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New STEM Explorer Kits offer hands-on activities for students in grades K–5

Posted in News on February 22, 2021 at 6:00 am

Stem Explorer Kits Now Available BY GWENDOLYN HALEY You may have already checked out the Ready for School with STEM kits for younger children (ages 3–5) from the library. Or perhaps you’ve borrowed our Snap Circuits set for elementary school students. We have heard positive reviews from library customers for both of these kits. In response, we are pleased to […]

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A peek into EnviroKids’ Club: Q&A with two partner agencies

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 19, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge Next week, we’re hosting three EnviroKids’ Club programs (sign up before they fill up!), each showing kids and their families different ways that they can champion the environment and take action to make changes at home and in their neighborhoods. In case you missed the announcement, here are those three programs: EnviroKids’ […]

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STEM at home: Learning anywhere and everywhere

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on May 19, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Alison Johnson The DIY approach to learning fun activities at home can be a great boredom buster. We miss having your kids and families at our in-person library programs. You are what make those programs so enjoyable and interesting for us! And you can continue to explore STEM at home. Here, I share the […]

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DIY Earth Day outdoor and indoor celebrations

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 15, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole Earth Day is next week. Our celebrations of planet Earth might be a little more DIY this year, instead of joining with others. You might get out in your yard and enjoy some dirt or take a walk around the neighborhood on a bear hunt, while social distancing, or enjoy a virtual […]

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Civic Lab poses questions and invites discussion about community issues

Posted in News on June 6, 2019 at 6:00 am

Each month, you can find information, activities, and discussion on an issue facing our community at the Civic Lab. Take a look at thought-provoking materials and activities for teens and adults that allow us to engage in open conversation and grow together as a community. CIVIC LAB NORTH SPOKANEJune–September 2019 JUNE: The Final Frontier When […]

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Microhistories: Extremely specific knowledge (aka fun facts!) you can share with others

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 7, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Underwood I have recently discovered an intense love for nonfiction titles and it all started with a compendium of terrible medical cures through history. Those 24-karat golden face masks that are in vogue right now? They’ve already been done long before the present day (and the masks still don’t have any proven benefits; […]

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Cloud watching 101

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 30, 2019 at 6:00 am

Cloud Watching By Abra Cole Springtime in the Inland Northwest is peak cloud watching time. Simple steps for cloud watching: Put away your wristwatch and prepare your imagination. Find a good spot, either sitting or lying down, with a good view of the sky. Talk about what you see: Shapes, colors, creatures, or other things in the […]

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It’s electrifying: Digital resources and staff picks for student scientists

Posted in News on February 14, 2019 at 6:00 am

Discover the many ways electricity and electrical circuits are part of our lives. No matter a student’s grade level, our digital resources offer videos and articles for engaged learning. Plus the books in our collection provide new scientific experiments kids can do at home and for school science fairs. SIRS Discoverer Find magazine articles, […]

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Young learners & families find good fun in stories, art, games, and crafts

Posted in News on January 28, 2019 at 6:00 am

Storytime is coming to Spokane Valley Mall! Families with kids who are ages 4–8 can paint together. Everyone is invited to have “lots of good fun that is funny” when we celebrate Dr. Seuss. Bring the little ones and the whole family to these entertaining (and educational… we won’t tell if you don’t) events at […]

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Taking care of you: Modern day self-care

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 27, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Susan Goertz September means many things to many people—leaves changing color, shortening days, pumpkin spice everything. Did you know that September is also Self-Care Awareness Month? You wouldn’t think people would need tips on how to take it easy and pamper themselves. How hard can it be to slow down and breathe, right? Yet […]

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