KDL Blog ‘Parents & Kids’ Category

KDL Top Ten — Cooking for Kids

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

This week’s Top Ten plays show-and-tell with 10 of the most popular cookbooks in our COOKING KIDS collection! Grab one of these and share tasty food and the fun of cooking with your little ones today. And tell us, what are your children’s favorite foods to help with?

KDL Top Ten Cooking Kids 8-22-2014

 

 

 

 


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Borrow an iPad!

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

ipad picInterested in trying out some of our digital offerings before buying your own tablet or eReader? Not sure how much you would use a tablet if you owned one? We can help you answer those questions with our Circulating iPad program.

KDL cardholders can check out an iPad, bring it home and use it for a full three weeks. You can personalize it with apps, photos, music, etc. Don’t forget to download a few books, music, magazines or movies with your library card from our digital collection. When you’re done, return the iPad and we will make sure it gets fully wiped and reset before lending it to the next person in line.

This service is branch-specific and is currently available at the Comstock Park and Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branches. It will be launching next Monday (August 25) at the Englehardt (Lowell) Branch as well, with more branches being added next year. Call or stop in the branch today for more information or to sign up!

 


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The Library Isn’t Open! What Do I Do?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Have you ever wished you had a good book or magazine to read, a movie to watch or music to listen to, but the library is closed? Great news: KDL’s electronic library is open 24/7!

Here’s what you can get when the library’s doors are locked:

eBooks and eAudiobooks: KDL has over 20,000 eBook titles and over 7,000 eAudiobook titles in formats that work with Kindles, Nooks, tablets and other digital devices. Most books can even be read directly from your computer. The eBook library is here, and directions can be found here.

Movies: KDL offers free feature movies for all ages, documentaries, exercise videos, foreign films and TV shows on Hoopla. All are available for checkout to watch on your home computer, or on the Hoopla app on your tablet or smartphone. More information can be found here, or watch this helpful video.

Music: Did you know that you can download and keep three free songs every week by using Freegal? All kinds of music is available, from rock & country to classical & folk. All you need is your KDL library card! Directions can be found here.

Magazines: Read current and past issues of popular magazines on your tablet, smartphone or computer with Zinio. Follow the directions to register, then download as many magazines as you want. Directions can be found here.

Have fun exploring these wonderful resources available with your Kent District Library card. Stop in at a KDL branch (while we’re open) for help and directions, or submit a help request here. You can also call during library hours.

 


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Fall 2014 KDL Kaleidoscope

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The Fall 2014 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope program guide is now available online, and printed copies will be available soon at your local branch library. You’ll find all you need to know about fall programs and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations.

It’s sure to be an exciting season at KDL, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Check out the KDL Kaleidoscope today!

Fall 2014 Kaleidoscope

 


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KDL on WGVU — Post-Millage Plans

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Lance at WGVUEach 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 Library Director Lance Werner talk about what the future holds for KDL now that the millage has passed. Enjoy!

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Download WGVU8-7-14.mp3

(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 

 


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute — “Love Bug”

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Love BugRaffi is one of North America’s most well-known children’s musicians. He has delighted children and parents for nearly 40 years. From “Baby Beluga” to “Shake My Sillies Out,” his music is a staple of early childhood programs in schools and libraries. The release ofLove Bugmarks Raffi’s first new collection of original songs in over a decade. Engaging new songs share fundamental topics of love, nature, playtime and teamwork. Celebrate this legendary musician as you enjoy the summer sunshine. Relive childhood favorites and find a new one with your family.

– Sara M. at KDL’s 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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New eBook Site Features

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

OverDrive, the service provider for our eBooks & eAudiobooks, has added a number of new features to our site:

  • You can now suspend a hold so it won’t become available for you to checkout until you’re ready for it. For example, you may want to place a hold on a popular eBook to reserve your place in line, but then suspend the hold until you’re finished reading your current book. If you make it to the top of the waiting list while your hold is suspended, the title will go to the next person in line until your suspension period is over. See OverDrive’s help pages for complete details.

    Suspend Hold

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  • You can also now choose to auto-checkout a hold when it becomes available. You will still receive an email when your hold is ready, but the book will then be found on your Bookshelf of checked-out titles. See OverDrive’s help pages for complete details.

    Auto-Checkout Hold

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  • You can now customize the Maturity Level settings for your account. Don’t want your child viewing mature adult titles? Or, conversely, are you an adult who doesn’t want to wade through children’s titles when browsing for eBooks? Change your Account settings to match your preferences. You can also choose to replace mature adult cover images with a basic cover instead. See OverDrive’s help pages for complete details. (Note that these settings only apply when you are logged in to your eBook account.)

    Maturity Level

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  • A new Recommended for You collection will appear on the eBook site homepage after you have signed in. Suggestions are based on titles you currently have checked out or on hold, and only those titles that are immediately available for checkout will be displayed.
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  • Finally, the Search function has been updated to improve the relevancy of results. For example, searching for “Lee Child” will now only retrieve titles by the author Lee Child, not everything that contains either the word “Lee” or “Child.” (For you search nerds out there, the default Boolean searching has been changed from “OR” to “AND.”) 

Questions? Give us a call at 616-784-2007 or fill out our Support Request Form.

Happy Downloading!

 


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Celebrate with Us!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

celebrationHave you heard the good news? The KDL millage passed! To celebrate, each branch will be hosting a Voter Appreciation Celebration. Join us for an encore presentation of these family-friendly events. Treats provided!

Tuesday, August 12
Storytelling Adventures with Gloria Cangelosi, Spencer Township Branch, 4:00 PM
Magician Tom Plunkard, Krause Memorial Branch, 6:30 PM

Wednesday, August 13
Bubble Wonder, Gaines Township Branch, 10:00 AM
Life-Sized Candied Land, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch, 10:00 AM
Bubble Wonder, Walker Branch, 1:00 PM
Bubble Wonder, Tyrone Township Branch, 3:00 PM

Thursday, August 14
Life-Sized Candied Land, Alto Branch, 1:30 PM
Honey We Shrunk the Kids, East Grand Rapids Branch, 2:00 PM
Photo Booth/Balloon Animals, Byron Township Branch, 5:30 PM
Balloon Animals/Face-Painting/Photo Booth, Plainfield Township Branch, 6:30 PM

Tuesday, August 19
Puppeteer Kevin Kammeraad, Grandville Branch, 10:00 AM

Thursday, August 21
Puppeteer Kevin Kammeraad, Comstock Park Branch, 2:00 PM
Blandford Nature Center’s Storytime with the Animals, Wyoming Branch, 6:30 PM (photo booth starts at 5:30 PM)
Steel Drum Band/Craft Activities, Caledonia Township Branch, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, August 26
Magician Tom Plunkard, Englehardt Branch, 6:30 PM

Wednesday, August 27
Puppeteer Kevin Kammeraad, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch, 4:30 PM
Magician Tom Plunkard, Alpine Township Branch, 6:30 PM

Thursday, August 28
Magician Tom Plunkard, Cascade Township Branch, 7:00 PM

 


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KDL Millage Passes — Thank You!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Thank You

 

Final Results: KDL Millage Proposal
✔   YES — 34,387 (57%)
NO — 25,505 (43%)

Kent District Library voters have spoken, and KDL is thrilled to be able to continue to provide the quality materials and services residents value. KDL is your library for today and tomorrow. As your needs have changed and evolved, we have been proud to change and evolve with you.

We will implement our plan to offer more convenient hours at more branches, reduce wait times for materials, and perform much-needed technology upgrades. This millage funding will result in improved service at all 18 of our branches, as well as for users of our growing digital collection.

Your vote to secure essential funding for KDL is a vote of confidence in our stewardship of tax dollars. We look forward to delivering on our immediate promises as well as providing the services you need and want for the next 10 years and beyond.

Thank you again!

 


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Library Love Bomb: Heather

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Tomorrow: KDL millage election

A life-long library user and KDL volunteer says libraries belong to everyone, and that everyone should be invested in keeping them around.

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


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