Archive for September, 2012

See Your Film on the Big Screen!

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Are you a teen who loves movies? Here at KDL we love films and we want to see your movie on the big screen. That’s right! A screen at Celebration Cinema is waiting to premiere your short film. The Kent County Teen Film Festival is coming in February 2013 and submissions are due on January 7. Are there rules to this festival? Of course… but there are also prizes!

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity, brought to you by Grand Rapids Public Library, Celebration Cinema and us! Get all the details you need here.

Now get filming!

 


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KDL on WGVU Radio

Sunday, September 9th, 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 KDL Director Lance Werner and GRPL Director Marcia Warner talk about the Write Michigan Short Story Contest.

Enjoy!

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Download WGVU9-6-12.mp3

 


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World War II Recommendations

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

September 2, 1945, saw the formal surrender of Japan aboard the battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay, marking the end of World War II.  World War II brought death and devastation to many countries throughout the world.  We are thankful for the sacrifices that were made by so many young men and women around the globe. 

To celebrate the end of World War II, why not check out one of our WWII recommendations and read a story based on a historical event.  These KDL recommendations contain both nonfiction, fiction and DVDs.

 


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Katie L.’s Suggestions for Early Literacy Reading

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Katie L. loves to read, so she has put together a list of some great early literacy books.  While the bigger kids go back to school, make sure to sit down with your pre-readers and enjoy some drawing, rhyming and great stories!

Alphabeasties by Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss is a fun way to share the alphabet as well as looking at pictures of animals.  Young children will love naming the animals and will start to learn the importance of letters.

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin turns into a fun adventure when Pete the Cat discovers how hard it is to keep his shoes white.  But that doesn’t keep him from enjoying his new shoes.

Check out these and other great books!

 


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Meet the Author: Elena Passarello

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Regional theater actor and writer Elena Passarello, author of Let Me Clear My Throat, a book of essays about the role of voice in identity that’s been called “a riotous deconstruction of the ways the sounds we make both express and shape who we are,” will be at the East Grand Rapids branch at 3:00 PM on Saturday, September 29 to read from and sign and sell copies of her book.

Read a review on Elena’s book by Publishers Weekly here.

 

 


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Spooky Stories for Guys

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Looking for some books to read on a dark and stormy night?  KDL has created a selection of spooky stories that have guy appeal.  This list features short stories as well as books in series.

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy is a personal favorite which isn’t very spooky but does feature an animated skeleton detective!  Skullduggery and his apprentice Valkyrie work together to save the world from the return off the Faceless Ones.

For a spooky ghost story that also features videos that can be access online, try Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman.  Two teenagers set out to discover the spooky history of the old dredge but with disastrous consequences.

 


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KDL Top Ten – 9/7/2012

Friday, September 7th, 2012

It’s harvest time!  View 10 of the most popular titles in Canning and Preserving at KDL — click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!


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Gross Out Your Kids @ the Library

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Face it: if it’s on the gross side, kids tend to love it. But there’s a lot to learn from stuff that’s snotty, stinky, oozy and mushy. Grossology workshops harness kids’ natural curiosity – and the lessons are so much fun they won’t realize they’re learning science!

Schedule:
Saturday, September 15, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake/ Nelson Township branch
Saturday, September 22, 11:00 AM – Tyrone Township branch
Saturday, October 13, 2:00 PM – Wyoming branch
Sunday, October 14, 2:00 PM – Cascade Township branch
Saturday, October 20, 2:00 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Saturday, October 27, 2:00 PM – Gaines Township branch
Saturday, November 3, 2:00 PM – Byron Township branch
Saturday, November 3, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park branch
Saturday, November 10, 10:00 AM – Krause Memorial branch
Thursday, November 15, 6:30 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Saturday, November 17, 10:30 AM – Alpine Township branch
Wednesday, November 21, 1:00 PM – Englehardt branch
Saturday, November 24, 2:00 PM – Kentwood branch

In the meantime, peruse KDL’s collection of grossology books!

 


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Walkie-Talkies

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Walkie-Talkies

Children learn about language by listening to their parents and others talk and joining in the conversation.  As they hear spoken words, children learn how words sound, what words mean and how words can be put together to communicate ideas and information.  Here’s a fun and inexpensive craft you can make at home to help foster communication skills.
 
Materials:

  • Small jewelry box with lid
  • Glue (or tape)
  • Aluminum foil (or silver wrapping paper)
  • Markers
  • 2 milk jug lids
  • Drinking straw

To Make:

Glue or tape the lid onto the box. Cover the box with foil and glue or tape it into place. Use a marker to draw dots in a concentric circle pattern to look like a speaker. Glue two milk jug tops to the opposite end of the box to represent buttons or dials. Cover a drinking straw with foil and glue it to the long side of the box for an antenna. Have fun talking back and forth on your pretend walkie-talkies.
 
Other Ideas:

Make your own cell phone with two pieces of cardboard from your recycling bin. Use duct tape to make a hinge for the phone and help your child draw buttons with numbers on one side of the phone and a screen on the other. Have fun pretending to place calls to your child.

 


 

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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Write, Vote, Win!

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

If you are a writer, you don’t want to miss out on this awesome opportunity! Here’s your chance to reach a broad audience with your work, get published and win cash prizes! We have teamed up with Grand Rapids Public Library and Schuler Books & Music to present the Write Michigan Short Story Contest. Writers of all ages can enter, with prizes awarded for Readers’ Choice and Judges’ Choice. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press in both print and eBook format. Entries are accepted through November 30.

Opportunities like this don’t come around every day, so grab your laptop and start writing! Don’t forget to share this information with your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and anyone else you think might be interested.

Find the contest rules and more information at WriteMichigan.org.

 


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