Archive for January, 2012

Early Lit Bits: KDLville Early Literacy Play Spaces

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The Cascade Township branch has gone to the zoo with its KDLville space. Children are able to care for the various stuffed animals in the zoo and use pictures to figure out what animal eats what food from the zoo kitchen.
Our animals are some of the best cared for animals around, and enjoyed by all ages!

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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Guys Read Kick-Off Party Rocked!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Thanks to all the guys and their families who braved the winter weather to attend our Guys Read Kick-Off celebration. Whether they were defending a castle from dragons with a Nerf bow or flinging giant underpants, a great time was had by all. Here are some of the highlights:

Guybrarian Josh Bernstein unveils the new Guys Read website.


Representatives from the John Ball Park Zoo brought skulls, furs and a live opossum!


One of our three lucky Kindle e-reader winners!


Ruff Reader Missy LOVES a good story!


Caricaturist Corey Ruffin

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Teen Film Festival Finalists Announced!

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Here are your finalists! These films will be shown at Celebration! Cinema North on Saturday, February 11, beginning at 10:30 AM. Come out and support these fine teen filmmakers and for the first time, vote for your favorite film. This is a free event!!

Stereotypical News Show: Turner Slaughter/Mollie Bornert

HaHa Meijers: Sisely Vongphasouk/Kendal Hefner

The 39 Clues: Cole Zimmerman

Jimothy – A Documentary: Miles Ferguson/Ryan Lynn

Through the Eyes of the Young: Brian Wachacha Sanchez

 Opportunities: Hannah Mennega

Basketball is Life: Matt Grinage/Aubrey Keith

Romeo and His Seven Wives: Caroline Whyte

The Usual: Brian Lach

The Real Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Adam Luchies

Pocket Sword: Nathan Crawford

Max and His Talking Friends: Matt Yaple

Recycling Project: Cassandra Smigiel/Alexis Winters

Gerascophobia: Taylor Thewes


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KDL Top Ten – 1/27/2012

Friday, January 27th, 2012

To view the 10 most checked-out titles in Children’s Fiction at KDL this week, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List! 

Do you know guys who like this list?  Then, bring them to our Guys Read Kickoff Celebration!  It’s this Sunday, January 29, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at the Cascade Township branch!  Every guy who attends will have a chance to win one of three eReaders!  We’ll also have food, games, and other giveaways! 

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Early Lit Bits: “Dot” Book Review

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Dot by Patricia Intriago
“Dot here, dot there. Lots of dots everywhere!” This new concept book will certainly be a hit and perhaps inspire your little artist to create her own book of dots. The text is spare and the dots are vivid, changing color to represent stop and go, or hiding behind a square to represent shyness. 

In a one-on-one setting, point to the words as you read them and ask your child why the pictures reflect the words. Why do you think these dots are “light?” They look like bubbles! Showing the relationships between words and pictures is one way to get your child ready to read. 

Because the pictures in the book are large and bright, this book would also work well in a group setting, inviting children to guess what the dots represent without even seeing the words. Reading this together may also spark conversation about opposites, a fun concept to discuss with pre-readers. Playing word games in which your child guesses the opposites of familiar words is another wonderful way to get ready to read! 

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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Guys Read at KDL: Mark at Krause Memorial Branch

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Some boys are less motivated to read due to a lack of role models. They may think reading isn’t cool or is only for girls. Not true at KDL!

Meet Mark, Adult Librarian at our Krause Memorial branch:

“Reading is wonderful because it allows you to see beyond your circumstances.”

Favorite Books:
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
The Kid by Sapphire

Learn more about the exciting Guys Read initiative going on at KDL!

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Cooking Up a Mystery

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Mixing food and books is not always a good idea — at the age of 14 I actually burned up my mother’s kitchen while making French fries and reading Ellery Queen at the same time.

A safer way to combine a love of food and books is to read a title from KDL’s new booklist, Cooking Up a Mystery. There you’ll find stories involving donuts, cakes, restaurants, caterers, cook-offs, lobster stew, spaghetti, peach pie and mousse. Most of the books also include recipes, which would be fun to cook up for a book discussion group. Also, most of these are parts of series, so you can get extra helpings if you’re hungry for more!




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Branches: A New KDL Story

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

When Cynthia Worden tells you she doesn’t think she could have made it without the library, she isn’t exaggerating.

The Walker teen has been a “cutter” since she was 12 — someone who copes with stress and negative feelings through self-mutilating behavior.

Read the full story here…

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eBook Hunt — One Week To Go!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Have you found any of KDL’s specially marked eBooks hidden — often in plain sight — throughout the community? If so, congratulations! You’ve been entered for the chance win cool prizes, including an Amazon Kindle!

If not, you have until Tuesday, January 31 — just seven more days — to find a book with the DWNLOADKDL.ORG logo in the bottom right corner. 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

With more than 5,000 books available for download and counting, KDL’s eBook collection is gi-normous for an individual library system, and books have been downloaded from our website at a rate of more than 400% over the previous year!

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Which Books Have Shaped Your Life?

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Woo-hoo! Today is National Reading Day, an effort to encourage reading among children ages pre-K to third grade.

How will you celebrate? Me, I’ll end the day like most others since I was a little girl: with a book.

I remember Amelia Bedelia and Where the Wild Things Are, and later, I often perused my grandparents’ Readers’ Digests while my cousins crowded around the television, watching the Donnie & Marie Show. Back then I read just to read — because I could, not because I was necessarily interested at age 6 in an article titled “I Woke Up After a 30-Year Coma and Fell In Love With My Husband All Over Again.”

Do you remember the books you read when you were young, those that shaped your lifelong love of reading? C’mon, share!

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