TAG: tweens

Enraptured by raptors: West Valley Outdoor Learning Center

Posted in News 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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For tweens and teens: Creative and adventurous summer programs

Posted in kids, News, Teens on June 12, 2017 at 6:00 am

This summer tweens and teens can find adventure and feed their creativity at the library. Spark your creativity by making your own stamp designs, cooking up a culinary feast, and recording a mini stop-motion LEGO movie. For the adventurous, tackle the mystery room escape puzzle from 59:Escape Room Adventures. Can you find the clues 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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Call for submissions for Spokane Writes: A Poetry and Prose Anthology

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on May 17, 2017 at 6:00 am

WHAT Spokane County Library District is celebrating its 75th anniversary in fall 2017. To commemorate this milestone, we are publishing an anthology of prose and poetry. We are seeking submissions of poetry, short stories, and essays. It is free to submit. The anthology will be released in print and digitally. The theme is “Celebration.” WHEN […]

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Money Smart Week: Get financial know-how and be money smart

Posted in News on April 12, 2017 at 6:00 am

Teens, parents, and adults everywhere discover sound financial practices during Money Smart Week, April 22–29, 2017, with Spokane County Library District’s programs that help you manage your money. FOR TEENS AND TWEENS Teens get a roadmap for creating and maintaining a budget, learn the importance of savings, and gain an understanding of what c […]

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Spring break & Pokemon at the library

Posted in News on March 16, 2017 at 6:00 am

Banish spring break boredom at the library from April 2–8! POKEMON EVERYWHERE Celebrate your favorite Pokemon with crafts, trivia, and more at five of our libraries! We’re dropping lures every 30 minutes for Pokémon Go players. All ages are welcome. Kids 8 and under should bring an adult along. Pokémon Celebration SPOKANE VALLEY Sunday, Apr […]

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Tweens & teens learn Maasai culture & batik quilt design with local artist Nicholas Sironka

Posted in News on February 22, 2017 at 6:00 am

The Maasai people of East Africa live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley on semi-arid and arid lands. One aspect of Maasai culture is their art, which includes intricate, beautiful beadwork and rich, colorful paintings. Nicholas Sironka, a Kenyan Maasai visual artist who lives in the Spokane area, leads the […]

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Fractured fairy tales: re-inventing imagined worlds

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

By Rachel Edmondson It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to true love and finding happily-ever-after. Most of the time, life is not a fairy tale. Unless, of course, you’re reading the original fairy tales, which are darker and more gruesome than the Disneyesque versions. Sometimes real life feels a bit too similar […]

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Reversing the norm of slut shaming and gender-based discrimination: ‘UnSlut: A Documentary Film’

Posted in News on February 1, 2017 at 6:00 am

Why is the sexual shaming of girls and women, especially sexual assault victims, still so prevalent in the United States and Canada? UnSlut: A Documentary Film explores the causes and devastating effects of gender-based discrimination and what is often called “slut shaming” in the United States and Canada. Featuring six women who have experienc […]

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Reluctant readers, the right books, and Minecraft

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on January 3, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Do you have a kid who is a reluctant reader? When kids complain that reading is boring, they are probably just reading the wrong book. . . for them. Reluctant readers often will try books about things that they already love. If you have a Minecrafter in your house, you may have checked […]

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