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Walker Lego Contest Winners Announced

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

The Walker Branch held its second annual Lego Contest this winter. Kids aged 6-12 were invited to build an original Lego or Duplo creation. In all, we received 25 awesome entries!

First place goes to Ryan Messock, age 11 for his highly detailed ‘HockeyTown USA’ entry.

HockeyTown USA

Three honorable mentions were awarded. Those entries are:

‘The Library’ by Lauren Staal, age 6

The Library

‘Underwater World’ by Stuart Rossman, age 6

Underwater World

‘Hot Rod Garage’ by Dylan Roelofs, age 8

Hot Rod Garage

Thank you to everyone who participated! We look forward to another great contest next year.

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Free Stickers!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Stop in to your local branch to get a free “I love my library” sticker featuring our lovely mascot, Katie L.


Ask a staff member for a free sticker today!

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Catalog Searching

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Have you ever wondered about the best way to find a children’s book in our catalog? Here are a few tips!

  1. If you know the exact title, use the Title Search
  2. If you like a particular author, type in their name last name first (i.e. Willems, Mo)
  3. If you are looking for a broad topic like “elephants,” do a keyword search for elephants and juvenile (this will rule out adult titles)
  4. If you need something today, choose the Advanced Search link and check the box that says Limit Results to Available Items
  5. When placing a hold, your book may come from any of the libraries that show it “on shelf”
  6. If you have a tough question or a “stumper,” ask a librarian! We love to help!

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Don’t Let the Pigeon…Pass You By!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Mo Willems is an extraordinarily talented children’s author/illustrator. He is the creator of popular characters like Knuffle Bunny, Edwina the Dinosaur and Naked Mole Rat.

His Pigeon books are among my personal favorite read alouds because they allow for audience participation. Titles in this series include:

If you are looking for a fun read aloud — one that can please a small crowd or large — definitely give the Pigeon a chance! You won’t be disappointed.

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Pajama Storytime: Night Time Fun!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009


Pajama Storytime is a great way to spend quality time with your children. Many of our library branches offer these weekly night time programs. Fun themes, great books and creative early literacy activities make for a wonderful learning environment. Plus, you get to see what your librarian looks like in pajamas!

Click here to see a list of times, dates and locations.

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A Book that Never Fails to Please

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

by Claudia Rueda

Looking for a book that is sure to please a crowd of youngsters? Want to read a book to your child that will make them giggle again and again?

Check out Let’s Play in the Forest While the Wolf is Not Around! by Claudia Rueda.

This funny, lyrical text is guaranteed to bring smiles to all who hear it!



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How many books did you read?

Friday, August 15th, 2008

This summer 4,397 teens participated in the Metamorphosis @ Your Library Teen Summer Reading Club at the 18 branches of Kent District Library.

Teens read a total of 60,796 books!

We gave out LOTS of prizes including gift certificates from Woodland Mall, American Eagle Outfitters, Best Buy, Target, Meijer, GameStop, Schuler’s Books & Music, Ticketmaster, Starbucks and Celebration Cinema!!! A few lucky winners even won iPods.

Every year we try and give out the best possible prizes. If you have ideas for what you’d like to see next year, let us know.

In the meantime, if you are looking for a good read, stop into your local branch and any librarian will be happy to help you find something great.

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Breaking Dawn Readalikes

Thursday, July 31st, 2008


Many of you are anxiously awaiting the release of Breaking Dawn and many of you love vampire books in general.

If you are at a loss for what to read next, here are a few resources for you:

KDL has created a booklist for vampire fiction here.

Also, YALSA — the Young Adult Library Services Association — has just posted a book list called Dead, Dying and Undead.

Surely between those two lists you can find something to sink your teeth into!

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Enter to win a chance to meet Stephenie Meyer

Monday, July 14th, 2008 website is offering a free-to-enter sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to New York City to meet Stephenie Meyer and be one of the first to get a copy of Breaking Dawn! All you have to do is fill out some info on a 3×5 card and mail it in!

In the meantime, check out the other books in the series in our catalog while you are waiting for the Breaking Dawn release.

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Summer Reading Club a Big Hit

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

If you haven’t joined KDL’s summer reading club at your local branch, there is still time! Raffle tickets will be accepted through August 2.

And just so you know that it’s TOTALLY worth your time to join, here is a list of prizes that are available at each of our 18 branches:

  1. Grand Prize winner chooses from an iPod or a $100 mall gift certificate
  2. (2) $50 Gamestop Gift Cards
  3. (2) $50 Best Buy Gift Cards
  4. (2) $25 Schuler’s Gift Cards
  5. $50 Ticketmaster voucher
  6. $50 American Eagle Gift Card
  7. $25 Target Gift Card
  8. $25 Meijer Gift Card
  9. $25 Starbucks Gift Card
  10. $25 Celebration Cinema Gift Card

So with all those prizes in mind, head over to your local KDL branch library and pick up some raffle tickets. For every 4 items that you read or listen to you get to enter a raffle ticket into the drawings.

You can also sign up online here.

Good luck and get going!

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