Early Lit Bits: KDLville Spotlight

March 1st, 2015

There’s always something new in KDLville!

Changing activities often keeps our early literacy play areas fresh and interesting for our regular visitors, but some favorite activities are available year round. This beloved Thomas the Tank Engine train table is a regular fixture at the 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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Parents of Teens: Read This!

February 27th, 2015

successful teensParents of teens, we get it. This is a stressful time in your teen’s life… and yours too. You wonder if they will be ready to leave the nest and soar. This spring, we are offering two programs for teens that will help you (and them) feel more confident in their future success.

Conquering the ACT
Each ACT subject has unique characteristics that draw upon various skills. Learn those characteristics and gain confidence in your ability to apply specific approaches for effective test-taking. This class includes an overview of what the ACT is and how it’s used by colleges, strategies for approaching its different subjects, practice problems in each subject area and test-taking tips. Parents and other adults are encouraged to attend with their teen. Presented by the Grand Rapids Learning Foundation.  Pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, March 11, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 PM, Grandville Branch
Wednesday, March 25, 6:00 PM, Wyoming Branch

 

Just Hired! A Job Search Workshop for Teens
If you’re looking for a job, this fun, interactive workshop is just the thing for you! You’ll learn how to fill out applications, prepare for interviews and communicate your strengths to future employers. Pre-registration is required. For teens ages 14 to 18.

Thursday, March 19, 6:00 PM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Wednesday, April 22, 6:00 PM, Wyoming Branch

Branch locations can be found here.


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Survival Adventures

February 26th, 2015

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in the Special Forces? Do you think you would like to chase storms? Try reading the Can You Survive interactive adventures books. This junior level series, written by various authors, offers readers the chance to choose what happens next in the story. Take care when making your choices as they could lead you to safety or doom! With titles like Can You Survive the Desert?, Can You Survive Being Lost at Sea? and Can You Survive Antarctica?, there is sure to be a storyline that will pique your interest. Place a hold or stop in and check one out today!

  


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Teen Mysteries

February 25th, 2015

allfalldownSometimes it can be harder to find teen mysteries, so I was pleased when Ally Carter released the start of a new mystery series, All Fall Down.  Her Gallagher Girls series kept on getting better with each book and All Fall Down was a great start.

Grace is an army brat and also the granddaughter of a very powerful ambassador, where she spent summers running around the embassy. But now that Grace’s mother has died, her father sends her to live with her grandfather, and Grace isn’t willing to let the mystery of her mother’s death be classified as a tragic accident.

ghostflowerMichele Jaffe has written a number of mysteries as well, but I recently read Ghost Flower and really enjoyed it!

Runaway Eve likes to keep a low profile, but she gets drawn into a scheme to impersonate an heiress that had gone missing so the cousins can split the inheritance.  But not everything is as it seems at first, and Eve is starting to to question everything about herself and the family she is drawn into.

 

 


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Spencer Twp. Branch Closing at 5:30 PM Feb. 24

February 24th, 2015

Spencer Township BranchDue to dangerous local driving conditions, the Spencer Township Branch will be closing at 5:30 PM tonight (Tuesday, February 24). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Currently, all other KDL branches will remain open for normal hours tonight.

 

 

 

 


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Coffee and Tea Programs @ KDL

February 24th, 2015

kdlCaffeinatedLogo_webWe’re headed into another season of unique adult programming. Up next: KDL Caffeinated, where we bring in (or visit) some of the area’s leading experts on hot things steeped, roasted, brewed and sipped.
Programs requiring registration are indicated in blue. Click on the program’s title to register.

Coffee Brewing and Tasting
Sam Grainger of Rowster Coffee will show you how to brew the perfect cup. Taste locally roasted coffees, discover some unique ways to brew and become an expert. Pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, March 3, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Monday, March 9, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, March 23, 6:30 PM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Monday, April 13, 6:30 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 PM, Grandville Branch
Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 PM, Wyoming Branch

 

Essential Bean Coffee & Pub Coffee Tasting
Discover the best tasting beans in town by comparing different types from area micro-roasters. Justin Nichols, owner of the state’s first coffee shop and brewery, will present a variety of coffees for tasting. Program will be held at Essential Bean Coffee and Pub (8980 North Rodgers Court in Caledonia) for a taste tour of local coffee and methods for pairing coffee and beer. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Saturday, March 21, 2:00 PM

 

Clique Coffee Bar Espresso Tasting
Experience an Italian tradition. Coffee experts will demonstrate how to prepare, drink and enjoy traditional European espresso drinks like macchiatos, cortados and cappuccinos. The presentation and coffee will be held at Clique Coffee Bar, 1600 East Beltline Ave. NE in Grand Rapids.

Saturday, April 18, 2:00 PM

 

Experiencing Tea the Teavana Way
Explore delicious types of tea for brewing. Learn the appropriate way to brew, store and enjoy with Joseph Weis, general manager of the Woodland Mall location. Pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 PM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch

 

Madcap Coffee Company: From Seed to Cup
Great coffee doesn’t just happen. Learn where the qualities of coffee originate, and how to brew to its full potential at this workshop taught by the industry leaders. Experience coffees from different regions and multiple brew methods. No experience required. Come curious and thirsty! Event will be held at Madcap Coffee Company, 98 Monroe St . Grand Rapids.

Sunday, May 3, 3:00 PM

 

An Introduction to Tea
Bob Schultz of the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education will instruct on the proper way to brew tea and follow up with guided tastings of varieties of both green and black teas. Sponsored by the Friends of the Alto Library.

Thursday, May 7, 6:30 PM, Alto Branch

 

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters Tour
Learn about coffee beans and the steps that lead to a perfect cup. See the process of roasting up close and complete the experience by drinking coffee in the atmosphere of a 100-year-old brick factory building. Demonstration and talk will be held at Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, 1111 Godfrey Ave. SW.

Saturday, May 23, 3:00 PM

 


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Women & Money Matters Program Cancelled

February 24th, 2015

The “Women and Money Matters” program scheduled to take place at the Tyrone Township Branch tonight (Tuesday, February 24)  at 6:30 PM has been cancelled due to weather conditions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Currently, all other programs taking place tonight will be held as scheduled.

 

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Early Lit Bits: Games and Activities

February 22nd, 2015

Use Your Cents!

Introduce your child to three-dimensional art using low or no-cost supplies from local recycling centers. This “secret garden” made with materials from Learning From Scratch is constructed of mesh, formica samples, wire and yarn. The materials cost a only few pennies. Working with craft materials provides children with important sensory experience and helps them develop fine motor skills.

 

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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Rediscover Laura Ingalls Wilder

February 21st, 2015

February 7, 2015 marked the 148th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder. For adults longing to rediscover the Laura Ingalls Wilder they fell in love with as a child, a couple of recently published books might be just the key!

Ppioneerioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Wilder was recently released in November and is already into it’s third printing. This wildly popular book, written for an adult audience, presents Wilder’s unedited and unpublished draft of her autobiography, which eventually served as the foundation for her popular Little House on the Prairie series.

The book explores the history of the frontier that the Ingalls family traveled and the culture and life of the communities they lived in. The book features over 100 images, eight fully researched maps and hundreds of annotations based on census data and records, newspapers of the period and other primary documents.

 

Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen is a fun, fictional read. pioneergirlPhD graduate Lee Lien explores the tenuous connection between her ancestors and the famous pioneer author after she discovers a family heirloom that her mother may have received from Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her discoveries send her on a trail of clues that lead to fateful encounters along the way.

 

If reading a book doesn’t really fit into your schedule right now, HarperCollins has recently released a great list of 10 Life Lessons from Laura Ingalls Wilder.


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“The Trip” Goes On…

February 20th, 2015

The Trip to Italy,” like its predecessor “The Trip,” is a hilarious, meandering, essentially plotless movie that nevertheless captivates simply by the skill of its lead players. Starring two British actors (Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan) who are nowhere near as famous here as they are in the UK, the second movie simply takes the format of the first and transplants it to Italy.

For those who haven’t seen the first movie, here’s the set-up: Steve calls Rob at the last minute to accompany him on a trip to the north of England for a series of restaurant reviews he’s been hired to write. Rob agrees to go along. They are friends, but there is also enough tension in their relationship — Steve is sometimes annoyed by Rob’s endless impersonations of famous people, which seem to be a cover for a superficial personality — to give the story a thin, but substantial enough, basis to develop from.  And so the second movie simply moves our characters (if that’s the right word; they almost seem to be playing themselves) from England to Italy. Again, Steve has been hired to write, and Rob agrees to go along. Who could refuse free Italian cuisine and the most beautiful coastal cities of Italy?

That may sound boring, but the reason it’s great watching is simply that the verbal repartee between the two actors is very funny. Coogan plays (more or less) the straight man to Brydon’s goofball, as the latter veers from one famous person’s voice to another (Hugh Grant, Michael Caine, Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen). This is interwoven with discussions of a more personal nature, especially when women are involved, and questions of family and marriage arise. Finally, these are complemented by their continuing obsession with English Romantic poets — Wordsworth when they were in England, Shelley and Lord Byron while in Italy — and those poets’ haunts. A great sequel, well worth the time, especially in the depths of a Michigan winter.

(This film is not rated; it has some strong language and one brief violent scene.)

 


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