Posted by: Sheri
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!
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.
LearningExpress 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!
The new site is divided into 9 “learning centers”:
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.
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.
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.
The 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!
Many 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:
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.)
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!
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!)
See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!