Parents and Teachers

Storytime music to get your preschooler moving

Posted on December 18, 2018 at 6:00 am

Kids enjoying music By Rachel Edmondson Cold Spokane winters can leave us longing for the days when we can send the kids outside to run around and get some energy out. When the weather isn’t cooperating, music can be a great way to channel kids’ extra energy and help them get a little exercise at the same time. […]

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Holiday memories and gifts that keep on giving

Posted on December 4, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Susan Goertz The scent of holidays is in the air. Crisp frost and cinnamon seem to waft near every doorway. We scramble to prepare for social gatherings while dreaming of time. Time to relax and enjoy the season. Time to be with loved ones, remember seasons past, decorate, and eat all the desserts. The […]

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Great digital reads for the whole family

Posted on November 6, 2018 at 6:00 am

By SHERI BOGGS November marks the time of year when families start drawing close together for the holidays and you know what that means—lots and lots of family time! The Library District has got you covered with several themed booklists available on our popular OverDrive digital platform. FOR KIDS We Are Family is a handpicked […]

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School’s back in session: Picture books about new challenges and situations

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson There are lots of wonderful books about first-day school jitters. But reading to our kids about school doesn’t need to end once school is in full swing. There are all sorts of challenges that kids face while at school. Fortunately, there are also a wealth of books that cover situations such as […]

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Slightly Spooky Celebration at the library

Posted on October 3, 2018 at 6:00 am

Kids and families are invited to celebrate Halloween with slightly spooky activities, crafts, and stories! All kids are welcome to wear and show off their costumes. Please leave the scary costumes at home, as this is an all-ages event. Share pictures of your costumes on social media with us using #SpookyLibrary. We can’t wait to see […]

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Caspar Babypants performs whimsical tunes at a family concert in Spokane Valley

Posted on September 25, 2018 at 6:00 am

CORRECTION: Caspar Babypants Family Concert begins at 10am on Saturday, October 13. Be ready to sing and dance along to Caspar Babypants’s catchy and whimsical tunes, magical melodies, and even rearranged classics from The Beatles at this fun, free concert for the whole family. Along with the pure enjoyment of the rhythms and rhymes, music […]

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Banning books silences stories: Reading a banned book celebrates your intellectual freedom

Posted on September 18, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Melissa Rhoades Banned Books Week is September 23–29 this year. Did you know that at least 23 of the 100 books on PBS’s 2018 Great American Read book list have been banned or threatened with a ban in the United States? That means almost one-fourth of America’s “most loved” novels (as determined by popular […]

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Five early reader books for fall school jitters

Posted on August 28, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs Most of us are not strangers to the first-day-of-school jitters—that delightful mix of excitement and mild apprehension as one contemplates what the new school year might bring. Such a feeling has as much to do with our need to connect and to be accepted as it does with our need to discover […]

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Games and storytimes for young kids and families

Posted on August 27, 2018 at 6:00 am

We share stories and play together so that young kids build the skills they need to get ready for and succeed in school. Kids learn best when learning is fun. Let’s have some fun! Touch-a-Fire-Truck Storytime In this storytime, you’ll hear stories about fire trucks, meet firefighters from your local fire department, learn valuable safety […]

How to Identify a Dragon

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Caitlin Wheeler When I was young, I loved C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia. I especially loved The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, a book that, in my eight-year-old estimation, had everything a book ought to: quests, nightmares, magic spells, enchanted islands, warrior mermaids, anthropomorphized stars, and of course, dragons. Eustace Claren […]

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