Archive for September, 2012

Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Children have a great time dancing and singing, but they also learn valuable early literacy skills while bouncing around, shouting out nursery rhymes and listening to music.  Many KDL branches offer a program called Rhyme Time Music and Movement.  This program (for children ages 6 and younger with a caregiver) gets attendees to move and groove together with action rhymes, songs, games and hands-on musical activities that will help children develop motor, listening and literacy skills.  

Directed movement, or moving how and when the music tells them to, helps children develop listening and memory skills and self-regulation.  Studies show that music also helps stimulate multiple areas of the brain all at once, which helps children connect what they learn emotionally, physically and cognitively.  You do not have to be musically inclined to share music with children, so sing, dance and act silly with your child today!


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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Read, Write, Discuss

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

The Caledonia Township and Kentwood branches have teamed up with Davenport University to present a Community Read program. The featured book is The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. The book tells the story of two kids with the same name who grew up in the same decaying city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder. It is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.

You are encouraged to read the book and share your thoughts with others. Book discussions will take place at 6:30 PM on Thursday, October 4 at the Kentwood branch and at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, October 9 at the Caledonia Township branch. You will have an opportunity to meet Wes Moore at an Author Appearance at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, October 17 at the Davenport Lettinga Campus.

You are also invited to participate in an essay contest based on the book. Rules and applications are available at the Kentwood and Caledonia Township branches.


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Spooky Reads for Teens

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

With Halloween fast approaching, now is the perfect time to check out two new spooky stories from well-known teen authors Libba Bray and Maggie Stiefvater.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is the first in the series from the author of The Scorpio Races (another great Halloween read).  Blue knows that her true love will die after their first kiss (as told by her psychic mother).  This seriously limits her dating possibilities and is her first rule.  Her second rule is to have nothing to do with the Raven Boys who attend the local private school.  But everything changes when Blue sees a spirit for the first time on her family’s annual trek to the corpse road and the spirit, wearing the blazer with the raven emblem, tells her his name is Gansey.

Libba Bray‘s latest series starts with The Diviners.  Set in New York City during the roaring twenties, Evie is thrilled to be staying with her uncle and helping out at his museum of “creepy crawlies.”  But when bodies start turning up with occult symbols near them, her uncle is drawn into the investigation to help solve the crimes, along with Evie.  But the evil in the city might also be affecting Evie and others in ways she hasn’t discovered yet. Will she be able to uncover the killer before it is too late?


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KDL Top Ten – 9/21/2012

Friday, September 21st, 2012

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

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Bring Teddy to a Sleepover Party!

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Ever wonder what happens “after hours” at the library? Now you can find out with a little help from your favorite stuffed friend. Children of all ages are invited to participate in a Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to a special evening storytime, and leave it for an exciting sleepover at the library! Pick up your special friend the next day to see all the fun it had while the library was closed. You will even get a photo of your pal enjoying the overnight fun!

Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 PM – Comstock Park branch
Tuesday, October 23, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial branch
Thursday, October 25, 6:30 PM – Grandville branch
Thursday, November 8, 7:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Thursday, November 15, 6:30 PM – Tyrone Township branch

Kids, we know your stuffed animal is special to you, and we promise to take good care of them! We care about them, just like we care about you.

Don’t miss out on this fun program… your stuffed animal will thank you!


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Learn More About Career Transitions Workshops

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

This week, FOX 17 featured a segment on our Career Transitions Workshops. Check it out to learn more about these FREE classes for job seekers!



Click here for upcoming classes, dates and locations.


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Some Services Unavailable Thurs. Sep. 20

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

UPDATE: The server replacement is complete and all services are available again. Thanks for your patience!

On Thursday morning, September 20, our computer server will be replaced. Unfortunately, this means that a host of our services will be unavailable during this “downtime.”

Library services that WILL NOT be available: 

There is some good news! These services WILL still be available:

  • Browsing the “Encore” version of the online catalog. (The “classic catalog” will be unavailable, however.)
  • Checking out materials in the branches
  • Using library computers and accessing wireless Internet in the branches
  • Accessing online reference databases
  • Registering for programs by phone or online
  • Scheduled library programs will take place

We have our fingers crossed that everything will be back up and running by noon! We apologize for this inconvenience.


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Celebrate with Olivia the Pig

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Children ages 6 and younger are invited to join us for crafts, games and stories about everyone’s favorite pig! Olivia the Pig Parties will take place at several KDL branches this fall. Kids should bring their loudest, most energetic self (ready to be accessorized of course!), and see how long they can celebrate before they wear themselves out. Don’t miss out on all the free fun!

Monday, September 24, 6:30 PM – Byron Township branch
Thursday, October 25, 10:30 AM – Englehardt branch
Thursday, November 8, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township branch
Sunday, November 11, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Tuesday, November 13, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Wednesday, November 14, 10:00 AM – Gaines Township branch
Tuesday, November 27, 10:00 AM – Alpine Township branch


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FREE Digital Access to Magazines

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

At the beach/airport/Secretary of State office with nothing to read?

Looking to compare products but don’t have time to get to the library?

Want to read the new profile of that sports great that hit the newsstand today?

We now deliver current e-editions of nearly 75 popular magazines directly to you!

KDL is the first library system in Michigan to offer Zinio, an online magazine service that includes publications such as Consumer ReportsESPN The Magazine, Good Housekeeping and US Weekly.

The Zinio platform recreates magazines page-for-page, including full-color pictures and interactive media elements such as audio and video. Magazines can be read not only on a Mac or PC but on a variety of mobile devices using Zinio’s reader apps. Check out our Downloading Instructions page for details.



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Win Tickets to Sesame Street Live!

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Sesame Street Live is coming to the Van Andel Arena, and we are thrilled to provide you with a chance to win tickets! Get ready to sing and dance with Elmo, Grover, Baby Bear, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie. “Can’t Stop Singing” will take place November 16-18. Each of our 18 branches will be giving away a family four pack of ticket vouchers. Five shows will take place over the three days, and winners can choose which show they would like to attend. The lucky winners will also receive an exclusive invitation to a special playdate with Elmo!

Stop by any KDL branch location by October 11 and complete an entry form for your chance to win.

Want to increase your chance of winning tickets? Leave us a comment on this post and share your favorite Sesame Street memory or story. We will randomly select one commenter to win four ticket vouchers!

Good luck to all!


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