Archive for March, 2014

Like Children’s Musicals? See One for FREE

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Junie B JonesFrom today until they are gone, KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Plainfield Township and Wyoming branches for the dress rehearsal of Junie B. Jones on Thursday, April 17, 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (30 N. Division Ave.) All dress rehearsals are general seating and vouchers must be redeemed for an admission ticket (redeem on dress night only). Vouchers do not guarantee a seat as dress rehearsals also include open admission sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM.

We have 75 vouchers total. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Go!

To help you get in the mood for the show, look here for Junie B. Jones materials to check out at KDL.

P.S: If you do get vouchers and find you cannot use them, please return them to any KDL branch, as there is always high demand.grct logo




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Early Lit Bits: App Review — Hideout: Early Reading

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

HideoutHideout: Early Reading  is an app that helps kids learn to read through emphasizing letter sounds and word repetition. It also has catchy music and engagingly simple games to help keep users interested as they play. When playing, you have the option to choose a word ending and then play with the words in that “family.” Through activities such as popping kernels, breaking rocks or helping pets, words and sounds are reinforced as you blend them together to do the activities and read the sentences. Read and play together with your child while using this free app available from the Apple app store.

— 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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KDL Top Ten — Gardening Books

Friday, March 28th, 2014

This week’s Top Ten tills it like it is:  You’re one mowtivated bunch, KDL!  Here are the most popular books this month in our Garden section:

Top Ten Gardening 03-28-2014

And if this list makes you happy, check out information on our new Seed Library!

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Great Booklists for Teens and Tweens

Friday, March 28th, 2014

In case you missed any, KDL has a booklist for the Best Teen Books of 2014.  This includes a variety of stand-alones as well as series books, including The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black and This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.  There is also a Great Books for Tweens list which includes Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein.

And not to leave out the artists, KDL has a booklist featuring Drawing Books for Teens which features superhero and manga art!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown       Out of My Mind        How to Draw Superheroes


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Great Reads for Spring Break!

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Cool Books for Teens at Carver County Library

Spring Break is coming soon!!

Get ready by checking out some of the best teen books of 2014!

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Great Cottage Reads

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

cottageThe Cottage and Lakefront Living Show is coming to the DeVos Place March 28–30. Since so many of you will be thinking about your upcoming trips to the lake, we wanted to recommend some books to take along. We have created a list of Books for the Cottage, perfect for reading with your feet in the sand!



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Sonia Nazario Discussion

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Monday night, the members of Kent District Library’s Goodreads Group were privileged to chat online with author Sonia Nazario. Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey, talked about the human face of immigration policy. Visit the group to read her comments. We all look forward to her visit to the Wyoming branch on Monday, March 31 at 6:30 PM.

Sonia Nazario                       Enrique's Journey


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New Teen Booklists For Manga and Graphic Novel Readers

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

If you LOVE Graphic Novels & Manga, look no farther!  KDL has some great booklists for newbies or if you are just looking for something different.  Teen graphic novels are about More Than Just Superheoes.  Check out other great graphic novels like Drama by Raina Telgemeier.  If you enjoy Manga series, check out the Manga series booklist featuring Black Butler and other great series.  And don’t forget that we also have Anime movies for you to enjoy!

drama      blackbutler      fullmetal


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KDL on WJRW — Melissa DeWild

Monday, March 24th, 2014

WJRWRecently, we announced that our Collection Development Manager Melissa DeWild won a national award from Library Journal. This morning, Melissa went on WJRW to talk about her award, career and exciting library projects she is working on.


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Say Hello Like This”

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Say Hello Like ThisSay Hello Like This! by Mary Murphy

Dogs, cats, chickens and even donkeys have their own way of saying “hello” in this colorful picture book. Each page has a half-flap to lift, revealing how animals greet one another in their special way. Ask your child which animal has the funniest hello, and pretend you are that animal. Can you think of an animal not pictured in the book that says hello in a unique way? Playing pretend is a great way to practice language skills and gets your child ready to read!

— Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield 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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