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Nurturing creativity & imagination with picture books

Posted in Parents and Teachers on January 28, 2021 at 6:00 am

BY MELISSA RHOADES Children are naturally creative and tend to display expansive imaginations. It’s even a stereotype that our imaginations blossom when we’re young and get socialized out of us as we grow into adulthood. Pablo Picasso is famously quoted as saying: “Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you […]

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Exploring memoir writing with children

Posted in Parents and Teachers on December 10, 2020 at 6:00 am

BY CAITLIN WHEELER MEMOIR, A MOMENT IN A LIFE Unlike biography, which is the story of a life, memoir is a story within a life—a moment or a thread of moments that shed light on a larger truth. Everyone has stories like these: little moments in our lives that illustrate something bigger about how we […]

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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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Teen Health & Wellness: New digital resource for teens (parents and educators, too)

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

BY AILEEN LUPPERT NEW DIGITAL RESOURCE Spokane County Library District is now offering Teen Health & Wellness, a new digital resource. Teens, and other library customers, can access useful health and wellness information organized by subject and searchable within the website’s interface. Some of the subject categories are: Body Basics Eating […]

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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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Slightly Spooky Celebration: Kids in costumes and fun activities for all

Posted in News on October 8, 2019 at 6:00 am

Celebrate Halloween with slightly spooky activities! Kids are welcome to wear and show off their costumes. This is an all-ages event that is open to the public. Kids 8 and under must bring an adult. MEDICAL LAKEWednesday, Oct 16, 3:30–5pm THE BOOKENDThursday, Oct 17, 3:30–4:30pm FAIRFIELDSaturday, Oct 19, 2–3pm OTIS ORCHARDSWednesday, Oct 23, […]

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“Palaces for the People”: Spaces and places for all of us

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 23, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson I often hear people refer to Spokane as a big city with a small-town feel, and I think this is one of the reasons many people enjoy living in Spokane. However, when talking with customers and friends, I also hear more and more about how people don’t know their neighbors anymore. How […]

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Indoor activities for families with young kids

Posted in Parents and Teachers on February 20, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole If you’re feeling like the parent of Ralphie from the movie A Christmas Story every time you try to get yourself and your kids bundled up to go outside, know that you are not alone. When the temperatures drop into (or below) the 20s, my family doesn’t spend as much time outdoors […]

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Childcare survey for parents and caregivers

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on August 9, 2018 at 6:00 am

What are your childcare issues? If you’re a parent or caregiver of children, please share your experiences, needs, and childcare issues in a survey. Local organizations are seeking to learn more about issues that impact your access to affordable quality childcare in the Spokane area. REASONS TO TAKE THE SURVEY Local organizations want to make […]

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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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