KDL Blog ‘Parents & Kids’ Category

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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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute – Transition Through Song

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Transitioning from one activity to the next can be difficult for young children. Music is an excellent way to make these transitions easier. Singing the same song for a regularly repeated activity helps children know what’s expected of them and what’s coming next.

Singing a short song during every diaper change helps babies understand that this “down time” is temporary and will be over when the song ends. It’s a great way to prevent wiggles and frustration at the changing table.

Singing a clean-up song while putting away signals to children that play time is over, and that they are expected to pick up toys. Songs can ease many transitions such as saying goodbye to family after a vacation visit or getting ready to send older siblings off to school.

Check out some of the circle time songs available at the library such as Ready, Set, Move by Greg & Steve or Rockin’ Red by Eric Litwin.

Try singing the following song on the way to school or library programs:

Off to Class We Go
(Sung to the tune of “A-Hunting We Will Go”)

Off to class we go,
It’s off to class we go,
We’ll sing some songs and read along,
With everyone we know.
Off to class we go,
It’s off to class we go,
We learn our ABCs and more,
With everyone we know.

Try adapting this song to different activities such as “off to work we go” or “off to sleep we go” “…sing a song and read along, because I love you so.”

— 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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Thank You for Your Generosity!

Friday, September 12th, 2014

During the month of August, over 2,000 school items were collected at KDL branches for School Supply Santa. Thank you so much for your generosity during this most recent KDL Gives Back initiative! Local children were able to head back to school with all the items they need to succeed, thanks to your support!

“I want to thank KDL for promoting, supporting and collecting school supplies,” said Denise Kooiker, who runs School Supply Santa. “They played such a huge role in the program this year!”

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KDL Top Ten — Easy Readers

Friday, September 12th, 2014

This week’s Top Ten list features 10 of the most popular Easy Readers at KDL right now. Stop in and grab entertaining books for your beginning reader today!

KDL Top Ten Easy Readers 9-12-2014


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New Fall Books for Kids

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

dog and bear

Dog and Bear: Tricks and Treats by Laura Vaccaro Seeger has three short, funny Halloween themed stories about friends Dog and Bear.

 

katy duck

In Katy Duck’s Happy Halloween by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Katy Duck is perfectly happy with her dancing unicorn costume until she sees Alice’s shimmering glimmering mermaid costume. Happily, all ends well as they skip off to trick-or-treat together.

 

dog days of school

Kelly DiPucchio has an amusing new book, Dog Days of School, in which young Charlie gets his wish to trade places with his dog Norman. Waking up in Norman’s bed, he is happy to sleep in, stare out the window for hours, and meet other dogs. Soon, however, he finds that being sent to the doghouse isn’t very fun.

 

winter is coming

Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston is a lovely, quiet story about a small girl who observes and sketches various animals getting ready for the coming of winter.

 

Ask your branch’s youth librarian for these stories or other new fall and Halloween books for kids.

 


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Celebrate the Season with Fall Programs

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Kent District Library is celebrating the fall season with a couple of programs that are sure to get the entire family into the spirit of autumn.  We hope you will join us for some fall fun!

Fall Mixed Up
Leaves float up and squirrels fly south! Celebrate this topsy-turvy season with zany stories, songs and activities centered around the book Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka. For ages 6 and younger.

Thursday, September 18, 10:00 AM – Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, September 27, 10:30 AM – Gaines Township Branch
Saturday, September 27, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Sunday, September 28, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Tuesday, September 30, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Tuesday, October 7, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Tuesday, October 7, 1:00 PM – Byron Township Branch
Monday, October 13, 9:45 AM, 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM – Plainfield Township Branch
Wednesday, October 15, 9:45 AM – Plainfield Township Branch
Thursday, October 16, 9:45 AM – Plainfield Township Branch
Thursday, October 23, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, October 27, 9:45 and 10:30 AM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, October 28, 10:00 AM – Alpine Township Branch
Wednesday, October 29, 10:00 AM – Walker Branch
Wednesday, November 5, 10:00 AM – Tyrone Township Branch
Monday, November 10, 10:30 AM – Alto Branch
Tuesday, November 11, 6:30 PM – Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, November 12, 10:30 AM – Comstock Park Branch

 

Awesome Autumn Adventure
Celebrate the season with autumn crafts, pumpkin decorating, games and bountiful farmyard fun! Please bring your own pumpkin. For all ages.

Wednesday, October 15, 10:00 AM – Walker Branch
Saturday, October 18, 10:30 AM – Gaines Township Branch
Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, October 23, 6:30 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, October 25, 10:30 AM – Alto Branch
Saturday, October 25, 2:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Sunday, October 26, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Monday, October 27, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 PM – Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, October 29, 10:30 AM – Comstock Park Branch
Thursday, October 30, 10:00 AM – Englehardt (Lowell) Branch

 

Branch locations can be found here.

 


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Early Lit Bits: App Review – Beck and Bo

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Have fun and explore while playing Beck and Bo. This attractive and well-designed app will stimulate your child’s creativity and logic skills.  Drag-and-drop items as you build a scene and move the characters “Beck” and “Bo” around on their different adventures. When all items are correctly placed, players are rewarded with a virtual “album” where they can hear and see the names of the objects in the scenes. This app is not only fun to play, but also helps teach cause and effect, association skills and creative thinking. Play together as you explore the ocean, go to the store, travel on a safari and more! This app is available for both Apple and Android devices for $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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Classes for Parents and Caregivers

Friday, September 5th, 2014

ECE classesParents and caregivers of children are invited to participate in free Early Childhood Essentials classes at KDL this fall. 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.

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:
Communicating with Respect
Thursday, September 11, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch

Appropriate Technology with Young Children
Saturday, September 13, 10:00 AM, Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, November 8, 10:00 AM, Caledonia Township Branch

Selective Screen Time
Saturday, September 13, 11:30 AM, Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, November 8, 11:30 AM, Caledonia Township Branch

Moral Development and Fostering Goodness
Monday, September 15, 6:00 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, September 18, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, October 7, 6:30 PM, Walker Branch

Getting Ready to Write For 3–5-Year-Olds
Monday, September 22, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Journaling with Young Children
Saturday, September 27, 10:00 AM, East Grand Rapids Branch

Sugar Shock
Monday, September 29, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch

Let’s Go Outside!
Tuesday, September 30, 6:30 PM, Caledonia Township Branch

Stress Less with Mindfulness
Thursday, October 2, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch

Money and Economic Skills for Preschoolers
Monday, October 6, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, November 3, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch

Picky Eating
Thursday, October 16, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch

Visualizing and Verbalizing Daily Experiences
Monday, October 20, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch

Discipline with Fewer Tears
Monday, November 10, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, November 13, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, December 2, 6:30 PM, Walker Branch

 

Branch locations can be found here.

 


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Get Creative!

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Check out these programs that are sure to get your creative juices flowing!

3doodler3Doodler Dream It, Draw It
Have you ever wished your drawings could come to life? Now they can! With the use of the 3Doodler, create simple 3D objects from your own imagination or use some of the provided stencils. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. For all ages.

Thursday, September 11, 6:00 PM, Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, September 25, 4:00 PM, Alto Branch
Wednesday, October 8, 4:00 PM, Gaines Township Branch
Tuesday, October 14, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch
Tuesday, November 11, 6:30 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, November 15, 2:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 AM, Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch

 

Get Revved UpGet Revved Up
Interested in cars? Want to learn how an engine works? Create your own rubber band car, help us build an engine model and even design a sketch of your own style of car or truck. For all ages.

Sunday, September 14, 2:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, September 18, 6:30 PM, Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, September 27, 10:30 AM, Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch
Saturday, October 4, 10:30 AM, Alto Branch
Saturday, October 11, 10:30 AM, Alpine Township Branch
Saturday, November 8, 2:00 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, November 29, 2:00 PM, Comstock Park Branch

 

Branch locations can be found here.

 


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Michigan Reads Celebration

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

acoustic roosterCelebrate the 2014 Michigan Reads book, Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band by Kwame Alexander, with crafts and activities. For ages 6 and younger.

Saturday, September 13, 10:00 AM,
Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Tuesday, September 16, 10:30 AM,
Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 PM, Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, September 17, 10:30 AM, Comstock Park Branch
Monday, September 22, 10:30 AM, Alto Branch
Tuesday, September 30, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM,
Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, October 1, 10:00 AM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, October 2, 10:00 AM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Sunday, October 19, 2:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch
Thursday, November 6, 10:00 AM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, November 8, 10:30 AM, Gaines Township Branch
Monday, November 10, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 11, 1:00 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 10:00 AM, Alpine Township Branch
Wednesday, November 19, 10:00 AM, Caledonia Township Branch

Branch locations can be found here.

 

 


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