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Free Computer Classes & Job Seeker Workshops

Monday, March 3rd, 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 April 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)
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing Fun
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Sharing, Saving and Ordering
  • Gadgets: BYO eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Email Workshop
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Online Resources for Book Lovers
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Internet: The Lowell Ledger Online — Explore Your Local History
  • Internet: Wikipedia Editors Meet-Up
  • Job Seekers: Job & Career Accelerator
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • 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):

  • April classes: Registration begins Monday, March 3 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, March 10 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • 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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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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