Archive for August, 2012

Rain Won’t Keep the Animals Away!

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Because of the large chance for rain, the Animal Crackers Petting Zoo scheduled for 6:30 PM on Thursday, August 16 at the Byron Township branch has been moved indoors. Some of the larger animals may have to stay home, but kids can still come pet and learn about a variety of cute and cuddly critters.

Don’t miss out on all the fun!


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Family Audiobooks for Travel

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Taking an end of the summer vacation that involves car travel? Make your journey more enjoyable by listening to an audiobook from your local KDL branch. Don’t know what might be a good book to listen to while traveling? Check out KDL’s list of Best Family Audiobooks.  

If you have a teen in the car who might not enjoy a children’s audiobook, recommend that  they listen to a teen Playaway — an entire book on an MP3 player. You only need to provide a AAA battery and a set of headphones! Check out this trailer for Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip, the latest teen book by author Jordan Sonnenblick. Does it look interesting? Here is a link to the audiobook.

Happy travels!     


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Clothesline Alphabet

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Clothesline  Alphabet

Here’s a fun and inexpensive way to help children learn the alphabet and letter sounds as well as work hand muscles they will need when they learn to write.


  • 26 wooden clothespins (the kind you pinch to open)
  • Clothesline string
  • Marker

To Use:

Print an uppercase letter of the alphabet on the top of each of the wooden clothespins with a marker. String a clothesline along a wall, or between two trees outside within the reach of your child. (Be sure to supervise small children playing near the clothesline.) Have your child put the clothespins on the line in alphabetical order.  Say the name of each letter as you pin it to the clothesline.

Other Ideas:

Search your home for fun items that start with each of the letters of the alphabet. Pin the items with the clothespin that has a matching letter,  i.e. pin a sock to the clothespin marked with S, or a necklace to the clothespin marked with N. If you cannot find a real item to pin up, draw a picture of an item instead and pin the picture to the clothesline. Try making flashcards of lowercase letters and matching them to the upper case letters on the clothespins.

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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Download Music for FREE from KDL!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Tell your friends! KDL cardholders can download from millions of available songs for FREE. That’s like that ultra-popular music download site, but FREE!

Stop in to a branch today (we’ve got FREE WiFi too) or log in at the Freegal downloadable music service using your KDL library card number and download your favorite MP3-format songs offered by more than 10,000 labels.

Freegal Mobile Apps are now offered in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android, so you can download and play free music on the go! If you have any questions about Freegal or how to use it, our FAQ page would be a great place to start.

Free + Legal = Freegal — enjoy!


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KDL Top Ten – 8/10/2012

Friday, August 10th, 2012

See what everyone else is reading and watching! Click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List. These are the 10 most checked-out items at KDL this week!

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Grandville Branch Pet Show Cancelled

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

The Grandville branch Pet Show tonight (Thursday, August 9) has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Earn Your Experience Summer @ KDL Sports Fan Badge

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

With the Summer Olympics underway in London and fall sports starting in a few weeks, athletics are on everyone’s mind. Get involved and score your Sports Fan Badge with the Experience Summer @ KDL program!

Here are some ways to bring out the champion inside you:

For more ideas for summer fun, check out our Experience Summer @ KDL program!


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KDL on WGVU Radio

Wednesday, August 8th, 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 Program & Outreach Specialist Allison Brito talk about things you might not know about the library, as well as upcoming community events that KDL is participating in!


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Download WGVU8-2-12.mp3

(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)





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From the Director: How Are We Doing, Really?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Maybe you’ve heard about KDL’s new quality standards achievement project. I want to tell you what this “multi-year effort to document performance strengths and gaps against national indicators of excellence” means to you.

First, it means simply that we want to always be doing better. Our patrons and the library industry have told us we do a great job, and now we’re asking a third-party organization, the Michigan Quality Council — a 19-year-old organization that helps businesses and organizations improve their products and services — to weigh in.

KDL is the first public library in Michigan to engage their review process. Why? Ultimately, the process will address whether we’re giving you, the taxpayer, the most for your dollars.

The effort will help us answer questions such as, are the materials we’re buying and circulating truly what our patrons want? Which of our programs reach the greatest audiences and do they align with our strategic plan — for instance, to promote early childhood literacy? Are we buying enough eBooks to meet the growing demand?

It will also measure whether we are doing all we can to build and maintain an effective team, and that we’re training our employees in the areas they need to best be able to serve the public. One recent example was the training of our branch staff to help patrons use and troubleshoot eReader devices. That’s a value-added effort to put us ahead of the technology curve, something libraries have done so well for so long.

KDL is not the same organization we were 10 years ago, and we won’t be the same organization 10 years from now that we are today. In a nutshell, this voluntary effort will let us know whether we’re truly, measurably, meeting our goals.

These are questions we have always asked, but the MQC effort is a concentrated way to ensure we’re always asking the right questions. Having an outside group measure that is a way for us — and you — to really, truly know.


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Why Did My Library Move My Stuff?

Monday, August 6th, 2012

You might be passably familiar with the Dewey Decimal system, but the chances that your kids and grandkids know about the library materials classification system that’s been around since the late 1870s are getting slimmer by the year.

It’s a fact: bookstores and online searches (even grocery stores!) are organized by category, not a string of numbers. So in an effort to make finding what they need as simple as possible for patrons, a number of U.S. libraries — including Kent District Library — are aligning themselves with the “search by subject” method.

It’s called BISAC — book industry standards and communications — and by the end of the year all 18 KDL branches will be organized according to this system. As of August 1, eight branches have been completed.

What this means for you: instead of finding materials on, say, weddings, all over the branch — wedding cakes in 641.8653, flower arrangements in 745.926 and wedding planning in 395.2, just to name a few — anything that has to do with weddings will now be in the “Weddings” section. Simple.  

Here’s another example: During the school year, librarians everywhere are inundated with requests from students to help them find someone famous to write a report about. Until BISAC, however, biographies could be found in multiple areas: entertainment, sports, literature, politics and more. Now, biography is its own enormous section — making it easier not only to find an interesting subject, but, as browsing tends to encourage, possibly an unexpected one.

“Bottom line is it makes searching easier for patrons,” said Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, assistant director.


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