TAG: young learners

Bubbling beakers: Q&A with Kelli Crawford of Mobius Science Center

Posted in Explore and Discover on June 21, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge In my experience, if you tell kids that they get to go see a science show, the response might be worthy of a shoulder shrug (not true for all kids, of course). I get it. The words “science show” may not be very inspiring to a lot of kids. Now, if I […]

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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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Touch-a-Bus Storytime

Posted in kids, News on June 8, 2017 at 6:00 am

What happens when the bus driver says, “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus!”? Will the driver ever let the pigeon drive the bus? Find out as an actual bus driver reads this humorous story by Mo Willems and other entertaining bus stories. We’ll shake it up with some fingerplays and movement activities. Then you […]

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Summer Storytimes: mash-ups, meals, and parks

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on June 2, 2017 at 6:00 am

STORYTIME MASH-UPS This summer we’re taking a few weeks to combine Storytimes with extra special topics. In June, Building is the theme to complement our Build a Better World Summer Reading programs. During these Storytimes, we’ll explore building activities after listening to a building-related stories. In July, the mash-up is STEM, which stan […]

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Books to help kids with the idea of a new sibling

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on May 16, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Melanie Boerner After six years with our only child, my husband and I are expecting another in August. My son approached me the other day and asked, “Are you going to love the baby and stop loving me?” This, of course, broke my heart and had me, already a ball of hormones, in tears. […]

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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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Catchy tunes & magical melodies: Caspar Babypants Family Concert

Posted in News on March 9, 2017 at 6:00 am

“Caspar Babypants is still our favorite kids’ music. It really isn’t even fair to call it kids’ music because I often find myself listening to it even when I’m alone.” –Will James, Geekdad Who is Caspar Babypants? Caspar Babypants is Chris Ballew, frontman of the Presidents of the United States of America, creating intelligent, simple […]

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Another world: Picture books about refugee and immigrant experiences

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on February 28, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs Imagine your home—the furniture, the walls, the books, the art, the smells, the landscape where you live. Imagine what it would be like if war came and things got so bad you had to leave. Imagine leaving your belongings and your pets, your friends and your neighborhood. Imagine traveling day and night, […]

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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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Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash: You’re invited!

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on February 13, 2017 at 6:00 am

You are invited to be our very special guest as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at Spokane Valley Library. In honor of America’s favorite reading teacher, Dr. Seuss, we have planned “lots of good fun that is funny.” Listen to local celebrities read their favorite Seuss books. You’ll also be able to meet and take […]

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