Archive for September, 2013

“The Giver” Passes Giveaway

Monday, September 30th, 2013

projection3KDL is partnering with Grand Rapids Civic Theatre this season to offer passes to dress rehearsals for certain performances downtown, and performance-themed programs at two of our branches.

To kick this off, we’re offering 25 pairs of passes to the dress rehearsal of The Giver at 7:30 PM on Thursday, October 17. The first 25 KDL cardholders to show up and ask at either the Plainfield Township branch or the Wyoming branch will receive two passes. First-come, first-served! Go!! (Note: The Giver is suitable for teens and adults.)

Here’s another KDL cardholder perk: The first 20 KDL cardholders who purchase a ticket ONLINE to the Saturday, October 19 matinee performance of The Giver at 2:00 PM and use the code “KDL” will entitle attendees to enjoy the Donor Lounge with snacks during intermission, a special backstage tour and the opportunity to participate in a “talk-back” with the play’s director and actors. To purchase tickets, visit and enter “KDL” when checking out. UPDATE: This offer is now sold out.



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Connect with a Veteran

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

thank you childShow your support for our military veterans by writing a letter of appreciation October 1 – November 4. Templates are available at all KDL branches. Letters will be distributed to veterans through the Grand Rapids Department of Veterans Affairs. All ages can participate.

You are also invited to attend a Veteran’s Appreciation Open House at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 9 at the Wyoming branch. Teresa Irish, author of A Thousand Letters Home, will share the touching story of her parents’ lives through letters exchanged during World War II. Enjoy refreshments and music by the Wyoming High School honors choir.





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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Band BooksKDL is celebrating music with Band Books @ the Library: Music Makers at many branches this season. Creating instruments with young children is a great way to explore sound and music. So many fun sounds can be created using objects found around the house.

Explore the sound of a rubber band twanging, the sound of pots and pans crashing and even the soft swooshing of a heartbeat. Talk about the sounds made using other onomatopoeic words that create associations with the sounds they make.

What word would you use to describe the sound of fingernails zipping across the teeth of a comb? Or the sound of blowing across an open bottle?

Try different items in an empty plastic jar to create shaker instruments. Rice or beans will create a mellow, soothing sound. Pennies or pop can tabs will create a louder, jangling noise. Be sure to talk about the differences as you play. Experimenting with sound and vocabulary gets children excited to learn about the world around them.

Be sure to check KDL’s Events Calendar  to find a Music Makers program near you.

— Sara M. at KDL’s Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch



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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KDL Top Ten – 9/27/2013

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month!  This week’s Top Ten list highlights 10 of the most popular adult Spanish titles this year at KDL!

Top Ten Spanish 09-27-2013

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Great Programs and a Chance to Win!

Friday, September 27th, 2013

KDLKaleidoscopeStop by your local branch and pick up a copy of the KDL Kaleidoscope, our seasonal  library program and information guide. The piece highlights all of our fall programs, and boy do we have some good ones! Your kids won’t want to miss Awesome Autumn Adventure or Star Wars Reads. Teens are sure to enjoy Catching Fire, and adults will want to attend Todd & Brad Reed: A Photographic Michigan Tribute. And these are just a few of our many exciting offerings!

Plus, there’s more! Check out page 4 of the Kaleidoscope for details on our Connect With Happiness Contest. It’s easy to enter and you could win a $50 gift certificate to Schuler Books & Music!


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Start Your Holiday Shopping Early!

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

christmas shoppingStop by the Plainfield Township branch on Saturday, October 26 and check out our Home-Based Business & Craft Show, which includes crafts, clothes, home decor, cosmetics, jewelry, home-made goodies, health and wellness products, kitchen wares, kids’ items and more!

The show will run from 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM with a bake sale included, while supplies last. There is no admission fee for this show.

Also, check out our silent auction baskets ahead of time and make your bid. All baskets are complete with gift items, gift certificates and more. Baskets will be set up throughout the week of October 21, with the bidding ending on Saturday, October 26.

Mark your calendar to attend our show: Saturday, October 26 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM.


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New Penguin eBooks Available!

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

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Good news for eBook fans — new titles from Penguin Books are now available again from the library! Penguin had previously chosen to stop selling eBooks to libraries, but they are now once again making their titles available for libraries to purchase.

KDL has purchased many new Penguin eBook bestsellers, including:

Visit and download one today!


W is for Wasted     The Fault in Our Stars     And the Mountains Echoed     Storm Front



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Celebrating Comics and Graphic Novels

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

September 25 marks National Comic Book Day, so in honor of that event, here are some graphic novel recommendations. First up is Avatar: The Last Airbender by Gene Luen Yang. If you watched the movies and want to know what happens next, these are great additions to the story.  Currently there is a trilogy titled The Promise and a second trilogy, The Search, with the last book due out at the end of October.

Next up is for anyone who loves the mythology genre, like Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. George O’Connor’s Olympians series is a great introduction to Greek mythology. So far there are five books, each one featuring a different god: Zeus, Athena, Hera, Hades and Poseidon. The books also feature brief summaries of other gods who were mentioned in the story but don’t have their own book.

The final recommendation is for Eric Shanower’s adaptations of Baum’s Oz books. This book series is a visually pleasing way to experience the wonderful world of Oz. The first Wonderful Wizard of Oz book is the most familiar because of the movies, but this series covers other L. Frank Baum’s Oz books as well.

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New for Students

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

We are pleased to announce that we offer two new databases especially for students. Parents and teachers, make sure that the young people in your life check these out!


NoveList K-8 Plus features both fiction and nonfiction for grades K-8. Find just the right book by subject, age, awards won, Lexile Reading levels, Common Core standards, books made into movies and much more. Read reviews, learn about the author and create your own reading wish list. (A guided tour is available if you’d like to learn more.)

World Book Early World of Learning

World Book Early World of Learning features a wealth of resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades grasp critical early childhood themes. Follow Trek and Taffy the cat around the world learning about colors, numbers and other fun things. Strengthen reading foundations with stories, activities and videos. Explore the Know It encyclopedia designed especially for early readers. Also includes materials for educators. (A guided tour is available if you’d like to learn more.)

We know how hard schoolwork can be (for parents and teachers too). We hope that these databases make everyone’s life a little bit easier!


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — PBS Parents Play and Learn

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

PBS ParentsAn app that helps introduce various early literacy concepts and is also fun for kids is PBS Parents Play and Learn. This app enables kids to select from a wide variety of settings like “In the Car,” “Bath Time” or “Library” where they can then play simple games by sorting items, practicing letter recognition, counting and more. Each game can be selected as “easy” or “hard.” A “Parent Tip” section explains what your child is learning while playing. The app is fully bilingual in Spanish. A wonderful aspect of this app is the suggested activities in each section for ideas of what you can do with a child to extend the learning experience beyond the app. Engage with your child as they play and then follow up with one of the fun activities to maximize the learning fun. This app is available free for Apple and Android devices.

– Julie R. at KDL’s Caledonia Township branch


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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