KDL Blog ‘Parents & Kids’ Category

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.


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


  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

 the thing about luck sophie scott goes south see me dig 

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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Author and Illustrator Eric Hill Has Died at Age 86

Monday, June 16th, 2014

erichillWell-known author and illustrator of the Spot the Dog series Eric Hill died last week at the age of 86.  Eric Hill started drawing as a teenager and went on to draw comic strips and worked as a designer.  He started making up puppy stories for his young son, publishing his first Where’s Spot? book in 1980.

The series has continued to grow over the years and has been translated into 60 languages.  Spot also has his own animated series.

Check out all Eric Hill’s books here!


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Wii Tournaments for Kids and Teens

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

mario-kart-wii-1Mario Kart Tournament for Kids (entering grades K–5)
Wii gaming tournament for school-age kids featuring Mario Kart, prizes and more.
Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.

Wednesday, July 9, 1:00 – 5:00 PMKentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch


Summer Wii Tournament for Teens (entering grades 6–12)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl! The tournament features great prizes and snacks. Super smash
Pre-registration is required
and participant spots are limited.

Thursday, July 10, 1:00 – 4:00 PMKentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch


Sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library




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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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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)




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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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