Archive for October, 2011

Early Lit Bits: “I Love to Sing” Book Review

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

I Love to Sing by Anna Walker
Ollie, a young Zebra, loves to sing! From morning to evening, Ollie finds reasons to express himself in song. The soft watercolor illustrations make for an engaging picture book. Ollie sings in the park, the tub, and in bed. 

This book, with Walker’s minimal rhyming text, makes for great one-on-one sharing. Singing and rhyming are vital to a child’s early literacy development. Singing encourages vocabulary development and phonological awareness. Young children naturally respond to fun songs and rhymes. This book is a great way to encourage that response.

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 Celebrates: A Stellar Success!

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

A million thank-yous from all of us at KDL for a wonderful 75th anniversary celebration! Last night at the Service Center, hundreds gathered for marvelous food, festive music, lively stations that showed off some of the KDL Fund’s latest and greatest features and the chance to meet a handful of talented local authors. The evening was a fitting way to commemorate 75 years of service to the community. Check back soon for more photos of the event!

For those of you who attended: What were your favorite things about the celebration? We’d love to hear from you!

(photo courtesy of Jennifer Wheaton)

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Chess Tournament at Kentwood Branch

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011


Join us at the Kentwood Branch for an exciting day of chess competition in a fun environment. This tournament is open to all grade levels. Pre-register to ensure your spot.


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Monday, October 17th, 2011

This past weekend KDL Director Lance Werner was featured on WZZM 13. Lance discussed eBooks, KDL’s 75th anniversary event, and more. Check it out!

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Monday, October 17th, 2011

Treme is an HBO drama series from the creators of The Wire.

Treme takes its name from Treme, a neighborhood of New Orleans. The series begins three months after Hurricane Katrina where the residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians, and other New Orleanians try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane.

I loved The Wire and I love Treme.  Gritty and realistic, full of great music.

You may also enjoy Spike Lee’s documentaries, When the Levees Broke and If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise.


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GET READY! October Checklist

Monday, October 17th, 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 October, you are encouraged to create an emergency supplies kit. Check out this fact sheet for more information and for a list of what to include.

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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KDL Top Ten – 10/14/2011

Friday, October 14th, 2011

To view the 10 most checked-out Juvenile Nonfiction titles at KDL this week, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

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Lola and the Boy Next Door

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins is a companion book to Anna and the French Kiss. Anna and St. Clair are coworkers of Lola, so they are mentioned, but if you haven’t read Anna’s story it would be fine to start with Lola’s.

Lola is a junior in high school and she is dating a 22-year-old guy who is in a rock band. So of course, her two dads do NOT approve. To complicate matters, the neighbor boy who Lola had a crush on before he moved away is back. (And her dads like him!)

Lola is a quirky, fun character with a love of costumes, which is a great contrast to the boy next door, Cricket, who is a snappy dresser but more science/inventor minded. Perkins does a great job drawing the reader into the characters’ lives and unfolding the plot of the book.

If you like these books, check out books by Sarah Dessen.

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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Make a Tissue Box Puppet Theater

Playing, talking, and acting out stories with small children is a great way to help them develop the skills they will need in order to read later on. Here’s a fun and inexpensive craft that you can make at home to help foster pre-reading skills.

You will need:

  • a rectangular tissue box
  • a craft knife or scissors (adults only)
  • old magazines, greeting cards, or dry food boxes
  • craft sticks
  • tape

To Make:

  1. Carefully remove any plastic from around the oval tissue opening.
  2. Turn the box on its side and cut out one of the long sides of the tissue box.
  3. Hold the box so that the cut-out side faces down to the floor and the oval tissue opening faces toward the audience.

You now have your own puppet stage! Try making simple puppets by taping pictures cut from old magazines, greeting cards, or cereal boxes to craft sticks and have fun acting out your favorite story or nursery rhyme.

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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Tori Amos, “Night of Hunters”

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Night of Hunters is old-school Tori Amos. For those who have not enjoyed her recent work, you will enjoy this album. Beautiful piano work with haunting lyrics to linger in your mind. Night of Hunters is Tori at her finest.

Read the NPR review here


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