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Creation kits give kids another reason to visit local libraries

Creation kits give kids another reason to visit local libraries

 

Parents in many Washington communities will soon have another reason to take their kids to the local library.

 

More than 30 local libraries throught Washington will receive educational invention kits for children to use for a limited time, courtesy of the Washington State Library.

 

The State Library will send the libraries 32-piece Cool Creations challenge kits by Lego and Makey Makey in late April.

 

Area libraries that will benefit from the program include Davenport, Palouse,  Ritzville,  Spokane County, Sprague, Stevens County, St. John, and Whitman County.

 

State Librarian Rand Simmons said the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and STREAM (science, technology, reading and writing, engineering, art, math) educational kits will benefit librarians that don't have the resources to buy and provide for their own youth patrons.

 

Spokane Bike Swap coming April 11 and 12

Spokane Bike Swap coming April 11 and 12

 

The Spokane County Fair and Expo Center will be overflowing with bikes and bike related gear on April 11th and 12th for the fourth annual Spokane Bike Swap.

 

Over 700 bikes are anticipated to be consigned and over 50 exhibitors, including ten local bike shops, will be present at this year's bike swap. In an attempt to promote safety, bike helmets will be given away to every child that buy and bike in the bike corral. Last year, 173 helmets were given away, and even more are expected this year.

 

The Spokane Bike Swap is presented in collaboration with Spokane County's Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act. The CTR program works to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and petroleum consumption. One of the ways the CTR does this is by educating and getting citizens comfortable with riding bikes around Spokane County.

 

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

 

Looking to go explore some Washington State Parks, but don't yet have a Discover Pass? Well, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in April.

 

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to any of Washington's State Parks on April 4th, a springtime free Saturday, and Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd.

 

Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. 

 

A Discover Pass is still needed to access WDFW and DNR lands on State Park free days.

 

Registration now open for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake Campaign

Registration now open for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake Campaign

 

Those interested in helping area Big Brothers Big Sisters program now have the opportunity raise money through the Bowl for Kids' Sake Campaign.

 

Participants of the campaign are asked to register their teams with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), and then recruit their bowling team. Every team is asked to raise or donate a minimum of $100 to the BBBS program.

 

Once that money is raised, teams are invited to a celebratory bowling party that will include free bowling, pizza, soda, and prizes. Additionally, each participant will receive a limited edition 2015 BFKS t-shirt, that was designed by a Chase Middle Schooler.

 

BBBS says 100% of the money raised from this program will stay in the team's community. That money will carry out the work of matching the 80 children BBBS has on their waiting list with adult mentors, and provide ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor, and child's family.

 

The 2015 bowling parties will be:

Disney on Ice to bring Frozen to Spokane

Disney on Ice to bring Frozen to Spokane

Disney on Ice is bringing Frozen to the Spokane Arena from Wednesday, November 4th to Sunday, November 8th for eight performances.

Tickets will go on-sale Tuesday, January 27th at 10:00 a.m. at the Spokane Arena Box Office, all TicketsWest Outlets, at TicketsWest.com or by calling 800-325-SEAT. Reserved seat tickets will range from $20.00 to $65.00.

“In our more than 30 years of producing Disney On Ice shows, Feld Entertainment has been waiting for a film like this,” said producer Nicole Feld.  “While it might seem obvious that Frozen is well suited for the ice, this Disney On Ice production will touch audiences emotionally through innovative show elements and world-class skating.”

Spokane County Library District receives grant to host The Big Read in Spokane County

Spokane County Library District receives grant to host The Big Read in Spokane County

The Spokane County Library District announced Tuesday that they are the recipient of a $11,000 grant to host The Big Read in Spokane County. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to iconic works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment.

The Library District is one of 77 nonprofit organizations, and the only organization in Washington to receive a grant to hose a Big Read between September 2014 and June 2015. The Big Read in Spokane County will focus on The Call of the Wild by Jack London.

According to the Spokane County Library, The Call of the Wild was chosen because it is a wonderful adventure story, yet also presents some big philosophical questions and is still accessible to readers of all ages. The Library District will take educational programs related to the book to area schools. The grant will allow the District to give away hundred copies of the book to area students.