Parents and Teachers

Celebrating families reading together this summer with author Grace Lin

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley I’ve observed an interesting phenomenon around my house lately while reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin, aloud with my youngest daughter. The rest of the family, two teenaged daughters and one middle-aged husband have gravitated to the living room to listen. The story of Minli’s epic journey to […]

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Celebrate children, their cultural backgrounds, & literacy on Día

Posted on April 8, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs Launched in the 1990s by children’s author Pat Mora and sponsored by the American Library Association, El Día de los Ninos/El Día de los Libros (Día) is a national celebration of the importance of literacy “for all children from all backgrounds.” We have two events planned for Día, both on Tuesday, April […]

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Indoor activities for families with young kids

Posted on February 20, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole If you’re feeling like the parent of Ralphie from the movie A Christmas Story every time you try to get yourself and your kids bundled up to go outside, know that you are not alone. When the temperatures drop into (or below) the 20s, my family doesn’t spend as much time outdoors […]

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What to read next: Recommendations for kids by kids

Posted on February 12, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson In my years of helping kids find books to read, one thing has remained the same—kids always want to read the same books their friends are reading. Often, a new title has gained traction. It’s also not uncommon for older series to suddenly come into popularity again, based on word of mouth. […]

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Easy Reader Nonfiction coming soon to the Easy Reader shelves

Posted on January 29, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs Big changes are afoot in our Easy Reader section! Elephant & Piggie, Daniel Tiger, Amelia Bedelia, Little Bear, Frog and Toad, and Fancy Nancy will soon be making room for true stories about otters, astronauts, WWE stars, and more as we launch our newest collection: Easy Reader Nonfiction. While we’ve always had […]

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Let’s play: Indoor winter fun at the library

Posted on January 24, 2019 at 10:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley The library is a great place to visit in the winter! No really, it’s true! Every week, we have Play & Learn Storytimes for families with children ages 0–5. For older kids, we have regularly scheduled LEGO Clubs, STEM programs, and other activities. And even when we don’t have a formal program […]

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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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