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Short Story Workshops: Teens Only!

Friday, September 19th, 2014

WriteMichigan-blackSpread the word! As part of the Write Michigan Short Story Contest, we are offering Short Story Workshops for teens grades 6-12. Delve into the world of creative writing by exploring different techniques and short story ideas. If you plan on entering the Write Michigan Contest, you definitely want to attend one of these workshops! Pre-registration is required so sign up today! Register online or by calling 616-784-2007. We hope to see you there!

Schedule:

Saturday, October 4, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Thursday, October 16, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, October 18, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 8, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 3:30 – 5:30 PM, Wyoming Branch


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Thank You for Your Generosity!

Friday, September 12th, 2014

During the month of August, over 2,000 school items were collected at KDL branches for School Supply Santa. Thank you so much for your generosity during this most recent KDL Gives Back initiative! Local children were able to head back to school with all the items they need to succeed, thanks to your support!

“I want to thank KDL for promoting, supporting and collecting school supplies,” said Denise Kooiker, who runs School Supply Santa. “They played such a huge role in the program this year!”

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Workshops for Job Seekers

Friday, September 12th, 2014

job successWant to brush up on your job-hunting skills? We can help with a series of free Career Transitions Workshops occurring this fall! The series is presented in partnership with Career Transitions Center West Michigan. Registration is required. Please click the links below or call 616-784-2007 to register.

LinkedIn Boot Camp
Optimize your use of the professional networking website LinkedIn and develop your networking experience.
Thursday, September 25, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, October 23, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, November 20, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Grandville Branch (originally scheduled at the Walker Branch)

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, October 8, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) 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, October 15, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) 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, October 22, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) 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, October 29  November 5, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch (This program was rescheduled due to presenter illness)

 


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Celebrate the Season with Fall Programs

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Kent District Library is celebrating the fall season with a couple of programs that are sure to get the entire family into the spirit of autumn.  We hope you will join us for some fall fun!

Fall Mixed Up
Leaves float up and squirrels fly south! Celebrate this topsy-turvy season with zany stories, songs and activities centered around the book Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka. For ages 6 and younger.

Thursday, September 18, 10:00 AM – Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, September 27, 10:30 AM – Gaines Township Branch
Saturday, September 27, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Sunday, September 28, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Tuesday, September 30, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Tuesday, October 7, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Tuesday, October 7, 1:00 PM – Byron Township Branch
Monday, October 13, 9:45 AM, 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM – Plainfield Township Branch
Wednesday, October 15, 9:45 AM – Plainfield Township Branch
Thursday, October 16, 9:45 AM – Plainfield Township Branch
Thursday, October 23, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, October 27, 9:45 and 10:30 AM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, October 28, 10:00 AM – Alpine Township Branch
Wednesday, October 29, 10:00 AM – Walker Branch
Wednesday, November 5, 10:00 AM – Tyrone Township Branch
Monday, November 10, 10:30 AM – Alto Branch
Tuesday, November 11, 6:30 PM – Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, November 12, 10:30 AM – Comstock Park Branch

 

Awesome Autumn Adventure
Celebrate the season with autumn crafts, pumpkin decorating, games and bountiful farmyard fun! Please bring your own pumpkin. For all ages.

Wednesday, October 15, 10:00 AM – Walker Branch
Saturday, October 18, 10:30 AM – Gaines Township Branch
Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, October 23, 6:30 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, October 25, 10:30 AM – Alto Branch
Saturday, October 25, 2:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Sunday, October 26, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Monday, October 27, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 PM – Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, October 29, 10:30 AM – Comstock Park Branch
Thursday, October 30, 10:00 AM – Englehardt (Lowell) Branch

 

Branch locations can be found here.

 


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Classes for Parents and Caregivers

Friday, September 5th, 2014

ECE classesParents 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 Great Start. 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.

Schedule:
Communicating with Respect
Thursday, September 11, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch

Appropriate Technology with Young Children
Saturday, September 13, 10:00 AM, Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, November 8, 10:00 AM, Caledonia Township Branch

Selective Screen Time
Saturday, September 13, 11:30 AM, Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, November 8, 11:30 AM, Caledonia Township Branch

Moral Development and Fostering Goodness
Monday, September 15, 6:00 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, September 18, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, October 7, 6:30 PM, Walker Branch

Getting Ready to Write For 3–5-Year-Olds
Monday, September 22, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Journaling with Young Children
Saturday, September 27, 10:00 AM, East Grand Rapids Branch

Sugar Shock
Monday, September 29, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch

Let’s Go Outside!
Tuesday, September 30, 6:30 PM, Caledonia Township Branch

Stress Less with Mindfulness
Thursday, October 2, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch

Money and Economic Skills for Preschoolers
Monday, October 6, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, November 3, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch

Picky Eating
Thursday, October 16, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch

Visualizing and Verbalizing Daily Experiences
Monday, October 20, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch

Discipline with Fewer Tears
Monday, November 10, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, November 13, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 PM, Walker Branch

 

Branch locations can be found here.

 


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Get Creative!

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Check out these programs that are sure to get your creative juices flowing!

3doodler3Doodler Dream It, Draw It
Have you ever wished your drawings could come to life? Now they can! With the use of the 3Doodler, create simple 3D objects from your own imagination or use some of the provided stencils. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. For all ages.

Thursday, September 11, 6:00 PM, Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, September 25, 4:00 PM, Alto Branch
Wednesday, October 8, 4:00 PM, Gaines Township Branch
Tuesday, October 14, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch
Tuesday, November 11, 6:30 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, November 15, 2:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 AM, Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch

 

Get Revved UpGet Revved Up
Interested in cars? Want to learn how an engine works? Create your own rubber band car, help us build an engine model and even design a sketch of your own style of car or truck. For all ages.

Sunday, September 14, 2:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, September 18, 6:30 PM, Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, September 27, 10:30 AM, Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch
Saturday, October 4, 10:30 AM, Alto Branch
Saturday, October 11, 10:30 AM, Alpine Township Branch
Saturday, November 8, 2:00 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, November 29, 2:00 PM, Comstock Park Branch

 

Branch locations can be found here.

 


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Write Michigan Contest Kicks Off Today!

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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Short story writers, grab your laptops for the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, presented by Kent District Library, Herrick District Library and Schuler Books & Music. Entries are accepted now through Sunday, 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 adults, teens and children.

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

We can’t wait to read your story!


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You Decide Who Runs the Race!

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Genre DerbyWhat are your favorite reads at KDL? KDL’s Genre Derby, our online campaign to raise money for collections, will be returning in February, and we need you to vote on which genres make it to the starting gate. Fill out this short survey and the genres with the most votes will make the cut.

Last year, the Genre Derby raised over $6,000 for collections at KDL! Romance received the most donations, but every genre was a winner.

 

 


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Celebrate with Us!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

celebrationHave you heard the good news? The KDL millage passed! To celebrate, each branch will be hosting a Voter Appreciation Celebration. Join us for an encore presentation of these family-friendly events. Treats provided!

Tuesday, August 12
Storytelling Adventures with Gloria Cangelosi, Spencer Township Branch, 4:00 PM
Magician Tom Plunkard, Krause Memorial Branch, 6:30 PM

Wednesday, August 13
Bubble Wonder, Gaines Township Branch, 10:00 AM
Life-Sized Candied Land, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch, 10:00 AM
Bubble Wonder, Walker Branch, 1:00 PM
Bubble Wonder, Tyrone Township Branch, 3:00 PM

Thursday, August 14
Life-Sized Candied Land, Alto Branch, 1:30 PM
Honey We Shrunk the Kids, East Grand Rapids Branch, 2:00 PM
Photo Booth/Balloon Animals, Byron Township Branch, 5:30 PM
Balloon Animals/Face-Painting/Photo Booth, Plainfield Township Branch, 6:30 PM

Tuesday, August 19
Puppeteer Kevin Kammeraad, Grandville Branch, 10:00 AM

Thursday, August 21
Puppeteer Kevin Kammeraad, Comstock Park Branch, 2:00 PM
Blandford Nature Center’s Storytime with the Animals, Wyoming Branch, 6:30 PM (photo booth starts at 5:30 PM)
Steel Drum Band/Craft Activities, Caledonia Township Branch, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, August 26
Magician Tom Plunkard, Englehardt Branch, 6:30 PM

Wednesday, August 27
Puppeteer Kevin Kammeraad, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch, 4:30 PM
Magician Tom Plunkard, Alpine Township Branch, 6:30 PM

Thursday, August 28
Magician Tom Plunkard, Cascade Township Branch, 7:00 PM

 


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KDL Gives Back: School Supply Santa

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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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