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Early Lit Bits: App Review — AlphaTots

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Alpha TotsThe interactive animations and engaging sound effects in AlphaTots helps children learn the alphabet and letter sounds. Users can listen to a version of the traditional alphabet song and then work on related word activities for each letter of the alphabet. Children will be entertained while learning letters and new vocabulary as they build a robot for the letter “B” or help the plants grow for the letter “G.” Talk to your child and reinforce letters and words as you play this fun and educational app together. It is available for both Apple and Android devices.

— Julie R. at KDL’s Caledonia Township Branch

 


 

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KDL Top Ten — eAudiobooks

Friday, May 30th, 2014

June is Audiobook Month! Help us celebrate — check out eAudiobooks from KDL’s Downloadable eBook site! Here are 10 of the most popular eAudiobooks right now at KDL:

Top Ten eAudiobooks 05-30-2014


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Some Bugs”

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Some BugsSome Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi

Bugs are hopping, gliding, swimming and hiding in this new picture book. With a bouncy rhythm and colorful illustrations, Some Bugs is sure to appeal to the junior bug hunter in your house. As you read together, pause and talk about each action word. Ask your child if he or she can curl up in a ball or flutter through the room. Have you seen bugs like this outside or at the park? Grab a magnifying glass and see what bugs you can find in the grass. This book even has a handy bug guide to help with identification. Talking and playing like bugs are both great ways to get your child ready to read!

–Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch

 


 

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KDL Top Ten — History Military

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

In honor of Memorial Day, this week’s Top Ten list features ten of the most popular books in our History Military section. To view these titles, click on the link to your Top Ten list.

Top Ten History Military 05-23-2014


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Windy Weather

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Windy WeatherPlay-Grow-Read

With the warmth of Spring comes lots of fun things to do outside with small children. Take advantage of a windy or wet day to talk about the weather. Is it windy, cloudy, sunny or wet outside? Is it warm or cool? Have fun making simple weather crafts with recycled materials from around the house. Plastic grocery bags make wonderful kites and parachutes. Empty plastic bottles can be turned into rain gauges. When the fun is done, simply toss the materials into your recycling bin.

Materials:

  • plastic grocery bags
  • plastic pop bottles
  • tape
  • string or yarn
  • permanent marker
  • scissors

Directions:

Kite

Make a simple kite by tying a piece of string to each handle of a grocery bag. Tie the two pieces of string together with a knot about 12 inches from the end of the handles. Attach a long piece of string to the point where the two strings meet. Take the kite outside on a windy day to see if you can get the kite to fly.

Parachute

Tape together the two handles of a plastic grocery bag. Use tape to secure small objects such as sticks to the joint where the two handles meet. Stand on a raised deck or playground equipment to release the parachutes so that they float to the ground. Experiment by attaching several parachutes to heavier items such as small toy cars to see if you can make them float slowly to the ground.

Rain Gauge

Cut the bottom 4 inches off a plastic pop bottle. Use a permanent marker to mark one inch increments on the side of the plastic bottle. Set the bottle in an open space with the open end pointed up.  Check the gauge the next time it rains to see how much rain has fallen.

–Anjie G. at KDL’s Walker Branch

 


 

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KDL Top Ten — Computer Books

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Find help for tech issues in our Computer section!  This week’s Top Ten highlights some of the most popular Computer books at KDL right now:

Top Ten Computer Books 05-16-2014

 

And if you’re looking for more tech help, check out our upcoming Speak to a Geek programs.

 


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing SongMay is a great month to celebrate rhythm and music. Save all those left-over plastic Easter eggs and put them to good use as maracas and shaker instruments. Choose some interesting ingredients for filler, like dried rice, pasta, beans, gravel, metal pop can tabs or even sand. Fill each egg with a different substance to make a unique sound, then seal with hot glue or clear adhesive tape. For older children, try filling two eggs with each substance to create a matching game! See if your child can identify which eggs sound the same. Eggs can easily be stored in an egg carton.

Have your child copy your movements as you sing this fun shaker egg song to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down:

 

Can you shake along with me?

Can you shake your eggs with me,
Eggs with me, Eggs with me?
Can you shake your eggs with me?
It’s so easy!

Place your shaker on your knee,
On your knee, on your knee.
Place your shaker on your knee,
It’s so easy! (Add as many verses as you like, using the same pattern.)

For even more fun, try a selection of children’s music to add to your shaker egg activities:

–Sara M. at KDL’s Sand Lake Branch


 

Happy Mother’s Day!

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KDL Top Ten — Crafts

Friday, May 9th, 2014

If you love all things creative, grab some books from our Crafts section.  Stitch, knit, crochet, paint, bead, decoupage, felt, refurbish… You get the picture.  Have fun!  And enjoy this week’s Top Ten:

Top Ten Crafts 05-09-2014

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Early Lit Bits: App Review — My Little Town: Toddler’s Seek & Find

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Toddler's Seek & FindMy Little Town: Toddler’s Seek & Find is an app that lets kids explore. It is also a great opportunity to talk with your child as you play and interact with the detailed scenes. Using colorful and expressive hand-drawn animations, the app opens into a town where each tap makes entertaining actions unfold. Make the clouds rain, open windows, ring the alarm, ride the bus, etc. As you play, talk to your child about what they see and hear. Check out the free lite version of this app on the Apple App Store. The full version is available for $2.99.

— Julie R. at KDL’s Caledonia Township Branch


 

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KDL Top Ten — Cooking International Mexican

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo — This week’s Top Ten serves up 10 of the most checked-out Mexican cookbooks at KDL:

Top Ten Cooking International Mexican 05-02-2014

Find these and others in our Cooking International section.   And if you love cookbooks, you’ll be happy to learn many are available through KDL’s OverDrive eBooks site!  Download one today.


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