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You are Invited to a Superhero Party

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Summer Reading Logo (BIG)

Celebrate Heroes! Make plans to attend an Up, Up and Away! Superhero Party taking place at several KDL branches this summer.  Leap over tall buildings, perform amazing feats of strength and be the star of your own comic book! Wear your own superhero costume or create one at our super fun superhero party. Don’t miss out on all the fun!

Tuesday, June 9, 6:30 PM – Englehardt Branch (Lowell)
Wednesday, June 10, 10:00 AM – Tyrone Township Branch
Wednesday, June 17, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial Branch (Rockford)
Thursday, June 18, 10:00 AM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, June 18, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Tuesday, June 30, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, July 2, 1:30 PM – Alto Branch
Thursday, July 2, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Wednesday, July 15, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, July 22, 6:30 PM – Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch
Wednesday, July 29, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, August 4, 2:00 PM – Byron Township Branch


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Animals at the Library? Absolutely!

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

RabbitThis 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.

Ruff Readers
Ruff Readers is a unique read-aloud program in partnership with West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Inc. that pairs kids with a trained therapy dog and their handler. Kids read their favorite book and the pooches curl up, listen and enjoy. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. Kids will be given a 15-minute slot as they arrive. Sponsored by BISSELL. For ages 6 and older.

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. For families.

Nature’s Superheroes
Nature has its own cast of Superheroes! Learn how plants and animals use their superpowers to preserve our super environment. Explore through hands-on activities, games and animal observations with Nature on the GO! For families.

Pet Show
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 the library for more details. For all ages.

Amazing Backyard Animals
Join Kalamazoo Nature Center’s ace reporter as he brings you the latest scoop on your neighborhood’s wildlife. For ages 6 and older.

Hope to see you there!

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Summer Reading Starts Today!

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Celebrate HeroesCelebrate Heroes! Today is the first day of Summer Reading at 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!

A huge thank you goes out to Consumers Energy for sponsoring Summer Reading at KDL!

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KDL Librarian Receives Award

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

MonicaMonica Walen, Youth Specialist at the East Grand Rapids Branch, recently accepted the 2015 Golden Apple Award from the Kent Reading Council. Walen was honored for her extraordinary effort and innovation in promoting literacy in Kent County. “I work with such amazing teachers throughout the school district,” said Monica. “I’m just so thankful that they’ve opened up their classrooms to me and allowed me to share my love of literature with their students.”

When not conducting programs and helping patrons at the East Grand Rapids Branch, Monica spends her work hours doing weekly Harry Potter read-alouds at Wealthy Elementary, book-talking in the elementary schools and middle school, and working on the Kent County Teen Film Festival.

Congratulations Monica!

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Teen Poetry Contest: 11 Exceptional Entries

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

PoetryKDL’s 12th annual Teen Poetry Contest was a great success thanks to all the talented teen poets out there. This year, about 150 poems were submitted. Library staff reviewed the poems and narrowed down the entries, submitting them to Poet G.F. Korreck for final analysis. Eleven exceptional poems were selected.

Congratulations to the recognized poets!

  • 5 Years and Counting by Marla Soto
  • Admiral’s Arch by Jonathan Boakes
  • Director’s Cut by Allison Davey
  • Exposed by Brianne Kerr
  • her by Gabby Jansma-Skinner
  • Little Green Drug by Syd Langeweg
  • Penelope by Melissa Soto
  • Return to Where I’m From by Echo Oliver
  • Summer Nights by Rachel Heywood
  • twenty five over fifty five by Joseph Felkers
  • Broccoli by Sydney Vo

We would like to extend a special thanks to our judge, G.F. Korreck. We appreciate his expertise and his willingness to judge our contest this year.

Korreck said:

“I am not comfortable with the term “winner,” especially when it comes to reading poetry. There are so many ways to read a poem, so many ways it can touch someone. The proof, the value of any poem is to what degree it engages a reader, whether it challenges, makes the reader perhaps a bit uncomfortable, enlightens, stirs, awakens. It wasn’t easy selecting 11 poems. All had merit. I was impressed by the range of topics and the ambitious efforts of the writers.”

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Check out our Summer Reading Video!

Monday, May 18th, 2015

If you aren’t already counting down the days to Summer Reading at KDL, watch this video and you’re sure to catch the excitement!

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Comics and eBooks Through hoopla!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

hooplaExciting news! Our video streaming service, hoopla, is expanding! Beginning today, hoopla now offers free access to eBooks and Comics. Don’t forget to update your hoopla app so you can enjoy these new formats (unless your device has automatic update, of course). Visit the hoopla site and scroll down to view available eBooks and Comics.

Don’t miss out!

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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

ComputerWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Starting in June, registration is no longer required for our computer classes. They will be first come, first serve, and we will make every effort to accommodate all who arrive.

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More!
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Computer Basics: PC Management
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Internet Basics and More
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Office Workshop
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Job Seekers: Office Programs for the Job Seeker
  • Apple Computers – Your MacBook: Shortcuts, tips and Tricks (BYO Laptop)
  • Apple Computers: iPhoto and iMovie for Beginners (BYO Apple Laptop)
  • Speak to a Geek

For class descriptions and schedule, please see pages 18-21 in our Summer Kaleidoscope or search our events calendar.

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Summer 2015 KDL Kaleidoscope

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

The Summer 2015 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope program guide is now available online, and printed copies will be available soon at your local branch library. You’ll find all you need to know about summer programs and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations.

It’s sure to be an exciting season at KDL, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Check out the KDL Kaleidoscope today!

Summer Kaleidoscope

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Summer Reading @ KDL Coming Soon!

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Celebrate HeroesThe 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 Celebrate Heroes @ 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 1. Stop by your local branch to sign up, and don’t forget to mark your calendar for some awesome programs. Our summer line-up includes magic, animals, food and music, just to name a few!

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