“What books can I share with kids about a dying pet?”

Collie sitting and looking up expectantly

One of the hardest topics for parents to talk about with children--especially young children--is death.   Death is sometimes scary. It's mysterious, and often sad. Most of us want to protect the children we love from scary, sad, and mysterious situations. However, if you live a life with animals as I do, you need to know about […]

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Infant and Family Story Times Now at 320th! TGIF!

Infants and parents playing at story time.

Friday is story time day for me at the 320th Library! First, I start with Infant Story Time at 10:30. (This is new for Federal Way 320th as of January.) And then, Family Story Time starts at 11:15! Wait, did you read "Infant Story Time?" Why in the world would anybody bring an infant to story time? Infants […]

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Must-Reads for New Parents

Expecting a new addition to your family? If so, you may be inclined to hit the books to prepare yourself for parenthood. The library is here to help! Here are five categories that parents-to-be can explore. 1. Books about different parenting styles. It's certainly not necessary to devote yourself to one specific school of parenting, but it's […]

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Bookmarks and Landmarks Junior

Mary Olson Farm

Read the book and live the history! King County Library System, South King County Culture, and three fantastic local historical societies have collaborated on this unique book club opportunity for families. Bookmarks and Landmarks Junior allows families to really dive into the history of our area and explore a general store in Maple Valley, a mansion in Auburn, and […]

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Sitting Still? Not on Preschool Fitness Day!

A picture of Peter Rabbit standing on his head.

Today, January 27, 2017 is National Preschool Fitness Day! And what better way to celebrate than "read" some good books? That's just what we did at Family Story Time today. Starting with Hop, Hop, Jump! by Lauren Thompson We stood up, sat down, stretched, wiggled, waggled, and of course hopped and jumped. This book has large colorful […]

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Girls Gone Activist

Girls can make a difference! The recent Women's March on Washington and marches throughout the nation motivated women of all ages to take action. Enjoy these true stories about ordinary girls who made an impact and inspire young readers to take action for causes they care about. For the Right to Learn When one thinks of girls who have made an […]

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Most Popular Kids’ Fiction of 2016 at KCLS

Banner reads "Most Popular Kids' Fiction 2016" in front of background of book covers.

We treat the kids' list a little differently, because so many of our most popular kids' books are part of series! Instead of giving you the 10 most popular overall, we've compiled with 10 most popular with books from the same series removed, so you'll see the top title in each big series (instead of […]

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Kids Create Gifts and Memories this Holiday Season

Way before the era of Pinterest and the invention of social media people found inspiration for gifts to make in magazines. At least I think this must be the case, because my husband who lived in South Dakota made a lot of the same things I did in Florida! Doing an online search finds many, […]

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“Firsts” for Kids

Many parents rejoice in documenting their child's milestones. First tooth! First steps! First day of school! Did you know that reading and talking about first experiences before they happen can ease a child's anxieties and help them process new experiences? Here are some fun books about those great leaps forward that make us grown-ups proud […]

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Over the River and Through the Woods… Holiday Travel with Kids

Oh, yes... the holidays have officially arrived and there may be some family travel in your plans whether you like it or not. For some parents, the idea of being trapped in a plane, train, or car for many hours with their children devolving into cranky, bored beasties just doesn't appeal. We've all been there. […]

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