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Borrow an iPad!

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

ipad picInterested in trying out some of our digital offerings before buying your own tablet or eReader? Not sure how much you would use a tablet if you owned one? We can help you answer those questions with our Circulating iPad program.

KDL cardholders can check out an iPad, bring it home and use it for a full three weeks. You can personalize it with apps, photos, music, etc. Don’t forget to download a few books, music, magazines or movies with your library card from our digital collection. When you’re done, return the iPad and we will make sure it gets fully wiped and reset before lending it to the next person in line.

This service is branch-specific and is currently available at the Comstock Park and Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branches. It will be launching next Monday (August 25) at the Englehardt (Lowell) Branch as well, with more branches being added next year. Call or stop in the branch today for more information or to sign up!


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Get Outside! Outdoor Adventures in MI

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Bring your family the to Grandville branch for an outdoor adventure on Saturday, September 21 at 1:00 PM.  You’ll get a chance to

If you enjoy the outdoors you wont want to miss this BIG event for all ages!


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Read Before You Watch

Friday, April 26th, 2013

2013 is shaping up to be a great year for those of us who love seeing our favorite books on the big screen. But whether the movie is good or bad, it is always nice to read the book before you see the movie. Below is a list of just a few of the great books still coming out as movies this year, with the release dates. Stop in at your local branch to pick up a copy of the book now, or follow the link below to put one on hold.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – May 10
World War Z by Max Brooks – June 21
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan – August 7
Paranoia by Joseph Finder – August 16
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – August 23
Serena by Ron Rash – September 27
Carrie by Stephen King – October 18
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – November 1
The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort – November 15
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire November 22
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug  by JRR Tolkien – December 13
The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel – December 18
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber – December 25

What book do you think should be made into a movie?


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Grandville Branch Pet Show Cancelled

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

The Grandville branch Pet Show tonight (Thursday, August 9) has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Teen Poetry Contest Winners

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Word Wise, KDL’s ninth annual teen poetry contest, is in the books, and it was once again a huge success thanks to all the great teen poets out there.  This year we had about 200 entries that our staff had a great time reviewing.  Once we narrowed down the entries, our judge selected 7 winners and 1 honorable mention. A PDF of the winning poems is available for your enjoyment. Congratulations to the winning poets!


Falling Tears by Jana Swanson

The Lost Years by Marissa Sterzick

I Learned About the Trinity Today by Patricia Schlutt

Love is… by Mollie Stahl

Sisterhood by Katja McBane

The Children are Playing by Kara Montgomery

Placenta by Emily Post

Honorable Mention:

Love Letter to Helios by Jill Nelson

We would also like to extend a special thanks to our judge, David Cope.  David is a creative writing professor at Grand Rapids Community College as well as the current Grand Rapids Poet Laureate.  We appreciate his expertise and his willingness to judge our contest again this year.

While you are at it, feel free to check out the PDFs of the past winners:

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Guys Read: West Michigan Whitecaps

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Some boys are less motivated to read due to a lack of role models. They may think reading isn’t cool or is only for girls. Not true at KDL!

Meet the West Michigan Whitecaps!

(From left to right: Colin Kaline, Matt Perry, Dean Green and Warwick Saupold)

Despite all the time these guys spend on the field, they still realize the importance of taking time to read.

Fortunately KDL has them covered with lots of great books for sports fans of all ages.  Check out these book lists for kids, teens, and adults, or a recent post about Chris Crutcher, a popular teen author who writes books that center around athletes.

Also, don’t forget, there is 1 more week left to enter Guys Read to Win.  You could win an autographed copy of The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt, a book that prominently features Mickey Mantle and other players from the 1968 Yankees.  All you have to do is rate or review a book for Guys Recommend by the end of April and you are entered.

(From left to right: Warwick Saupold, Matt Perry, Colin Kaline and Dean Green)

Go Caps!


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Guys Read with Chris Crutcher

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Chris Crutcher, award-winning teen author of Deadline and Whale Talk, as well many other titles, takes a little time to tell us why he thinks guys reading is important, and to recommend one of his favorite guy titles:

You can find Chris’s books here, and while you are at it, check out his recommended titles — Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and the Guys Read short story anthologies edited by Jon Scieszka.

Don’t forget that we also have a Guys Read contest going on right now, until the end of April. All you have to do to enter is rate or review a book on our Guys Recommend review page, and you could win an autographed copy of The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt or an American Chillers poster autographed by Johnathan Rand.

If you could recommend any book to Guys, what would it be?

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Guys Read to Win

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Calling all guys! Do you want to win a signed copy of The Wednesday Wars, an award-winning book by Gary Schmidt?  How about an American Chillers: Monster Mosquitoes of Maine poster signed by the ever-popular Johnathan Rand?

All you have to do is go to our Guys Read review page, called Guys Recommend, write a review, either positive or negative, of any book, and you will be officially entered to win! Make sure when you create an account to write reviews that you include an email address so we can contact you if you win. It’s that simple. Any review written between now and April 30 will be counted and we will draw a winner on May 1.

Both of these authors are very popular authors who write books with a lot of guy appeal. If you have not read one of their books, I would suggest running out to pick one up. Either way, don’t miss your chance to win one of these of these fabulous prizes. Sign up and write a review today!

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Guys Read Digital Books

Monday, February 6th, 2012

When looking at the research about how to encourage guys to become readers, one point that comes up over and over again involves providing guys with a reading format that they enjoy.  Formats could include traditional books, comics, audiobooks, or a whole host of other formats.

One option that might be just the right fit for guys who like technology would be digital books or digital audiobooks.  KDL has a very robust digital collection and there are many great guy titles ready to be devoured on a variety of devices from eReaders like the Kindle or Nook, to tablets like the iPad or from smart phones to computers.  That toy that many guys might not want to put down in favor of a book, can actually be the reading tool needed to get them going.

Check out our Digital Collection at and let us know in the comments what some of the great guy titles you find there are.  If you don’t find what you are looking for you can always suggest a purchase.  Here are a few great titles to get you started.

The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Heat by Mike Lupica

Guys Read: Thriller edited by Jon Scieszka

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Guys Read Kickoff Celebration

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

You are cordially invited to a Guys Read Kickoff Celebration this Sunday, January 29, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at the Cascade Township branch. There will be all sorts of fun including a caricaturist, animals from the John Ball Zoo, a variety of crafts such as comic-creating and wound-making, underwear-slinging and a whole lot more. If you are a guy, or if you simply care about getting guys to read, stop on by, learn about Guys Read and have some fun.



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