Archive for September, 2011

Read the Book First

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

It is hard to say how many people have come into the library since The Help became a movie asking for the book.  Some want to read the book before seeing the movie and some don’t want to wait to get the book.  But wouldn’t it be great if more people read the book before watching the movie?  That is what this new site Readit1st is all about.

Readit1st was created by Hank Green (brother of author John Green) to encourage more reading by taking a simple pledge: Read the Book before going to see the Movie when ever possible.  As a bonus, there is a newsletter to let people know about upcoming movies that were adapted from a book.

There also is a list maintained by a library called Based on the Book which lists the name of the book along with the movie title.  So check to see if a movie you have seen recently was adapted from a book!

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While You Are Waiting . . .

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

for The Help by Kathryn Stockett, you might like . . .

          The Postmistress by Sarah Blake (FIC BLAKE)

          Little Bee by Chris Cleave (FIC CLEAVE)

          Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (FIC HOFFMAN)

          The Sweet By and By by Todd Johnson (FIC JOHNSON)


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Early Lit Bits: “Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed” Book Review

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed by Eileen Christelow

Eileen Christelow has written many books with the five little monkeys as main characters. Her newest addition, Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed, will warm hearts anew. Mama has read to her monkeys and now she is ready for them to settle down and go to sleep. The little monkeys want one more story! Finally, Mama is forced to take the books with her. Just as the monkeys are nodding off… what do they hear? Does Mama like to read in bed too? 

The vibrant illustrations and rhyming text make for a great read aloud. It is important for children to see reading as a fun activity. This will help them develop Print Motivation. Making books part of a bedtime routine helps to accomplish this skill. There is nothing better than reading in bed with your little monkey.

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 eBooks Now Compatible with Kindle!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

It’s the news you have been waiting for! We are pleased to announce that KDL’s eBook collection is now compatible with the Amazon Kindle! You can now browse and download free library eBooks from KDL to a Kindle eReader or any device running the free Kindle app.

Here is the process for checking out a library eBook for Kindle:

  • Visit KDL’s eBook collection at
  • Browse for a Kindle eBook and check it out using your KDL library card number.
  • Click the “Get for Kindle” button. This opens the website. You may be required to sign in with your account if you are not already logged in.
  • Select a Kindle device or Kindle reading app. Click the “Get library book” button and sync your device or app to download the book, or choose to send it to your device via USB.
  • An active Wi-Fi connection is required for wireless delivery to a Kindle device.  If your Kindle is not Wi-Fi capable or you do not have an active Wi-Fi connection, read Amazon’s instructions for transferring files via USB.

You can see a video demonstration of this process below:

Users who enjoy eBooks on Kindle will benefit from Amazon’s Whispersync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights and last page read between their Kindle and free Kindle apps.

KDL also offers eBooks and eAudiobooks for use on PC or Mac computers and popular mobile devices such as smartphones, MP3 players and eBook readers like the Barnes & Noble Nook and Sony Reader.

We hope this announcement was worth the wait!

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Share Your Story and Win

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Our branches are full of stories that we share with you, and we hope you are willing to share your stories with us! Tell us how Kent District Library has influenced you; share your memories; communicate its importance to you, your family and our community. Stories have power so don’t keep yours to yourself.

In this time of great change, we think it is important to capture your library stories so they will be remembered and retold. Library statistics will tell one part of the library’s past, present, and future story. Your experiences will tell the rest of it.

Share your story using this survey form by November 1 and you will be registered to win a $20 gift card to Schuler Books & Music.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Are you a teen artist or writer?  Thinking about doing it professionally?  If so, this is the opportunity for you.  The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is a nonprofit organization meant to “identify teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and bring their remarkable work to a national audience.” 

They just opened submissions for this year’s Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, which is an opportunity for you, if you are in grades 7-12, to have a chance to shine.  Your art will be judged by industry leaders and will be reviewed for “recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarship opportunities.”  Deadlines vary based on entry type, but you have until at least mid-December to enter.  Check out their website for more details and start creating!

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Memory Loss

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Nope, this is not a a tech tip blog posting on how to fix memory issues on your computer!  There are lots of examples of books that have to do with issues of memory loss, either temporary or permanent.  But what if you remembered in reverse?  You can remember what happens tomorrow and all the days after that, but cannot remember today or the days past.

Forgotten by Cat Patrick features London Lane who is a great note taker.   Every night before she goes to bed, she writes out a detailed list for herself, things she needs to remember because tomorrow when she wakes up, she won’t remember that day.  Things get more complicated when this new kid shows up at school but she doesn’t remember him from the future.  Then she starts having vivid nightmares which don’t seem to fit in with anything else she does remember.  London might need to start asking questions about the past to understand what is happening to her now.

You also might like Rosebush by Michele Jaffe or The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson.

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KDL Top Ten – 9/16/2011

Friday, September 16th, 2011

See what everyone else is reading!  Click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List. These are the 10 most checked out books in Adult Nonfiction at KDL this week!

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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Doing a simple craft with your child can enable you to open a conversation about starting school and help ease the transition. Try making a book that describes the school day routine. This could help with any fears that might arise and build excitement. 
To begin the book you can take pictures, use coloring pages, or draw pictures of different parts of the day, like eating breakfast, brushing teeth, getting in the car, arriving at school, etc. Next, take the different pictures and attach them to pieces of paper. Have your child help you put them in the correct order and then staple them into a book form. You can write words to describe the pictures if you prefer or let your child narrate the book themselves when they read it. Don’t forget to give your book a title and author! Now you have a book to read about your child’s day that can also build on narrative skills by encouraging reading and writing 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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Authors Abound at KDL Celebrates

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

In case you haven’t heard, the KDL Fund is throwing a party to celebrate our 75th Anniversary! KDL Celebrates will take place from 7:00 to 10:00 pm on Tuesday, October 18.  The KDL Service Center, located at 814 West River Center NE in Comstock Park, will come alive with a showcase of incredible library offerings like eBooks, Freegal, Mango Languages, Early Literacy offerings and so much more.  To truly enjoy KDL Celebrates, guests will be invited to bring their smartphones, eBook readers or tablets to get a taste of just a few of KDL’s digital offerings and other special activities. 

An author book tour will highlight the event, and this is a rare opportunity for you to meet a host of your favorite local authors all in one evening. Featured authors, presented by Schuler Books & Music, include Sarah Kallio, DJ DeSmyter, Wade Rouse, Liesel LitzenburgerMichael Lindley, Sue StauffacherKristina RiggleSue Merrell, and more! We will also feature Brilliance Audio Authors brought to us via Skype technology and video messages. Books and audio books from the authors will be available for purchase at the party. You don’t want to miss out on all the excitement!

Guests will enjoy scrumptious noshes and beverages throughout the evening. 

Registration is required. Tickets for KDL Celebrates are $75 each and may be purchased online.  Proceeds will support KDL literacy programs for young children as well as preserving quality library services for the next 75 years.

We hope to see you there!

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