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Win Tickets to Sesame Street Live!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

LET'S DANCE LOGOSesame Street Live is coming to the Van Andel Arena, and we are thrilled to provide you with a chance to win tickets! Get ready to sing and dance with Elmo, Cookie Monster, Ernie and more Sesame Street friends. “Let’s Dance” will take place November 18 and 19, and each of our 18 branches will be giving away a family four pack of ticket vouchers. Three shows will take place over the two days, and winners can choose which show they would like to attend. Vouchers will need to be exchanged for tickets at the box office.

Stop by any KDL branch location by November 5 and complete an entry form for your chance to win.

Want to increase your chance of winning tickets? Leave us a comment on this post and tell us who is your favorite Sesame Street character and why. We will randomly select one commenter to win four ticket vouchers!

Good luck to all!

 


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Fun with Scarves

Fall is a great time to incorporate scarves into music play. The flowing movement of the scarves simulates the movement of leaves floating down from the trees. Trying singing the following song together:

Autumn Leaves (to the tune of “London Bridge”)
Autumn leaves are falling down,
falling down, falling down.
Autumn leaves are falling down,
to the ground.

Red and yellow, orange and brown,
orange and brown, orange and brown.
Red and yellow, orange and brown,
on the ground.

With a scarf in each hand, children can practice swinging their arms in time to the rhythm or act out motions.

Scarves are a good way to combine music with movement.

Give children a dance challenge. Can you dance with the scarf on your head? Your knee? Continue to add body parts as children dance to the music.

Looking for good music to use with scarves? Try “Shake Your Scarves” from The Second Line: Scarf Activity Songs by Johnette Downing or “The Airplane Song” from Laurie Berkner’s Whaddaya Think of That!

— 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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Patron Story: Kristin Buursma

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Buursma2Kristin Buursma is always looking for opportunities to help her three-year-old business stand out and thrive. The Belmont resident and owner of Northlight Nannies found just the thing recently at Kent District Library: free Early Childhood Essentials classes.

Read Kristin’s story here.

 

 

 

 


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Early Lit Bits: App Review – iWriteWords

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

iWriteWords is a colorful and educational app that helps to teach kids letters, numbers and simple words. Use a finger to drag the crab character along a letter or number and follow the numbered dots to make the shape. When done correctly, you will hear the letter name. Drag the letter or tilt your device to drop the letter into the corner. When spelling words, a related picture will appear. The cute illustrations and easy-to-use format will engage a child while also helping children to recognize letters and their names. It also will help them begin to learn how to form letters, which aids in preparing them to be ready to write. Try other features as you change the letter size, practice with upper and lower case letters or tap the tune of the alphabet song. Sing, talk and read together as you try out this app available from the Apple app store. The Lite version is free, and the full version is $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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KDL on WGVU Radio — Write Michigan Contest

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Michelle 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 Assistant Director Michelle Boisvenue-Fox talk about the 3rd Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Countablock”

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Countablock by Christopher Franceschelli

Christopher Franceschelli, author of Alphablock, now explores numbers in this fun new counting book. Bright illustrations and thick board pages that are die cut into the shapes of numbers make this count book stand out. Two pages are devoted to each number: the first gives a number of objects and the second shows what those objects become. One acorn becomes one oak tree and two snowmen become two puddles on a sunny day. After number ten, the book starts counting by tens and eventually reaches one hundred. Have fun introducing young children to the names of numbers or counting by tens with older children as you share this book.

— Anjie Gleisner 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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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Leafy Hedgehog

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Leafy Hedgehog

A crisp fall morning is a great time to enjoy a walk together. All kinds of interesting natural items fall to the ground in autumn. Talk about textures in nature with your child. Can you find leaves that are rough, wrinkly or spiky? Take a walk outside and collect a few interesting leaves to use to make a hedgehog craft.

Materials

  • Paper plates
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Dried leaves

Directions

  1. Fold the plate in half
  2. Trim to match the profile of a hedgehog
  3. Add eyes, ears, nose and a smile with markers
  4. Fringe the curve of the plate with scissors OR
  5. Attach dry leaves to the curve with glue

Learn more about hedgehogs in the Homework Help section of KDL’s website. Then curl up together and read The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle in which a little girl searching for her lost handkerchief visits a very peculiar little hedgehog.

— Dana D. at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) 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 – Spanish Books for Kids

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month!  This week’s Top Ten list highlights 10 of the most popular Spanish titles for kids this month at KDL!

Spanish Kids Books


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Chapter Books With Boy Appeal

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Check out one of these new chapter books for middle grade readers.  The stories are unique and guy approved!

 

cross

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

A basketball story written in verse, The Crossover deals with the family and school life of a 14-year-old boy, as well as the pressure on the court when your dad is an ex-pro.

 

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The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham

Mysterious creatures appear in a small town, wreaking havoc on the citizens and forcing everyone to defend themselves.  Can one 11-year-old hold the key to saving life as they know it?

 

night

Knightley & Son by Rohan Gavin

One book is causing its readers to commit crimes and see visions.  A father and son detective team needs to find answers, and uncovers an entire crime organization in the process.

 

safe

The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth

In a bleak, dystopian world, one boy is offered a hopeful future in an institution for children.  He quickly realizes the sinister side of this place, yet escape seems impossible.

 

 

 


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Books to Get You Singing Together

Monday, September 15th, 2014

If you have an amazing voice — or even if you don’t! — these books will get everyone singing together.  What a great way to keep young readers active and connected to the story.  From oldies but goodies, like Over in the Meadow, to the new and groovy Pete the Cat, everyone is sure to be entertained.

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