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Free Computer Classes

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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 July classes:

  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing Fun
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Sharing, Saving and Ordering
  • Internet: Digital Audiobook and Music Marketing
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Online Research: Genealogy Research I & II
  • Online Research: Genealogy — FamilySearch.org
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • 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):

  • July classes: Registration begins Monday, June 2 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, June 9 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • August classes: Registration begins Monday, July 7 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, July 14 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Updated eBook Site

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Those of you who use KDL’s eBook site may have noticed that things look a little different now! OverDrive has updated the layout of our site with the following new features:

  • The layout of the homepage has been updated to feature smaller, more mobile-friendly images:

     

    OverDrive Homepage

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  • This layout update also reduces user clicks by adding the ability to borrow, sample, share, add to Wish List, and see title details all directly from the cover image:

OverDrive Book Details

 

Please let us know if you have any questions about this latest update.

Happy Downloading!

 


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Holiday Closing — Memorial Day

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
    • All Kent District Library branches will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 27.

 

    • All KDL branches will be closed on Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Sunday hours will resume on Sunday, September 7.

 

  • For additional 2014 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

 

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day

 


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June LibraryReads Staff Picks

Tuesday, May 13th, 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. Elizabeth Is MissingElizabeth Is Missing: A Novel by Emma Healey
    “Maude sinks into a confusing world in this gripping psychological mystery written in the voice of an aging woman with Alzheimer’s. She can’t remember what she’s doing or where she is, but she is obsessed with one thought—her good friend Elizabeth is missing. Book groups will enjoy this satisfying and entertaining read!”
    Mary Campanelli, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
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  3. China DollsChina Dolls: A Novel by Lisa See
    “Set in 1938 San Francisco, this book follows the lives of three young women up through WWII. Grace travels to California seeking stardom, where she meets Helen, a young woman from Chinatown, and the two find jobs as nightclub dancers. While auditioning, they cross paths with Ruby, and the book alternates between all three viewpoints. Lisa See is one of my favorite authors, and her newest title doesn’t disappoint.”
    Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
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  5. The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard StreetThe Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street: A Novel by Susan Jane Gilman
    “In the tenements of old New York, a young Russian Jewish immigrant woman is taken in by an Italian family who sells ice. Through sheer persistence and strong will, she manages to build an ice cream empire. Lillian Dunkle is a complex character who will both make you cheer even as you are dismayed. Have ice cream on hand when you read this book!”
    Marika Zemke, Commerce Township Public Library, Commerce Twp, MI
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  7.  I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without YouI Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You: A Novel by Courtney Maum
    “Set mainly in Paris, this love story for grown-ups tells the story of a decent man who almost ruins his life and then goes to great lengths to restore his marriage. If your path to a happy marriage has been straight-forward, you may not appreciate this book—but it’s perfect for the rest of us!”
    Laurel Best, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Huntsville, AL
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  9. The MatchmakerThe Matchmaker: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
    “Set in romantic Nantucket, Hilderbrand’s newest novel is a heartwarming and moving story about the power of love. Dabney Kimball Beech, long denied her own true love, is determined to match up those closest to her before it is too late. This captivating book had me weeping through the last few chapters. A beautifully written and heartbreaking story!”
    Jill Kaufman, Desloge Public Library, Desloge, MO
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  11. Summer House with Swimming PoolSummer House with Swimming Pool: A Novel by Herman Koch
    “A deliciously nasty study in sociopathy, veiled in the alluring sheen of European upper class lifestyles and sensibilities. Summer House with Swimming Pool will grip you with an uneasy dread and won’t let you stop turning the pages until the riveting end. Fair warning: you will never look at your family doctor the same way again.”
    Kristin Cole, The Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA
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  13. The Lobster KingsThe Lobster Kings: A Novel by Alexi Zentner
    “This well-crafted story truly captures the beauty and brutality of living by the sea. The characters show what it’s like to have saltwater in your veins and commitment to family and community. Zentner depicts a way of life that is fast disappearing. Perfect for summer reading.”
    Lisa Marie Joyce, Portland Public Library & South Portland Public Library, Portland, ME
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  15. The Hurricane SistersThe Hurricane Sisters: A Novel by Dorothea Benton Frank
    “Having just completed my annual trek to the Carolina Lowcountry, compliments of Dorothea Benton Frank, I’m happy to report that a good time was had by all. It was, as ever, a pleasure to meet her new characters, travel down Highway 17 (llama optional), sit back with a glass of wine and take in the beautiful sunsets and ocean breeze, all without leaving the comfort of my easy chair.”
    Yvonne Jefferson, Pittsylvania County Public Library, Dry Fork, VA
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  17. The QuickThe Quick: A Novel by Lauren Owen
    “This book starts out slowly, with an unconventional Victorian-era romance and builds to an unexpected development by the end of part one. Owen continues the slow boil of suspense with a curiously-enticing plot, centering on members of an exclusive London gentleman’s club who are testing the boundaries of their own organization. For those who enjoy historical fiction with a twist.”
    Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library, St. Peters, MO
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  19. RoguesRogues edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
    “This anthology is worth reading for the Rothfuss’s story alone! ‘The Lightning Tree’ follows Bast spending a day outside the tavern, which left me anxious for Kingkiller Book 3 to come out. Other stand-outs are stories by Garth Nix, Cherie Priest and Connie Willis. Rogues should enjoy a large audience of Martin fans and is a good entry point to the other contributing authors’ works.”
    Keith Hayes, West Regional Library, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC

 

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

 


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Catalog Maintenance Tonight

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

LakeNetUPDATE: The server maintenance has been completed and access to the online catalog has been restored. Thanks for your patience!

The online catalog will be unavailable tonight as the Lakeland Library Cooperative performs routine maintenance on the server. Downtime will begin around 9:15 PM and will last 30-90 minutes.

Library services that will NOT be available during this time include:

Thank you for your patience!

 


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Free Computer Classes

Monday, May 5th, 2014

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 June 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)
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics & More
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis
  • 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):

  • June classes: Registration begins Monday, May 5 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, May 12 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • July classes: Registration begins Monday, June 2 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, June 9 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • August classes: Registration begins Monday, July 7 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, July 14 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Macmillan eAudiobooks Now Available in MP3

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Macmillan AudioGood news for eAudiobook lovers — Macmillan audiobook titles are now available in MP3 format! This means that these eAudiobooks can now be downloaded directly to a much wider variety of devices, including Mac, iPhone and Android.

Popular Macmillan Audio authors include:

Visit http://ebooks.kdl.org and download one today!

 


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Summer 2014 KDL Kaleidoscope

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Are you already making plans for summer? Don’t forget about all the FREE programs available at the library! The Summer 2014 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope program guide is now available online. You’ll find all you need to know about summer events and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations. (Printed guides will also be available in the branches by late May.)

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

 


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New Teen eBook / eAudiobook Site

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Good news for Teens (or those of us whose teen years may be behind us but who still enjoy reading Teen books :) ) — our OverDrive eBook & eAudiobook site now includes a Teen eReading Room that collects all Teen titles into one place! If you enjoy reading teen materials and don’t want to wade through steamy adult romances or books aimed at the toddler crowd, just go right to ebooks.kdl.org/teens to find your favorites (including the newly-added Hunger Games series!)

 

Teen OverDrive Site

 

Like our Kids eReading Room, the Teen site allows you to easily browse by subject (genre), collection (eBook or eAudiobook) or level (including ATOS and Lexile reading levels that are used by many schools). Try it out today!

Happy Downloading!

 


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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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