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Book Bash Is This Weekend!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

BookBash-KDL_jpgBook Bash is right around the corner! We hope you plan to attend our Giant Warehouse Book Sale, featuring more than 20,000 gently-used books and other items that will be available for just 50 cents to $1 each. Sunday is Bag Day — $5 buys as many items as you can fit in a bag. All proceeds support Summer Reading @ KDL and other branch programs. Held at the KDL Service Center, 814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park.

Friday, April 25, 5:00 – 8:00 PM (Special time for teachers only from 3:00 – 5:00 PM)
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 27, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

 


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Read Off Your Fines April 13-26

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Read off your finesThat cookbook you were returning to the library that got wedged behind the backseat of your car and forgotten over the winter. The novel you only allowed yourself five pages a day to read because you never wanted it to end. The country-western CD your daughter put in her backpack last spring and found this spring.

Has your love of books and other KDL materials made it difficult to let go of some of your checked-out items by their due date? Put that love to work for you Sunday, April 13 through Saturday, April 26. Cardholders with KDL fines (not just KDL cardholders) are invited to visit a branch, and for every 10 minutes spent reading or listening in the library, $1 in overdue fines will be waived up to a maximum of $10 (does not apply to lost or damaged items or collection fees). You can even read off fines for other people!

** Patrons must do their reading at a KDL branch to receive waived overdue fines. See your local branch for more information.

Happy reading!

 


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Spring Break Fun!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

sunStaying in town for spring break? We can help keep your kids happy, busy and entertained… and we may even sneak in a little education (but they will never know)! Between Eco-Friendly Garden Projects, Rainbow Loom Creativity, Tom Plunkard: Beyond Magic and much more, there won’t be any time for boredom.

Click here for a complete list of our programs taking place April 4 – 13.

And if you are heading to the sunny south for break, make sure to stop in your local branch and stock up on some great vacation reads.

Wishing everyone a safe and fun spring vacation!

 


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KDL on WJRW — Melissa DeWild

Monday, March 24th, 2014

WJRWRecently, we announced that our Collection Development Manager Melissa DeWild won a national award from Library Journal. This morning, Melissa went on WJRW to talk about her award, career and exciting library projects she is working on.

Enjoy!

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Spencer Twp. Branch Closed March 25-27

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Spencer 6The Spencer Township Branch is getting a makeover!

The branch will be closed to the public from Tuesday, March 25 through Thursday, March 27 for carpet replacement. The branch is normally closed on Monday and Fridays, so the branch will reopen at its normal time on Saturday, March 29.

During this time:

  • Library materials may be returned using the dropbox. No overdue fines will be incurred due to the closing.

  • Items on the hold shelf that are not picked up will not expire during the time the library is closed.

  • Those with questions about their library accounts can call KDL’s patron services department at 616-784-2007 for assistance.

Thanks for your patronage and please come see the new and improved Spencer Township Branch when it re-opens on Saturday, March 29!


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Huge Honor for KDL Manager!

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

mdewild_headshotWe are so excited! Melissa DeWild, our Collection Development Manager, has been named one of Library Journal’s 2014 Movers & Shakers. This thirteenth annual round of Movers & Shakers profiles 50 up-and-coming individuals who are innovative, creative and making a difference in the library world.

Melissa has done great things for KDL and libraries across the country. To learn more about Melissa and her awesome achievements, read her Library Journal profile.

Please join us in congratulating Melissa on this huge honor!


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You’re Hired! Career Transitions Workshops

Friday, March 14th, 2014

job successWant to brush up on your job-hunting skills? We can help with a series of free Career Transitions Workshops occurring this spring!

Developing Your Personal Brand
Learn how to identify, develop and market your innate talents to best be able to “sell what you do well,” whether it’s through verbal or written communications.
Wednesday, April 2, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 7, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch

Communicating Your Brand
Learn how to best share your personal brand by focusing on elevator pitches, résumés and online profiles, with emphasis on aligning your message with your professional value in the marketplace.
Wednesday, April 16, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 14, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch

Networking
A lot of getting connected to job opportunities is about who you know.  Explore strategies and techniques needed to build and nurture effective relationships with contacts.
Wednesday, March 19, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch
Wednesday, April 23, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 21, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch

LinkedIn Boot Camp
Optimize your use of the professional networking website LinkedIn and develop your networking experience. Registration is required only if you cannot provide your own laptop.
Thursday, March 20, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, April 24, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, May 22, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch

Behavioral Interviewing
Create a positive and lasting impression. Learn essential techniques of how to ace interviews in today’s job market and how to negotiate terms of employment.
Wednesday, March 26, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch
Wednesday, April 30, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 28, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch

The Career Transitions Workshop series is presented in partnership with Career Transitions Center West Michigan. Registration is not required.

 


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Write Michigan: Celebrate with Us!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

WriteMI-2014You are invited! We would love for you to attend the Write Michigan Awards Ceremony, taking place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 22 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. Come celebrate the Write Michigan Short Story Contest winners.

The free event will feature a keynote address by Kentwood-based novelist Kristina Riggle.  Copies of the Write Michigan anthology published by Chapbook Press will be available for purchase, and many of the contest winners will be available for a book signing. The Awards Ceremony is sponsored by Meijer.

We hope to see you there!

 


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KDL on WGVU: Teen Film Festival Winners

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Nick Hansen and Emily Livermore on WGVU with Shelley Irwin - 3-7-14Nick Hansen and Emily Livermore, two winners from our recent Teen Film Festival, went on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about their film-making experience. They shared information about the films they made, their ambitions and the films that inspire them.

To watch Mutts of Motown (Emily’s film), Desolation (Nick’s film) or any of the other films that were screened at the Teen Film Festival, click here.

Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)


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Thank You for Your Generosity!

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Family Promise

During the month of February, KDL staff and patrons collected new socks and underwear for Family Promise of Grand Rapids, a local agency that works with families currently experiencing homelessness. We are thrilled to report that over 700 items were collected for those in need. Thank you so much for your generosity!

 


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