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TAG: reading

1000 Books Before Kindergarten programs foster early literacy skills

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on September 24, 2020 at 6:00 am

BY MARY ELLEN BRAKS We’re starting a new online reading challenge for parents and caregivers of young children in October. You can track the books you’re reading as your child grows! The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is designed to foster early literacy skills during the time period in a child’s development where the brain […]

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15 trivia questions for Banned Books Week

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 23, 2020 at 6:00 am

BY ABRA COLE Banned Books Week is next week, September 27–October 3. So, usually at this time of year, I would be working on a banned books display for the Teens section at the Spokane Valley Library. It is one of my most favorite displays to put together, not just because it is such an […]

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Are you up for a reading challenge?

Posted in News on September 15, 2020 at 6:00 am

The online reading challenge has begun for the Spokane Is Reading Diverse Voices booklist. As a co-sponsor of Spokane Is Reading, we always look forward to the annual book selection and author visit in the fall. So when Spokane Is Reading had to switch gears to do something different for 2020, we couldn’t be more […]

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Not too young to talk about race and social justice: Library programs and other resources for starting the discussion

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers, Teens on September 10, 2020 at 6:00 am

BY MOLLY MOORE In the video and slide presentation How Kids Learn About Race put together by EmbraceRace, they show that children learn about race from a variety of sources. This means that, whether we are prepared to discuss race or not, children of all ages are receiving messages from everywhere around them. Children, even […]

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Starting the conversation: Helping you discuss race inequity

Posted in News on September 1, 2020 at 6:00 am

“It’s hard to know where to start the conversation about race with young children. After all, these conversations aren’t easy for most adults,” writes Sheri Boggs, youth collection development librarian, in a recent blog post. To help parents, grandparents, caregivers, and all adults who work with children, we’re offering a program that d […]

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The importance of diaries, memoirs, and autobiographies for our empathy and history

Posted in Explore and Discover, Uncategorized on August 26, 2020 at 6:00 am

BY CAITLIN WHEELER I had wanted to be a diarist as a child, but having grown up on Dear America and Royal Diaries, I felt like my 90s school bus experiences weren’t interesting enough. I have since realized that my attitude about my journal writing continued into adulthood, and yet I’ve also considered sharing with […]

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OverDrive features to enhance your digital reading experience

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on August 24, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Cheryl Zobel, Diane Brown & Erin Dodge If you enjoy reading eBooks or listening to audiobooks, then you are probably already a big fan of OverDrive. There are many titles available—over 90,000! So if you are looking for your next great read, it is highly likely you’ll find something in our digital collection at […]

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Books & cocktail mixes: Find your perfect pairing

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 14, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Melissa Rhoades Recently, The New York Times published an article declaring the return of cocktail hour. I, for one, am celebrating. Mixed drinks can be enjoyed with or without a buzz. Those who choose to not imbibe alcohol can still find plenty to get shaken and stirred about. I’ve noted books that include non-alcoholic […]

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Spokane Is Reading offers Diverse Voices booklist for 2020

Posted in News on August 6, 2020 at 6:00 am

Spokane Is Reading offers readers throughout Spokane County a reading list of diverse voices for 2020. This booklist includes titles that the book selection committee has considered during recent years and also reflects the rich tapestry of the American experience. A goal of Spokane Is Reading is to encourage reading by adults. Most years they […]

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Meet author and illustrator Peter Brown in our online library program

Posted in kids, News on July 28, 2020 at 6:00 am

Meet author and illustrator Peter Brown in our online library program. […]

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