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KDL Top Ten — Juvenile Audiobooks on CD

Friday, June 13th, 2014

June is Audiobook Month!  To see 10 of the most popular Juvenile Audiobooks on CD at KDL this week, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

Top Ten Juvenile Audiobooks on CD 06-13-2014

 


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KDL on WGVU — Summer Reading

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

KrisLynnWGVUEach 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 Youth Services staff Kris Siegel and Lynn Goldberg talk about Summer Reading @ KDL and all the great programs happening this summer! Enjoy!

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Enjoy the Sweet Sounds of Summer

Monday, June 9th, 2014

MusicSit back, relax and enjoy some great music. Our program line-up includes several performances that will fill our branches with some sweet summer sounds. The shows are open to all ages and they are all free… it’s music to my ears!

Native American Dancers
Dancing, drumming and stories. Watch traditional Native American stories come alive through a storyteller and dancers, including a hoop dancer.

Tuesday, June 17, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, June 19, 7:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, July 24, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch

 

Music on the Deck
Come and enjoy a summer evening with live music on the library deck.

Tuesday, June 17, 6:30 PM — Phil & JD (Bluegrass/Folk) – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 PM — BrushRidge (Americana) – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 1, 6:30 PM — Paschke Trio – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 8, 6:30 PM — West Michigan Bluegrass Association – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 PM — Southern Ledge (American/Folk) – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 PM — Thornapple Brass – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 29, 6:30 PM — String Players – Caledonia Township Branch

 

City of Kentwood 2014 Summer Concert Series
Bring a blanket for lawn seating or a lawn chair for plaza seating.
Sponsored by DTE Energy, the City of Kentwood and the Kentwood Arts Committee.

Wednesday, June 18, 7:30 PM — Jetty Rae (Folk Pop) – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, June 25, 7:30 PM — Boogie Woogie Babies –  Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, July 16, 7:30 PM — Williams Family (Bluegrass) – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, August 13, 7:30 PM — Kari Lynch Band (Country/Rock) –  Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, August 20, 7:30 PM — Dutch Henry (Americana) – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

 

The Porters in Concert
Put on your dancin’ shoes and swing to the toe-tappin’ sounds of The Porters, a four-piece band that will captivate and entertain even the youngest audience.

Thursday, June 26, 6:30 PM – Wyoming Branch
Tuesday, July 8, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Thursday, July 10, 6:30 PM Rescheduled to Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 PM – Tyrone Township Branch
Wednesday, July 16, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, July 17, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, July 17, 7:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, July 24, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, July 24, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch

 

Carol Johnson in Concert
Join uniquely gifted singer/songwriter Carol Johnson for a lively, upbeat performance of her well-known original songs as well as other familiar tunes. Her participatory singing encourages us to be good to each other, to ourselves and to the earth.

Tuesday, July 8, 10:30 AM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, July 17, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch

 

Branch addresses can be found here.

 


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute — The Sounds of the Season

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Baby Einstein Baby BachSpring gives us gentle breezes and gusting winds. It’s a great time of the year to talk about sounds and music in nature.

Talk about the songs birds sing, and point out the way the wind blows the trees. Ask children to sway like a tree when they listen to music. Use scarves and ribbons to wave through the air like a kite in the wind.

Listen to the sound of the wind as it blows. Try to mimic the whistling sound by blowing over a bottle top. Have children try too. To improve this skill, have children practice blowing lots of bubbles.

Orchestral instruments often imitate sounds from nature in classical music. Which parts of the music sound like rain and wind? Do the bass drums sound like thunder?

Enjoy KDL’s collection of classical children’s music and talk about how weather is depicted in the music with children.

–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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KDL Top Ten — Children’s Picture Books

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Summer Reading @ KDL is underway!  This week’s Top Ten shows off 10 of our most popular Children’s Picture Books:

Top Ten Children's Picture Books 06-06-2014


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Be Amazed by the Magic!

Friday, June 6th, 2014

magicLibraries can be magical places, especially when you make room amongst the stacks for a magic show that’s fun, funny, educational and entertaining! Since Summer Reading @ KDL isn’t complete without some magic, we have a great line-up of magicians visiting our branches this summer. Families with children of all ages are invited to these programs that are sure to leave them feeling happy and amazed.

Magic with Tom Plunkard
An amazing program filled with live animals and loads of audience participation.

Wednesday, June 11, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, June 11, 6:30 PM – Englehardt Branch
Thursday, June 19, 6:30 PM – Tyrone Township Branch
Thursday, June 26, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch
Wednesday, July 9, 2:00 PM – Gaines Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 1:30 PM – Alto Branch
Thursday, July 10, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township Branch
Thursday, July 17, 6:30 PM – Wyoming Branch
Thursday, July 24, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park Branch

 

Stormy the Magician Presents the Magic of Science
Go on an entertaining adventure into the magic of science and the science of magic.

Wednesday, June 25, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, July 7, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial Branch
Wednesday, July 9, 6:00 PM – Alpine Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch
Thursday, July 24, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Saturday, July 26, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Thursday, July 31, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, July 31, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch

 

Baffling Bill the Magician
POOF! In a brilliant flash, Baffling Bill the magician arrives to amaze with illusion, comedy, audience participation and Gus the Bunny to celebrate summer reading.

Tuesday, July 15, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, July 24, 7:00 PM – Grandville Branch

 

Click here for branch locations.

 


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Cool Science Programs for Kids and Teens

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

ScienceWith our Summer Reading theme being Ignite Happiness @ KDL, it’s no wonder we have a great line up of fun and educational science programs taking place at our branches this summer! Click each program’s title for dates, times and locations.

The Science of Us with the World’s Coolest Nerd
Miss Cari’s interactive science demonstration on the five senses will have children laughing and learning about how they are a walking piece of science. For Children & Families

Stormy the Magician Presents the Magic of Science
Go on an entertaining adventure into the magic of science and the science of magic. For Children & Families

Super Fun Science Party!
You’ll have such a great time playing, making and doing that you may not notice you’re exploring the principles of science at the same time. For Children & Families

Let’s Explore Geodes!
Join geologist Steve Tchozeski to learn about the mysteries of geodes and a hands-on chance to explore what is inside. Participants will select a geode to take home with them! For School-Age Children

Rockets are a Blast!
Learn all about building and launching model rockets from Matt Johnson, of the local SMASH rocketry association and National Association of Rocketry. Participants will collaborate on a rocket build and learn about upcoming launch opportunities in the area. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. For School-Age Children

Bust That Myth!
Can soda pop really clean a gross penny? Can you separate two intertwined phone books? Can you make your own bouncy ball? Test out these myths and more to determine whether they are confirmed or busted! For Teens

Mind Boggle Science Workshop
Dr. Boggle leads you through amazing hands-on experiments and endless possibilities. Learn science the fun way through a series of mind-boggling experiences. For Teens

The Science of the Paranormal: Where the Werewolf Got Its Bite
Tess Grant, former forensic anthropologist and author of teen suspense and adult thrillers, will talk about where and how the myth began. For Teens

 


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Teens: Cool Summer Programs @ the Library

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

teensinlibrarySave this post to find out fast what’s happening all summer long.

Teen Crew Orientation: Enthusiastic and energetic volunteer teens are wanted to help with Summer Reading @ KDL. Fun times are guaranteed, with the added benefit of service experience! Registration is required via a paper application. Visit your local branch for details. Where? When? Click here.

Teen Zone: Teen-only fun for you and your friends. Stop by for activities that may include board games, food and more. Click here to find out where and when.

Kent County Teen Film Festival 2014 Encore: If you missed it the first time or just want to relive the awesomeness, here is your chance. Plus, learn how you can enter the 2015 Festival.

DIY Spa Products: Create everything you need for your own spa day! Make your own pampering products like foot scrub, bath salts and body glitter and take some home. Which branches have this awesome program?

Bust That Myth! Can soda pop really clean a gross penny? Can you separate two intertwined phone books? Can you make your own bouncing ball? Test out these myths and more to determine whether they are confirmed or busted. Where? When?

Flash Fashion: KDL’s twist on Project Runway. Hot messes you create in a FLASH using paper, plastic and other unconventional materials and techniques. We provide the stuff and you dish out the creativity. You’ll work with a team to create a runway look in just 30 minutes by snipping, draping, taping and even accessorizing. Here’s where and when.

Nuts & Bolts: Jewelry from Hardware: Stop by these branches to create one-of-a-kind, edgy, indie jewelry. Make a keychain, necklace, bracelet or earrings from unexpected materials.

Mind Boggle Science Workshop: Dr. Boggle leads you through amazing hands-on experiments and endless possibilities. Learn science the fun way through a series of mind-boggling experiences. Click for details.

Kentwoodpalooza: Thursday, June 12, 2:00 – 8:00 PM. A festival-style celebration of the arts, the end of school and the beginning of Summer Reading @ KDL with music, film, poetry, food and more. This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts and sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library in partnership with the city of Kentwood.

DIY Tie-Dye: Bring a white or light colored T-shirt to this program and try a new way of tie-dye — with permanent markers! All other materials will be provided to help you create a one-of-a-kind shirt to wear.

The Science of the Paranormal: Where the Werewolf Got Its Bite: Tess Grant, former forensic anthropologist and author of teen suspense and adult thrillers, will speak at these branches about where and how the myth began.

Minute to Win It: Pit your skills against the clock and against your peers. Set a personal record or challenge a friend. Prizes for all! Details here.

Veggie Nutrition: Join Kim Kyunghee from Veg West Michigan and learn about a healthy and happy lifestyle with vegetarian and vegan cooking. Her program includes a cooking demonstration, food sampling and tips on eating green. Click here to find out where and when.

 


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Win Whitecaps Tickets

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Whitecaps logoEach KDL branch is giving away a pair of tickets to the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball game taking place on Monday, June 30 at 12:00 PM. Stop by your local branch by June 14 to enter to win!

Want to increase your chances of winning? Leave a comment on this blog post and share your favorite Whitecaps memory or what you enjoy most about going to a Whitecaps game. One lucky commenter, chosen at random, will also win a pair of tickets. If you follow us on Twitter, you can also retweet this post for an additional chance to win!

There’s also a special promotion for all KDL cardholders: Show your library card at the box office to enjoy buy one-get one free on reserved seats at the June 30 game. There will also be special kid-friendly activities at the game.

Good luck to all!

 


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Summer Reading @ KDL Starts Today!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Ignite-Orange_jpgIgnite Happiness! Today is the first day of Summer Reading @ KDL, so stop by your local branch and sign up for a summer of reading, programs and prizes! With separate programs for babies, kids, teens and adults, the whole family can get in on the fun.

Don’t forget to check out all the FREE programs and activities listed in the KDL Events Calendar!

We would love to hear from you. Leave us a comment and let us know what books you would like to read this summer, what programs you plan to attend or your favorite thing about our summer reading program.

*** A huge thank you goes out to Consumers Energy for sponsoring Summer Reading @ KDL!


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