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

Child:
“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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Guest Column: Integrity

As an airman in the Air Force I learned very quickly about integrity.  It is one of the Air Force’s core values.  “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do!”  It isn’t a slogan, it is an expectation. …

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June Good Character Reading!

Spokane County Library Suggests the following for June – Integrity!

Picture books:
“A Bargain for Frances” by Russell Hoban
“Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes
“Davy, Soccer Star!” By Brigitte Weninger
“Doctor De Soto” by William Steig
“Enemy Pie” by Derek Munson
“Fish is Fish” by Leo Lionni
“Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores” by James Howe
“Katy and the Big Snow” by Virginia Burton
“Little Croc’s Purse” by Lizzie Finlay
“Little Toot” by Hardie Gramatky
“Me First” by Helen Lester
“My Big Lie” by Bill Cosby
“Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace” by James Proimos
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Mole” by Carolyn Crimi
“Sam Tells Stories” by Thierry Robberecht
“The Biggest Bear” by Lynd Ward
“The Boy Who Cried Wolf” by B….

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Guest Column: Courage

I have been in the firefighting profession for 24 years. Currently, I am proud to serve at Station 3 in Liberty Lake with the Spokane Valley Fire Department. During my career people often comment on the courage it takes to be a firefighter….

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Guest Column: Trustworthiness

“You can trust me.” The line in every movie that when uttered raises eyebrows of suspicion. Trustworthiness is an elusive trait but is often at the top of the list of characteristics to describe your closest friends. It can take years of trials and tribulations to earn trust….

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