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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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Play & learn for little ones: Storytimes, dance parties & family painting parties

Posted in News on January 30, 2020 at 6:00 am

STORYTIMES Play & Learn Storytime is a place for parents and caregivers to interact and play with their children. Storytime introduces important literacy, STEM, and social skills that a child will need for kindergarten. Our storytimes have been created with specific ages in mind, focusing on playful learning concepts that are geared for the age […]

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Getting started with graphic novels: Reluctant readers, struggling readers, and you

Posted in Parents and Teachers on November 27, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson My oldest daughter is an avid reader. However, for a year or so when she had just learned to read and was a good reader, she still hated reading. As a librarian, my response was—challenge accepted! I brought home lots of books on topics I knew interested her in a variety of […]

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Family Storytimes explore buses, mermaids, and nature at libraries and parks this summer

Posted in News on June 11, 2019 at 6:00 am

We have Storytime fun all summer, including with our partners Spokane Transit Authority and at parks in Medical Lake and Spokane Valley. Families with kids of all ages can explore Library Park, next to Deer Park Library, at Nature Play & Learn Storytime. And what would Storytime be without the stories! You’ll experience some great […]

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Library in the Park: Stories, juggling, dancing, space adventures, & yoga

Posted in News on June 5, 2019 at 6:00 am

We’re hosting stories, music and juggling, and space week at Edgecliff, Terrace View, and Valley Mission Parks this summer. Plus kids 18 and younger get free meals. Make a splash at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake during Mermaid Storytime with engaging stories and seaworthy crafts. We’re having fun with families doing yoga in the park […]

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