KDL Blog ‘Parents & Kids’ Category

Don’t Forget to Submit Your Story!

Thursday, October 30th, 2014


The deadline for submitting an entry to the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest is November 30… so get writing! Opportunities like this don’t come around every day, so don’t miss out on this chance to get published and win money! With categories for youth, teens and adults, the entire family can participate.

See www.writemichigan.org for complete details.


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Watch Basketball, Support KDL

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Grand Rapids DriveThere’s a new basketball team in town! We have partnered with the Grand Rapids Drive to give you an opportunity to watch some exciting basketball while also supporting Kent District Library. Purchase tickets to any of the Drive’s home games using this link, and 20% of the sale will be donated to KDL. Tickets are $10 each and home games will be played at the DeltaPlex Arena. Check out the 2014–2015 home game schedule. All home games start at 7:00 PM.

Go Drive!


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Picture Book Biographies

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

I can’t think of a better way to learn about history and people of interest! Load up on fun facts about artists, inventors and other amazing people with our Picture Book Biographies booklist.


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Acorn Boxes

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Acorn Boxes

Autumn walks turn up special little treasures. We often come home with our pockets full of acorns, pebbles and maple tree wings. Appreciate nature’s tiny gifts by making a special acorn box to house small objects collected on walks. Use two small sections of a paper egg carton to form the top and bottom of the box. Paint the top egg cup brown and the bottom beige. Cut a ½” slit in the bottom of the brown cup and pull a ribbon loop through to form a handle.  Knot the ribbon on the inside of the cup.  Now place your little treasures in the other cup (the bottom of the box) and glue the top on. Children may want others to guess what’s in the box or simply keep the secret as a reminder of time spent outside in the fall. You can find this craft and others like it at All Free Kids Crafts.

— Dana D. at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) 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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Whooo Loves Books?

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Bulletin Board


Reading is a hoot when you come to Tyrone Township Branch and check out our favorite owl-inspired books.
We enjoyed:


I’m Not Cute by Jonathan Allen,
a book about a cute owl who just wants to be big and strong.

I'm Not Cute By Jonathan Allen


Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood,
a bright book that explores the word of colors.

Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood


Owl Moon by Jan Yolen,
a book full of beautiful watercolor illustrations about a father and daughter searching for owls in the night.

Owl Moon

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Win Tickets to Sesame Street Live!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

LET'S DANCE LOGOSesame Street Live is coming to the Van Andel Arena, and we are thrilled to provide you with a chance to win tickets! Get ready to sing and dance with Elmo, Cookie Monster, Ernie and more Sesame Street friends. “Let’s Dance” will take place November 18 and 19, and each of our 18 branches will be giving away a family four pack of ticket vouchers. Three shows will take place over the two days, and winners can choose which show they would like to attend. Vouchers will need to be exchanged for tickets at the box office.

Stop by any KDL branch location by November 5 and complete an entry form for your chance to win.

Want to increase your chance of winning tickets? Leave us a comment on this post and tell us who is your favorite Sesame Street character and why. We will randomly select one commenter to win four ticket vouchers!

Good luck to all!


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Fun with Scarves

Fall is a great time to incorporate scarves into music play. The flowing movement of the scarves simulates the movement of leaves floating down from the trees. Trying singing the following song together:

Autumn Leaves (to the tune of “London Bridge”)
Autumn leaves are falling down,
falling down, falling down.
Autumn leaves are falling down,
to the ground.

Red and yellow, orange and brown,
orange and brown, orange and brown.
Red and yellow, orange and brown,
on the ground.

With a scarf in each hand, children can practice swinging their arms in time to the rhythm or act out motions.

Scarves are a good way to combine music with movement.

Give children a dance challenge. Can you dance with the scarf on your head? Your knee? Continue to add body parts as children dance to the music.

Looking for good music to use with scarves? Try “Shake Your Scarves” from The Second Line: Scarf Activity Songs by Johnette Downing or “The Airplane Song” from Laurie Berkner’s Whaddaya Think of That!

— Sara M. at KDL’s Sand Lake / Nelson 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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Patron Story: Kristin Buursma

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Buursma2Kristin Buursma is always looking for opportunities to help her three-year-old business stand out and thrive. The Belmont resident and owner of Northlight Nannies found just the thing recently at Kent District Library: free Early Childhood Essentials classes.

Read Kristin’s story here.





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Early Lit Bits: App Review – iWriteWords

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

iWriteWords is a colorful and educational app that helps to teach kids letters, numbers and simple words. Use a finger to drag the crab character along a letter or number and follow the numbered dots to make the shape. When done correctly, you will hear the letter name. Drag the letter or tilt your device to drop the letter into the corner. When spelling words, a related picture will appear. The cute illustrations and easy-to-use format will engage a child while also helping children to recognize letters and their names. It also will help them begin to learn how to form letters, which aids in preparing them to be ready to write. Try other features as you change the letter size, practice with upper and lower case letters or tap the tune of the alphabet song. Sing, talk and read together as you try out this app available from the Apple app store. The Lite version is free, and the full version is $2.99.

– 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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KDL on WGVU Radio — Write Michigan Contest

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Michelle at WGVUEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Assistant Director Michelle Boisvenue-Fox talk about the 3rd Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. Enjoy!

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Download WGVU10-2-14.mp3

(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)







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