Opening Books. Opening Doors

Part of a well-rounded education includes helping students become caring, considerate, confident citizens of the world. Books about emotion and social-emotional issues can help kids think deeply about feelings and social issues. It is critical to introduce early learners to social-emotional topics. Seven Social-Emotional Books have been designated that touch…

Popular Programs at Your Library Network

Your Community Library Network serves Kootenai County, west Shoshone County, and beyond with virtual programs and over one hundred videos on YouTube and Facebook. Video content helps create a sense of community even in a time of physical distance. From storytime sessions to craft tutorials, and a lighthearted introduction to…

Get Ready for Winter!

Cold weather is just around the corner! Don’t forget to get your house prepared for the cooler months ahead!  Here are some home maintenance ideas to help keep your home operating in peak condition all winter long: Check foundation for cracks and caulk around the areas where necessary to prevent…

Cool Covid Contest

Clay figures, hatching chicks, painting, making ebelskivers, learning to ride a bike, horse, and quad roller skate were just a few of the skills demonstrated during our Cool Covid Contest held last spring. Dozens of entries in different age categories earned gift cards sponsored by Jeff Smith / Insurance Northwest…

Parenting Classes and Support from ICARE

ICARE is a strengths-based child development & school readiness program. We offer parenting classes and child sexual abuse prevention workshops using evidence based curriculum to families in Kootenai County. “Change the course of your parenting today, and change the course of your family history for generations to come.” Nurturing Fathers…

Annual January “Must Do” List

It’s not a New Years Resolution, but making the completion of this list an annual January habit will set your year on the right track to help you avoid costly, frustrating, or time consuming misses. Check your Credit Score: Most online sources give you one annual check for no charge.…

2019 FREE Summer Meals

Area school districts offer free summer meals to youth 18 and under. Adults are welcome to enjoy breakfast and lunch for a small fee. Coeur d’Alene SD Nutrition Services 667 – 7469 Post Falls SD Child Nutrition Office 773 – 1625 Lakeland SD Food Service Office 687 – 5451 Coeur…

Sleeping Tips for Baby & You

At Open Arms we see many moms who have this number one commonality: “My baby is awake for hours at night and I need my sleep!” With babies’ different temperaments, parents’ routines, technology and trying to keep up with social media, along with trying to be the best parent, these…

Shedding Light on Learning Disabilities

Do you know what learning disabilities are? Are you sure? Surveys show that 70% of parents and educators think learning disabilities are linked to autism and intellectual disabilities. In fact, students with learning disabilities are of average or above average intelligence. Many people associate learning disabilities with blindness and deafness.…

The Truth about Bullying

When we distributed the Fall issue of the North Idaho Family Magazine, we asked parents, school administrators, and teachers about topics they’d like to see covered in future issues of the North Idaho Family Magazine. From pre-school teachers through middle school age, the overwhelming response was bullying. Administrators in elementary…

Diaper Bank Helps Local Families

A new service has recently become available to local parents that helps reduce the cost burden of diapers. Organized by Mountain States Early Head Start, the diaper bank is the first of its kind in North Idaho, and was created in collaboration with the Idaho Diaper Bank, United Way of…

Snackles! Recipe

Ingredients 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup oat flour 1/3 cup raisins 1/4 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut or hemp seeds 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tsp lemon or orange zest (optional, but adds a beautiful essence) 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (see note…