Archive for November, 2011

Bring a Smile to a Child’s Face

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Join KDL this holiday season in bringing cheer to a local child. Once again, KDL is participating in the US Marines’ Toys for Tots program, helping to provide toys to deserving children throughout the community.

Drop off your new, unwrapped toys now through December 15 at any one of these KDL branch locations:

Thank you!

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KDL Top Ten – 11/25/2011

Friday, November 25th, 2011

To view the 10 most checked-out titles in Adult Mystery Fiction at KDL this year, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!


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Holiday Closing — Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

The Kent District Library will be closed Thursday, November 24, for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, November 25. For additional 2011 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

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KDL Patron Wins College Savings

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

We would like to congratulate Jason, a nine-year-old patron from our Gaines Township branch, who won the Destination College Savings Sweepstakes sponsored by the Michigan Education Trust, Michigan Education Savings Program, and the Library of Michigan Foundation. He was one of twelve lucky winners from across the state.

Jason’s parents received a $1,500 check to use towards his education, and the Gaines Township branch received $1,000 that will be used for teen initiatives at the library.

“We feel very blessed to be chosen for this award that also helps out the community library,” said Jason’s mom Jan. “We love the Gaines Township Library and have attended many programs there since the time that our son was little.”

Congratulations Jason!

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Early Lit Bits: KDLville Early Literacy Play Spaces

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The Byron Township Branch opened a KDLville early literacy play space in April. Over 400 people attended a fun-filled ribbon cutting ceremony! KDLville has been a huge success in the community as evidenced by the new families that visit the library to play and learn as well as the families that come week after week. It is a joy to watch the children and parents play, and there are always “oohs and aahs” when a new theme is introduced. The children frequently prepare imaginary meals in the kitchen as well as entertain their parents and grandparents with puppet shows. Children love pushing the shopping carts filled with food, toys, and books! It’s great to see imaginations at work and early literacy skills growing!

Art Table

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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eBook Treasure Hunt — A Hint for You

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Have you found one of the specially-marked eBook campaign books hidden — often in plain sight — throughout the communities served by KDL?

Here’s a photo clue of the location of one of the hidden books:

Remember, if you see a DWNLOADKDL.ORG logo in the bottom right corner of the book, you’ll know you found the bounty. When you locate one of the books, take a picture of it with a little of the background (the table it’s on, the window it’s propped against) and upload it to Kent District Library’s Facebook page or tweet the photo and tag @KDLNews. Then leave the books right where you found them. You will automatically be entered to win one of our fantastic prizes, including an Amazon Kindle!

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KDL Top Ten – 11/18/2011

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Check out all the great titles available on KDL’s eBook site! To see the 10 most checked-out eBooks at KDL this week, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!


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Thanksgiving Recipes

Friday, November 18th, 2011

With Thanksgiving Day right around the corner, you might be in a rush to come up with some new dishes to serve up with the traditional turkey and potatoes. The has a wonderful site to help you prepare for the big day.

One of the sections I enjoyed looking through was the side dishes. There are some great ideas for vegetable dishes as well as new cranberry sauce twists. Also, don’t miss the appetizer section. Grazing is a tradition in my family, so some appetizers would be appreciated!

Of course the library does offer a variety of cookbooks as well, so feel free to swing by a branch to browse our collection!

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Early Lit Bits: “The Babies on the Bus” Book Review

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz
Here is a new twist on the traditional “Wheels on the Bus” song. Karen Katz has written and illustrated a wonderful new book that will have children begging for a repeat reading. The illustrations are bright and cheery with Katz’s trademark expressive, round headed babies. The verses range from “move on back” to “toot, toot, toot” to “bye-bye, bus!” and audience participation in the movements and singing is highly encouraged. This is a great choice for large storytimes or more intimate sharing. 

Singing develops listening and memory skills and makes repetition easier for young children — it’s easier to remember a short song than a short story. Singing also helps children learn new words and differentiate syllables.

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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2012 Book Lover’s Calendar for Sale

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Book Lover’s Calendars are here!

Are you an avid reader or do you have friends who like to read? Looking for the perfect teacher or hostess gift? Stumped about what to buy the person who has everything?

Here’s the perfect solution! Buy everyone a 2012 Book Lover’s Calendar, and pick one up for yourself as well. Packed with hundreds of great reads, Book Lover’s is the calendar that keeps you reading.

Sponsored by the KDL Alliance of Friends, the 2012 Book Lover’s Page-a-Day Calendar is available for purchase at any KDL branch. Proceeds help support the Kent District Library’s projects and programs.

Calendars are only $5.00!


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