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Alto Branch Closed Monday, December 23

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Alto 3The Alto branch is closed today, December 23 due to a power outage. The branch will be closed for the holidays December 24 and 25 and is scheduled to reopen on Thursday, December 26 at 1:00 PM.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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One Month Left to Enter Teen Film Festival

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

TeenFilmContestDeadline for submissions in the Kent County Teen Film Festival is Friday, January 17. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to see your film on the big screen and win amazing prizes!

Selected films will be screened from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 22 at Celebration! Cinema North (2121 Celebration Dr. NE). Check for more information. The Kent County Teen Film Festival is sponsored by Compucraft and Kent District Library.




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Storytimes in Snapshots

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

If you and your child haven’t attended one of KDL’s huge assortment of storytimes, you don’t know what you are missing! We hope these photos convey just a bit of the excitement, socializing and learning that takes place. We would love to see you and your little one sometime soon!


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Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Recently, KDL Director Lance Werner was interviewed by Barbara Hansen on NPO Showcase. Lance promoted the many services that we offer, including our new hoopla video-streaming service and our extensive eBook collection.

The show will air on GRTV several times in the next few weeks, but you can watch it here first. Enjoy!

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Holiday Break Boredom Busters

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Happy Holidays!Staying in town for Christmas break? We can help keep your kids happy, busy and entertained! Between Life-Sized Candied Land, Fancy Nancy Soirees, a Pirate Festival  and much more, there won’t be any time for boredom. Click here for a complete list of our programs taking place December 21 – January 4.

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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Get Your Money’s Worth!

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

KDL High ResRecently, you may have received your property tax statement and noticed the amount of money you pay for library service. Though you probably don’t enjoy paying taxes, we want you to know that we work hard to make sure that you get your money’s worth! We strive to offer great value to our library patrons.

Over 29,000 people participated in the 2013 Summer Reading @ KDL program and enjoyed reading for prizes. We offer free computer classes to help people learn new skills that will improve their personal and professional life. Our Early Child Essentials classes help parents and caregivers learn new tips and techniques to use as they raise and nurture the children in their care. And don’t forget about our collection! From the latest books, movies and music, to a wide selection of downloadables and even video games, KDL is your source for information, ideas and excitement. The best thing about KDL services is that they are all free!

How much is your family saving by using our services? Find out now.

Remember, the more you use the library, the more you save. The library is the ultimate bargain!


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Winter Early Childhood Essentials Classes

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Parents and caregivers of children are invited to participate in Early Childhood Essentials classes at KDL this winter. If you have young children or if you work in child care and need professional development hours, the Early Childhood Essentials series is for you. All of the presenters are certified and vetted through Great Start. The classes are for adults, and child care is not provided.

Workshops include:

Building Early Math Skills
Saturday, December 14, 10:00 AM – Cascade Township branch

Getting Ready to Write, 3–5 Year Olds
Monday, January 6, 6:30 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Monday, January 27, 6:00 PM – Wyoming branch
Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 PM – Caledonia Township branch

Getting Ready to Write, Birth–Age 3
Monday, January 13, 6:00 PM – Wyoming branch
Tuesday, February 11, 6:30 PM – Caledonia Township branch

Make & Take Learning Games for Preschoolers
Saturday, January 18, 10:00 AM – East Grand Rapids branch

How to Build a Child Up with Positive Feedback
Thursday, January 23, 6:30 PM – Byron Township branch

Hands-On Minds-On Science
Saturday, January 25, 10:00 AM – Cascade Township branch

Engage with Activities to Promote Success
Monday, January 27, 6:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch

Teaching Science with Toys
Monday, February 3, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial branch

Fun Activities in GR for Free
Tuesday, February 4, 6:30 PM – Caledonia Township branch

Inexpensive Green Early Literacy Activities
Monday, February 10, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial branch
Saturday, February 15, 10:00 AM – Cascade Township branch

Finding Balance in Everyday Life
Monday, February 17, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial branch

Discovering Play
Thursday, February 20, 6:30 PM – Byron Township branch
Monday, February 24, 6:30 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch

Registration is required
and participation is limited. Sign up today by clicking on the links above or calling our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007. If you register and then are unable to attend, please call and let us know so someone else can take your spot.


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KDL Teams Up with Toys for Tots

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

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 Thursday, December 19 at any one of these KDL branch locations:

Thank you for your generosity!


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Genre Derby Coming Soon… Let’s Celebrate!

Friday, November 29th, 2013

GenreDerbyLogoIn February, KDL will present its first ever Genre Derby, an exciting social media-driven, crowdfunding effort to raise funds for our collection. You are invited to jockey your favorite genre into position by taking part in the Genre Derby kickoff event from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Wednesday, December 11 at Vitale’s, 3868 West River Drive NW in Comstock Park. Click here to learn more about this fun evening and to submit your RSVP. All you need to bring is your smile!

We hope to see you there!



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Hoopla Segment on Fox 17

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Recently Director Lance Werner promoted hoopla on FOX 17. Take a minute and watch the brief segment to learn more about this exciting new service that allows KDL cardholders to stream movies and television shows for free!

Hoopla on WXMI

Library Offers Free Movie and TV Streaming


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