Got a Soon-to-Be Preschooler? Read This

July 9th, 2014

free_preschool_graphic_20140527_124458_2If 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.

 

 


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Englehardt Branch: Extended Hours Saturday

July 9th, 2014

EnglehardtThis 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!

 


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Video Love Bomb: Amanda

July 8th, 2014

Amanda, a voracious user of KDL’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped materials and services, says listening to audiobooks has helped her own writing tremendously:

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

 


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More Ways to Experience Summer!

July 8th, 2014

Have you already completed your 30 days of reading for this summer? Don’t worry – there is much more to do, read and experience! With KDL’s Experience Summer Online anyone can complete activities, read books and attend library programs for more chances to win prizes. This is the perfect program for those who finish the traditional program early or just want some more fun summer reading options. Go to Experience Summer Online to get started!

Ignite Happiness: Summer Reading @ KDL

Ignite Happiness: Summer Reading @ KDL

 


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CONTEST: One Week Left to Enter

July 7th, 2014

Share Your StoryClick here and fill out the form by July 14 to tell us about all the ways you use and benefit from the card with the greatest rewards on the planet: your KDL card.

You’ll be entered for the chance to win a $25 gift card from Schuler Books & Music and could be featured in an article about your loving-us-ness on our website and in our seasonal program guide.

 

 

 

 


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Free Computer Classes

July 7th, 2014

Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our August classes:

  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Digital Audiobook and Music Marketing
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required and will begin the month before the scheduled classes on the first Monday of each month for KDL cardholders and the second Monday for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available):

  • August classes: Registration begins Monday, July 7 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, July 14 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Comstock Park Branch Closing at Noon

July 7th, 2014

Comstock Park

UPDATE: Power has been restored, so the Comstock Park Branch has re-opened for the remainder of the day!

Due to a power outage, the Comstock Park Branch will be closing at Noon today (Monday, July 7). They hope to reopen at the normal time tomorrow.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

 

 


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Today: Last Day to Register to Vote

July 7th, 2014

Michigan Voter Information CenterIf you plan to vote in the August 5 primary (which includes a KDL millage proposal), TODAY is the last day to register.

Check if you are registered and find additional voting information at www.michigan.gov/vote.

To find out more about the KDL millage, visit www.kdl.org/millage.

 


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — Mother Goose on the Loose

July 6th, 2014

Mother Goose on the LooseWith the Mother Goose on the Loose app users can interact with and listen to classic nursery rhymes and songs. Mother Goose nursery rhymes are a great way to help kids learn to rhyme (a skill that is needed for learning to read). This app can help add even more fun to traditional rhymes. The simple and colorful format engages kids and lets them move the pieces around on a virtual flannel board. Listen to the rhyme or song, play with the “flannel” pieces and tap the sound effect buttons along to the beat of Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Hickory Dickory Dock, Jack and Jill and more! Sing and play with your child as you listen to this free app available from the Apple app store.

– Julie R. at KDL’s Caledonia 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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Author Walter Dean Myers Has Died at Age 76

July 5th, 2014

Well-known young adult author Walter Dean Myers died Tuesday after a brief illness.  He is the author of more than 100 books for children and teens and has been praised for his realistic writing of African American youth usually in an urban setting.  Walter Dean Myers was the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton award for Lifetime Achievement.  His books also received a number of literary awards including Monster which won the Printz award and Scorpions and Somewhere in the Darkness which both won the Newbery Honor award in 1989 and 1993 respectively.

“I write books for the troubled boy I once was and for the boy who lives inside me still.”

 


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