KDL Blog ‘Parents & Kids’ Category

You Decide Who Runs the Race!

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Genre DerbyWhat are your favorite reads at KDL? KDL’s Genre Derby, our online campaign to raise money for collections, will be returning in February, and we need you to vote on which genres make it to the starting gate. Fill out this short survey and the genres with the most votes will make the cut.

Last year, the Genre Derby raised over $6,000 for collections at KDL! Romance received the most donations, but every genre was a winner.

 

 


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review – “Thank You, Octopus”

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell

Bedtime ahoy! In this silly story, we find that Octopus might not be the best choice for getting his little buddy ready for bed. Octopus helps brush teeth with a paint brush and attempts to rock (and roll) Buddy to sleep. The action takes place on a boat and colorful, quirky illustrations carry the nautical theme throughout the book. Invite your child to respond as you read together. They will likely be repeating, “No thank you, Octopus” by the end of the story. Talk about the pictures and ask your child what Octopus should really be doing at bedtime. Can you think of a funny way to change one of your bedtime routines? Reading a bedtime story each night and talking together are fantastic 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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KDL Top Ten — Football

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Snap up books on all your favorite football teams and players in our SPORTS FOOTBALL collection. To get you started, here’s a highlight reel showcasing 10 of the most checked-out titles in this section:

KDL Top Ten Football 8-29-2014


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Thankful for You Days!

Friday, August 29th, 2014

COM thankfulThe KDL Happiness Project has been such a success that we want to celebrate with those who make us most happy—you! Help us celebrate with treats, fun, entertainment and surprises at each of our 18 branches.

Thursday, September 4, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Thursday, September 4, 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Alto Branch
Saturday, September 27, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, October 11, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Spencer Township Branch
Saturday, October 11, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Alpine Township Branch
Saturday, October 18, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Gaines Township Branch
Sunday, October 19, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch
Tuesday, October 21, 4:00 – 8:00 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, October 23, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Walker Branch
Saturday, October 25, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Saturday, October 25, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Saturday, October 25, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 15, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Tyrone Township Branch
Wednesday, November 19, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Comstock Park Branch
Friday, November 21, 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Grandville Branch
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Plainfield Township Branch
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Saturday, November 29, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Byron Township Branch

 


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Holiday Closing — Labor Day

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The Kent District Library will be closed Monday, September 1 for Labor Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, September 2. For additional 2014 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Labor Day!

 

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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Corny Crafting

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Corny CraftingPlay-Grow-Read

It’s August and local sweet corn is in season. Most children love eating corn on the cob and even enjoy helping to shuck ears of corn before dinner is prepared. Pulling off layers of husk and picking bits of corn silk off the cobs is great exercise for little fingers and hands. And speaking of corn, here is a wonderful sensory craft that you can make with cornstarch and shaving cream. Mom bloggers everywhere give glowing reviews of this dough’s silky texture. Playing with play dough is another great way to exercise hands and build fine motor skills. (Note: This sensory activity is messy and best done in the kitchen or outside.) Be sure to warn young children that this dough is not edible.

Materials

  • Cornstarch (2) 16 oz. boxes
  • Shaving Cream (one full can)

Directions

  1. Dump two boxes of corn starch into a plastic container.
  2. Add an entire container of white foam shaving cream.
  3. Let children mix the corn starch while an adult adds the shaving cream and be prepared with molds if desired.

To Use

Children can help mix the cornstarch with the shaving cream until a foamy dough forms. Have fun molding the dough with small plastic containers, bowls, or food storage containers.

Other Ideas

Buy a bag of dried corn and fill a large plastic bowl with the corn. Provide children with scoops, measuring spoons, and spoons to use while playing with the corn.

–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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Teen Film Workshops: Register Today

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

TeenFilmContestClick program titles to get details and to register, or call 616-784-2007. Space is limited. For grades 6-12.

Lighting & Sound: Filmmaking Tips & Tricks
Is tinny sound plaguing your movie? Are shadows overrunning your story? Then this two-hour interactive workshop is for you! Learn helpful tips and tricks to improve the lighting and sound of your no-budget or low-budget film. Take your film to the next level by discovering everyday household items you can use to enhance the quality of your film’s lighting and sound. Information about free or low-cost community filmmaking resources will also be provided.
Saturday, September 13, 1:00 - 3:00 PM Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Story! Adventures in Writing and Drawing Storyboards
During this two-hour workshop, learn the pre-production process that film and animation use to create awesome stories. We will take your creative thoughts, add structure and create simple drawings that will help you describe your ideas when you execute them as short films. No artistic experience needed, but it is helpful. This workshop is also a helpful introduction to KDL’s Teen Filmmaking Workshop (see below).
Saturday, October 11, 1:00 – 3:00 PMWyoming Branch

Teen Filmmaking Workshop
Do you have a passion for film? Not sure where or how to start? This fun-filled, full-day workshop will take you from camera-wielding novice to having a completely edited short film under your belt. In partnership with the Community Media Center, all filming and editing equipment will be provided for the day. Teens are encouraged to bring a story idea, storyboard, and/or a screenplay. This workshop is designed for, but not restricted to, teens who wish to create a film to submit to the Kent County Teen Film Festival. Lunch will be provided.
Saturday, October 18, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PMEast Grand Rapids Branch

Stop-Motion Animation Workshop
Love animation? Want to make your own animated films? Let loose your creativity at this fun-filled, half-day workshop by bringing found objects or 2D puppets to life. This hands-on experience will teach you the basics of stop-motion animation including adding sound elements. All technology and software is provided.
Saturday, November 15, 12:30 – 4:30 PMCascade Township Branch

 


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KDL Top Ten — Cooking for Kids

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

This week’s Top Ten plays show-and-tell with 10 of the most popular cookbooks in our COOKING KIDS collection! Grab one of these and share tasty food and the fun of cooking with your little ones today. And tell us, what are your children’s favorite foods to help with?

KDL Top Ten Cooking Kids 8-22-2014

 

 

 

 


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Borrow an iPad!

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

ipad picInterested in trying out some of our digital offerings before buying your own tablet or eReader? Not sure how much you would use a tablet if you owned one? We can help you answer those questions with our Circulating iPad program.

KDL cardholders can check out an iPad, bring it home and use it for a full three weeks. You can personalize it with apps, photos, music, etc. Don’t forget to download a few books, music, magazines or movies with your library card from our digital collection. When you’re done, return the iPad and we will make sure it gets fully wiped and reset before lending it to the next person in line.

This service is branch-specific and is currently available at the Comstock Park and Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branches. It will be launching next Monday (August 25) at the Englehardt (Lowell) Branch as well, with more branches being added next year. Call or stop in the branch today for more information or to sign up!

 


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The Library Isn’t Open! What Do I Do?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Have you ever wished you had a good book or magazine to read, a movie to watch or music to listen to, but the library is closed? Great news: KDL’s electronic library is open 24/7!

Here’s what you can get when the library’s doors are locked:

eBooks and eAudiobooks: KDL has over 20,000 eBook titles and over 7,000 eAudiobook titles in formats that work with Kindles, Nooks, tablets and other digital devices. Most books can even be read directly from your computer. The eBook library is here, and directions can be found here.

Movies: KDL offers free feature movies for all ages, documentaries, exercise videos, foreign films and TV shows on Hoopla. All are available for checkout to watch on your home computer, or on the Hoopla app on your tablet or smartphone. More information can be found here, or watch this helpful video.

Music: Did you know that you can download and keep three free songs every week by using Freegal? All kinds of music is available, from rock & country to classical & folk. All you need is your KDL library card! Directions can be found here.

Magazines: Read current and past issues of popular magazines on your tablet, smartphone or computer with Zinio. Follow the directions to register, then download as many magazines as you want. Directions can be found here.

Have fun exploring these wonderful resources available with your Kent District Library card. Stop in at a KDL branch (while we’re open) for help and directions, or submit a help request here. You can also call during library hours.

 


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