Archive for 2011

Early Lit Bits: “Bugs by the Numbers” Book Review

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Bugs by the Numbers by Sharon Werner & Sarah Forss
 
Did you know that a dragonfly can catch and eat about 50 mosquitoes in a day, or that mosquitoes can detect human breath from 75 feet away? Bug facts such as these abound in Bugs by the Numbers by Sharon Werner and Sarah Foss. The creators of Alphabeasties have tackled the insect world, bringing a book to share with bug-lovers of all ages. 

Each illustration uses a specific number related to the bug to create incredible shapes, from ants and bees to cockroaches and scorpions. Fascinating facts highlight each page and fun flaps accompany many of the larger bugs. The sturdy pages and cut-outs are perfect for small hands. Even pre-readers will enjoy poring over the amazing bug shapes and interacting with the fold-out pages. 

This unique non-fiction book creates an opportunity for talking about bugs with your child, discussing what you already know about them and discovering new information together. Talking and asking questions are great ways to increase vocabulary and get your child ready to read!



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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Comparing the Book and the Movie…

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Now that I’ve finally seen The Magnificent Ambersons on its new (albeit no-frills) DVD release, I decided to go back to its source, the 1918 novel by Booth Tarkington, to compare the two. (Full confession: I’ve actually seen the movie more times than I can recall, so it was about time I read the source novel for one of my favorite films.)

Orson Welles directed the movie,  right after his epic “greatest movie ever made,” Citizen Kane. Now, while anyone who has a serious interest in movies has seen the latter, probably less have seen “Ambersons.” That’s too bad, because while the movie did suffer some horrible editing by its studio, RKO (documented in numerous books on Welles), it still is really wonderful. And part of that must be the fact that Welles honored so well the spirit of Tarkington’s Pulitzer-winning novel, helped in some degree, no doubt, by the Midwest pedigree of both author and director.

The book’s plot, simply put, is a riches-to-rags tale of a late-19th century “Midland” family whose most offensive characteristics are embodied in the character of George, only child of Isabel Amberson. George, you see, is a tad bit proud of his wealth, and his status, and likes to use the word “riffraff” around people he deems inferior. Everyone wants to see him get his “comeuppance” sooner rather than later.

George meets Lucy, whose father Eugene is an inventor of despicable (to George) “horseless carriages.”  As George begins to have feelings for Lucy, Eugene begins to remember his old love for Isabel, whose ailing husband Wilbur will soon depart the scene. But George will not stand to have his mother courted by anyone like Eugene (or maybe anyone else, for that matter). The tale plays itself out, and this resolution, though very much abbreviated in Welles’ film, stays very close to that of the book.

One of the outstanding features of the movie is its cinematography, full of rich black shadows and deep focus, perhaps most famously shown in the ballroom sequence near the beginning of the film—a part of the movie that, tragically, should have been longer but was cut by the studio. Also, Welles uses voice-over narration to wonderful effect, capturing Tarkington’s text in his rich, immortal voice. My conclusion: read the book AND watch the movie, in whatever order you feel like!


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Wyoming Branch To Open Late Dec. 16

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

KDL’s Wyoming branch will be closed Friday, December 16 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm for collection maintenance. The branch will be open from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

While the branch is closed:

Returns

  • Wyoming’s outside book drop will be open, or you may return items to any other KDL branch.

Holds

  • If you receive a hold notice, please pick up your hold before 8:00 pm on December 15, or when the branch reopens at 1:00 pm December 16.

 Please call 784-2007 with any questions.


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eBook Hunt – A New Clue For You

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Get in on the fun of finding eBooks hidden — often in plain sight — throughout the KDL community for the chance to win cool prizes, including an Amazon Kindle!

For today’s clue, look closely at the photo on the right. Hint: Tell ‘er it’s a fraction

If you see a DWNLOADKDL.ORG logo in the bottom right corner of the book, you’ll know you found the bounty. When you locate one of the books, take a picture of it with a little of the background (the table it’s on, the window it’s propped against) and upload it to Kent District Library’s Facebook page or tweet the photo and tag @KDLNews. Then leave the books right where you found them. You will automatically be entered to win one of our fantastic prizes.

 


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GET READY: December Checklist

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

If disaster strikes, would you be ready? The GET READY! Kent County twelve-month citizen preparedness program focuses on a different area of emergency preparedness each month. In December, you are encouraged to sign up for first aid, CPR and AED training. Check out this fact sheet for more information on what you will learn, why you need to be trained, how to enroll and more.

KDL is teaming up with the Kent County Sheriff Department, Health Department and the American Red Cross to make sure you are prepared for an emergency. Remember, when disaster strikes, it is easier to cope when you are prepared!


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Early Lit Bits: Make a Story Box

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Make a Story Box

Here is a fun way to use up items that would otherwise end up in the recycling bin and help your child learn to read at the same time.

Materials: 

  • One empty aluminum foil, cling wrap, or waxed paper box with the tube inside
  • Colorful contact paper
  • Markers
  • Tape
  • One roll of shelf lining paper (without adhesive)

To Make:

  • Remove the sharp tear strip from the box
  • Cover the box with colorful contact paper
  • Write the text and draw pictures of a familiar story on the shelf liner paper
  • Tape the end of the shelf liner story to the tube and roll the story around the tube
  • Place the tube inside the box and label the outside of the box with the name of the story

To Use:

As you read the story, pull the shelf liner story from the box. After reading the story, roll it up and store it inside the box.
 
from Making Toys for Preschool Children by Linda Miller and Mary Jo Gibbs: Gryphon House, 2002



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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KDL Top Ten – 12/09/2011

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Make this holiday season merry and bright! Get crafty with KDL! From card-making to keepsakes, our Crafts section has the resources you need to make this year sparkle! To see the 10 most checked-out holiday craft books at KDL this year, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

And take a look at these festive cards created by Laurie from our Service Center!  Beautiful work, Laurie!

 

 


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Snow Day? Stay Home!

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Temperatures are falling and winter is just around the corner. As we all prepare snow.giffor poor driving conditions, snow shoveling and bundling up in coats, hats, and gloves, we thought we would fill you in on a policy you might not be aware of. There may be days this winter that driving conditions are so dangerous that we close our library branches. If this occurs, please don’t worry about returning items due that day. Stay safe! During snow closures, you will not accrue fines for returning your items a day late.

Emergency closings will be posted to our website. If  the weather is frightful, check to see if we are open before venturing out!

 


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Teen Film Contest Submission Deadline

Friday, December 9th, 2011

The submission deadline for the 6th Annual KDL Teen Filmmaking Contest is one month away! Entries must be recieved by 8:00 PM on Monday, January 9, 2012, and must be submitted with a release form. The Film Festival will be held at Celebration! Cinema North on Saturday, February 11, 2012.

 

 


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eBook Hunt: A New Clue for You

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

The eBook hunt is on!

Dozens have gotten in on the fun of finding eBooks hidden — often in plain sight — throughout the KDL community for the chance to win cool prizes, including an Amazon Kindle!

For today’s clue, look closely at the photo on the right:

If you see a DWNLOADKDL.ORG logo in the bottom right corner of the book, you’ll know you found the bounty. When you locate one of the books, take a picture of it with a little of the background (the table it’s on, the window it’s propped against) and upload it to Kent District Library’s Facebook page or tweet the photo and tag @KDLNews. Then leave the books right where you found them. You will automatically be entered to win one of our fantastic prizes.


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