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Be Amazed by the Magic!

Friday, June 6th, 2014

magicLibraries can be magical places, especially when you make room amongst the stacks for a magic show that’s fun, funny, educational and entertaining! Since Summer Reading @ KDL isn’t complete without some magic, we have a great line-up of magicians visiting our branches this summer. Families with children of all ages are invited to these programs that are sure to leave them feeling happy and amazed.

Magic with Tom Plunkard
An amazing program filled with live animals and loads of audience participation.

Wednesday, June 11, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, June 11, 6:30 PM – Englehardt Branch
Thursday, June 19, 6:30 PM – Tyrone Township Branch
Thursday, June 26, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch
Wednesday, July 9, 2:00 PM – Gaines Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 1:30 PM – Alto Branch
Thursday, July 10, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township Branch
Thursday, July 17, 6:30 PM – Wyoming Branch
Thursday, July 24, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park Branch

 

Stormy the Magician Presents the Magic of Science
Go on an entertaining adventure into the magic of science and the science of magic.

Wednesday, June 25, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, July 7, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial Branch
Wednesday, July 9, 6:00 PM – Alpine Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch
Thursday, July 24, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Saturday, July 26, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Thursday, July 31, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, July 31, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch

 

Baffling Bill the Magician
POOF! In a brilliant flash, Baffling Bill the magician arrives to amaze with illusion, comedy, audience participation and Gus the Bunny to celebrate summer reading.

Tuesday, July 15, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, July 24, 7:00 PM – Grandville Branch

 

Click here for branch locations.

 


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Summer Reading @ KDL Starts Today!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Ignite-Orange_jpgIgnite Happiness! Today is the first day of Summer Reading @ KDL, so stop by your local branch and sign up for a summer of reading, programs and prizes! With separate programs for babies, kids, teens and adults, the whole family can get in on the fun.

Don’t forget to check out all the FREE programs and activities listed in the KDL Events Calendar!

We would love to hear from you. Leave us a comment and let us know what books you would like to read this summer, what programs you plan to attend or your favorite thing about our summer reading program.

*** A huge thank you goes out to Consumers Energy for sponsoring Summer Reading @ KDL!


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Animals at the Library? Absolutely!

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

FarmSnakes in the stacks? Bats in the biography section? Goats getting checked out? You bet!

This summer we are featuring a lot of creatures at our programs. Don’t miss out on all the furry and feathered fun! Below is a list of our animal-related programs. Click each link for more information including dates, times and locations.

Radical Reptiles
Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary engages young minds with fascinating facts and real-life encounters with snakes, alligators and turtles.

John Ball Traveling Zoo
Come learn about animals and even get a chance to meet some!

Pet Shows
Is your pet a star? Every critter’s a winner in this unique show designed to put the spotlight on your furry, scaly or feathered friend. All acts must pre-register. Visit your local branch for more details.

Amazing Bats
Can you fly with your hands? Bats can! Meet and learn about the Organization for Bat Conservation’s live bats from around the world.

Agility Dogs Extraordinaire!
Witness extraordinary feats including free-style dancing, nose work and pulling carts, performed by talented dogs from The Well Mannered Dog Center. Learn how these special canines are trained both to be helper dogs and to compete in agility shows.

Farm on the Go
The Critter Barn of Zeeland brings a little of the farm to the city in a program featuring the cutest barnyard animals around for you to touch and pet.

Ruff Readers
KDL is celebrating 10 years of Ruff Readers in partnership with West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Inc. Ruff Readers is a unique read-aloud program that pairs kids with a trained therapy dog and their handler. Kids read their favorite book and the pooches just curl up and listen. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. Kids will be given a 15-minute time slot as they arrive. For ages 6 and older.

 

Hope to see you there!


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Kids: Read to a Book Buddy

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

IMG_2103Kids version: Are firefighters your favorite thing? Ballerinas the absolute best? Want to spend some one-on-one time with a sports mascot?

Parents version: Kids will be able to spend 10 minutes on Saturday, June 21 reading to a “book buddy,” comprised of local sports figures, fire and police personnel, mascots and other characters, as part of a partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Heart of West Michigan United Way.

Six of our branches — Englehardt (Lowell), Kentwood (Richard L. Root), Plainfield Township, Sand Lake / Nelson Township, Walker and Wyoming — will take part in an effort to promote IMG_2108400 Minutes, the amount of time  it is estimated that kids should spend reading each month during summer to prevent summer slide — what those in literacy circles refer to as the reading gains during the school year that can be lost over summer break.

Click here to see time ranges at each of the participating branches.

Anyone who has participated in KDL’s Ruff Readers programs over the last 10 years knows the marked impact it has on kids and reading. This summer, we invite kids to get themselves a book buddy — whether a dog, a firefighter or an athlete — and explore the worlds that a love of reading can open.

 


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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

 


 

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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Go Wild with these Youth Booklists!

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

    Mr Tiger Goes Wild    dragons love tacos     belly up

Are you ready to read this summer? Go wild with Mr. Tiger (but avoid swimming in a fountain without your top hat), make tacos for lunch and feed them to imaginary dragons (leave out the jalapeños!) and help solve the case of the murdered hippo! Check out these fantastic youth booklists that invite your child to read, play, laugh and discover.

 


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Hey Buddy, Take a Hike

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

north country trailGiven that West Michigan (specifically, the city of Lowell) serves as the headquarters for the 4,600-mile, seven-state North Country Scenic Trail, it seemed fitting that we team up with that organization of hiking enthusiasts for a series of programs in June.

The National Park Service Presents the North County Trail
The series kicks off with a presentation on the trail’s history and features by Mark Weaver, National Park Service Superintendent of the trail.
Monday, June 9, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch
Monday, June 16, 6:30 PM – Englehardt Branch

Trail Hiking 101
Chuck Hayden, of the West Michigan Chapter of the North Country Trail Association, will tell you everything you need to know about boots, poles, safety and etiquette to begin your trail-hiking journey.
Tuesday, June 17, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch

The North Country Trail and the Kitchen Sink
Author and Ludington Daily News columnist Joan Young, the first woman to complete the North Country Trail, will share tales of her experiences.
Tuesday, June 24, 7:00 PM at the Cascade Township Branch

 


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Memorial Day Suggested Reading

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Memorial Day is observed each year to remember the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces. KDL has prepared a list of recent books, both nonfiction and fiction, that have to do with the impact of war on those who served, and on their loved ones whose lives have been changed by separation and loss. Check out the list here.

Fearless         Wake          Bringing Mulligan Home          A Star For Mrs. Blake

Other lists of recommended reading having to do with wars are also available. Check out the booklists for American Wars of Manifest Destiny, World War I and World War II. Many books are also available for downloading to your eReader or tablet by visiting ebooks.kdl.org, and doing a search for an individual book or a keyword search for “war” or “soldiers.”

In honor of Memorial Day, Kent District Library will be closed on Monday, May 26.

 


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Meet the Author: Josh Malerman

Monday, May 12th, 2014

BirdBoxJosh Malerman (who, mark my words, will soon be bestselling author Josh Malerman) will be at Schuler Books & Music on 28th Street in Kentwood at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 16. Go. Please, go.

From time to time I sneak into our assistant director’s office and borrow a few of her LibraryReads hopefuls. That’s how I got ahold of Bird Box.

It was several months ago, but I haven’t stopped thinking about this post-apocalyptic, stark and terrifying-in-broad-daylight novel by Detroit’s Malerman (also the lead singer of rock band The High Strung). The clipped dialogue and short, tight sentences matched the book’s “frantic in a sort of hopeless way, really” pace. It’s crazy-original, and just wicked, wicked good fiction.

Universal Pictures has already optioned the movie rights — of course they have, and it has the potential to be a terrific flick. But to get the full effect, read the book.

Need more convincing before you go to Schuler on Friday? Here’s a recent article.

 


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Exciting New Youth Book Lists

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

           

Get your child ready to write with great picture books that inspire writing. Have your child hold a crayon and scribble a picture just like Harold in the classic book, Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.

Enjoy historical fiction? Imagine a trip to space with the book Racing the Moon by Alan Armstrong.

Connect your child with the perfect book this spring with these exciting book lists!

 


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