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Book Bash Is This Weekend!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

BookBash-KDL_jpgBook Bash is right around the corner! We hope you plan to attend our Giant Warehouse Book Sale, featuring more than 20,000 gently-used books and other items that will be available for just 50 cents to $1 each. Sunday is Bag Day — $5 buys as many items as you can fit in a bag. All proceeds support Summer Reading @ KDL and other branch programs. Held at the KDL Service Center, 814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park.

Friday, April 25, 5:00 – 8:00 PM (Special time for teachers only from 3:00 – 5:00 PM)
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 27, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

 


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Recycled Planters and Watering Can

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

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Spring is just around the corner. It’s time to garden. Gardening teaches patience, nurturing skills and even builds vocabulary as children learn the names of different vegetables and plants. Repurpose containers from around the house to make fun planters and a simple watering can.

Materials:

  • Seeds (fast-growing seeds such as beans or grass work well)
  • Potting soil
  • Yogurt cups, coffee pods, old baby shoes, empty eggshells or stale ice cream cones
  • A one-gallon milk jug
  • Drill with small drill bit (adult use only)

To Make:

Look around the house for fun containers to use for planting. Any small plastic container will do. Stale flat-bottomed ice cream cones make excellent seedling planters and are completely biodegradable. Simply start a seed by sowing it in a cone filled with soil and plant the whole cone in the ground once the seedling is established. Outgrown shoes and boots also make fun outdoor planters too. Fill a planter with soil and sow the seeds according to the directions on the package. Water gently and set in a sunny window.

Make a simple watering can by drilling several small holes in the cap of a milk jug. Partially fill the jug with water so that it’s not too heavy for children to lift and screw the top on.  Encourage children to water the plants and observe the seeds as they sprout and grow.

To Use:

As the seeds sprout, talk about the different parts of the plant: the root, stem and leaves. Use a ruler to measure the plant every day or take a picture of the plant every day to record its growth.

–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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Read Off Your Fines April 13-26

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Read off your finesThat cookbook you were returning to the library that got wedged behind the backseat of your car and forgotten over the winter. The novel you only allowed yourself five pages a day to read because you never wanted it to end. The country-western CD your daughter put in her backpack last spring and found this spring.

Has your love of books and other KDL materials made it difficult to let go of some of your checked-out items by their due date? Put that love to work for you Sunday, April 13 through Saturday, April 26. Cardholders with KDL fines (not just KDL cardholders) are invited to visit a branch, and for every 10 minutes spent reading or listening in the library, $1 in overdue fines will be waived up to a maximum of $10 (does not apply to lost or damaged items or collection fees). You can even read off fines for other people!

** Patrons must do their reading at a KDL branch to receive waived overdue fines. See your local branch for more information.

Happy reading!

 


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How to Find Appropriate Reading for Kids

Friday, April 11th, 2014

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Finding appropriate reading material for a child is not always an easy task for a parent. Mom and Dad certainly strive to identify literature that encourages their children’s interest in reading, yet sometimes it can be difficult to determine if a book is either content- or reading-level appropriate. As much as we’d love to read everything before our kids get their hands on them, in all likelihood that’s not going to happen. Luckily, there are a couple of online resources that parents can refer to for help (in addition to talking with your local KDL librarian).

Story Snoops and Common Sense Media are two websites that are helpful tools for parents to utilize in navigating the vast amounts of books available for children. They provide reviews of a wide range of youth and teen fiction. In addition to the reviews, each website gives recommendations for what age level is appropriate for reading a particular book based on its content. Both also have some of their own unique features. For example, Common Sense Media has a “Great Handpicked Alternatives” generator that provides titles that are similar to a particular book in subject content, but might be directed to a different age- or reading-level. Story Snoops has a section for each book it reviews called “the scoop,” which describes the book’s content in a way that’s essentially a “head’s up” or “spoiler” of what subject matter a reader will encounter over the course of the story.

 


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Spring Break Fun!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

sunStaying in town for spring break? We can help keep your kids happy, busy and entertained… and we may even sneak in a little education (but they will never know)! Between Eco-Friendly Garden Projects, Rainbow Loom Creativity, Tom Plunkard: Beyond Magic and much more, there won’t be any time for boredom.

Click here for a complete list of our programs taking place April 4 – 13.

And if you are heading to the sunny south for break, make sure to stop in your local branch and stock up on some great vacation reads.

Wishing everyone a safe and fun spring vacation!

 


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Rhyme Time SmallDoes music make you smarter? According to many researchers, it does!  Children involved in music groups reap many benefits. Music helps children identify emotion and it can stimulate creativity. Experiences with musical instruments can improve motor and reasoning skills.

Rhyme Time at KDL is a great way for children to experience music. Kids and caregivers move and groove together with action rhymes, songs, games and hands-on musical activities. Rhyme Time is a great opportunity to learn new songs, explore music games and activities, and get hands on experience with basic musical instruments.

– 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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KDL on WGVU Radio — Giant Warehouse Book Sale

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Cheryl 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 Byron Township Branch Manager Cheryl Garrison talk about our upcoming Book Bash Giant Warehouse Book Sale.

Friday, April 25, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
(Special time for teachers only from 3:00 – 5:00 PM)
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 27, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Held at the KDL Service Center, 814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park.

Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 


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Three Programs Kids Will Love

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

plunkard10Check out these upcoming programs for families at various KDL branches:

Create a Gift Kids’ Crafting: Make a springtime gift for Mom, Dad or another loved one. Add a homemade card and try your hand at gift wrapping.

Superheroes Away: Come dressed as your favorite caped crusader and have fun playing games and creating your own comic book.

Tom Plunkard: Beyond Magic — Show and Workshop: Prepare to be amazed, then get tips right from Tom on doing your own amazing tricks.

 


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Giant Warehouse Book Sale April 25–27

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

24Time to mark your calendar for our third annual Book Bash Giant Warehouse Book Sale, featuring more than 20,000 gently-used books and other items that will be available for just 50 cents to $1 each. Sunday is Bag Day — $5 buys as many items as you can fit in a bag. All proceeds support Summer Reading @ KDL and other branch programs. Held at the KDL Service Center, 814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park.

Friday, April 25, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
(Special time for teachers only from 3:00 – 5:00 PM)
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 27, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 


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Like Children’s Musicals? See One for FREE

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Junie B JonesFrom today until they are gone, KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Plainfield Township and Wyoming branches for the dress rehearsal of Junie B. Jones on Thursday, April 17, 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (30 N. Division Ave.) All dress rehearsals are general seating and vouchers must be redeemed for an admission ticket (redeem on dress night only). Vouchers do not guarantee a seat as dress rehearsals also include open admission sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM.

We have 75 vouchers total. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Go!

To help you get in the mood for the show, look here for Junie B. Jones materials to check out at KDL.

P.S: If you do get vouchers and find you cannot use them, please return them to any KDL branch, as there is always high demand.grct logo

 

 

 


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