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Early Lit Bits: KDLville Spotlight

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

The Alto Branch is currently featuring a Science Imagination Station sponsored by Consumers Energy. Kids can experiment with building blocks, magnetic gears and child-safe mirrors. These fun activities will be sure to inspire budding scientists and engineers.


 

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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Illustrator Margaret Bloy Graham Has Died at 94

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Margaret-Bloy-Graham-300x225Margaret Bloy Graham, the illustrator of Harry the Dirty Dog (written by her ex-husband Gene Zion) and many other books, died last week at the age of 94.

Harry the Dirty Dog was first published in 1956 and is still popular today.  Harry is considered the “canine Dennis the Menace.”  Although best known as an illustrator, Margaret Bloy Graham also wrote and illustrated her own books, including Be Nice to Spiders and Benjy, another dog series.

 

 

 

 


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Playing with Pinterest

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Pinterest, for the uninitiated, is like a virtual bulletin board.  When you find something online that you want to save, you can “pin” it and save it for later.  As a social media tool, it allows you to visually discover, collect, share and store pictures and websites that interest you.  Best of all, you can share your “pins” with your friends, and collect ideas from their boards.

I admit, I find myself browsing Pinterest quite often.  More than once I’ve looked up from my computer and realized that I had spent two hours staring at pins of luxurious vacation places I could never afford.  But after a while, I decided to focus on using Pinterest with a purpose–not just to plan imaginary trips.

When I started to browse with a purpose in mind, I found Pinterest helped me discover ideas for educating and entertaining my children.  Suddenly, instead of looking for faraway places to vacation, I was searching for DIY activities for my toddler.  I found a way to construct my own geoboard.  I followed a collection of great read-alouds that I knew my children would all enjoy.  There were early literacy activities to help my preschooler, and great recipes to feed my family.

DIY Geoboard

DIY Geoboard

My virtual bulletin board was growing, my kids were busy creating with shapes and colors, and dinner was in the crockpot!


Follow Kent District Library on Pinterest and engage with our community of ideas.  You’ll be amazed at what you discover.

 


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Early Lit Bits: Games and Activities

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Play-Grow-ReadSave money and stir up some fun at the same time by making your own Slimey Putty and Moon Sand with these printable craft recipe cards featured on KDL’s Play-Grow-Read site.

 


 

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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New ScienceFlix Learning Resource for Kids

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

ScienceFlixWe are pleased to offer a new online resource just for kids — ScienceFlix from children’s publisher Scholastic!

You may already be familiar with two related products from Scholastic: BookFlix, which pairs fictional video storybooks with nonfiction eBooks, and TrueFlix, which uses interactive nonfiction books to help hone literacy skills and build subject-area knowledge. ScienceFlix focuses in on engaging subject-area science, technology and engineering content for students in grades 4-9.

ScienceFlix

Each of the 30 multimedia units are aligned to science curriculum standards and feature:

  • Engaging videos to build background knowledge and introduce vocabulary
  • Articles written at three reading levels to ensure comprehension and build content knowledge
  • Project and experiment ideas
  • News stories with study guides
  • Careers section to inspire budding scientists
  • Multimedia including interactive timelines, slideshows, videos and more
  • Editorially vetted and safe links to websites on related content for further learning

There are also Teacher Resources available, such as lesson plans, project ideas, quizzes, videos and media galleries.

Try it out today!

 


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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: Sign Up Today!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

1KB4KWe are thrilled to present 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KB4K) at all 18 KDL branches! Every child in your family can participate, from infant up to Kindergarten.

Does reading 1,000 books seem totally overwhelming? We promise, it’s not as hard as you think! It’s simple, fun and we’ll help you get there!
3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books
1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 books

Visit your local branch to get signed up. Your kids will have a great time earning their stickers and adding their name to our Wall of Fame! They can even earn their very own canvas book bag!

Visit the 1KB4K webpage to learn more. Check out these benefits of reading to your child.

 


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Early Lit Bits: Booklists

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Cool Picture Books: Our Youth Staff Love these Books; Your Kids Will Too!

 

 


 

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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New Zinio Magazines Available

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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Our Zinio digital magazine service now has even more of your favorite titles! We’ve added subscriptions to the following new magazines that you can download and enjoy for FREE on your computer or mobile device:

 

Allrecipes Better Homes and Gardens The Economist HGTV Magazine

The New Yorker Parents Vanity Fair Vanity Fair

Click here to view a complete list of all titles offered through Zinio.

 

Happy Downloading!

 


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New Juvenile Booklist: Snow Party!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Looking for a book to snuggle up with and read together during this snowy January? Check our Snow Party! booklist for these titles and more!

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Check out other great booklists at KDL Recommends For Kids.

 


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Celebrate thankfulness with Gratitude Attitude by Recess Monkey. Talking with your child about respect, gratefulness and saying “thanks” is a great way to demonstrate appreciation and increase their vocabulary.

Click here to reserve a copy of this CD with your KDL card.

 


 

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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