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Flap your wings: Book and activities at a park near you

A couple who walk their dog daily in Comstock Park noticed a few kids flapping their arms like chickens near a sign. That introduced them to a "Read and Walk" feature that is rotating to different Spokane public parks. The two South Hill residents shared how much fun it was to see kids each day interacting with the features on different panels.

‘Big Ed’ Eric Edelstein reads from “Frog and Toad All Year” for Storytime from the Tower

When actor Eric Edelstein, a Gonzaga alumnus known for his voice-acting roles including Grizz in “We Bare Bears,” launched a reading program for children on Instagram, he allowed us to use his debut on Storytime from the Tower! Here he reads the Ice Cream chapter from Arnold Lobel’s “Frog and Toad All Year” (published Harper & Row, 1976)

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North Spokane Library offers reading camp

Camp Read-a-Rama, the new addition to Spokane County Library District’s summer reading program, is a weekly half-day summer camp with a different theme each week based on a children’s book for all camp activities, crafts, music, and games.

City of words: ‘I am a Town’ project brings poetry to Spokane streets

In a dozen spots throughout the city, passers-by can come across fragments from poems about Spokane places, matched to the particular locations to which the poems refer. The public arts project, called “I am a Town,” was conceived by former Spokane poet laureate Laura Read, in partnership with Spokane Arts.

Spokane author Sarah Mackenzie touts years of family read-aloud time

Spokane author Sarah Mackenzie offers tips on how families can set aside a few minutes each week for continuing to read aloud as a family – well past children’s early years – for benefits such as improved relationships, conversations, and gains from hearing out loud a book’s grammar and rich language.

At end of poet laureate term, Laura Read reflects on finding poetry where you are

During her tenure as Spokane’s poet laureate, Laura Read worked with Spark Central to create a small book highlighting poems about place with a mapped table of contents representing featured locations. She also taught classes at Spokane Public Library branches, focusing on writing poetry about place. The poet laureate of Spokane is also expected to participate in local readings and literary events, something Read already did – and continues to do – regularly.

Huckleberries: The Well-Read Moose struck a chord with proprietor, bookstore customers

It has been three years since Melissa DeMotte answered the siren call to open a bookstore in Coeur d’Alene. A bookworm with a head for finances, DeMotte tells Huckleberries that operating the independent bookstore in Riverstone is the hardest thing that she’s done. At 54, she says the business is her “last gig” and hopes it will be around long after she isn’t.