February 2013

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In This Issue
Director's Letter
Write Michigan Winners
Happiness Project
You Could WIN Tickets!
Got Book?
Photo of the Month
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KDL Locations


Alpine Township

Alto

Byron Township

Caledonia Township 

Cascade Township

Comstock Park

East Grand Rapids

Englehardt (Lowell) 

Gaines Township

Grandville

Kentwood (Richard L. Root)

Krause Memorial (Rockford)

Plainfield Township

Sand Lake/Nelson Township

Spencer Township

Tyrone Township

Walker

Wyoming & LBPH

Map of all KDL branches

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From the Director:
Kids Too Young for a Library Card?
 
Greetings!   

 

The findings of a recent public opinion study showed that most people in Michigan think the state should invest more in early chilhood education. Governor Rick Snyder, in his State of the State speech on January 16, called for "a major budget commitment" to early childhood education.

 

Literacy development begins in the first three years of life, and even babies as young as six weeks old are developmentally ready to begin early literacy activities.

Early literacy is one of the cornerstones of KDL.

 

A few KDL programs that target early literacy: Early Childhood Essentials programs aimed at giving parents and childcare providers tools for success, a monthly Early Lit Bits newsletter packed with practical literacy advice and Babytimes aimed at encouraging childrens' love for reading and imagination at a time when their brains experience such crucial development. And KDLville play spaces, in all our branches, do not have a minimum age restriction.

 

Children are never too young to get a library card!

 

Lance Werner, KDL Director

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Write Michigan Winners Announced 

 
Nearly 600 Michigan writers entered the inaugural Write Michigan short story contest, and after a panel of preliminary judges whittled those entries to 10 finalists, you voted for your favorites.
 
Click here to see a complete list of winners, and we'll let you know when the collection of their work goes on sale.

 

Also, mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 PM, when winners will gather at the Grand Rapids Public Library for the awards ceremony gala featuring bestselling humorist and memoirist Wade Rouse.
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KDL Gives Back -- And So Can You 
Did you know there are an estimated 2,900 students in Kent County who currently are experiencing homelessness?

 

Through February 28 all KDL branches will accept small and travel-size hygiene products that will be assembled into kits and distributed in cooperation with the Kent Intermediate School District.

 

This program is part of KDL's Happiness Project, an effort to promote happy, healthy, helpful habits throughout Kent County.

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Win Tickets to Disney On Ice  

 
We are excited to offer you the chance to win tickets to 100 Years of Magic, presented by Disney on Ice! Stop by your local branch by February 15 and register to win by filling out an entry form (one entry per person please). Each of our 18 branches will be giving away a family four-pack of ticket vouchers to the opening night performance at 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 28 at the Van Andel Arena. Winners will also receive a Disney prize pack!

 

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to win a free evening of family fun! Good luck!

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Calling Local Authors!
   

KDL is looking for local authors to sell their books and meet their fans from 9:30 AM to noon on April 27 during our inaugural Book Bash

 

The event will include a giant warehouse book and media sale (more than 100,000 items), children's activities and book swap, Fill-a-Bag sale, Zumba classes, a refreshment area and more. 
 

Space for the local author book fair will fill fast, so to be considered for the local author book sale, please send or drop off by March 1 one or two copies of the book(s) you hope to sell to Communications Assistant Morgan Jarema, KDL Service Center, 814 W. River Center Drive NW, Comstock Park, Mich. 49321, or email questions to mjarema@kdl.org. Books that are accepted will be returned to authors to sell during Book Bash, or added to our Local Indie @ KDL collection.
 
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Photo of the Month

     

VelociRAPTorous attention during our Dinosaur Romp program at the

Cascade Township branch.

 

KDL Staff Picks: Let us help you find something good to read!  
 

        

Check out our online Staff Picks booklist.
 

 

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