KDL Librarian Receives Award

May 28th, 2015

MonicaMonica Walen, Youth Specialist at the East Grand Rapids Branch, recently accepted the 2015 Golden Apple Award from the Kent Reading Council. Walen was honored for her extraordinary effort and innovation in promoting literacy in Kent County. “I work with such amazing teachers throughout the school district,” said Monica. “I’m just so thankful that they’ve opened up their classrooms to me and allowed me to share my love of literature with their students.”

When not conducting programs and helping patrons at the East Grand Rapids Branch, Monica spends her work hours doing weekly Harry Potter read-alouds at Wealthy Elementary, book-talking in the elementary schools and middle school, and working on the Kent County Teen Film Festival.

Congratulations Monica!


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Teen Poetry Contest: 11 Exceptional Entries

May 27th, 2015

PoetryKDL’s 12th annual Teen Poetry Contest was a great success thanks to all the talented teen poets out there. This year, about 150 poems were submitted. Library staff reviewed the poems and narrowed down the entries, submitting them to Poet G.F. Korreck for final analysis. Eleven exceptional poems were selected.

Congratulations to the recognized poets!

  • 5 Years and Counting by Marla Soto
  • Admiral’s Arch by Jonathan Boakes
  • Director’s Cut by Allison Davey
  • Exposed by Brianne Kerr
  • her by Gabby Jansma-Skinner
  • Little Green Drug by Syd Langeweg
  • Penelope by Melissa Soto
  • Return to Where I’m From by Echo Oliver
  • Summer Nights by Rachel Heywood
  • twenty five over fifty five by Joseph Felkers
  • Broccoli by Sydney Vo

We would like to extend a special thanks to our judge, G.F. Korreck. We appreciate his expertise and his willingness to judge our contest this year.

Korreck said:

“I am not comfortable with the term “winner,” especially when it comes to reading poetry. There are so many ways to read a poem, so many ways it can touch someone. The proof, the value of any poem is to what degree it engages a reader, whether it challenges, makes the reader perhaps a bit uncomfortable, enlightens, stirs, awakens. It wasn’t easy selecting 11 poems. All had merit. I was impressed by the range of topics and the ambitious efforts of the writers.”


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Saturday KDL Caffeinated Tour

May 21st, 2015

KDL CaffeinatedKDL Caffeinated wraps up with an immersive coffee experience Saturday, May 23 at 3 PM.  Experts at Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters will demonstrate the roasting process and brew some great coffee.  Learn how to make your own perfect cup of coffee in the unique atmosphere of a 100-year-old brick factory building.

The demonstrations will be held at Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters at 1111 Godfrey Avenue in Grand Rapids.

Construction Note: Due to road construction on Hall Street, patrons coming from 131 should exit west on Hall Street.  Turn left (south) onto Grandville Avenue. Then turn right(west) onto Liberty Street. Turn right (north) onto Godfrey Avenue. At the corner of Godfrey Avenue and Hall Street, you will see a five-story brick building. Turn left onto Hall Street to access the parking lot behind the building.


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Holiday Closing — Memorial Day

May 21st, 2015
  • All Kent District Library branches will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 26.
  • All KDL branches will be closed on Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Sunday hours will resume on Sunday, September 13.
  • For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day

 


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Plan Your Summer Travels

May 20th, 2015

Summer vacation will be here soon, and many of us will be hitting the road (or the air) for destinations near and far. Did you know that KDL regularly adds updated versions of popular travel guides to its collection? You can check out DK, Fodor’s, Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, Moon, Rick Steves, and other popular guide series. Many of these guides are available in an ebook version as well.

Another way to travel is by “armchair.” Travel memoirs are one of the most popular non-fiction genres. You can take a trip to France, the Amazon jungle, or Antarctica from the comfort of your home. It’s almost as good as being there! For a few suggestions to get you started click here. And finally, try reading a novel set in a far-away location to get the feel of living and traveling abroad. Check out of few of these suggestions.

moon michiganeurope through the back doorlittle paris bookshoparound the world in 50 years

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Check out our Summer Reading Video!

May 18th, 2015

If you aren’t already counting down the days to Summer Reading at KDL, watch this video and you’re sure to catch the excitement!


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New Adult Booklist: Magical Realism

May 15th, 2015

Looking for a read with a just a hint of the fantastical and still grounded in the reality we know? Something with the tiniest bit of magic, but no magic wands or elves or epic journeys into the heart of evil? Check this booklist featuring Magical Realism featuring these titles and more:

Get in Trouble: Stories       The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac: A Novel       She Weeps Each Time You're Born: A Novel

Look for something a different? Check out other booklists over at KDL Recommends.

Other new booklists:

It’s the End of the World as We Know It!


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KDL on WGVU Radio — New Resources

May 14th, 2015

lynda_logo3r-d_144xEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Collection Development Librarian Tammy Schneider talk about new resources at KDL, including lynda.com and Beanstack. Tammy also recommends the book Noggin by John Corey Whaley.

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Enjoy!

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Comics and eBooks Through hoopla!

May 13th, 2015

hooplaExciting news! Our video streaming service, hoopla, is expanding! Beginning today, hoopla now offers free access to eBooks and Comics. Don’t forget to update your hoopla app so you can enjoy these new formats (unless your device has automatic update, of course). Visit the hoopla site and scroll down to view available eBooks and Comics.

Don’t miss out!


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Clean Reads for All Ages

May 13th, 2015

Probably no surprise here (considering I’m a librarian) but I was a pretty advanced reader at the age of 11. Another shocker for you is that my mom got a little upset when I came home from my local library with a copy of Go Ask Alice, thinking it might have something to do with Alice in Wonderland. If you’re not familiar with Go Ask Alice, it’s a book about drug addiction that’s definitely inappropriate for an 11-year old, and my mom suddenly realized she had to find advanced reader books that were also appropriate for my age.

Finding appropriate books for your high-level readers is a tough thing to do because they don’t want books with immature, baby-ish subject matter, but they also can’t totally comprehend that really serious subject matter. If you need help finding appropriate books that your kids, tweens and even teens will love, this list might be a good place to start. We have lots of good reading suggestions for all ages on there, and even a few recommended websites you can check out for further suggestions.

And don’t forget to drop into one of our locations and ask your friendly librarian for help, too!

Clean Reads Display


Clean Reads currently on display in the teen area of the Caledonia Branch!


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