Archive for November, 2013

Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

I Like Everything About YouMost young children love to make noise! Think of that happy smile a toddler wears when clapping loudly. Consider the remarkable energy preschoolers will put into stomping their feet or patting out a rhythm. Some of the most amazing fun can be had when children are encouraged to use their bodies to produce rhythms and music.

The recently released I Like Everything About You (Yes, I Do)! by Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble is a rousing collection of classic rhythm songs and unique body beat songs, generated by clapping, stomping and patting. After twenty years of educational outreach, concerts and workshops, Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble’s first CD of children’s music is an album that the whole family will enjoy! Part drill team, part multicultural rhythm section, this energetic team combines body beats and vocals with the unique sounds of hand drums, bells, bass, banjo, voices and found sound. This CD is being labeled as one of the best albums of the year. Check it out today!

–Sara M., 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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Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Spelling City
 and its free companion app are getting high marks from kids, parents and teachers. With the help of, kids can practice spelling words from customized lists designed to target their skill level. In addition, kids can choose the “teach me” tab to hear words spelled letter by letter or listen to words in context. offers lessons on compound words, analogies and sound-alike words that are helpful for kids and adults who are learning English for the first time. But the best news is that reluctant students will find the games and activities fun and engaging. They won’t even know they are studying spelling! Check out the “hangmouse game” for fun. Want a short preview? Here’s how to get started:

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KDL Top Ten – 11/29/2013

Friday, November 29th, 2013

What do Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, and Geronimo Stilton all have in common?  They all made this week’s Top Ten list!  These are ten of the most popular books in Juvenile Fiction right now at KDL.

Top Ten Juvenile Fiction 11-29-2013


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Genre Derby Coming Soon… Let’s Celebrate!

Friday, November 29th, 2013

GenreDerbyLogoIn February, KDL will present its first ever Genre Derby, an exciting social media-driven, crowdfunding effort to raise funds for our collection. You are invited to jockey your favorite genre into position by taking part in the Genre Derby kickoff event from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Wednesday, December 11 at Vitale’s, 3868 West River Drive NW in Comstock Park. Click here to learn more about this fun evening and to submit your RSVP. All you need to bring is your smile!

We hope to see you there!



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My Interview with Author Joshilyn Jackson

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

New York Times bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson has written six books, reaping praise and awards for them. In her latest novel, Someone Else’s Love Story, young single mom, Shandi Pierce, and her 3-year-old son, Natty, are leaving their small Georgia hometown for her dad’s condo in Atlanta so she’ll be closer to college. Stopping at a convenience store on the way, they find themselves held at gunpoint during a robbery. The terrifying incident jolts Shandi out of her denial about her miracle son’s origins, and when her rescuer, William, a geneticist with Asperger’s, offers a way to find out what really happened the night her son was conceived, Shandi has to face the past to find her own love story.

Someone Else’s Love Story is one of the best books I’ve read this year, and I had the privilege of talking with the author recently. Read Joshilyn’s funny and insightful responses to my questions here.


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Hoopla Segment on Fox 17

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Recently Director Lance Werner promoted hoopla on FOX 17. Take a minute and watch the brief segment to learn more about this exciting new service that allows KDL cardholders to stream movies and television shows for free!

Hoopla on WXMI

Library Offers Free Movie and TV Streaming


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Craft Away the Winter Blues

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Jennifer Ackerman HaywoodShake off the winter blahs… Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, crafter extraordinaire, is coming to the rescue! In each session, she’ll demonstrate a new and exciting craft to make and take home. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. Go to or call Patron Services at 616-784-2007.

For Teens:
Saturday, December 7, 3:00 PM – Cascade Township branch (Holiday ornaments, gift tags and 3D snowflakes)
Tuesday, January 14, 4:30 PM – Wyoming branch (Printmaking 101)

For Adults:
Wednesday, December 4, 6:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch (Recycled book crafts)
Wednesday, December 11, 1:00 PM – Comstock Park branch (Holiday printmaking)
Saturday, December 14, 10:30 AM – Alpine Township branch (Gift tags and holiday ornaments)
Monday, January 13, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial branch (Printmaking 101)
Saturday, January 25, 10:30 AM – Alto branch (English paper piecing)
Saturday, February 1, 10:30 AM – Gaines Township branch (Valentine crafts)
Saturday, February 8, 11:00 AM – Englehardt branch (DIY party planning)
Tuesday, February 11, 6:00 PM – Byron Township branch (English paper piecing)

For maps to all our branches, click here.


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Two for Tuesday — Made from Scratch

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013


2 Cookbooks Full of Homemade Deliciousness


The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making by Alana Chernila
Alana Chernila inspires you to step inside your kitchen, take a look around, and change the way you relate to food. The Homemade Pantry was born of a tight budget, Alana’s love for sharing recipes with her farmer’s market customers, and a desire to enjoy a happy cooking and eating life with her young family. On a mission to kick their packaged-food habit, she learned that with a little determination, anything she could buy at the store could be made in her kitchen, and her homemade versions were more satisfying, easier to make than she expected, and tastier.

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn’t Make from Scratch
by Jennifer Reese

Does becoming part of the home cooking movement mean cooking everything from scratch? According to Jennifer Reese, known as The Tipsy Baker to her online foodie following, there are plenty of products that you should buy at the store. Make your own bread, for instance, but buy the butter–making butter takes too long and doesn’t taste better. Jennifer Reese’s popular cost-benefit experiments became the most emailed story on Slate for a week, and this book brings her conscientious, frugal-chic approach to 120 food staples in a narrative with recipes that explore the homemade life.


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2014 Book Lover’s Calendars for Sale

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Book-lovers-calendarBook Lover’s Calendars are here!

Are you an avid reader or do you have friends who like to read? Looking for the perfect teacher or hostess gift? Stumped about what to buy the person who has everything?

Here’s the perfect solution! Buy everyone a 2014 Book Lover’s Calendar, and pick one up for yourself as well. Packed with hundreds of great reads, Book Lover’s is the calendar that keeps you reading.

Sponsored by the KDL Alliance of Friends, the 2014 Book Lover’s Page-a-Day Calendar is available for purchase at any KDL branch. Proceeds help support the Kent District Library’s projects and programs.

Calendars are only $5.00!



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Holiday Closing — Thanksgiving Day

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The Kent District Library will be closed Thursday, November 28, for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, November 29. For additional holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

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