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From the Director:
Read, Explore, Succeed
Spring has only just begun in West Michigan, but we at KDL can't help but think about summer. We gear up months ahead for our summer reading programs, and this year is no different. If anything, we're doing more preparation than usual given that last year, KDL had the busiest summer reading program of any public library system in Michigan -- 26,000 people, or 18,183 kids, 4,660 teens and 3,091 adults.
Here's something we all should be concerned about: Research indicates that over the summer kids can lose a lot of the skills they picked up during the school year (there's a short, powerful video clip about it here). What's more, a study of third-graders in eight states from 2006 to 2009 determined that students who participate in library summer reading programs scored higher on reading tests and did not experience what's known in education circles as "summer learning loss." Public libraries play a significant role in closing the achievement gap, and KDL's summer reading program demonstrates our commitment to early literacy.
We want kids to get outside, too, so KDL is adding a component aimed at encouraging them to explore their surroundings, from their neighborhoods to their state and beyond. Kids who participate in our summer reading program will be able to earn and download virtual badges for completing suggested experiences, including food, art, multiculturalism, travel and nature.
Fresh air, exercise, an expanded world view, reading... sounds like a recipe for a fantastic summer -- am I right?
From now until mid-May, Kent District Library will host "Celebrate the Mitten," a Michigan authors series and showcase aimed at highlighting the state's home-grown literary talent.
More than a dozen authors from across the state are scheduled to appear at various KDL branches to read from their work, talk about the craft of writing and host discussions and writing workshops.
Also, on April 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kentwood branch, 4950 Breton SE, nearly 20 Michigan-made authors will be on hand to meet with readers, sign copies of their books for sale and participate in a trio of panels aimed both at aspiring writers and book lovers. And it's all FREE!
For a detailed list of authors and their books and bios, plus appearance dates and specifics, click here.
Visit the Service Center in Comstock Park (814 West River Drive, one block north of the Fifth Third Ball Park, behind Wendy's) from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Friday, April 27; from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, April 28 and from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, April 28.
More than 20,000 gently-used books and other items will be for sale for from just 50 cents to $1 each. On Sunday, $2 buys as many items as you can fit in a bag. All proceeds go to the KDL Fund to support early literacy. See you there!
preparing and serving delectable meals, staff a grocery store or play make-believe with numbers and letters.
Doctor's office... Hair salon... Auto mechanic... Construction company...
Envision your company's name and/or logo atop an Imagination Station outfitted with props specific to your business! Each Imagination Station visits all 18 KDL branches and impacts thousands of children and their families.