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Fun With Grandkids: A Program Series

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Fun with GrandkidsThis fall, we are inviting grandparents and grandchildren to come together for some fun bonding time at the library! Don’t miss out on our Fun With Grandkids events. Please click program titles for a list of dates, times and locations and to register if required.

Fun with Grandkids: DIY Spa
Create everything you need for your own intergenerational spa day! Make your own pampering products–foot scrub, bath salts, body glitter and lip balm–to take home! Pre-registration is required. For kids ages 6 to 96.

Fun With Grandkids: Let’s Play! Nostalgic Gaming for Ages 6 to 96
Experience games of yesteryear in this program designed for grandparents, grandkids and appreciators of old-fashioned fun. Enjoy nostalgic games like Checkers, Shooting Marbles, Jacks, Old Maid and Pick-Up Sticks. You may even get to shout “Bingo!” Best enjoyed by kids ages 6 and up and their parents and/or grandparents.

Fun with Grandkids: Zentangle
Grandparents connect with younger friends or family members through the fascinating world of Zentangle. Whether you’re looking to form beautiful structured images or want to spend time learning a new skill, this easy-to-learn method can bring out the artist in everyone. Engage your creativity and sense of fun through the fascinating world of Zentangle! Pre-registration is required and participation spots are limited. Open to children ages eight and above and adults of any age.

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Win Passes to GrandCon!

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

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Attention all gaming enthusiasts! The GrandCon Gaming Convention is coming to the Crowne Plaza Hotel (5700 28th St.) September 25-27. Here’s your chance to win two full-conference passes. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post with your answer to this  gaming question: Name two tabletop games with a fictional place as the title.

Submit your answer by Sunday, September 13 to be entered into a random drawing. Two lucky winners will each win two 3-day gamer badges. Winners will be notified by email.

Good luck!


*** Congratulations to our lucky winners, Nicholas and David!

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Write Michigan Contest Kicks Off Today!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015


Write MichiganShort story writers, grab your laptops for the fourth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, presented by Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music. Entries are accepted now through Monday, November 30. Writers of all ages can enter, with cash prizes awarded for Readers’ Choice and Judges’ Choice. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.

Enhance your writing skills by attending one of the short story workshops being offered for teens and adults.

Learn more, including complete contest guidelines, by visiting the Write Michigan website.

We can’t wait to read your story!

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Great Classes for Parents and Caregivers

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

ECEParents and caregivers of children are invited to participate in free Early Childhood Essentials classes at KDL this fall. If you have young children or work in child care and need professional development hours, this series is for you. All of the presenters are certified and vetted through program sponsor Great Start to Quality. The classes are for adults, and child care is not provided.

Registration is required and participation is limited. Sign up today by clicking on the links below or calling our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007. If you register and then are unable to attend, please call and let us know, as many sessions have waiting lists.

Designing Learning Opportunities
Thursday, September 3, 6:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch

Exploring Humor in Children’s Books
Monday, September 14, 6:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Monday, November 2, 6:30 PM, Wyoming Branch

Injury Prevention
Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Twp. Branch
Monday, October 5, 6:30 PM, Wyoming Branch

Growing Scientists
Thursday, September 17, 6:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch

Positive Discipline
Monday, September 21, 6:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Twp. Branch

Mini Day of Learning; Challenging Behaviors
Part I: How Might I fit Into Behavior Issues?
Part II: Tips and Tools for Creating Great Days for ALL!
Saturday, September 26, 10:00 AM, Part I, Cascade Twp. Branch
Saturday, September 26, 12:00 PM, Part II, Cascade Twp. Branch

Let’s Solve Problems the Pre-school Way!
Monday, September 28, 6:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Saturday, October 10, 10:00 AM, East Grand Rapids Branch

Mini Day of Learning; About Learning
Part I:
Designing Learning Opportunities for Young Children
Part II: Growing Scientists
Saturday, October 3, 10:00 AM, Part I, Caledonia Twp. Branch
Saturday, October 3, 12:00 PM, Part II, Caledonia Twp. Branch
Saturday, November 14, 9:00 AM, Part I, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 14, 11:00 AM, Part II, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Understanding Communication Styles
Thursday, November 12, 6:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch

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Consider Donating to School Supply Santa

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

School SuppliesIt’s time to start thinking about back-to-school shopping, but some local families don’t have the resources to purchase even the basic school supplies. Would you be willing to help meet this need?

During the month of August, all 18 KDL branches will collect school supplies in support of School Supply Santa, a local organization that collects and distributes school supplies for students in need. Requested supplies include backpacks, notebooks, crayons, markers, rulers, glues sticks, pencils, etc…. basically anything you would buy your own children to prepare them for school.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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Change to Placing Holds

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

KDL_logo_300dpiAs we prepare for our exclusive new catalog, we regret some
temporary inconveniences. As of July 31, KDL cardholders may continue to place holds on material owned by KDL. However, non-KDL cardholders will no longer be able to place holds on KDL material. KDL cardholders will no longer be able to place holds on non-KDL material.

Interlibrary loan between KDL and most Lakeland member libraries will resume by October 1 when KDL rejoins MelCat, the statewide resource sharing system.

For more information, please see our previous blog post about KDL’s new catalog  and our list of Frequently Asked Questions.


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While You Wait For “Go Set a Watchman”

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Based on the number of holds, we know that many of you are anxiously waiting to read Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.  Rest assured that we purchased a lot of copies of this title! We ordered 163 regular and express copies, 28 large print copies and 18 audiobooks.

While you wait for your hold to be filled, we have some great book suggestions for those who enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird. Check out the list here.

Go Set a Watchman

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Popular Teen Programs: New Listings!

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

cake decoratingDue to the popularity (and long waiting lists) of a couple of our teen programs, we have decided to add extra dates and times to our program lineup! Here are the newly added listings:

Sweet! Cake Decorating for Teens
Learn some tips and tricks for decorating cakes, cookies and other sweet treats. Hands-on fun included. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.
Thursday, July 16, 1:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Wednesday, July 29, 4:00 PM – Wyoming Branch
Tuesday, August 11, 6:00 PM – Plainfield Township Branch

Henna Tattoos
Experience the intricate art of henna tattooing with Harsha Gohil. Choose your own design for application and learn how to apply the henna yourself!  Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.
Wednesday, July 15, 4:00 PM – Wyoming Branch
Wednesday, July 29, 3:30 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Please click the program links above to register. Enjoy!

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Come Play Giant Games With Us!

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Giant GamesGet your competitive juices flowing and join us for Giant Games! Kids ages 6 and up will have a blast playing giant-sized games like Bananagrams, Jenga and Connect 4.


Wednesday, June 24, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, June 30, 2:00 PM – Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 PM – Englehardt Branch (Lowell)
Wednesday, July 8, 11:00 AM – Caledonia Township Branch
Wednesday, July 8, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial Branch
Thursday, July 9, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, July 22, 6:30 PM – Alpine Township Branch
Tuesday, August 4, 10:00 AM – Plainfield Township Branch
Tuesday, August 4, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch

Branch locations can be found here.

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Get a Free Bike Helmet!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

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Make plans to visit the Walker Branch on Wednesday, June 24. Starting at 1:45 PM, volunteers from the Griffins and Safe Kids will be on hand to properly fit free bike helmets for the first 100 kids. Helmets for kids ages 1-12 will be distributed (subject to availability), and a parent or legal guardian must be present for a child to receive a helmet. Griff will be on hand to entertain patrons, and a variety of information from the Griffins and Safe Kids will be available for pickup.

See you there!


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