TAG: young learners

Winter celebrations and activities for kids, one and all!

Posted in News on November 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm

FOR ALL AGES Kids 8 and under must bring an adult. International Ninja Day Celebrate International Ninja Day (on December 5) a bit early with crafts, games, and activities. Costumes are welcome. DEER PARK Thursday, Nov 30, 3:30–4:30pm CHENEY Friday, Dec 1, 4–5:30pm MORAN PRAIRIE Friday, Dec 1, 4–5:30pm Airway Heights Winter Festival Celebrate […]

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Dr. Seuss controversy and contemporary children’s literature

Posted in Explore and Discover on November 8, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Jane Baker A story appeared in the news recently about First Lady Melania Trump donating Dr. Seuss books to a school library and the school librarian rejecting the gift with harsh words about education policies and Dr. Seuss as racist propaganda (see the story here and the letter here). In the October 29 episode of […]

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Reading with children: Identity, voices, and shared memories

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on October 31, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Gwendolyn Haley I hear my grandfather’s voice when I read The Tale of Peter Rabbit. He did not read to me regularly. We lived very far away from him and only saw those grandparents once or twice a year. But when he read that story to me, it was magical. I have read the […]

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Ever louder bumps in the night: Scares for all ages

Posted in Explore and Discover on October 24, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Susan Goertz As a chill grips the autumn air and the chlorophyll leaches from the leaves, my mind turns toward the spooky. Nothing to get your heart racing and the cold sweat pouring on a crisp night like a good scary story. Horror is a very broad genre. There are a lot of options […]

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1942: A 75-year retrospective on books

Posted in Explore and Discover on October 5, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Rachel Edmondson Spokane County Library District is commemorating its 75th anniversary this year. We’re celebrating this fall! We’ve collected stories and poems from local writers to create a community anthology, coming out in November. We have two musical celebrations at our libraries: in October, Unstrung featuring cellist Karen Hawkins an […]

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Slightly Spooky Celebrations at the library

Posted in News on October 3, 2017 at 6:00 am

You’re invited to celebrate Halloween at the library with slightly spooky activities, crafts, and stories! All kids are welcome to wear and show off their costumes. Please leave the scary costumes at home, as this is an all ages event. Kids 8 and under must bring an adult. FAIRFIELD Tuesday, Oct 24, 4–5:30pm NORTH SPOKANE […]

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Kids explore creativity with STEM activities at the library

Posted in News on September 20, 2017 at 6:00 am

ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS, ENGINEERING, WEB CODING, & MATH As the weather cools down, kids of all ages can dive into activities that explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at the library. Here are some of our upcoming, brain-stimulating STEM events. Snap Circuits are a safe and enjoyable way to explore electrical engineering concep […]

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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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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 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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