Archive for February, 2009

March Nonfiction Madness

Friday, February 27th, 2009

New titles in nonfiction for March should appeal to any taste.  New memoirs are coming from Mary Tyler Moore as well as Reggie Arvizu from Korn.  We’ll be mad for basketball and Martha Stewart

Mary Tyler MooreFieldyWhen March Went MadEncyclopedia of Crafts






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Become a Ruff Reader at KDL

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Ruff Readers is a unique read-aloud program that pairs kids with trained therapy dogs and handlers who love to hear a good story. Improve your reading skills and your confidence with these patient listeners!

Ruff Readers is offered at both the Wyoming and Grandville branches of KDL this spring. Call the branch to register for a session.

Wyoming Branch
Thursdays, March 5-26, 6:30 p.m.

Grandville Branch
Mondays, March 9 and April 13, 6:30 p.m.

Ruff Readers is for kids ages six and up and is offered in partnership with the West Michigan Therapy Dog Association.

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Academy Award Winners Available at KDL

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Another award season is coming to a close. But don’t worry, if you didn’t get a chance to see the Academy Award-winning films, or if you just want to watch them all again, KDL can help!

We’ve got this year’s big winners available for check out, and it’s all FREE!

2009 Academy Award Winners:

Best motion picture and Best achievement in directing (Danny Boyle)—Slumdog Millionaire 

Performance by an actress in a leading role—Kate Winslet in The Reader

Performance by an actress in a supporting role—Penélope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Performance by an actor in a leading role—Sean Penn in Milk

Performance by an actor in a supporting role—Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

Best animated feature film of the year—WALL-E

Best documentary feature—Man on Wire

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Mac Users Enjoy New Photo Organization Options with iPhoto ’09

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Apple has updated their iLife grouping which includes iPhoto.  I was interested in this upgrade because they added a few unique organization features.  The one I was most interested in trying out is a feature called Faces.  The program identifies faces in a picture and then after you have “named” a few pictures, the program will recommend other faces that match.  I used this feature on last year’s photos as well as some I had in iPhoto.  Although some of the possibilities made me laugh, I thought it did pretty well (with room for improvement).   iPhoto did attempt to identify the kids at different ages also.  It can be tedious approving all the correct ones but that is very simple also.  Overall I like this feature and think it will help with the organization of my photos.

Another feature of iPhoto is Places.  This will take the GPS setting from your camera and map out the location of your photos.  I don’t have GPS on my camera but I was able to easily mark a group of pictures with the location.  Not as useful to me but still a nice feature.

Apple also has made it easier to share photos online.  The links are at the bottom of the window and it is easy to log into your Facebook or Flickr account and upload a group of photos.  iPhoto will also share the names or places with the online program which eliminates the need to duplicate the work.  Overall, I am pleased with the new iPhoto and looking forward to organizing all my photos using the new tools.

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Save $500 a Month?

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

I recently found this online article, and while most of these seem like common sense, there are a few good tips. I’d especially like to draw attention to item #5, just in case it’s not something you’ve thought of lately. And, yes, you can request stuff online through our catalog.

Happy savings!

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday!

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Join the Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch of KDL’s Storytime group on Tuesday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m. for an exciting Dr. Seuss birthday party! There will be cake and fun for children ages birth to six years. We”ll read Dr. Seuss books, play games and make crafts. Registration is required.

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss!

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Everyone Gathers to Read at EGR

Friday, February 20th, 2009

The East Grand Rapids branch of KDL invites you to Everyone Gathers to Read, a community-wide event in March that encourages everyone to read the same book and participate in activities, contests and programs all month long.

The selected book is What a Wonderful World illustrated by Ashley Bryan.

Everyone Gathers to Read will kick off on Sunday, March 1 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the East Grand Rapids library and will conclude on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. with a fun-filled finale.

There’s something for everyone, so don’t miss out!

Everyone Gathers to Read events and activities include:

Kickoff Celebration on Sunday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m.
Laptime and Preschool Storytime on Wednesday, March 4 at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Family Storytime on Thursday, March 5 at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.
READ Poster Event on Saturday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m.
Drummunity on Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m.
It’s a Wonderful World Art on Saturday, March 14 at 10:00 a.m.
Around the World in a Harpbeat on Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Everyone Gathers to Read Adult Book Discussion on Friday, March 20 at 12:00 p.m.
Stories Alive on Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m.
African Drums and Dance on Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m.
Finale Party on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m.

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Day of Learning: Early Childhood Essentials

Friday, February 20th, 2009

The East Grand Rapids branch of KDL presents an Early Childhood Essentials Day of Learning on Saturday, May 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Librarians, teachers, parents and caregivers: spend a day learning about early literacy, the importance of play, five myths of child development and much more!

This day-long program will earn 5.5 state-required childcare professional development hours. And it’s completely FREE!

Jim Gill — author, musician and child development specialist — will be the day’s keynote speaker.

Registration is required, and lunch is on your own. Sponsored by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library.

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Early Childhood Essentials at KDL

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Parents and caregivers of children ages birth to six are invited to participate in the Early Childhood Essentials workshops at KDL this spring. If you have young children or if you work in child care and need professional development hours, the Early Childhood Essentials series is for you. Each workshop meets guidelines for state required professional development hours. Certificates are provided if needed.

Workshops will include:

Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Saturday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. — Play-Grow-Read

East Grand Rapids Branch
Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. — Outside Movement Activities
Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. — School Readiness
Saturday, May 16, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. — All Day Workshop

Kentwood Branch
Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. — Autism: Detecting the Early Signs with Mary Rozendal
Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. — Baby Signs with Jennifer Tackitt

Plainfield Township Branch
Tuesday, March 24 at 6:45 p.m. — The Learning Differences between Boys and Girls

Englehardt Branch
Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. — Kids Got To Move It-Move it
Tuesday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. — Play-Grow-Read
Tuesday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. — Nursery Rhymes That Work!

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Get on Board with Eye-Fi

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Wouldn’t it be great if you could wirelessly upload pictures from your camera or memory card to your computer without having to go through the same annoying routine of connecting your camera or inserting your memory card?  Never fear, Eye-Fi is here! Eye-Fi automatically uploads photos from your digital camera to your computer and/or favorite photo site with the use of the Eye-Fi Wi-Fi SD memory card!


The 2GB card works in any camera that takes SD media, and sports a small internal WiFi antenna that automatically transfers photos from your camera to your home or other known network. It’s a technophobic person’s dream! Simply turn on the camera and Eye-Fi does the rest!

In addition to uploading to your computer, the card also has built-in support for 20 online photo services like Flickr, Facebook, Picassa or store photo centers like Wal-Mart or Costco.

To learn more about how Eye-Fi can make uploading and managing your digital photos easier, check out this online demonstration!

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