KDL Blog ‘Parents & Kids’ Category

Yes, We’re Open!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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It’s another snow day for lots of kids in the area,
but KDL branches remain OPEN!
All programs will take place as scheduled.

Please drive carefully if you choose to visit us today.


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KDL CLOSED TUESDAY NOVEMBER 18

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Due to weather and road conditions, all branches of KDL and the Service Center will be closed today, Tuesday, November 18. All programs are cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 


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Deadline for Write Michigan is Approaching!

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Write Michigan 2014The deadline for submitting an entry to the second 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, teen and adult, the entire family can participate.

See www.writemichigan.org for complete details.


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Everyone Loves a Parade 

There are many opportunities to watch a parade this time of year. Whether you visit a high school football game or catch a holiday parade, the booming rhythm of a big band can get your child excited about music and movement.

Try out different instruments at home, then get ready to march! Pots and pans make great simple drums. Take turns leading the band. Set the tempo with a drum and play along as you march around the room. Practice playing fast and slow, quiet and loud.

Little Pig Joins the Band by David Hyde Costello provides lots of marching band inspiration. Each member of Little Pig’s family finds a place in the band, but Little Pig just can’t seem to find an instrument that works for him. Then he discovers that the band needs a leader!

For more musical inspiration, try one of KDL’s many classical music CDs available for children.

— Sara M. at the 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 — Chris Van Allsburg Visit

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The Misadventures of Sweetie PieEach 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 East Grand Rapids Branch staff Holly Goulet and Vanessa Walstra talk about an upcoming visit by award-winning author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg and some great holiday reads. Enjoy!

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• Find out more about Chris Van Allsburg’s visit

• Get a ticket to the book signing

• Request The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie by Chris Van Allsburg

• Request Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

• Request The Princess Bride

• Request As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

• Request The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

• Request The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

• Request Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

 


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — Go Away, Big Green Monster

Sunday, November 9th, 2014
The Go Away, Big Green Monster! app is a fun and interactive adaptation of the popular picture book of the same name by Ed Emberley. As in the book, the monster is assembled and then taken apart again as his various face parts are told to “go away.” Follow along as the author reads the book. Have fun changing the monster’s face. Being in control of this monster just might make him a little less scary to little ones. The app allows children to read the book alone or to sing along to a catchy musical version of the book. Watch the book come alive in this engaging app available for Apple, Android and Amazon devices.

— 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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Libraries and Snowplows, a Winning Combination

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

The next time you stop by the Kentwood Branch you’ll find a fairly unique award on display. Recently staff of the City of Kentwood Department of Public Works traveled to Norton Shores to participate in the American Public Works Association (APWA) Midwest Michigan Branch 2014 Snowplow Roadeo and Equipment Show.

This event brings together public works staff from cities and municipalities all over Michigan, featuring both a snowplow competition as well as an equipment show. At the equipment show the Kentwood DPW staff brought a snowplow truck that was displayed at the Kentwood Branch’s “Touch a Truck” program on July 30. Children and adults got to paint their handprints on the truck’s plow during the program in addition to artwork added by Kentwood Branch Adult Paraprofessional Barb Williams. By the end of the show the Kentwood snowplow was honored with the “Best of the Fleet 2014” award. Special thanks to Ron Woods, Mike Hoevenaar and the rest of the Kentwood Department of Public Works staff for their partnership with Kent District Library. You can also check out an article featured in the Muskegon Chronicle recapping the Snowplow Roadeo and Equipment Show by clicking here.

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American Public Works Association (APWA) Midwest Michigan Branch 2014 Snowplow Roadeo and Equipment Show “Best of the Fleet 2014″ Award

 

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“Touch A Truck” Plow

 

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Kentwood Branch “Touch A Truck”

 


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Meet the Author… and His Furry Friend

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Tuesday Tucks Me InJoin us for a visit with author Luis Carlos Montalván and his service dog Tuesday as they talk about animal assisted therapy, the human/animal bond and their own heartwarming story. The duo will be at the Plainfield Township Branch at 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 22, and at the Cascade Township Branch at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 23. People of all ages are invited to attend.

Montalván’s book, Tuesday Tucks Me In, is narrated by Tuesday and shares a day in the life of this service dog extraordinaire and tail-wagging ambassador for all things positive and uplifting in the world.

 

 


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Chris Van Allsburg Coming to EGR

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Van AllsburgChris Van Allsburg, Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book author and illustrator, will be visiting his hometown in celebration of his new book release, The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.  The East Grand Rapids Branch, 746 Lakeside Dr. SE, in collaboration with Grand Rapids Ballet and Schuler’s Books & Music, will host a book release celebration at 6:00 PM on Monday, November 24.

Don’t miss out on the Nutcracker-themed crafts, costumed dancers, treats from Jersey Junction, Sweeti-licious Bakery and more — as we celebrate the release of The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.

The event is FREE and open to the public; the book signing will be ticketed.

Tickets are free with purchase of The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie from schulerbooks.com. Each ticketholder may have the author sign up to three copies of newly purchased titles, and one copy of any Van Allsburg book from their personal library. All book orders and accompanying book-signing tickets will be available for pick up at the event.

“It’s going to be a huge thrill for kids to be able to meet the author of their favorite books,” said Holly Goulet, a youth paraprofessional at the East Grand Rapids Branch, “We’re especially lucky to have him at this branch given his ties with the community.”

To pre-purchase books and get a book-signing ticket online, go to http://www.schulerbooks.com/product/chris-vanallsburg-sweetie-pie or visit Schuler Books & Music at their Grand Rapids location (2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids). Books will be available for purchase during the November 24 event. Due to anticipated demand, it cannot be guaranteed that books purchased the day of the event will be signed.

 


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — Little Green Peas

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors by Keith Baker

Keith Baker’s third concept book is sure to be a hit with your preschooler.  Baker’s previous books, LMNO Peas and 1-2-3 Peas, illustrate numbers and letters with the help of a fun-loving group of little peas.  This installment finds the peas exploring colors in large, two-page illustrations, perfect for sharing with a group.  Encourage them to repeat the phrase “little green peas” as it occurs after each new color.  In one-on-one reading, have your child point to and name the different activities the peas are doing.  Can you find the ladybug and paper airplane hidden in each scene? Ask which color is your child’s favorite.  Talking together about the pictures and asking questions are great ways to help get your child ready to read!

— Elizabeth 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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