Pick up a free park pass at any Kent District Library branch The Kent District Library (KDL) is participating in the Park & Read Program through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Park and Recreation and the Library of Michigan. KDL cardholders can visit any of the 18 branch locations—including Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford—to borrow a book and a one-day vehicle permit good at any Michigan state park and recreation area. Many parks will also have hammocks available for Park & Read participants, so they can fully enjoy a great book in Michigan’s great outdoors. Michigan’s park system includes 285,000 acres of land, 13,500 campsites, 879 miles of trails, and nearly infinite opportunities for outdoor adventures. The Park & Read certificate will give people the opportunity to visit one of these many parks for the day—for free! To participate, library cardholders should look for the Park & Read posters and displays in KDL branches. If there are any cards available, take one to the library desk to check out a pass. You will then get a certificate good for a one-day park entrance within the next seven days. Passes cannot be reserved ahead of time, and they cannot be renewed. Each KDL branch will have two passes available for check-out. So grab a book, pick a park, and enjoy a relaxing day of outdoor reading. For more information, visit www.kdl.org or www.michigan.gov/dnr.
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The Kent District Library (KDL) and the West Michigan Therapy Dogs Association have been partnering since 2002 to pair young readers with therapy dogs. Ruff Readers is a unique read-aloud program at KDL that pairs kids ages 6 and up with trained therapy dogs and handlers who love to hear a good story. Kids can improve their reading skills and confidence with these impartial listeners. Ruff Readers is offered at several KDL branches this summer, including Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford, on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. from June 9 to July 28. To register for a session, call the library at (616) 647-3940. For more information, visit www.kdl.org.
Summer is full of fun for teens at the Kent District Library (KDL). As part of the 2009 Summer Reading Club, KDL is hosting all kinds of free activities for teens, from food to arts and crafts to music and more. Exercise your taste buds with a variety of food-related programs such as Creative Cooking, Ice Cream Socials, and Iced Coffee Tasting. Get your game on with Rock Band, Nintendo Wii, Guitar Hero, Teen Chess, and Lawn Games. Use your creative talents in crafty programs such as the Empty Bowls Project, Duct Tape with William Beacom, Trash to Treasure workshops, Teen Crafts with Liz Langenberg, Drawn to Draw, Henna Tattoos with Anshu Varma, Jewelry Making, Sweater Surgery, and more.Teens can also get involved in Teen Advisory Boards, book discussions, theatre productions and music performances. Don’t miss out on this summer of fun. Stop by any KDL branch to sign up for the Summer Reading Club or register online at www.kdl.org.
The Kent District Library (KDL) is celebrating National Audiobook Month in June by giving away Playaway audiobooks. June is National Audiobook Month, sponsored by the Association of American Publishers, and KDL encourage everyone to “Get Caught Listening!” Enter to win a Playaway by visiting www.kdl.org and telling us your favorite audiobook title or one you would like to listen to. Audiobooks are a convenient way to listen to your favorite books on the go, and KDL has a wide variety for all ages. KDL also offers many different audiobook formats such as CDs, downloadables for your MP3 player or iPod, and the Playaway listening devices. So start exploring the library’s audiobook titles and “Get Caught Listening!” For more information, contact your local KDL branch or visit www.kdl.org