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KDL Receives Pillar Award from Women’s Resource Center

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Pillar AwardsWe are so honored to be one of three West Michigan organizations named as a recipient of the 2016 Pillar Award from Women’s Resource Center for their dedication to empowering women in the workplace. Kent District Library, Hungerford Nichols and UPS will be honored during a luncheon fundraising event at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, March 9 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Ambassador Ballroom.

Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, Director of Innovation and User Experience at KDL, said “I was pleased to be part of this year’s application for KDL.  My library has been instrumental in my growth in the library profession.  I am proud that they have been recognized for their recent work in the areas of inclusion and diversity.  This award is further motivation to continue to improve in this area.  It is my hope and desire that our branch staff continue to improve on reflecting the communities they serve in the staff we hire.”

Since 1987, Women’s Resource Center (WRC) has honored progressive West Michigan employers who empower women at work with policies designed to recruit, retain and advance women in their workplace. Check out this Grand Rapids Business Journal article to learn more.


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Seed Library Volunteer Opportunity

Friday, March 4th, 2016

SeedLibraryLogoWe need your help! We are looking for people who are willing to help pack and distribute seeds for the KDL Seed Library. This is your chance to help people learn to grow their own food and learn to save seeds. Refreshments will be provided.

This event will take place at the KDL Service Center (814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park) from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM on Monday, March 7. More information and the sign-up link can be found here. Please note that you will have to create a simple user account to sign up.

We hope to see you there!


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Congratulations Teen Film Festival Winners!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

TeenFilmFestivalLogoCongratulations to our winners and to everyone who was featured in the 2016 Teen Film Festival! We had an awesome time and hope you did too! All of the films are posted on YouTube and linked below. Without further ado, here are the winners!

Best Live Action Short:  Sno Day Off, Directed by Jessica Ryan
Best Commercial:  Tae – 25, Directed by Madelyn Jester, Alena Buterakos & Emma Sorenson
Best Animation: 2015 North Park Animated Poetry Project, North Park Montessori students
Best Editor: Noah Conner, No Outlet

Best Director: Ezra Moreno, Tales from the Tundra
Best Actor:  Luke McGee, Chupacabra of Darkness
Best Actress: Jessica Ryan, Sno Day Off
Best Screenplay: Katherine Hessler, Davis and Mary
People’s Choice Award: Chupacabra of Darkness, Directed by Luke McGee

Congratulations again!

Mark your calendars for next year’s Festival. Entries will be accepted for the 2017 Teen Film Festival from Saturday, October 1, 2016 – Friday, January 20, 2017.


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Check Out a Hot Spot

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Hot SpotBig news! Five KDL branches now offer circulating hot spots! Adult KDL cardholders can check out a Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE for up to 3 weeks at the following branches: Alto, Englehardt (Lowell), Nelson Township/Sand Lake, Spencer Township and Tyrone Township. All 18 KDL branches recently started offering circulating iPads, and this is a great enhancement to that service. You can place a hold on a hot spot; however, they will not travel in delivery from branch to branch. (Please note: If your home/pick-up branch is not one of the five libraries offering hot spots, you will need to call 616-784-2007 to place a hold.)

“With so much of everyday life – from plane tickets to product rebates – tied to the Internet, offering this service will make it easier for patrons who live in areas with poor access to get tasks done,” said Sandy Graham, Branch Manager of the Alto Branch. “Along with that, this device is so easy and convenient to use, it will give users the confidence to independently increase their digital skills.”

Visit a participating branch and we’ll be happy to help get you started.

 


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Coffee and Tea Programs @ KDL

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

kdlCaffeinatedLogo_web-300x300We’re headed into another season of unique adult programming. Up next: KDL Caffeinated, where we bring in (or visit) some of the area’s leading experts on hot things steeped, roasted, brewed and sipped. The program line-up includes:

My Cuppa Tea: Create Custom Tea Blends for Health & Wellness
Ferris Coffee & Nut Tour and Tasting
How to Make the Best Coffee
Madcap Coffee Company: Pour Over Class
Tea at the Township Hall: Ladies of the Lighthouses

Please click the program title for more information, including dates, times and locations.


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KDL Closing at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, Feb. 24

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Due to severe weather and travel conditions, all KDL branches will close at 5:00 PM today (Wednesday, February 24). All evening programs except the KD aLe Wrap Up Party at Gravel Bottom Brewery are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Seed Library Volunteer Opportunity

Monday, February 15th, 2016

SeedLibraryLogoWe need your help! We are looking for people who are willing to help pack and distribute seeds for the KDL Seed Library. This is your chance to help people learn to grow their own food and learn to save seeds. Refreshments will be provided.

Volunteer opportunities will take place at the KDL Service Center (814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park) from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Friday, February 26 and from 12:00 – 5:00 PM on Monday, February 29. More information and the sign-up link can be found here. Please note that you will have to create a simple user account to sign up. If you have questions, please contact Brett at bdahlberg@kdl.org.

We hope to see you there!


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KD aLe Wrap Up Party

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

gb12Celebrate another successful season of KD aLe at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, February 24 at Gravel Bottom Brewery (418 Ada Dr. SE, Ada). On tap will be the winning brew from our KDL Home Brewing Competition, as well as a re-release of the scotch ale Gravel Bottom brewed for KD aLe last year. Food, beer, music, door prizes and more will make this an all-around fun and exciting evening. Be there!

 

 


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Win Tickets to Marvel Universe Live!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Marvel Universe Live***Winners have been selected and emailed.

We are excited to offer you the chance to win a family four-pack of ticket vouchers to Marvel Universe Live! It’s easy (and fun!) to enter. Leave us a comment on this blog post and answer this question: If a librarian had a super power, what would it be? Please submit your comment by 8:00 AM on Monday, February 22. Two lucky winners will be contacted by email.

Marvel Universe Live will be playing at the Van Andel Arena March 31 – April 3. Vouchers can be redeemed at the box office for tickets to any of the following shows:
Thursday, March 31, 7:30 PM
Friday, April 1, 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 2, 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM or 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 3, 1:00 PM or 5:00 PM

Good luck!


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Tax Resources and Information

Monday, February 8th, 2016

TaxesWe are here to help make submitting your taxes a bit easier. Visit the Tax Resources and Information page on our website for all kinds of valuable information, including links to popular forms.  Library staff can assist you in finding and printing tax forms, although legal and ethical codes prohibit staff from giving income tax advice or opinions. Normal printing and copy fees will apply to all tax forms printed from the internet or photocopied.


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