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Early Lit Bits: App Review – Beck and Bo

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Have fun and explore while playing Beck and Bo. This attractive and well-designed app will stimulate your child’s creativity and logic skills.  Drag-and-drop items as you build a scene and move the characters “Beck” and “Bo” around on their different adventures. When all items are correctly placed, players are rewarded with a virtual “album” where they can hear and see the names of the objects in the scenes. This app is not only fun to play, but also helps teach cause and effect, association skills and creative thinking. Play together as you explore the ocean, go to the store, travel on a safari and more! This app is available for both Apple and Android devices for $2.99.

— Julie R. at KDL’s Caledonia 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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Classes for Parents and Caregivers

Friday, September 5th, 2014

ECE classesParents and caregivers of children are invited to participate in free Early Childhood Essentials classes at KDL this fall. If you have young children or work in child care and need professional development hours, this series is for you. All of the presenters are certified and vetted through Great Start. The classes are for adults, and child care is not provided.

Registration is required and participation is limited. Sign up today by clicking on the links below or calling our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007. If you register and then are unable to attend, please call and let us know, as many sessions have waiting lists.

Schedule:
Communicating with Respect
Thursday, September 11, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch

Appropriate Technology with Young Children
Saturday, September 13, 10:00 AM, Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, November 8, 10:00 AM, Caledonia Township Branch

Selective Screen Time
Saturday, September 13, 11:30 AM, Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, November 8, 11:30 AM, Caledonia Township Branch

Moral Development and Fostering Goodness
Monday, September 15, 6:00 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, September 18, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, October 7, 6:30 PM, Walker Branch

Getting Ready to Write For 3–5-Year-Olds
Monday, September 22, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Journaling with Young Children
Saturday, September 27, 10:00 AM, East Grand Rapids Branch

Sugar Shock
Monday, September 29, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch

Let’s Go Outside!
Tuesday, September 30, 6:30 PM, Caledonia Township Branch

Stress Less with Mindfulness
Thursday, October 2, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch

Money and Economic Skills for Preschoolers
Monday, October 6, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, November 3, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch

Picky Eating
Thursday, October 16, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch

Visualizing and Verbalizing Daily Experiences
Monday, October 20, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch

Discipline with Fewer Tears
Monday, November 10, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, November 13, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 PM, Walker Branch

 

Branch locations can be found here.

 


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Get Creative!

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Check out these programs that are sure to get your creative juices flowing!

3doodler3Doodler Dream It, Draw It
Have you ever wished your drawings could come to life? Now they can! With the use of the 3Doodler, create simple 3D objects from your own imagination or use some of the provided stencils. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. For all ages.

Thursday, September 11, 6:00 PM, Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, September 25, 4:00 PM, Alto Branch
Wednesday, October 8, 4:00 PM, Gaines Township Branch
Tuesday, October 14, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch
Tuesday, November 11, 6:30 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, November 15, 2:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 AM, Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch

 

Get Revved UpGet Revved Up
Interested in cars? Want to learn how an engine works? Create your own rubber band car, help us build an engine model and even design a sketch of your own style of car or truck. For all ages.

Sunday, September 14, 2:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, September 18, 6:30 PM, Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, September 27, 10:30 AM, Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch
Saturday, October 4, 10:30 AM, Alto Branch
Saturday, October 11, 10:30 AM, Alpine Township Branch
Saturday, November 8, 2:00 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, November 29, 2:00 PM, Comstock Park Branch

 

Branch locations can be found here.

 


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Michigan Reads Celebration

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

acoustic roosterCelebrate the 2014 Michigan Reads book, Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band by Kwame Alexander, with crafts and activities. For ages 6 and younger.

Saturday, September 13, 10:00 AM,
Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Tuesday, September 16, 10:30 AM,
Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 PM, Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, September 17, 10:30 AM, Comstock Park Branch
Monday, September 22, 10:30 AM, Alto Branch
Tuesday, September 30, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM,
Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, October 1, 10:00 AM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, October 2, 10:00 AM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Sunday, October 19, 2:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch
Thursday, November 6, 10:00 AM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, November 8, 10:30 AM, Gaines Township Branch
Monday, November 10, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 11, 1:00 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 10:00 AM, Alpine Township Branch
Wednesday, November 19, 10:00 AM, Caledonia Township Branch

Branch locations can be found here.

 

 


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Write Michigan Contest Kicks Off Today!

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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Short story writers, grab your laptops for the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, presented by Kent District Library, Herrick District Library and Schuler Books & Music. Entries are accepted now through Sunday, November 30. Writers of all ages can enter, with cash prizes awarded for Readers’ Choice and Judges’ Choice. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.

Enhance your writing skills by attending one of the short story workshops being offered for adults, teens and children.

Learn more, including complete contest guidelines, by visiting the Write Michigan website.

We can’t wait to read your story!


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You Decide Who Runs the Race!

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Genre DerbyWhat are your favorite reads at KDL? KDL’s Genre Derby, our online campaign to raise money for collections, will be returning in February, and we need you to vote on which genres make it to the starting gate. Fill out this short survey and the genres with the most votes will make the cut.

Last year, the Genre Derby raised over $6,000 for collections at KDL! Romance received the most donations, but every genre was a winner.

 

 


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review – “Thank You, Octopus”

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell

Bedtime ahoy! In this silly story, we find that Octopus might not be the best choice for getting his little buddy ready for bed. Octopus helps brush teeth with a paint brush and attempts to rock (and roll) Buddy to sleep. The action takes place on a boat and colorful, quirky illustrations carry the nautical theme throughout the book. Invite your child to respond as you read together. They will likely be repeating, “No thank you, Octopus” by the end of the story. Talk about the pictures and ask your child what Octopus should really be doing at bedtime. Can you think of a funny way to change one of your bedtime routines? Reading a bedtime story each night and talking together are fantastic ways to get your child ready to read!

— Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield 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 — Football

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Snap up books on all your favorite football teams and players in our SPORTS FOOTBALL collection. To get you started, here’s a highlight reel showcasing 10 of the most checked-out titles in this section:

KDL Top Ten Football 8-29-2014


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Thankful for You Days!

Friday, August 29th, 2014

COM thankfulThe KDL Happiness Project has been such a success that we want to celebrate with those who make us most happy—you! Help us celebrate with treats, fun, entertainment and surprises at each of our 18 branches.

Thursday, September 4, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Thursday, September 4, 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Alto Branch
Saturday, September 27, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, October 11, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Spencer Township Branch
Saturday, October 11, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Alpine Township Branch
Saturday, October 18, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Gaines Township Branch
Sunday, October 19, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch
Tuesday, October 21, 4:00 – 8:00 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, October 23, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Walker Branch
Saturday, October 25, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Saturday, October 25, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Saturday, October 25, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 15, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Tyrone Township Branch
Wednesday, November 19, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Comstock Park Branch
Friday, November 21, 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Grandville Branch
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Plainfield Township Branch
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Saturday, November 29, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Byron Township Branch

 


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Holiday Closing — Labor Day

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The Kent District Library will be closed Monday, September 1 for Labor Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, September 2. For additional 2014 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Labor Day!

 

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