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Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Join the KDL Fund in celebrating our 75th Anniversary!

The KDL Service Center will come alive with a showcase of incredible library offerings like eBooks, Freegal, Mango Languages, Early Literacy offerings and so much more. Remember to bring your smartphones, eBook readers or tablets to get a taste of just a few of KDL’s digital offerings and other special activities. 

An eclectic array of authors will highlight the evening.  Featured authors, presented live by Schuler Books & Music include Sarah Kallio, DJ DeSmyter, Wade Rouse, Liesel LitzenburgerMichael Lindley, Sue StauffacherKristina RiggleSue MerrellTobin Buhk, and Gary SchmidtBrilliance Audio will present authors Tess Gerritsen and Susan Wiggs live via Skype. 

Enjoy scrumptious noshes, sweets, beverages, and music throughout the evening. 

Tickets for KDL Celebrates are $75 each and may be purchased online.  

Proceeds will support KDL literacy programs for young children as well as preserving quality library services for the next 75 years.

We hope to see you there!


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KDL Celebrates . . . Generous Sponsors

Friday, September 30th, 2011

As you may have heard, the KDL Fund is throwing a party to celebrate KDL’s 75th Anniversary. We are deeply grateful to our generous sponsors. Special thanks to Gold Sponsor Huntington Bank, which has sponsored KDL Fund events for three consecutive years.  

KDL Celebrates will take place from 7:00 to 10:00 pm on Tuesday, October 18. The KDL Service Center, located at 814 West River Center NE in Comstock Park, will come alive with a showcase of incredible library offerings like eBooks, Freegal, Mango Languages, Early Literacy offerings and so much more. To truly enjoy KDL Celebrates, guests will be invited to bring their smartphones, eBook readers or tablets to get a taste of just a few of KDL’s digital offerings and other special activities. 

An eclectic array of local and national authors will hightlight the evening’s festivities. The authors will join us in person, live via Skype technology, video greetings, or through their current book releases. Books and audiobooks from the authors will be available for purchase at the party. Thank you to our friends at Brilliance Audio and Schuler Books & Music for this amazing author tour. 

Guests will enjoy scrumptious noshes and beverages provided by Tommy Fitzgerald and Ninth Bridge Market

You don’t want to miss out on all the excitement!

Tickets for KDL Celebrates are $75 each. Reservations are required and tickets may be purchased online. Proceeds will support KDL literacy programs for young children as well as preserving quality library services for the next 75 years.

We hope to see you there!


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Donors to the Fund “Stock the Shelves”

Monday, May 16th, 2011

  

Thank You again to those who helped us “Stock the Shelves” with your donation to the KDL Fund.  You generously helped us exceed our goal by donating over $9,000 to purchase new books and materials for the youth collection and help us grow our legacy of lifelong learning.  

With your donations KDL was able to purchase:

  • 450 Read-Along Storybags (91 different titles).  Read-alongs (books with accompanying CDs) are very popular with young children and families.  Pre-readers can use these to be “read to” whenever THEY want. Read-alongs are often recommended by our staff to parents of reluctant and struggling readers, and can be used to help children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties. They are great for children who are learning English as a second language.  They can also be enjoyed by the whole family on car trips.
  • 99 Sounds of Phonics Easy Readers (33 different titles).  This is a new set of phonics-based readers, which are ALWAYS in demand, especially during Summer Reading Club.  Many area schools have a phonics-based curriculum, so kids are familiar with this approach to reading.  Each book concentrates on one letter sound, and there are very few simple words on each page.  The pictures are bright and cheery, and they relate to the text providing contextual cues.  Lots of white space makes them attractive to reluctant or struggling readers. 
  • 150 Popular Author/Character Picture Books such as  Fancy Nancy, Max & Ruby, Eric Carle, Dora the Explorer, Pete the Cat, Bill Martin Jr., and others.

According to our appreciative KDL staff, “It’s important to have plenty of copies of books with familiar characters, as this inspires a love of books and reading in general. These are items that we can never have enough of!”  KDL is very fortunate to have friends who so generously support children and reading. 

During 2011, KDL’s 75th Anniversary year, we have some exciting activities planned for the KDL Fund.  If you are interested in partnering with KDL in growing our Annual or Endowment Funds during this monumental year, we’d love to have you join us.

Thank you again!


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New Imagination Stations

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

 

The Kent District Library is pleased to announce the addition of two new Imagination Stations to its early childhood literacy program offerings.

Children can pretend they are budding restaurateurs preparing and serving delectable meals at the Wendy’s Imagination Station.  Or they can play make believe with numbers and letters at the C.G. Witvoet & Sons Imagination Station.  These Imagination Stations are part of the KDLville offerings at the Wyoming and Byron Township branches.  

These Imagination Station experiences will be shared with KDL’s Kentwood and Walker branches and eventually be enjoyed by all young KDL patrons. Additional Imagination Stations will be introduced during 2011.

Thank you to all of our Imagination Station sponsors

Please join us in feeding the imagination of a young child with a donation to the KDL Fund today. 

     

** Read more about the Wendy’s Imagination Station here.


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Thanks For Helping Us “Stock the Shelves”

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Thank You so much for helping us “Stock the Shelves” with your donation to the KDL Fund.  You generously helped us exceed our goal by donating over $8,900 to purchase new books and materials for the youth collection and help us grow our legacy of lifelong learning.  

KDL is very fortunate to have friends who so thoughtfully support our library programs and services. 

During 2011, KDL’s 75th Anniversary year, we have some exciting activities planned for the KDL Annual and Endowment Funds.  The KDL Fund Development Board will continue to lead the effort to grow our endowment and support of the following activities: 

  • Play, Grow, Read To Your Baby bags inspire first-time parents to help their babies become lovers of learning and reading.
  • Early Literacy Computer Stations teach children so they are eager and ready to learn to read when they enter kindergarten.
  • Imagination Stations engage children in an exploration of learning, play, and imagination. 

If you are interested in partnering with KDL in growing our Annual or Endowment Funds during our 75th anniversary year, we’d love to have you join us.

 

Thank you again! 
  


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Give the Gift of Books This Holiday Season

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Children learn to read being in the presence of books.” ~ Horace Mann

Are you looking for a special gift that gives back  this holiday season?

This holiday season, please consider a gift to the KDL FundStock the Shelves” campaign in honor or celebration of a loved one, friend, or teacher.

In 2011, as KDL experiences increases in visitors and circulation, the depressed economy has forced cuts across all budget line items.  Among other areas, these cuts will result in a loss of roughly 13,000 items in our youth collection.

Please help us raise $7,500 for our  75th year to “Stock the Shelves” with amazing books and materials for the youth collection. 

I love how even though our family can’t always afford to buy books, we don’t have to sacrifice to have the privilege to read. We could not be more appreciative. The kids beg to visit the library they love it so much. I look forward to many more years with my children visiting the libraries.” ~ Heather

It would be a shame if “the privilege to read” for children and their families was sacrificed because fewer books and materials were available to them.  Your support is critical to young people all over Kent County who rely on the 18 KDL branches for access to books and resources.  Please consider a donation today.

If you are giving the gift of lifelong learning by making a donation to the KDL Fund in honor of your loved ones, friends, teachers, etc., we will send a special card to that special person announcing your gift.

Thank you for helping us “Stock the Shelves” with your donation to the KDL Fund. Our founders would be proud to see we’ve continued their commitment to the youth of our community.

 “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” ~ Maya Angelou

  


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Imagination Stations Arrive at KDL

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Children are full of imagination . . . .

If given some toys, songs, or other props, a child can easily journey off to a magical world of play and learning. They might pretend to be a doctor caring for a sick teddy bear, or a clerk selling fruits and vegetables in a grocery store.

The Kent District Library is thrilled to introduce the Imagination Station to its early childhood literacy program offerings. An Imagination Station is a simple structure that fosters a child’s imagination through dramatic play.

Dramatic play is a key component of early childhood development.  Dramatic play helps children develop creativity and imagination, knowledge of how the world works, language skills, and cooperation with others.  From this play, children begin to develop life-long literacy skills.

Thank you to our friends at Meijer and Fifth Third Bank for sponsoring our first Imagination Stations at the Walker and Kentwood branches. The Wendy’s Imagination Station is scheduled to open at the Wyoming branch in early January.  Additional Imagination Stations will be introduced during 2011.

You can help feed the imagination of a young child.   

Donate to the KDL Fund today.

 


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Play Grow Read to Your Baby

Friday, July 16th, 2010

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Play Grow Read to Your Baby is a new KDL initiative that acquaints parents of newborns with the important role they play in the development of their children.  Working in partnership with Kent County First Steps, all first-time parents and parents 25 and younger in the KDL service area will be presented with a Play Grow Read to Your Baby bag.  The bag contains a board book, invitation for baby’s first library card, and a variety of materials with reading tips and early literacy information parents can begin to use immediately to foster learning in their young child. 

Distribution of the Play Grow Read to Your Baby bags will begin on July 19 through First Steps Welcome Home Baby program.  Bags will only be available through the First Steps program.

Play Grow Read to Your Baby is funded by the generous donors to the KDL Fund

(photo courtesy of  Kelsie Plattschorre)


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Making a Difference in the Lives of Children

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

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Thanks to the generosity of donors to the KDL Fund, exciting things are happening for young children and their families.

Since its inception in late 2007, the KDL Annual Fund has invested over $49,000 in KDL’s literacy programs for young children.

Thoughtful donors to the KDL Fund are making these initiatives a reality.

Early Literacy Computer Stations — Donations to the KDL Annual Fund have already enabled us to reach young children with Early Literacy Computer Stations in nine of our branch libraries. The Early Literacy Station from AWE is a stand-alone computer system containing over 40 educational software programs in English and Spanish. The educational software spans seven curricular areas targeted for toddlers through second grade. The goal is for all KDL branches to have an Early Literacy Computer Station.

Play, Grow, Read… To Your Baby! — Donations to the KDL Annual Fund will provide 1,500 new first-time parents in the KDL service area with a Play Grow Read… To Your Baby packet. The packet contains a board book, invitation to babytime at KDL, application for baby’s first library card, and materials featuring reading tips and early literacy information.

Imagination Stations — Donations to the KDL Annual Fund have provided for the creation of the first Imagination Station. An Imagination Station fosters a child’s imagination through dramatic play. One month the Imagination Station is a store complete with child-size shopping carts and play food, and the next month it is a bank with play money, cash registers, and coin rolls. The play station will be unveiled when KDL’s Kentwood Branch opens in its new facility later this year.

Together we can do so much more for young children.

Please consider a gift in support of KDL’s literacy programs for young children.

Donate Now


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Don’t Delay– Purchase Your Tickets Today!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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Have you purchased your tickets yet to see John Grogan, author of Marley & Me, on Thursday, October 29th at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center?

Don’t miss out on John Grogan’s presentation “Life Lessons from Marley & Me.”

Tickets are $10 in advance. Buy your tickets before Wednesday, October 28th online, at any KDL branch location or any Schuler Books & Music location in Grand Rapids.  A limited number of tickets may be available at the door.

Proceeds for A Novel Experience support KDL’s literacy programs for young children.


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