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15 Minutes of Community Science Can Make a World of Difference

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on February 2, 2023 at 7:00 am

When you hear someone say that that something is “for the birds,” they mean it is foolish and not to be taken too seriously. This month, the Great Backyard Bird Count on February 17–20 invites everyone to do something for the birds that isn’t foolish, is in fact helpful, and could be quite fascinating... […]

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We Love Puzzles: A Library vs Library Challenge, Plus Swaps, Books & History

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on January 26, 2023 at 4:00 am

By Abra Cole I come from a long line of puzzlers (people who enjoy puzzles). Growing up, we played with simple shapes with wooden knob handles that we clumsily assembled. As we grew older, the complex puzzles with 1000+ pieces became the standard. Most holidays and family gatherings still include at least one epic puzzle […]

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Stream Popular Movies & Acclaimed Films to Explore a World of Cinema with Kanopy

Posted in News on January 25, 2023 at 6:00 am

View movies, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films, and educational videos that inspire, enrich, and entertain with Kanopy, the latest addition to our Digital Library. You can stream from Kanopy to enjoy an ad-free experience on your TV, mobile devices, and tablets as well as online in your browser. Viewing with Kanopy is […]

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How to Talk with Children About the Holocaust: Expert Tips & Suggested Books

Posted in Parents and Teachers on January 24, 2023 at 6:00 am

By Melissa Rhoades Historic atrocities can feel like they’re not related to our lives today. But historic events were shaped and experienced by regular people like you and me. And regular people like you and me are shaping the future right now. As author Deborah Hopkinson writes in We Must Not Forget, “… it’s up […]

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Great Programs for Kids, Tweens & Teens Include Birds, Pajamas, Catapults, Sculptures & LEGO

Posted in News on January 19, 2023 at 4:30 am

People of all ages and families can enjoy the Community Art Show and build with LEGO bricks and large foam blocks. The Great Backyard Bird Count is a great way for everyone to contribute to this worldwide community science event. Young readers have fun hearing stories and playing during our storytimes. Don’t forget to sign […]

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When Kids Say the Darndest Things & Surprise Us at the Library…

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on January 11, 2023 at 6:00 am

One of the best parts of working in a public library is interacting with children. Their wonder challenges adult cynicism. Their questions often make us think about the world in a new way. I asked my colleagues to share some of their favorite interactions children in the library. Here are some of those stories that we love. Kids can be tough custom […]

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The Season in 5 Senses: Finding Calm, Centered, Peaceful Moments

Posted in Explore and Discover on December 21, 2022 at 6:00 am

For some of us, this is the season of overwhelm. Expectations we have for ourselves or that others have for us can be downright unbearable during the holidays. This year, I propose trying a different approach to the holiday season. Namely, let’s take a step back, give ourselves a little space, and try to find more meaning in doing less. If you ha […]

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Stepping into the New Year with Art Show Submissions, Great Author Talks & Loads to Explore

Posted in News on December 14, 2022 at 6:00 am

You can start 2023 by exploring new things and honing your skills at the library. Express your creativity with a submission to our art show. Try out a family book discussion. Check out video magic using a green screen. Tackle your unfinished crafts with the encouragement of other pro-craft-inators. And that’s just the start! Check […]

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December Brings Holiday Crafting, Amazing Author Talks & Informative Workshops

Posted in News on November 17, 2022 at 4:30 am

Stop into the library to create holiday ornaments, enjoy a storytime program, take apart a machine, and create with LEGO bricks. Sign up to hear about Medicare cost savings, talk about changes to the brain, learn about outsmarting scammers, and view author talks from best-selling writers. When the weather brings a chill, you can stop into the libra […]

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Kick the Ball into Fall with World Cup Celebrations, STEM, Storytime & More

Posted in News on October 20, 2022 at 4:00 am

You can celebrate the season of competitive soccer with a reading challenge that includes books from or about the 32 countries competing in the 2022 World Cup and by coming to a viewing party. Teens are invited to drop by Spokane Valley Library to check out how they can make a difference in the community […]

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