KDL Blog ‘Research & Computer Tips’ Category

KDL Millage Passes — Thank You!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Thank You

 

Final Results: KDL Millage Proposal
✔   YES — 34,387 (57%)
NO — 25,505 (43%)

Kent District Library voters have spoken, and KDL is thrilled to be able to continue to provide the quality materials and services residents value. KDL is your library for today and tomorrow. As your needs have changed and evolved, we have been proud to change and evolve with you.

We will implement our plan to offer more convenient hours at more branches, reduce wait times for materials, and perform much-needed technology upgrades. This millage funding will result in improved service at all 18 of our branches, as well as for users of our growing digital collection.

Your vote to secure essential funding for KDL is a vote of confidence in our stewardship of tax dollars. We look forward to delivering on our immediate promises as well as providing the services you need and want for the next 10 years and beyond.

Thank you again!

 


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Fall 2014 Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our September classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Using It and Loving It!
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics & More
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Career Transitions Workshop: LinkedIn Boot Camp
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required and will begin the month before the scheduled classes on the first Monday of each month for KDL cardholders and the second Monday for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available):

  • September classes: Registration begins Monday, August 4 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, August 11 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • October classes: Registration begins Tuesday, September 2 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, September 8 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • November classes: Registration begins Monday, October 6 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, October 13 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — Sesame Street Family Play

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Sesame Street Family PlaySesame Street Family Play is a great tool to get your family interacting and active together. The app is full of ideas (up to 150) to help keep kids entertained in various situations like at the store, in a restaurant or while traveling. Simply follow the prompts and as you select for your location and number of players, you are given suggestions of silly and entertaining activities using basic, everyday items. With this app, you are also promoting learning that is fun! Some of the activities will get you moving and working your muscles while others work on memorization, letters, numbers, critical thinking, science concepts and more. Bring some extra fun to bath time, while waiting in line or anytime as you talk and play with your child using this app available from the Apple app store for $.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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Experience Summer Online

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

This summer KDL patrons have been learning new skills, visiting area parks, downloading e-books, and much more for Experience Summer Online. You still have time to join them in a wide variety of activities for chances to win prizes — just complete some simple and fun activities by Saturday, August 9. Check out these pictures of KDL patrons experiencing summer:

Learning How to Knit Morning Stories Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival4th of July on Reed's Lake

 


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More Mango Languages Content

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Mango Languages

Language lovers, rejoice — our online language learning resource, Mango Languages, recently added 10 new chapters and over 1,000 additional learning hours to 40+ of their language courses (indicated in bold in the table below)

Mango Languages is FREE to all KDL cardholders, and is an easy, effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. Courses are currently available in 62 foreign languages and 17 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses:

  • Arabic (Egyptian)
  • Arabic (Levantine)
  • Arabic (MSA)
  • Armenian
  • Azerbaijani
  • Bengali
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dari
  • Dutch
  • Farsi (Persian)
  • Finnish
  • French
  • French (Canadian)
  • Scottish Gaelic
  • German
  • Greek
  • Greek (Ancient)
  • Greek (Koine)
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hawaiian
  • Hebrew
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kazakh
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Malay
  • Malayalam
  • Norwegian
  • Pashto
  • Pirate
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Punjabi
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish (Latin American)
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Tuvan
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
  • Yiddish
  • ESL for Arabic (Egyptian) Speakers
  • ESL for Arabic (MSA) Speakers
  • ESL for Armenian Speakers
  • ESL for Chinese (Cantonese) Speakers
  • ESL for Chinese (Mandarin) Speakers
  • ESL for French Speakers
  • ESL for German Speakers
  • ESL for Greek Speakers
  • ESL for Italian Speakers
  • ESL for Japanese Speakers
  • ESL for Korean Speakers
  • ESL for Polish Speakers
  • ESL for Portuguese (Brazilian) Speakers
  • ESL for Russian Speakers
  • ESL for Spanish (Latin American) Speakers
  • ESL for Turkish Speakers
  • ESL for Vietnamese Speakers

Once you’ve signed up for an account through KDL, you can even access Mango Languages on-the-go with free mobile apps for iOS and Android!

Watch the video below to see Mango Languages in action, then start using it today!


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Top Ten — eBooks

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Pack light for your next vacation, and still bring along a ton of reading material! Check out a virtual suitcase full of books from KDL’s eBook site.  And to see what others are downloading, take a look at this week’s Top Ten list.  These are the 10 most popular eBooks at KDL right now:

Top Ten eBooks 07-18-2014

For help getting started, visit our eBooks & Downloads Help and FAQs page.

 


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Chatting with D.E. Johnson

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

D.E. Johnson was fascinating, informative and funny, answering questions on KDL’s Goodreads Discussion Board. The Michigan author of four historical mystery novels (including his latest, Detroit Shuffle) talked about Detroit after the turn of the twentieth century and about his writing. He also disclosed a little about the next series of mysteries that he is working on!

Check out the chat transcript on our KDL Goodreads Group page.

 

D. E. Johnson           Detroit Shuffle


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More Ways to Experience Summer!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Have you already completed your 30 days of reading for this summer? Don’t worry — there is much more to do, read and experience! With KDL’s Experience Summer Online anyone can complete activities, read books and attend library programs for more chances to win prizes. This is the perfect program for those who finish the traditional program early or just want some more fun summer reading options. Go to Experience Summer Online to get started!

Ignite Happiness: Summer Reading @ KDL

Ignite Happiness: Summer Reading @ KDL

 


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Free Computer Classes

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our August classes:

  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Digital Audiobook and Music Marketing
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required and will begin the month before the scheduled classes on the first Monday of each month for KDL cardholders and the second Monday for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available):

  • August classes: Registration begins Monday, July 7 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, July 14 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — Mother Goose on the Loose

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Mother Goose on the LooseWith the Mother Goose on the Loose app users can interact with and listen to classic nursery rhymes and songs. Mother Goose nursery rhymes are a great way to help kids learn to rhyme (a skill that is needed for learning to read). This app can help add even more fun to traditional rhymes. The simple and colorful format engages kids and lets them move the pieces around on a virtual flannel board. Listen to the rhyme or song, play with the “flannel” pieces and tap the sound effect buttons along to the beat of Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Hickory Dickory Dock, Jack and Jill and more! Sing and play with your child as you listen to 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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