Archive for August, 2011

Early Lit Bits: KDLville Early Literacy Play Spaces

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The Wyoming branch launched its KDLville play space in the fall of 2010. So far the area has featured a play market, kitchen, restaurant, and a bank. Housed in the library’s Toddler Tower with its beautiful two story windows, KDLville has become a popular space for families to enjoy playing together and for children to make new friends. We’ve recently added a display of books for grownups next to KDLville for the enjoyment of parents and caregivers. Be sure to check for fun new activities in this space each time you visit the library!


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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2011 Christy Award Nominees

Monday, August 29th, 2011

The Christy Awards honor and promote excellence in Christian fiction. Browse the 2011 Christy Award Nominees for new and interesting reading recommendations.


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Hunger Games Movie Sneak Peak

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

This weekend there will be a very short sneak peek of The Hunger Games movie trailer released during the MTV Video Music Awards.  Of course to raise the excitement, MTV has a photo still from the sneak peek as well as a brief interview with lead actress Jennifer Lawrence.

If you have already read the book and need something to hold you over until the movie is released try some of these dystopian teen fiction!

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KDL Top Ten – 8/26/2011

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Want to exercise your eReader? Then check out all the great titles available on KDL’s eBook site! To see the 10 most checked out EPUB eBooks at KDL this week, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

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Win a Mango Languages Mug!

Friday, August 26th, 2011

There’s still time to tell us how you use KDL’s Mango Languages database and be entered to win a cool Mango mug. All you have to do is leave us a comment on the blog post announcing the contest and share how Mango Languages has impacted your life. The contest runs through August 31, so don’t wait to check out this valuable resource!

Mango Languages is a free online language learning system that teaches practical conversation skills for real communication. It’s a fast, easy, and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. Basic courses are offered for 35 foreign and 15 ESL languages, with most offering more in-depth Complete courses as well. You can even use Mango on your mobile device!

We also have more exciting news about Mango to share! In celebration of Hawai’i Statehood Day, you can now learn the Hawaiian language using Mango!


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Digital Bookmobile Wrap-up

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

We want to thank everyone who visited the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile when it was at the Grandville branch on Monday and the Wyoming branch on Tuesday. About 300 people stopped by to learn how to download eBooks and eAudiobooks from KDL, check out the gadget gallery and demonstrations, or just find out why a 74-foot, 18-wheel tractor-trailer was parked in the library parking lot. We hope attendees found the experience helpful and beneficial.

Congratulations to Harriet Martinus on winning a Nook eReader!

If you visited the Digital Bookmobile, we would love to hear your feedback.

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Early Lit Bits: “Are You Awake?” Book Review

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Are You Awake? by Sophie Blackall

Edward can’t fall asleep and it is way past his bedtime.  He is feeling talkative and he has many questions for his mom.  This is a familiar situation for parents and children who will find humor and poignancy in this new picture book written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall.  The book is small (for little hands) and perfect for sharing one on one.  The colors are soft and ideal for setting the bedtime tone.  There is even a fun flipbook feature showing a stuffed animal rolling around and eventually falling asleep. 

Sharing books like this with your child is a great way to encourage the early literacy skill of Print Motivation.  Print Motivation is about getting your child excited about reading.  The best way to achieve this is to have many positive reading experiences with your child.

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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Novel Destinations Winners

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

We are thrilled with the results of KDL’s new Summer Reading Club for adults. Almost 3,100 people participated in the Novel Destinations Club this summer. We want to congratulate the winners of the top prizes:

  • Lisa DeRuiter (Englehardt branch) won the Nook eReader (see photo)
  • Sonya Alverson (Tyrone Township branch) won the iPod Touch
  • Kim Huhn (Walker branch) won dinner and a movie

“I’ve entered KDL’s Reading Clubs for several years, mainly to diversify my reading selections,” said Lisa DeRuiter. “Now that I’ve won an eReader, I’ll be able to access even more. I can’t wait to try it out!”

Kim Huhn shared, “The KDL summer reading programs were an awesome vehicle to make reading a priority at my house this summer! Having a program for adults is such a great way to model both reading enjoyment and goal setting. Thanks, KDL – you are a treasure for our community!”

We also send congratulations out to all the lucky winners from the Summer Reading Clubs for kids and teens. We hope everyone enjoys their prizes!

If you participated in the Novel Destinations Club, please feel free to share your feedback.

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Take Katie L. On Vacation Winners

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

We want to thank everyone who participated in our Take Katie L. on Vacation program this summer. It was so fun seeing Katie L. travel the world! We want to congratulate the two winners who were drawn randomly:

Nancy and Leighann will both receive a $20 gift certificate to Schuler Books & Music. Enjoy!



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Best Back to School Books

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Going back to school can be both exciting and daunting for children of all ages.  Books can calm nerves, boost enthusiasm, and inspire kids as they prepare for bus rides, homework, and long days away from home. The Huffington Post has selected 10 books about starting school that will help make the transition as smooth as possible and remind kids that school is cool. Check one out today!

  1. I Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child 
  2. Kindergarten Rocks by Katie Davis
  3. My New School by Kirsten Hall
  4. David Goes to School by David Shannon
  5. First Gade Jitters by Robert Quackenbush and Yan Nascimbene
  6. Lunch Money and Other Poems About School by Carol Diggory Shields
  7. Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm
  8. A Smart Girl’s Guide to Starting Middle School by Julie Williams
  9. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  10. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk High School by Jack Canfield

For more great selections, check out KDL’s School Stories booklist, a list of helpful, entertaining books about going to school.

Enjoy your final weeks of summer!

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