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Thank You for Your Generosity!

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Family Promise

During the month of February, KDL staff and patrons collected new socks and underwear for Family Promise of Grand Rapids, a local agency that works with families currently experiencing homelessness. We are thrilled to report that over 700 items were collected for those in need. Thank you so much for your generosity!

 


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Genre Derby Success

Friday, March 7th, 2014

GenreDerbyLogoA big thank you to everyone who participated in our recent Genre Derby! Thanks to generous donations and corporate matches, we have an additional $6,045 to spend on books in various genres. Although each “horse” earned some money, the winner was MARE Jo Putney, earning the top prize of $3,240 for the Romance genre!

We also want to thank investment firm Edward Jones and First United Credit Union for their chaitable contributions.

Thanks again for your help in making the Genre Derby a success!

 


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Have Fun With PEEPS®!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

PeepsHave some fun with everyone’s favorite marshmallow treat! We are offering a PEEPS® Diorama Contest at several of our branches. Create your own PEEPS® diorama based on the theme “PEEPS® are Popping Up All Over!” Bring it to a participating branch by April 1 for a chance to win a prize! Winners will be chosen by popular vote and prizes will be awarded on April 21.

The following branches are participating in the contest, which is open to people of all ages:

  • Alpine Township
  • Byron Township
  • Cascade Township
  • East Grand Rapids
  • Englehardt
  • Grandville
  • Kentwood (Richard L. Root)
  • Krause Memorial
  • Sand Lake/Nelson Township
  • Spencer Township
  • Tyrone Township

We can’t wait to see all your creativity on display!


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Create Rainbow Loom Jewelry

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Rainbow Loom
Children ages six and older are invited to the library to make necklaces, bracelets, rings and more. We are hosting Rainbow Loom Creativity at several branches this spring. We will provide bands in an assortment of colors. You just need to bring your loom and some friends! Rainbow Loom jewelry is fun, unique and great to give as gifts… no wonder it is so popular!

Schedule:
Saturday, March 8, 2:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 1:00 PM – Englehardt Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 1:30 PM – Cascade Township Branch
Wednesday, April 9, 2:00 PM – Byron Township Branch
Wednesday, April 9, 2:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, April 10, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, April 10, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park Branch

Click here for branch locations.

 


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Spring Gardening Programs

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

SeedLibraryLogoIn honor of our new Seed Library, we are hosting a variety of garden-themed programs this spring. Please click on the program title for more information, including dates, times and locations.

Eco-Friendly Garden Projects
Craft earth-friendly spring garden projects using upcycled household containers and supplies from nature’s bounty. For families.

Plant Exchange
Bring a plant, take a plant to freshen your garden and help out your neighbors. For all ages.

Gardening from Soil to Bloom
Love of gardening is a seed that, once sown, never dies. Jeanne Hawkins of The Secret Ingredient will teach gardening fundamentals, including the basics of soil, plants, planting, weeds and how to tell good bugs from bad. For adults.

Invasive Species in Your Neighborhood
What is the impact of alien plants? Naturalists from the Stewardship Network will explain how to identify and eradicate invasive plant species that are affecting West Michigan. For adults.

Rivers and Rain Barrels
How do your daily activities affect the water quality of area rivers? The West Michigan Environmental Action Council will discuss what all of us can do to protect our treasured resources. Participants can also construct rain barrels for $30, which can be paid in cash or by check. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. For adults.

 


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Create a Limerick for LaughFest

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

LaughFest“A challenge in honor of LaughFest.
Clever verse that is also a good jest.
Get a line as a primer.
Then be a good rhymer.
Care to try? By all means, be our guest.”

Everyone is welcome to stop by a participating branch during the month of March and submit a limerick. Entries will be displayed in the branch.

Participating Branches: Alpine Township, Byron Township, Caledonia Township, Cascade Township, Grandville, Englehardt, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) and Sand Lake/Nelson Township

 


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Kent County Teen Film Festival Winners!

Monday, February 24th, 2014

12715613455_8efa073939_oThe eighth annual Kent County Teen Film Festival was a huge success!  On Saturday, more than 200 people came to cheer on their favorite teen filmmakers.

This year’s winners are:

Best Screenplay: Jayden Bodziak for “My Cat in Love”
Best Commerical/PSA: “Cleaning Ninja” (Directed by Patrick Badovinac, David Guinn, and Sawyer Osborn)
Best Documentary: “Mutts of Motown” (Directed by Emily Livermore)
Best Feature Short: Ezra Moreno’s “Abominable Snowman” (Directed by Ezra Moreno)
People’s Choice Award: “Desolation” (Directed by Nick Hansen)12715612375_6c8f4546f0_o
Best Actress: Emie Ross in “Cat Lady Clip”
Best Actor: Trevor Hansen in “Desolation”
Best Director: Nick Hansen for “Desolation”

Watch the finalist films here. Congratulations to all our winners, and a big round of applause to all our teen filmmakers!

Be sure to like Kent County Teen Film Festival on Facebook to keep up to date with festival news, and to watch the winning movies which will be posted later this week.

And remember—it’s never too early to start filming for 2015!

 

 

 


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Good News from Overdrive

Monday, February 24th, 2014

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We’ve got some great news for all you eBook readers. OverDrive, our downloadable eBook & eAudiobook service, has increased the checkout limit from 15 to 20 items and the hold limit from 10 to 15.

Happy downloading!

 


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The eBook Everyone is Reading

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

libraryReadeBookJoin 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 Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook by Aida Mollenkamp now through March 5. No matter how many KDL patrons are reading this eBook, we will have a copy available for you to download — no holds, no waitlists!

Food Network and Cooking Channel star Aida Mollenkamp lays an invaluable foundation for cooks in Keys to the Kitchen. This comprehensive manual collects more than 300 innovative, contemporary recipes as well as color photographs, plenty of informative illustrations, a substantial technique primer, and helpful how-to information on subjects as wide-ranging as rust removal, throwing a cocktail party, and knife skills. For members of the tech-savvy new generation who can’t cook but want to, this essential reference guide makes an ideal starting place and for those already at ease in the kitchen it’s full of “who knew” moments for expanding their repertoire of great recipes.

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

 


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Good News: Increased Holds Limit

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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We’ve got some great news to share! Your holds limit has increased by five. You can now have fifteen items on hold at any given time. Good news for all of you with a reading/viewing/listening list a mile long.

Happy “holding!”

 


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