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Wii Sports @ KDL!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008


So, you fancy yourself a super-star videogamer?  Then step up to the plate and join us for our Wii Sports tournament on Saturday, April 12th, 2pm at our Cascade Twp. Branch location.  Events will include Wii Boxing, Bowling, and Tennis.  Prizes and refreshments provided.  Registration is not required but spaces may be limited so get there early and get ready to play!  For teens grades 6-12. 

Saturday, April 12th @ 2pm – 5pm


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“Let It Snow” coming to an end

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008


Well, the winter snow looks like it might have left for good (keep your fingers crossed) and that means our 2007-2008 Let It Snow reading club is coming to an end.  The official March 31st end date is just around the corner!  So get those last-minute bingo cards in to claim your prize and get registered for our prize drawings, including a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant.


And don’t worry, the Let It Snow Reading Club will be back again when the snow starts falling!


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The Wednesday Wars

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

I just finished reading The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. Several of us from the Kent District Library are planning to attend Calvin College’s Festival of Faith and Writing to hear many authors, including Calvin’s own Gary Schmidt, speak about their writing. I am working my way through a list of recommended reading before the festival in April. 

This book is marketed for teens, but will doubtlessly be enjoyed by readers of all ages. It is a coming of age tale about a boy growing up in New York during the Vietnam War. When his classmates are attending Catholic and Jewish instruction, Holling Hoodhood is introduced to the works of Shakespeare by his teacher, Mrs. Baker. Schmidt manages to easily tie together themes of growing up, the war in Vietnam, Shakespeare and cross-country running.

For those of you who have been waiting for Schmidt’s next book ever since you finished Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, you will not be disappointed.

Here are some reviews from

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Internet Access Unavailable Feb. 5th

Monday, February 4th, 2008


Due to a large-scale system update, Internet access will be unavailable from all of Kent District Library’s public computers on Tuesday, February 5th. During this time, our online catalog will be temporarily unavailable as well. We plan to have Internet and online catalog access restored by Wednesday, February 6th.

We appreciate your support!


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Give the Gift of a Lifetime of Learning

Monday, February 4th, 2008

KDL Fund Banner  

Introducing the KDL Fund

What is the KDL Fund?  The KDL Fund is an exciting initiative designed to meet today’s needs and tomorrow’s legacy.  Our goal with the KDL fund is to insure that our library remains vibrant and valuable for many years to come. 

The KDL Fund consists of an Annual Fund and an Endowment Fund.  The Annual Fund supports expansion of existing services and programs as well as the development of new programs and services.  The Endowment Fund provides a lasting legacy to meet the future needs of our library and community.  The Endowment Fund was established through the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. 

More information about the KDL Fund can be found here on our website. 

We’ve also made it easy for you to donate to the Annual or Endowment funds.  Gifts of any size will make a difference in the lives of those served by KDL.


If you have questions please email or call 616-784-2092.

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Award Winning Author Gary Schmidt!

Monday, January 28th, 2008


The Kent District Library welcomes Newbery Honor and Printz Award author Gary Schmidt for two special evenings,  brought to you by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids and Wyoming Libraries.  Join us at our East Grand Rapids Branch on Friday, March 7, at 7:00pm or at our Wyoming Branch on Friday, March 21st, at 4:00pm for this special event.  Having garnered critical and commercial success with such titles as The Wednesday Wars and Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, Gary Schmidt continues to create some of the best young-adult fiction available today.  This is a FREE event.  Click here for a map/directions. 

This author visit is a part of the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library 50th anniversary celebration, which includes a number of special library programs and workshops throughout the months of January and March.

We hope to see you there!

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Introducing TumbleBook Library for Kids!

Friday, January 25th, 2008



 Are you looking for a great interactive reading resource for your child (or for that kid inside all of us)?  Then check out our new TumbleBook Library resource!   The TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books designed to teach kids the joy of reading by using an engaging interactive format they’re sure to love.  TumbleBook features a variety of popular children’s titles such as How I Became a Pirate, Pop’s Bridge, Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! and more, as well as a variety of puzzles, games, and learning exercises.  The TumbleBooks Library can be accessed from home 24/7 with your Kent District Library card.


 So check out the TumbleBooks Library today and see just how fun reading can be.


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Updated Library Catalog Listing

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

For those of you that place item holds or search the catalog for library items, there has been a change to a branch location name as listed in the catalog.  The KDL branch formerly listed as our “Cutlerville” location has been relabeled “Gaines Township”.  This is a name change only, as all library materials will still be sent to the same branch location.  This change was made to keep the location description consistent throughout our website as well as the Lakeland Catalog.

 Also, for those of you not aware of our interloan system, it’s a great way to have any circulating item in the Lakeland catalog sent to the participating branch library location closest to you, absolutely free of charge!  It’s really the best thing since, well, the book.  If you have any questions, please contact your local neighborhood library!

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Knitting at the Library!

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Since we just started a weekly Knitting Group at the Gaines Township Library, I thought I would let know you about a few new knitting books that we’ve just gotten in.

The best of Interweave knits : our favorite designs from the first ten years is a book that is full of unique patterns as well as advice and tips and tricks.  It has great illustrations to accompany various techniques. 

Interweave Press also recently published Folk Style as well as Bag Style to follow up the popular Scarf Style and Lace Style

Also new in 2007 is Debbie Bliss’s book Essential baby : over 20 hand knits to take your baby from first days to first steps. This book has some beautiful patterns and also a very nice how-to section at the beginning for those of you who are just starting out. 

Judith McLeod-Odell recently published Heirloom Knits, a book of patterns that includes a pattern for each decade beginning in 1820. 

If you’d like to learn how to knit, please stop by the Gaines Township Library for a lesson on Saturday mornings from 10:00am – 12:00pm.

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The Best 101 Free Games

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Hi all,

In case you haven’t seen it yet, has just released its list of the best 101 free games available online right now.  So if you haven’t played a free game like Toblo or Sauerbraten recently, it’s time to check out the list.

Also be sure to check out KDL’s gaming events and upcoming NINTENDO WII TOURNAMENTS!

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