KIDS (Grades k-5)

“And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming wild things.” – Maurice Sendak

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.

SPOKANE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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. 

STEAM RESOURCES

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. 

LIBRARY OF THINGS

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. 

MUSIC LESSONS

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.

CHILDREN'S PLAYSPACES

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. 

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ONLINE RESOURCES

OVERDRIVE/LIBBY: EBOOKS

Get free eBooks and audiobooks for kids on your device in seconds with the easy to use Libby app or browse available eBooks on your web browser on OverDrive.

OVERDRIVE: KIDS MAGAZINES

Read digital versions of your favorite kid’s magazines for free! National Geographic Kids, Anorak, Highlights – you name it your favorite titles are available.

OVERDRIVE: CRAFTSY

Make something great with Craftsy through Libby/OverDrive! Access thousands of hours of content relating to crafting, art, and DIY.

hoopla allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, eBooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV.

KANOPY KIDS

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.

TUMBLEBOOKS: CHILDREN'S EBOOKS

TumbleBook Library includes children’s fiction, non-fiction, and foreign language titles, math stories, read-alongs, videos, TumbleTV (pre-set playlists of a sequence of books), puzzles, and games.

BRAINFUSE: HELPNOW TUTORING

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.

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.

LEARNING EXPRESS

Homework help for improving skills in mathematics, reading, writing, and language arts.

NORTHSTAR DIGITAL LITERACY

Learn digital literacy skills to navigate the internet and computer tech with ease. Coming soon to Spokane Public Library.

NOVELIST K - 8

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.

PROQUEST CULTUREGRAMS

Cultural and geographic fact sheets on countries, U.S. states, and Canadian provinces.

PROQUEST HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS

Discover digital versions Spokane’s historic newspapers, including The Spokesman-Review from 1883 to 2009, and the Spokane Chronicle from 1890 to 1992.

PROQUEST RECENT NEWSPAPERS

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.

PROQUEST SIRS DISCOVERER

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.

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