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Krause Memorial Branch to Open Late 6/14

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Krause Memorial Branch

The Krause Memorial Branch will open at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 14, in order to accommodate the Rockford Start of Summer Celebration. The branch normally opens at 9:30 AM on Saturdays.


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Enjoy the Sweet Sounds of Summer

Monday, June 9th, 2014

MusicSit back, relax and enjoy some great music. Our program line-up includes several performances that will fill our branches with some sweet summer sounds. The shows are open to all ages and they are all free… it’s music to my ears!

Native American Dancers
Dancing, drumming and stories. Watch traditional Native American stories come alive through a storyteller and dancers, including a hoop dancer.

Tuesday, June 17, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, June 19, 7:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, July 24, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch


Music on the Deck
Come and enjoy a summer evening with live music on the library deck.

Tuesday, June 17, 6:30 PM — Phil & JD (Bluegrass/Folk) – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 PM — BrushRidge (Americana) – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 1, 6:30 PM — Paschke Trio – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 8, 6:30 PM — West Michigan Bluegrass Association – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 PM — Southern Ledge (American/Folk) – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 PM — Thornapple Brass – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 29, 6:30 PM — String Players – Caledonia Township Branch


City of Kentwood 2014 Summer Concert Series
Bring a blanket for lawn seating or a lawn chair for plaza seating.
Sponsored by DTE Energy, the City of Kentwood and the Kentwood Arts Committee.

Wednesday, June 18, 7:30 PM — Jetty Rae (Folk Pop) – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, June 25, 7:30 PM — Boogie Woogie Babies –  Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, July 16, 7:30 PM — Williams Family (Bluegrass) – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, August 13, 7:30 PM — Kari Lynch Band (Country/Rock) –  Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, August 20, 7:30 PM — Dutch Henry (Americana) – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch


The Porters in Concert
Put on your dancin’ shoes and swing to the toe-tappin’ sounds of The Porters, a four-piece band that will captivate and entertain even the youngest audience.

Thursday, June 26, 6:30 PM – Wyoming Branch
Tuesday, July 8, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Thursday, July 10, 6:30 PM Rescheduled to Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 PM – Tyrone Township Branch
Wednesday, July 16, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, July 17, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, July 17, 7:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, July 24, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, July 24, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch


Carol Johnson in Concert
Join uniquely gifted singer/songwriter Carol Johnson for a lively, upbeat performance of her well-known original songs as well as other familiar tunes. Her participatory singing encourages us to be good to each other, to ourselves and to the earth.

Tuesday, July 8, 10:30 AM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, July 17, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch


Branch addresses can be found here.


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One eBook, No Holds

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Pedigree to Die ForJoin millions of readers around the world reading one eBook. As part of Overdrive’s Big Library Read program, we are pleased to offer our patrons unlimited access to the eBook A Pedigree to Die For by Laurien Berenson June 3 through 18. No matter how many KDL patrons are reading this eBook, we will have a copy available for you to download — no holds, no waitlists!

Book Description: When her uncle, a kennel owner, dies of an apparent heart attack, Melanie Travis is talked into investigating. She learns that the only clue is a missing pedigreed poodle, a situation that has Melanie hounding Connecticut’s elite.

We encourage you to join this global “library book club!”



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Be Amazed by the Magic!

Friday, June 6th, 2014

magicLibraries can be magical places, especially when you make room amongst the stacks for a magic show that’s fun, funny, educational and entertaining! Since Summer Reading @ KDL isn’t complete without some magic, we have a great line-up of magicians visiting our branches this summer. Families with children of all ages are invited to these programs that are sure to leave them feeling happy and amazed.

Magic with Tom Plunkard
An amazing program filled with live animals and loads of audience participation.

Wednesday, June 11, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, June 11, 6:30 PM – Englehardt Branch
Thursday, June 19, 6:30 PM – Tyrone Township Branch
Thursday, June 26, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch
Wednesday, July 9, 2:00 PM – Gaines Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 1:30 PM – Alto Branch
Thursday, July 10, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township Branch
Thursday, July 17, 6:30 PM – Wyoming Branch
Thursday, July 24, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park Branch


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

Wednesday, June 25, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, July 7, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial Branch
Wednesday, July 9, 6:00 PM – Alpine Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch
Thursday, July 24, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Saturday, July 26, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Thursday, July 31, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, July 31, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch


Baffling Bill the Magician
POOF! In a brilliant flash, Baffling Bill the magician arrives to amaze with illusion, comedy, audience participation and Gus the Bunny to celebrate summer reading.

Tuesday, July 15, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, July 24, 7:00 PM – Grandville Branch


Click here for branch locations.


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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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