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KDL Closing at 12:00 PM Monday, Dec. 28

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Due to the prediction of severe weather and travel conditions, all KDL branches will close at 12:00 PM today (Monday, December 28). All afternoon and evening programs are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please remember that our digital collection is always available. Ebooks, eaudiobooks, music, movies and even comics are available to stream or download at


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Holiday Break Boredom Busters

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Happy HolidaysStaying in town for holiday break? We can help keep your kids and teens happy, busy and entertained! Between Star Wars: KDL Awakens the FORCE, Ugly Sweater Cupcake Wars, KDL Lab programs and so much more, there won’t be any time for boredom. Click here for a complete list of our programs taking place December 21 – January 3.

With your bank account a bit depleted after all that holiday shopping, don’t worry about spending money keeping your kids busy… all KDL programs are free!

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Borrow a Launchpad (An iPad for Kids)

Friday, December 11th, 2015

LaunchpadWe are excited to announce that we now offer Playaway Launchpads, secure, pre-loaded learning tablets designed for children. The Launchpads come pre-loaded with 10 or more high-quality learning apps that your kids are sure to love.

Several branches have Launchpads available for three-week checkout to KDL cardholders: Alpine Township, Byron Township, Cascade Township, East Grand Rapids, Gaines Township, Grandville, Kentwood (Richard L. Root), Plainfield Township and Wyoming.

Some branches have a Launchpad available for use inside the library: Alpine Township, Byron Township, Cascade Township, Kentwood (Richard L. Root), Nelson Township/Sand Lake, Spencer Township, Walker and Wyoming.

“I think these are a great alternative to the circulating iPads we offer for adults,” said Tammy Schneider, Collection Development Librarian. “They are made especially for kids, and have no Internet access, so parents can be sure their child isn’t going to accidentally get to a website that’s not appropriate.”

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Mark Your Calendars: Programs for Adults

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

SoapsOf course we are offering a slew of exciting programs for kids and teens this winter, but we didn’t forget about the adults! Check out these offering for the grown-ups. Click the program title for dates, times and locations.

Creative Canvas Painting
Release your inner artist by creating a unique and beautiful painting with the guidance of instructors from Wine and Canvas (sans wine). All supplies will be provided and no previous experience is needed to create a masterpiece in our fun and relaxing environment. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.

Gluten Free/ Allergen Free Lifestyle
Whether you’re considering a gluten-free lifestyle out of curiosity or necessity, Chef Terri Rees will help you explore tasty and convenient ways to go gluten and/or allergen-free. If you’ve spoken to your doctors or registered dieticians and it all sounds confusing; learn from a chef the tips, tricks, techniques and substitutions for making changes in your diet.

Intro to Soap-Making
Learn the centuries-old method of making traditional soap (a.k.a. cold process) from an experienced soaper. Class time runs 1.5 hours, and you will leave with a soap bar that you mixed, colored and scented. Gloves, apron and goggles will be provided. Please wear closed-toe shoes, an old long-sleeved shirt and pants (or a long skirt) to protect your skin. Preregistration is required and spots are limited.

Vegan-ize Your Favorite Comfort Food
Learn how to embrace veganism while still enjoying your favorite comfort foods like macaroni, pesto and chocolate cake. Enjoy a cooking demo and tasting of vegan treats and hear more about vegan resources in Grand Rapids.

We are also offering our KD aLe series and Early Childhood Essentials Classes.

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Celebrate the Season!

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

6520996585_24780a3c20_bCelebrate the holiday season with KDL! We are offering all kinds of exciting programs for families this winter.  Don’t miss out on all the free fun! Please click on the program title for dates, times and locations.

The Reindeer are Coming
Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the library. Dress warmly and don’t forget the camera! For all ages.

Gingerbread Lane
Stroll down Gingerbread Lane and enjoy tasty gingerbread stories. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. For all ages.

Mush! Meet the Sled Dogs from Tun-Dra
Tun-Dra Kennels owners will talk about sled dogs, mushing equipment and the Iditarod. Families can meet the dogs and watch a demonstration outside, weather permitting. For all ages.

Countdown to Happy Noon Year
We’re giving kids an exciting way to ring in 2016 with a countdown, noisemakers, goodies and fun — at an hour that won’t keep them up way past their bedtimes. For all ages.

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KDL Partners with Toys for Tots

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Join KDL this holiday season in bringing cheer to a local child. Once again, KDL is participating in the US Marines’ Toys for Tots program, helping to provide toys to deserving children throughout the community. Drop off your new, unwrapped toys now through Tuesday, December 15 at any one of these KDL branch locations:

Thank you for your generosity!

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Fill Out a Survey, Receive a $10 Gift Card

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

StorytimeOf course we encourage families with young children to come to our storytime programs, but we understand that not all families can attend. If you currently have a toddler living in your home and have NOT been to one of our storytimes, we want to hear from you!

Please fill out this survey. The first 100 participants will receive a $10 gift card to Meijer. Your responses will help us evaluate the benefits of early literacy and improve our storytime offerings.

Thanks for participating!

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Upcoming Book Sales

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

19Get a great deal on some great books. Shop our upcoming book sales, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch
Thursday, November 5, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday, November 6, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 7,10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, November 7, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 8, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

East Grand Rapids Branch
Saturday, November 21, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, November 22, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM



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Our New Catalog Has a Mobile App!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
BookMyne - iOSBookMyne - AndroidIntroducing BookMyne — your one-stop spot for all your library needs! Search for your next favorite, renew items, put materials on hold, check your fines, manage your account and view booklists for suggestions — all with one free app. BookMyne, the mobile-friendly version of our new catalog, is downloadable on both Android and iOS* platforms.

(*If you’re using an iPad, make sure that you aren’t limiting your search to iPad Only apps. BookMyne is an iPhone app so you’ll need to allow iPhone apps to display in order to find BookMyne in an App Store search.)

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Two eBooks, No Wait!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

BigLibrary ReadJoin 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 eBooks The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley and In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters now through October 21. No matter how many KDL patrons are reading or listening to this book, we will have a copy available for you to download — no holds, no waitlists!

Click here to learn more about the featured titles.

We encourage you to join this global “library book club!” Download The Door in the Hedge or In the Shadow of Blackbirds today.


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