Wow. Just, wow! More than 60 people entered our Share Your Library Story contest and boy, were their stories compelling. A family from Kenya who felt welcomed into their new community via visits to their KDL branch, a school library volunteer who uses KDL resources to serve students better and a number of Storytime families who gave shout-outs to their favorite librarians… just to name a few. We look forward to contacting some of those people and sharing their full library stories with you soon.
And oh, the randomly selected winner of the gift card from Schuler Books & Music is Kelly Mansfield of Caledonia!
Cardholders can always share their library stories with us by filling out the brief form here.
Check out this article written by the Grand Rapids Press Editorial Board about our upcoming millage. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! (And since we legally can’t say it, we are even more grateful!)
Summer is here and it’s time to move music outdoors! Explore the wonderful world around you and find music everywhere. Find a cool spot under a shady tree and listen to the wind blow through the leaves, the birds singing or the sounds of traffic. Do rhythm activities by tapping sticks on fences, garbage cans or sandbox toys. See if children can follow your lead when you count out a rhythm. Call and response songs are a great way to stimulate imagination and practice working with patterns. Try a few rounds of “Down By the Bay,” changing up the rhyme at the end to create silly and entertaining lyrics. Children repeat each line until the final rhyme.
“Down by the bay (repeat)
Where the watermelons grow (repeat)
Back to my home (repeat)
I dare not go (repeat)
For if I do (repeat)
My mother will say (repeat) Did you ever see a duck driving a truck
Down by the bay?”
Alternate the underlined words with other rhyming pairs such as a dog chasing a frog or a moose sipping some juice. Use the sights and sounds around you to make up the next line. Challenge your child to come up with sillier or more difficult rhymes. Having fun with words and sounds through singing is a great way to add to your child’s vocabulary and get them ready for reading.
–Sara M. at KDL’s 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.
KDL’s Local Indie collection highlights independently published works by local authors & artists. It’s a great way to discover new writers, musicians & filmmakers right in your own back yard.
I recently read Mind Your Own Business by local restaurateur Tommy Brann. He shares anecdotes and advice from more than 40 years in the business. Co-author Brian Van Ochten offers a “side dish” of personal insights in between each chapter.
Brann started out in his father’s restaurant & worked his way up the ladder from dishwasher to busboy to bartender. At age 19 he borrowed money from his dad & purchased his own restaurant, which eventually became a locally renowned chain. Now run by Tommy’s sons, the restaurants continue to be popular with Grand Rapids-area residents.
This book should resonate with anyone who has lived in West Michigan for any length of time. The anecdotes are interesting (and often amusing) and the advice provides basic, down-to-earth guidance and encouragement for anyone starting, or wanting to start, their own business.
What are the biggest health problems affecting your friends, family and community? What are your neighborhood’s strengths? Weaknesses? To answer these questions and others, Healthy Kent is asking people who live and work in Kent County to participate in the 2014 Community Health Survey.
The survey is available in English and Spanish. It takes between 10 and 15 minutes, and Healthy Kent will be collecting responses until September 2. Residents who answer the survey questions have the chance to win one of several prizes, including reusable grocery totes, water bottles or even one of two iPad minis.
¿Qué son las dificultades de salud más urgentes que están molestando a sus amigos, su familia y la comunidad? ¿Qué son los éxitos de su vecindario? ¿Sus debilidades? A contestar esas preguntas y más, Healthy Kent está pidiendo el apoyo de la gente que vive y trabaja en el condado de Kent, que llene un sondeo de Encuesta de Salud de la Comunidad Saludable de Kent del 2014.
El sondeo está disponible en inglés y español. Dura entre 10 y 15 minutos para completar y Healthy Kent va estar juntando las respuestas hasta el 2 de septiembre. Los residentes que hacen el sondeo tienen la oportunidad de ganar uno de varios premios, incluyendo unas bolsitas recicladas para ir de compras, botellas para agua o uno de dos iPad minis.
If you live in Kent County and have a child who will be 3 or 4 years old by October 1, take note: your little one might qualify for free preschool this fall. Thanks to state funding, county-wide collaboration and dozens of providers, more 3- and 4-year-olds will be enrolled in preschool for the 2014-15 school year.
Parents can call 616-447-2409 to see if they qualify; assistance is available in English and Spanish. The freepreschoolkent.org website will feature essential information as well.
“This is one of the best deals going in the state of Michigan,” said Judy Freeman, director of Great Start Collaborative for Kent County. “We anticipate thousands of inquiries, so parents should start calling now.”
Families qualify for free preschool based on their income or other factors such as special needs, foster care, or high risks. Guidelines vary based on the age of the child.
This Saturday, July 12, the Englehardt Branch will be open additional hours to serve those attending the Riverwalk Festival in Lowell. Instead of closing at 1:30 PM, the branch will be open from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM.
KDL is proud to be able to support this special community request. Stop by, cool off and enjoy all the library has to offer!