KDL Blog ‘Parents & Kids’ Category

Early Lit Bits: App Review — Mother Goose on the Loose

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Mother Goose on the LooseWith the Mother Goose on the Loose app users can interact with and listen to classic nursery rhymes and songs. Mother Goose nursery rhymes are a great way to help kids learn to rhyme (a skill that is needed for learning to read). This app can help add even more fun to traditional rhymes. The simple and colorful format engages kids and lets them move the pieces around on a virtual flannel board. Listen to the rhyme or song, play with the “flannel” pieces and tap the sound effect buttons along to the beat of Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Hickory Dickory Dock, Jack and Jill and more! Sing and play with your child as you listen to this free app available from the Apple app store.

– 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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Holiday Closing — Independence Day

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

All Kent District Library branches will be closed Friday, July 4 for Independence Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Saturday, July 5. For additional 2014 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy 4th of July!

 

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What’s Your Library Story? Tell Us & Win

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

sharestory graphicKDL adores you. You know that, do you not? In the words of the ultra-suave cartoon paramour Pepe Le Pew, “We must stoke ze furnace of love, must we not?”

When you tell us how much you love the library, it feels like butterfly kisses. Like a hug from a giant stuffed teddy bear. Like being in the middle of a pile of puppies on warm grass in the sunshine. Ooohhh… happiness.

Click here and fill out the form by July 14 to tell us about one or more ways you use and benefit from your library. You’ll be entered for the chance to win a $25 gift card from Schuler Books & Music and could be featured in an article about your loving-us-ness on our website and in our seasonal program guide.

 


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Go! Go! Go! Stop!”

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Go Go Go StopGo! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper

When Little Green rolls into town and says his first word, “go,” the construction site really gets moving! What happens when all the vehicles go, go, go at the same time? Who will say a word to slow things down? This bright and cheerful picture book shows the power of a single word and illustrates what it means to work cooperatively. Point to and name the letters in the words “go” and “stop” as they are repeated in the story, and ask your child to do the same. What would happen if vehicles on the street didn’t obey these signals? Play a game of “Stop and Go” together outside and take turns being the “traffic signal.” Talking and playing both build vocabulary and are great 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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Video Library Love Bomb: Miss Barb

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Byron Township Branch youth librarian Barb DeYoung explains why her job is the absolute best one in the whole entire planetary universe. Ever.

Drop a library love bomb: Upload a short video of your own to KDL’s Facebook page!


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KDL Top Ten — Juvenile Fiction

Friday, June 27th, 2014

This week’s Top Ten looks at the 10 most popular books in our Juvenile Fiction collection! Did any of your favorite books or characters make the list? If so, which ones are the best and why? If not, what books do you think other kids will love?

KDL Top Ten Juvenile Fiction 06-27-2014

And for more fantastic reads and activities sign up for Summer Reading @ KDL!

 


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Starry Sky Craft

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Play-Grow-ReadOne of the joys of summer in West Michigan is experiencing the great outdoors. It gets dark later here on the Western edge of the Eastern time zone, but if little ones manage to stay up after dark they have a wonderful opportunity to learn about the beauty of the night sky. Talk about the concepts of day and night with your child. Observe the phases of the moon and the patterns of constellations. Can you can find the Big Dipper in the night sky? Check out a book about stars from the library such as Stars by Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee or Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations by Jacqueline Mitton. When you are finished learning about the night sky, challenge children to make their own constellations using the materials below.

Materials

  • glow-in-the-dark star stickers or foil star stickers
  • black paper
  • white colored pencil or white chalk
  • mini marshmallows
  • toothpicks

Directions

  1. Arrange the star stickers on the black paper to form a pattern.
  2. Use the chalk or colored pencil to connect the stars to form a constellation.
  3. Use the marshmallows as stars and connect them together with the toothpicks to form a constellation.
  4. Name your constellation and make up a story about how the constellation formed.

 –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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Video Library Love Bombs: Julie and Katie

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Julie and her daughter Katie are ginormous fans of KDL. The awesome pair kicked it news-style recently while at the Comstock Park Branch to proclaim their love for all things library. What’s your library story? Upload a short video of your own to our Facebook page!

 


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BOGO Whitecaps Tickets

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Whitecaps logoAttention KDL cardholders: Show your library card at the box office at the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball game taking place on Monday, June 30 at 12:00 PM and enjoy buy one-get one free admission on reserved seating. Katie L., our mascot, will be walking the concourse for photos with the kids and we’ll have an information table with fun stuff to share and summer reading program information. Just one more way having a KDL card is a major home run!

 


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Ignite Happiness: Summer Reading Booklists for Children

Monday, June 16th, 2014

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Ignite happiness this summer with these amazing booklists. The librarians of KDL work hard to connect young readers with the right books to ignite a love of reading that will last a lifetime. Check out these booklists for children of all ages.


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