TAG: Summer reading

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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Fantastic International Fiction: Read Beyond the Beaten Path & Expand Your World

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 2, 2022 at 6:00 am

Blog Feature image - man reading in city park under tree By Melissa Rhoades This summer’s reading challenge dares us to “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.” Reading stories by international authors is a wonderful way to do that. International fiction—also called foreign fiction—allows us to not only imagine the sights, smells, and sounds of other landscapes but also gain exposure to diverse customs, […]

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An Unexpected Summer Reading List: Not Your Average Beach Reads

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 13, 2022 at 6:00 am

By Savannah Stewart When it comes to beach reads, mine usually fall into the “this isn’t what I expected” category. Ideally, beach reads are easy-going and don’t interfere with your summer vibe. I’ve found that the books I like to read can’t live up to this ideal. And mostly, I never end up reading very […]

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Kids & Families Find Outdoor Summer Fun & Adventure with the Library

Posted in News on June 7, 2022 at 6:00 am

You can head outdoors to enjoy many of our summer programs, including performances by Alex Zerbe (a.k.a. The Zaniac) and Eric Herman, held in local parks and the outdoor areas around our libraries. Young readers and their families will enjoy our Nature Storytimes and Family Storytimes in the Park, which are both in-person and outdoors. Families can […]

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These Library Programs Have Active, Informative & Funny Moments You Won’t Want to Miss

Posted in News on May 17, 2022 at 6:00 am

Active Seniors Walking June brings programs for adults about separation anxiety in pets, Medicare, active walks for senior citizens, some engaging new picture books to read with young children, and the bi-monthly Master Gardeners Plant Clinic. Businesses and startups can sign up to learn the fundamentals of building a brand for a business. Family Storytimes are back in p […]

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Pet Pals Week Has Pet-tacular Stories, Pop-up Paper Crafts & Sleuthing Adventures

Posted in News on July 12, 2021 at 6:00 am

Pet Pals week on Page Turner Adventures feature image This week on Page Turner Animal Adventures we are having fun with Pet Pals. We hope you have a pet-tacular time with Page Turner, Kenny, and their friends and special guests! […]

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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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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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