KDL Blog ‘Parents & Kids’ Category

Family Friendly Spring Programs

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

family board gameThese are just a few of our for all-ages offerings this spring. For a complete list, go to our events page.

Fantastic Flying Fun
Have a blast creating and testing a variety of fantastic flying objects.
Sunday, March 22, 2:00 PM, East Grand Rapids
Monday, April 6, 1:00 PM, Grandville
Tuesday, April 7, 1:00 PM, Englehardt (Lowell)
Wednesday, April 08, 2:00 PM, Byron Twp.
Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 PM, Walker
Thursday, April 9, 1:30 PM, Alto
Saturday, May 16, 2:00 PM, Comstock Park
Thursday, May 21, 7:00 PM, Cascade Twp.

Gaming Unplugged: Board Game Boredom Busters!
Unplug from electronics. Challenge your brain and your friends with games of strategy and imagination, from classic to cutting-edge.
Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 PM, Nelson Twp./Sand Lake
Thursday, April 9, 1:00 PM, Grandville
Thursday, April 9, 2:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Alpine Twp., Byron Twp., Caledonia Twp. Thursday, April 9, 6:00 PM, Comstock Park
Sunday, April 12, 2:00 PM, East Grand Rapids
Monday, May 4, 4:00 PM, Caledonia Twp.
Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 PM, Nelson Twp./Sand Lake
Tuesday, May 12, 6:30 PM, Tyrone Twp.

Screen-Free Week
Visit any KDL branch to pledge your commitment as a family to spend seven days enjoying non-screen related activities. We’ll offer many programs to help you out this week. Screen-Free Week suggestions include playing games, creating art, bicycle rides, cooking, or just spending more time interacting with friends and family.
Monday, May 4 – Sunday, May 10


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Early Lit Bits: Booklists

Sunday, March 15th, 2015
One of the most important things that you can do to help your child become a reader is to get them excited about books by reading together.
Curl up on the couch with your kiddo and read these fabulous books!

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: Play-Grow-READ!

Sunday, March 8th, 2015
Talking, singing, reciting rhymes, playing games, sharing books and listening to music are fun and meaningful ways to spend time with your child.
Visit our Play-Grow- Read website for some fun Activities to Do Around the House that support early literacy.


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 Photo Contest: Enter Today Through April 18

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Celebrate KDL Photo Contest Logo WEB (2)Attention shutterbugs! Send in your favorite shots taken during one of our library programs or inside one of our branches. Winning photos will be featured in an upcoming Celebrate KDL 2016 Calendar that will be sold to raise funds for library programs.

For more information and to submit your digital photo, visit www.kdl.org/photocontest. Sponsored by Kent District Library and the Alliance of Friends. For all ages.

Monday, March 2 – Saturday, April 18: Submissions accepted

Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 24: Public voting on semi-finalists’ photos

Monday, June 1: Winners announced

 


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Early Lit Bits: KDLville Spotlight

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

There’s always something new in KDLville!

Changing activities often keeps our early literacy play areas fresh and interesting for our regular visitors, but some favorite activities are available year round. This beloved Thomas the Tank Engine train table is a regular fixture at the 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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Survival Adventures

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in the Special Forces? Do you think you would like to chase storms? Try reading the Can You Survive interactive adventures books. This junior level series, written by various authors, offers readers the chance to choose what happens next in the story. Take care when making your choices as they could lead you to safety or doom! With titles like Can You Survive the Desert?, Can You Survive Being Lost at Sea? and Can You Survive Antarctica?, there is sure to be a storyline that will pique your interest. Place a hold or stop in and check one out today!

  


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Early Lit Bits: Games and Activities

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Use Your Cents!

Introduce your child to three-dimensional art using low or no-cost supplies from local recycling centers. This “secret garden” made with materials from Learning From Scratch is constructed of mesh, formica samples, wire and yarn. The materials cost a only few pennies. Working with craft materials provides children with important sensory experience and helps them develop fine motor skills.

 

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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Spring 2015 KDL Kaleidoscope

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

The Spring 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 spring 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!

 


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New Juvenile Booklists

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Not quite ready for The Hunger Games yet? Check out some of these titles from our Not Quite Ready for The Hunger Games booklist instead!

Raider's Ransom: Flood and Fire                The Sky Inside                The Line

 

Looking for a few nonfiction titles? Check out a booklist inspired by KDL Lab: Inspire, Create, Hack, Tinker, Make: Activities for All Ages. Get creating!

The Kid's Book of Simple Everyday Science             Gross Science Projects               Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors

 

Check out more great booklists for children of all ages over at KDL Recommends for Kids!


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Early Childhood Essentials: Register Now

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

ece3Parents 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 program sponsor Great Start to Quality. 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:

Toddler Math
Thursday, March 12, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Twp. Branch
Monday, April 20, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Mini Day of Learning: Little Reader Readiness Part 1
Saturday, March 14, 9:00 AM, First Reformed Church, 3060 Wilson Ave. SW in Grandville

Mini Day of Learning: Little Reader Readiness Part 2
Saturday, March 14, 10:45 AM, First Reformed Church, 3060 Wilson Ave. SW in Grandville

How Children Learn to Read
Monday, March 16, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 PM, Walker Branch
Saturday, April 25, 10:00 AM, Cascade Twp. Branch

Reading Fun for Little Ones
Monday, March 16, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, March 19, 6:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch
Saturday, March 21, 12:00 PM, Caledonia Twp. Branch
Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 PM, Walker Branch

Sensory Play for Toddlers
Monday, March 30, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, April 9, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Branch
Monday, April 27, 6:30 PM, Wyoming Branch
Saturday, May 2, 10:00 AM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Thursday, May 14, 6:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch
Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 PM, Walker Branch

It’s Not So Easy Being Two
Thursday, April 16, 6:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch (Rescheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 6:30 PM)
Saturday, April 18, 10:00 AM, East Grand Rapids Branch

 


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