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Holiday Closing — Christmas Eve & Day

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The Kent District Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays Wednesday & Thursday December 24–25. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, December 26. For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

 

We appreciate your patronage and wish you Happy Holidays!

 

Happy Holidays


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January LibraryReads Staff Picks

Monday, December 15th, 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. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel LibraryReadsFavoriteAs Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel
    by Alan Bradley
    “After the unexpected recovery of her mother’s body brings the de Luce’s family secrets to light, Flavia’s life is turned upside down. Now on her way to a Canadian boarding school, she must survive her first term — and more importantly, uncover the mystery of a corpse found in her dorm room chimney the night she arrives. A delightful installment in the series!”
    Lizzie Gall, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI
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  3. The Rosie EffectThe Rosie Effect: A Novel by Graeme Simsion
    “Don Tillman and Rosie are back again, and they’ve relocated to New York. Rosie is continuing her studies, while Don is teaching and even adding to his small circle of friends. But when Rosie announces that she is pregnant, Don is once again out of his depth. What follows are crazy situations that could only happen when Don is involved. Funny and heartwarming.”
    Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, CT
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  5. The Magician's Lie: A NovelThe Magician’s Lie: A Novel by Greer Macallister
    “Arden is a famous illusionist whose show involves sawing a man in half, but one night, she grabs an axe instead of a knife and her husband is found dead under the stage. Can Arden, an expert at deception, get away with murder — or is she really innocent? Recommended to anyone who likes historical fiction, strong women characters, and surprisingly twisty plots.”
    Paula Jones, Brockton Public Library, Brockton, MA
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  7. The Girl on the Train: A NovelThe Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
    “Rachel is a washed-up thirty-something who creates a fantasy about the seemingly perfect couple she sees during her daily train ride into London. When the woman goes missing, Rachel manages to insert herself into the investigation of the woman’s disappearance. In the vein of Gone Girl, this dark psychological thriller is fast-paced and features some very unreliable narrators.”
    Andrea Larson, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL
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  9. Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown
    “After reading Red Rising, I was looking forward to seeing more of the politics of this world. Darrow has infiltrated the Golds and works to bring them down from the inside, end their tyranny, and free his people. There’s so much political drama and action. Brown does a wonderful job describing it all through Darrow’s eyes. It’s exhausting, thrilling, and heartwrenching!”
    Nita Gill, Brookings Public Library, Brookings, SD
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  11. The Dress Shop of Dreams: A NovelThe Dress Shop of Dreams: A Novel by Menna van Praag
    “Tidy, romantic, and fine escapism. All the characters here have interesting back stories: Cora is believable as a no-nonsense gal trying to rebuff sweet Walt’s advances, and Etta is someone I’d like to meet in real life. Reminiscent of Love Actually and P.S. I Love You, this cute little book is recommended to readers who want to be charmed by the possibilities of love.”
    Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA
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  13. The Bishop's WifeThe Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
    “As a practicing Mormon, I felt Harrison did a great job of detailing Mormon culture and doctrine without evangelizing. I appreciated that the bishop is a good man, and the bishop’s wife is a woman who has been through her own struggles. The bishop’s wife sometimes can barely keep up with all the drama and mysteries around her. But she does, and does it quite well under the circumstances. This is a rather brave book.”
    Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA
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  15. Vanessa and Her Sister: A NovelVanessa and Her Sister: A Novel by Priya Parmar
    “Told uniquely as part diary, part epistolary novel, Parmar focuses on the relationship of Vanessa (later Bell) and Virginia (later Woolf) Stephens, one filled with unspoken jealousy and a fierceness of love that will ultimately destroy their kinship. This well-researched novel with gorgeous prose brings the characters to life with a unique perspective.”
    Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ
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  17. First FrostFirst Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
    First Frost is a great continuation of the stories of sisters Claire and Sydney, and Sydney’s teenage daughter, Bay. Each of the Waverlys has their own somewhat supernatural gift, and all of them struggle with issues of identity and family. As with Allen’s previous works, this novel will appeal to fans of Alice Hoffman and readers who enjoy family stories that are not overflowing with angst and drama.”
    Lauren Mitchell, Pima County Libraries, Tucson, AZ
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  19. Full Throttle (Black Knights Inc.) Full Throttle (Black Knights Inc.) by Julie Ann Walker
    “Readers can always count on Walker to deliver a suspenseful, action-packed read, and she delivers on all counts. However, it isn’t the heart-pounding adventure that makes this a fabulous story — it’s the characters. Abby and Steady, college friends who were torn apart by a mutual loss, have great chemistry. Walker has created a complete and suspenseful narrative.”
    Vanessa Gempis, Dallas Public Library, Hampton-Illinois Library, Dallas, TX

 

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

 


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Winter Programs

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Kip & Theresa 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 Adult Services Librarians Kip Odell (Grandville Branch) and Theresa Duffy (Byron Township Branch) talk about our upcoming winter programs for adults, including:

•  Gluten-Free Lifestyle
•  KD aLe
•  Trash into Treasure
•  Zentangle
•  3D Paper Snowflakes
•  KDL Gives Back: Go Red for Women / SpartanNash Labels (coming in February)

They also recommended the following books that they are currently reading:

•  Theresa: The Southern Living Community Cookbook by Sheri Castle
•  Kip: Rogue Knight by Brandon Mull

Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Winter 2014-2015 Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our January classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More!
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Using It and Loving It!
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Where’s My Stuff?
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Sharing, Saving and Ordering
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. Kindle Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Gadgets: Get Appy with Your iPad
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Internet Basics
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Online Research: Resources for Book Lovers
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Career Transitions Workshop: LinkedIn Boot Camp
  • Speak to a Geek (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):

  • January classes: Registration begins Monday, December 1 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, December 8 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • February classes: Registration begins Monday, January 5 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, January 12 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Shop Online, Help the Library

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Online Shopping

Happy Cyber Monday, everyone!

While you’re busily hunting for those Christmas shopping deals online, don’t forget that you can help KDL with each purchase. Just click on the icon below, or go to http://www.kdl.org/books_and_more/go/purchase_books, then use the links on that page to continue on to Amazon.com and Schuler Books & Music’s websites. By using the links on that page, a percentage of the cost of the purchases made during your shopping session will be returned to the library.

For additional shopping options, check out GoodSearch’s GoodShop program, which includes over 700 online stores. Just enter “Kent District Library” as your charity, then use their links to your favorite online shopping sites. A percentage of your purchases will go to the library.

GoodShop

These are just two of the ways KDL is creating additional revenue in order to continue providing quality library service to our customers. If you’re interesting in finding out how you can contribute to the library, please visit www.kdl.org/donate. We appreciate your support!


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Holiday Closing — Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Kent District Library will be closed Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, November 28. For additional holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving


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Late Opening Monday, December 1

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

All Kent District Library branches with open hours will open at 1:00 PM on Monday, December 1 in order to allow our staff to attend professional development in the morning. While we regret any temporary inconvenience this may cause, KDL’s commitment to staff training is one of the reasons we are able to provide you with such great service!

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Winter 2014-15 KDL Kaleidoscope

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The Winter 2014-15 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope program guide is now available online, and printed copies will be available soon at your local branch library. You’ll find all you need to know about winter programs and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations.

It’s sure to be an exciting season at KDL, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Check out the KDL Kaleidoscope today!

Winter 2015 Kaleidoscope

 


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LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites 2014 Staff Picks

Sunday, November 23rd, 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 favorite titles of 2013–2014 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: A Novel 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. The Rosie ProjectThe Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion
    “Don Tillman, a brilliant geneticist, thinks that having women fill out a six-page, double-sided questionnaire before a date is logical and reasonable. Rosie Jarman, an impetuous barmaid, thinks Don should loosen up and learn to live a little. Follow the unlikely pair in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good story of unexpected joys, discovery and love.”
    Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
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  5. 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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  7. FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    “At turns funny, sweet, smart, and sad, Fangirl traces Cath’s journey to independence as she begins college, struggles to have an identity separate from her twin sister, find her voice and passion as a writer and fall in love, maybe, for the first time. As sharp and emotionally resonant as Rowell’s previous novel, Eleanor & Park.”
    Stephanie Chase, Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro, OR
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  9. The GoldfinchThe Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt
    “Fans of The Secret History will rediscover the Tartt they loved back in 1992. Readers who love the novelist for her richly developed, dark, multi-layered characters and thoroughly researched topics will not be disappointed. Tartt pulls together many threads of a story across a long span of pages and into a complete masterpiece.”
    Kim Dorman, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
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  11. We Were LiarsWe 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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  13. Station ElevenStation Eleven: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel
    “An actor playing King Lear dies onstage just before a cataclysmic event changes the future of everyone on Earth. What will be valued and what will be discarded? Will art have a place in a world that has lost so much? What will make life worth living? These are just some of the issues explored in this beautifully written dystopian novel. Recommended for fans of David Mitchell, John Scalzi and Kate Atkinson.”
    Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC
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  15. One Plus OneOne Plus One: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
    “A single mom, her math genius daughter, her eye-shadow-wearing stepson, a wealthy computer geek and a smelly dog all get into a car… it sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it’s actually another charming novel from Jojo Moyes. It’s more of a traditional romance than Me Before You, but will also appeal to fans of quirky, hard-working characters. A quick read and perfect for summer.”
    Emily Wichman, Clermont County Public Library, Milford, OH
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  17. LandlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell
    Landline explores the delicate balance women make between work and family, considering the tradeoffs and pain. Rowell has a special gift for offering incredible insights into ordinary life. Never heavy-handed, Rowell’s writing is delivered with humor and grace. I finish all of her books wanting to laugh and cry at the same time — they are that moving. Landline captured my heart.”
    Andrea Larson, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL
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  19. LongbournLongbourn by Jo Baker
    “Using Pride and Prejudice’s familiar setting and characters, Baker tells a very different story of family, love and self-discovery. Bold and intelligent, Sarah is an orphaned housemaid whose days are filled with hard, body-punishing work. Baker doesn’t sugar-coat. A beautiful, uplifting novel full of mystery, hope and romance. Highly recommended for Austen fans and historical fiction readers.”
    Jenifer May, Secaucus Public Library, Secaucus, NJ

 

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

 


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Yes, We’re Open!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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It’s another snow day for lots of kids in the area,
but KDL branches remain OPEN!
All programs will take place as scheduled.

Please drive carefully if you choose to visit us today.


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