Archive for 2014

KDL Top Ten — Sports Outdoor

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Go hiking, paddling and camping with this week’s Top Ten.  These are 10 of the most popular titles in our Sports Outdoor collection.  And if you’re looking for more open-air fun, try our Experience Summer Online: Get Outside and Play challenges!

Top Ten Sports Outdoor 07-25-2014

 


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More Mango Languages Content

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Mango Languages

Language lovers, rejoice — our online language learning resource, Mango Languages, recently added 10 new chapters and over 1,000 additional learning hours to 40+ of their language courses (indicated in bold in the table below)

Mango Languages is FREE to all KDL cardholders, and is an easy, effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. Courses are currently available in 62 foreign languages and 17 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses:

  • Arabic (Egyptian)
  • Arabic (Levantine)
  • Arabic (MSA)
  • Armenian
  • Azerbaijani
  • Bengali
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dari
  • Dutch
  • Farsi (Persian)
  • Finnish
  • French
  • French (Canadian)
  • Scottish Gaelic
  • German
  • Greek
  • Greek (Ancient)
  • Greek (Koine)
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hawaiian
  • Hebrew
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kazakh
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Malay
  • Malayalam
  • Norwegian
  • Pashto
  • Pirate
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Punjabi
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish (Latin American)
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Tuvan
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
  • Yiddish
  • ESL for Arabic (Egyptian) Speakers
  • ESL for Arabic (MSA) Speakers
  • ESL for Armenian Speakers
  • ESL for Chinese (Cantonese) Speakers
  • ESL for Chinese (Mandarin) Speakers
  • ESL for French Speakers
  • ESL for German Speakers
  • ESL for Greek Speakers
  • ESL for Italian Speakers
  • ESL for Japanese Speakers
  • ESL for Korean Speakers
  • ESL for Polish Speakers
  • ESL for Portuguese (Brazilian) Speakers
  • ESL for Russian Speakers
  • ESL for Spanish (Latin American) Speakers
  • ESL for Turkish Speakers
  • ESL for Vietnamese Speakers

Once you’ve signed up for an account through KDL, you can even access Mango Languages on-the-go with free mobile apps for iOS and Android!

Watch the video below to see Mango Languages in action, then start using it today!


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July Teen Booklist: Tune In

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

This month there is only one new teen booklist and it features Books with a Music Theme. One of my favorite books is included on the list: Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. I am not a big music fan at all, but I loved the characters and the storyline of this book! Piper is deaf; having her be a manager of a band might be strange, but she is willing to working hard and prove herself. But it is not easy to manage five very different personalities and look for a venue for them to play.

Below are a few of my other favorites from the list:
fiveflavors      audreywait      beattheband      areyouexperienced

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Video Love Bomb: Kristin

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Kristin, who owns a local nanny service, considers KDL’s free Early Childhood Essentials classes, well, essential to staying on top of her professional development.

Drop a library love bomb: Upload a short video of your own to KDL’s Facebook page!


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Local Indie Fest

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Pete @ WGVUEach 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 Pete Lewandoski, Adult Services Librarian at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch talk about the Local Indie collection and the upcoming Local Indie Fest (Wednesday, August 20, 4:00–7:00 PM at the Kentwood Branch).  Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 

 

 

 


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Request an Absentee Ballot

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Absentee BallotAre you going to be on vacation or otherwise unable to get to the polls for the August 5 primary election (which includes a KDL millage proposal)? Request an absentee ballot using this form. You can also obtain an absentee ballot from the city or township office where you are registered to vote. The deadline to apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail is 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 2. After this, you may request an absent voter ballot in person at your local clerk’s office up until 4:00 PM on Monday, August 4. 

 


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Fireworks Monoprints

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Fireworks MonoprintsPlay-Grow-Read

Part of the fun of July is staying up late to see the fireworks. Remember the fun of July 4th with this simple craft using pipe cleaners and paint to create fantastic bursts of color. While you paint, talk about the sights and sounds your family experienced during fireworks displays. Older children may also enjoy watching this video about the science of fireworks.

Materials

  • Large fuzzy pipe cleaners
  • Paper suitable for tempera paint
  • Several contrasting colors of tempera paint
  • Scissors

Directions

  1. Take 4 large pipe cleaners. Fold them in half and twist to form a handle.
  2. Fan them out to create a starburst “brush.”
  3. Dip into one color of paint and make a print by placing the pipe cleaner starburst on the paper.
  4. Now print over the first image using a second color.
  5. Do 2 to 3 layers on each image to create multiple lines and colors.
  6. Add glitter if you wish.

–Dana D. at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) 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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Video Love Bomb: Keith and Xander

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

A father-son love bomb for KDL. If it takes a turtle or three to make a life-long library supporter, then yes, we’ve got your turtles!

Drop a library love bomb: Upload a short video of your own to KDL’s Facebook page!

 


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Top Ten — eBooks

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Pack light for your next vacation, and still bring along a ton of reading material! Check out a virtual suitcase full of books from KDL’s eBook site.  And to see what others are downloading, take a look at this week’s Top Ten list.  These are the 10 most popular eBooks at KDL right now:

Top Ten eBooks 07-18-2014

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James Patterson Readalikes

Friday, July 18th, 2014

While you’re waiting for the #1 bestseller Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis, why not check out a book by these other popular suspense authors:

Rules of Prey by John SandfordLike Patterson, John Sandford writes hard-edged mystery suspense with strong language and graphically-portrayed violence. In Rules of Prey, Police Lt. Lucas Davenport find himself tracking a cunning serial killer who has created a terrifying game out of the murder of young women.

For a face-paced read alike with psychologicalThe Devil's Teardrop by Jeffery Deaver overtones, Jeffery Deaver‘s suspenseful book, The Devil’s Teardrop, will keep the pages turning. On New Year’s Eve 1999, Washington D. C. officials receive a threat. Unless they comply with his demands, an assassin will commit one terrorist attack in the city every four hours.

Suspense author Ridley Pearson’s books tend to be more thought-provoking than face-paced, but they share that same bleak outlook, series detectives, serial killers, graphic violence, and psychological insights that many readers of Patterson enjoy. In The Risk Agent two very different private investigators, Grace Chu and John Knox, must work together to find the kidnapped employee of an American company amid the chaos of Shanghai, China.

Sworn to Silence by Linda CastilloFor a more rural and romantic suspense novel with a similar bleak outlook, try Linda Castillo’s Amish Crime Thriller Series featuring police chief Kate Burkholder. In the first book, Sworn to Silence, Kate returns to her Ohio hometown only to find a serial killer from her past has struck again — only this time it’s up to her to stop him.

Jonathan Kellerman is called a “master of the psychological thriller” by People magazine. In Bones, Kellerman once again pulls his readers into a suspenseful, plot-twisting tale of serial murder and the unlikely duo who bring the killer to justice: Alex Delaware, a child psychologist, and Milo Sturgis, LAPD homicide detective.

 

 


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