Help us improve our collection!

November 25th, 2015

We want to make our library’s collection better and would love your input! Please take our Collection Survey, which asks questions about what kinds of items you like to check out and how you decide what to check out.

Thanks so much for your feedback!

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Find Adele’s “25” on Freegal

November 24th, 2015

adele_25British songstress Adele is breaking records left and right with her latest release, “25.” Among her accomplishments: unseating Beyoncé as the artist with the fastest selling album in iTunes history.

But she’s also making headlines for not allowing her album to be streamed on services like Spotify, Rhapsody and Apple Music. You’ll only be able to purchase the album, either online or in the store (do people still buy CDs?).

Luckily for you, as a Kent District Library patron you’ve got access to Freegal, our digital music service, which does carry Adele’s “25.” Log in with your library card number. Freegal lets you stream up to three hours of music a month. Even more exciting: You can legally download up to five songs a week from the Freegal library! That includes Adele’s smash single “Hello,” not to mention past hits like “Rolling In The Deep” and “Someone Like You.” With these mp3s, you can listen to Adele to your heart’s content.

Freegal’s library includes thousands of artists, tens of thousands of albums and millions of songs. The content comes from 28,000 music labels, including big-name ones like Sony Music Entertainment. It also has mobile apps from the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store.

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Holiday closing – Thanksgiving Day

November 23rd, 2015

Kent District Library will be closed Thursday, November 26, for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, November 27. For additional holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

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Study Rooms

November 20th, 2015

Need a secluded place to hit the books before that big exam? How about tweaking an upcoming presentation before showing it to a live audience? Perhaps you have a weekly tutoring session which requires some private space? All of these tasks and more can be accomplished in the study rooms housed at many KDL branches!

Studying at the Kentwood Library Besides our welcoming large spaces, where we shelve the collection and offer circulation and reference services, 15 of KDL’s 18 branches also offer some sort of study rooms or quiet reading areas. These free rooms are excellent places for individuals or small groups to accomplish whatever it is that needs doing. One patron even commented that “studying and writing in coffee shops can be distracting and costly. I have loved using the private study rooms available at … KDL because they are free, secure, and quiet.”

So feel free to stop in, talk to one of our staff members, get a room and get busy!

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Fill Out a Survey, Receive a $10 Gift Card

November 18th, 2015

StorytimeOf course we encourage families with young children to come to our storytime programs, but we understand that not all families can attend. If you currently have a toddler living in your home and have NOT been to one of our storytimes, we want to hear from you!

Please fill out this survey. The first 100 participants will receive a $10 gift card to Meijer. Your responses will help us evaluate the benefits of early literacy and improve our storytime offerings.

Thanks for participating!

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Book to Film: In the Heart of the Sea

November 13th, 2015

In the Heart of the SeaNathaniel Philbrick is the author of many nonfiction titles, including:

Perhaps his most popular title is In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. This book details the sinking of the whaleship “Essex” by an angry sperm whale in the year 1820, and how the young men aboard endured against all odds. In the Heart of the Sea was on the New York Times Bestseller list when it was published in 2000 and also won the National Book Award for nonfiction.

Philbrick’s book is also the basis for the Warner Brothers motion picture “In the Heart of the Sea,” scheduled for release on December 11, 2015. The film is directed by Ron Howard and stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw, and Tom Holland. There is still time to read the book before you see the movie!

Watch the trailer for “In the Heart of the Sea”:

Which Nathaniel Philbrick book is your favorite?

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Reminder: Suspension of MeLCat InterLibrary Loan Nov. 18-Dec. 12

November 12th, 2015

Please remember that beginning Wednesday, November 18, no new MeLCat requests can be placed. Incoming and outgoing materials will continue to be processed, and currently checked out materials can still be renewed and managed using My MeLCat. From Wednesday, December 2 through December 11, MeLCat items will not be processed. Full MeLCat services are expected to resume on Saturday, December 12. For more information, please visit the MeLCat Server Migration FAQ for Patrons.

If you have items that KDL does not own and you wish to request them from other libraries via MelCat, please do so before next Wednesday.

If between November 18 to December 12, you find you need an item which KDL does not own, there are neighboring libraries able to assist KDL customers.

This link offers a directory to Lakeland Library Cooperative Member Libraries. These libraries will honor KDL library cards. However, holds are not allowed and patrons must return material to the library where it was checked out.

Grand Rapids Public Library, KDL cardholders can:

  • Check out materials and place holds on GRPL owned material.
  • Holds must be picked up at a GRPL location.
  • Patrons may return to KDL but items are not checked in for 5-10 days.
  • Can search in MelCat, but may not place requests.

 Grand Rapids Community College Library

  • KDL cardholders can get a free community guest card to check out AV, books and magazines.
  • Must have driver’s license/picture ID with current address.
  • Can search in MelCat, but may not place requests.

 Davenport University Libraries

  • Offers a free community card to check out books, no magazines.
  • Must have driver’s license/picture ID with current address.
  • Not listed in MelCat.

As always, please visit your local KDL branch or call our friendly Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 for assistance.

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Comedienne Judy Schreur at Plainfield

November 10th, 2015

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Senior comedienne Judy Schreur will perform at the Plainfield Township Branch, 2650 5 Mile Rd. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, at 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30. This is a rescheduling of her program, “Celebrate Life in the Laughter Lane,” was originally on the calendar for 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2.

This is a workshop on the art and power of laughter: Learn why we need humor, what makes us laugh and how to make others laugh. You’ll leave motivated to look on the positive side of life.

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KDL closed Wednesday, Nov. 11

November 9th, 2015

All Kent District Library branches will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11 for an All Staff professional development day. We’re taking a day to make sure we’re the best library system we can be for all of our customers. Please pardon our absence, and we’ll all be back on Thursday, Nov. 12!


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National Adoption Month

November 6th, 2015

November is National Adoption Month, and there are some great picture books about families and adoption. Most of them can be found in the Coping section of the picture books (they’ll have a blue sticker!).

A couple of favorites on the topic of adoption are:

We Belong Together

We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families by Todd Parr

I love the way the author moves the reader to change the pronouns in the book to fit his or her family. Every family looks different, and this colorful picture book shows children that each life story is worth sharing.

One Family

One Family by George Shannon

This book would fit into both our Concept and Coping sections of picture books. The simple words and pictures encourage finding and counting objects on the page, but then ends with “one family” every time. Blanca Gomez’ adorable illustrations help make this book a great gift for any kind of family.

For more stories about families and adoption, ask your librarian.

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