This year’s Reading Rocks in Rockford is sure to be a hit for everyone in the family. The literacy festival enters its fourth year and has matured into a blockbuster event that highlights what building blocks reading provides toward every child’s future. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11, is sponsored by the Rockford Rotary Club and Rockford Public Schools, and takes place at a variety of venues throughout downtown Rockford. It includes an author’s showcase, Rockin’ Reader Awards, book publishing, a parade, children’s activities, Paws with a Cause, and even a digital petting zoo. Reading Rocks has even garnered national recognition in 2012, earning a $2,500 award from the Pearson Foundation and 1,000 books from We Give Books for this wonderful event that promotes literacy. Representatives of Reading Rocks in Rockford and the Rockford Rotary Club will be receiving the award September 7 in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress for National Literacy Day. The award-winning festival starts on August 11 with a crowd favorite, the Storybook Parade, at 10 a.m. in front of Krause Memorial Library. Parents and children are invited to don a costume of their favorite storybook character, or carry their favorite book and join in the fun. The parade will wind down East Bridge Street to Garden Club Park, where Author’s Row features more than 20 published authors autographing their books and answering questions. There are also plenty of activities for children in the Rotary Pavilion to help them discover the magic of reading and writing. The “Story Within You” Publishing Center will be housed at the pavilion so future writers can hone their skills. An Out of the World Party is planned from 10 a.m. until noon and features Galactic Games and invites kids to “Imagine! Explore! and Dream Big!” From noon until 2 p.m. the pavilion will feature a Birthday Bash where Mad Libs, Book Bingo, Family Scrabble and face painting add to the fun. Are you looking for entertainment? The Garden Park Stage is lined up with music and entertainment from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Enjoy the Rockford High School Drumline at 10 a.m. and the Rockford Community Children’s Choir at 11 a.m. A sneak peak at “Into the Woods” Fairy Tale Musical is […]
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Young children love to count. Kids ages 6 and under are invited to Kent District Library’s (KDL) Around the World—Easy as 1, 2, 3 program. Come explore new cultures with stories, songs and crafts that celebrate counting around the world. Activities include painting with watercolors, hopscotch, bowling, a parachute game, and much more! The Krause Memorial branch of the KDL will offer this program at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 13. This free program is part of KDL’s Summer Reading Club—a season of reading, learning and fun at the library. People of all ages can sign up at any KDL branch June 13 through August 6. This year, KDL offers Baby Bingo for babies 18 months and younger, One World, Many Stories for kids 18 months through fifth grade, You are Here for teens grades 6-12, and Novel Destinations for adults. Everyone has the chance to win great prizes including gift cards, an iPod, and even a Nook Color eReader! Krause Memorial Library is located at 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. For more information, visit www.kdl.org.
When the Rockford Rotary Club called Char Bouwkamp at D&W Fresh Market to ask if D&W would be involved in the annual reading festival, Reading Rocks in Rockford, Char responded, “Absolutely!” D&W Foods provided a Kindle Electronic Reader to be used for a drawing at Krause Memorial Library on the day of the festival. “The Kindle drawing raised a lot of awareness and excitement about the reading festival and the programs we offered during the festival,” said Jennifer German, executive director of the library. Everyone using the library’s services that day had a chance to win the Kindle, and Betsey Bolek’s name was drawn by Char. Congratulations, Betsey.
Colleen LaBeau and her little friends packed Krause Memorial Library on Monday, June 28 as over 200 fascinated youngsters showed up for visiting animals from John Ball Zoo. Children were able to learn about the animals—ears, not legs make the difference between snakes and skinks—and were even allowed to pet a blue-tongued skink after the presentation. In addition to a blue-tongued skink, children saw a hooded Merganser duck and a long-tailed chinchilla, and were able to touch animal exhibits of a wolverine pelt and paw, an ostrich egg, shark jaws, a turtle shell and others. LeBeau is the outreach program facilitator. She said she has many programs coming up at other libraries. If you missed this event, check Kent District Library’s website at www.kdl.org to see where else zoo animals will be visiting.
by ANA OLVERA This year the Kent District Library (KDL) partnered with the Library of Michigan Foundation, the Michigan Education Savings Program and the Michigan Education Trust to provide parents with the opportunity to win $1,500 toward their children’s educational expenses with a “Get Creative at Saving for College” contest. Statewide, six lucky winners were selected, one of which was Lynette Gasper, who frequents the Krause Memorial branch of KDL. The $1,500 award was presented to Gasper at the KDL’s November Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, November 19. For Gasper’s efforts, the Krause Memorial branch also received $1,000 to help fund literacy initiatives for young children. “We’re planning on using the money for activities and supplies for our early literacy area,” said Jennifer German, branch manager at Krause Memorial Library. The contest was in conjunction with Summer Reading Club. When parents signed up their children, they were also able to fill out a form for the contest. Throughout the state, 7,000 people entered the contest and winners were selected through a drawing. The contest ran from June 1 to August 21. Kent District Library is a millage-supported system encompassing 18 branch libraries in 26 governmental units throughout Kent County. KDL serves 362,312 people in all areas of Kent County except the city of Grand Rapids, Cedar Springs, Sparta and Solon Township.