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Wiggle worms and bouncing kangaroos: How do you read to active toddlers?

Posted in Parents and Teachers on March 3, 2021 at 6:00 am

How to read to active toddlers BY RACHEL EDMONDSON After cold winter weather has kept us inside along with months of extra pandemic confinement, many of us are feeling pretty antsy. For young kids who have a high need to be active, sitting still is probably harder than ever, even for those young kids who normally are happy to crawl into […]

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Project ELLO: Everyday Language & Learning Opportunities

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on December 15, 2020 at 6:00 am

Guest blog by Dr. Allison Wilson Community spaces and familiar routines offer rich opportunities for meaningful interactions and learning with young children. Everyday Language and Learning Opportunities (Project ELLO) focuses on increasing the number of quality, language-rich interactions between caregivers and young children. ELLO resources encou […]

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Reading picture books together to help grieving children

Posted in Parents and Teachers on November 24, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Tammy Henry At some point in our lives, all of us will face the death of a loved one and the grief that such a loss entails. Facing death is never an easy thing, and for children, who have significantly less experience with the complexity of life and emotions, it can be a bewildering […]

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Storytime Shorts videos: Let’s read stories, sing songs, play & learn

Posted in News on October 28, 2020 at 6:00 am

Storytime Shorts Our librarians miss having storytime with our youngest library customers and their families. And we’ve heard from some of you that you’ve missed storytime too! So our librarians have recorded some wonderful picture book stories, songs, fingerplays, activities, and flannel stories using the felt board for our new video series St […]

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Back-to-School digital resources to help student learning soar

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on September 30, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Whether students are going to school in person, online, or a combination of the two, Spokane County Library District is here to support their learning with tools and resources. Students can access a wealth of free resources online within our Digital Library by using their library card. Getting a library card is […]

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Not too young to talk about race and social justice: Library programs and other resources for starting the discussion

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers, Teens on September 10, 2020 at 6:00 am

BY MOLLY MOORE In the video and slide presentation How Kids Learn About Race put together by EmbraceRace, they show that children learn about race from a variety of sources. This means that, whether we are prepared to discuss race or not, children of all ages are receiving messages from everywhere around them. Children, even […]

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Starting the conversation: Helping you discuss race inequity

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

“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,” writes Sheri Boggs, youth collection development librarian, in a recent blog post. To help parents, grandparents, caregivers, and all adults who work with children, we’re offering a program that d […]

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Explore the air you breathe, the water you flush & worms that eat garbage with the EnviroKids’ Club

Posted in News on August 12, 2020 at 6:00 am

Calling all junior scientists, nature explorers & challenge seekers! You can participate in three programs with the Spokane County EnviroKids’ Club. Discover how you can help clean the air! Do experiments to see what you should and shouldn’t flush down the toilet! Explore the wiggly, wonderful world of worms and how they help a garden […]

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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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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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