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Miss Barb: A Hometown Hero

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Barb and KidsThis morning, our very own Barb DeYoung was honored as 91.3 WCSG’s first ever Hometown Hero! Barb, beloved youth librarian at the Byron Township branch, was surprised with this accolade during her morning storytime in front of all her little fans! Don and Steve, DJs from WCSG’s Family Friendly Afternoon Show, recognized Barb as an ordinary person doing extraordinary things and making others’ lives better. Barb was nominated as a Hometown Hero by her longtime friend, Robin.

Congratulations Barb! We are so proud of you and all the great work that you do. This recognition was well-deserved!


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Local Films on the Big Screen

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

TeenFilmFestival-colorIf you love short films, don’t miss out on our upcoming Kent County Teen Film Festival, taking place from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 22 at Celebration! Cinema North (2121 Celebration Dr. NE). Several teen film submissions will be shown on the big screen, and prizes in several categories will be awarded.

We hope to see you there!


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Healthy Kent County: Share Your Thoughts

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

healthy kent logoAccess to affordable care? More mental health services? More grocers selling healthy foods? What are the most pressing needs in Kent County when it comes to our health? We have teamed up with Healthy Kent to give you the opportunity to share your input about the health issues that concern you most.

Several KDL branches will host a 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment. Data gathered from previous surveys and studies will be presented, and then attendees will be asked to discuss health topics and share ideas on how health issues can be improved. Refreshments will be provided and guests will have the chance to win a $25 gift card to Meijer.

To RSVP for the meetings or for more information (including a schedule of dates, times and locations), please visit



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Easy Way to Win Awesome Prizes!

Friday, January 31st, 2014

tell your story

Take a few minutes to share your story… it’s a simple way to earn a chance to win sensational  prizes (including an iPad Mini)!

Record yourself telling a short (five minutes or less) but true story from your life — be it funny, sad or life-changing — and share it on KDL’s website for a chance to win several prizes in a random drawing. Deadline for submissions is February 8. To share your story, just fill out the online form, which also includes prompts to help get ideas flowing.

If you do not have any equipment to record yourself, the Alpine Township, Cascade Township, East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Spencer Township and Wyoming branches can provide a quiet room with a laptop and microphone. Please call ahead at 616-784-2007 to reserve a time.



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Good News for Readers!

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

GenreDerbyLogoWe have some great news to share!  For every gift you give to the KDL Genre Derby to support new digital and physical book collections, a 50% matching gift will be provided by one of our two sponsors, Robert Maloof at Edward Jones or First United Credit Union.

You can help KDL get more books on the shelves!  Vote for your favorite genre by donating at Don’t forget to share the link on Facebook and Twitter.  Thank you for your help!

Click here to learn more about our Genre Derby.




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Write Michigan: Voting Closes in 1 Week

Friday, January 24th, 2014

WriteMI-2014You have one more week to vote for your favorite finalist in the Write Michigan short story contest; voting closes on Friday, January 31.

Vote for your favorite story at You may vote for up to one adult, one teen and one youth entry per week.

Grand prize winners will be announced on February 3, and an awards ceremony featuring Kristina Riggle will take place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 22 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch.

Cast your vote today!

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Vote for Your Favorite Genre!

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

GenreDerbyLogoIt’s time to pony up! This year we are hosting our first ever Genre Derby to raise funds for the library collection. We want you to get in on the action!

Each of KDL’s eight adult fiction genres is represented by a horse. During the Genre Derby, you will be able to nudge your favorite horse past the others by donating funds to the library for purchasing books in your genre of choice. The Derby will continue through February. On March 4, the race will end with a finish line party at Vitale’s in Comstock Park and the winning genre will be crowned champion!

And here’s another reason to cast your vote and donate:  Investment firm Edward Jones and First United Credit Union will both provide a 50 percent match up to $1500. See, even the financial gurus think the derby is a sound investment!

Whether you love mystery, sci-fi, romance or another genre, we would welcome and appreciate your support! Visit the Genre Derby website to join the fun! Scroll down to find the genre you want to support:

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Write Michigan Voting Is Open!

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

WriteMI-2014The finalists in our second-annual Write Michigan short story contest have been selected; now it’s your turn to vote.

Vote for your favorite story at You may vote for up to one adult, one teen and one youth entry per week.

Grand prize winners will be announced on February 3, and an awards ceremony featuring Kristina Riggle will take place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 22 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch.

All finalists’ stories will be included in a collection published by Schuler Books & Music.

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KDL on WJRW: Keep Your News Year’s Resolutions!

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

WJRWRecently, Communications Manager Heidi Nagel went on WJRW Radio to share how KDL can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions. If you want to save money, download items for free instead of purchasing them or use Consumer Reports to make wise purchases. If you want to lose weight or get healthy, check out our collection of healthy cookbooks or attend an upcoming program on Natural Health. Maybe you want to have more fun or learn something new? Attend one of our upcoming programs, including our KD aLe series. We are here to help you meet your goals!

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Cheers to a wonderful 2014!

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Candied Land: You Become the Game Piece!

Friday, December 27th, 2013’s invited to play a giant version of a favorite childhood board game. Families will not want to miss out on Life-Sized Candied Land. Follow the colored squares as you walk across the gumdrop bridge and voyage through the candy cane forest… but don’t get stuck on a licorice spot!

Friday, January 3, 1:00 PM – Englehardt branch
Saturday, January 4, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Thursday, January 9, 6:30 PM – Spencer Township branch
Saturday, January 18, 10:30 AM – Tyrone Township branch
Saturday, January 25, 10:00 AM – Krause Memorial branch
Saturday, February 1, 2:00 PM – Byron Township branch
Saturday, February 8, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Saturday, February 22, 2:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch

To find a location of a branch, click here.


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