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TAG: family

Road trip! The quintessential American vacation

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 3, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Melissa Rhoades Have you heard of Horatio Nelson Jackson? This under-celebrated trailblazer was the first person to drive an automobile across the U.S. In 1903, ten years before Ford Motor Company began mass producing cars, Jackson left San Francisco in a two-cylinder Winton with a mechanic as his travel companion and a $50 bet […]

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Preschoolers get ready for school with STEM kits from the library

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on June 20, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Mary Ellen Braks Keep your preschoolers busy this summer with hands-on activities that encourage playful learning while exploring STEM concepts and reading. Preschoolers will find lots to discover with their parents and caregivers, using our new Ready for School with STEM kits. Spokane County Library District in partnership with the Inland North […]

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The dog days of summer

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on June 19, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs The hot, sticky afternoons of late July through August are typically called “the dog days of summer.” It’s that time when the only thing that sounds good for dinner is gazpacho, and even grownups without kids consider a visit to the neighborhood swimming pool. To the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, the dog […]

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Special summer storytimes for young readers & their families

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on May 30, 2018 at 6:00 am

Summer is a great time to read. This is true for babies, toddlers, and preschool-age children, as much as it is for school-age kids and adults. We have special storytimes for your youngest readers, where hearing stories aloud is the first step to learning to read. During Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Storytime for kids age […]

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Children’s booklist for Pride Month

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on May 29, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Caitlin Wheeler June is LGBT Pride Month in the U.S. Originally a week-long festivity, it honors the 1969 Stonewall Riots that culminated in a 51-block parade march from the Stonewall Inn to Central Park in Manhattan, New York. As it has evolved and taken many forms, Pride Month continues to commemorate the men and […]

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What’s cooking in the mud kitchen?

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on May 22, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole In the last month, my garden has gone from looking like the dark side of the moon after the zombie apocalypse to a lush green jungle of happiness. Many plants I forgot I had planted last fall have popped up to greet the sun. I already know that I want to plant […]

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Screen time for small kids: education or entertainment?

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on May 8, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Rachel Edmondson I want to start this post with a promise and a disclaimer. First, I promise I am not going to tell you to never ever let your kids watch TV, play a video game, or use a tablet. Second, I’m also not going to give you concrete answers on how you should […]

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Celebrating & Reading Together with Día

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on April 12, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley For Christmas, my youngest daughter received a doll that looked like her. This seems like a small thing, but I watched her study the doll’s face very closely and then beam up at the gathered family to announce, “Her eyes look like mine!” Our older daughters are blond and blue-eyed, like their […]

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Feel their truth: Teens compete in local poetry slams

Posted in News on March 22, 2018 at 6:00 am

Hear the power of original poetry. Get ready for two nights of knockout competition! You’re invited to hear and cheer on teens who are competing with on-stage recitations of their original poetry. Both poetry slams are free, and families are welcome.   3rd Annual Northern Slam Sponsored by the Friends of the Deer Park Library […]

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Spotlight on local writers: Community readings of Spokane Writes anthology

Posted in News on March 16, 2018 at 6:00 am

Get inspired by the prose and poetry of local authors sharing their work from Spokane Writes: A Poetry & Prose Anthology. From sweet poems about birthdays and holidays to reverent depictions of nature, family, and the places we all share as inhabitants of the Inland Northwest, you are sure to hear great stories and poems […]

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