TAG: reading

A Booklist for Bookworms: 5 Engrossing Titles About Books, Building Community & Mysteries!

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

By Alison Johnson Reading a book that revolves around books makes me happy. I am sharing my joy of books about books with other book lovers out there. Here are five books that feature either a fictional author, editor, librarian, bookseller, or a community of readers, and of course… books! I hope you’ll give one […]

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9 Guidelines for Writing Book Reviews & How to Add Yours to Our Catalog

Posted in Explore and Discover on November 22, 2022 at 6:00 am

By Andrea Brumbaugh Not all personal book reviews are created equal. If you have spent any time on Goodreads, you’ve most likely seen some that simply state, “I hated it,” or “I loved it.” If these readers are writing the review for themselves so that they can look back later and see how they felt […]

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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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Celebrate Victorian Literature During #Victober, from Horror to Happily-Ever-After

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 30, 2022 at 6:00 am

October’s cooling weather and crisping leaves offer the perfect excuse to transition to indoor activities—like curling up with a steaming beverage and a substantial book. Perhaps that’s why reading Victorian literature in October has become a recent tradition for some and with its own hashtag: #Victober. […]

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Good Times Ahead for Kids: STEAM Programs, LEGO Free Play, Spooky Fun & Storytimes

Posted in News on September 22, 2022 at 4:30 am

Our October lineup includes STEAM programs—looking at science, technology, engineering, art, and math topics—that get kids and tweens creating with LEGO bricks, building a catapult with small planks, deconstructing electronics, investigating wind and electricity, and making cyanotype art using sunlight. The whole family is invited to wear a cos […]

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1 in 5 Are Affected by Dyslexia: Get More Information, Early Intervention & Helpful Resources

Posted in Explore and Discover, Parents and Teachers on September 14, 2022 at 6:00 am

By Drew Repp, guest blogger What Is Dyslexia? Dyslexia is one of the most common specific learning disabilities (SLD) in the world. According to the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, it affects up to 20 percent of the population. However, despite the high prevalence of this learning difference, it is often misunderstood by the […]

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Online Author Talks: Raising Thrivers, One Prolific Author & a Tale of Privilege, Wealth & Deceit

Posted in News on August 25, 2022 at 4:00 am

Three online author talks in September give you a chance to explore raising THRIVERS with Dr. Michele Borba, attend a talk with Simon Winchester, the prolific author of THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN, and hear from Hernan Diaz about his novel TRUST set in the roaring 1920s.  […]

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Spokane Is Reading Selects “The Book of Difficult Fruit” by Local Author Kate Lebo

Posted in News on August 24, 2022 at 6:00 am

Spokane Is Reading 2022: "The Book of Difficult Fruit" by Kate Lebo Spokane Is Reading Spokane Is Reading has announced their book selection for the 21st annual community-wide reading event: local author Kate Lebo’s The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly (with Recipes). The Book of Difficult Fruit is a collection of essays that combine memoir, natural history, and recipes. It is […]

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Space Exploration You Can Do, Inspired by Amazing Images from the Webb Telescope

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 17, 2022 at 6:00 am

By Caitlin Wheeler On July 12, 2022, NASA released its first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, and they are both breathtaking and groundbreaking in their ability to detect infrared light at a high resolution. The telescope operates with two cameras: NIRCam (near infrared camera), which looks at the shortest infrared wavelengths, and MIRI […]

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5 Tried & True Ways to Keep Kids Reading All Summer

Posted in Parents and Teachers on August 3, 2022 at 6:00 am

By Alison Johnson One of the most important things to do this summer is to encourage the children in your life to read. For some of us, this can be difficult task. If kids only read for school, they might think of reading as trudging through a “classic” book or reading comprehension assignments. And they […]

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