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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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KDL by the Numbers

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

2013AnnualReportStatsDid you know…

  • On a typical day in 2013, over 8,000 people visited KDL branches, checking out over 16,000 items
  • Our staff also answered almost 2,500 questions every day!
  • Over 400,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks were downloaded in 2013 – a circulation figure that outpaced 12 of our 18 branches!

For these statistics and more, check out the 2013 Fact Book and Annual Report. The Fact Book is a full publication of KDL information from the past year, while the Annual Report is a shortened “Cliff’s Notes” brochure version. Check them out not only for the hard numbers, but also for a nice summary of all the KDL programs, resources, initiatives and achievements from last year, as well as a financial breakdown of revenue and expenditures.

 


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Book Bash Is This Weekend!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

BookBash-KDL_jpgBook Bash is right around the corner! We hope you plan to attend our Giant Warehouse Book Sale, featuring more than 20,000 gently-used books and other items that will be available for just 50 cents to $1 each. Sunday is Bag Day — $5 buys as many items as you can fit in a bag. All proceeds support Summer Reading @ KDL and other branch programs. Held at the KDL Service Center, 814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park.

Friday, April 25, 5:00 – 8:00 PM (Special time for teachers only from 3:00 – 5:00 PM)
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 27, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

 


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Read Off Your Fines April 13-26

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Read off your finesThat cookbook you were returning to the library that got wedged behind the backseat of your car and forgotten over the winter. The novel you only allowed yourself five pages a day to read because you never wanted it to end. The country-western CD your daughter put in her backpack last spring and found this spring.

Has your love of books and other KDL materials made it difficult to let go of some of your checked-out items by their due date? Put that love to work for you Sunday, April 13 through Saturday, April 26. Cardholders with KDL fines (not just KDL cardholders) are invited to visit a branch, and for every 10 minutes spent reading or listening in the library, $1 in overdue fines will be waived up to a maximum of $10 (does not apply to lost or damaged items or collection fees). You can even read off fines for other people!

** Patrons must do their reading at a KDL branch to receive waived overdue fines. See your local branch for more information.

Happy reading!

 


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