Archive for 2011

New Year’s Resolutions

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

With the holidays almost over, January brings a flurry of New Year’s Resolutions to loose weight. Since this is not an easy task for many, any assistance can be a great help. That is why you should give The Daily Plate a try. This is an easy online way to keep track of your calorie intake and keep an eye on what type of food you are eating. It even helps set a calorie intake goal based on your current age, weight and activity levels.

If you have used any other great websites like this, please feel free to let others know in the comments!


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Holiday Closing — New Year’s Weekend

Friday, December 30th, 2011

The Kent District Library will be closed Sunday and Monday, Jan. 1–2, for the New Year’s holiday. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, Jan. 3. For additional 2012 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy New Year!Happy New Year

 


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KDL Top Ten – 12/30/2011

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Take a look at all the great eAudiobook titles available on KDL’s Downloadable eBook site! To view the 10 most checked-out eAudiobooks at KDL this week, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute — “Underground Playground” by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Underground Playground by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Underground Playground is an excellent choice for parents who cringe at the thought of listening to yet another syrupy Radio Disney selection.

Welcome to the world of Kid-Hop! After a decade of touring nationally as a rapper and producer and sharing the stage with the likes of Run DMC, Mos Def and P Funk, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo released his first Kid-Hop album in 2008. While most rap music on the market is not appropriate for the ears of children, Skidoo raps honestly about common childhood challenges such as name calling, arguments, and feeling nervous.

The poetic lyrics and top notch music found on Underground Playground will appeal to more than just hip-hop fans. In fact, the music is so catchy that many parents will find themselves listening to it when their children are not around. Take that, Radio Disney!
 
Head over to your local KDL branch to check out a copy today or request it online



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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New Year, New You!

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

The presents have been opened, the carols have been sung and the egg nog and goodies have been consumed. Now it’s time to put 2011 to rest and look forward to a bright future in 2012. As you make your New Year’s Resolutions, we want you to know that KDL is here to help you achieve your goals.

Hoping to learn something new this year? Attend one of our computer classes to brush up your technology skills or learn a new language with Mango, our online language-learning resource.

Are you looking for an easy way to save money? Avoid paying high prices for kid-friendly activities, and visit your local KDL branch for some free fun. Each of our branches offers an area especially for kids. Your little ones will enjoy a huge collection of books, a wide-variety of free programs and special play areas designed to get their imaginations working!

Did you challenge your family to spend less time in front of the television? Reading can be a great substitute! If you need help finding the perfect books, check out our reading lists or our Personalized Picks service. KDL librarians are always happy to assist as well.

No matter what you are hoping to accomplish, KDL most likely has a book, DVD or other resource that can help. We have a huge collection of items about losing weight, eating healthy, quitting smoking, saving money, getting organized and more!

Cheers to you being happy and healthy in 2012!


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Best Books of 2011

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

The results are in! Many “Best Books of 2011″ lists have been published:

Amazon
New York Times
NPR
Publishers Weekly
Barnes & Noble

We know what they chose, and now we want to hear from you! What book published in 2011 was your favorite? Which books would make your list? Leave us a comment and let us know.


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Wyoming Reads: A Kickoff Party With Rhythm

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Sign up in style from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7 for the Wyoming branch’s first Community Reads program, themed “Bridging Barriers Through Friendship.” Be among the first to register and learn about activities scheduled through March 31, and how and why the program was launched.  Here’s the rhythm part: The Rogers High School jazz band will perform, and there will be crafts for kids, other activities and munchies. Mark your calendar!


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KDL Top Ten – 12/23/2011

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Check out all the great titles available on KDL’s eBook site! To see the 10 most checked-out eBooks at KDL this week, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!


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Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

If you are looking for a great book to read to round out your reading year, try Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This is a unique and well-written book. Karou is an art student in Prague, but she has a strange job and even stranger friends. Karou runs errands for Brimstone who lives behind a magical portal door. The really strange part is that she brings him teeth, paid for with wishes. Since Brimstone raised her, she has spent many happy hours with him and Issa and doesn’t really mind their differences, that they are not human. Everything changes when hand prints start appearing on portal doors around the world and Karou is almost killed by the angel Akiva who somehow seems so familiar.

It seems so many teen books are getting turned into movies and this book has also been purchased by Universal!


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Holiday Closing — Christmas Weekend

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

The Kent District Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays Saturday through Monday, December 24–26, 2011. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, December 27. For 2012 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you Happy Holidays!

 

Happy Holidays


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