Author Archive Gets Great Reviews

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Spelling City
 and its free companion app are getting high marks from kids, parents and teachers. With the help of, kids can practice spelling words from customized lists designed to target their skill level. In addition, kids can choose the “teach me” tab to hear words spelled letter by letter or listen to words in context. offers lessons on compound words, analogies and sound-alike words that are helpful for kids and adults who are learning English for the first time. But the best news is that reluctant students will find the games and activities fun and engaging. They won’t even know they are studying spelling! Check out the “hangmouse game” for fun. Want a short preview? Here’s how to get started:

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KDL and Celebration Cinema Showcase Teen Films

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Celebration CinemaThanks to Celebration Cinema North for playing the teen filmmaking contest entries on the big screen!  It was so much fun to see our films in technicolor and surround sound!  We had 14 entries and 141 people in attendance.  Our judges, Dan Mish, John Serba and Ben Utter paid close attention to the films and gave our teen producers some great feedback.  Thanks again to everyone who made this event such a success.  We look forward to the Teen Filmmaking Contest in 2011!

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Teen Filmmakers Deadline Extended!

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Don’t despair, there’s still time to enter the KDL Teen Film Festival.  Check out the KDL website for rules and an application, then get out your camera, get together with friends and make a great short film.  You can submit your disk by mail or in person to: Dana Donnell, KDL Kentwood, 4700 Kalamazoo SE, Kentwood MI 49508.  The deadline is January 29th–so go start filming!

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4th Annual Teen Filmmaking Contest

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

All Kent County teens, grades 6-12, are invited to enter films in KDL’s 4th Annual Teen Filmmaking Contest. Films selected from the contest will be screened at the KDL Film Festival at Celebration! Cinema North from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2010. Over $200 in prize money will be awarded for the best films in various categories. For additional information, see the contest rules and entry form. All submissions must be in by January 16, 2010, so grab your camera for “take 1”!

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“Where’s the Love?”

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

animal1.jpgTeen Librarians are asking, “Where’s the love?” KDL’s Teen Surveys reveal that very few of you come to the library to seek the help of a librarian.  But we love you guys…really.  And we want to help you find stuff for homework and fun reading.  We’d like to get to know you so we can tell you when some of your favorite materials arrive at the library.  So don’t be shy!  Stop by and visit your Teen and Youth Librarians.  We can’t wait to see you!


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Online Reference Resources for Teens

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Homer on HomeworkLost your copy of the Odyssey?  Report due tomorrow?  Check out KDL’s online reference resources at  If you choose the Teen tab and then select Reference, you’ll see a link to KDL Recommended Sites.  Under Books and Reading you can get the complete text of the Odyssey from  Need a map to go with that report?  Choose the link to MeL.  Select SIRS Discoverer Deluxe from the MeL Databases link.  You’ll find a map of Ancient Greece in the collection of Maps of the World.  Report done!  Whew!

Have you found other great “saves” for school assignments at  Write back to the blog and share them with others.

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