Early Lit Bits: Games and Activities

January 25th, 2015

Play-Grow-ReadSave money and stir up some fun at the same time by making your own Slimey Putty and Moon Sand with these printable craft recipe cards featured on KDL’s Play-Grow-Read site.

 


 

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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Not Just A Pretty Face

January 24th, 2015

Did you know your favorite celebrity may have written a novel or two?

Here’s a list of popular people usually seen on the cover of People magazine with a published fiction book on their credits. If you know of any more, feel free to add them in the comments…

Click on the image to go to the KDL catalog and place a hold on one of their books.

Ethan HawkeLauren ConradJames Franco

Ethan Hawke                              Lauren Conrad                        James Franco

Tyra BanksHugh-LaurieMolly-Ringwald

Tyra Banks                                       Hugh Laurie                         Molly Ringwald

Damon_WayansNicole-Richie

Damon Wayans, Sr.                           Nichole Richie


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New ScienceFlix Learning Resource for Kids

January 24th, 2015

ScienceFlixWe are pleased to offer a new online resource just for kids — ScienceFlix from children’s publisher Scholastic!

You may already be familiar with two related products from Scholastic: BookFlix, which pairs fictional video storybooks with nonfiction eBooks, and TrueFlix, which uses interactive nonfiction books to help hone literacy skills and build subject-area knowledge. ScienceFlix focuses in on engaging subject-area science, technology and engineering content for students in grades 4-9.

ScienceFlix

Each of the 30 multimedia units are aligned to science curriculum standards and feature:

  • Engaging videos to build background knowledge and introduce vocabulary
  • Articles written at three reading levels to ensure comprehension and build content knowledge
  • Project and experiment ideas
  • News stories with study guides
  • Careers section to inspire budding scientists
  • Multimedia including interactive timelines, slideshows, videos and more
  • Editorially vetted and safe links to websites on related content for further learning

There are also Teacher Resources available, such as lesson plans, project ideas, quizzes, videos and media galleries.

Try it out today!

 


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“Seventh Son” Movie Premiere

January 23rd, 2015

Seventh Son MovieWalk the red carpet at Celebration! Cinema North (2121 Celebration Dr. NE)! Purchase tickets today to attend the premiere of Seventh Son, the amazing movie based on Joseph Delaney’s “Last Apprentice” series. The event will take place at 6:30 PM on Friday, February 6. Tickets are $15 and include movie admission, popcorn and a drink. We are throwing in cupcakes and some awesome prize drawings!

There’s more! A green-screen will be set up and guests can have their picture taken in a scene related to the movie. They’ll even be able to take home a 5×7 print. Also, Joseph Delaney himself will welcome our guests via a pre-recorded message shown on the big screen.

Purchase tickets at celebrationcinema.com/KDL. The movie is rated PG-13 and this event is for tweens, teens and their families. We hope to see you there!


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2015 Oscar Nominations

January 21st, 2015

oscar.jpgThe 2015 Oscar nominations have finally been announced and to the surprise of nobody here at KDL, there are quite a few nominations based on books.  In fact, six of the eight best picture nominations are either based on books or are book related:

The two other best picture nominations are Boyhood and Selma.

What did you think of the best picture nominations?  Which movies were snubbed?

Click here for a listing of all of the Oscar nominations.

 


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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: Sign Up Today!

January 20th, 2015

1KB4KWe are thrilled to present 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KB4K) at all 18 KDL branches! Every child in your family can participate, from infant up to Kindergarten.

Does reading 1,000 books seem totally overwhelming? We promise, it’s not as hard as you think! It’s simple, fun and we’ll help you get there!
3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books
1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 books

Visit your local branch to get signed up. Your kids will have a great time earning their stickers and adding their name to our Wall of Fame! They can even earn their very own canvas book bag!

Visit the 1KB4K webpage to learn more.

 


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The Muscle Shoals Story

January 19th, 2015

If you are a fan of the classic rock or R & B music of the last 50 years or more, there’s a good chance you will love the new documentary Muscle Shoals: The Incredible True Story of a Small Town with a Big Sound. Centering on a town—Muscle Shoals, Alabama—and a man—producer Rick Hall—the movie takes us through the golden years of music that was, incredibly, recorded in a small town, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, but, to be more exact, the far northwest corner of Alabama, a place unto itself but in the same region as those famous centers of music, Nashville and Memphis.

That sense of place is important, as the film makes clear, and it has no doubt contributed, in some mysterious way, to the amazing production of music there, with artists ranging from Wilson Pickett to Aretha Franklin to Alicia Keys. Director Greg Camalier uses archival footage and photos and a wide gamut of music to tell us how Rick Hall (see photo), overcoming several tragedies in his personal life, including poverty and death and, starting humbly with a small studio, went on to record the giants of popular music. But he didn’t do it alone—he had the amazing help of The Swampers, a group of white, Alabama-born musicians who very often surprised the African-American singers they were backing with the talent and harmony they found with the singers. We learn all this through the words of Hall and his musicians, but also through interviews with a number of the great singers who recorded there, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Clarence Carter, as well as Steve Winwood and Bono.

“Muscle Shoals” inspires the viewer both in the presentation of some great music, but also in its celebration of how that music, in many different ways, can bring people together, can chase away sorrows and even bridge long-held racial divides. It shines a bright light on yet another hidden corner of the cultural landscape of America.

 


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Early Lit Bits: Booklists

January 18th, 2015

Cool Picture Books: Our Youth Staff Love these Books; Your Kids Will Too!

 

 


 

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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New Zinio Magazines Available

January 16th, 2015

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Our Zinio digital magazine service now has even more of your favorite titles! We’ve added subscriptions to the following new magazines that you can download and enjoy for FREE on your computer or mobile device:

 

Allrecipes Better Homes and Gardens The Economist HGTV Magazine

The New Yorker Parents Vanity Fair Vanity Fair

Click here to view a complete list of all titles offered through Zinio.

 

Happy Downloading!

 


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New Year, New Teen Books

January 15th, 2015

firefightAfter a lack of really super great teen reads last year, I am looking forward to 2015 books!  My favorite book of 2013 was Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson so I am THRILLED that the sequel, Firefight, is out!  I actually re-read Steelheart so I am really excited to see where the next book takes us.  I feel like it might be a different type of book since there were some great reveals at the end of the first book which should change the way the main character, David, and the Reckoners function as a team.darkestpart

Another book that should be on everyone’s reading list is Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of The Forest.  This beautifully crafted book just came out and really showcases how great Holly Black is at world building.  Siblings Hazel and Ben are just so different and how they interact with each and the boy who sleeps in the glass coffin feels so real.  The book reads like a fairy tale but features a strong female, Hazel, as a knight.  Plus the cover is gorgeous!

 

 


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