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Yes, We’re Open!

Thursday, February 27th, 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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Spring 2014 KDL Kaleidoscope

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

The Spring 2014 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 spring 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!

Spring 2014 Kaleidoscope

 


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No Heat at Grandville Branch

Monday, February 24th, 2014

UPDATE: Although heat has not yet been restored, the Grandville Branch is open. You may want to bundle up if you choose to visit today :)

The Grandville Branch is currently closed due to no heat. They hope to reopen around noon today (Monday, February 24). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Grandville Branch


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Updates to LearningExpress Library

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

LearningExpress LibraryLearningExpress Library, a popular database that provides access to over 1,000 online practice tests and skill-building tutorials, has recently been updated with a new & improved site design, easier to use navigation, new interactive tutorials and more!

 

LearningExpress Library

 

The new site is divided into 9 “learning centers”:

  • Adult Learning Center – math, reading and writing skills, U.S. Citizenship exam prep
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  • Career Center – career exploration, occupation certification and military exam prep
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  • High School Equivalency Center – exam prep for the new GED
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  • College Preparation Center – college admission test prep, including ACT, SAT, AP Exams, PSAT & TOEFL
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  • Recursos para Hispanohablantes – Spanish-language resources, including math, reading and writing skills and U.S. Citizenship exam prep
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  • College Center – academic skills review in math, reading, writing and science, exam prep for graduate school admission tests (including GRE, GMAT, LSAT & MCAT), college placement exams and CLEP exams
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  • School Center – resources for elementary, middle and high school students for skills improvement in math, reading, science, social studies, vocabulary and writing
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  • Computer Skills Center – interactive video tutorials for computer & Internet basics, popular Microsoft & Adobe software programs and Windows & Mac operating systems
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  • Job & Career Accelerator – explore careers, search for jobs, create resume and cover letters and prep for interviews
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Please note that previous logins do not carry over to the new version – if you’ve already set up an account in the old version, you will need to register fresh for the new LearningExpress Library. However, the old site will still be available until June 30 if you need to finish up any previously accessed tests or tutorials. Right now our link goes to a special introductory page where you can either register for the new version or go back (temporarily) to the old version.

You can watch a guided tour video of the new & improved LearningExpress Library or try it out yourself!

 


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Sand Lake Branch Closing at 3:00 PM

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Due to worsening road conditions, the Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch will close at 3:00 PM today (Friday, February 21). They plan to reopen tomorrow. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sand Lake


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Grandville Branch Closed — No Power

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The Grandville Branch will be closed the remainder of the day (Friday, February 21) due to a power outage. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Grandville Branch

 


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Phone System Currently Unavailable

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Ask KDLThe phone system in our Patron Services department is currently unavailable. If you call our main number (616-784-2007), you will hear a message stating that the library is closed and asking you to leave a voice mail. Don’t worry — we are open, and we will be monitoring and responding to voice mails when the system is restored. Or you can contact us via our Ask KDL email and online chat options.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to be back up & running again soon.

UPDATE: The phone system is back up and running again. Please feel free to call us at 616-784-2007. Thanks for your patience!

 


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New Language Learning Resource for Kids

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Little PimMany of you may be familiar with our popular Mango Languages resource that offers KDL cardholders free language learning courses for 61 foreign and 18 ESL languages. Thanks to generous donations to KDL, we’ve now also added Little Pim, which is powered by Mango but designed specifically for children. Little Pim is a fun and convenient way to introduce a child to a foreign language in a way they can understand and enjoy. Courses are available in nine foreign languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish) as well as English/ESL. 

Each language is taught via a series of videos led by an adorable panda teacher (“Little Pim”) and features native speakers, excellent pacing, activities and concept groupings to make the language learning process fun and easy:

Little Pim

 

Try it out now: (At the Mango launch screen, just scroll down and click Quick Start if you just want to take a look and don’t want to set up a login to save your progress.)

 


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Tyrone Twp. Branch Closed

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Due to a building issue, the Tyrone Township Branch will be closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

UPDATE: The branch is planning to reopen Friday, February 21 for normal hours (1:00–5:00 PM). Thanks for your patience!

 

Tyrone Township Branch


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March LibraryReads Staff Picks

Wednesday, February 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 (including one recommended by KDL’s own Melissa DeWild!)

  1. The Weight of BloodLibraryReadsFavoriteThe Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
    The Dane family has been keeping secrets in the Ozark town of Henbane for years. An outsider steals the heart of one of the Dane brothers, and the secrets threaten to unravel. When sixteen-year-old Lucy’s friend is found murdered after being missing for a year, Lucy begins to ask questions — the answers to which may destroy her family. Atmospheric and visceral, McHugh’s story is vividly and effectively told.”
    —Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ
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  3. The AccidentThe Accident by Chris Pavone
    Kudos to Pavone for coming through with another captivating international suspense novel. How ironic that I couldn’t put down a book about Isabel, a literary agent who stays up all night to finish an unsolicited manuscript that’s so explosive, some will kill to keep it from being published. During the 24 hours that Isabel is on the run, readers will be on the edge of their seats. Be prepared to lose some sleep!”
    —Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
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  5. The Divorce PapersThe Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger
    “When Sophie, a loveable 29-year-old lawyer, gets roped into working on a divorce case, her life takes an unexpected turn. Though this gives her a new perspective on life, it also forces her to confront some unresolved childhood issues. Except for a few tearful, poignant moments, I had a smile on my face for the entire book. Engaging and humorous, this debut epistolary novel has become a favorite read.”
    —Jennifer Asimakopoulos, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL
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  7. The Outcast DeadThe Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths
    “After the bones of the notorious Mother Hook are possibly uncovered in Norfolk, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway finds herself on TV. Was Mother Hook truly guilty of child murder? This is just one strand in a mystery that revolves around children and the people who care for them. One of the most addictive mystery series being written today.”
    —Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC
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  9. PanicPanic by Lauren Oliver
    “A deadly high-stakes game of Panic takes place in modern-day small town America, and Oliver does a wonderful job making all of it seem real. I loved that the book didn’t take place in a post-apocalyptic future like so many titles do nowadays. Oliver is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!”
    —Carol Brumfield, Timberland Regional Library, Tumwater, WA
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  11. A Circle of WivesA Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante
    “When prominent plastic surgeon Dr. John Taylor is found dead, the police investigation uncovers his secret polygamous life. As the narration alternates between Taylor’s three wives and a young female detective, the story explores the characters’ motivations and relationships. Part psychological thriller and part literary mystery, the end result is wholly captivating reading.”
    —Melissa DeWild, Kent District Library, Comstock Park, MI
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  13. GeminiGemini by Carol Cassella
    “After an unidentified hit-and-run victim is received in ICU, Dr. Charlotte Reese struggles to keep her alive, questioning how far medical technology should go to do so. Meanwhile, in an alternate story, teens Bo and Raney explore their budding friendship and attraction. Book groups will devour this compulsively readable novel with thought-provoking themes. Perfect for readers of Jodi Picoult and Chris Bohjalian.”
    —Robin Beerbower, Salem Public Library, Salem, OR
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  15. Precious ThingPrecious Thing by Colette McBeth
    “Clara and Rachel have been friends since high school. Life has intervened and they’ve grown apart, so when Clara invites Rachel for drinks to catch up, it’s a chance to reconnect. But before that can happen, Rachel is called to cover a missing girl story, and the missing girl is Clara. Was she abducted, murdered or did she simply leave on her own? In the vein of Gone Girl and The Husband’s Secret, this is a fast read that is sure to entertain.”
    —Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
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  17. Kill FeeKill Fee: A Stevens and Windermere Novel by Owen Laukkanen
    “In the third book in this series, Carla Windermere and Kirk Stevens find themselves reunited when people around the country seem to be dying from contract hits. Young war veterans, under the influence of a mysterious man, are turning into emotionless killers. Stevens and Windermere try piecing together who’s behind the crimes, but keep falling one step behind. Reminiscent of Thomas Perry’s novels, and fast-paced.”
    —Lora Bruggeman, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL
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  19. Show Your Work!Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
     by Austin Kleon
    Show Your Work! is a wonderful follow-up to Austin Kleon’s first book, Steal Like an Artist. Utilizing the same fun, graphic novel-ish type of format, Kleon gives practical recommendations about using the Internet and social media to create a community. I particularly appreciate his advice to concentrate on process, not on product, and the rest will follow. A must-read for anyone involved in the creative process.”
    —Rebekka Hanson, Madison Library District, Rexburg, ID

 

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

 


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