:00 am

by Gwendolyn Haley Earth Week is the perfect time to get outside and explore while also learning about the importance of conservation and biodiversity. We’ve planned a week of activities for you! BioBlitz 2022 A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species of plants, animals, and insects as possible […]

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Winter Reading Challenge: 20 Minutes a Day for a Better You, Better World

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on December 14, 2021 at 6:00 am

And for the month of January, you’ll have access to selected eBooks from Lerner Publishing, available exclusively through the #WinterRead2022 challenge. That means you will have instant access with no holds, wait times, or borrowing limits. These titles help readers of all ages explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature. You can ex […]

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School Is In: Helpful Digital Resources for Research, Studying & Homework

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on November 19, 2021 at 6:00 am

Now that school is in full swing, homework assignments for many students have started in earnest. Whatever the age of the student, and whether it’s you or someone in your household, we have some great digital resources to help get you through the school year. […]

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Author Lisa Napoli Event Focuses on Pivotal Figures in News Media History

Posted in News on July 14, 2021 at 6:00 am

BY GWENDOLYN HALEY I’m thrilled to share that journalist and author Lisa Napoli will be with us in a virtual visit on Thursday, August 5, at 6:30pm, presented with media partner Spokane Public Radio. The 24-Hour News Cycle & How It Created a World of News Junkies In this online program with Lisa Napoli, you […]

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2021 Discover Passes available for curbside pickup

Posted in News on February 25, 2021 at 4:30 am

Discover Passes Available For Checkout BY GWENDOLYN HALEY We have good news for all who enjoy nature and the outdoors! The 2021 Check Out Washington Discover Passes have arrived at the library. You can explore millions of acres of state parks and public lands. The Check Out Washington backpack includes binoculars, field guides, other interpretive materials, and a special Discover […]

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New STEM Explorer Kits offer hands-on activities for students in grades K–5

Posted in News on February 22, 2021 at 6:00 am

Stem Explorer Kits Now Available BY GWENDOLYN HALEY You may have already checked out the Ready for School with STEM kits for younger children (ages 3–5) from the library. Or perhaps you’ve borrowed our Snap Circuits set for elementary school students. We have heard positive reviews from library customers for both of these kits. In response, we are pleased to […]

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’Tis the season for streaming holiday music from hoopla

Posted in Explore and Discover on December 2, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley It’s a contentious and potentially divisive subject: When does the Christmas and holiday music season start? Is it okay to play holiday music before Thanksgiving? Before Halloween? In July!? Personally, I find that my preference for holiday music depends upon the year. Sometimes I am fully ready to dive in as soon […]

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Discussing difficult topics with children

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on March 11, 2020 at 6:00 am

father and daughter talking, with dog in park By Gwendolyn Haley I have found that parenting includes the need to have difficult conversations with children. My family recently lost a beloved dog, Pepe, who had been with us for over 14 years. He was an old dog and spent more and more of his time resting and sleeping. So while we were prepared […]

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