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Huge Honor for KDL Manager!

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

mdewild_headshotWe are so excited! Melissa DeWild, our Collection Development Manager, has been named one of Library Journal’s 2014 Movers & Shakers. This thirteenth annual round of Movers & Shakers profiles 50 up-and-coming individuals who are innovative, creative and making a difference in the library world.

Melissa has done great things for KDL and libraries across the country. To learn more about Melissa and her awesome achievements, read her Library Journal profile.

Please join us in congratulating Melissa on this huge honor!


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You’re Hired! Career Transitions Workshops

Friday, March 14th, 2014

job successWant to brush up on your job-hunting skills? We can help with a series of free Career Transitions Workshops occurring this spring!

Developing Your Personal Brand
Learn how to identify, develop and market your innate talents to best be able to “sell what you do well,” whether it’s through verbal or written communications.
Wednesday, April 2, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 7, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch

Communicating Your Brand
Learn how to best share your personal brand by focusing on elevator pitches, résumés and online profiles, with emphasis on aligning your message with your professional value in the marketplace.
Wednesday, April 16, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 14, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch

Networking
A lot of getting connected to job opportunities is about who you know.  Explore strategies and techniques needed to build and nurture effective relationships with contacts.
Wednesday, March 19, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch
Wednesday, April 23, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 21, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch

LinkedIn Boot Camp
Optimize your use of the professional networking website LinkedIn and develop your networking experience. Registration is required only if you cannot provide your own laptop.
Thursday, March 20, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, April 24, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, May 22, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch

Behavioral Interviewing
Create a positive and lasting impression. Learn essential techniques of how to ace interviews in today’s job market and how to negotiate terms of employment.
Wednesday, March 26, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch
Wednesday, April 30, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 28, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch

The Career Transitions Workshop series is presented in partnership with Career Transitions Center West Michigan. Registration is not required.

 


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Write Michigan: Celebrate with Us!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

WriteMI-2014You are invited! We would love for you to attend the Write Michigan Awards Ceremony, taking place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 22 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. Come celebrate the Write Michigan Short Story Contest winners.

The free event will feature a keynote address by Kentwood-based novelist Kristina Riggle.  Copies of the Write Michigan anthology published by Chapbook Press will be available for purchase, and many of the contest winners will be available for a book signing. The Awards Ceremony is sponsored by Meijer.

We hope to see you there!

 


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KDL on WGVU: Teen Film Festival Winners

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Nick Hansen and Emily Livermore on WGVU with Shelley Irwin - 3-7-14Nick Hansen and Emily Livermore, two winners from our recent Teen Film Festival, went on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about their film-making experience. They shared information about the films they made, their ambitions and the films that inspire them.

To watch Mutts of Motown (Emily’s film), Desolation (Nick’s film) or any of the other films that were screened at the Teen Film Festival, click here.

Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)


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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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