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Kids: Programs

You'll find plenty to do at the Library! For a list of all of the events at the library, check out our calendar.


Discover Earth at the Library!

A Century of Change

An Interactive Exhibit for Children, Teens and Adults
Through August 31, 2014
Downtown Library

This summer the Downtown Library is hosting the Discover Earth traveling exhibit. This museum quality exhibit is the sister to Discover Tech which the library hosted to record attendance in 2012. Like the Discover Tech exhibit, Discover Earth features hands-on learning on par with national science museums but without the admission fee.

Thanks to the Spokane Public Library Foundation (who paid for the exhibit to be shipped to the library), the Discover Earth exhibit will be on-site at Spokane Public Library through August 2014.

Magic Planet, One of the coolest parts of the exhibit, is an 18-inch globe that allows customers to explore stunning visualizations of the global earth system produced by NASA and NOAA research communities (e.g. earthquakes, plate tectonics, tsunamis, hurricanes, changing sea ice, and more). The exhibit pieces incorporate personal narratives, stunning graphics, video, animations, weather artifacts, animal specimens, and simulation-based educational games. 

Summer Reading Programs for School-Aged Kids

Have you signed up and printed your reading log? Or picked up your reading log at your favorite branch? If not, then go here to sign up for Summer Reading  - we want to see how many kids are reading this summer so don't skip this step!

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Cecil the Magician!

Fizz Boom Magic! Is it magic or illusion? Whatever it is, it’s fun! Cecil the Magician will keep you guessing and wondering how he does it. Join us for magic, music and more – including a little friend, Louie the Lightning Bug.




East Side: Tuesday, August 12, 3:00 p.m.   
South Hill: Wednesday, August 13, 2:00 & 3:30 p.m.   
Hillyard: Thursday, August 14, 3:00 p.m.   
Shadle: Tuesday, August 19,  2:00 & 3:30 p.m.   
Indian Trail: Wednesday, August 27, 2:00 & 3:30 p.m.   
Downtown: Friday, August 29,  2:00 p.m.   

Dr. Seuss Zentangle

Anyone can create beautiful designs with some basic instruction in the
Zentangle format. This class, just for kids, will open creative doors and
everyone will walk away with a beautiful drawing and new skill. Certified
instructor Loretta West’s classes are always a hit. Children must be able to
print independently to attend.


East Side: Tuesday, July 8, 3:00 p.m.

South Hill: Wednesday, July 23, 2:00 & 3:30 p.m.

Shadle: Saturday, July 26, 3:00 p.m.

Shadle: Tuesday, July 29, 2:00 & 3:30 p.m.

Hillyard: Tuesday, July 31, 3:00

Indian Trail:Wednesday, August 13, 2:00 & 3:30 p.m.
Indian Trail: Tuesday, August 19, 6:30 p.m.

South Hill: Monday, August 25, 6:30 p.m.


Radical Rick - Science! Fizz Boom Read picture

Science Science Science - Join Radical Rick as he explores and explains the
world of science with exciting experiments. There’s always a lot of oohs
and aahs at Radical Rick’s presentations but there’s also a lot of knowledge!

Shadle: Tuesday, June 24, 2:00 & 3:30 p.m.

Hillyard: Thursday, July 17, 3:00 p.m.

East Side:Tuesday, July 22, 3:00 p.m.

Indian Trail: Wednesday, July 23, 2:00 & 3:30 p.m.

Downtown: Friday, August 8, 2:00 p.m.

South Hill: Wednesday, August 20, 2:00 & 3:30 p.m.

East Side: Saturday, July 26, 11 a.m.


Music with Ruby Devine

Ruby Devine’s tempestuous vocals and bluesy banjo are sure to have feet of all sizes tappin’ along. Join this fabulous local musician as she brings the sweet sounds of American folk music into the libraries this summer.


East Side: Tuesday, June 24, 3:00 p.m.

Indian Trail: Wednesday, June 25, 2:00 & 3:30 p.m.

Hillyard:  Thursday, June 26, 3:00 p.m.

Downtown: Friday, June 27, 2:00 & 3:30 p.m.

Shadle:  Saturday, June 28, 3:00 p.m.

Shadle:  Tuesday, July 8, 2:00 & 3:30 p.m.

South Hill: Wednesday, July 9, 2:00 & 3:30 p.m.

robot with books Everyday Scientists

This presentation, by The West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, is full of easy (and fun!) science experiments that can be done at home. All the experiments are simple, safe and can be achieved with everyday materials and recycled items found around your house. Summer is a great time for backyard science!


South Hill: Monday, August 4, 6:30 p.m.

Shadle:  Saturday, August 16, 3:00 p.m.

East Side: Tuesday, August 19, 3:00 p.m.

Indian Trail: Wednesday, August 20, 2:00 & 3:30 p.m.

Shadle: Tuesday, August 26, 2:00 & 3:30 p.m.

South Hill: Wednesday, August 27, 2:00 & 3:30 p.m.

Hillyard: Thursday, August 28, 3:00 p.m.




Come join us as we construct, build and play with some awesome building toys! Each week we'll supply simple toys and more complex ones so kids of all ages can participate. Come exercise your imagination and engineering abilities at the library. This fun program will be offered at the following times and locations.


Downtown: Every Monday 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.

East Side: Every Tuesday 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Hillyard: Every Thursday 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Indian Trail: Every Wednesday 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Shadle: Every Thursday 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.

South Hill: Every Tuesday 3:00 to 7:30 p.m.


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