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Help for Job Seekers

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

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

LinkedIn Boot Camp
Optimize your use of the professional networking website and develop your networking experience. Please bring your own laptop if possible.

Thursday, December 18, 6:00 PM, Gaines Twp. Branch
Thursday, January 15, 6:00 PM, Grandville Branch
Thursday, February 19,  6:00 PM, Plainfield Twp. Branch (CANCELLED)

Developing Your Personal Brand
Learn how to identify, develop and market your innate talents to best “sell what you do well,” whether it’s through verbal or written communications.

Wednesday, February 4, 6:00 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, February 11, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch

Networking Strategies
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, February 18, 6:00 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, February 25, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch


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Book Club in a Bag

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Book Club in a BagDid you know that we offer a Book Club in a Bag program, which allows book groups to check out a bag of everything they need for their book discussion? Learn more, including current available titles, by clicking here.

If you have used our Book Club in a Bag service, we need your help. Please take this short survey by December 15. You will be entered to win a copy of Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder or a set of Lit W!t trivia cards. Thanks so much!

 

 


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Happy “Giving Tuesday”

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

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You have enjoyed (survived?) Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Did you know that today is Giving Tuesday? Today might be a great day to make a donation to Kent District Library online or by mail. Gifts of any size are so appreciated! KDL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and your donation is tax deductible.

Your gifts to Kent District Library support the programs, services and collections provided to the people of our community. Check out this list of some of the items your donations provide.

A huge thank you goes out to all our generous donors!

 


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KDL Lab Programs Featured on Fox17 Morning Mix

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Learn more about our upcoming KDL Lab programs! Check out this segment from FOX 17’s brand new show, Morning Mix:
 

 

Lab programs at the Kent District Library

 


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Win Tickets to a GR Drive Basketball Game

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Grand Rapids DriveThere is a new basketball team in town, the Grand Rapids Drive, and we are thrilled to provide you with a chance to see some exciting action on the court! Stop by any KDL branch location by December 12 and complete an entry form for your chance to win two tickets to the game at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 7 at the DeltaPlex Arena.

Want to increase your chance of winning tickets? Leave us a comment on this post and tell us why you want to go to a GR Drive game. We will randomly select one commenter to win two tickets.

Good luck to all!

 


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KDL Partners with Toys for Tots

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Join KDL this holiday season in bringing cheer to a local child. Once again, KDL is participating in the US Marines’ Toys for Tots program, helping to provide toys to deserving children throughout the community. Drop off your new, unwrapped toys now through Thursday, December 18 at any one of these KDL branch locations:

Thank you for your generosity!


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Get Creative at the KDL Lab Programs

Monday, November 24th, 2014

kdlLabLogo_color_jpgCheck out these awesome KDL Lab programs that promote creativity and encourage you to have fun while learning. Make cool things while exploring new technology! Please click the program title for a list of dates, times and locations.

The Wonderful WaterColorBot
Watch with amazement while an image you create is recreated by our robot using watercolors, paper and a paintbrush. For all ages.

Get Revved Up
Create your own rubber band car, help us build an engine model and even design your own style of car or truck.  For all ages.

ReFashion It!
Put your creativity to the test and see what you can make with old T-shirts, other clothing items and odd pieces of fabric. We supply the tools, you bring a T-shirt and your imagination. Participants must be age 14 and older. For teens and adults.

3Doodler Dream It, Draw It
Make your drawings come to life with our 3Doodler! Create simple 3D objects from your own imagination or use some of the provided stencils. Pre-registration is required. For all ages.

***Check out WXMI Fox 17‘s new show, Morning Mix, at 9:00 AM on Monday, December 1. A segment, filmed at our Plainfield Township Branch and featuring our very own Craig Buno, will promote the KDL Lab programs. Here is a sneak peek photo:

KDL Lab Photo


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Mark your Calendar: Winter Book Sales

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

BooksGet a great deal on some great books. Shop our upcoming book sales, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Walker Branch
Thursday, December 4, 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday, December 5, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, December 6, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Plainfield Township Branch
Saturday, December 6, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, December 7, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, December 13 – Saturday, December 20, during open hours

Plainfield Township Branch
Friday, January 9, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, January 10, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 11, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Monday, January 12, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Wyoming Branch
Saturday, January 24, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Friends of the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library Craft and Book Sale
Visit the group’s booth at the Resurrection Lutheran Church (180 Northland Dr. in Sand Lake). Purchase books, crafts and raffle tickets to win the Friends’ quilt, which will be on display.
Saturday, December 6, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 


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Celebrate the Season!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

SNowflakeCelebrate the holiday season with KDL! We are offering all kinds of exciting programs for children, families and adults this winter.  Don’t miss out on all the free fun! Please click on the program title for dates, times and locations.

3D Paper Snowflakes
Make a six-pointed star for any occasion, whether it’s the holidays, a baby shower, graduation or just something pretty for your home. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. For adults.

Gingerbread Lane
Stroll down Gingerbread Lane and enjoy tasty gingerbread stories. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. For all ages.

The Reindeer Are Coming!
Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the library. Dress warmly and don’t forget the camera! For all ages.

Mush!
Tun-Dra Kennels owners will talk about sled dogs, mushing equipment and the Iditarod. Families can meet the dogs and watch a demonstration outside, weather permitting. For all ages.

Countdown to Happy “Noon” Year!
We’re giving kids an exciting way to ring in 2015 with a countdown, noisemakers, goodies and fun — at an hour that won’t keep them up way past their bedtimes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For all ages.

Winter Snow Party
Celebrate winter wonderland indoors with crafts, games and activities! For ages 6 and younger.

 


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Deadline for Write Michigan is Approaching!

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Write Michigan 2014The deadline for submitting an entry to the second annual Write Michigan Short Story contest is November 30… so get writing! Opportunities like this don’t come around every day, so don’t miss out on this chance to get published and win money! With categories for youth, teen and adult, the entire family can participate.

See www.writemichigan.org for complete details.


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