Archive for May, 2013

Early Lit Bits: App Review — Bob Books

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Bob BooksIf you have an emerging reader in your life, you may have heard of the book series called Bob Books. This popular series also has an app where you can have a fun, interactive experience with the books. It can be a new way to help a child learn to read. The app focuses on spelling and letter knowledge in stages that build. An interactive format like this can help motivate and encourage children who are more reluctant to begin reading.  If you are a fan of the BOB series or looking for something to aid a child in early reading, try the free Bob Books Reading Magic Lite app for Apple. You can also purchase the full version for $3.99.


 

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.

 


Posted by:


KDL Top Ten – 5/31/2013

Friday, May 31st, 2013

June is Audiobook Month! To view 10 of the  most checked-out eAudiobook titles at KDL this month, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List! These titles and many more are available on KDL’s Downloadable eBook site!

Top Ten Downloadable eAudiobooks 5-31-2013

 


Posted by:


Best Websites 2013

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Many of us tend to visit the same websites every day: email, Facebook, the news, KDL :-), etc. But sometimes it’s nice to see what else is out there in cyber-land, especially when the sites come recommended. Time Magazine publishes an annual list of Best Websites, and the 2013 update came out recently.

Not quite sure you want to use Google Drive for your documents? Try Microsoft’s Office Web Apps. Looking for a free photo editing service? Give Pixlr a try. Curious about just about everything? Try the web version of the magazine Mental Floss. (Several KDL branches carry the print version of this magazine, and KDL cardholders can also access the full magazine through Zinio!) And finally, do you sometimes wonder if you’ve allowed certain social media and other websites to know too much about you? Try MyPermissions to find out just how much you’ve shared.

These are just a few of many fun and useful sites to explore. Have fun poking through the list!

Mental Floss       mypermissions       Pixlr_editor

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by:


Summer Programs Just for Teens

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

teensummer2013We’ve got a stellar line-up of cool programs from June through August that make the library the place to be during summer vacation. From Mexican food-tasting to Hunger Games-like survival to music and art, we’ve got something for everyone — bring your friends!

Click on each event title for dates, times, locations and the event description:

 

 


Posted by:


EightWest: Summer Reading @ KDL

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

This morning, Director Lance Werner and Program and Outreach Specialist Allison Brito promoted Summer Reading @ KDL on WOOD TV’s eightWest. Check out the segment to learn more about our reading programs, prizes and the benefits of summer reading!

Don’t forget to sign up for Summer Reading @ KDL starting June 1.


Posted by:


Classic Rock Fan?

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

WGVU oldies logo 2014Time is running out to get your free tickets for the WGVU Real Oldies Concert at the Ball Park on Saturday, June 1 at 6:00 PM at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park. Featured bands are The Grass Roots, The Eschelons and The Westside Soul Surfers.

You do not have to have a KDL library card to get a free concert ticket at any one of our 18 branches.

Can’t make the concert? You don’t need a ticket to download free oldies music 24/7 from Freegal (but you do need a KDL card).

As part of this fundraiser to help support WGVU Real Oldies and the West Michigan Whitecaps Inner City Youth Baseball/Softball program, a classic car show in the parking lot starts at 3:00 PM.

 


Posted by:


Don’t Miss Out!

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

We are getting ready for Summer Reading @ KDL. Are you?

Summer Reading Stickers

 

Don’t miss out on a summer of programs, prizes and fun. Sign up starting Saturday June 1 at any KDL branch.


Posted by:


MeLCat Unavailable Tuesday, May 28

Monday, May 27th, 2013

MeLCat, the service that allows KDL cardholders to request items from libraries around the state, will be unavailable starting at 7:00 PM Tuesday, May 28 to perform a software upgrade. Searching, placing requests, and renewing MeLCat items will not be possible during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 


Posted by:


Local Indie Spotlight: Charles Fry

Monday, May 27th, 2013

LocalIndieBeing a Kid… by Charles Fry (full title: Being a Kid in the Midwestern Town of White Cloud, MI (Population 800): Snapshots into the Life of Charles Fry (Born 1929) During the First Ten Years of His Life — and Beyond)

I really enjoyed this collection of reminiscences that Fry wrote first for his own family, but now has shared with the rest of us. Each short memory is a funny, honest and delightful window on life in the 1930s, both on a dairy farm and in a small town. When times were tight, Charles and his three older brothers invented daring and humorous ways to have fun, and found creative ways to earn spending money, too. How Charles gets into the circus for free, or how he gains fame delivering the Press, are just a few examples of this fun read.

Fry’s book is part of the Local Indie @ KDL collection, housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branches. It was created to give independent authors, filmmakers and musicians the opportunity to be added to our shelves and to be featured by staff in order to increase viewers, readers and listeners.

Click here to browse our Local Indie @ KDL collection.

 

(Reviewed by Deb at the Cascade Township Branch of Kent District Library)

 


Posted by:


Author Bernard Waber Dies at Age 91

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

bernard_weber_t300

The creator of Lyle the Crocodile died on Monday, May 16. Bernard Waber was 91 years old. He introduced Lyle in 1962 with “The House on East 88th Street.” His final book, “Lyle Walks the Dog,” was produced with his daughter, Paulis. He also wrote many other picture books, including “Ira Sleeps Over,” in which a young boy is afraid he will be teased for bringing his teddy bear over to a friend’s house.


Posted by: