Archive for May, 2011

Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Spring is a great time of year to get out and interact with nature. While outside, observe the many colors, smells, shapes, and textures that provide opportunities for discussion. It’s a great way to increase your child’s vocabulary and appreciation of nature.

One outdoor experience you can get your child involved in is planting a garden. You can discuss with them the type of plants you are going to grow, show them pictures, and then have them help you make garden tags for each plant. When you make the tags, include the name of each plant with the picture to help increase their print awareness as well as their vocabulary.

What you need:

  • Pictures of what you are planting (look in magazines, seed packages or online)
  • Contact paper or a laminator
  • Craft sticks

What to do:

  • Print or glue pictures on paper about 5 to 6 inches square
  • Have your child help you write the name of the plant or glue the name from the packaging under the picture
  • Laminate each picture then attach them to craft sticks
  • Place the tags in the garden

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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Computer Confidence Classes

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

computer.jpgWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free Computer Confidence classes can help you learn something new! Our summer schedule begins soon, offering the following classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Internet Basics
  • Email Basics
  • Online Photo Sharing
  • Microsoft Word I, II, & III
  • Microsoft Excel I & II
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Office Programs for the Job Seeker

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar. Registration is required and begins Monday, May 9 at 9:30am for KDL cardholders and Monday, May 16 for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available).

To register, please call 616-784-2007.

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Book Apps on Facebook

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Facebook can provide more than a place to waste time playing games.  Use one or more of the book-related applications to keep your friends in the loop of what you are reading. Galleycat recently posted a blog with the top 20 book apps on Facebook. The first one mentioned is Goodreads, which is one of my favorite sites, and by linking to Facebook, I can share my reading choices with all my friends.

And if you are reading this posting on Facebook, give it a thumbs up!

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KDL on WGVU Radio

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Each month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Youth Services staff Morgan Doane and Sara Magnuson talk about Children’s Book Week and all the ways that KDL supports early literacy. Enjoy!

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Download WGVU5-5-11.mp3

(photo courtesty of Shelley Irwin)

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Purchase a KDL Tote Bag!

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Kent District Library, and we’re celebrating with a number of events, highlights, and special initiatives all year long to chronicle the journey. Now you can help us acknowledge this achievement by purchasing a special commemorative KDL 75th anniversary tote bag at any of our 18 branch locations. These lovely grocery-size bags are only $1.50 each and are great for books, groceries, beach gear, and so much more. Show your support and purchase one today! This sale is sponsored by the KDL Alliance of Friends.

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ChiltonLibrary Online Car Repair Information

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Do you wish you knew how to do your own car repairs? Then check out ChiltonLibrary! This valuable resource offers online access to the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make, and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

For more information, view a guided tour of this database.


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May Hot Titles

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

At KDL, we are committed to providing the popular materials that you want to read, listen to, or view.  Look what’s new this month:

Sixkill by Robert B. Parker
Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Blue Valentine (DVD)
The Dilemma (DVD)
Mao’s Last Dancer (DVD)

Place a hold on one today. Enjoy!

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