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Summer Reading @ KDL Starts Today!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Ignite-Orange_jpgIgnite Happiness! Today is the first day of Summer Reading @ 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!

We would love to hear from you. Leave us a comment and let us know what books you would like to read this summer, what programs you plan to attend or your favorite thing about our summer reading program.

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


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Animals at the Library? Absolutely!

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

FarmSnakes in the stacks? Bats in the biography section? Goats getting checked out? You bet!

This 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.

Radical Reptiles
Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary engages young minds with fascinating facts and real-life encounters with snakes, alligators and turtles.

John Ball Traveling Zoo
Come learn about animals and even get a chance to meet some!

Pet Shows
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 your local branch for more details.

Amazing Bats
Can you fly with your hands? Bats can! Meet and learn about the Organization for Bat Conservation’s live bats from around the world.

Agility Dogs Extraordinaire!
Witness extraordinary feats including free-style dancing, nose work and pulling carts, performed by talented dogs from The Well Mannered Dog Center. Learn how these special canines are trained both to be helper dogs and to compete in agility shows.

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.

Ruff Readers
KDL is celebrating 10 years of Ruff Readers in partnership with West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Inc. Ruff Readers is a unique read-aloud program that pairs kids with a trained therapy dog and their handler. Kids read their favorite book and the pooches just curl up and listen. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. Kids will be given a 15-minute time slot as they arrive. For ages 6 and older.

 

Hope to see you there!


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Kids: Read to a Book Buddy

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

IMG_2103Kids version: Are firefighters your favorite thing? Ballerinas the absolute best? Want to spend some one-on-one time with a sports mascot?

Parents version: Kids will be able to spend 10 minutes on Saturday, June 21 reading to a “book buddy,” comprised of local sports figures, fire and police personnel, mascots and other characters, as part of a partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Heart of West Michigan United Way.

Six of our branches — Englehardt (Lowell), Kentwood (Richard L. Root), Plainfield Township, Sand Lake / Nelson Township, Walker and Wyoming – will take part in an effort to promote IMG_2108400 Minutes, the amount of time  it is estimated that kids should spend reading each month during summer to prevent summer slide — what those in literacy circles refer to as the reading gains during the school year that can be lost over summer break.

Click here to see time ranges at each of the participating branches.

Anyone who has participated in KDL’s Ruff Readers programs over the last 10 years knows the marked impact it has on kids and reading. This summer, we invite kids to get themselves a book buddy — whether a dog, a firefighter or an athlete — and explore the worlds that a love of reading can open.

 


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — AlphaTots

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Alpha TotsThe interactive animations and engaging sound effects in AlphaTots helps children learn the alphabet and letter sounds. Users can listen to a version of the traditional alphabet song and then work on related word activities for each letter of the alphabet. Children will be entertained while learning letters and new vocabulary as they build a robot for the letter “B” or help the plants grow for the letter “G.” Talk to your child and reinforce letters and words as you play this fun and educational app together. It is available for both Apple and Android devices.

– 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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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Some Bugs”

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Some BugsSome Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi

Bugs are hopping, gliding, swimming and hiding in this new picture book. With a bouncy rhythm and colorful illustrations, Some Bugs is sure to appeal to the junior bug hunter in your house. As you read together, pause and talk about each action word. Ask your child if he or she can curl up in a ball or flutter through the room. Have you seen bugs like this outside or at the park? Grab a magnifying glass and see what bugs you can find in the grass. This book even has a handy bug guide to help with identification. Talking and playing like bugs are both great 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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Go Wild with these Youth Booklists!

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

    Mr Tiger Goes Wild    dragons love tacos     belly up

Are you ready to read this summer? Go wild with Mr. Tiger (but avoid swimming in a fountain without your top hat), make tacos for lunch and feed them to imaginary dragons (leave out the jalapeños!) and help solve the case of the murdered hippo! Check out these fantastic youth booklists that invite your child to read, play, laugh and discover.

 


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Teens: Kentwoodpalooza Is Back

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

KDLkentwoodpalooza-9021Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 12 from 2:00 to 8:00 PM at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch for a festival-style celebration of the arts, the end of school and the beginning of Summer Reading @ KDL with music, film, poetry, food and more.

Here’s the complete schedule:

1:00 PM — JibberJams
Crane Wives drummer Dan Rickabus will lead a round of intelligent silliness for all ages. This energetic, engaging interactive performance features original songs and improvisation performed in the universal language of jibberish.

1:00 PM — Ongoing Art
Watch local artist Barbara Williams collaborate with about a dozen East Kentwood High School National Art Honor Society students on the creation of a large mural that will hang inside the library when completed.

2:00 PM – Kent County Teen Film Festival Encore
If you missed these teen-created short flicks in February, see them now and meet a few of the young filmmakers who created them.

2:00 PM — Guitar Workshop with Justin Dore Join Big Dudee Roo’s lead guitarist in exploring different playing styles and what makes those styles unique. Find out what it means to be a lead guitarist and hear the dos and don’ts of joining a band. Also, get some practice techniques and hear about the history of the instrument and notable guitarists.

3:00 PM — Songwriting Workshop
Max Lockwood, lead singer and songwriter for folk rock band Big Dudee Roo, will perform some of his songs, discuss the songwriting process, share ideas for building a song from the ground up and show how to put together all the elements of a song.

5:30 PM — Writing Workshop
Published writer and poet Hazel Foster will explain how to take working drafts from revision to publication, addressing revision strategies, submission etiquette, venues for publication and how to survive rejection.

6:30 PM — Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony
Winners from the Kent District Library Teen Poetry Contest will share their poetry.

mcaca_logo_final4:00–8:00 PM – Live Music on the Amphitheatre
4:00 PM — December Assembly (Electronic Alternative)
5:00 PM — Phantom (Ivory Alternative)
6:00 PM – Virgo (Alternative Rock)
7:00 PM — Big Dudee Roo (Grungy Folk Rock)

Kentwoodpalooza is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library.

 

 


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Summer Reading @ KDL Coming Soon!

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Ignite-Orange_jpgThe school year is winding down, and that means we are gearing up for Summer Reading @ KDL. With programs for kids, teens and adults, we are inviting the whole family to Ignite Happiness @ KDL. And if discovering some great books isn’t enough of an incentive to participate, we have also got some awesome prizes up for grabs!

Summer Reading @ KDL kicks off on Monday, June 2. Stop by your local branch to sign up, and don’t forget to check out our program guide. Our summer line-up includes reptiles, magic, animals, food and music, just to name a few!

 

 


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Windy Weather

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Windy WeatherPlay-Grow-Read

With the warmth of Spring comes lots of fun things to do outside with small children. Take advantage of a windy or wet day to talk about the weather. Is it windy, cloudy, sunny or wet outside? Is it warm or cool? Have fun making simple weather crafts with recycled materials from around the house. Plastic grocery bags make wonderful kites and parachutes. Empty plastic bottles can be turned into rain gauges. When the fun is done, simply toss the materials into your recycling bin.

Materials:

  • plastic grocery bags
  • plastic pop bottles
  • tape
  • string or yarn
  • permanent marker
  • scissors

Directions:

Kite

Make a simple kite by tying a piece of string to each handle of a grocery bag. Tie the two pieces of string together with a knot about 12 inches from the end of the handles. Attach a long piece of string to the point where the two strings meet. Take the kite outside on a windy day to see if you can get the kite to fly.

Parachute

Tape together the two handles of a plastic grocery bag. Use tape to secure small objects such as sticks to the joint where the two handles meet. Stand on a raised deck or playground equipment to release the parachutes so that they float to the ground. Experiment by attaching several parachutes to heavier items such as small toy cars to see if you can make them float slowly to the ground.

Rain Gauge

Cut the bottom 4 inches off a plastic pop bottle. Use a permanent marker to mark one inch increments on the side of the plastic bottle. Set the bottle in an open space with the open end pointed up.  Check the gauge the next time it rains to see how much rain has fallen.

–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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Share Your Story Contest — Early Childhood Essentials

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

babymomHave you taken any of our Early Childhood Essentials classes? If you have, woo-hoo! We want to hear from you.

Click here to fill out the share your story form and tell us what brought you to the classe(es), how the material covered impacted your personal or professional life and what you enjoyed about the class. Best entry gets a $25 Schuler Books & Music gift card and shared on our patron stories page. Contest deadline: 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 31.

Early Childhood Essentials classes, sponsored by Great Start CONNECT, are open to adults. Many attendees are childcare providers, and take the classes to receive professional development hours. Whereas some agencies charge a fee, ECE classes at KDL are free. Yep, free.

 


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