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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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Pounce-worthy feline books

Posted in Explore and Discover on June 13, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Dana Mannino Need a great book for a cat lover? You might naturally gravitate towards heartwarming nonfiction works like Dewey and Strays, or others that include fictional cats. But have you considered a picture book? The cat lover in your life may have aged out of the target demographic for picture books years ago, […]

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Young adult booklist for Pride Month

Posted in Parents and Teachers, Teens on June 11, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Caitlin Wheeler As I wrote about in a previous blog that spotlighted children’s books, June is LGBTQ Pride Month. You can learn more about Pride Month and LGBTQ representation in that post. Here, I’m recommending some great young adult (YA) literature with LGBTQ representation, which has been on the rise for the last few […]

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Kids tackle exciting challenges to stay active this summer

Posted in News on June 7, 2018 at 6:00 am

Play Unplugged in Spokane Valley With Play Unplugged, kids have 42 ways to stay active throughout the summer, without constantly saying, “I’m bored.” So this summer, get up and moving, and plan fun, exciting challenges to earn Brag Badges! Each badge has points called “brags.” Parents can create rewards that their kids […]

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Create something “sew” amazing at The Lab

Posted in News on June 6, 2018 at 6:00 am

Weave new sewing projects into your life at our classes taught by instructors from local shop, Sew Uniquely You! You can also practice on our sewing machines (model: Elna eXplore 320), available during drop-in hours. Sewing at The Lab: Drop-in Hours Jun 23–Aug 11 Wednesdays, 6–8pm (closed July 4) Saturdays, 10am–1pm SEWING CLASSES AT THE […]

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Creativity blooms at the library

Posted in News on June 4, 2018 at 6:00 am

You can find artful ways to express your creativity at these library programs. Mark your calendar, drop by, and don’t forget to register. Fun is waiting for you! Painting Summer in Acrylic: Families & Friends Grades 6+ & Adults Celebrate the sun by creating a fun summer-themed painting, following step-by-step instructions. All supplies ar […]

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Track your summer reading online with Beanstack

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on May 31, 2018 at 6:00 am

June 1–August 31, 2018 Summer reading is here and Spokane County Library District makes it easy to track your summer reading online with Beanstack. With our online summer reading website, you can reach your reading goals, try new things, and explore your community with library challenges. All 600-minute readers get a printable Certificate of Achi […]

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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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