STARS Training


The Spokane County Library District offers free STARS classes for childcare providers, teachers, and parents. All our classes are certified through the Washington State Department of Early Learning. Even if you don’t need STARS credit, you can come to the monthly classes that interest you for new ideas to engage the kids in your life.

Registration is required. Registration opens 30 days before the scheduled class. Click the library name below to register.

Upcoming STARS Classes

 New Picture Books from 2017

Saturday, Dec 9, 10am-12pm

We take a close look at the best new books from 2017 to use with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.
2 STARS credits

Previous STARS Classes

Art and Early Literacy

Art is fun and helps young children develop fine motor skills and cognitive skills—both of which are needed for kindergarten readiness. We’ll go over the benefits of doing art with young learners and you’ll gain some great ideas to do with children.
2 STARS credits

Best Books for Summer

Entice your students to read throughout the summer to prevent summer slide with this reader’s advisory for Kindergarten through grade 4. Learn how to help students choose books that are appealing and reading level appropriate.
2 STARS credits

Block Play

Come learn about our block program called Family Construction Zone. Learn how blocks are a great tool for teaching math and engineering skills. You’ll also get a chance to play with the blocks too.
2 STARS credits

Engaging Families with Literacy Activities

Learn how to design a family engagement program based around literacy activities that are sure to encourage all your families to attend.
2 STARS credits

Every Child Ready to Read

Early literacy begins with the primary adults in a child’s life. Learn about the five practices to do with children so that they are ready to read when they start kindergarten and how to share these practices with families.
2 STARS credits

Flannel Stories

Bring stories to life with flannel pieces. You’ll learn how to make easy flannels and leave with two flannel stories ready for use. During this training, you will have a chance to use our die-cut machines to make additional flannel pieces for classrooms and activities. We will supply the felt and patterns. Please bring your own scissors.
4 STARS credits

I See Me Multicultural Stories

Young children love seeing themselves in books. We’ll look at stories that encompass different cultures and find the best books to share with children.
2 STARS credits

More than Counting: Math and Early Literacy

Early math for toddlers and preschoolers is more than just counting. We explore how young children learn about math using the Learning Pathways to Numeracy and how to use picture books to teach math concepts in developmentally appropriate ways.
2 STARS credits

Love Talk Play

Love Talk Play is a parent campaign that supports parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. This parenting campaign focuses on children from birth – three years old and the message is something that all parents can and should do with their children. Learn how to incorporate Love Talk Play into your daily routine and how to share the message with parents.
1 STARS credit

Movement Activities for Winter

Movement stimulates brain development in young children. Learn how to incorporate movement into your daily routine to promote children’s learning and early literacy skills. We’ll explore both indoor and outdoor activities to do during the winter months.
2 STARS credits

Music and Early Literacy

Music and reading play well together. Learn how music and singing enhance early literacy skills in young children—and have fun while you do it!
3 STARS credits

Nature Play and Literacy

Getting outside and discovering the world around them is fascinating for young children. Learn how using books about nature builds on early literacy skills and gets children interested in nature.
2 STARS credits 

Ready for School with STEM

We cover why STEM is important for preschoolers, what preschoolers need to be ready for kindergarten, and how to get comfortable doing STEM activities with the children in your care. Try out some STEM activities, learn how to put together a STEM lesson, explore the STEM kits available for check out at the library, and discover how to provide STEM family engagement programs for your childcare.
4 STARS credits

Science and Early Literacy

Early Literacy Skills and Early Science Skills go hand in hand. Find out how to use stories, songs, books and activities to build both skill sets at once.
2 STARS credits

Sing Into Reading

Learn how singing and reading go together. We’ll be learning how to incorporate singing into your daily routine and for family engagement activities.
2 STARS credits

Social Emotional Skills and Literacy

Social emotional skills are an important part of being ready to start kindergarten. Learn how to use books to teach skills such as sharing, impulse control, controlling emotions, and taking turns.
2 STARS credits

Storytelling Fun with Preschoolers

Storytelling has been a tradition in many cultures and is fun to share with children. Learn how to incorporate storytelling into your daily routine and emphasize early literacy skills.
2 STARS credits

Storytime Bootcamp

Learn how to put a together a storytime for preschoolers that includes not only books, but fingerplays, songs, and movement activities.
2 STARS credits