Archive for May, 2011

Mermaids Making a Splash

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Are vampires and werewolves being replaced by mermaids?  This remains to be seen since Edward and Jacob will be returning to the big screen in November.  But just in case you would like to try something without fangs, here are a couple mermaid books to read.

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs is the first in the series.  (LOVE this cover!)  The second book, Fins Are Forever, is scheduled to be published in July.  “Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody.”

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs is a new release.  “Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well.”

If you want to weigh in on the fangs vs. fins debate, leave a comment below!


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Holiday Closing — Memorial Day

Friday, May 27th, 2011
  • All Kent District Library branches will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 31.
  • All KDL branches will be closed on Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Sunday hours will resume on Sunday, September 11.
  • For additional 2011 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day


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The History of KDL: 1970s

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

This year, KDL celebrates its 75th anniversary! As we look forward to a bright future, we also look back to see how far we’ve come. Join us on a small trip down memory lane to the 1970s.

The Register, December 23, 1971

The Lowell Ledger, October 5, 1972

Grand Rapids Press, March 28, 1976

For more 75th anniversary photos and archival media, visit KDL’s Flickr page.


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Summer Reading Club is Coming Soon!

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Summer Reading Club is just around the corner! Starting June 13, the whole family can sign up for KDL’s Summer Reading Club and have fun reading this summer! This year, the club runs from Monday, June 13 to Saturday, August 6.

With new activities for babies and adults, KDL’s Summer Reading Club really does offer something for everyone! There’s Baby Bingo for babies 0-18 months, One World, Many Stories for kids 18 months through 5th grade, You are Here for teens grades 6-12, and Novel Destinations for adults. Meet your reading goals and enter to win great prizes such as gift certificates, a new bicycle, and even a Barnes & Noble Nook Color eReader.

KDL is also offering an exciting line-up of summer programs, including Animal Crackers Petting Zoo, Master Arts Street Theatre, Zumba Dance Party with Aimee, Summer Carnivals, and so much more! 

Not only is KDL’s Summer Reading Club a great way to have fun this summer, but it’s also an important step in helping to prevent what’s known as summer reading loss. Studies show that “students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer vacation.” The Kent District Library aims to help prevent summer reading loss by providing programs and activities that encourage learning while children and teens are away from school. By developing these habits now and making learning fun, we hope to help people succeed in school and in life. 

Sign up for the Summer Reading Club starting June 13 at any of KDL’s 18 branch locations.


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Author Websites

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

If you are interested in a certain author’s upcoming books, one of the first places you should check is their website.  Not every author maintains a website, but if they do, it usually will give information on their most current books as well as upcoming releases.

Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors and she has a great website!  The main section of her site gives information about her most recent book, Sing You Home, and then down toward the bottom she has information about her newest project, Lone Wolf.

Leave a comment to share an author’s great website!


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Early Lit Bits: “Little Chicken’s Big Day”

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Little Chicken’s Big Day by Katie and Jerry Davis

Katie and Jerry Davis collaborate for the first time on this brilliant new picture book for toddlers and preschoolers.  Little Chicken and his mama,  Big Chicken are having a big day out.  As Big Chicken gives instructions, Little Chicken responds, “I hear you cluckin’, Big Chicken.”  This refrain is given throughout the book and your own child will be saying it after the first reading. 

The energetic chicken is a character that children will be able to empathize with, from being strapped in a car seat to feeling the security of a bedtime story and snuggle.  The simplicity of the text and illustrations are perfect for young children. 

Reading books such as this one with your child will encourage Narrative Skills, an Early Literacy skill that inspires a child’s understanding of how stories work.



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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Great DVD You Have Never Heard of

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Snow CakeSnow Cake (DRA/NR) is the story of an autistic woman and her daugther whose lives tragically intersect with a lonely stranger. I had no expectations of this movie, but was intrigued by the combination of Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman. (Ripley and Snape?)  Forget every other role you’ve seen them play. This movie is about adults, flawed, well-intentioned, ugly and beautiful.  If you like complicated characters who slowly reveal themselves, you will be moved by Snow Cake.


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Learn to Speak Pirate with Mango!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Ahoy mateys! If it’s pirate chatter ye be after, Mango Languages is the place for you. Mango Languages has developed a brand new language course — Pirate! With the premier of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides right around the corner, this is a great time to learn Pirate, a language that is bold, brazen and incredibly fun to speak! The best part is that you can take this course for free now through June 30. Check it out today and sta-r-r-r-rt learning!

Mango Languages offers KDL cardholders the opportunity to learn a wide variety of languages for free.  Basic courses are offered for 34 foreign and 15 ESL languages, with most including more in-depth Complete courses as well.


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KDLville Party a Success!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

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Around one hundred people came and helped us celebrate the grand opening of KDLville last week at our Englehardt branch. Those in attendance enjoyed cake, crafts, games, and balloon animals.

Now located at several of our branches, KDLville is an interactive early literacy learning center where young children and their caregivers can play, grow, and read. These spaces contain a variety of fun, developmentally appropriate activities that focus on different skills that will help children get ready to read.  Some examples might include a puppet theater, a play grocery store, a train table, pre-writing games, etc.  The activities at each KDLville location will rotate so visitors will have a new experience every couple of months.

If you weren’t able to make it to the KDLville Ribbon-Cutting Party at the Englehardt branch last week, you will have other opportunities to celebrate. The Krause Memorial branch will host a party tomorrow (Wednesday, May 18) at 10:00 AM. Also, the Plainfield and Spencer Township branches will hold Ribbon-Cutting Parties in August.  

If you went to a KDLville party or visit KDLville in the near future, leave us a comment and let us know what you think.


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I Spy With My Little Eye

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

I Spy with My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs gives a new spin to the very popular “I Spy” genre. With die-cut holes, children are invited to peek through each page and guess which animal is next. Gibbs’ illustrations are stirkingly bold.

The book is very interactive and will teach young children about animals and colors. Check out a copy today from your local KDL branch!


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