KDL Blog ‘Parents & Kids’ Category

Consider Donating to School Supply Santa

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

School SuppliesIt’s time to start thinking about back-to-school shopping, but some local families don’t have the resources to purchase even the basic school supplies. Would you be willing to help meet this need?

During the month of August, all 18 KDL branches will collect school supplies in support of School Supply Santa, a local organization that collects and distributes school supplies for students in need. Requested supplies include backpacks, notebooks, crayons, markers, rulers, glues sticks, pencils, etc…. basically anything you would buy your own children to prepare them for school.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!


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Yes, please! Judge that Book by its Cover

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Here’s the scene: Kid comes into library and is told to look for a book. Only, said kid has zero clue what to read or where to start. Makes sense, right? We’ve all been there, or know somebody that has.

So, where do we look when there are so many books on the shelves? How do we narrow down what’s “good.” For some of us, we don’t question why we like something — we just do. It’s the same with books. Identifying what we like about a book and then finding something that meets our expectations can be tricky. To start looking for that one gem, let’s take the thinking part out of the equation for a minute. Begin by cruising through the stacks and just look around. For a second consider that it’s okay to judge a book by it’s cover…and then do it! Do you actually like the cover? What seems appealing about it? Could the story possibly be of interest based on what you see? Ask some questions, grab a stack, and check ’em out. If it’s not of interest, pitch it. Find another. Eventually the right one will show up given time.

Here are 5 children’s books I’ve found to be pretty excellent…just by judging the cover:

accidental afterlifeThe Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden

Emma Trevayne

At age twelve, grave robber Thomas Marsden discovers a boy who looks just like him in an unmarked grave and begins a journey of discovery as he learns of faeries trapped in London and their hope that he can return them to their realm.

apothecaryThe Apothecary

Maile Meloy

Follows a fourteen-year-old American girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952 and gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war.

thewarThe War That Saved My Life

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

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Colin Meloy

When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness–a dangerous and magical forest in the middle of Portland, Oregon–and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.

nestThe Nest

Kenneth Oppel

Celebrated author Kenneth Oppel creates an eerie masterpiece in this compelling story that explores disability and diversity, fears and dreams, and what ultimately makes a family. Includes illustrations from celebrated artist Jon Klassen.


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KDL to Launch Exclusive New Catalog

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

On Thursday, September 17, Kent District Library will launch an exclusive new KDL catalog. The new catalog allows KDL to offer better customer service, such as integrated access to the library’s significant digital collection, an improved searching experience, and more user-friendly policies, including increasing the number of holds allowed on physical items from 15 to 25 and allowing customers to renew material up to three times if there are no holds.

“For the library to make the significant service improvements our customers want and that the library promised to them during the 2014 millage campaign, KDL needs to offer an improved catalog experience,” says Lance Werner, KDL Executive Director.

KDL will continue to be a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative but will no longer participate in the shared catalog. Only KDL-owned material will appear in the new KDL catalog and KDL material will no longer be displayed in the LLC catalog. By exclusively managing our catalog, KDL can offer improved service to LLC and GRPL member library cardholders, who may use the KDL catalog to select a KDL branch as their “home” library and place up to 15 holds on physical items.

As we prepare for our new catalog, there will be some temporary service disruptions. Specific information, including important dates and a list of Frequently Asked Questions is available on the KDL website here. After reading our FAQ, please pose any questions you may have as a response to this blog, or call us at 616-784-2007.

 

 


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Xbox One, PS4, or Wii U?

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Starting this summer, KDL patrons can check out Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the Wii U games for all ages! In addition, KDL will continue to purchase popular games for our PS3 and Xbox 360 collections – now including those rated T for Teen and M for Mature.

Check your local KDL branch to see which games are on the shelf today. To search the online catalog, include the title or partial title and the game system as a Keyword (e.g. “LEGO Jurassic World xbox 360″). You can even place holds on games that have yet to be released! Here are several titles to anticipate:

Godzilla – To be released on July 14Godzilla 2015

Available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, players control Godzilla as he wreaks havoc throughout the world, battling other monsters, destroying specific city targets, and harnessing “G-Energy” to grow to massive new heights. Rated T for Teen.

F1 2015 – To be released on July 21Formula 1 2015

In this newest addition to the Formula One racing series, players can enjoy quick races or follow the entire racing circuit on real-world tracks. Rated E for Everyone.

Metal Gear VMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – To be released on Sept. 1

Continuing the story begun in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeros (request a copy from KDL today), this open world action-adventure follows Venom Snake as he travels Afghanistan during the Soviet War taking revenge on his enemies. Rated M for Mature.


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DC Comics and Vertigo Join hoopla!

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

DC Comics

Fan boys and fan girls rejoice, DC Comics and Vertigo have joined hoopla! Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and more are now available, for free for all Kent District Library card holders.

Readers can instantly borrow up to twelve titles a month, there are no late fees, no holds and the titles automatically return themselves.


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A Taste of Literature

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Good authors have you seeing their world, great authors have you tasting it and with these recipes, you can eat and drink along with your favorite characters.

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If you want to sip on Butterbeer with Harry, gulp lamb stew with Katniss or enjoy a raspberry cordial with Anne of Green Gables, check out these recipes inspired by children’s books.

Moby dick chocolat Little Women

Looking to wow your book club with a themed meal? These iconic foods are all drawn from famous works ranging from Moby Dick to Little Women.

Bon appétit and happy reading!

 


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Come Play Giant Games With Us!

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Giant GamesGet your competitive juices flowing and join us for Giant Games! Kids ages 6 and up will have a blast playing giant-sized games like Bananagrams, Jenga and Connect 4.

Schedule

Wednesday, June 24, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, June 30, 2:00 PM – Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 PM – Englehardt Branch (Lowell)
Wednesday, July 8, 11:00 AM – Caledonia Township Branch
Wednesday, July 8, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial Branch
Thursday, July 9, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, July 22, 6:30 PM – Alpine Township Branch
Tuesday, August 4, 10:00 AM – Plainfield Township Branch
Tuesday, August 4, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch

Branch locations can be found here.


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Just Book It – Trips Inspired by Tales

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

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Do you have wanderlust coursing through your veins? Plan your summer trip by drawing inspiration from your favorite travel books! Trace the paths worn down by literary greats, walk in the footsteps of the most famous travelers, or just sit back for a day of armchair travel in the comfort of your own home.

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 If hitting the open road and cruising down highways with the wind in your hair sounds like the ideal trip, check out these classic stories by road warriors like John Steinbeck, Tom Wolfe and Robert M. Pirsig.

 

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For the adventure lovers who want to undertake a Herculean task, these tales of people circumnavigating the globe on bikes, battling the elements on rafts and circling Australia in kayaks are sure to motivate the most wild hearted.

 

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With the recent success of the book-turned-movie “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, and the unforgettable “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert and the countless soul-searching travel stories it inspired, women’s travel books are a hot topic this summer. For tips on traveling alone, these books will have you covered from Albuquerque to Zimbabwe.

Happy trails and don’t forget the sunscreen!


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Get a Free Bike Helmet!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

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Make plans to visit the Walker Branch on Wednesday, June 24. Starting at 1:45 PM, volunteers from the Griffins and Safe Kids will be on hand to properly fit free bike helmets for the first 100 kids. Helmets for kids ages 1-12 will be distributed (subject to availability), and a parent or legal guardian must be present for a child to receive a helmet. Griff will be on hand to entertain patrons, and a variety of information from the Griffins and Safe Kids will be available for pickup.

See you there!

 


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Beat the “Summer Slide”

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Over the summer, kids can lose much of the learning they gained during the school year. What’s the best way to avoid the “summer slide?” Books! If you haven’t registered for Summer Reading @ KDL, today would be a great day to sign up!

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