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Kid-picked books for your summer reading list

Posted in kids on July 15, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson We all know how important it is for kids to keep reading throughout the summer, but sometimes it can be hard to convince kids to pick up a book. I’ve found that kids are more motivated to read a book when it’s recommended to them by a friend. Think of it as […]

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Family Creativity Kits available for curbside pickup

Posted in News on July 7, 2020 at 6:00 am

Get ready for some creative activities for the whole family! Each week during summer, you can reserve and pick up a Family Creativity Kit at your local library. Create a whimsical puppet. Build a drawbridge for an imaginary castle. Draw the wings of an insect that flap and fly. Or even design your very own […]

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For kids, tweens & teens: Bubbles, smoothies, Hamilton, Hogwarts, author Peter Brown & more

Posted in News on July 2, 2020 at 1:30 pm

We’re keeping summer cool and online with programs and events that are sure to bring smiles and joy. You can make bubble wands that delight, smoothies and sweet salsa that are delicious, a painting from cooking supplies, and gnome and fairy homes that have a touch of magic. Speaking of magic, you can learn magic […]

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Not too young to talk about race and social justice: Resources and booklists for parents, caregivers, and kids

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on June 12, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs It’s hard to know where to start the conversation about race with young children. After all, these conversations aren’t easy for most adults. With children there is the additional necessity of making sure the conversation is both age-appropriate and reassuring (at a time when the news is anything but). According to the […]

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STEM at home: Learning anywhere and everywhere

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on May 19, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Alison Johnson The DIY approach to learning fun activities at home can be a great boredom buster. We miss having your kids and families at our in-person library programs. You are what make those programs so enjoyable and interesting for us! And you can continue to explore STEM at home. Here, I share the […]

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Online program about healthy dating habits offers help for parents of tweens and teens

Posted in News on May 5, 2020 at 6:00 am

With our partners from YWCA of Spokane and Medical Lake School District, we are offering an online presentation on how to help your tween (and teen) form healthy dating habits. You’ll learn conversation starters and strategies to talk with your tween as they begin to form their first dating relationships. We’ll go over recognizing the […]

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Prime Time Family Reading: Thoughtful reading activities that deepen family connections

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on April 28, 2020 at 6:00 am

Prime Time Family Reading - news post image By Gwendolyn Haley FAMILY READING Now that school has moved online, parents and children are probably ready for a community learning experience. Prime Time Family Reading provides this. Prime Time Family Reading is a 6-session program during which time we read aloud and then we discuss the books, their themes, and insights. The books cover […]

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KSPS offers virtual storytimes for pre-kindergarten & elementary-school age kids

Posted in News on April 1, 2020 at 6:00 am

KSPS Every Child Reads Storytimes KSPS PBS is offering a collection of pre-kindergarten through grade 4 read-aloud stories from local educators, librarians, and community members. You can watch and listen to these great stories with your little ones and try some of the fun reading activities. Here are two stories that you can experience now. […]

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Discussing difficult topics with children

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on March 11, 2020 at 6:00 am

father and daughter talking, with dog in park By Gwendolyn Haley I have found that parenting includes the need to have difficult conversations with children. My family recently lost a beloved dog, Pepe, who had been with us for over 14 years. He was an old dog and spent more and more of his time resting and sleeping. So while we were prepared […]

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Kindergarten registration, plus games & activities to get ready

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on February 25, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Mary Ellen Braks It’s hard to believe that it is already time for parents to register their children for kindergarten. March 1 is the first day to register for most school districts in Spokane County. Even though school doesn’t start until September, this early registration allows for school districts to plan ahead to have […]

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