Archive for April, 2009

The Five Minute Vacation

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

In the keeping with the spirit of Craig’s great idea to post websites to help you laugh in tough times, I’ve compiled a list of websites that I use to relax and take my mind off things for a while. These websites are great for a “five minute vacation.”

Kongregate offers a variety of free flash games to keep you occupied. While not incredibly practical, this website is a lot of fun.

The National Security Agency website offers a great website called CryptoKids. This service offers a basic introduction about making secret codes, ciphers, and learning about cryptology. I’m sure adults wouldn’t be bored either!

The Daily Show’s website offers full episodes on demand, as well as the ability to watch embedded clips of specific segments.

Can’t make it to KDL? Guinness World Records also has a website. (Waste of time? Probably. Totally addicting? For sure.)

And, as has been blogged about before, offers a plethora of viewing options.

Even though things are stressful right now be sure to take 5 or 10 minutes a day to relax. You’ll feel better.

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Pajama Storytime: Night Time Fun!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009


Pajama Storytime is a great way to spend quality time with your children. Many of our library branches offer these weekly night time programs. Fun themes, great books and creative early literacy activities make for a wonderful learning environment. Plus, you get to see what your librarian looks like in pajamas!

Click here to see a list of times, dates and locations.

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Celebrate Earth Day All Month Long!

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, and the Kent District Library is celebrating with green programs all month long!

It’s Easy Being Green — East Grand Rapids Branch
Wednesday, April 1 through Thursday, April 30
Pick up a game card at the East Grand Rapids library and complete at least 10 of the green activities during the month of April to be entered into a drawing for a green prize. For every 25 game cards returned, the library will donate $5.00 to the Arbor Day Foundation. For grades 1 through 12. No registration required.

Be Good to the Earth, Be Good to your Body — East Grand Rapids Branch
Saturdays, April 4-25, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Learn how being good to the earth and healthier living go hand-in-hand. Stop in any Saturday in April and speak with local environmental and ecology experts. For all ages. No registration required.

KDL Green Fair — East Grand Rapids Branch
Saturday, April 18, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Join us for games, prizes, craft-making and presentations by local experts and organizations as we explore the topic of living green in West Michigan. Bring your recycled batteries for a special gift.

Earth Day Celebration — Sand Lake/Nelson Twp. Branch
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Join us for stories and crafts that promote awareness of our wonderful world. Plant seeds and “plant” ideas for thinking green and working toward a better tomorrow. For young children. No registration required.

DIY Earth-friendly Cleaning Products — Grandville Branch
Saturday, April 25, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Learn how to make your own earth-friendly cleaning products and discover alternatives for the most popular types of home cleaners. It’s healthier and much less expensive! For adults. Registration is required.

Ready to Make a Rain Garden? — East Grand Rapids Branch
Saturday, May 2, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Learn to reuse rain water to create drought-resistant, eco-friendly gardens. Also learn to create rain barrels and find out the best plants to use in your gardens. For all ages. No registration required.

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