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Cool Indoor Play When It's Too Hot Outside
Getting kids outside during summer is a priority for families, and KDL has designed this year's Summer Reading program with exactly that in mind. A new, online badge component allows participants to earn virtual badges for completing local experiences such as nature, travel, animal lovers and sports. It's a great opportunity to get outdoors, do new things and set new goals.
If this past winter and spring are any indication, it's going to be a hot summer. With that in mind, KDL has the perfect suggestion when it's too hot to play outside: KDLville early literacy play spaces, now at all 18 of our branches. These donation-funded "purposeful play" areas offer rotating activities including dress-up, art tables, a puppet stage, market stand and more, where learning and creativity are the focus. They'll be having so much fun they won't realize they're sharpening their literacy skills.
And if you own or work for a company that is considering a community outreach project aimed at kids, how about sponsoring construction of an Imagination Station in a KDLville play space?
Imagination Stations let children age 6 and younger play at being budding restauranteurs, construction experts, accounting pros and more, all designed to foster their imaginations through dramatic play. The stations are outfitted with the sponsoring company's logo.
For information about how to donate toward a KDLville space or an Imagination Station, call 616-784-2007. Happy summer!
Fill your summer days and nights with great reads and big dreams, and sign up now at any branch for Summer Reading @ KDL. With programs for infants, children, teens and adults, the whole family can get in on the fun. Reading books and winning prizes... it's a dream come true!
Summer Reading @ KDL runs through August 31 and contains a fun new online badge component, where participants are challenged to learn not only through reading, but also through seeing, doing and going. It's a great way for kids to keep their minds sharp and active during those long summer months away from school, and a great way to get the entire family outside and moving!
Have we got a summer of fun-filled programs for everyone: from pets and wild animals in the library to live music, magic and our own summer carnivals at several branches from June to August.
To search for events and programs at any or all 18 KDL branches, go to our homepage, click on "events" and search by date, event type or age group. You can also view and search our complete events calendar by clicking here.
Not sure what to read next? We would love to help you find the perfect summer read! Our Recommended Reading Lists would be a great place to start. Get great book recommendations by genre, topic, read-alikes and more -- selected by KDL librarians! With separate booklists for adults, teens and kids, everyone can find books that are just right for them.
As a busy Grand Rapids Community College student who sometimes holds down two jobs in addition to her studies, Jessica Thelen never seemed to have enough time to spend with her younger sisters, Jackie, 17; and Olivia, 7.
She was especially concerned about Olivia.
"I'm going to be going to a four-year school next year, so I really want to spend as much time as I can with her," Jessica explains.
Last year, she decided to take action. Once a week, she sets aside time to visit either the Caledonia or Alto KDL branch with her youngest sister.