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New ScienceFlix Learning Resource for Kids

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

ScienceFlixWe are pleased to offer a new online resource just for kids — ScienceFlix from children’s publisher Scholastic!

You may already be familiar with two related products from Scholastic: BookFlix, which pairs fictional video storybooks with nonfiction eBooks, and TrueFlix, which uses interactive nonfiction books to help hone literacy skills and build subject-area knowledge. ScienceFlix focuses in on engaging subject-area science, technology and engineering content for students in grades 4-9.


Each of the 30 multimedia units are aligned to science curriculum standards and feature:

  • Engaging videos to build background knowledge and introduce vocabulary
  • Articles written at three reading levels to ensure comprehension and build content knowledge
  • Project and experiment ideas
  • News stories with study guides
  • Careers section to inspire budding scientists
  • Multimedia including interactive timelines, slideshows, videos and more
  • Editorially vetted and safe links to websites on related content for further learning

There are also Teacher Resources available, such as lesson plans, project ideas, quizzes, videos and media galleries.

Try it out today!


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New Zinio Magazines Available

Friday, January 16th, 2015


Our Zinio digital magazine service now has even more of your favorite titles! We’ve added subscriptions to the following new magazines that you can download and enjoy for FREE on your computer or mobile device:


Allrecipes Better Homes and Gardens The Economist HGTV Magazine

The New Yorker Parents Vanity Fair Vanity Fair

Click here to view a complete list of all titles offered through Zinio.


Happy Downloading!


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February LibraryReads Staff Picks

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

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. A Spool of Blue Thread: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteA Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel by Anne Tyler
    “In this book, we come to know three generations of Whitshanks — a family with secrets and memories that are sometimes different than what others observe. The book’s timeline moves back and forth with overlapping stories, just like thread on a spool. Most readers will find themselves in the story. Once again, Tyler has written an enchanting tale.”
    Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

  3. A Touch of Stardust: A NovelA Touch of Stardust: A Novel by Kate Alcott
    “With the background of the making of Gone with the Wind, this is a delightful read that combines historical events with the fictional career of an aspiring screenwriter. Julie is a wide-eyed Indiana girl who, through a series of lucky breaks, advances from studio go-fer and assistant to Carole Lombard to contract writer at MGM. A fun, engaging page-turner!”
    Lois Gross, Hoboken Public Library, Hoboken, NJ

  5. My Sunshine AwayMy Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
    “A crime against a 15-year-old girl is examined through the eyes of one of her friends—a friend who admits to being a possible suspect in the crime. This is a wonderful debut novel full of suspense, angst, loyalty, deceit, and most of all, love.”
    Alison Nadvornik, Worthington Libraries, Columbus, OH

  7. The Secrets of Sir Richard KenworthyThe Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn
    “At a dreaded music recital, a cellist catches Sir Richard Kenworthy’s eye, and he determines to marry her. Iris Smythe-Smith is a smart cookie and rightly suspicious of Sir Richard’s motives when he comes courting, but finds herself falling for his charm. Things seem to be working out well until Iris finds out what a big secret Richard is keeping.”
    Sharon Redfern, Rockville Public Library, Vernon, CT

  9. Half the WorldHalf the World by Joe Abercrombie
    “Fifteen-year-old Thorn, determined to become a king’s soldier, is fighting not just physical opponents, but her world’s social mores. Girls are supposed to desire nothing more than a wealthy husband. Period. Thorn’s struggles to achieve her dream make for a riveting read. Second in a series, this book reads very well as a standalone.”
    Cynthia Hunt, Amarillo Public Library, Amarillo, TX

  11. Finding Jake: A NovelFinding Jake: A Novel by Bryan Reardon
    “Stay-at-home dad Simon Connelly receives the call every parent dreads: there’s been a shooting at his children’s school. Through flashbacks and present-day narratives, he mines his memory for clues to what may have happened. This is a refreshing take on the well trodden “bad kid” novels, and an excellent thriller to recommend to all who liked Defending Jacob or We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
    Alissa Williams, Pekin Public Library, Pekin, IL

  13. A Darker Shade of MagicA Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
    “Fantasy fans should enjoy this atmospheric novel, where London is the link between parallel universes, and magician Kell is one of two Travelers who can move between them. Now something sinister is disturbing their equilibrium, and Kell must try to unravel the plot with only feisty street thief Delilah Bard as an ally.”
    Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

  15. A Murder of MagpiesA Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders
    “Loved this mystery! The acerbic narrator is 40-year-old British book publishing editor Samantha, whose best author goes missing after writing a tell-all book about a famous French fashion designer who died under suspicious circumstances. Very funny, and great secondary characters as well.”
    Ann-Marie Anderson, Tigard Public Library, Tigard, OR

  17. The Siege Winter: A NovelThe Siege Winter: A Novel by Ariana Franklin & Samantha Norman
    “I couldn’t have been more excited when I learned Franklin wrote a new book. This wonderfully written novel takes place during King Stephen and Empress Matilda’s tumultuous civil conflict to claim England, no matter what cost to themselves or their subjects. The story conveys the brutality of the period without sacrificing the complex nature of the time and the people.”
    Elizabeth Carroll, Madison Public Library, Madison, WI

  19. Dreaming Spies: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock HolmesDreaming Spies: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
    by Laurie R. King
    “Considering that King is one of the finest mystery authors writing today, it’s no surprise that the latest in the Russell/Holmes series is an engaging read. Intrigue follows the duo as they board a liner bound for Japan and meet up with a known blackmailer and a young Japanese woman who is not all that she seems. Great historical research and rich atmosphere!”
    Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI


See for more information and find your next great read!


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Rescheduled Date for Gluten-Free Lifestyle Program

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Gluten Free LifestyleThe Gluten-Free Lifestyle program that was cancelled due to weather conditions last week at the Walker Branch has been rescheduled. It will now be held on Thursday, February 26 at 6:30 PM. The complete schedule for this program is below:

Tuesday, January 13, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Wednesday, January 14, 6:30 PM – Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Monday, January 19, 6:30 PM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, February 12, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, February 17, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township Branch
Thursday, February 26, 6:30 PM – Walker Branch

No registration required. We hope you can join us!



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KDL on Air — KD aLe

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Morgan Amy 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 Morgan Jarema (KDL Communications Assistant) and Amy Sherman (host of Great American Brew Trail) talk about our popular KD aLe series of beer making and tasting programs.

• See the complete schedule of KD aLe events
• Request Great American Brew Trail on DVD


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Download WGVU1-8-15.mp3


Morgan & Amy also recently talked about KD aLe on the Behind the Mitten podcast with John Gonzalez
(KD aLe information begins at 20:31):


(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

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KDL Closing at 5:00 PM Thursday, Jan. 8

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Due to severe weather and travel conditions, all KDL branches will close at 5:00 PM today (Thursday, January 8). All evening programs are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



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Program Cancellations

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Sled DogsDue to the impending winter storm, the Mush! sled dog program scheduled tonight at the Spencer Township Branch has been rescheduled to next Thursday, January 15, at 6:00 PM. As of right now, all other programs taking place tonight will be held as scheduled, but we will update this post if there are any other program cancellations.

UPDATE: The Gluten-Free Lifestyle program scheduled tonight at the Walker Branch has also been cancelled due to the weather. This program has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 26, at 6:30 PM.

UPDATE: All KDL branches will close at 5:00 PM tonight and all evening programs are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Monday, January 5th, 2015

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 February 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: Gadget Petting Zoo
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Create Your Own Website or Blog
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Online Research: Genealogy Research I & II
  • Online Research: Genealogy —
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis
  • Microsoft Office Workshop
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I & II
  • Job Seekers: Job & Career Accelerator
  • 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):

  • 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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Holiday Closing — New Year’s Day

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Kent District Library will be closed Thursday, January 1 for the New Year’s holiday. In addition, all branches will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve). We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, January 2. For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy New Year!
Happy New Year



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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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