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New Reference Resource: Value Line

Monday, September 14th, 2015

We are pleased to announce that KDL patrons now have access to Value Line Research Center. This resource allows you to search investment-related data, news and analysis.  Value Line covers 3,500 stocks across 100 industries and represents 90% of the market capitalization of all stocks traded in U.S. markets.

We hope you enjoy this new resource. Try it out today!

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Writers Conference: Register Now!

Friday, September 11th, 2015

KDL Writers Conference Logo

Attention writers and authors: it’s time to sign up for our Writers Conference: Craft Edition, taking place on Saturday, October 24 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. This conference, for teens and adults,  features Michigan authors and publishing insiders sharing their insight on the craft of writing – from capturing your audience, to constructing scenes to editing. All genres of writers and skill levels are welcome and pre-registration is required.

9:30 – 12:30 PM – Conference (Register here)
2:00 – 3:30 PM – Workshop (Register here)

Need a nudge to register? Read this article on why you should attend a writers conference.

We hope to see you there!

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Cool Programs for Teens!

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Super Smash Bros.Teens, take a break from your homework and visit KDL for one (or all!) of these awesome programs! Please click the program title for dates, times and locations or to register.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U Tournament
Get your Smash on! Battle up to 8 players in this Wii U tournament. You are welcome to bring your own controller. We will play with stock characters only. No uploads. Pre-registration is required.

Teen Halo Tournament
Calling all teens! Think you have what it takes to compete in our Halo 4 multiplayer tournament? Bring a partner and battle the best of the best in this first-person shooter competition. The last team standing wins the prize! Pre-registration is required.

Hot Jobs of 2020
The job you may have someday probably doesn’t even exist yet! Technology and innovation are changing the workplace like never before. Join us as we talk through the Hot Jobs of 2020 and how you can set yourself up for success by utilizing career exploration resources while still in high school. Pre-registration is required. 

KDL Anime Festival
Come in costume and participate in our cosplay pageant, or just hang out and celebrate all things anime. Snacks, crafts, games and your favorite shows! Costumes and weapon props must be family-friendly.

Meet the Author: A.S. King
KDL is proud to present A.S. King, the extraordinary writer of provocative teen novels. Join us for what promises to be an evening to remember, as she talks about her life as an author and discusses her latest title As I Crawl Through It. Books will be available for purchase and Ms. King will be signing after her talk. Sponsored by Consumers Energy and the Friends of the Cascade Library.

Teen Film Workshops
These workshops are sure to give you the skills you need to create an outstanding film for our Teen Film Festival.

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School Supply Santa Update: WOW!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

School Supply SantaDuring the month of August, thousands of 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. “You played such a huge role in the program this year!”

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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

GrandCon Image
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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