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Exploration in September: Native Plants, Business Security, 3D Printing, LEGO, Medicare & Stories

Posted on August 23, 2022 at 6:00 am

Adults can explore adding native plants into their gardens, find out about their Medicare Open Enrollment needs, and drop in to see the 3D printer and The Studio at Spokane Valley.

Parents, grandparents, caregivers, and teachers get a sneak peek at the latest picture books and can learn ways to incorporate music, singing, and movement when reading with young children.

Business owners can learn best practices and technology for keeping their businesses secure.

Kids and families can stop by the library to build with LEGO bricks, try out a STEM activity, and hear new stories during storytime.

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For Adults

Master Gardeners Plant Clinic

Need assistance identifying a garden pest or determining why a plant is not thriving? The Master Gardeners can help with a wide variety of horticulture issues, including plant selection, installation, and maintenance; plant problem diagnosis and treatment; environmentally sound gardening practices; pest identification* and management; and effective landscaping practices. All ages

Presented by the Spokane Master Gardeners

*Due to limited space, please bring samples for pest identification in a 1-gallon plastic zipper bag or smaller. For additional information about preparing a sample for pest identification, contact Master Gardeners at 509.477.2181or by email at

Friday, Sep 1 & 15, 1–5pm

Lawn Gone: Native Plants & Xeriscape Gardens

Master Gardener Steve Nokes offers tips for replacing your lawn with native plants and other materials to save water and create a yard that looks beautiful and never needs to be mowed. Adults

Tuesday, Sep 6, 6:30–7:30pm

Thursday, Sep 22, 6:30–7:30pm

Medicare Open Enrollment Clinic

Medicare open enrollment for 2023 is just around the corner (October 15–December 7, 2022). In this free, unbiased presentation, a SHIBA volunteer shares information about Medicare Part D and Advantage plans, who is eligible, and what options available to you. We also cover what you can do during open enrollment; how to choose and change plans; what Medigaps are and how they work; what programs you qualify for to help pay for Medicare; and what Medicare fraud looks like so you can prevent it. Adults

This free, unbiased presentation is presented by ALTCEW and SHIBA.

Registration is required.

Thursday, Sep 22, 1–2pm | REGISTER

Monday, Sep 26, 1–2pm | REGISTER

3D Printing Drop-In Hours

Stop by to see the 3D printer in action near the first-floor service desk. Learn how to use Tinkercad software to create your 3D rendering. Get answers to your 3D printing questions.

Thursdays, 3–5pm

Drop-In Hours at The Studio

Stop by to familiarize yourself with The Studio and its available equipment and software. The space is equipped with two 4K video cameras, lighting, backdrops, microphones, one Nikon D3400 DSLR camera, and a ring light. The Studio is also home to computers loaded with editing software, which include Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Cloud, iMovie, Audacity, and GarageBand.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12–4pm

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For Small Businesses

Security Strategies for Small Business

Learn strategies for keeping your business secure, including best practices and technology tools you can use, with the help of a SCORE business mentor. Adults

Registration is required.

Thursday, Sep 15, 12–1:30pm | REGISTER

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For Parents, Teachers & Caregivers

STARS Training: Music & Early Learning

Music and reading play well together! Learn how music and singing help young children develop early literacy skills, such as phonological awareness and vocabulary. We will talk about the connections between music and math, explore musical books, and share songs that get kids singing, moving, and learning! Please note, this is a repeat of the class offered online in March 2022. 2 STARS credits. Adults

Registration is required.

Saturday, Sep 17, 10am–12pm | 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 share some book-inspired activities you can try with the children in your lives. Adults

View Picture Book Chat on our Facebook page.

If you miss this on Facebook, you can see it and previous episodes on our YouTube playlist.

Wednesday, Sep 21, 1–2pm

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For Kids & Families

LEGO Free Play

Imagine and build with LEGO! Keep your engineering and problem-solving skills sharp using the library’s abundance of LEGO bricks. All ages

Saturdays, Sep 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2–3pm

Tuesday, Sep 6, 13, 20 & 27, 4–5pm

Monday, Sep 12, 19 & 26, 3:30–4:30pm

STEM Activity: Catapults & Keva Planks

Engineer your own catapult while learning about simple machines and the concepts of force and motion. Lay siege to a Keva Plank tower with your catapult! How long can the tower remain standing!? Ages 8–12

Wednesday, Sep 14, 3:30–4:30pm

Family Storytimes

During this storytime, children will enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays that explore the concepts of literacy and STEAM. Ages 2–5 & their families

Space is limited for in-person storytimes and will be offered first come, first served, until capacity is reached.

Thursdays, Sep 1–29, 10:30–11:30am

Fridays, Sep 2–30, 10:30–11:30am

Tuesdays, Sep 6–27, 10:30–11:30am

Wednesdays, Sep 7–28, 10:30–11:30am

Online Storytime – Live

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

Registration is required for each session.

Thursdays, Sep 1–29, 6:30–7pm | REGISTER

Storytime Shorts

Storytime is a great way to help young children learn language and literacy skills that help them get ready for kindergarten. Ages 2–5 & their families

View our Storytime Shorts on our Facebook page.

If you miss any episodes, you watch them on our YouTube playlist.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10–10:30am

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