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Everybody can sign up for Summer Reading Games to win prizes, have fun, and keep those reading skills sharp over the summer! There are so many new books and so much new content available electronically that you really could find something new every day of the summer. In addition to some great prizes you'll earn by reading 20, 40, and 60 days, you'll receive a bead (sticker for children birth to entering kindergarten) every time you visit any KPL location and check in with your Summer Reading Gamecard. How many beads will you collect this summer?
Here are some events to kick off Summer Reading Games at KPL!
Some of the events are special prize draw events which means you could be a winner - but you've got to come to the program to win.
You don't have to play Summer Reading Games to attend these programs, but why wouldn't you with all the great prizes you can earn. Sign up for Summer Reading Games beginning June 15!
Summer Reading Games Begin!
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!
Give Me the Princess - with No Waiting!
It's time for Singalong Storytime! An evening storytime with music, movement, great picture books, puppets, and a special musical guest. This time we'll meet the violin and our special friend who plays it. Don't miss it! Singalong Storytime is Tuesday, May 17, at 6:30 pm.
Coming up on Tuesday, May 24th, at 6:30 pm is a special interactive drawing workshop about how to stand up for others. Illustrator Kim Shaw bases a unique art program on her book, The Juice Box Bully, written by Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy. Kim's program features a book reading, time for questions and answers, and an interactive drawing workshp, all designed to empower kids to stand up for others. This program is best for children ages 5 - 11 years old, caregivers and teachers.
Anti Bullying Art Workshop
Building with LEGO blocks sure is fun. So what could better for LEGO fans than getting together with like-minded people to build build build? Beginning this Tuesday, March 8, KPL offers its first ever after-school LEGO program at the Central Library. Like the continuing monthly Saturday morning program at the Central Library, the age range is for children from 5 to 10 years old. Register for after school LEGO at the Library and the Saturday morning LEGO at the Library program via the KPL website. Hurry, though, because space is limited. In April, we'll offer yet another LEGO program: LEGO at the Library 7 and Up. The program will be at the Oshtemo Branch Library and registration for that program begins Thursday, March 10th.
LEGO at the Library
What a great time was had by all when Jim Gill came to the Van Deusen Auditorium! Jim performed audience favorites while children and families clapped, danced, and sang along. When he presented his new picture book, A Soup Opera, the whole audience had the chance to be opera singers complete with sound effects and a musical score.
Jim Gill leaves people feeling like they attended something more than a concert. With wordplay and movement opportunities, Jim leads families in playing together with music and movement. He has a unique ability to get everyone in the room participating in songs and musical movement games.
Take a look at upcoming events for children and families at the KPL children's program calendar.
Jim Gill Family Room Concert
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!
Warm up with Great Events at Kalamazoo Public Library!
It's become a holiday tradition. Aerial Angels, Kalamazoo's own high-flying female circus artists, will perform at the Central Library on Wednesday, December 29th, at 11 am. Performing feats of grace, strength, and beauty suspended between floors of the library rotunda, the troupe presents a new show in which pirates invade the library. If you've yet to see an Aerial Angels performance you will be amazed at the artistry, athleticism, and just plain fun that these experienced performers bring to your library in a program with the highest "thrill" factor around.
Children and families can enjoy a special circus themed storytime in the Central Library Children's Room immediately following the Aerial Angels' performance.
Yo Ho Holiday Pirates with the Aerial Angels
It's so interesting to watch reading skills start to click for children. While the process of learning to read is different for everyone, you can often recognize those kids who have been read to a lot. It must be so much easier for them when they know that those little black blocks of sticks and squiggles correspond to the words they hear and say. And when they know about turning pages and going from left to right (for most of the books in this culture) and which way is up. All of these concepts about print are more easily learned when kids are read to early and often. Then, when the decoding part "starts to click" early readers have a more enjoyable time on top of that solid foundation. Building this foundation of concepts about print most often requires only a consistent and caring pleasurable effort- sharing books with your children every day. Singing easy songs - whatever you like. Saying those rhymes you remember or find some new ones. Your kids will love them. Choose books that you'll both enjoy. Visit your branch library for lots of great read aloud choices and you can watch it start to click from the very beginning.
Starting to Click
Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever may be the weirdest yet most beloved picture book about unconditional love ever. It’s the illustrations. What’s not so weird is when the mother says, “This kid is driving me cra-zy!” after the baby flushes her watch down the toilet. Because it’s true, parenting is often frustrating work. Add to that the other stresses of life and, well, if you’re a parent, you know what it’s like. Take a look at the Parenting Topic Guide for great resources on all things parenting. When your little one is driving you crazy or when you’re looking for great parenting books, websites, magazines, KPL databases, and community resources – you'll find them on KPL's Parenting Topic Guide.
Parenting Topic Guide