KDL Blog ‘Parents & Kids’ Category

Children’s Author Norman Bridwell Died Last Friday

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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The well-loved children’s author and illustrator, Norman Bridwell, has died at the age of 86. Of course, Norman Bridwell’s most memorable character is Clifford the Big Red Dog. Clifford was introduced in 1963 and has over 150 titles as well as an animated television series.

There will be two new titles released in 2015, Clifford Goes to Kindergarten and Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah.

 


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Holiday Break Boredom Busters

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

happy holidays3Staying in town for Christmas break? We can help keep your kids happy, busy and entertained! Between The Wonderful WaterColorBot, Family Building Bricks Parties, a MarioKart Tournament and much more, there won’t be any time for boredom. Click here for a complete list of our programs taking place December 22 – January 4.

With your bank account a bit depleted after all that holiday shopping, don’t worry about spending money keeping your kids busy… all KDL programs are free!

 


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Watch Basketball, Watch Babies Win

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

First Steps kitPlanning on going to a Grand Rapids Drive game over your holiday break? Please consider bringing a new baby board book for KDL’s Play-Grow-Read to Your Baby program. Books will be collected at the games taking place on December 20, 27 and 28.

The Play-Grow-Read to Your Baby initiative introduces parents of newborns to the crucial role they play in the literacy development of their children.

Working in partnership with First Steps Kent, first-time parents in our service area are presented with a tote containing a:

  • Children’s board book
  • Baby snack cup
  • Library card registration
  • Baby Reading Guide

Swoosh indeed! Thank you!

 


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Wimpy Kid Readalikes

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Did you recently finish the Wimpy Kid journey? After checking out the movie, you might be up for a new adventure with other quirky characters! Searching for comic-style comedies? You don’t have to look far for Wimpy Kid Readalikes – we’ve collected them here, just for you.

Try out some of these less-than-superheroes in this comic collection! If you can’t stop giggling, you might think you’ve found the next best thing since Greg Heffley…

Here are a few finds you might enjoy next:

 

bignateBig Nate, Mr. Popularity by Lincoln Peirce

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Big Nate is Mr. Popularity! Nate’s decided to run for office! Will he triumph over the more popular kids? With Francis’s help, he might just have a winning chance!

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bigfatzombiefishMy Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: The SeaQuel by Mo O’Hara

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After Tom rescued Frankie the goldfish from his big brother Mark’s toxic science experiment, Frankie somehow became a big fat zombie goldfish with dangerous hypnotic powers.

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mylifeasajokeMy Life as a Joke by Janet Tashjian

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Derek Fallon discovers all the angst that comes with being twelve—he just wants to feel grown up, but life gets in the way with a series of mishaps that make him look like a baby.

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loserlistThe Loser List #4: Take Me to Your Loser by H.N. Kowitt

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Danny Shine is trying to avoid wrestling Bruiser Pekarsky in gym. That’s why he goes to the info session about running for class president. To his surprise, he finds that he might actually have to step up and lead the 7th grade and find out that sometimes, even when you win, you lose!

link to catalog

 

Whether you’re just waiting for the next book in the Wimpy Kid series or looking for something a little different to tickle your funny bone, these titles might have you laughing your socks off the whole way home!

 


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KDL Lab Programs Featured on Fox17 Morning Mix

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Learn more about our upcoming KDL Lab programs! Check out this segment from FOX 17’s brand new show, Morning Mix:
 

 

Lab programs at the Kent District Library

 


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KDL Partners with Toys for Tots

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Join KDL this holiday season in bringing cheer to a local child. Once again, KDL is participating in the US Marines’ Toys for Tots program, helping to provide toys to deserving children throughout the community. Drop off your new, unwrapped toys now through Thursday, December 18 at any one of these KDL branch locations:

Thank you for your generosity!


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Holiday Closing — Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Kent District Library will be closed Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, November 28. For additional holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving


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Late Opening Monday, December 1

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

All Kent District Library branches with open hours will open at 1:00 PM on Monday, December 1 in order to allow our staff to attend professional development in the morning. While we regret any temporary inconvenience this may cause, KDL’s commitment to staff training is one of the reasons we are able to provide you with such great service!

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Winter 2014-15 KDL Kaleidoscope

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The Winter 2014-15 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope program guide is now available online, and printed copies will be available soon at your local branch library. You’ll find all you need to know about winter programs and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations.

It’s sure to be an exciting season at KDL, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Check out the KDL Kaleidoscope today!

Winter 2015 Kaleidoscope

 


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Get Creative at the KDL Lab Programs

Monday, November 24th, 2014

kdlLabLogo_color_jpgCheck out these awesome KDL Lab programs that promote creativity and encourage you to have fun while learning. Make cool things while exploring new technology! Please click the program title for a list of dates, times and locations.

The Wonderful WaterColorBot
Watch with amazement while an image you create is recreated by our robot using watercolors, paper and a paintbrush. For all ages.

Get Revved Up
Create your own rubber band car, help us build an engine model and even design your own style of car or truck.  For all ages.

ReFashion It!
Put your creativity to the test and see what you can make with old T-shirts, other clothing items and odd pieces of fabric. We supply the tools, you bring a T-shirt and your imagination. Participants must be age 14 and older. For teens and adults.

3Doodler Dream It, Draw It
Make your drawings come to life with our 3Doodler! Create simple 3D objects from your own imagination or use some of the provided stencils. Pre-registration is required. For all ages.

***Check out WXMI Fox 17‘s new show, Morning Mix, at 9:00 AM on Monday, December 1. A segment, filmed at our Plainfield Township Branch and featuring our very own Craig Buno, will promote the KDL Lab programs. Here is a sneak peek photo:

KDL Lab Photo


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