TAG: reading

Touch-a-Bus Storytime

Posted in kids, News on June 8, 2017 at 6:00 am

What happens when the bus driver says, “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus!”? Will the driver ever let the pigeon drive the bus? Find out as an actual bus driver reads this humorous story by Mo Willems and other entertaining bus stories. We’ll shake it up with some fingerplays and movement activities. Then you […]

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Summer Storytimes: mash-ups, meals, and parks

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on June 2, 2017 at 6:00 am

STORYTIME MASH-UPS This summer we’re taking a few weeks to combine Storytimes with extra special topics. In June, Building is the theme to complement our Build a Better World Summer Reading programs. During these Storytimes, we’ll explore building activities after listening to a building-related stories. In July, the mash-up is STEM, which stan […]

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Online Summer Reading: tackle challenges, get badges, & earn your reading certificate

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on June 1, 2017 at 6:00 am

During summer break, the most important thing for kids is to keep reading, so they can start strong at school in the fall. Summer learning loss occurs when students take a prolonged break from school and lose the knowledge and skills they had at the start of summer, so that when they start back to […]

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Graphic novels with strong female characters

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 30, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole Sometimes, when I find myself in the mood for an upbeat, quick read, I look to the library’s graphic novel sections. Traditional super-hero stories aren’t my cup of tea. I find myself drawn more to the stories that include strong, primary female characters. Luckily these days, there are quite a few great […]

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Spokane Is Reading: A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

Posted in News on May 24, 2017 at 6:00 am

Just in time to add it to your summer reading list, Spokane Is Reading has announced the novel and author selected for 16th annual community reading event in 2017: A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash. A Land More Kind Than Home, a New York Times Best Seller, is a tale of courage […]

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Feel better, do better: library volunteers make a difference

Posted in News on May 18, 2017 at 6:00 am

SUMMER READING BUDDY PROGRAM Reading is the best way to keep the reading skills of young readers sharp over the long summer vacation. A reading buddy is a fun way to do it! What’s a reading buddy? A reading buddy is an adult or teen volunteer who loves reading to and with children. Summer Reading […]

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Books to help kids with the idea of a new sibling

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on May 16, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Melanie Boerner After six years with our only child, my husband and I are expecting another in August. My son approached me the other day and asked, “Are you going to love the baby and stop loving me?” This, of course, broke my heart and had me, already a ball of hormones, in tears. […]

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Your next favorite book from SelectReads

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 11, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Carlie Hoffman Before the internet, I had only one way to serendipitously find my next read at the library: wander the book stacks until an interesting book cover or an evocative title caught my eye. Fortunately, finding books through this process often lead to new favorites. Now I have even more ways to find […]

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Spring reads to take you into summer

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 9, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole Every year around this time, I think to myself, “Hooray, we made it! Thank goodness spring is here!” Of course, that’s usually when it starts to snow again. I know we will have a hot summer again soon enough, but after a winter like the one we’ve just been through, I can’t […]

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You, in books (no right, no wrong, an idiosyncratic list)

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 2, 2017 at 6:00 am

  by Sheri Boggs If you’re a reader and you’re on any kind of social media, you’ve probably been tagged to participate in something like this: “List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. They do not have to be […]

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