Family calendar from May 9 to 16 – Storytime, drawing, mining crafts, family spring market and kites


Fly into summer – Pick up a cut-out wooden butterfly from Avenue West Gallery and decorate it for display and/or sale until June. Must be returned to Avenue West by May 30. Open to artists of all ages. West Gallery Avenue, 907 W. Boone Ave., Suite B. $5. (509) 838-4999.

Storytime Play and Learn – Share books and songs and spend time in open-ended play with learning activities and craft projects. Open to kindergarten children and their families. Available at various times and at library branches throughout the week. Visit spokanelibrary.org for more information. Spokane Public Library. Free.

Outdoor Storytime – Join Miss Delaney outside on the lawn behind the Children’s Library for stories and songs. 5 years and under. Monday, 9:30-10:00 a.m. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315.

Scribbler’s Society Virtual Writing Club – Writers of all ages meet via Zoom to write, edit drafts, and participate in critique sessions. Email Lindsay Moore at [email protected] to register. Monday, 3-4 p.m. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315.

Storytime Shorts – Listen to stories that help children learn language and early literacy skills. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. on facebook.com/spokanecountylibrarydistrict. Also available on YouTube at scld.org/storytime-shorts-playlist. Presented by the Spokane County Library District. Free.

Family Hour of Code – Screen-free STEAM time with bots that will ignite creativity and imagination with a hands-on approach. The first 20 minutes will focus on project instructions, then families can enjoy free play. The sessions will take place in the storytelling room of the children’s library. Tuesday, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 769-2315.

Come in and write – Bring work in progress to share, get inspired by creative prompts, and make time to write. Tuesday, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Parkway. Free. (509) 279-0299.

Virtual Storytime – A virtual storytime for preschoolers held on Zoom. Visit events.spokanelibrary.org/events to register. Wednesday, 10-10:30 a.m. Presented by the Spokane Public Library. Free.

Wonder Wednesdays – A virtual story hour with books about imagination, creativity, adventure and exploration. Visit cdalibrary.com/library-events for the Zoom link. Wednesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315.

Fundamentals of Drawing for Teens – Marlene Laurich leads students in the techniques of drawing line, shape, form and space. Open to children from 12 to 15 years old. Sponsored by the Kalispel Tribe Youth Art Fellowship. Food and snacks provided. Call (509) 448-9277 or visit createarts.org to register. Mandatory masks. Wednesday, 3-5 p.m. Create an Art Center, 900 W. Fourth St., Newport. Free. (509) 447-9277.

Come and Draw – Explore different artistic mediums, develop skills and ideas, and get feedback. Open to all ages. Wednesday, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Parkway. Free. (509) 279-0299.

Library of Things: The Digital Multimeter – Learn about the digital multimeter in this hands-on demonstration. Open to children 13 years and older. Register at scld.org. Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.

Full Draw Film Tour – Featuring independent short films about bowhunting. Enjoy bow hunting on the big screen with your family and friends. This film features close encounters with elk, moose and more. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to take home some awesome new gear. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $20 adults; $12 young. (509) 227-7638.

Storytime Shorts – Listen to stories that help children learn language and early literacy skills. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. on facebook.com/spokanecountylibrarydistrict. Also available on YouTube at scld.org/storytime-shorts-playlist. Thursday, presented by the Spokane County Library District. Free.

Drop in and Play – Play board and card games together in a relaxing and positive environment. Open to all ages. Thursday, 12-2 p.m. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Parkway. Free. (509) 279-0299.

Online Storytime – Read stories, sing songs and share finger games. Open to children from 2 to 5 years old and their families. Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Register at scld.org. Presented by the Spokane County Library District. Free.

Book Babies – Join Miss Delaney in the Community Hall for Book Babies, a lap time story. Read fun stories, play and sing songs perfect for early literacy development. Ideal for ages 2 and under. Friday, 9:30-10:00 a.m. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 769-2315.

Dungeons and Dragons for Teens – Play a virtual game of Dungeons and Dragons with teens in the Spokane area. All skill levels are welcome. For more information and to register, visit events.spokanelibrary.org/events. Friday, 3-5 p.m. Presented by the Spokane Public Library. Free.

Self-Published Story Time – Join Miss Delaney on the Children’s Library Facebook page as she reads stories written by self-published authors. Visit cdalibrary.org for more information. Friday, 3-4 p.m. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315.

Minecraft Club – Explore architecture, engineering and art through Minecraft. Participants receive a building prompt and a brief lesson, then join a Minecraft world to build around the prompt. Friday, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Parkway. Free. (509) 279-0299.

After-Hours Mini-Golf – Play nature-themed after-hours mini-golf in the library. Departure times are every 20 minutes for groups of up to six people. Everyone is welcome. Register at scld.org. Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cheney Library, 610 First St., Cheney. Free. (509) 893-8280.

Family Spring Market – Family event with live music, local crafts from community vendors, tours of our community closet and podcast studio, cuddle time with puppies available for adoption, and a scavenger hunt. Presented by Northeast Youth and Family Services celebrating two years of service to the Spokane community. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 19 E. Queen Ave. Free. (509) 218-6716.

STARS: Toddler Math and Literacy – Explore the ways toddlers learn math through play, including counting, number sense, patterns and spatial relationships. Open to adults working with toddlers. Two STARS credits. Register at scld.org. Saturday, 10am-12pm. Presented by the Spokane County Library District. Free.

Science From Home – Librarian Molly presents a science experiment each week on the library’s Facebook page facebook.com/spokanecountylibrarydistrict. For children from 8 years old and their families. Saturday, 10-11 a.m. Spokane County Library District. Free. (509) 893-8200.

Get Power with Basic Electronics – Learn about electricity and how it works. Perform hands-on tests and experiments using the digital multimeter. Open to children from 8 to 12 years old. Register at scld.org. Saturday, 10am-12pm. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.

CdA Kite Fly – In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness Coeur d’Alene to present a family kite party in McEuen Park (just behind the library ). Bring your favorite kite or pick up a free kite from the library (provided by NAMI CDA) every Saturday in May. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. McEuen Park, 420 E. Front St., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 769-2252.

Functional Fashion Workshop – For kids ages 8-11 and their families, presented by Gizmo. Do you have clothes that serve a certain purpose or solve a specific problem? Use your imagination to design something new and learn the steps of the design process while designing and creating functional and fashionable clothing. Registration required. Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m. Gizmo, Hedlund Building, Suite 142, 283 N. Hubbard St., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 929-4029.

East Spokane Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast – All you can eat breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, ham, applesauce, milk, orange juice or coffee. Tickets at the door or by phone in advance. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. East Central Community Center, 500 S. Stone St. $10; 5 and under eat free. (909) 919-5938.

Teen Summer Reading BookBlitz – The Coeur d’Alene Public Library is hosting a Teen Summer Reading BookBlitz for ages 13-19. Review four books and you’ll get the fifth for free. Punched cards available at the Coeur d’Alene Library. The grand prize winner will be selected at the end of the summer. Sunday-August. 31, noon. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 769-2315.

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