KDL Blog ‘Research & Computer Tips’ Category

Early Lit Bits: App Review — Bugs and Buttons 2

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Bugs and Buttons 2In the app Bugs and Buttons 2, cute life-like bugs, fun sound effects and music are combined with colorful, high definition graphics for a fun learning experience. The app includes 18 different games at 3 levels that engage critical thinking skills and teach counting, music memory, sorting and more! As you play you can choose your mode of play and the games will adapt to the skill level of the player. Easy-to-follow instructions lead users through games that test observation or listening skills. The arcade-like games have you racing bugs past obstacles, watching a puppet show or saving bugs from “raining” buttons. The fine motor skills used in the games can help children’s hands get ready to write. Activities like counting and matching help develop early literacy skills through talking and playing.  This well-rounded app is available for iPad and iPhone for $2.99.

– Julie R. 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 on WJRW: Keep Your News Year’s Resolutions!

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

WJRWRecently, Communications Manager Heidi Nagel went on WJRW Radio to share how KDL can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions. If you want to save money, download items for free instead of purchasing them or use Consumer Reports to make wise purchases. If you want to lose weight or get healthy, check out our collection of healthy cookbooks or attend an upcoming program on Natural Health. Maybe you want to have more fun or learn something new? Attend one of our upcoming programs, including our KD aLe series. We are here to help you meet your goals!

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Cheers to a wonderful 2014!

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eBooks Are for Kids Too!

Monday, December 30th, 2013

KDL has lots of eBooks for kids, and now we have a site just for them! This new section of KDL’s digital collection is dedicated to kids, letting them easily browse for and borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks appropriate for their age and reading level. Check it out: http://ebooks.kdl.org/Kids.



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Holiday Closing — New Year’s Day

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Kent District Library will be closed Wednesday, January  1 for the New Year’s holiday. In addition, all branches will close at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve). We will resume normal operating hours on Thursday, January 2. For additional 2014 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy New Year!
Happy New Year



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Holiday Closing — Christmas Eve & Day

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

The Kent District Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays Tuesday & Wednesday, December 24–25. We will resume normal operating hours on Thursday, December 26. For additional 2014 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.


We appreciate your patronage and wish you Happy Holidays!


Happy Holidays

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New BookFlix Online Books for Kids

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

BookFlixWe are pleased to offer a new online resource just for kids — BookFlix from children’s publisher Scholastic!

BookFlix is an online literacy resource for grades PreK–3 that pairs fictional video storybooks with nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading and learning.

For example, the picture book Bear Snores On is paired with the nonfiction title A Bear Cub Grows Up:


The picture book is presented in animated video format (very similar to TumbleBooks, another popular youth online resource), and children can choose to “Read Along” to display the text highlighted word-by-word as the story plays. The Read Along option is also available for the related nonfiction title, and key vocabulary words are also highlighted, and can be clicked on to display definitions:


There are also educational games such as puzzles, author profiles, and additional age-appropriate web resources available for each pairing, as well as lesson plans, curriculum correlations and other educator resources.

You can watch an overview of this new product, or try it out yourself!


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Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Recently, KDL Director Lance Werner was interviewed by Barbara Hansen on NPO Showcase. Lance promoted the many services that we offer, including our new hoopla video-streaming service and our extensive eBook collection.

The show will air on GRTV several times in the next few weeks, but you can watch it here first. Enjoy!

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Star Wars Snowflakes

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

star-wars-snowflake-banner_smCalling all Star Wars fans! If you decorate your Christmas tree with starships and aliens like I do, then a perfect complement to your holiday décor would be to make these cool snowflakes designed by Anthony Herrera. You can download free pdf versions of Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine or my favorite – Stormtrooper!

So break out your scissors and very sharp x-acto knife for the fine details.

Hint: Watch the how-to video on the website for many helpful suggestions from the designer. Enjoy!

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Simon & Schuster eBooks Now Available!

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Simon & Schuster

Good news for eBook fans — titles from Simon & Schuster are now available from the library! Simon & Schuster had previously chosen to not to sell eBooks to libraries, but they are now launching a “pilot project” with 30 libraries nationwide, and KDL has been selected to participate!

KDL has purchased many Simon & Schuster titles from your favorite authors, including:

Visit http://ebooks.kdl.org and download one today!


City of Bones     One for the Money     The White Queen     Doctor Sleep

The Storyteller     Bones of the Lost     The Great Gatsby     The Old Man and the Sea


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Goodreads Choice Awards 2013

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Users of the popular readers’ social media site, Goodreads, have spoken, and the winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards have been announced. Check out the winners and the nominees. While you’re looking Goodreads over, be sure to stop by our Kent District Library Group page, a work in progress. Join the group and help us grow our online reading community.

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