KDL Blog ‘Parents & Kids’ Category

Holiday Closing — New Year’s Day

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Kent District Library will be closed Thursday, January 1 for the New Year’s holiday. In addition, all branches will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve). We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, January 2. For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy New Year!
Happy New Year

 

 


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Early Lit Bits: Games & Activities

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Mom, I’m Bored!

Traveling over the holidays? Kids bored because of too many snow days in a row?

Print some fun scavenger hunt cards from our PLAY-GROW-READ! website. Use them on the road, outdoors or inside the house on a cold winter day.

Make these fun felt socks. Keep them in a zippered plastic bag in your carry-on luggage or purse and play a fun matching game if you get stuck at the airport over the holidays.


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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Gaming Tournaments: Sign Up Today!

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

mario-kart-wii-1Get your gaming skills ready and join us for some intense action! Many will enter, only the best will be crowned champions.

Mario Kart Tournament for Kids and Teens

Join us for a Wii gaming tournament for grades K-12 featuring Mario Kart, prizes and snacks. Champions will be crowned in two separate divisions. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library. Pre-registration is required. 
Saturday, December 27, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

 

Teen Halo Tournament
Calling all teens! Think you have what it takes to compete in our Halo 4 multiplayer tournament? Sign up with a partner and battle the best of the best in this first-person shooter competition. The last team standing wins the prize! Pre-registration is required.
Saturday, February 14, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch

 


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Early Childhood Essentials: Register Now

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

ECE classesParents and caregivers of children are invited to participate in free Early Childhood Essentials classes at KDL this spring. 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. Sponsored by Great Start to Quality.

Pre-registration is required. Sign up today by clicking on the links below or calling our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007.

 

Schedule:

Communicating with Parents

Monday, January 12, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, February 26, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Caledonia Twp. Branch

Setting the Stage

Saturday, January 17, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Monday, January 19, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, January 22, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch

 So Much to Do, So Little Time

Saturday, January 24, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, February 9, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, February 12, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Caledonia Twp. Branch

 Diversity

Saturday, January 24, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, February 16, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, February 19, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Caledonia Twp. Branch

Journaling with Young Children

Saturday, January 31, 10:00 – 11:30 AM, East Grand Rapid BranchCANCELLED

Keeping Kids Safe

Monday, February 2, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Saturday, February 7, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Thursday, February 19, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch


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Holiday Closing — Christmas Eve & Day

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The Kent District Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays Wednesday & Thursday December 24–25. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, December 26. For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

 

We appreciate your patronage and wish you Happy Holidays!

 

Happy Holidays


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Children’s Author Norman Bridwell Died Last Friday

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

normanbridwell

The well-loved children’s author and illustrator, Norman Bridwell, has died at the age of 86. Of course, Norman Bridwell’s most memorable character is Clifford the Big Red Dog. Clifford was introduced in 1963 and has over 150 titles as well as an animated television series.

There will be two new titles released in 2015, Clifford Goes to Kindergarten and Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah.

 


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Holiday Break Boredom Busters

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

happy holidays3Staying in town for Christmas break? We can help keep your kids happy, busy and entertained! Between The Wonderful WaterColorBot, Family Building Bricks Parties, a MarioKart Tournament and much more, there won’t be any time for boredom. Click here for a complete list of our programs taking place December 22 – January 4.

With your bank account a bit depleted after all that holiday shopping, don’t worry about spending money keeping your kids busy… all KDL programs are free!

 


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Watch Basketball, Watch Babies Win

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

First Steps kitPlanning on going to a Grand Rapids Drive game over your holiday break? Please consider bringing a new baby board book for KDL’s Play-Grow-Read to Your Baby program. Books will be collected at the games taking place on December 20, 27 and 28.

The Play-Grow-Read to Your Baby initiative introduces parents of newborns to the crucial role they play in the literacy development of their children.

Working in partnership with First Steps Kent, first-time parents in our service area are presented with a tote containing a:

  • Children’s board book
  • Baby snack cup
  • Library card registration
  • Baby Reading Guide

Swoosh indeed! Thank you!

 


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Wimpy Kid Readalikes

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Did you recently finish the Wimpy Kid journey? After checking out the movie, you might be up for a new adventure with other quirky characters! Searching for comic-style comedies? You don’t have to look far for Wimpy Kid Readalikes – we’ve collected them here, just for you.

Try out some of these less-than-superheroes in this comic collection! If you can’t stop giggling, you might think you’ve found the next best thing since Greg Heffley…

Here are a few finds you might enjoy next:

 

bignateBig Nate, Mr. Popularity by Lincoln Peirce

GRAPHIC J BIG

Big Nate is Mr. Popularity! Nate’s decided to run for office! Will he triumph over the more popular kids? With Francis’s help, he might just have a winning chance!

link to catalog

 

 

 

bigfatzombiefishMy Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: The SeaQuel by Mo O’Hara

SF JE O’HARA

After Tom rescued Frankie the goldfish from his big brother Mark’s toxic science experiment, Frankie somehow became a big fat zombie goldfish with dangerous hypnotic powers.

link to catalog

 

 

 

mylifeasajokeMy Life as a Joke by Janet Tashjian

J TASHJIAN

Derek Fallon discovers all the angst that comes with being twelve—he just wants to feel grown up, but life gets in the way with a series of mishaps that make him look like a baby.

link to catalog

 

 

 

loserlistThe Loser List #4: Take Me to Your Loser by H.N. Kowitt

J KOWITT

Danny Shine is trying to avoid wrestling Bruiser Pekarsky in gym. That’s why he goes to the info session about running for class president. To his surprise, he finds that he might actually have to step up and lead the 7th grade and find out that sometimes, even when you win, you lose!

link to catalog

 

Whether you’re just waiting for the next book in the Wimpy Kid series or looking for something a little different to tickle your funny bone, these titles might have you laughing your socks off the whole way home!

 


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KDL Lab Programs Featured on Fox17 Morning Mix

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Learn more about our upcoming KDL Lab programs! Check out this segment from FOX 17’s brand new show, Morning Mix:
 

 

Lab programs at the Kent District Library

 


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