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Early Lit Bits: Book Review – “Thank You, Octopus”

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell

Bedtime ahoy! In this silly story, we find that Octopus might not be the best choice for getting his little buddy ready for bed. Octopus helps brush teeth with a paint brush and attempts to rock (and roll) Buddy to sleep. The action takes place on a boat and colorful, quirky illustrations carry the nautical theme throughout the book. Invite your child to respond as you read together. They will likely be repeating, “No thank you, Octopus” by the end of the story. Talk about the pictures and ask your child what Octopus should really be doing at bedtime. Can you think of a funny way to change one of your bedtime routines? Reading a bedtime story each night and talking together are fantastic ways to get your child ready to read!

– Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch


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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Beat the Heat with Cool Summer Movies

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

It’s hot out there! Get out of the summer sun with a few movies that are sure to help you cool down. Here are a few suggestions:

 Ice Age: Continental Drift





The Day After Tomorrow        










  Winter’s Bone





   Doctor Zhivago










Gather the family, pop up some popcorn, crank up the A/C and settle in for a few hours of cool bliss. Get to your nearest library and check out a few good DVDs today!


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Earn Your Experience Summer @ KDL Sports Fan Badge

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

With the Summer Olympics underway in London and fall sports starting in a few weeks, athletics are on everyone’s mind. Get involved and score your Sports Fan Badge with the Experience Summer @ KDL program!

Here are some ways to bring out the champion inside you:

For more ideas for summer fun, check out our Experience Summer @ KDL program!


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London Calling!

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

There is so much going on across the pond this summer! The Summer Olympics start in just a few short weeks, the queen continues her Diamond Jubilee celebration, and Prince William turns 30. It is also the 15th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death. Why not take some time to brush up on the royal family with a great historical fiction novel? Check out KDL’s Royal Reads booklist for some great ideas!



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May Is Postpartum Depression Awareness Month

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Did you know that May is Postpartum Depression Awareness Month in the state of Michigan? This illness affects many families, and often cases go undiagnosed or untreated. The Michigan state senate approved and passed State Resolution 47 on May 4, 2011 in an effort to increase public awareness of postpartum depression.

KDL recognizes the need to educate the public on this very important subject and has complied a Postpartum Depression book list with several helpful resources to aid our patrons.

If you or someone you know may be struggling with postpartum depression, please contact a health-care professional or visit Spectrum Health for more information, resources, and details about local support groups.

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