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Introducing Beanstack: Reading Recommendations for Kids

Monday, April 20th, 2015

beanstackWe are so excited to offer our patrons Beanstack, a resource that offers free personalized recommendations for children’s book and apps! It’s a great way to connect children with books that match their specific age, interests, reading level and background. Sign your children up today and every week you will be sent a book recommendation for each child via email. Recommendations are also available via an online profile that you can access anytime from any mobile device!

Watch this short video to learn more:


 


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Book Bash is Coming Soon!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

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 — $6 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 24, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 25, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 26, 1:00 – 4:00 PM (Bag Sale)


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Holiday Closing – Easter Sunday

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

All Kent District Library branches will be closed Sunday, April 5 for Easter. We will resume normal operating hours on Monday, April 6. For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Easter!

 

Happy Easter

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Teen Poetry Contest: Enter Today!

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

PoetryApril is National Poetry Month, and that means KDL is hosting our 12th annual Word Wise teen poetry contest.

From April 1 to April 30, teens are invited to submit their original poems online or at their local KDL branch.  Winners will receive a $50 gift card to Schuler Books & Music.  The winning poems will be published on the KDL website.  Take some time to check out our teen page for a complete list of rules and an online entry form.

Happy writing!


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Spring Break Fun!

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

SpringStaying 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 Celebrate Spring with Butterflies, Fantastic Flying FunGaming Unplugged: Board Game Boredom Busters and much more, there won’t be any time for boredom.

Click here for a complete list of our programs taking place April 3 – 12.

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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Free Access to lynda.com

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

lynda_logo3r-d_144xKDL patrons now have access to lynda.com, which offers high quality online video tutorials on a huge range of topics! These are available on demand, so you can access them at any time.

Enjoy unlimited access to lynda.com’s vast library of high-quality, current and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts. More than 3,000 courses are available to help anyone learn business, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

This new resource is listed under the Online Learning category of our Reference Resources page or can be linked to directly at http://www.kdl.org/database_references/151.

Enjoy!


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One eBook, No Holds!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Big Library ReadJoin 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 Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates 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! In this easy-to-read autobiography, Laura details her experience teaching Shakespearean works to relate with inmates in solitary confinement.

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

 

 

 


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Anime Party for Teens

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

AnimeTeen Anime fans are invited to an Anime Party, taking place at several KDL branches this spring. Come show off your costume, eat some Pocky and enjoy Anime-themed crafts. Don’t miss out on all the fun!

Thursday, March 12, 3:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, March 19, 3:30 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Saturday, April 4, 2:00 PM, Gaines Twp. Branch
Thursday, April 16, 5:00 PM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Saturday, May 9, 1:00 PM, Grandville Branch

 


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Parents of Teens: Read This!

Friday, February 27th, 2015

successful teensParents of teens, we get it. This is a stressful time in your teen’s life… and yours too. You wonder if they will be ready to leave the nest and soar. This spring, we are offering two programs for teens that will help you (and them) feel more confident in their future success.

Conquering the ACT
Each ACT subject has unique characteristics that draw upon various skills. Learn those characteristics and gain confidence in your ability to apply specific approaches for effective test-taking. This class includes an overview of what the ACT is and how it’s used by colleges, strategies for approaching its different subjects, practice problems in each subject area and test-taking tips. Parents and other adults are encouraged to attend with their teen. Presented by the Grand Rapids Learning Foundation.  Pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, March 11, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 PM, Grandville Branch
Wednesday, March 25, 6:00 PM, Wyoming Branch

 

Just Hired! A Job Search Workshop for Teens
If you’re looking for a job, this fun, interactive workshop is just the thing for you! You’ll learn how to fill out applications, prepare for interviews and communicate your strengths to future employers. Pre-registration is required. For teens ages 14 to 18.

Thursday, March 19, 6:00 PM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Wednesday, April 22, 6:00 PM, Wyoming Branch

Branch locations can be found here.


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“Seventh Son” Movie Premiere: Win Tickets!

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Seventh Son MovieDid you hear that we are presenting a Seventh Son Movie Premiere at 6:30 PM on Friday, February 6 at Celebration! Cinema North? It’s going to be awesome!

Here’s your chance to win a pair of tickets. Leave us a comment on this blog post by Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM and let us know your favorite book of all time. You will automatically be entered to win.

We also a heard a rumor that Joseph Delaney, the author of the book this movie is based on, may do a pre-recorded Q&A to air at the event. What question would you have for him? Leave us a comment with your question and you will also be entered to win.

If you don’t win tickets, make sure to buy them for $15 each. You don’t want to miss out on this amazing night of fun, flicks and food! The movie is rated PG-13 and this event is for tweens, teens and their families. We hope to see you there!

 

*Thank you to everyone who commented. Our winners are Chad Bulthuis, Asia Nguyen, and Peggy Schmidt.

 


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