TAG: Summer reading

Family Storytimes explore buses, mermaids, and nature at libraries and parks this summer

Posted in News on June 11, 2019 at 6:00 am

We have Storytime fun all summer, including with our partners Spokane Transit Authority and at parks in Medical Lake and Spokane Valley. Families with kids of all ages can explore Library Park, next to Deer Park Library, at Nature Play & Learn Storytime. And what would Storytime be without the stories! You’ll experience some great […]

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Celebrating families reading together this summer with author Grace Lin

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on May 28, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley I’ve observed an interesting phenomenon around my house lately while reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin, aloud with my youngest daughter. The rest of the family, two teenaged daughters and one middle-aged husband have gravitated to the living room to listen. The story of Minli’s epic journey to […]

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The Great American Read book list and half-time report

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 7, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Dana Mannino Welcome to August—a great time for a summer reading half-time report! My summer reading looked a lot like this picture of the bulletin board in the staff break room at Spokane Valley Library. Waaaay back in May, PBS launched The Great American Read, a program that highlights 100 of America’s beloved books […]

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Confession of a librarian mom: Reading and summer slide

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on June 5, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Last summer my family was busy with summer activities: camps, road trips, and camping vacations. We planned highly educational and enriching activities for our youngest daughter, but we did not make reading a high priority. When she started school in the fall, her teacher told me that she had definitely lost ground […]

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Special summer storytimes for young readers & their families

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on May 30, 2018 at 6:00 am

Summer is a great time to read. This is true for babies, toddlers, and preschool-age children, as much as it is for school-age kids and adults. We have special storytimes for your youngest readers, where hearing stories aloud is the first step to learning to read. During Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Storytime for kids age […]

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Be a strong summer reader

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on May 17, 2018 at 6:00 am

SUMMER READING BUDDY PROGRAM NORTH SPOKANE, OTIS ORCHARDS, SPOKANE VALLEY July 9–August 3, 2018 Kids can practice reading with a Summer Reading Buddy at the library! Reading keeps the minds of young readers sharp over the long summer break. Avoid “summer slide”—when kids forget what they learned in school over the summer months—by keeping […]

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Dance like You’ve Got Ants in Your Pants: Q&A with Eric Herman

Posted in kids, News on June 29, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge We’re ready for comedy, creativity, audience participation, and outrageously amusing songs this summer. And we hope you are too! Eric Herman performs his cool tunes at our libraries, July 17–21. I reached out to Eric with a few questions and learned a bit about how Siri, poets, and kids influence his music. I […]

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Enraptured by raptors: West Valley Outdoor Learning Center

Posted in Explore and Discover on June 14, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Kim Brinkmann “I had no idea this place even existed!” This phrase is commonly expressed by first-time guests of the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center. The Outdoor Learning Center is tucked back in a corner on the grounds of Pasadena Park Elementary School, hidden among the towering cottonwoods, cedars, and aspens. It is easily […]

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Q&A with Magician Jeff Evans: magic and the Secrets of Wizards

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on May 25, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge Summer is a fantastical time at the library—a time to build reading muscles with imaginative and real life stories found on the bookshelves. Summer is also the time when kids and families can see, hear, and interact with magicians, musicians, puppets, and more. These summer programs are geared towards kids entering kindergarten […]

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(Un)summer reading: a booklist gone awry

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 9, 2016 at 6:00 am

by David Wyatt Summer reading is almost over! Light, breezy, and perfect for the beach, summer reading lists are often the popcorn-flick equivalent for books. Of course, I’m contrary and will avoid nearly all of these lists. No Cussler, Patterson, and certainly no romance novels for me. Instead, I fell into a reading pattern comprised […]

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