Guest Column: Fairness

The definition of fairness can be paraphrased as: the state, condition or quality of being fair, marked by impartiality and honesty, free from self-interest, prejudice or favoritism. In short, fairness is doing the right thing, at the right time for the right reason….

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Guest Column: Caring

Caring for our Community

Can you believe it? December has arrived and 2018 is just around the corner! We’ve reached that proverbial point in time when we reflect back and set new goals for the future. By this time,…

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Guest Column: Citizenship

Citizenship is defined as the state of being vested with rights, privileges and duties as a member of society. Being part of a society or community affects an individual as much as the individual affects the community. The rights and privileges that come with being a part of the community come with duties and responsibilities to the community….

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Good Character Reading!

Spokane County Library Suggests …
October – Responsibility

Grades K-2
Olivia Helps Mother Nature by Lauren Forte
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Go, Little Green Truck! by Julia Kuo
Heckedy Peg by Audrey Wood
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

Grades 3-5
Rules by Cynthia Lord
The Trouble With Tuck by Theodore Taylor
Holes by Lois Sachar

Middle School
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt

High School
Chasing Jupiter by Racher Coker
The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman


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Guest Column: Responsibility

My education has always been one of the most important things in my life. I grew up with a single mom who demonstrated that working hard and making good choices was a formula for success. Mirroring her responsibility has been the key to my own success….

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Guest Column: Respect

Respect can mean a lot of things in a lot of different situations. As an athlete, respect comes into play in every aspect of a sport. Playing in a game or match, practicing, communicating with your teammates and coaches,…

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September Good Character Reading!

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Spokane County Library Suggests …
Respect Reading List

Picture books:
“All the Colors of the Earth” by Sheila Hamanaka
“Amazing Grace” by Mary Hoffman
“Arthur’s Eyes” by Marc Brown
“Arthur’s Nose” by Marc Brown
“Big Words for Little People” by Jamie Lee Curtis
“Butterfly House” by Eve Bunting
“Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes
“Each Living Thing” by Joanne Ryder
“Freedom Summer” by Deborah Wiles
“Grouchy Ladybug” by Eric Carle
“Happy Lion” by Louise Fatio
“Jackie’s Bat” by Marybeth Lorbiecki
“Once a Mouse: a fable cut in wood” by Marcia Brown
“Smoky Night” by Eve Bunting
“The Berenstain Bears Show Some Respect” by Stan Berenstain
“Veronica” by Roger Duvoisin

“Between Earth &…

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Guest Column: Gratitude

I like smiles, and I even like smiling. But the truth is, I often don’t feel like smiling. Stress often squashes the smile.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard a superstar athlete say,…

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August Good Character Reading!

Spokane County Library Suggests the following for August – Gratitude!

“A Ball for Daisy” by Chris Raschka
“All of Me!” a book of thanks by Molly Bang
“Baby” by Patricia MacLachlan
“Big Red Lollipop” by Khan Rukhsana
“Farmer John’s Tractor” by Sally Sutton,…

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July Good Character Reading!

Spokane County Library Suggests the following for July – Generosity!

“A Mango in the Hand” by Antonio Sacre

“Generosity” by Cynthia Klingel

“Hallelujah Flight” by Phil Bildner

“If You Give a Cat a Cupcake” by Laura Numeroff

“Ivy Loves to Give” by Freya Blackwood

“Joseph and the Sabbath Fish” by Eric Kimmel

“Mine!” By Shutta Crum

“One Winter’s Day” by Christina Butler

“Star Time” by Patricia Giff

“Stone Soup” by John Muth

“The Boy Who Wouldn’t Share” by Mike Reiss

“The Can Man” by Laura Williams

“The Elves and the Shoemaker” by Martin Powell

“The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein

“The Golden Goose” by Dennis McDermott

“The Golden Goose: a Grimm graphic novel” by Sean Tulien

“The Great Turkey Heist” by Gertrude Warner

“The Present” by Bob Gill

“The Runaway Rice Cake” by Ying Compestine

“Those Shoes” by Maribeth Boelts

“Yoko’s Paper Cranes” by Rosemary Wells…

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