Archive for October, 2009

A New Way to Tell Your Friends What You’re Reading

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Do you download eBooks, eAudiobooks or video from KDL’s eLibrary? Are you on Facebook and Twitter?

Well now you can use these social networking sites to share your download activity with your friends!

When you use OverDrive on KDL’s eLibrary, you can let all your friends know what you’re reading, listening to or watching on Facebook and Twitter.

After selecting your item for download, simply look for the new “Share” section below the item listing, select the social networking site you’d like to use, and follow the directions.

When you’re done, your update should look something like this on Facebook:

Or like this on Twitter:


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Interactive Stories for Kids

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Tumblebook 

If you have a child just starting to use a computer, and likes stories, give our TumbleBook Library a try. It’s a really cool interactive storybook site with a ton of great titles including Aesop’s Fables, Caillou, Winnie-the-Pooh and others. Each book is brought to life with animation and voice acting. The site also features a variety of games and learning resources specifically for children. It’s one of my 5-year-old daughter’s favorite activity sites.

 Check out the TumbleBook Library today, available in the
Books and Reading section of the KDL Parents and Kids page*. 

*You will be prompted to enter a valid KDL library card number.


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Marley & Me Author Visits This Week!

Monday, October 26th, 2009

 

This is the week!

On Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. John Grogan, author of Marley & Me, will speak at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center (600 Forest Hill Avenue SE) with a book-signing to follow.

Right now tickets are only $10! Buy them online, at any KDL branch or any Schuler Books & Music store in Grand Rapids. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10, as well. Proceeds support KDL’s literacy programs for young children.

Don’t miss your chance to hear Grogan speak about “Life Lessons from Marley & Me” and even have your copy of his book signed!


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Krause Branch Closed This Week

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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The Krause Memorial (Rockford) branch is getting a makeover!

The branch will be closed to the public October 26–November 1 in order to install new carpet and tile throughout the branch. The interior will also receive a fresh coat of paint.

During this time:

  • All programs will take place as scheduled. Please use the community room entrance.
  • Library materials may be returned to the book drop and will be checked in as normal.
  • Items on the hold shelf that are not picked up will not expire during the time the library is closed.
  • Those with questions about their library accounts can call KDL’s patron services department at
    616-784-2007 for assistance.

Thanks for your patronage and please come see the new and improved
Krause Memorial Branch when it re-opens on Monday, November 2!

 


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Two Teen Twilight Parties!

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Teen vampire fans: join us on Friday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. at our Cascade branch for plenty of vampire-related games and fun as we celebrate Halloween Twilight-style. Come dressed as your favorite Halloween or Twilight character and enter to win our costume contest.

Or come to our Kentwood branch on Friday, November 13 at 5:00 p.m. for our big Twilight Movie Release Party. It’s sure to bring out the vampire in you!


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Don’t Delay– Purchase Your Tickets Today!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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Have you purchased your tickets yet to see John Grogan, author of Marley & Me, on Thursday, October 29th at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center?

Don’t miss out on John Grogan’s presentation “Life Lessons from Marley & Me.”

Tickets are $10 in advance. Buy your tickets before Wednesday, October 28th online, at any KDL branch location or any Schuler Books & Music location in Grand Rapids.  A limited number of tickets may be available at the door.

Proceeds for A Novel Experience support KDL’s literacy programs for young children.


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KDL Helps Fight Breast Cancer

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

On Saturday, October 17, a team of 13 KDL staff, friends and family spent a chilly morning participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in downtown Grand Rapids.

The KDL team raised $1,590 to help fight breast cancer!

Thanks to everyone who supported our team!


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Krause Branch Closed Next Week

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

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The Krause Memorial (Rockford) branch is getting a makeover!

The branch will be closed to the public October 26–November 1 in order to install new carpet and tile throughout the branch. The interior will also receive a fresh coat of paint.

During this time:

  • All programs will take place as scheduled. Please use the community room entrance.
  • Library materials may be returned to the book drop and will be checked in as normal.
  • Items on the hold shelf that are not picked up will not expire during the time the library is closed.
  • Those with questions about their library accounts can call KDL’s patron services department at
    616-784-2007 for assistance.

Thanks for your patronage and please come see the new and improved
Krause Memorial Branch when it re-opens on Monday, November 2!

 


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KDL in the News

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

KDL staff members have been making the rounds of the local news stations, pointing out some of the great services and programs offered by the library!

Walker branch Youth Librarian Morgan Doane talks to WOOD-TV’s eightWest show about all the great storytimes and book clubs that KDL offers for Tots to Teens:

Be sure to check out our Event Calendar for complete details on all our programs for children and teens.


KDL Program and Outreach Specialist Denise Robinson appears on WZZM’s Take Five show to explain six skills your child needs to be ready to read:

See our PLAY-GROW-READ! resources for more fun ideas and information
to help prepare your child for school and encourage a lifelong love of reading.

 


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It’s Monday — Could You Use a Happy Thought?

Monday, October 19th, 2009

If you answered yes (and even if you didn’t), check out the blog called 1000 Awesome Things.  This is a fun blog to browse when you could use a little bit of awesome in your life.  It is also a good reminder to appreciate the simple joys in life.  And if you are curious about the image to the right, check out #860: When the vending machine gives you two things instead of one.

When I first saw this blog, it reminded me of the book called 14,000 Things to Be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer.  This book was introduced to me many years ago by a very positive-thinking co-worker.  One of my favorites from Kipfer’s book was “the little red string in (old) band aids.”   Since I could use a little boost now & then, I started my own personal list, which included little things from my kids’ lives as well as favorite books & authors.

Post a comment with an item from your own personal list!


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