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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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Calling All Teen Volunteers!

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Do you like helping out and meeting new people? Do you want volunteer experience (which looks great on resumes and college applications) and the satisfaction of knowing that you helped promote reading and literacy in your community?

KDL is looking for volunteers to sign up for the Teen Crew this summer. If you are a teen entering grades 6 to 12 in the fall and you are self-motivated and reliable, the library might be the place for you. As a volunteer you will have the chance to help our staff with various duties including children’s programs, putting books away, signing-up people for the summer reading program, crafts and much more! Stop by your local KDL branch to pick up a teen crew application today; spaces fill quickly for this great opportunity.

Orientations will be held:
Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 PM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Thursday, May 15, 5:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, May 17, 10:30 AM – Alpine Township Branch
Monday, May 19, 4:00 PM – Krause Memorial Branch
Monday, May 19, 4:30 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, May 19, 6:00 PM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, May 20, 4:00 PM – Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, May 20, 4:00 PM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, May 20, 4:00 PM – Wyoming Branch
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Wednesday, May 21, 4:00 PM – Gaines Township Branch
Thursday, May 29, 4:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, May 31, 2:00 PM – Plainfield Township Branch
Tuesday, June 3, 7:00 PM – Plainfield Township Branch
Wednesday, June 4, 4:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Saturday, June 7, 10:00 AM – Spencer Township Branch
Saturday, June 7, 11:00 AM – Englehardt Branch
Tuesday, June 10, 12:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch

 


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Walker Branch Closing Early on 4/26

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Walker

The Walker Branch will close early on Saturday, April 26 for carpet cleaning. The branch will close at 3:00 PM instead of 5:00 PM. The branch will reopen on Monday, April 28 at 9:30 AM. We apologize for any inconvenience!

 


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