KDL Blog ‘Parents & Kids’ Category

We Have Moved: New Blog Location

Monday, April 25th, 2016


We are enjoying our beautiful new website, the new location for the KDL blog. Check it out to learn about all the latest and greatest things taking place at KDL!

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KDL’s New Website Launching This Evening!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Don’t be alarmed when after 8:00 PM this evening, Tuesday, March 22, you visit www.kdl.org and see this loveliness!


Rest assured, you won’t be lost! After this evening, this will be the new look for KDL’s information, ideas and excitement! Whether you are visiting from a desktop, tablet or phone, we hope you’ll like what you see!

KDL’s new mobile-friendly website features splashes of bright, cheerful colors set against a modern, elegant background. Significant topics are defined by a convenient color-coded navigation menu on the left side of the site. The menu is initially expanded displaying easy access to Events, eBooks & Downloads, Recommendations and information for Kids & Parents etc.

Additionally, note the prominent Search feature for the catalog and the site, the quick link to find KDL branches, and if you’re ever lost, there’s a live chat box with a lovely human on the other end who can help you during any of KDL’s open hours.

Stay tuned… We hope you enjoy this site when it launches, along with all the wonderful programs and services KDL has to offer!


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Animals on the Move

Monday, March 7th, 2016

If you have ever dreamed of having a safari adventure in South Africa, take a moment to browse through some memorable moments of a recent trip. In December of 2015, I travelled to South Africa with my husband to spend six days on a wildlife reserve. During that time we moved through the wilderness in a jeep, as we tracked giraffes, zebras, elephants, cheetahs, hippos and rhinos. This trip could become a reality for you, or at least an armchair excursion, with Fodor’s  The Complete Guide to African Safaris, or a video of South Africa.

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Some awesome interactions we witnessed were: an elephant and white rhino confrontation, zebras and giraffes running from a charging rhino, a cheetah on a casual walk…right by our jeep, and a group of hippos munching on dried grasses. Just imagine that you were in the jeep with us, so close that you could see the eyelashes of an elephant, the spots on a cheetah, and ticks on a giraffe’s neck! If this leads you to wanting to know more, you can research all these facts in our South African mammals collection.

Along with these interesting memories, I also enjoyed reading the book, Cover image for The elephant whisperer : my life with the herd in the African wildThe Elephant Whisperer: My life with the herd in the African wild, by Lawrence Anthony.

This inspirational  story takes the reader on a journey; with the true -to- life guide that purchased a reserve, and adopted a herd of wild elephants to roam across his magnificent land. This was definitely a trip to dream about!

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KDL Closing at Noon

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Due to increasingly hazardous travel conditions, all KDL locations will close at noon today, Tuesday, March 1. All afternoon and evening events are cancelled. Please remember that our digital collection is always available at www.kdl.org/downloads! Stay safe!

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Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Due to hazardous road conditions KDL branches will remain closed until noon today (Thursday, Feb. 25). All morning programs are cancelled. Stay safe and we hope to see you later today.

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Diverse Books for Kids and Teens

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Educator Rudine Sims Bishop wrote of literature as “mirrors” and “windows” where we can both see ourselves and see the lives of other people (you can read her full thoughts here). Reading a wide variety of authentic books about different people can help kids and teens connect with others and with a global society. Here are just a few of my recommendations:


Picture Books:

martin's big wordsMartin’s Big Words

February is African American History month, and this picture book biography helps celebrate this champion of human rights.





to marketTo Market! To Market!

Take a trip to an Indian market with this picture book. Its unique size and layout is great for talking about artistic choices with children and its vivid colors and typography create an interactive reading experience.



Chapter Books for Kids:

turtle of oman

The Turtle of Oman

Aref is a third-grader living in Oman when his father is accepted at the University of Michigan for graduate study. But Aref is heartbroken at leaving his home in Oman and his beloved Siddi, his grandfather. Will Aref be able to hold on to everything he loves about Oman while still looking forward to a new life in Michigan?




one crazy summer

One Crazy Summer

Combining humor with a vivid portrayal of growing up African American during the 1960s and the Black Panther movement, Rita Williams-Garcia tells the tale of the intrepid and spunky eleven-year-old Delphine and her two sisters as they navigate their relationship with their mother and learn a few things about themselves. Follow it up with more tales about the sisters in the sequels P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy in Alabama.



Books for Teens:

tequila wormThe Tequila Worm

Fourteen-year-old Sofia lives in a beloved close-knit Mexican community in Texas but also dreams of a world outside her home. She works hard to prove herself and ends up being accepted to a prestigious boarding school in Austin. The storytelling traditions of her family and community help her to face racism, an unfamiliar world, and growing up in this nuanced and rich novel based on the author’s personal experiences.




march book 1March: Book One

Based on Congressman John Lewis’s experiences in the Civil Rights Movement, this graphic novel is the first in a planned trilogy capturing the images and words of a movement that changed American history and one that still sparks calls to action for human rights and dignity today. Continue the story with March: Book Two.




American Born Chineseamerican born chinese

This graphic novel illustrates three intertwining tales that come together in a powerful demonstration of belonging and identity. With Gene Luen Yang just appointed the U.S. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, it’s a great time to read or reread his work!




1919 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East

Naomi Shihab Nye, a poet with Israeli and Palestinian ties, shines a light on the Middle East, its conflicts, and the voices and hopes of its people in this collection of poetry.





Check out this booklist for more recommendations or ask a librarian!



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Win Tickets to Marvel Universe Live!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Marvel Universe Live***Winners have been selected and emailed.

We are excited to offer you the chance to win a family four-pack of ticket vouchers to Marvel Universe Live! It’s easy (and fun!) to enter. Leave us a comment on this blog post and answer this question: If a librarian had a super power, what would it be? Please submit your comment by 8:00 AM on Monday, February 22. Two lucky winners will be contacted by email.

Marvel Universe Live will be playing at the Van Andel Arena March 31 – April 3. Vouchers can be redeemed at the box office for tickets to any of the following shows:
Thursday, March 31, 7:30 PM
Friday, April 1, 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 2, 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM or 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 3, 1:00 PM or 5:00 PM

Good luck!

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Wordless Picture Books

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

At first you might think to yourself, “What is the point of a book with no words?” But inside you’ll find stunning artwork and a story that can change with every reading.   Especially when read together with an adult, these books help to develop early literacy skills and to widen a child’s vocabulary base.

How to Read a Wordless Picture Book with Your Child 

  • Point to the pictures and objects in the story.  Pointing helps develop their understanding that words have meaning.
  • Develop new twists in the story-line to introduce new vocabulary, or topics that your child is interested in.
  • For younger children, wordless picture books help them learn the mechanics of a book.   They will master following the pictures from left to right and turning the pages long before they read a printed word.
  • Finished reading? Have your child create their own wordless picture book and tell the story aloud.

Wordless Picture Book Gems to Check Out

chalkChalk by Bill Thompson

journeyJourney by Aaron Becker

bluebirdBlueBird by Bob Staake

rainstormRainstorm by Barbara Lehman

foxesgardenFox’s Garden by Princesse Camcam

adogA Boy, A Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer

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Win Tickets to Monster Jam!

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Monster Jam*** Winners have been randomly selected and emailed. If you would like to purchase tickets to Monster Jam, you can do so using this link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/65737/1542376

We are excited to offer you the chance to win a family four-pack of ticket vouchers to Monster Jam! It’s easy to enter. Leave us a comment on this blog post and tell us where you find out about events that you or your family attend. These can be library events or other community programs. Please submit your comment by 9:00 AM on Monday, February 8. Two lucky winners will be contacted by email.

Monster Jam will be playing at the Van Andel Arena March 4-6. Vouchers can be redeemed at the box office for tickets to any of the following shows:
Friday, March 4, 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 5, 2:00 PM or 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 6, 2:00 PM

Good luck!

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Visit Us at the Kids and Family Expo

Monday, January 18th, 2016

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Stop by and say hi to us at the Kids and Family Expo, taking place from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, January 23 at the DeVos Place. It’s sure to be a great time for the whole family! Our booth will feature a KDLville interactive play space for the younger children and KDL Lab Experience for older kids. We’d love to share with you about all the exciting things taking place at KDL. Cabin fever will be here in West Michigan, and this expo will encourage you to come play and enjoy some family bonding, move with physical activities, learn and explore with creative mind activities and lead healthier lives. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children 3-15 and free for children 2 and under.

We hope to see you there!

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