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We Have Moved: New Blog Location

Monday, April 25th, 2016


We are enjoying our beautiful new website, the new location for the KDL blog. Check it out to learn about all the latest and greatest things taking place at KDL!

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Mercantile Giving Together: Vote KDL!

Monday, March 21st, 2016

1KB4KCheers to Mercantile Bank of Michigan for the Mercantile Giving Together Program. This Facebook contest asks supporters to cast one vote during the week of March 21-28 for the organization they feel impacts learning the most in our community. KDL is a nonprofit contestant in the Schools and Education category this year, giving us the chance to win $5000 for programs. KDL will direct all the winnings to our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. YOU can support learning at Kent District Library, a community cornerstone, with a few mouse clicks! Help us grow 1KB4K, a program that has sparked the love of books in thousands of infants, toddlers and preschoolers across Kent County. VOTE KDL!

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KDL Reads Kicks Off with Concert and Poetry Reading

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

KDL ReadsWe are pleased to kick-off KDL Reads with a free concert featuring Vox Vidorra and live poetry by Dimonique Boyd, Deonte Osayande and Justin Rogers. This special celebration for all ages will take place at 6:30 PM on Monday, April 11 at Wealthy Street Theatre. The event will include door prizes and refreshments.

Vox Vidorra is an indie/soul quartet from Grand Rapids, MI. Lead by vocal marvel Molly Bouwsma Schultz, the band combines rich, Motown worthy vocals with an underbelly of indie rock, soul and jazz provided by multi-instrumentalists Scott Schultz, Ryan K Wilson and Theo Ndawillie II.

KDL Reads is a community reading event centered on the book Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. This powerful memoir chronicles Woodson’s coming of age amid the backdrop of the turbulent 1960’s. Woodson finds her voice and tells her story through beautifully rendered poems steeped in memory and rich with family ties. An Evening with Jacqueline Woodson will take place at 6:30 PM on Thursday, May 26 at Comstock Park High School.

We want to thank our generous sponsors Consumers Energy and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, in addition to the individual Kent District Library donors who made KDL Reads possible.

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The Book Everyone is Reading!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

BLR-FB-graphicJoin millions of readers around the world reading one eBook. As part of Overdrive’s Big Library Read program, we are pleased to offer our patrons unlimited access to the eBook American Sniper by Chris Kyle now through March 31. No matter how many KDL patrons are reading or listening to this book, we will have a copy available for you to download — no holds, no waitlists!

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

We encourage you to join this global “library book club!” Download the book today!

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Share Your Story and Win

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Our branches are full of stories that we share with you, and we hope you are willing to share your stories with us! Tell us how Kent District Library has transformed your life in ways big or small. Stories have power so don’t keep yours to yourself. Share your story by leaving us a comment on this blog by Tuesday, March 22 and you will be entered to win a $25 gift card to Schuler Books & Music.

We will be sharing some of your stories on social media during National Library Week April 10-16. The theme this year is Libraries Transform.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Huge Honor for KDL Director!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Movers2016webBigWernerWe are thrilled to announce that KDL Director Lance Werner has been named a “Mover and Shaker” in the library industry by the national publication, Library Journal.

In its March 15 issue, Library Journal named 54 outstanding professionals committed to providing excellent service and shaping the future of libraries. Lance was selected in the category Change Agents because of his commitment to the profession and push to further the modern conveniences libraries can offer their patrons. Library Journal honored Lance because of his ability to garner unlikely support for big ideas and his success in bridging the digital divide.

Lance has done great things for KDL and the library community! To learn more about Lance and his awesome achievements, read his Library Journal spotlight.

Please join us in congratulating Lance on this huge honor!

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Learn a New Language

Monday, March 14th, 2016

MangoWe offer an awesome resource that allows you to quickly and easily learn practical dialog skills in a new language! Mango Languages teaches real conversations in over 60 languages and makes it fun; no snoozefests here. Free mobile apps and learning through film make Mango even more convenient and exciting. Check it out today!


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Writer’s Conference: Register Now!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

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Attention writers and authors: it’s time to sign up for our fifth annual KDL Writers Conference , taking place from 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM on Saturday, April 16 at the Cascade Township Branch. This event, for teens and adults,  features Michigan authors and publishing insiders sharing their experiences on getting started, ways to be a paid author, how to promote yourself and more. All genres of writers and skill levels are welcome and pre-registration is required.

We hope to see you there!

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Another Seed Library Volunteer Opportunity

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

SeedLibraryLogoWe need your help! We are looking for people who are willing to help pack and distribute seeds for the KDL Seed Library. This is your chance to help people learn to grow their own food and learn to save seeds. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

This event will take place at the KDL Service Center (814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park) from 1:00 – 5:00 PM on Tuesday, March 15. More information and the sign-up link can be found here. Please note that if you haven’t already done so, you will have to create a simple user account to sign up.

We hope to see you there!

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KDL Welcomes New Board Member

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Sherrie WillsonsmallThere’s a new face on KDL’s Board of Trustees.

Sherrie Barber Willson now represents the City of Wyoming. Her term runs through December 31, 2019.

Sherrie has a BA in English from Northwestern College and a MA in Communications from Grand Valley State University. She worked at Steelcase for 15 years and is currently the Digital Marketing Manager for the Coalesse brand. She is married to Brent and they have two daughters, Lila (7) and Mya (4).

“I think a strong library system is a key component of any healthy community, and KDL does a wonderful job of serving Kent County,” said Sherrie. “I look forward to helping to guide KDL as it seeks to continue serving its patrons in the most effective way.”



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