KDL Blog ‘Parents & Kids’ Category

Holiday Break Boredom Busters

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Happy HolidaysStaying in town for holiday break? We can help keep your kids and teens happy, busy and entertained! Between Star Wars: KDL Awakens the FORCE, Ugly Sweater Cupcake Wars, KDL Lab programs and so much more, there won’t be any time for boredom. Click here for a complete list of our programs taking place December 21 – January 3.

With your bank account a bit depleted after all that holiday shopping, don’t worry about spending money keeping your kids busy… all KDL programs are free!


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Quick Facts about MeLCat for KDL Cardholders

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Now that MeLCat service has been restored, we thought it’d be a good opportunity to review what exactly MeLCat is, what you as a KDL cardholder can get out of it, and how the service works:

Kent District Library participates in the statewide resource sharing system, MeLCat, which makes the collections of over 400 participating public, academic and school libraries available to KDL cardholders.

  • KDL cardholders may request print items using MeLCat, but not audio or video material.
  • MeLCat requests count toward the maximum 25 holds. (Note: This is a change from the previous policy.)
  • You may only request items that are currently on the shelf at participating MeLCat libraries. You cannot place a hold on checked out material.
  • Delivery to your KDL branch will average about one week.
  • Cardholders may check on the status of MeLCat requests and renew MeLCat material that is not yet due by accessing MyMeLCat. Visit catalog.kdl.org and click on the link to MyMeLCat in the right column.
  • If a MeLCat item is overdue, KDL staff may renew it at their discretion. Please check at your branch, or call 616-784-2007.

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Here are a few commonly-asked questions about the MeLCat service:

How will I know when my material arrives?
Notification will be sent using the same method as KDL holds: phone, text or email as you’ve requested. You can also check a request status using MyMeLCat.

At which branch is my item available for pickup?
You can check MyMeLCat to find out where your requests are waiting.

Why do my notices say that it’s at Alpine when I usually use another branch?
One of the challenges we are working to resolve is that MeLCat notifications indicate that material is located at the Alpine Branch, which is only true if you chose to get your MeLCat items at Alpine. Please check your MyMeLCat account to verify the location status of items or ask KDL staff for assistance.

What if my MeLCat items are not on the hold shelf at my branch?
Check your MyMeLCat account to see where you wanted them picked up. Please call 616-784-2007 to verify that those items are there, or ask branch staff to verify this for you.

Why is my hold taking so long if the item is available at a nearby library?
The MeLCat system fills requests with the first available item from any participating library in Michigan, not necessarily from the closest owning library.


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Borrow a Launchpad (An iPad for Kids)

Friday, December 11th, 2015

LaunchpadWe are excited to announce that we now offer Playaway Launchpads, secure, pre-loaded learning tablets designed for children. The Launchpads come pre-loaded with 10 or more high-quality learning apps that your kids are sure to love.

Several branches have Launchpads available for three-week checkout to KDL cardholders: Alpine Township, Byron Township, Cascade Township, East Grand Rapids, Gaines Township, Grandville, Kentwood (Richard L. Root), Plainfield Township and Wyoming.

Some branches have a Launchpad available for use inside the library: Alpine Township, Byron Township, Cascade Township, Kentwood (Richard L. Root), Nelson Township/Sand Lake, Spencer Township, Walker and Wyoming.

“I think these are a great alternative to the circulating iPads we offer for adults,” said Tammy Schneider, Collection Development Librarian. “They are made especially for kids, and have no Internet access, so parents can be sure their child isn’t going to accidentally get to a website that’s not appropriate.”


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Celebrate the Season!

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

6520996585_24780a3c20_bCelebrate the holiday season with KDL! We are offering all kinds of exciting programs for families this winter.  Don’t miss out on all the free fun! Please click on the program title for dates, times and locations.

The Reindeer are Coming
Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the library. Dress warmly and don’t forget the camera! For all ages.

Gingerbread Lane
Stroll down Gingerbread Lane and enjoy tasty gingerbread stories. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. For all ages.

Mush! Meet the Sled Dogs from Tun-Dra
Tun-Dra Kennels owners will talk about sled dogs, mushing equipment and the Iditarod. Families can meet the dogs and watch a demonstration outside, weather permitting. For all ages.

Countdown to Happy Noon Year
We’re giving kids an exciting way to ring in 2016 with a countdown, noisemakers, goodies and fun — at an hour that won’t keep them up way past their bedtimes. For all ages.


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KDL Partners with Toys for Tots

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Join KDL this holiday season in bringing cheer to a local child. Once again, KDL is participating in the US Marines’ Toys for Tots program, helping to provide toys to deserving children throughout the community. Drop off your new, unwrapped toys now through Tuesday, December 15 at any one of these KDL branch locations:

Thank you for your generosity!


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Fill Out a Survey, Receive a $10 Gift Card

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

StorytimeOf course we encourage families with young children to come to our storytime programs, but we understand that not all families can attend. If you currently have a toddler living in your home and have NOT been to one of our storytimes, we want to hear from you!

Please fill out this survey. The first 100 participants will receive a $10 gift card to Meijer. Your responses will help us evaluate the benefits of early literacy and improve our storytime offerings.

Thanks for participating!


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Reminder: Suspension of MeLCat InterLibrary Loan Nov. 18-Dec. 12

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Update: Please visit our Dec. 17, 2015 post about MeLCat for more updated information.

Please remember that beginning Wednesday, November 18, no new MeLCat requests can be placed. Incoming and outgoing materials will continue to be processed, and currently checked out materials can still be renewed and managed using My MeLCat. From Wednesday, December 2 through December 11, MeLCat items will not be processed. Full MeLCat services are expected to resume on Saturday, December 12. For more information, please visit the MeLCat Server Migration FAQ for Patrons.

If you have items that KDL does not own and you wish to request them from other libraries via MelCat, please do so before next Wednesday.

If between November 18 to December 12, you find you need an item which KDL does not own, there are neighboring libraries able to assist KDL customers.

This link offers a directory to Lakeland Library Cooperative Member Libraries. These libraries will honor KDL library cards. However, holds are not allowed and patrons must return material to the library where it was checked out.

Grand Rapids Public Library, KDL cardholders can:

  • Check out materials and place holds on GRPL owned material.
  • Holds must be picked up at a GRPL location.
  • Patrons may return to KDL but items are not checked in for 5-10 days.
  • Can search in MelCat, but may not place requests.

 Grand Rapids Community College Library

  • KDL cardholders can get a free community guest card to check out AV, books and magazines.
  • Must have driver’s license/picture ID with current address.
  • Can search in MelCat, but may not place requests.

 Davenport University Libraries

  • Offers a free community card to check out books, no magazines.
  • Must have driver’s license/picture ID with current address.
  • Not listed in MelCat.

As always, please visit your local KDL branch or call our friendly Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 for assistance.


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National Adoption Month

Friday, November 6th, 2015

November is National Adoption Month, and there are some great picture books about families and adoption. Most of them can be found in the Coping section of the picture books (they’ll have a blue sticker!).

A couple of favorites on the topic of adoption are:

We Belong Together

We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families by Todd Parr

I love the way the author moves the reader to change the pronouns in the book to fit his or her family. Every family looks different, and this colorful picture book shows children that each life story is worth sharing.

One Family

One Family by George Shannon

This book would fit into both our Concept and Coping sections of picture books. The simple words and pictures encourage finding and counting objects on the page, but then ends with “one family” every time. Blanca Gomez’ adorable illustrations help make this book a great gift for any kind of family.

For more stories about families and adoption, ask your librarian.


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Rick Riordan’s The Sword of Summer is Here!

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Rick Riordan, the popular author of The Lightning Thief, and the Red Pyramid has just released the first book in a highly anticipated new series.

Sword of Summer, book one of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, follows Magnus Chase as he goes from being homeless on the streets of Boston to discovering he is the son of a Norse god.

Sword of Summer

Watch the book trailer here!

Happy reading!

 


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MeLCat Now Available for Interlibrary Loan

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Update: Please visit our Dec. 17, 2015 post about MeLCat for more updated information.

For this last segment of our migration to our new KDL catalog, we have good news and bad news.MeL_logo_color_188466_7

The Good News:  As promised, KDL’s participation in the statewide resource sharing system, MelCat, was reinstated on October 1. MeLCat makes nearly 46 million items accessible to cardholders of the 442 participating public, academic and school libraries. If you did not find a title you are looking for in the KDL catalog, you will be prompted to Continue Search in MeLCat.

  • KDL cardholders may request up to 50 print items using MeLCat, but not audio or video material.
  • Delivery to your KDL branch will average about one week.
  • You may only request items that are currently on the shelf at participating MeLCat libraries. You cannot place a hold on checked out material.
  • Non-KDL Cardholders must use their home library to access MeLCat services.
  • Cardholders may check on the status of MeLCat requests and renew MeLCat material that is not yet due by accessing My MelCat. If a MeLCat item is overdue, KDL staff may renew it at their discretion. Please check at your branch, or call 616-784-2007.

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The Bad News:  After our migration to the new KDL catalog was well underway, we learned that the MeLCat servers are moving to a new environment, resulting in a temporary disruption of interlibrary loan services.

  • Beginning Wednesday, November 18, no new MeLCat requests can be placed. Incoming and outgoing materials will continue to be processed, and currently checked out materials can still be renewed and managed using My MeLCat.
  • From Wednesday, December 2 through December 11, MeLCat items will not be processed.
  • Full MeLCat services are expected to resume on Saturday, December 12.

We understand that this will be a hardship for our customers, especially our homeschool families and we deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause. We were very disheartened to learn of MeLCat’s downtime after our customers have already endured so much time without access to interlibrary loan services! With this advance notice, we hope to help you plan accordingly. As always, please visit your local KDL branch or call our friendly Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 for assistance.

 


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