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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KDL Top Ten — Freegal Downloads

July 5th, 2014

Top Ten Freegal Downloads 07-05-2014Liberate some new tunes for your holiday weekend playlist using KDL’s Freegal Music site. Download DRM-free MP3 files for millions of songs (KDL cardholders get 3 free per week!). And while you’re visiting, check out “My Library Top 10.”

For help getting started, visit our eBooks & Downloads Help and FAQs page.

Rock on!

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Video Love Bomb: Richard Vorase

July 3rd, 2014

Englehardt Branch patron Richard Vorase praises staff members — whom he knows by name — for helping him get an email account, providing a community gathering space and being a friendly place to come after his wife passed away.

Supporters don’t get any more genuine than Richard, and we support him right back.

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


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New Teen Booklists

July 2nd, 2014
Still looking for that perfect read to ignite your summer reading? Check out some of these great booklists!
burningblue    steampunk     spawater    lastdragonslayer

 


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Holiday Closing — Independence Day

July 2nd, 2014

All Kent District Library branches will be closed Friday, July 4 for Independence Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Saturday, July 5. For additional 2014 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy 4th of July!

 

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What’s Your Library Story? Tell Us & Win

July 1st, 2014

sharestory graphicKDL adores you. You know that, do you not? In the words of the ultra-suave cartoon paramour Pepe Le Pew, “We must stoke ze furnace of love, must we not?”

When you tell us how much you love the library, it feels like butterfly kisses. Like a hug from a giant stuffed teddy bear. Like being in the middle of a pile of puppies on warm grass in the sunshine. Ooohhh… happiness.

Click here and fill out the form by July 14 to tell us about one or more ways you use and benefit from your library. 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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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Go! Go! Go! Stop!”

June 29th, 2014

Go Go Go StopGo! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper

When Little Green rolls into town and says his first word, “go,” the construction site really gets moving! What happens when all the vehicles go, go, go at the same time? Who will say a word to slow things down? This bright and cheerful picture book shows the power of a single word and illustrates what it means to work cooperatively. Point to and name the letters in the words “go” and “stop” as they are repeated in the story, and ask your child to do the same. What would happen if vehicles on the street didn’t obey these signals? Play a game of “Stop and Go” together outside and take turns being the “traffic signal.” Talking and playing both build vocabulary and are great ways to get your child ready to read!

– Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield 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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Video Library Love Bomb: Miss Barb

June 28th, 2014

Byron Township Branch youth librarian Barb DeYoung explains why her job is the absolute best one in the whole entire planetary universe. Ever.

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


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KDL Top Ten — Juvenile Fiction

June 27th, 2014

This week’s Top Ten looks at the 10 most popular books in our Juvenile Fiction collection! Did any of your favorite books or characters make the list? If so, which ones are the best and why? If not, what books do you think other kids will love?

KDL Top Ten Juvenile Fiction 06-27-2014

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