Archive for June, 2014

Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Go! Go! Go! Stop!”

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Go Go Go StopGo! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper

When Little Green rolls into town and says his first word, “go,” the construction site really gets moving! What happens when all the vehicles go, go, go at the same time? Who will say a word to slow things down? This bright and cheerful picture book shows the power of a single word and illustrates what it means to work cooperatively. Point to and name the letters in the words “go” and “stop” as they are repeated in the story, and ask your child to do the same. What would happen if vehicles on the street didn’t obey these signals? Play a game of “Stop and Go” together outside and take turns being the “traffic signal.” Talking and playing both build vocabulary and are great ways to get your child ready to read!

– Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield 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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Video Library Love Bomb: Miss Barb

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Byron Township Branch youth librarian Barb DeYoung explains why her job is the absolute best one in the whole entire planetary universe. Ever.

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


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KDL Top Ten — Juvenile Fiction

Friday, June 27th, 2014

This week’s Top Ten looks at the 10 most popular books in our Juvenile Fiction collection! Did any of your favorite books or characters make the list? If so, which ones are the best and why? If not, what books do you think other kids will love?

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New Teen Booklists for Summer Reading

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Looking for something new or different to read this summer?  Check out some of these great new booklists.

Love John Green’s books but waiting for your hold? Try these If You Like John Green suggestions. Another popular series this summer is Divergent by Veronica Roth. If you have read all three books in the series and are looking for more, try If You Like Divergent or Dystopian Fiction for Teens booklists. Still not the right list?  How about Action & Suspense books.

All these lists have some great suggestions to really Ignite Your Summer Reading!

nicknorah     deliruim    houseofscorpion    steelheart

 


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Da Na Na Na Na Na Na Na… Batman

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

 

 

Tim Burton’s rendition of Batman was released on June 23, 1989 starring Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as the Joker. The movie was a huge success, making $100 million in the first 10 days — a summer blockbuster that year. It was so successful they decided to make a sequel called Batman Returns.

KDL has the DVD version of Tim Burton’s Batman and many other Batman-related books and materials including the newer Batman DVDs starring Christian Bale, such as Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises. So if you are like me and you just cannot get enough Batman, be sure to place a couple holds.

 


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New Adult Booklists for Summer Reading

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

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Plenty of new booklists for adults are here to enjoy throughout Summer Reading @ KDL. Check out the links below to see what titles are available:

To find other great booklists from Kent District Library, click on the Books and More link on the top of the library’s website.

 


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Starry Sky Craft

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Play-Grow-ReadOne of the joys of summer in West Michigan is experiencing the great outdoors. It gets dark later here on the Western edge of the Eastern time zone, but if little ones manage to stay up after dark they have a wonderful opportunity to learn about the beauty of the night sky. Talk about the concepts of day and night with your child. Observe the phases of the moon and the patterns of constellations. Can you can find the Big Dipper in the night sky? Check out a book about stars from the library such as Stars by Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee or Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations by Jacqueline Mitton. When you are finished learning about the night sky, challenge children to make their own constellations using the materials below.

Materials

  • glow-in-the-dark star stickers or foil star stickers
  • black paper
  • white colored pencil or white chalk
  • mini marshmallows
  • toothpicks

Directions

  1. Arrange the star stickers on the black paper to form a pattern.
  2. Use the chalk or colored pencil to connect the stars to form a constellation.
  3. Use the marshmallows as stars and connect them together with the toothpicks to form a constellation.
  4. Name your constellation and make up a story about how the constellation formed.

 –Anjie G. at KDL’s Walker 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 Library Love Bombs: Julie and Katie

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Julie and her daughter Katie are ginormous fans of KDL. The awesome pair kicked it news-style recently while at the Comstock Park Branch to proclaim their love for all things library. What’s your library story? Upload a short video of your own to our Facebook page!

 


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Michigan Thumbs Up! Announces Winners

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

eleanoraparkThe votes have been tallied and a winner has been selected for the annual Michigan Thumbs Up! Award.  The winner of the 2014 Thumbs Up! Award goes to Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell!  This touching coming-of-age novel features two misfit teens who develop a friendship and love despite the challenges of peer pressure and family.

Three honor books were selected as well:

forgivemeleonard      farfaraway      outoftheeasy


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KDL Top Ten — Canning and Preserving

Friday, June 20th, 2014

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This week’s Top Ten gives you a taste of KDL’s hottest books on canning and preserving. Our COOKING CAN Nonfiction section is full of wonderful resources for all experience levels. And if you’re interested in this booklist, don’t miss one of our classes on The Art and Science of Canning!

 


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