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Learn4Life Is Now Gale Courses

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

 

Gale CoursesThere’s been a name change for one of our popular online resources: Learn4Life has been renamed Gale Courses. 

Besides the name and logo, nothing else has changed — Gale Courses still features over 300 instructor-led online courses focused on professional development, technology skills and personal enrichment. New sessions start every month, and each 6-week course offers well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with fellow students in a lively discussion area.

These are the types of classes that may cost hundreds of dollars to take from a for-profit company, but they are available for free with your KDL card! For more information, please see our original announcement.

(Currently enrolled students should experience no disruption in classes due to this re-branding. If you have any questions, please contact webmaster@kdl.org

 


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Holiday Closing — Easter Sunday

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

All Kent District Library branches will be closed Sunday, April 20 for Easter. We will resume normal operating hours on Monday, April 21. For additional 2014 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Easter!

 

Happy Easter

 

 


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May LibraryReads Staff Picks

Saturday, April 12th, 2014


You already know that your local KDL staff provide great recommendations when you’re looking for your next favorite book. Now library staff across the nation have connected to offer LibraryReads, a nationwide “Top 10″ list of favorite titles each month! Check out these upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. We Were LiarsLibraryReadsFavoriteWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
    “This brilliant and heartbreaking novel tells the story of a prestigious family living on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Full of love, lies, secrets, no shortage of family dysfunction, and a shocking twist that you won’t see coming. Though this book is written for teens, it shouldn’t be overlooked by anyone looking for a fantastic read.”
    Susan Balla, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
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  3. All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
    “Set during World War II Europe, this novel is sobering without being sentimental. The tension builds as the alternating, parallel stories of Werner and Marie-Laure unfold, and their paths cross. I highly recommend this beautiful and compelling story.”
    Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN
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  5. The Bees: A NovelThe Bees by Laline Paull
    “This book is set entirely in a beehive, but the novel and its characters are so beautifully rendered that it could have been set anywhere. Societal codes and social mores combine with the ancient behavior rituals of bees, bringing forth a remarkable story that is sure to be a book club favorite.”
    Ilene Lefkowitz, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ
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  7. Delicious!: A Novel Delicious!by Ruth Reichl
    “Billie leaves college to take a job with a soon-to-be disbanded food magazine. What follows is an intriguing story involving dusty archives, long-forgotten letters written during World War II to the illustrious James Beard, and a young woman in New York City who learns to trust her culinary talents. This novel is a delectable feast.”
    Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
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  9. The Forgotten SeamstressThe Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow
    “Two women’s stories, separated by close to 100 years, connect through a patchwork quilt. Carolyn finds a quilt in her mother’s attic and is intrigued by its origin, and quiltmaker Maria’s story is told through transcripts. Trenow carefully stitches together a novel about family secrets, using many interesting details about fabrics, needlework, and textile conservation. A strong sense of place and well-told story make this book superior women’s fiction.”
    Leslie DeLooze, Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia, NY
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  11. Bird BoxBird Box: A Novel by Josh Malerman
    “Close your eyes! Don’t look! Something is out there that will drive you mad if you see it. Is it an alien invasion? An environmental toxin? Two sisters, Malorie and Shannon, embark on a journey seeking safety and other survivors. I was unable to put this book down. Horror at its best, not graphic, but truly creepy and scary. Highly recommended for fans of psychological suspense.”
    Mary Vernau, Tyler Public Library, Tyler, TX
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  13. BittersweetBittersweet: A Novel by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
    “As unlikely a pair of roommates as you’re ever likely to meet: plain, working class Mabel Dagmar and beautiful, privileged Genevra Winslow. Mabel spends the summer in the Winslows’ idyllic lakefront property in Vermont, dreaming of being one of them—only to discover that being a Winslow is not all sunshine, yachts, and ease. Being a Winslow means keeping very disturbing family secrets.”
    Nancy Russell, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
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  15. Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurantant, a MarriageDelancey by Molly Wizenberg
    “As Wizenberg tells the story of how she and her husband opened the successful pizza restaurant Delancey, I felt like I was hanging out with a close friend. She also shares delicious sounding recipes for the everyday food they made at home during the hectic days of launching the restaurant. Wizenberg’s writing is so sincere and relatable.”
    Michelle Marx, Eagle Valley Library District, Avon, CO
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  17. Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones
    Sixth Grave on the Edge“The continuing adventures of P.I. Charley Davidson and Grim Reaper (not as mutually exclusive as one would think) are just as delightful as in previous books, with new characters including a wonderfully snarky new demon. Jones expands on Charley’s existing relationships and supernatural powers. It’s the perfect paranormal-romance-mystery blend that you never knew you always wanted.”
    Donna Matturri, Pickerington Public Library, Pickerington, OH
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  19. The BlessingsThe Blessings by Elise Juska
    “This finely-crafted story is told through a series of Blessing family members’ points of view over a two-decade span of time. A deceptively small book with very big themes, this novel is gentle and wise. It made me look at my own close and extended family with new eyes; now I see the ways in which we are alike, not the ways in which we are different. A transformative reading experience. Highly recommended.”
    Janet Schneider, Great Neck Library, Great Neck, NY

 

See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!

 


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Wyoming Branch Closed — No Power

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The Wyoming Branch is currently CLOSED until further notice due to a power outage. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to reopen soon when the problem is resolved.

UPDATE: The Wyoming Branch will remain closed for the rest of the day (Tuesday, April 8), but will reopen on Wednesday.

Wyoming Branch


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Free Computer Classes & Job Seeker Workshops

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Spring 2014 Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes and workshops for job seekers can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our May classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Using It and Loving It!
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Gadgets: BYO eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Internet Basics & More
  • Internet: Online Genealogy Research I & II
  • Internet: Online Security (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis
  • Microsoft Office Workshop
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Developing Your Personal Brand (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Communicating Your Brand (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Networking (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: LinkedIn Bookcamp (pre-registration not required if you bring your own laptop)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Behavioral Interviewing (pre-registration not required)

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required and will begin the month before the scheduled classes on the first Monday of each month for KDL cardholders and the second Monday for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available):

  • May classes: Registration begins Monday, April 7 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, April 14 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Giant Warehouse Book Sale

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Cheryl at WGVUEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Byron Township Branch Manager Cheryl Garrison talk about our upcoming Book Bash Giant Warehouse Book Sale.

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 PM – 4:00 PM

Held at the KDL Service Center, 814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park.

Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 


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Great Cottage Reads

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

cottageThe Cottage and Lakefront Living Show is coming to the DeVos Place March 28–30. Since so many of you will be thinking about your upcoming trips to the lake, we wanted to recommend some books to take along. We have created a list of Books for the Cottage, perfect for reading with your feet in the sand!

Enjoy!

 


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Englehardt Branch Closed — No Heat

Monday, March 17th, 2014

UPDATE: The Englehardt Branch plans to reopen at the regular time of 12:00 PM today (Tuesday, March 18). Thanks for your patience!

The Englehardt Branch in Lowell is currently closed until further notice due to no heat. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to reopen soon.

Note: The Online Genealogy Research I computer class scheduled for 6:00 PM tonight has been re-scheduled for next Monday (March 24), with Online Genealogy Research II to follow on Monday, March 31.

Englehardt Branch

 


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KDL on WGVU — Seed Library

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Michelle at WGVUEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Assistant Director Michelle Boisvenue-Fox talk about the new KDL Seed Library and our upcoming gardening programs.

Enjoy!

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April LibraryReads Staff Picks

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014


You already know that your local KDL staff provide great recommendations when you’re looking for your next favorite book. Now library staff across the nation have connected to offer LibraryReads, a nationwide “Top 10″ list of favorite titles each month! Check out these upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. The Storied Life of A. J. FikryLibraryReadsFavoriteThe Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
    “A middle-aged bookseller mourning his lost wife, a feisty publisher’s rep, and a charmingly precocious abandoned child come together on a small island off the New England coast in this utterly delightful novel of love and second chances.”
    —Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
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  3. Frog MusicFrog Music by Emma Donoghue
    “Donoghue returns to historical fiction in this latest offering, based on the unsolved murder of Jenny Bonnet, a cross-dressing frog catcher with a mysterious past. Set in 1870s San Francisco, this brilliant book includes impeccable historical details, from a smallpox epidemic to period songs.”
    —Diane Scholl, Batavia Public Library, IL
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  5. And the Dark Sacred NightAnd the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass
    “Four stars to Julia Glass for this, her best work since Three Junes. We become reacquainted with old characters Malachy, Fenno, and Walter and learn more about their life stories. The individuals are imperfectly human, and perfectly drawn. A wonderful, highly recommended novel.”
    —Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN
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  7. Silence for the DeaSilence for the Deadd by Simone St. James
    “A young nurse working in an isolated hospital for WWI veterans finds herself in over her head. Are the patients in the mysterious estate haunted by their wartime experiences, or something more malevolent? St. James is an up-and-coming author with a flair for combining horror and romance. A great choice for readers of either genre.”
    —Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA
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  9. By its Cover: A Commissario GuiBy its Coverdo Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon
    “In the 23rd book in this delightful series, Commissario Guido Brunetti is brought in to investigate the theft of pages and maps from rare books. Brunetti is a great character with warmth, style and elegance. Leon’s book enlightens us about Venetian customs and delivers a solid mystery.”
    —Joanne Genovese, Smithtown Special Library District, Smithtown, NY
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  11. The Intern's HandbookThe Intern’s Handbook: A Thriller by Shane Kuhn
    “How did Shane Kuhn pull this off? He’s written an action-packed, twisting thriller about professional assassins, and — guess what? — it’s funny and romantic, too! In a totally quirky way, of course. You have to read it to believe it.”
    —Nancy Russell, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
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  13. Love, NinaLove, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home by Nina Stibbe
    “With a unique voice, Stibbe brings 1980s literary Camden back to life in this delightful epistolary memoir. The letters that Stibbe writes to her sister are a hoot, featuring unexpected cooking advice from the great Alan Bennett, and droll commentary on just about everything from Mary-Kay Wilmers.”
    —Jennifer Estepp, Queens Library, Jamaica, NY
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  15. The Axe FactorThe Axe Factor: A Jimm Juree Mystery by Colin Cotterill
    “I love this sharply-written and quirky cozy mystery. Jimm Juree is a wonderful character, slyly funny and insightful, with an oddball cast of family and friends to back her up. Set in coastal Thailand, this is a laugh-out-loud funny mystery with plenty of great twists and turns that will keep readers guessing.”
    —Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA
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  17. Family LifeFamily Life by Akhil Sharma
    “The Mishras move from India to New York City in the 1980s in order to give their two sons better educational opportunities. When tragedy strikes, the family tries to recover the optimism and hope that propelled them to America. Beautiful, clear-eyed and compelling, this book packs a powerful punch.”
    —Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ
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  19. On the RocksOn the Rocks by Erin Duffy
    “After her fiancé dumps her on Facebook, Abby retreats to her apartment until her best friend invites her to spend the summer in Newport. This book is for every woman who’s been determined to put things back together after finding herself on the wrong side of social media, in the aftermath of a bad breakup, or elbow deep in Ben & Jerry’s when things fall apart.”
    —Sara Grochowski, Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library, Alpena, MI

 

See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!

 


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