Archive for June, 2008

June 15 is Father’s Day at Your Library

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Sunday, June 15 is Father’s Day, and the Kent District Library has books and movies to help celebrate the dad in your life!

Books for Dads:

Be the Coolest Dad on the Block: All of the Tricks, Games, Puzzles and Jokes You Need to Impress Your Kids (and keep them entertained for years to come!) by Simon Rose
An all-encompassing guide to entertaining, amazing, and possibly even educating children. This book provides the perfect excuse to stand on a balloon, play with grated cheese in the microwave, and unroll an entire roll of toilet paper, all in the name of spending time with your kids.

The Barbecue! Bible by Steven Raichlen
There’s a world of grilled food out there, and Steven Raichlen seems to have wandered through all of it. Raichlen freely shares his techniques, telling you exactly how he learned and all about who taught him.

The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to-Be by Armin Brott
An information-packed guide to all the emotional, financial and physical changes the father-to-be may experience during the course of his partner’s pregnancy. Incorporating the wisdom of top experts in the field, from obstetricians and birth-class instructors to psychologists and sociologists.

How Tough Could It Be?: The Trials and Errors of a Sportswriter Turned Stay-at-Home Dad by Austin Murphy
Murphy, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, has a way-cool gig, covering all the major sports, but he decided to take a six-month sabbatical as a stay-at-home dad while his wife pursued her career, also as a writer. The result is hardly a surprise: Murphy learns that domestic engineering is a tough job and that mixing love with discipline is even tougher.

Daddy and Me by Karen Katz
Karen Katz whips together another fun, colorful lift-the-flap adventure, in the form of a wee home-improvement project between a father and child.

You Can Observe A Lot By Watching: What I’ve Learned About Teamwork From the Yankees and Life by Yogi Berra
“The most valuable team player in sports” shows you what “teamwork” really means.



Movies for Dads:

“Father’s Day” by Ivan Reitman
Billy Crystal plays the straight man to neurotic Robin Williams when these two very different individuals join forces to find a runaway teenager.

“The Day After Tomorrow” by Roland Emmerich
A cautionary tale disguised as a disaster flick. Roland Emmerich has turned his attention to global warming-a foe so unsatisfying that you can’t even shoot it down.


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Teen Summer Reading Club has begun!

Monday, June 9th, 2008


Summer Reading Club starts today!  If you are entering grades 6 through 12 you can stop in at any of our branches to sign up or sign up right here on our website. 

For those of you who don’t know how Summer Reading works, the point is to read a lot during the summer.  The more you read the better chance you have of winning some prizes.  For every 4 items (books, magazines, graphic novels, audio books, etc…) you read between June 9 and August 2 you can fill out a raffle ticket and enter to win a prize.  The grand prize will be your choice of an IPod or a Rivertown Mall gift certificate.  There are also a bunch of other prizes including gift cards to places like Best Buy, GameStop, Schuler Books and Music, and much more.

So, sign up, read, and enter for a shot to win prizes.  It’s that simple!  We also want to encourage you to use our online form to keep track of the books you read and review them so other people can find a good recommendation. 

If you have any questions feel free to check out our FAQ page or call any one of our branches as we would love to here from you.  Let the reading begin!

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Listen to Books On-The-Go!

Friday, June 6th, 2008

We’re happy to announce the addition of the Playaway portable audiobook device to the KDL collection!  Half the size of a deck of cards, Playaway makes it easy to listen to a book on the go. And with no tapes or CDs, each unit can hold as little as two or as many as eighty hours of content. Using clearly marked buttons, Playaway gives listeners the ability to easily navigate between chapters and alter the speed of a narrator’s voice. It even has an automatic bookmark feature that remembers where you left off. Additionally, Playaway has a universal headphone jack that works with almost any type of headphone or mobility accessory

The Playaway audio book is portable and easy to use, making it a great way to listen to books anywhere you go. Simply put in a battery, plug in your headphones and listen!

To see a sample of Playaway titles available in our catalog, click HERE (keywords “Playaway Audiobook”).

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Kick off the Summer with KDL!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008


Summer is here, and so is the Kent District Library’s Summer Reading Club! This year’s Summer Reading Club for kids and teens will run from June 9 through August 2. Don’t miss your chance to help kick off the fun at two KDL branches:

Saturday, June 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Englehardt Branch, 200 Monroe St. in Lowell

Friday, June 13 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch, 88 Eighth St. in Sand Lake

Bring the whole family and kick off a summer of reading with costumed characters, face painting, crafts, games and tons of other fun activities! When you sign up for the Summer Reading Club, you can spend the summer reading and having fun, and enter to win awesome prizes.

Children in grades five and under, both readers and pre-readers: you’re invited to Catch the Reading Bug @ your library! Teens in grades six through twelve: enjoy a summer of Metamorphosis @ your library!

We’ll see you at the kick-off parties!

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Catch the Reading Bug with our Summer Reading Club!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008


Sign up for our Summer Reading Club starting June 9 and have tons of buggy fun!  Kids ages birth-grade 5 can participate by signing up at any KDL branch.  When they register, they will be given calendar-style reading logs.  Kids who can read will put stickers on their calendars for every day that they spend time reading or participating in other literacy activities (don’t worry, we’ll give you plenty of suggestions!). 

Kids who can’t read yet can also join the club!  They can put stickers on their calendars every day that they listen to a story or do other simple literacy activities – like singing songs – with a caregiver. 

When kids get 25 stickers on their calendars, they can bring their completed ticket to a KDL branch for an awesome – and totally buggy – prize bag!  They will also be registered to win other fabulous prizes, including a free bike. 

Every KDL branch is also offering tons of great programs for kids and families all summer long!  Check out the program schedule online or pick up a brochure at your local KDL branch.  Don’t miss the Summer Reading Club Kickoff Parties or the Summer Carnivals.  You could even have a family craft booth at one of the Kid & Teen Craft Shows!

Bee cool and read this summer! 



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Read the first chapter of Breaking Dawn!

Monday, June 2nd, 2008


 Stephenie Meyer fans click here to read the first chapter of Breaking Dawn. The book is due out August 2, 2008 and will be the fourth book in the Twilight saga.

Haven’t read the first three yet? Check them out here.

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