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You Decide Who Runs the Race!

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Genre DerbyWhat are your favorite reads at KDL? KDL’s Genre Derby, our online campaign to raise money for collections, will be returning in February, and we need you to vote on which genres make it to the starting gate. Fill out this short survey and the genres with the most votes will make the cut.

Last year, the Genre Derby raised over $6,000 for collections at KDL! Romance received the most donations, but every genre was a winner.



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Celebrate with Us!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

celebrationHave you heard the good news? The KDL millage passed! To celebrate, each branch will be hosting a Voter Appreciation Celebration. Join us for an encore presentation of these family-friendly events. Treats provided!

Tuesday, August 12
Storytelling Adventures with Gloria Cangelosi, Spencer Township Branch, 4:00 PM
Magician Tom Plunkard, Krause Memorial Branch, 6:30 PM

Wednesday, August 13
Bubble Wonder, Gaines Township Branch, 10:00 AM
Life-Sized Candied Land, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch, 10:00 AM
Bubble Wonder, Walker Branch, 1:00 PM
Bubble Wonder, Tyrone Township Branch, 3:00 PM

Thursday, August 14
Life-Sized Candied Land, Alto Branch, 1:30 PM
Honey We Shrunk the Kids, East Grand Rapids Branch, 2:00 PM
Photo Booth/Balloon Animals, Byron Township Branch, 5:30 PM
Balloon Animals/Face-Painting/Photo Booth, Plainfield Township Branch, 6:30 PM

Tuesday, August 19
Puppeteer Kevin Kammeraad, Grandville Branch, 10:00 AM

Thursday, August 21
Puppeteer Kevin Kammeraad, Comstock Park Branch, 2:00 PM
Blandford Nature Center’s Storytime with the Animals, Wyoming Branch, 6:30 PM (photo booth starts at 5:30 PM)
Steel Drum Band/Craft Activities, Caledonia Township Branch, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, August 26
Magician Tom Plunkard, Englehardt Branch, 6:30 PM

Wednesday, August 27
Puppeteer Kevin Kammeraad, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch, 4:30 PM
Magician Tom Plunkard, Alpine Township Branch, 6:30 PM

Thursday, August 28
Magician Tom Plunkard, Cascade Township Branch, 7:00 PM


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KDL Gives Back: School Supply Santa

Friday, August 1st, 2014

School SuppliesIt’s time to start thinking about back-to-school shopping, but some local families don’t have the resources to purchase even the basic school supplies. Would you be willing to help meet this need?

During the month of August, all 18 KDL branches will collect school supplies in support of School Supply Santa, a local organization that collects and distributes school supplies for students in need. Requested supplies include backpacks, notebooks, crayons, markers, rulers, glues sticks, pencils, etc…. basically anything you would buy your own children to prepare them for school.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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Nominate Your Favorite Librarian

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

2014 love my librarianHas a KDL librarian made a real difference in your life? Have they gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide top-notch customer service and excellent programming? Show your appreciation by nominating them for a meaningful award!

Nominations for the national Carnegie Corporation of New York / New York Times I Love My Librarian Award will be accepted through September 12 and must be submitted online.

The award invites library users nationwide to nominate librarians in public libraries, as well as those in school and academic libraries. It is an opportunity for patrons to share how librarians improve the lives of people in their communities.

Ten librarians will win $5,000, a plaque and a $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York , hosted by The New York Times. The award is administered by the American Library Association with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York and The New York Times.

Submit your nomination today!

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Request an Absentee Ballot

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Absentee BallotAre you going to be on vacation or otherwise unable to get to the polls for the August 5 primary election (which includes a KDL millage proposal)? Request an absentee ballot using this form. You can also obtain an absentee ballot from the city or township office where you are registered to vote. The deadline to apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail is 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 2. After this, you may request an absent voter ballot in person at your local clerk’s office up until 4:00 PM on Monday, August 4. 


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Grand Rapids Press Endorses KDL Millage

Monday, July 14th, 2014

GR PressCheck out this article written by the Grand Rapids Press Editorial Board about our upcoming millage. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! (And since we legally can’t say it, we are even more grateful!)




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Englehardt Branch: Extended Hours Saturday

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

EnglehardtThis Saturday, July 12, the Englehardt Branch will be open additional hours to serve those attending the Riverwalk Festival in Lowell. Instead of closing at 1:30 PM, the branch will be open from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

KDL is proud to be able to support this special community request. Stop by, cool off and enjoy all the library has to offer!


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Krause Memorial Branch to Open Late 6/14

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Krause Memorial Branch

The Krause Memorial Branch will open at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 14, in order to accommodate the Rockford Start of Summer Celebration. The branch normally opens at 9:30 AM on Saturdays.


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Enjoy the Sweet Sounds of Summer

Monday, June 9th, 2014

MusicSit back, relax and enjoy some great music. Our program line-up includes several performances that will fill our branches with some sweet summer sounds. The shows are open to all ages and they are all free… it’s music to my ears!

Native American Dancers
Dancing, drumming and stories. Watch traditional Native American stories come alive through a storyteller and dancers, including a hoop dancer.

Tuesday, June 17, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, June 19, 7:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, July 24, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch


Music on the Deck
Come and enjoy a summer evening with live music on the library deck.

Tuesday, June 17, 6:30 PM — Phil & JD (Bluegrass/Folk) – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 PM — BrushRidge (Americana) – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 1, 6:30 PM — Paschke Trio – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 8, 6:30 PM — West Michigan Bluegrass Association – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 PM — Southern Ledge (American/Folk) – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 PM — Thornapple Brass – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 29, 6:30 PM — String Players – Caledonia Township Branch


City of Kentwood 2014 Summer Concert Series
Bring a blanket for lawn seating or a lawn chair for plaza seating.
Sponsored by DTE Energy, the City of Kentwood and the Kentwood Arts Committee.

Wednesday, June 18, 7:30 PM — Jetty Rae (Folk Pop) – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, June 25, 7:30 PM — Boogie Woogie Babies –  Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, July 16, 7:30 PM — Williams Family (Bluegrass) – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, August 13, 7:30 PM — Kari Lynch Band (Country/Rock) –  Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, August 20, 7:30 PM — Dutch Henry (Americana) – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch


The Porters in Concert
Put on your dancin’ shoes and swing to the toe-tappin’ sounds of The Porters, a four-piece band that will captivate and entertain even the youngest audience.

Thursday, June 26, 6:30 PM – Wyoming Branch
Tuesday, July 8, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Thursday, July 10, 6:30 PM Rescheduled to Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 PM – Tyrone Township Branch
Wednesday, July 16, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, July 17, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, July 17, 7:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, July 24, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, July 24, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch


Carol Johnson in Concert
Join uniquely gifted singer/songwriter Carol Johnson for a lively, upbeat performance of her well-known original songs as well as other familiar tunes. Her participatory singing encourages us to be good to each other, to ourselves and to the earth.

Tuesday, July 8, 10:30 AM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, July 17, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch


Branch addresses can be found here.


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One eBook, No Holds

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Pedigree to Die ForJoin 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 eBook A Pedigree to Die For by Laurien Berenson June 3 through 18. No matter how many KDL patrons are reading this eBook, we will have a copy available for you to download — no holds, no waitlists!

Book Description: When her uncle, a kennel owner, dies of an apparent heart attack, Melanie Travis is talked into investigating. She learns that the only clue is a missing pedigreed poodle, a situation that has Melanie hounding Connecticut’s elite.

We encourage you to join this global “library book club!”



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