TAG: kids

Audiobooks: Are they reading or cheating?

Posted in Explore and Discover on November 22, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Abra Cole Readers quickly divide into two groups when it comes to audiobooks: those who consider listening to audiobooks as reading and those who don’t (“it’s cheating!”). On which side do you fall? I am a lifelong member of the pro-audiobook club. I’ve been listening to books for as long as I can remember. […]

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Winter celebrations and activities for kids, one and all!

Posted in News on November 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm

FOR ALL AGES Kids 8 and under must bring an adult. International Ninja Day Celebrate International Ninja Day (on December 5) a bit early with crafts, games, and activities. Costumes are welcome. DEER PARK Thursday, Nov 30, 3:30–4:30pm CHENEY Friday, Dec 1, 4–5:30pm MORAN PRAIRIE Friday, Dec 1, 4–5:30pm Airway Heights Winter Festival Celebrate […]

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Dr. Seuss controversy and contemporary children’s literature

Posted in Explore and Discover on November 8, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Jane Baker A story appeared in the news recently about First Lady Melania Trump donating Dr. Seuss books to a school library and the school librarian rejecting the gift with harsh words about education policies and Dr. Seuss as racist propaganda (see the story here and the letter here). In the October 29 episode of […]

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Reading with children: Identity, voices, and shared memories

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on October 31, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Gwendolyn Haley I hear my grandfather’s voice when I read The Tale of Peter Rabbit. He did not read to me regularly. We lived very far away from him and only saw those grandparents once or twice a year. But when he read that story to me, it was magical. I have read the […]

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Ever louder bumps in the night: Scares for all ages

Posted in Explore and Discover on October 24, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Susan Goertz As a chill grips the autumn air and the chlorophyll leaches from the leaves, my mind turns toward the spooky. Nothing to get your heart racing and the cold sweat pouring on a crisp night like a good scary story. Horror is a very broad genre. There are a lot of options […]

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75th Anniversary & Anthology Release Party

Posted in News on October 16, 2017 at 6:00 am

We’re celebrating our 75th anniversary with a community anthology featuring writers of all ages from Spokane County and surrounding areas. NORTH SPOKANE LIBRARY Saturday, November 4, 6:30–8pm You’re invited to hear local writers read their work from Spokane Writes: A Poetry & Prose Anthology. Plus listen to live music from guitarist John […]

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1942: A 75-year retrospective on books

Posted in Explore and Discover on October 5, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Rachel Edmondson Spokane County Library District is commemorating its 75th anniversary this year. We’re celebrating this fall! We’ve collected stories and poems from local writers to create a community anthology, coming out in November. We have two musical celebrations at our libraries: in October, Unstrung featuring cellist Karen Hawkins an […]

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Slightly Spooky Celebrations at the library

Posted in News on October 3, 2017 at 6:00 am

You’re invited to celebrate Halloween at the library with slightly spooky activities, crafts, and stories! All kids are welcome to wear and show off their costumes. Please leave the scary costumes at home, as this is an all ages event. Kids 8 and under must bring an adult. FAIRFIELD Tuesday, Oct 24, 4–5:30pm NORTH SPOKANE […]

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Spine-tingling reads for an October night

Posted in kids on September 21, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Sheri Boggs My favorite childhood books were often the scariest. If it had a ghost or a witch or a cover with a wind-tossed old tree on it, I was IN. I loved The Ghost Belonged to Me, by Richard Peck, (in which a 13-year-old boy not only learns he can see ghosts but […]

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Kids explore creativity with STEM activities at the library

Posted in News on September 20, 2017 at 6:00 am

ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS, ENGINEERING, WEB CODING, & MATH As the weather cools down, kids of all ages can dive into activities that explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at the library. Here are some of our upcoming, brain-stimulating STEM events. Snap Circuits are a safe and enjoyable way to explore electrical engineering concep […]

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