Early Lit Bits: KDLville Spotlight

February 1st, 2015

The Alto Branch is currently featuring a Science Imagination Station sponsored by Consumers Energy. Kids can experiment with building blocks, magnetic gears and child-safe mirrors. These fun activities will be sure to inspire budding scientists and engineers.


 

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

 


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Illustrator Margaret Bloy Graham Has Died at 94

January 31st, 2015

Margaret-Bloy-Graham-300x225Margaret Bloy Graham, the illustrator of Harry the Dirty Dog (written by her ex-husband Gene Zion) and many other books, died last week at the age of 94.

Harry the Dirty Dog was first published in 1956 and is still popular today.  Harry is considered the “canine Dennis the Menace.”  Although best known as an illustrator, Margaret Bloy Graham also wrote and illustrated her own books, including Be Nice to Spiders and Benjy, another dog series.

 

 

 

 


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Local Indie Spotlight: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

January 31st, 2015

Release Your Shrouds by Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys

This Michigan band plays bluegrass, except when it’s folk or it’s country or even a little jazzy. They describe their music as “eclectic Americana from the heart of America’s third coast.” Whatever you call it, this CD is a great listen! Lindsay Lou is the lead vocalist and the Flatbellys include Joshua Rilko, Mark Lavengood and PJ George on guitar, mandolin, dobro and more. With their third album, Ionia, in the works, check out this rootsy, harmonizing treat beforehand. You’ll likely pre-order the new release once you do!

Release Your Shrouds is part of the Local Indie @ KDL collection, housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branches. It was created to give independent authors, filmmakers and musicians the opportunity to be added to our shelves and to be featured by staff in order to increase viewers, readers and listeners.

Click here to browse our Local Indie @ KDL collection.


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New KDL Board Member: Lee Cook

January 30th, 2015

Lee Cook (3)Kent District Library welcomes its newest board trustee, Lee Cook, whose first meeting will be in February. We’re so lucky to benefit from his expertise and passion for libraries.

Lee lives in Grandville with his wife, Mary, who is the school librarian at Grand View Elementary.  They have three children: two attend the University of Michigan and one is a freshman at Grandville High School. They are members of First Reformed Church of Grandville, where Lee serves as Vice President of Consistory. Lee is also currently serving on the Grandville City Council, Kent County Dispatch Authority and Grandville Library Board. He is retired from the family business, Cook Funeral Home, and serves as a consultant for another family business, Byron Center Manor. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master’s in Business Administration.

 


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Teen Science Fiction Books

January 29th, 2015

In solidarity of my son’s semester long course on science fiction cinderbooks, here are some of my favorite, recent (besides Firefight) science fiction books.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer:  What I really love about this series is that the author takes Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel and totally gives them a science fiction make-over!  And yes, these would be great books for guys too (ignore the shoe) because there is no simpering princess.  Cinder is actually part alien, part cyborg and is in way over her head.  Scarlet just wants to find out what happened to her grandmother but runs into a whole organization of wolves.  And Cress is just a lost girl who happens to be a genius hacker.  I’m excited to see where the next book takes the characters!

stupidperfectworldStupid Perfect World by Scott Westerfeld is actually a short story eBook, but I am hoping it might expand to more.  In this future world, kids are required to take a Scarcity class that teaches them about how things use to be.  For a final project, everyone in the class most pick an ancient hardship that is no longer in existence, like getting a cold or not using advanced transportation.  Maria decides to experience hormones as a teenager by stopping her hormone treatment and Kieran picks sleeping 8 hours a night, because really, it couldn’t be that bad, right?

 

 

 


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KDL Branches to Open at Noon Today

January 29th, 2015

Due to hazardous road conditions, KDL branches with regular morning hours will open at 12:00 PM today (Thursday, January 29). All morning programs are cancelled. Please be safe and we hope to see you at KDL this afternoon!

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Teen Titles on the Big Screen

January 28th, 2015

It happens every time – when a new movie comes out that was based on a book, everyone rushes to get a copy to read. Why not avoid the crowds by reading the books in advance?

Take a look at some of the awesome teen titles that have sold their movie rights and prepare for the satisfaction of saying, “I liked that book before it was a movie.”


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
(Release date: October 14, 2016)

 


Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
(In development, no published release date)

 


Paper Towns by John Green
(Release date: June 19, 2015)

 


Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
(Release date: March 4, 2016)

 


Legend by Marie Lu
(In development, expected release date 2016)

 


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Library Beer Party: Details Here!

January 27th, 2015

DSCF2689KDL Director Lance Werner and Englehardt Branch Manager Josh Bernstein recently told FOX-17’s Morning Mix team all about the KD aLe beer making and tasting series and the wrap-up party at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, February 25 at Gravel Bottom Brewery in Ada. As part of the festivities, Gravel Bottom will tap a limited-edition keg-a-roony of KD aLe, a Scotch Ale made just for us (and YOU are invited)!

Tune into FOX 17’s Morning Mix between 9:00 and 9:15 AM on Monday, February 9 for the complete scoop from Lance and Josh.

 


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Playing with Pinterest

January 26th, 2015

Pinterest, for the uninitiated, is like a virtual bulletin board.  When you find something online that you want to save, you can “pin” it and save it for later.  As a social media tool, it allows you to visually discover, collect, share and store pictures and websites that interest you.  Best of all, you can share your “pins” with your friends, and collect ideas from their boards.

I admit, I find myself browsing Pinterest quite often.  More than once I’ve looked up from my computer and realized that I had spent two hours staring at pins of luxurious vacation places I could never afford.  But after a while, I decided to focus on using Pinterest with a purpose–not just to plan imaginary trips.

When I started to browse with a purpose in mind, I found Pinterest helped me discover ideas for educating and entertaining my children.  Suddenly, instead of looking for faraway places to vacation, I was searching for DIY activities for my toddler.  I found a way to construct my own geoboard.  I followed a collection of great read-alouds that I knew my children would all enjoy.  There were early literacy activities to help my preschooler, and great recipes to feed my family.

DIY Geoboard

DIY Geoboard

My virtual bulletin board was growing, my kids were busy creating with shapes and colors, and dinner was in the crockpot!


Follow Kent District Library on Pinterest and engage with our community of ideas.  You’ll be amazed at what you discover.

 


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Coming Next Week: Genre Derby, a Second Lap

January 26th, 2015

GenreDerbyLogoIt’s almost time to pony up!

Every horse wins during Genre Derby, KDL’s social media-driven crowdfunding effort to put more print and digital books in your hands and on your screens. Last year, the inaugural event allowed us to buy more than 400 new titles. Vote for your favorite genre starting next week!

 

 


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