Archive for July, 2012

KDL on WGVU Radio

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Each month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Teen Paraprofessionals Greg Lewis (Kentwood branch) and Monica Whalen (Wyoming branch) talk about Summer Reading @ KDL for teens and adults!


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(Note that due to technical difficulties, the first part of the interview recording was lost.)

(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)


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Englehardt Branch Open Late This Sat.

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

This Saturday, July 14, the Englehardt branch will be open additional hours to serve those attending the Riverwalk Festival taking place in Lowell. Instead of closing at 1:30 PM, the branch will be open from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

KDL is proud to be able to support this special community request. Stop by, cool off and enjoy all that the library has to offer!

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Let’s be honest. Most of us are crazy about superheroes. And this summer is no exception! Between The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man, Hollywood is keeping us busy.

But what do you do once you’ve seen Peter Parker save the world on the big screen for the fourth time?

Why, check out some of the superhero YALSA 2013 nominations for best graphic novel!

Some of the best include:

Spider-Man - Death of Spider-ManUltimate Comics Spider-Man: Death of Spider-Man

Young Peter Parker has led a heroic life, and tried to live by the simple and powerful philosophy that with great power comes great responsibility… but will that philosophy be enough to save him from the horror that awaits him here?






Teen Titans - Team BuildingTeen Titans: Team Building

There should always be a Robin on the Teen Titans team, but if Damian is their only available option, maybe they’ll pass on having a Boy Wonder.  It’s hard to fight teenage enemies and a brat within their own team.






Batman - Gates of Gotham

Batman: Gates of Gotham

To uncover the truth behind the villainous Architect and his link to the city’s violent past, Batman unites with Robin, Red Robin and Batman Inc.’s Hong Kong operative the Black Bat. But can they stop their new foe’s plans before it’s too late? The future of Gotham started with an explosion, and it could end the very same way…





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Make Fluffy a Star!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Is your pet cute, talented, smart, funny or special in another way? Then you need to enter it in one of KDL’s Pet Shows! Several branches will hold outdoor pet shows this summer, and you and your pet can be part of the fun. Just pick up a registration form from your local KDL branch and get your pet ready to be a star! For kids and pets of all ages.

Pet Shows are scheduled for the following dates:

Thursday, July 19, 7:00 PM – Grandville branch 
Thursday, July 26, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch 
Thursday, August 2, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Thursday, August 2, 6:30 PM – Wyoming branch
Tuesday, August 7, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch
Thursday, August 9, 6:00 PM – Tyrone Township branch


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2012 Mitten Award Winner

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin is this year’s Michigan Library Association Mitten Award winner!  

Breaking Stalin’s Nose is the story of 10-year-old Sasha Zaichek, living with his father in the USSR under Stalin’s communist rule.  He has spent his whole life waiting for the day when he will become a Soviet Young Pioneer, but then his father is arrested and everything Sasha has known and believed in begins to unravel. 

This book is an excellent springboard for informing children of all ages about world history and Communist governments in a format and style that directly appeals to them.  Through humor and straightforward prose the reader can begin to understand what life as a child may have been like.


The Mitten Award Honor books this year are:

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City. There he meets Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben’s story is told in words; Rose’s in pictures.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

Award-winning artist Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing his genius, his dedication, his zest for play, and his long-lasting gift to America–the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio 

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
The Mitten Award is designed “to recognize and promote quality literature for youth, ages 0-12, and the ability to communicate to that audience through literature.”  The award was established in 1999 by the Children’s Services Division of the Michigan Library Association.

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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Water Painting

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Water Painting

Here’s a great way to beat the heat of summer and help your child learn to read and write at the same time. The trigger action of a squirt bottle and working on a vertical surface help strengthen the hand muscles young children will use when they learn to write later on. And as an added bonus, you’ll have the cleanest fence on the block in no time at all!

  • Plastic beach bucket (with handle is best)
  • Old paintbrushes, paint rollers and trays or squirt bottles (clean)
  • Water

To Use:

Fill the bucket with water and have children “paint” a wooden fence, brick wall or driveway with the water. Talk about how the water changes the color of the surface they are painting and how as the water dries, the surface changes back to its original color. Have the children paint their names.
Other Ideas:

Bring an art easel outside. Let children paint with real paint without worrying about the mess. Set up a clothesline in the yard for drying and displaying artwork. Encourage children to autograph their artwork. Look at pictures of famous art on the Internet or in a book and talk about how artists sign their names on their artwork.

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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Meet the Author: Jeffery Schatzer

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Jeffery Schatzer, national award-winning author of picture and chapter books for children including The Runaway Garden, will speak about his books and the writing process at the Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 14. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sand Lake / Nelson Township Library.




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Your Kids Will Talk About This for Weeks

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

From The Tomato Collection to The Monkeys Go Marching, local performer Kevin Kammeraad has entertained, encouraged, cracked up and got kids up and moving from here to Japan.  His interactive, audience-led show for KDL, Can You Think It? Can You Dream It?, promises to be filled with laughter and encourages imagination through poetry, puppetry, music, storytelling, comedy, singing and movement.

There will be several chances to catch Kevin’s performance:
Thursday, July 12, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Tuesday, July 17, 10:30 AM – Grandville branch
Friday, July 20, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch (Held at John Collins Park, 650 Lakeside Dr. SE)
Thursday, July 26, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park branch
Thursday, July 26, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Tuesday, July 31, 10:30 AM – Wyoming branch
Monday, August 6, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial branch (Sponsored by the Friends of the Krause Memorial Library)
Tuesday, August 14, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch


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KDL Top Ten – 7/6/2012

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Looking for indoor adventure?  Take home a Video Game from KDL today!  To view 10 of the most popular Video Games at KDL this week, click on the link to the Top Ten List!


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Beat the Heat at KDL!

Friday, July 6th, 2012

The library is a great place to get books, attend free programs, use computers… and stay cool. With temperatures soaring this week, health professionals are encouraging those without air conditioning in their homes to seek out public places that are air-conditioned. Sounds like a great opportunity to visit your local KDL branch! All 18 of our branches are air-conditioned and a wonderful place to work, relax or enjoy time with your children in our KDLville play spaces.

As an added bonus, some KDL branches will be showing movies as a way to keep visitors both comfortable and entertained. The Grandville branch will be showing family-friendly movies all day today (Friday), while a movie marathon will take place at the Alpine Township branch during open hours today and tomorrow. Another option is to attend the Reel Fun at the Library program taking place at 2:00 PM today at the Gaines Township branch.

If your home is too hot, the library is a cool place to be!


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