May 23-30 Family Calendar – Soar Into Summer, Storytime Play and Learn, BookBlitz and Bingo
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. Until December 31, Spokane Public Library. Free.
Teen Summer Reading BookBlitz – The Coeur d’Alene Public Library is hosting a Teen Summer Reading BookBlitz for ages 13-19. To sign up, 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. Until August 31. Noon. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 769-2315.
Bingo at St. John, LaCrosse and Uniontown Libraries – Pie and Bingo at LaCrosse Library. Monday at 12:30 p.m. Pie and Bingo at the Uniontown Library. Wednesday at 6 p.m. These free events are made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library who sponsor the prizes and the desserts. For more information, contact St. John Branch Manager Kathy Isaacs at (509) 648-3319, LaCrosse Branch Manager Tami Schwartz at (509) 549-3770 or LaCrosse Branch Manager at ‘Uniontown, Holly Meyer, at (509) 229-5277. For more upcoming events at all Whitman County Library branches, follow social media or visit the library’s online events calendar at whitcolib.org. Monday, 12:30 p.m. Whitman County Library, 102 S. Main St., Colfax. (509) 397-4366.
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.
Friends of the Library – The Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library raises funds to support library programs for children and adults and to purchase special items for the collection, furniture and equipment. Volunteer friends operate Second Story Books in the library lobby. Meetings are open to anyone interested in supporting the library. Hosted in the Gozzer room. Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.-12 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.
Trivia: ‘Hamilton’ – Questions cover lyrics, what Schuyler’s sister said what and topics surrounding the founding fathers. Open to all ages. Register at scld.org. Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Presented by the Spokane County Library District. Free.
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.
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.
“Matilda: the Musical” – May 27-June 5. Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda The Musical’ revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of the imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life . This show is rated PG for its foul language. Showtimes Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Adults $16, military $15, seniors and children 12 and under; $18 door. (509) 227-7638.
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.
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.
Disassemble – Using basic tools, gloves, and safety glasses, disassemble electronics, small appliances, and other donated devices. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Register at scld.org. Saturday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.
Dance Into Summer Dance – Come and enjoy the Dance Into Summer Dance. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. with a waltz lesson given by professional instructors. After the lesson at 8:00 p.m. there will be general dancing, refreshments, door prizes and fun until 10:00 p.m. Couples, singles and all levels of dancers are welcome. For more information, call (208) 699-0421. Saturday, 7-10 p.m. Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way, Suite E, Ponderray. $9 adults; $5 teenagers 13 to 18 years old. (208) 263-0271.