KIDS (Grades k-5)
“And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming wild things.” –
ELEMENTARY AT THE LIBRARY
For kindergarten and beyond, the Library has the resources available to support kids in anything they set their minds to – in academic success, learning just for the fun of it, and pure entertainment.
If you are a Spokane Public Schools student, your student ID number doubles as a library card for access to all kinds of materials to help you grow and learn. Whether you want to check out a book or get some extra help with your homework, we’ve got you covered.
Check out science equipment from the Library of Things, attend free STEAM programs, or get free tutoring help online in Science and Math. We have the STEAM resources you need to get ahead.
Ozobots, anyone? Check out a wide variety of non-traditional library items from the Library of Things including musical instruments, garden equipment, craft supplies, and more. We also have free museum passes to Mobius Discovery Center and the NW Museum of Arts and Culture.
Learn the basics of music theory with free music lessons from our Music Education Specialist, Andy Rumsey for ages 10+. No instrument? No problem. We’ll hook you up with one from the Library of Things. We offer lessons in guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele.
Connect with your child at one of our play-and-learn spaces. Six custom children’s playspaces are located throughout the system, guaranteed to delight. Playspaces in libraries are associated with increases in caregiver and child conversation and interaction known to support language, literacy, and STEM skills.
The Insiders by Mark Oshiro Check Out Book Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper Check Out Book Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya Check Out
My Two Border Towns by David Bowles Check Out Book Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de La Peña Check Out Book Mamá the Alien
Read digital versions of your favorite kid’s magazines for free! National Geographic Kids, Anorak, Highlights – you name it your favorite titles are available.
Make something great with Craftsy through Libby/OverDrive! Access thousands of hours of content relating to crafting, art, and DIY.
Enjoy unlimited content on our streaming service Kanopy. Set the filter to “kids” to see a wide range of educational content including favorites like Sesame Street, Dinosaur Train, Reading Rainbow, and Molly of Denali.
Free online tutoring for all ages. Get help with homework, submit a question, interact with a live tutor, form online study groups, practice standardized tests, send your paper to the writing lab and more.
Early learning games for math, phonics, science, and more for children ages 2-8.
Note: Only available on children’s computers in the all library locations.
Designed for elementary school students, Primary Search is a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection.
Homework help for improving skills in mathematics, reading, writing, and language arts.
Learn digital literacy skills to navigate the internet and computer tech with ease. Coming soon to Spokane Public Library.
Search for fiction and nonfiction titles using keywords, plot elements, reading level, and more. You can also find read-alikes to discover your next favorite book.
Learn over 100 languages, including English for foreign speakers, with special courses for children.
Cultural and geographic fact sheets on countries, U.S. states, and Canadian provinces.
Discover digital versions Spokane’s historic newspapers, including The Spokesman-Review from 1883 to 2009, and the Spokane Chronicle from 1890 to 1992.
A curated collection of full-text journals and popular magazines on a wide range of global historical topics and themes..
Texts and information students need for advancing their study of English literature.
A collection of digitized newspapers providing genealogists, researchers, and scholars with cover-to-cover access to recent newspaper content, including The Spokesman Review since 2010.
Get answers on a variety of topics such as animals, countries, social issues, or famous people with topic overviews and eBooks for elementary and middle school students.