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Parents and Teachers

Preschoolers get ready for school with STEM kits from the library

Posted on June 20, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Mary Ellen Braks Keep your preschoolers busy this summer with hands-on activities that encourage playful learning while exploring STEM concepts and reading. Preschoolers will find lots to discover with their parents and caregivers, using our new Ready for School with STEM kits. Spokane County Library District in partnership with the Inland North […]

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The dog days of summer

Posted on June 19, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs The hot, sticky afternoons of late July through August are typically called “the dog days of summer.” It’s that time when the only thing that sounds good for dinner is gazpacho, and even grownups without kids consider a visit to the neighborhood swimming pool. To the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, the dog […]

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Young adult booklist for Pride Month

Posted on June 11, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Caitlin Wheeler As I wrote about in a previous blog that spotlighted children’s books, June is LGBTQ Pride Month. You can learn more about Pride Month and LGBTQ representation in that post. Here, I’m recommending some great young adult (YA) literature with LGBTQ representation, which has been on the rise for the last few […]

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Confession of a librarian mom: Reading and summer slide

Posted on June 5, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Last summer my family was busy with summer activities: camps, road trips, and camping vacations. We planned highly educational and enriching activities for our youngest daughter, but we did not make reading a high priority. When she started school in the fall, her teacher told me that she had definitely lost ground […]

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Track your summer reading online with Beanstack

Posted on May 31, 2018 at 6:00 am

June 1–August 31, 2018 Summer reading is here and Spokane County Library District makes it easy to track your summer reading online with Beanstack. With our online summer reading website, you can reach your reading goals, try new things, and explore your community with library challenges. All 600-minute readers get a printable Certificate of Achi […]

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Special summer storytimes for young readers & their families

Posted on May 30, 2018 at 6:00 am

Summer is a great time to read. This is true for babies, toddlers, and preschool-age children, as much as it is for school-age kids and adults. We have special storytimes for your youngest readers, where hearing stories aloud is the first step to learning to read. During Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Storytime for kids age […]

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Children’s booklist for Pride Month

Posted on May 29, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Caitlin Wheeler June is LGBT Pride Month in the U.S. Originally a week-long festivity, it honors the 1969 Stonewall Riots that culminated in a 51-block parade march from the Stonewall Inn to Central Park in Manhattan, New York. As it has evolved and taken many forms, Pride Month continues to commemorate the men and […]

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What’s cooking in the mud kitchen?

Posted on May 22, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole In the last month, my garden has gone from looking like the dark side of the moon after the zombie apocalypse to a lush green jungle of happiness. Many plants I forgot I had planted last fall have popped up to greet the sun. I already know that I want to plant […]

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Be a strong summer reader

Posted on May 17, 2018 at 6:00 am

SUMMER READING BUDDY PROGRAM NORTH SPOKANE, OTIS ORCHARDS, SPOKANE VALLEY July 9–August 3, 2018 Kids can practice reading with a Summer Reading Buddy at the library! Reading keeps the minds of young readers sharp over the long summer break. Avoid “summer slide”—when kids forget what they learned in school over the summer months—by keeping […]

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Screen time for small kids: education or entertainment?

Posted on May 8, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson I want to start this post with a promise and a disclaimer. First, I promise I am not going to tell you to never ever let your kids watch TV, play a video game, or use a tablet. Second, I’m also not going to give you concrete answers on how you should […]

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