TAG: kids

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 […]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

It’s electrifying: Digital resources and staff picks for student scientists

Posted in News on February 14, 2019 at 6:00 am

Discover the many ways electricity and electrical circuits are part of our lives. No matter a student’s grade level, our digital resources offer videos and articles for engaged learning. Plus the books in our collection provide new scientific experiments kids can do at home and for school science fairs. SIRS Discoverer Find magazine articles, […]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

What to read next: Recommendations for kids by kids

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on February 12, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson In my years of helping kids find books to read, one thing has remained the same—kids always want to read the same books their friends are reading. Often, a new title has gained traction. It’s also not uncommon for older series to suddenly come into popularity again, based on word of mouth. […]

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with family, food, and festivities

Posted in Explore and Discover on February 5, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Susan Goertz Congratulations! You made it to 2019. I hope the year so far is treating you kindly. If your resolutions are starting to fall by the wayside, or the glum weather is getting to you, don’t worry. There is another chance for a fresh start—the Lunar New Year! As you know, the modern […]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Easy Reader Nonfiction coming soon to the Easy Reader shelves

Posted in Parents and Teachers on January 29, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs Big changes are afoot in our Easy Reader section! Elephant & Piggie, Daniel Tiger, Amelia Bedelia, Little Bear, Frog and Toad, and Fancy Nancy will soon be making room for true stories about otters, astronauts, WWE stars, and more as we launch our newest collection: Easy Reader Nonfiction. While we’ve always had […]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Young learners & families find good fun in stories, art, games, and crafts

Posted in News on January 28, 2019 at 6:00 am

Storytime is coming to Spokane Valley Mall! Families with kids who are ages 4–8 can paint together. Everyone is invited to have “lots of good fun that is funny” when we celebrate Dr. Seuss. Bring the little ones and the whole family to these entertaining (and educational… we won’t tell if you don’t) events at […]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Let’s play: Indoor winter fun at the library

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on January 24, 2019 at 10:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley The library is a great place to visit in the winter! No really, it’s true! Every week, we have Play & Learn Storytimes for families with children ages 0–5. For older kids, we have regularly scheduled LEGO Clubs, STEM programs, and other activities. And even when we don’t have a formal program […]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Calling all kids: Explore electricity, demystify technology, and construct LEGO creations

Posted in News on January 23, 2019 at 6:00 am

IT’S ELECTRIC Explore Electricity with Snap CircuitsExplore electrical engineering concepts, like short and parallel circuits, with Snap Circuits! Together we’ll build things that chime, light up, spin, and use alternative energy. For ages 8+ Sponsored by the Diane E. Zahand Fund MEDICAL LAKEWednesday, Feb 6, 3:30–5pm CHENEYThursday, Feb 14, […]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The evolution of the legend of Arthur

Posted in Explore and Discover on January 22, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Caitlin Wheeler A young boy grows up poor, not looked after by his foster parents. Abused, neglected, and destitute, he expects little from life, and life expects little from him. Until one day, everything changes. The child in servant’s clothes now wears a crown, and his childhood among the people turns out to have […]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Volunteering: For those who enjoy reading, children, and reading with children

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

You can help a child improve their reading skills & gain confidence as a reader. We’re looking for volunteers for our Reading Buddy Program at local elementary schools, which starts the week of February 4. The Reading Buddy Program pairs volunteers, as mentors, with elementary school students. A reading buddy is a volunteer who loves […]

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,