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Cool Science Programs for Kids and Teens

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

ScienceWith our Summer Reading theme being Ignite Happiness @ KDL, it’s no wonder we have a great line up of fun and educational science programs taking place at our branches this summer! Click each program’s title for dates, times and locations.

The Science of Us with the World’s Coolest Nerd
Miss Cari’s interactive science demonstration on the five senses will have children laughing and learning about how they are a walking piece of science. For Children & Families

Stormy the Magician Presents the Magic of Science
Go on an entertaining adventure into the magic of science and the science of magic. For Children & Families

Super Fun Science Party!
You’ll have such a great time playing, making and doing that you may not notice you’re exploring the principles of science at the same time. For Children & Families

Let’s Explore Geodes!
Join geologist Steve Tchozeski to learn about the mysteries of geodes and a hands-on chance to explore what is inside. Participants will select a geode to take home with them! For School-Age Children

Rockets are a Blast!
Learn all about building and launching model rockets from Matt Johnson, of the local SMASH rocketry association and National Association of Rocketry. Participants will collaborate on a rocket build and learn about upcoming launch opportunities in the area. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. For School-Age Children

Bust That Myth!
Can soda pop really clean a gross penny? Can you separate two intertwined phone books? Can you make your own bouncy ball? Test out these myths and more to determine whether they are confirmed or busted! For Teens

Mind Boggle Science Workshop
Dr. Boggle leads you through amazing hands-on experiments and endless possibilities. Learn science the fun way through a series of mind-boggling experiences. For Teens

The Science of the Paranormal: Where the Werewolf Got Its Bite
Tess Grant, former forensic anthropologist and author of teen suspense and adult thrillers, will talk about where and how the myth began. For Teens

 


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Win Whitecaps Tickets

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Whitecaps logoEach KDL branch is giving away a pair of tickets to the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball game taking place on Monday, June 30 at 12:00 PM. Stop by your local branch by June 14 to enter to win!

Want to increase your chances of winning? Leave a comment on this blog post and share your favorite Whitecaps memory or what you enjoy most about going to a Whitecaps game. One lucky commenter, chosen at random, will also win a pair of tickets. If you follow us on Twitter, you can also retweet this post for an additional chance to win!

There’s also a special promotion for all KDL cardholders: Show your library card at the box office to enjoy buy one-get one free on reserved seats at the June 30 game. There will also be special kid-friendly activities at the game.

Good luck to all!

 


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Summer Reading @ KDL Starts Today!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Ignite-Orange_jpgIgnite Happiness! Today is the first day of Summer Reading @ KDL, so stop by your local branch and sign up for a summer of reading, programs and prizes! With separate programs for babies, kids, teens and adults, the whole family can get in on the fun.

Don’t forget to check out all the FREE programs and activities listed in the KDL Events Calendar!

We would love to hear from you. Leave us a comment and let us know what books you would like to read this summer, what programs you plan to attend or your favorite thing about our summer reading program.

*** A huge thank you goes out to Consumers Energy for sponsoring Summer Reading @ KDL!


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Animals at the Library? Absolutely!

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

FarmSnakes in the stacks? Bats in the biography section? Goats getting checked out? You bet!

This summer we are featuring a lot of creatures at our programs. Don’t miss out on all the furry and feathered fun! Below is a list of our animal-related programs. Click each link for more information including dates, times and locations.

Radical Reptiles
Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary engages young minds with fascinating facts and real-life encounters with snakes, alligators and turtles.

John Ball Traveling Zoo
Come learn about animals and even get a chance to meet some!

Pet Shows
Is your pet a star? Every critter’s a winner in this unique show designed to put the spotlight on your furry, scaly or feathered friend. All acts must pre-register. Visit your local branch for more details.

Amazing Bats
Can you fly with your hands? Bats can! Meet and learn about the Organization for Bat Conservation’s live bats from around the world.

Agility Dogs Extraordinaire!
Witness extraordinary feats including free-style dancing, nose work and pulling carts, performed by talented dogs from The Well Mannered Dog Center. Learn how these special canines are trained both to be helper dogs and to compete in agility shows.

Farm on the Go
The Critter Barn of Zeeland brings a little of the farm to the city in a program featuring the cutest barnyard animals around for you to touch and pet.

Ruff Readers
KDL is celebrating 10 years of Ruff Readers in partnership with West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Inc. Ruff Readers is a unique read-aloud program that pairs kids with a trained therapy dog and their handler. Kids read their favorite book and the pooches just curl up and listen. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. Kids will be given a 15-minute time slot as they arrive. For ages 6 and older.

 

Hope to see you there!


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Summer Reading @ KDL Coming Soon!

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Ignite-Orange_jpgThe school year is winding down, and that means we are gearing up for Summer Reading @ KDL. With programs for kids, teens and adults, we are inviting the whole family to Ignite Happiness @ KDL. And if discovering some great books isn’t enough of an incentive to participate, we have also got some awesome prizes up for grabs!

Summer Reading @ KDL kicks off on Monday, June 2. Stop by your local branch to sign up, and don’t forget to check out our program guide. Our summer line-up includes reptiles, magic, animals, food and music, just to name a few!

 

 


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Teen Poetry Contest Winners

Monday, May 19th, 2014

WordWiseKDL’s eleventh annual Teen Poetry Contest was a huge success thanks to all the great teen poets out there. This year, nearly 200 poems were submitted. Library staff reviewed the poems and narrowed down the entries, submitting them to former Grand Rapids Poet Laureate, David Cope, for final analysis. Ten winners were chosen and a PDF of the winning poems is available for your reading pleasure.

Congratulations to the winning poets!

  • april 9 by Michelle Starkey
  • Syria by Jimmy Kastelz
  • The Box by Ashley Nelson
  • And It Will Be Beautiful by Janelle Urena Ravelo
  • An Evaporating Cosmos by Claire Oleson
  • Goodnight Moon by Deanna Griffin
  • Resentment by Jyi Herring
  • Hopeless in Waiting RE: Hopeless in Waiting by Greg Clapp
  • A Sponsored Child by Samantha Holland
  • Bursting from the Inside Out by Kaley Obney

We would also like to extend a special thanks to our judge, David Cope. We appreciate his expertise and his willingness to judge our contest again this year.

 


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Teen Poetry Contest: Stay Tuned!

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Thank you to everyone who entered KDL’s Teen Poetry Contest. Final judging is currently taking place and winners will be announced as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience!

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Get Your Free Concert Tickets at KDL

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

voguesKDL is once again a ticket sponsor for the WGVU Real Oldies Concert at the Ball Park! This event will be held on Saturday, May 31 at 6:00 PM at the Fifth Third Ball Park, featuring The Vogues, and other special guests. Pick up your free tickets at any KDL branch.

We hope to see you there!

 

 


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Meet the Author: Jaime Westenbarger

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

jaime-smallJaime Westenbarger, President and CEO of Forest Hills Financial and author of a chapter in Steve Forbes’ new book Successonomics, will visit two KDL branches to present “Would You Be a Client of Your Business?” Jaime will be at the Cascade Township Branch at 6:30 PM on Monday, May 19, and at the Plainfield Township Branch at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, May 21. Learn how to grow your business even in the toughest of times. Free copies of Successonomics will be distributed and a book signing will take place.

We hope to see you there!

 

 


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Genre Derby = New Books

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

GenreDerbyLogoDid you watch the Kentucky Derby over the weekend? Don’t forget that KDL held its own derby this year… the Genre Derby! Thanks to generous donations and corporate matches, we received an additional $6,045 to spend on books in various genres.

Over 400 books were added to the collection thanks to your generosity! Here are just a few of the titles that were purchased:

General Fiction:
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover by Ann B. Ross

Horror:
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Omega Days by John L. Campbell

Sci-Fi / Fantasy:
Saucer: Savage Planet by Stephen Coonts
Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach

Romance:
Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney
Three Weeks With Lady X by Eloisa James

Western:
Backlands: A Novel of the American West by Michael McGarrity
Shawn O’Brien, Town Tamer by William W. Johnstone

Mystery:
Killer Physique by G. A. McKevett
Murder on Bamboo Lane by Naomi Hirahara

Inspirational:
Woman of Courage by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers

Classics:
In Secret by Émile Zola
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

 


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