Parents and Teachers

Block play and kindergarten readiness

Posted on June 20, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Mary Ellen Braks This article is second in a 2-part series. The first article is 7 stages of block play: Building and early learning. As a librarian my go-to choice for baby gifts has always been books. The more books you have around your house and the more you read to children, the more likely it is […]

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7 stages of block play: Building and early learning

Posted on June 16, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Mary Ellen Braks Blocks! Kids love them and parents love them. Most preschool classrooms and child care centers have blocks. Building programs seem to be everywhere. In fact, we’re having a week full of block and building activities at our storytimes this summer. You may be thinking, “Great! But why!?” My answer would be […]

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Build a Better World: Summer programs for kids and families

Posted on June 7, 2017 at 6:00 am

Build a Better World this summer at the library. Our lineup for summer is sure to bring smiles to kids of all ages. How could it not with magic shows, wild creatures, science experiments, musical performances, and puppets! All library events and programs are free and open to the public. Explore the many ways you […]

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KERNEL at the Fairwood Farmers’ Market: making nutrition and exercise fun and delicious

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson My family loves to go to farmers’ markets. We love fresh, local produce, and we find it’s even more appealing when you are face to face with the people who grew it. Of course, farmers’ markets have a lot more than just produce—artisan foods, fresh meat, crafts, and brews—something for everyone. Last […]

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Summer Storytimes: mash-ups, meals, and parks

Posted on June 2, 2017 at 6:00 am

STORYTIME MASH-UPS This summer we’re taking a few weeks to combine Storytimes with extra special topics. In June, Building is the theme to complement our Build a Better World Summer Reading programs. During these Storytimes, we’ll explore building activities after listening to a building-related stories. In July, the mash-up is STEM, which stan […]

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Online Summer Reading: tackle challenges, get badges, & earn your reading certificate

Posted on June 1, 2017 at 6:00 am

During summer break, the most important thing for kids is to keep reading, so they can start strong at school in the fall. Summer learning loss occurs when students take a prolonged break from school and lose the knowledge and skills they had at the start of summer, so that when they start back to […]

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Q&A with Magician Jeff Evans: magic and the Secrets of Wizards

Posted on May 25, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge Summer is a fantastical time at the library—a time to build reading muscles with imaginative and real life stories found on the bookshelves. Summer is also the time when kids and families can see, hear, and interact with magicians, musicians, puppets, and more. These summer programs are geared towards kids entering kindergarten […]

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Books to help kids with the idea of a new sibling

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Melanie Boerner After six years with our only child, my husband and I are expecting another in August. My son approached me the other day and asked, “Are you going to love the baby and stop loving me?” This, of course, broke my heart and had me, already a ball of hormones, in tears. […]

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Another world: Picture books about refugee and immigrant experiences

Posted on February 28, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs Imagine your home—the furniture, the walls, the books, the art, the smells, the landscape where you live. Imagine what it would be like if war came and things got so bad you had to leave. Imagine leaving your belongings and your pets, your friends and your neighborhood. Imagine traveling day and night, […]

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Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash: You’re invited!

Posted on February 13, 2017 at 6:00 am

You are invited to be our very special guest as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at Spokane Valley Library. In honor of America’s favorite reading teacher, Dr. Seuss, we have planned “lots of good fun that is funny.” Listen to local celebrities read their favorite Seuss books. You’ll also be able to meet and take […]

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