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KDL Top Ten — Most Popular Items

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Check out what everyone else is reading and watching! Click on the link to the Top Ten list to find the hottest items at KDL right now:

Top Ten Most Popular 04-04-2014

And if you’re away from home this spring break, stop by our eBooks & Downloads page to discover all the fantastic books, movies, magazines and music KDL’s digital collection has to offer!

 


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — Hideout: Early Reading

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

HideoutHideout: Early Reading  is an app that helps kids learn to read through emphasizing letter sounds and word repetition. It also has catchy music and engagingly simple games to help keep users interested as they play. When playing, you have the option to choose a word ending and then play with the words in that “family.” Through activities such as popping kernels, breaking rocks or helping pets, words and sounds are reinforced as you blend them together to do the activities and read the sentences. Read and play together with your child while using this free app available from the Apple app store.

– Julie R. at KDL’s Caledonia 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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KDL Top Ten — Gardening Books

Friday, March 28th, 2014

This week’s Top Ten tills it like it is:  You’re one mowtivated bunch, KDL!  Here are the most popular books this month in our Garden section:

Top Ten Gardening 03-28-2014

And if this list makes you happy, check out information on our new Seed Library!


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Say Hello Like This”

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Say Hello Like ThisSay Hello Like This! by Mary Murphy

Dogs, cats, chickens and even donkeys have their own way of saying “hello” in this colorful picture book. Each page has a half-flap to lift, revealing how animals greet one another in their special way. Ask your child which animal has the funniest hello, and pretend you are that animal. Can you think of an animal not pictured in the book that says hello in a unique way? Playing pretend is a great way to practice language skills and gets your child ready to read!

– Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield 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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KDL Top Ten — Michigan Travel

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Click on this week’s Top Ten list to view 10 of the most popular Michigan Travel books at KDL!

Top Ten Michigan Travel 03-21-2014

Do you have a favorite nearby destination for spring break fun? Please share your ideas with us!


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Flower Power

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Play-Grow-Read

Flower Power

It has been a very long and very cold winter. Help lift everyone’s spirits with this colorful home experiment that transforms the color of carnation flowers or celery stems. Talk about how plants and flowers “drink” water by taking it up the stem of the plant. Try mixing different drops of food coloring in the same cup of water to make secondary colors such as purple.

Materials

  • several plain white carnations (or several sticks of celery with leaves)
  • food coloring
  • water
  • mason jars, vases or tall drinking glasses

Directions

  1. Add about 20-30 drops of food coloring to each of the cups of water (red, blue, and green)
  2. Before placing any of the flowers in the cups of water, have an adult trim the stem of each flower at an angle to create a fresh cut. Try to cut the stem while it is underwater. (If air gets into the stem, the water will not travel as well up the stem to color the flower.)
  3. Place a freshly cut white carnation in each of the cups of colored water and check on the flowers every few hours to see what happens. Save a couple white carnations for the idea below.

Other Ideas

Have an adult helper use a sharp knife to slit the stem of a carnation straight down the middle. Put each half of the stem into a cup of different colored water. See what happens to the flower. Read Lois Ehlert’s Planting a Rainbow to learn about the names and colors of flowers. Go to the store to pick out seed packets to plant in your garden this spring!

–Anjie G. at KDL’s Walker 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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KDL Top Ten — Freegal Downloads

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Time to face the music — Try KDL’s Freegal Music site today!  Download DRM-free MP3 files for millions of songs from Sony Music. And while you’re visiting, check out “My Library Top 10“:

Top Ten Freegal 03-14-2014


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Jim Gill Sings Do Re MiMusic stimulates the learning receptors in the brain. It can benefit young minds in many ways, from expanding vocabularies, to increasing comprehension or defining emotions. By including music in learning games, young children can practice essentials skills while having a blast!

Here are just a few ways to incorporate music into your playtime:

Draw or Paint to Music: Encourage your child to draw what they hear. You can use familiar words that identify emotions or feelings, like happy, busy, silly or sleepy. Then expand on those words with new vocabulary choices, like content, distracted, wild or mellow. See how your child’s artwork changes with the tempo of the song playing.

Move to the Music: Add special movements to a song for specific sounds. A fun example is Jim Gill’s song, My Bonnie, from his Do Re Mi on His Toe Leg Knee CD. For every “B” sound in the song, move your arms up, and put them down on the next “B” sound. Try it with some of your favorite songs. What letter sounds can your child identify?

Clap the Beat: Clap out the rhythm to a familiar song and see if your child can identify it. Clap the next part together. Practicing this skill helps children recognize patterns and predict what comes next.

Add some music to your day, and let the learning begin!

– Sara M. at KDL’s Sand Lake /Nelson 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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KDL Top Ten — Humor

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Double up on books at KDL!  Here are 10 of the most popular titles in our Humor section:

Top Ten Nonfiction Humor 03-07-2014

And for more good times, check out LaughFest! Enjoy great comedy and support Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

LaughFest

(Courtesy of Gilda’s Club and LaughFest)

March 6 – March 16


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — Sago Mini Sound Box

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Sago Mini Sound BoxThe app Sago Mini Sound Box is a fun way for kids to interact with music and sounds. It is easy to use, entertaining fun that helps kids to develop sound recognition and manual dexterity. When opened, the app lets you select one of nine boxes as your “set of sounds,” like piano, car horns, farm animals, etc. With each tap on the screen you create a new sound dot that you can drag and bounce around to change size, color and sound. Try tilting your device and using multiple touches for different interactions. As you play, ask your child about the sounds they hear and the colors and patterns they see. This app is available from the Apple and Amazon app stores for $2.99.

– Julie R. at KDL’s Caledonia 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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