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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Corny Crafting

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Corny CraftingPlay-Grow-Read

It’s August and local sweet corn is in season. Most children love eating corn on the cob and even enjoy helping to shuck ears of corn before dinner is prepared. Pulling off layers of husk and picking bits of corn silk off the cobs is great exercise for little fingers and hands. And speaking of corn, here is a wonderful sensory craft that you can make with cornstarch and shaving cream. Mom bloggers everywhere give glowing reviews of this dough’s silky texture. Playing with play dough is another great way to exercise hands and build fine motor skills. (Note: This sensory activity is messy and best done in the kitchen or outside.) Be sure to warn young children that this dough is not edible.

Materials

  • Cornstarch (2) 16 oz. boxes
  • Shaving Cream (one full can)

Directions

  1. Dump two boxes of corn starch into a plastic container.
  2. Add an entire container of white foam shaving cream.
  3. Let children mix the corn starch while an adult adds the shaving cream and be prepared with molds if desired.

To Use

Children can help mix the cornstarch with the shaving cream until a foamy dough forms. Have fun molding the dough with small plastic containers, bowls, or food storage containers.

Other Ideas

Buy a bag of dried corn and fill a large plastic bowl with the corn. Provide children with scoops, measuring spoons, and spoons to use while playing with the corn.

–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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Teen Film Workshops: Register Today

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

TeenFilmContestClick program titles to get details and to register, or call 616-784-2007. Space is limited. For grades 6-12.

Lighting & Sound: Filmmaking Tips & Tricks
Is tinny sound plaguing your movie? Are shadows overrunning your story? Then this two-hour interactive workshop is for you! Learn helpful tips and tricks to improve the lighting and sound of your no-budget or low-budget film. Take your film to the next level by discovering everyday household items you can use to enhance the quality of your film’s lighting and sound. Information about free or low-cost community filmmaking resources will also be provided.
Saturday, September 13, 1:00 – 3:00 PM Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Story! Adventures in Writing and Drawing Storyboards
During this two-hour workshop, learn the pre-production process that film and animation use to create awesome stories. We will take your creative thoughts, add structure and create simple drawings that will help you describe your ideas when you execute them as short films. No artistic experience needed, but it is helpful. This workshop is also a helpful introduction to KDL’s Teen Filmmaking Workshop (see below).
Saturday, October 11, 1:00 – 3:00 PMWyoming Branch

Teen Filmmaking Workshop
Do you have a passion for film? Not sure where or how to start? This fun-filled, full-day workshop will take you from camera-wielding novice to having a completely edited short film under your belt. In partnership with the Community Media Center, all filming and editing equipment will be provided for the day. Teens are encouraged to bring a story idea, storyboard, and/or a screenplay. This workshop is designed for, but not restricted to, teens who wish to create a film to submit to the Kent County Teen Film Festival. Lunch will be provided.
Saturday, October 18, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PMEast Grand Rapids Branch

Stop-Motion Animation Workshop
Love animation? Want to make your own animated films? Let loose your creativity at this fun-filled, half-day workshop by bringing found objects or 2D puppets to life. This hands-on experience will teach you the basics of stop-motion animation including adding sound elements. All technology and software is provided.
Saturday, November 15, 12:30 – 4:30 PMCascade Township Branch

 


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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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