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Give Me the Princess - with No Waiting!

Looking for Princess books based on popular Disney animated and live action features old and new? How about Ariel and all her friends under the sea? How about books based on Hannah Montana or Pirates of the Caribbean? Of course, your library has these features on DVD, but now you can watch/read Disney tie in ebooks via Overdrive – with no waiting! Even if you’re not a Disney fan, you may be interested in ebooks based on various Disney properties via your home computer or on one of the blazin’ fast newly upgraded library computers.  

 You can view nearly 700 Disney titles based on the Disney properties Cinderella, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, 101 Dalmations, and much, much more. They’re always available for streaming, not downloading, to your computer, and they are compatible to play on Windows and Mac computers. Just add the title to your bookbag like any other ebook on Overdrive, proceed to check out, select the lending period, click Confirm Checkout, and then click Launch and you're off to the races with Ariel and all the rest! Many of these eBooks have built in trivia games and other added enhancements, too. Enjoy! 

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Give Me the Princess - with No Waiting!

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http://ebooks.mlcnet.org/8AFB34E5-A883-4714-9FA1-CC0BA3273AFF/10/246/en/Default.htm
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Warm up with Great Events at Kalamazoo Public Library!

Here's a quick listing of great events for children and families coming up at KPL!

  • Jim Gill’s Family Room Tour - Wednesday, February 16th, at 7 pm. Awesome children's musician and family play facilitator. To miss this show would be like saying no thanks to fun! Free ticket required.
  • Music and Make Believe - In collaboration with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's String Quartet, kid friendly and a craft for children ages 3-6. Registration required. Free.
  • Storytelling with Sid "The Rock" Ellis - Kids of all ages enjoy Sid's dramatic weaving of tales from around the world that teach principles of sharing, caring and just plain fun. Free.
  • Movie and Popcorn - Watch Disneynature’s Oceans at the Central Library. Popcorn!! All ages. An adult caregiver must accompany children. Free. MPAA rating G. No registration required.
  • Chinese New Year Lion Dancers - A special show about the animals of the Chinese zodiac complete with a performance by the Kalamazoo Lion Dance troupe! All ages. Free ticket required.

And there's more to come in March! Have a look at all the upcoming events at Kalamazoo Public Library and save some dates with fun! 

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Warm up with Great Events at Kalamazoo Public Library!
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http://www.kpl.gov/kids/calendar.aspx
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Books with a Bonus!

There are more and more great books with CDs or DVDs included. What a great idea! A picture book based on a song with a CD to sing along. A picture book with a DVD might have a short video or animated feature that enhances the book for you and your child to enjoy together. Non-fiction books with DVDs may include moving images such as archival footage. Or a book about visual art for children might have a CD of pictorial music. Don’t forget read along picture books – you know, the ones with page turn signals. These are better than ever in digital form. We’ve put black dots on these so you can find them more easily in the books with CDs/DVDs section of the Children’s Room.

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Books with a Bonus!
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http://www.catalog.kpl.gov/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/5?searchdata1=%22book+w%2fcd%22+OR+%22cd+w%2fbook%22+OR+%22book+w%2fdvd%22&library=BRANCHES&language=ANY&format=ANY&item_type=ANY&location=ANY&match_on=KEYWORD&item_1cat=ANY&item_2cat=JUVENILE&sort_by=-PBYR
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Create Your Own Book Reviews!

Ever read a book, watch a movie, or listen to a recording you loved so much you want to tell everyone all about it? Now you can create your own book reviews for the Kalamazoo Public Library website!

And, if you want, you can record your review with your own voice. We'll post your book review on our website!

Love that book? Didn’t like it so much? Be Creative and tell the world all about it! It’s easy.

  1. Write a short review of a book you read. You can do it right from our website or come to your neighborhood KPL branch to write your review.
  2. Come to library and we’ll help you record the review you wrote. You need to have a parent sign a release form before we can put your voice on our website.

Listen to an example. You can write and record a review about anything you read and make it your own with your own voice. Have fun with Summer Reading Games this year!

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Create Your Own Book Reviews!
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http://www.kpl.gov/kids/reviews/
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