Healthy, Creative & Electrifying Programs for Busy Kids & Families

Posted on February 15, 2022 at 6:00 am

If your elementary-age student could use some homework help, drop in on our new Study Buddy program on Wednesday afternoons.

Parents can learn healthy eating and active living skills, plus get great new recipes, in the EFNEP program. And families can have some fun decorating their masterpiece cake in this month’s Nailed It! competition.

If you speak Spanish and like crafts, be sure to sign the kids up for Creando y Conversando en Español (Craft & Talk in Spanish).

Don’t forget to sign up teens, tweens, and kids for some fabulous STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs, including some focusing on electricity and happening at The Lab at North Spokane Library.

Be sure to catch some storytimes with your little ones, on Facebook and live online.

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Families & Kids

Study Buddy Homework Help

Students in grades 2–5 can get help with reading, language arts, and math in an online environment. Each student is paired with a Study Buddy volunteer to work on homework and lessons in a virtual breakout room. Students should come prepared with textbooks, instructions, or reading assignments they need to complete. Printed and online assignments can be shared on the screen with your Study Buddy. This program is provided at no cost. Grades 2–5

Learn more about the Study Buddy Program, including how to log on, at

No registration is required.

Wednesdays, Mar 2–30, 3:30–5pm | LOG ON

Expanded Food & Nutrition Program (EFNEP)

Learn about healthy eating for you and your family, stretching your food dollars, keeping food safe, and being physically active. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) offers seven free, interactive, and informative online classes. Participants receive a water bottle, measuring cups and spoons, a cookbook, and a graduation certificate. Supplies will be available for pickup at libraries for registered participants. Adults

Eligibility for the free EFNEP includes those who have children at home and are eligible for programs such as Free or Reduced-Cost School Lunch, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP Basic Food), Washington WIC support, or Head Start/ECEAP. This program is presented by the WSU Extension program. If you have questions about eligibility, please contact Brenda McGuire at 509.477.2049.

WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local WSU Extension office.

Registration is required. Registration closes on Thursday, February 17.

Wednesdays, Mar 2–Apr 13, 2–3pm | REGISTER

Nailed It! St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Get ready for a messy kitchen! The theme is St. Patrick’s Day, but what will the twist be? You can compete by yourself or recruit members of your household to form a team for this cake decorating challenge.

You will need:

  • Three round cake layers, baked and cooled ahead of time
  • Frosting
  • Food coloring
  • Any edible decorations you have at home (optional)

We give you the challenge, and you assemble your cake layers, frosting, and whatever you have on hand at home to create it! Families & all ages

Registration is required.

Wednesday, Mar 9, 6:30–7:30pm | REGISTER

Creando y Conversando en Español / Craft & Talk in Spanish

Usted y sus hijos podrán crear una manualidad mientras escuchan un cuento y conversan en español. Este programa es para niños que entienden un español básico y quieren practicar su español hablando con otros niños de su edad. Este es un programa en línea vía Zoom. Las familias que se registren recibirán un correo electrónico de notificación para recoger el material de las manualidades ya sea en las bibliotecas o mediante el servicio de curbside. Para niños de grados K-3

Listen to a story, make a craft, and chat with other children in Spanish while you create. This program is an online program using Zoom. It is intended for children who understand basic Spanish and want to practice speaking Spanish with kids their age. Registered families can pick up craft supplies in the library or using curbside pickup after they have received a notification email. Grades K–3

Es necesario registrarse. / Registration is required. 

Sábado 26 de marso, de 2 a 3 p.m. | INSCRIBIRSE
Saturday, Mar 26, 2–3pm | REGISTER

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Science from Home

Let’s see what we can do with science! Librarian Molly shares a science experiment with you each week that you can do at home with common household supplies. We’re sharing previously recorded and aired videos. Ages 8+ & their families

View Science from home on our Facebook page.

Saturdays, Mar 5–26, 11am

Library of Things: The Digital Multimeter

We’re checking out the newest thing in our Library of Things: the digital multimeter. When used properly, a multimeter can help you solve a number of problems around the home and garage and is an invaluable tool for the electronics hobbyist. Come learn about our latest gadget in this hands-on demonstration. Ages 13+

Registration is required.

Saturday, Mar 12, 2–3:30pm | REGISTER

Get Current with Basic Electronics

Many useful things are powered by electricity. We discuss how this mysterious force does its amazing work, and together, we’ll do some hands-on testing and experimentation using the latest addition to the Library of Things: the digital multimeter. Ages 8–12

Registration is required.

Wednesday, Mar 23, 3–4:30pm | REGISTER

Take It Apart

Curious about how things work? Now you can take them apart and demystify technology! Using basic tools, gloves, and safety goggles, we’ll take apart electronics, small appliances, and other donated devices that no longer serve their purpose but may still reveal secrets. Kids 8 and under must bring an adult. Grades K+

Registration is required. Friends and family, of up to four people, may attend as a group (only one registration needed).

Saturday, Mar 26, 10am–12pm | REGISTER

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Storytime Shorts

Storytime is a great way to help young children learn language and literacy skills that help them get ready for kindergarten. Ages 2–5 & their families

View our Storytime Shorts on our Facebook page.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, Mar 1–31, 10am

If you miss any episodes, you can watch them on our YouTube channel.

Online Storytime – Live

Children will have fun learning when we read stories, sing songs, and share fingerplays during storytime. Ages 2–5 & their families

Registration is required for each session.

Thursdays, Mar 3–31, 6:30–7pm | REGISTER
Fridays, Mar 4–25, 9:30–10am | REGISTER

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