Posted by: Sheri
Due to weather and road conditions, all branches of KDL and the Service Center will be closed today, Tuesday, November 18. All programs are cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The deadline for submitting an entry to the second annual Write Michigan Short Story contest is November 30… so get writing! Opportunities like this don’t come around every day, so don’t miss out on this chance to get published and win money! With categories for youth, teen and adult, the entire family can participate.
See www.writemichigan.org for complete details.
The Beekeeping program scheduled for 6:30 PM tonight at the Comstock Park Branch has been canceled due to the weather. We hope to work with the presenter to reschedule. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The Herbal Holiday Gifts programs scheduled for 6:30 PM tonight at the Grandville Branch and 6:30 PM tomorrow night at the Wyoming Branch have been canceled by the presenter. The program at 6:30 PM on Thursday, November 20 at the Spencer Township Branch is still scheduled at this point. We hope to work with the presenter to reschedule, and if so, will contact those on the registration lists. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
There are many opportunities to watch a parade this time of year. Whether you visit a high school football game or catch a holiday parade, the booming rhythm of a big band can get your child excited about music and movement.
Try out different instruments at home, then get ready to march! Pots and pans make great simple drums. Take turns leading the band. Set the tempo with a drum and play along as you march around the room. Practice playing fast and slow, quiet and loud.
Little Pig Joins the Band by David Hyde Costello provides lots of marching band inspiration. Each member of Little Pig’s family finds a place in the band, but Little Pig just can’t seem to find an instrument that works for him. Then he discovers that the band needs a leader!
For more musical inspiration, try one of KDL’s many classical music CDs available for children.
— Sara M. at the 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.
A complete listing of events is below. Those that require registration are indicated as such in bold green lettering. Last year, events filled fast and the waiting lists went all the way around the building (virtually, of course), so sign up early! Click here to register for in-branch tastings.
Home Brewing 101
Edward Long from Siciliano’s Market and local home brewer Matt Ross outline the basics, including ingredients, equipment, process and everything else you need to get started.
Monday, December 8, 6:30 PM, Sand Lake/ Nelson Twp. Branch
Thursday, January 15, 6:00 PM, Byron Twp. Branch
Tuesday, January 20, 6:00 PM, Caledonia Twp. Branch
Thursday, January 22, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Tuesday, January 27, 6:30 PM, Tyrone Twp. Branch
Wednesday, February 11, 6:00 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, February 19, 6:30 PM, Comstock Park Branch
Rockford Brewing Company Tour
See how they make their signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan’s Irish Stout and Paradigm MPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Company, 12 E. Bridge St. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Tuesday, January 6, 6:30 PM, Rockford Brewing Company
Tuesday, February 10, 6:30 PM, Rockford Brewing Company
Beer Sampling with the Great American Brew Trail’s Amy Sherman
The energetic host of the popular television series will screen and discuss one of her favorite episodes and lead a tasting of four of the brewery’s signature beers. Pre-registration is required. Participants must be 21 or older to attend and each attendee must register separately. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Tuesday, January 13, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
(featuring Brewery Vivant) *NOTE: As of Monday, December 8, 2014, registration is full for this event, but please sign onto the waiting list in case of cancellations.
Tuesday, February 3, 6:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
(featuring Crankers Brewery)
Schmohz Brewery Tour
Learn how they make their signature beers such as Hopknocker Imperial IPA, Treasure Chest ESB and Bonecrusher Stout. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Schmohz Brewery, 2600 Patterson Ave. SE. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Wednesday, January 21, 7:00 PM, Schmohz Brewery
Beer Tasting with Pauly’s
Pauly’s brew guru Stacey Faba will share tastes of four of her favorite Michigan craft beers. She’ll explain how not to be intimidated by those mile-long brewery beer lists — and how in the world you choose. Pre-registration is required. Participants must be 21 or older and each attendee must register separately.
Wednesday, January 28, 6:00 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Osgood Brewing Tour
Get a “backstage pass” and see how they produce signature beers such as Sol Seeker Wheat, Journey IPA and Best Day Ever Double IPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Osgood Brewing, 4051 Chicago Dr. SW in Grandville. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Wednesday, January 28, 6:30 PM, Osgood Brewing
Thursday, February 12, 6:30 PM, Osgood Brewing
Wrap-up Party and Beer Release with Gravel Bottom Brewery
Learn all about how Gravel Bottom brews their beers, including KD aLe, which will be tapped for the first time that very night. Peruse their homebrew supply store and watch a homebrew demonstration. Don’t forget to show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting. Tour and talk will be held at the Gravel Bottom Brewery, 418 Ada Dr. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Wednesday, February 25, 6:30 PM, Gravel Bottom Brewery
Stir things up — take home a cookbook from KDL today! This week’s Top Ten presents 10 of the most popular titles in our Cooking section:
The namesake of our area, the Grand River, has been getting a lot of attention lately. Many groups and coalitions are in the midst of a planning process to restore the river to its original habitat and to rejuvenate the public areas surrounding it. This is an effort that affects more than just downtown GR, as these are spaces visited by people from the whole county and beyond. KDL residents interested in the Grand River might find the following books valuable:
Our Grand Journey by Jeff Alexander and Howard Meyerson
A contemporary paddle excursion along the whole length of the Grand River exploring its nature, people and communities.
The Grand (Rivers of Michigan Series) by Kit Lane
A look at the Grand River and how it’s been used throughout history, from Native Americans to modern kayakers.
The Story of Grand River by C. Donald Chrysler
A brief history of Michigan’s longest river published in celebration of the nation’s bicentennial.
And for those who simply love river stories of any kind, there are a number of classic great reads which feature a river as their focal point, so find a comfy seat and enjoy the cruise!
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
Classic Twain… join Huck and Jim as they escape down the Mississippi River.
The African Queen by C.S. Forester
C.S. Forester’s tale of adventure up the Ulanga River, made more famous by Bogart and Hepburn.
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s classic detective, investigates not one, but two murders while sailing down the Nile.
Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose.
Award winning historian Stephen Ambrose relays the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition, a non-fiction account that reads like fiction.
It’s time to read your way into the holiday spirit! Check out Library Journal’s Christmas Literary Escapes, written by our very own Melissa DeWild, Collection Development Manager at KDL. These holiday tales will have you wanting to pack up and visit a small town (or island) for Christmas. The settings are full of charm even when there’s a murderer on the loose, so settle in for another snowy season of crime and family get-togethers.