Early Lit Bits: App Review – Beck and Bo

September 7th, 2014

Have fun and explore while playing Beck and Bo. This attractive and well-designed app will stimulate your child’s creativity and logic skills.  Drag-and-drop items as you build a scene and move the characters “Beck” and “Bo” around on their different adventures. When all items are correctly placed, players are rewarded with a virtual “album” where they can hear and see the names of the objects in the scenes. This app is not only fun to play, but also helps teach cause and effect, association skills and creative thinking. Play together as you explore the ocean, go to the store, travel on a safari and more! This app is available for both Apple and Android devices for $2.99.

— 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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KDL on WGVU Radio — KDL Uncorked

September 6th, 2014

KDL Uncorked WGVUEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Communications Assistant Morgan Jarema and Stacey Faba from Pauly’s in Lowell talk about KDL Uncorked, a series of free winemaking and tasting programs held at various KDL branches, as well as discounted winery tours and tastings. Enjoy!


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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)


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KDL Top Ten — Most Popular Items

September 5th, 2014

Tell us: What’s the best book you’ve read or movie you’ve watched this summer? And while you’re here, take a look at this week’s Top Ten! These are ten of the most popular items right now at KDL:

KDL Top Ten Most Popular 9-5-2014

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Classes for Parents and Caregivers

September 5th, 2014

ECE classesParents and caregivers of children are invited to participate in free Early Childhood Essentials classes at KDL this fall. If you have young children or work in child care and need professional development hours, this series is for you. All of the presenters are certified and vetted through Great Start. The classes are for adults, and child care is not provided.

Registration is required and participation is limited. Sign up today by clicking on the links below or calling our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007. If you register and then are unable to attend, please call and let us know, as many sessions have waiting lists.

Communicating with Respect
Thursday, September 11, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch

Appropriate Technology with Young Children
Saturday, September 13, 10:00 AM, Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, November 8, 10:00 AM, Caledonia Township Branch

Selective Screen Time
Saturday, September 13, 11:30 AM, Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, November 8, 11:30 AM, Caledonia Township Branch

Moral Development and Fostering Goodness
Monday, September 15, 6:00 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, September 18, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, October 7, 6:30 PM, Walker Branch

Getting Ready to Write For 3–5-Year-Olds
Monday, September 22, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Journaling with Young Children
Saturday, September 27, 10:00 AM, East Grand Rapids Branch

Sugar Shock
Monday, September 29, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch

Let’s Go Outside!
Tuesday, September 30, 6:30 PM, Caledonia Township Branch

Stress Less with Mindfulness
Thursday, October 2, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch

Money and Economic Skills for Preschoolers
Monday, October 6, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, November 3, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch

Picky Eating
Thursday, October 16, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch

Visualizing and Verbalizing Daily Experiences
Monday, October 20, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch

Discipline with Fewer Tears
Monday, November 10, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, November 13, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 PM, Walker Branch


Branch locations can be found here.


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Get Creative!

September 4th, 2014

Check out these programs that are sure to get your creative juices flowing!

3doodler3Doodler Dream It, Draw It
Have you ever wished your drawings could come to life? Now they can! With the use of the 3Doodler, create simple 3D objects from your own imagination or use some of the provided stencils. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. For all ages.

Thursday, September 11, 6:00 PM, Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, September 25, 4:00 PM, Alto Branch
Wednesday, October 8, 4:00 PM, Gaines Township Branch
Tuesday, October 14, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch
Tuesday, November 11, 6:30 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, November 15, 2:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 AM, Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch


Get Revved UpGet Revved Up
Interested in cars? Want to learn how an engine works? Create your own rubber band car, help us build an engine model and even design a sketch of your own style of car or truck. For all ages.

Sunday, September 14, 2:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, September 18, 6:30 PM, Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, September 27, 10:30 AM, Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch
Saturday, October 4, 10:30 AM, Alto Branch
Saturday, October 11, 10:30 AM, Alpine Township Branch
Saturday, November 8, 2:00 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, November 29, 2:00 PM, Comstock Park Branch


Branch locations can be found here.


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Michigan Reads Celebration

September 4th, 2014

acoustic roosterCelebrate the 2014 Michigan Reads book, Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band by Kwame Alexander, with crafts and activities. For ages 6 and younger.

Saturday, September 13, 10:00 AM,
Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Tuesday, September 16, 10:30 AM,
Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 PM, Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, September 17, 10:30 AM, Comstock Park Branch
Monday, September 22, 10:30 AM, Alto Branch
Tuesday, September 30, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM,
Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, October 1, 10:00 AM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, October 2, 10:00 AM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Sunday, October 19, 2:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch
Thursday, November 6, 10:00 AM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, November 8, 10:30 AM, Gaines Township Branch
Monday, November 10, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 11, 1:00 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 10:00 AM, Alpine Township Branch
Wednesday, November 19, 10:00 AM, Caledonia Township Branch

Branch locations can be found here.



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New Adult Booklists!

September 3rd, 2014

Adult Booklists logo-page-0Plenty of places to find a great book to read this fall:

To view other booklists prepared by Kent District Library, be sure to check out the KDL Recommends section of our website.

Studying college students



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Movie and Discussion Time!

September 3rd, 2014

The Plainfield Township Branch would like to invite all interested adults to come to a special screening of the film “Friday Night Lights” on Saturday, October 4, with pizza served at 12:30 PM and the film beginning at 1:00 PM. After our viewing, we will hold a discussion of the film and some of the themes explored. The movie, originally released in 2004, is based on the nonfiction book by H.G. Bissinger that was published in 1990. The story centers on a small town in Texas where high school football is the reigning passion, and the players are the heroes of the town. Here is a description:

Odessa is an oil town in the western part of Texas that is home to the Permian High School Panthers, the football team with the best winning record. The city’s economy is in a tailspin, but football is the one thing that brings all the people of Odessa together, and on Friday nights, as many as 20,000 people fill Permian’s football stadium to watch Coach Gary Gaines lead the team to victory. And in Odessa, a football victory is prized above all else. The players ponder the fact that a championship season can be as much a burden as a triumph.

The movie also spawned a popular television series, which ran for five seasons.

Though we will be discussing the movie and not the book (or the TV series), we encourage anyone attending to read the book ahead of time if they’d like and bring whatever questions or comments they’ve gleaned from it to our discussion.


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

September 2nd, 2014

Fall 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 October classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Using It and Loving It!
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics & More
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Online Research: Genealogy Research I & II
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I & II
  • Career Transitions Workshop: LinkedIn Boot Camp
  • 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):

  • October classes: Registration begins Tuesday, September 2 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, September 8 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • November classes: Registration begins Monday, October 6 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, October 13 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.

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Write Michigan Contest Kicks Off Today!

September 2nd, 2014


Short story writers, grab your laptops for the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, presented by Kent District Library, Herrick District Library and Schuler Books & Music. Entries are accepted now through Sunday, November 30. Writers of all ages can enter, with cash prizes awarded for Readers’ Choice and Judges’ Choice. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.

Enhance your writing skills by attending one of the short story workshops being offered for adults, teens and children.

Learn more, including complete contest guidelines, by visiting the Write Michigan website.

We can’t wait to read your story!

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