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Get Creative!

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Check out these programs that are sure to get your creative juices flowing!

3doodler3Doodler Dream It, Draw It
Have you ever wished your drawings could come to life? Now they can! With the use of the 3Doodler, create simple 3D objects from your own imagination or use some of the provided stencils. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. For all ages.

Thursday, September 11, 6:00 PM, Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, September 25, 4:00 PM, Alto Branch
Wednesday, October 8, 4:00 PM, Gaines Township Branch
Tuesday, October 14, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch
Tuesday, November 11, 6:30 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, November 15, 2:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 AM, Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch

 

Get Revved UpGet Revved Up
Interested in cars? Want to learn how an engine works? Create your own rubber band car, help us build an engine model and even design a sketch of your own style of car or truck. For all ages.

Sunday, September 14, 2:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, September 18, 6:30 PM, Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, September 27, 10:30 AM, Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch
Saturday, October 4, 10:30 AM, Alto Branch
Saturday, October 11, 10:30 AM, Alpine Township Branch
Saturday, November 8, 2:00 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, November 29, 2:00 PM, Comstock Park Branch

 

Branch locations can be found here.

 


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Michigan Reads Celebration

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

acoustic roosterCelebrate the 2014 Michigan Reads book, Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band by Kwame Alexander, with crafts and activities. For ages 6 and younger.

Saturday, September 13, 10:00 AM,
Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Tuesday, September 16, 10:30 AM,
Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 PM, Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, September 17, 10:30 AM, Comstock Park Branch
Monday, September 22, 10:30 AM, Alto Branch
Tuesday, September 30, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM,
Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, October 1, 10:00 AM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, October 2, 10:00 AM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Sunday, October 19, 2:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch
Thursday, November 6, 10:00 AM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, November 8, 10:30 AM, Gaines Township Branch
Monday, November 10, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 11, 1:00 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 10:00 AM, Alpine Township Branch
Wednesday, November 19, 10:00 AM, Caledonia Township Branch

Branch locations can be found here.

 

 


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Write Michigan Contest Kicks Off Today!

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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Short story writers, grab your laptops for the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, presented by Kent District Library, Herrick District Library and Schuler Books & Music. Entries are accepted now through Sunday, November 30. Writers of all ages can enter, with cash prizes awarded for Readers’ Choice and Judges’ Choice. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.

Enhance your writing skills by attending one of the short story workshops being offered for adults, teens and children.

Learn more, including complete contest guidelines, by visiting the Write Michigan website.

We can’t wait to read your story!


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You Decide Who Runs the Race!

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Genre DerbyWhat are your favorite reads at KDL? KDL’s Genre Derby, our online campaign to raise money for collections, will be returning in February, and we need you to vote on which genres make it to the starting gate. Fill out this short survey and the genres with the most votes will make the cut.

Last year, the Genre Derby raised over $6,000 for collections at KDL! Romance received the most donations, but every genre was a winner.

 

 


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review – “Thank You, Octopus”

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell

Bedtime ahoy! In this silly story, we find that Octopus might not be the best choice for getting his little buddy ready for bed. Octopus helps brush teeth with a paint brush and attempts to rock (and roll) Buddy to sleep. The action takes place on a boat and colorful, quirky illustrations carry the nautical theme throughout the book. Invite your child to respond as you read together. They will likely be repeating, “No thank you, Octopus” by the end of the story. Talk about the pictures and ask your child what Octopus should really be doing at bedtime. Can you think of a funny way to change one of your bedtime routines? Reading a bedtime story each night and talking together are fantastic ways to get your child ready to read!

— Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield 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 Top Ten — Football

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Snap up books on all your favorite football teams and players in our SPORTS FOOTBALL collection. To get you started, here’s a highlight reel showcasing 10 of the most checked-out titles in this section:

KDL Top Ten Football 8-29-2014


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Thankful for You Days!

Friday, August 29th, 2014

COM thankfulThe KDL Happiness Project has been such a success that we want to celebrate with those who make us most happy—you! Help us celebrate with treats, fun, entertainment and surprises at each of our 18 branches.

Thursday, September 4, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Thursday, September 4, 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Alto Branch
Saturday, September 27, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, October 11, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Spencer Township Branch
Saturday, October 11, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Alpine Township Branch
Saturday, October 18, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Gaines Township Branch
Sunday, October 19, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch
Tuesday, October 21, 4:00 – 8:00 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, October 23, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Walker Branch
Saturday, October 25, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Saturday, October 25, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Saturday, October 25, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 15, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Tyrone Township Branch
Wednesday, November 19, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Comstock Park Branch
Friday, November 21, 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Grandville Branch
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Plainfield Township Branch
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Saturday, November 29, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Byron Township Branch

 


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Holiday Closing — Labor Day

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The Kent District Library will be closed Monday, September 1 for Labor Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, September 2. For additional 2014 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Labor Day!

 

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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Corny Crafting

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Corny CraftingPlay-Grow-Read

It’s August and local sweet corn is in season. Most children love eating corn on the cob and even enjoy helping to shuck ears of corn before dinner is prepared. Pulling off layers of husk and picking bits of corn silk off the cobs is great exercise for little fingers and hands. And speaking of corn, here is a wonderful sensory craft that you can make with cornstarch and shaving cream. Mom bloggers everywhere give glowing reviews of this dough’s silky texture. Playing with play dough is another great way to exercise hands and build fine motor skills. (Note: This sensory activity is messy and best done in the kitchen or outside.) Be sure to warn young children that this dough is not edible.

Materials

  • Cornstarch (2) 16 oz. boxes
  • Shaving Cream (one full can)

Directions

  1. Dump two boxes of corn starch into a plastic container.
  2. Add an entire container of white foam shaving cream.
  3. Let children mix the corn starch while an adult adds the shaving cream and be prepared with molds if desired.

To Use

Children can help mix the cornstarch with the shaving cream until a foamy dough forms. Have fun molding the dough with small plastic containers, bowls, or food storage containers.

Other Ideas

Buy a bag of dried corn and fill a large plastic bowl with the corn. Provide children with scoops, measuring spoons, and spoons to use while playing with the corn.

–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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Teen Film Workshops: Register Today

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

TeenFilmContestClick program titles to get details and to register, or call 616-784-2007. Space is limited. For grades 6-12.

Lighting & Sound: Filmmaking Tips & Tricks
Is tinny sound plaguing your movie? Are shadows overrunning your story? Then this two-hour interactive workshop is for you! Learn helpful tips and tricks to improve the lighting and sound of your no-budget or low-budget film. Take your film to the next level by discovering everyday household items you can use to enhance the quality of your film’s lighting and sound. Information about free or low-cost community filmmaking resources will also be provided.
Saturday, September 13, 1:00 – 3:00 PM Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Story! Adventures in Writing and Drawing Storyboards
During this two-hour workshop, learn the pre-production process that film and animation use to create awesome stories. We will take your creative thoughts, add structure and create simple drawings that will help you describe your ideas when you execute them as short films. No artistic experience needed, but it is helpful. This workshop is also a helpful introduction to KDL’s Teen Filmmaking Workshop (see below).
Saturday, October 11, 1:00 – 3:00 PMWyoming Branch

Teen Filmmaking Workshop
Do you have a passion for film? Not sure where or how to start? This fun-filled, full-day workshop will take you from camera-wielding novice to having a completely edited short film under your belt. In partnership with the Community Media Center, all filming and editing equipment will be provided for the day. Teens are encouraged to bring a story idea, storyboard, and/or a screenplay. This workshop is designed for, but not restricted to, teens who wish to create a film to submit to the Kent County Teen Film Festival. Lunch will be provided.
Saturday, October 18, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PMEast Grand Rapids Branch

Stop-Motion Animation Workshop
Love animation? Want to make your own animated films? Let loose your creativity at this fun-filled, half-day workshop by bringing found objects or 2D puppets to life. This hands-on experience will teach you the basics of stop-motion animation including adding sound elements. All technology and software is provided.
Saturday, November 15, 12:30 – 4:30 PMCascade Township Branch

 


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