Krause Memorial Branch Closed

August 25th, 2014

Due to a power outage, the Krause Memorial Branch in Rockford will be closed for the rest of the day (Monday, August 25). We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to re-open for normal hours tomorrow.

Krause Memorial Branch

 


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Corny Crafting

August 24th, 2014

Corny CraftingPlay-Grow-Read

It’s August and local sweet corn is in season. Most children love eating corn on the cob and even enjoy helping to shuck ears of corn before dinner is prepared. Pulling off layers of husk and picking bits of corn silk off the cobs is great exercise for little fingers and hands. And speaking of corn, here is a wonderful sensory craft that you can make with cornstarch and shaving cream. Mom bloggers everywhere give glowing reviews of this dough’s silky texture. Playing with play dough is another great way to exercise hands and build fine motor skills. (Note: This sensory activity is messy and best done in the kitchen or outside.) Be sure to warn young children that this dough is not edible.

Materials

  • Cornstarch (2) 16 oz. boxes
  • Shaving Cream (one full can)

Directions

  1. Dump two boxes of corn starch into a plastic container.
  2. Add an entire container of white foam shaving cream.
  3. Let children mix the corn starch while an adult adds the shaving cream and be prepared with molds if desired.

To Use

Children can help mix the cornstarch with the shaving cream until a foamy dough forms. Have fun molding the dough with small plastic containers, bowls, or food storage containers.

Other Ideas

Buy a bag of dried corn and fill a large plastic bowl with the corn. Provide children with scoops, measuring spoons, and spoons to use while playing with the corn.

–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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Teen Film Workshops: Register Today

August 23rd, 2014

TeenFilmContestClick program titles to get details and to register, or call 616-784-2007. Space is limited. For grades 6-12.

Lighting & Sound: Filmmaking Tips & Tricks
Is tinny sound plaguing your movie? Are shadows overrunning your story? Then this two-hour interactive workshop is for you! Learn helpful tips and tricks to improve the lighting and sound of your no-budget or low-budget film. Take your film to the next level by discovering everyday household items you can use to enhance the quality of your film’s lighting and sound. Information about free or low-cost community filmmaking resources will also be provided.
Saturday, September 13, 1:00 – 3:00 PM Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Story! Adventures in Writing and Drawing Storyboards
During this two-hour workshop, learn the pre-production process that film and animation use to create awesome stories. We will take your creative thoughts, add structure and create simple drawings that will help you describe your ideas when you execute them as short films. No artistic experience needed, but it is helpful. This workshop is also a helpful introduction to KDL’s Teen Filmmaking Workshop (see below).
Saturday, October 11, 1:00 – 3:00 PMWyoming Branch

Teen Filmmaking Workshop
Do you have a passion for film? Not sure where or how to start? This fun-filled, full-day workshop will take you from camera-wielding novice to having a completely edited short film under your belt. In partnership with the Community Media Center, all filming and editing equipment will be provided for the day. Teens are encouraged to bring a story idea, storyboard, and/or a screenplay. This workshop is designed for, but not restricted to, teens who wish to create a film to submit to the Kent County Teen Film Festival. Lunch will be provided.
Saturday, October 18, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PMEast Grand Rapids Branch

Stop-Motion Animation Workshop
Love animation? Want to make your own animated films? Let loose your creativity at this fun-filled, half-day workshop by bringing found objects or 2D puppets to life. This hands-on experience will teach you the basics of stop-motion animation including adding sound elements. All technology and software is provided.
Saturday, November 15, 12:30 – 4:30 PMCascade Township Branch

 


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KDL Top Ten — Cooking for Kids

August 22nd, 2014

This week’s Top Ten plays show-and-tell with 10 of the most popular cookbooks in our COOKING KIDS collection! Grab one of these and share tasty food and the fun of cooking with your little ones today. And tell us, what are your children’s favorite foods to help with?

KDL Top Ten Cooking Kids 8-22-2014

 

 

 

 


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Borrow an iPad!

August 21st, 2014

ipad picInterested in trying out some of our digital offerings before buying your own tablet or eReader? Not sure how much you would use a tablet if you owned one? We can help you answer those questions with our Circulating iPad program.

KDL cardholders can check out an iPad, bring it home and use it for a full three weeks. You can personalize it with apps, photos, music, etc. Don’t forget to download a few books, music, magazines or movies with your library card from our digital collection. When you’re done, return the iPad and we will make sure it gets fully wiped and reset before lending it to the next person in line.

This service is branch-specific and is currently available at the Comstock Park and Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branches. It will be launching next Monday (August 25) at the Englehardt (Lowell) Branch as well, with more branches being added next year. Call or stop in the branch today for more information or to sign up!

 


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End of Summer Adult Booklists

August 21st, 2014

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Taking a final vacation before Summer wraps up and need something to read? We’ve got you covered! Check out links to some of the latest booklists available through Kent District Library:

A Middle Eastern woman lying down reading

 

 

 


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The Library Isn’t Open! What Do I Do?

August 20th, 2014

Have you ever wished you had a good book or magazine to read, a movie to watch or music to listen to, but the library is closed? Great news: KDL’s electronic library is open 24/7!

Here’s what you can get when the library’s doors are locked:

eBooks and eAudiobooks: KDL has over 20,000 eBook titles and over 7,000 eAudiobook titles in formats that work with Kindles, Nooks, tablets and other digital devices. Most books can even be read directly from your computer. The eBook library is here, and directions can be found here.

Movies: KDL offers free feature movies for all ages, documentaries, exercise videos, foreign films and TV shows on Hoopla. All are available for checkout to watch on your home computer, or on the Hoopla app on your tablet or smartphone. More information can be found here, or watch this helpful video.

Music: Did you know that you can download and keep three free songs every week by using Freegal? All kinds of music is available, from rock & country to classical & folk. All you need is your KDL library card! Directions can be found here.

Magazines: Read current and past issues of popular magazines on your tablet, smartphone or computer with Zinio. Follow the directions to register, then download as many magazines as you want. Directions can be found here.

Have fun exploring these wonderful resources available with your Kent District Library card. Stop in at a KDL branch (while we’re open) for help and directions, or submit a help request here. You can also call during library hours.

 


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Fall 2014 KDL Kaleidoscope

August 19th, 2014

The Fall 2014 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope program guide is now available online, and printed copies will be available soon at your local branch library. You’ll find all you need to know about fall programs and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations.

It’s sure to be an exciting season at KDL, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Check out the KDL Kaleidoscope today!

Fall 2014 Kaleidoscope

 


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MelCat Unavailable Tuesday, August 19

August 18th, 2014

Update: As of 4:00 PM (Tuesday, August 19), access to MeLCat has been restored. Thanks for your patience.

MeLCat, the service that allows KDL cardholders to request items from libraries around the state, will be unavailable for several hours starting at 1:00 PM tomorrow (Tuesday, August 19) to perform a software upgrade. Placing requests and renewing MeLCat items will not be possible during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 


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Author Billie Letts Dies At Age 76

August 16th, 2014

billielettsBillie Letts, author of the Oprah Winfrey-picked “Where The Heart Is,” died August 3rd at the age of 76. Ms. Letts didn’t start writing until she was in her 50s after teaching English for two decades. Her first book went on to be a bestseller and was made into a movie, partially thanks to Oprah’s endorsement.

Billie Letts’ later works included “The Honk and Holler Opening Soon” in 1998, “Shoot the Moon” in 2004 and “Made in the U.S.A.” in 2008.

 

 


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