KDL Blog ‘Parents & Kids’ Category

Amazing Acts!

Monday, June 8th, 2015

plunkardThe following programs are sure to keep your family engaged, amazed and entertained! Don’t miss out on all the fun! Click the program title for dates, times and locations.

Hooper Heroes
Grab your magical lasso and learn how to hoop! Audacious Hoops will teach you basic hooping techniques for both fun and fitness.

Jibber Jams!
This engaging and interactive performance features imaginative original songs, audience inspired improvisation and the universal language of jibberish!

The Remarkable Mr. Tolsh and Other Puppet Vignettes
Join Kevin Kammeraad, Justin Haveman and their puppet crew as they share the stories of some uncommon heroes through music, movement and wordplay!

Tom Plunkard: Magic to the Rescue!
This entertaining and hilarious show includes animals, audience involvement and amazing magic.

The Village Puppeteers and the Damsel in Distress
Join us for a puppet show featuring a comedy romp and a heroic mission to save Rapunzel.

The Porters in Concert
Come swing and dance to the toe-tappin’ sounds of The Porters, a four-piece band that will captivate and entertain even the youngest audience.

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Summer Sounds: Concerts at the Library

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

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! Please click on the program title for dates, times and locations.

City of Kentwood 2015 Summer Concert Series
Free evening concerts held at the library amphitheater. Bring a blanket for lawn seating or a chair for plaza seating. Sponsored by Comcast and the City of Kentwood Arts Advisory Committee.

Jibber Jams!
This engaging and interactive performance features imaginative original songs, audience inspired improvisation and the universal language of jibberish!

Uno, Dos, Tres with Andrés!
Celebrate the sounds of Latin America and more with bilingual música sure to delight the whole family.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Heroes
Listen and learn about the legends and heroes of Rock and Roll presented by Dynamic West. This show is sure to entertain all ages with a snapshot of the music that helped shape a generation.

Music on the Deck at the Caledonia Township Branch
Come and enjoy a summer evening with live music on the library deck. Bring your own chair or blanket.

The Porters in Concert
Come swing and dance to the toe-tappin’ sounds of The Porters, a four-piece band that will captivate and entertain even the youngest audience.




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Library Outreach Extends to Farmers Market with New Summer Series

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

You can now add library card to your farmers market shopping list! Five area farmers markets will play host to the new Kent District Library outreach efforts aiming to register and educate patrons on digital library services and the Summer Reading Program. By providing hotspots with free WiFi accessible to the public, we are hoping to sign people up who may live far from their KDL branch.

ada farmers marketInterns on site will be available to deliver information on eBooks and online courses offered through the library catalog.

 “KDL made a millage promise to increase its community engagement by bringing services outside the library,” said Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, Assistant Director of Kent District Library. “Farmers Markets allow us the ability of setting up a pop up library in a booth.  At the library booth, people can sign up for a library card if they live in our service area.  They can learn about our digital collections–eBooks, eMusic, eAudiobooks, eMovies, eMagazines and eComic books.  And more importantly, people of all ages can sign up for the summer reading program.”

The five farmers markets involved are Ada, Byron Center, Lowell, Rockford and Wyoming. The program will run in Ada on Tuesdays, alternating between Wyoming and Lowell on Thursdays and alternating between Byron Center and Rockford on Saturdays from the first week of June through the end of August.

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“What we really want is for people to learn about library services and find something for themselves,” said Boisvenue-Fox. “Our digital collection is ideal for people to use at their convenience. They don’t have to come into a branch for these things.”


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Animals at the Library? Absolutely!

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

RabbitThis summer we are featuring a lot of creatures at our programs. Don’t miss out on all the furry and feathered fun! Below is a list of our animal-related programs. Click each link for more information including dates, times and locations.

Ruff Readers
Ruff Readers is a unique read-aloud program in partnership with West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Inc. that pairs kids with a trained therapy dog and their handler. Kids read their favorite book and the pooches curl up, listen and enjoy. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. Kids will be given a 15-minute slot as they arrive. Sponsored by BISSELL. For ages 6 and older.

Farm on the Go
The Critter Barn of Zeeland brings a little of the farm to the city in a program featuring the cutest barnyard animals around for you to touch and pet. For families.

Nature’s Superheroes
Nature has its own cast of Superheroes! Learn how plants and animals use their superpowers to preserve our super environment. Explore through hands-on activities, games and animal observations with Nature on the GO! For families.

Pet Show
Is your pet a star? Every critter’s a winner in this unique show designed to put the spotlight on your furry, scaly or feathered friend. All acts must pre-register. Visit the library for more details. For all ages.

Amazing Backyard Animals
Join Kalamazoo Nature Center’s ace reporter as he brings you the latest scoop on your neighborhood’s wildlife. For ages 6 and older.

Hope to see you there!

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Summer Reading Starts Today!

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Celebrate HeroesCelebrate Heroes! Today is the first day of Summer Reading at KDL, so stop by your local branch and sign up for a summer of reading, programs and prizes! With separate programs for babies, kids, teens and adults, the whole family can get in on the fun.

Don’t forget to check out all the FREE programs and activities listed in the KDL Events Calendar!

A huge thank you goes out to Consumers Energy for sponsoring Summer Reading at KDL!

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Check out our Summer Reading Video!

Monday, May 18th, 2015

If you aren’t already counting down the days to Summer Reading at KDL, watch this video and you’re sure to catch the excitement!

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KDL on WGVU Radio — New Resources

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

lynda_logo3r-d_144xEach 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 Collection Development Librarian Tammy Schneider talk about new resources at KDL, including lynda.com and Beanstack. Tammy also recommends the book Noggin by John Corey Whaley.



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Clean Reads for All Ages

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Probably no surprise here (considering I’m a librarian) but I was a pretty advanced reader at the age of 11. Another shocker for you is that my mom got a little upset when I came home from my local library with a copy of Go Ask Alice, thinking it might have something to do with Alice in Wonderland. If you’re not familiar with Go Ask Alice, it’s a book about drug addiction that’s definitely inappropriate for an 11-year old, and my mom suddenly realized she had to find advanced reader books that were also appropriate for my age.

Finding appropriate books for your high-level readers is a tough thing to do because they don’t want books with immature, baby-ish subject matter, but they also can’t totally comprehend that really serious subject matter. If you need help finding appropriate books that your kids, tweens and even teens will love, this list might be a good place to start. We have lots of good reading suggestions for all ages on there, and even a few recommended websites you can check out for further suggestions.

And don’t forget to drop into one of our locations and ask your friendly librarian for help, too!

Clean Reads Display

Clean Reads currently on display in the teen area of the Caledonia Branch!

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New Juvenile Booklist: Animal Antics

Monday, May 11th, 2015

If you have a young animal lover in your family, be sure to check out our new booklist Animal Antics! Each of these picture books features animals front and center. With a range from funny to sentimental, and even one with no words at all, there may be a new favorite book here for your young reader!

The Very Cranky Bear     My Bibi Always Remembers     Flashlight

Find more booklists for young readers at KDL Recommends for Kids.

Don’t forget, these would be great reads for 1KB4K!

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Summer 2015 KDL Kaleidoscope

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

The Summer 2015 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 summer 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!

Summer Kaleidoscope

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