TAG: kids

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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Playing games, practicing math!

Posted in Parents and Teachers on February 12, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson I have always been a fan of games. When my kids were younger, I could hardly wait for them to be old enough to move on from Candy Land to more interesting games—ones that I could actually enjoy too! When thinking about games, we often think about reasoning and strategy, which are […]

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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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On our coffee tables & nightstands: Books for your reading list

Posted in Explore and Discover on December 18, 2019 at 6:00 am

by Rachel Underwood Working in a library with all of the books can be beautiful, enriching, and wonderfully satisfying. Library staff have the privilege of interacting with an enormous part of our community and pride ourselves on finding that just-right book—or movie or CD or audiobook or magazine—for each person’s needs. However, in order to […]

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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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Celebrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 50th birthday with storytimes and art programs

Posted in News on October 22, 2019 at 6:00 am

Storytime Celebration: Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar Celebrate with us! For the 50th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, we’re sharing his stories and getting creative with fun activities that explore the world of the hungry caterpillar. Ages vary*: These special storytimes are during our regular weekly Play &am […]

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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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Discover the mysteries of cryptids!

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on September 24, 2019 at 6:00 am

Discover the mysteries of cryptids By Gwendolyn Haley Back in 2004, some teenage boys in Stevens County got their hands on a gorilla suit and, over several months, staged several Bigfoot sightings along Highway 395 near Loon Lake, until stopped by a police officer. I remember reading about it in a local paper when I moved to Spokane that year. […]

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Flavors of fall: Food and book pairings for kids

Posted in Parents and Teachers on September 18, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson Fall is my favorite season. I enjoy sunny weather that is cool enough to welcome jeans and sweaters. I enjoy the beauty of the changing leaves. I relish the cooler nights that encourage snuggles and books on the couch, and I love all the fun flavors that make their way into my […]

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The Sandwich

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 11, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole Earlier this month as my family prepared for a day-long excursion into Glacier National Park from our campsite, we discussed easy travel options for lunch. We had pasta salad and salami and cream cheese rolls, along with other not-so-typical camping fare. Ultimately most of us opted for a good old fashioned sandwich—simple, […]

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