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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Monday, December 1st, 2014

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 January 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: Get Appy with Your iPad
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Internet Basics
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Online Research: Resources for Book Lovers
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • 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):

  • January classes: Registration begins Monday, December 1 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, December 8 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • 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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Shop Online, Help the Library

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Online Shopping

Happy Cyber Monday, everyone!

While you’re busily hunting for those Christmas shopping deals online, don’t forget that you can help KDL with each purchase. Just click on the icon below, or go to http://www.kdl.org/books_and_more/go/purchase_books, then use the links on that page to continue on to Amazon.com and Schuler Books & Music’s websites. By using the links on that page, a percentage of the cost of the purchases made during your shopping session will be returned to the library.

For additional shopping options, check out GoodSearch’s GoodShop program, which includes over 700 online stores. Just enter “Kent District Library” as your charity, then use their links to your favorite online shopping sites. A percentage of your purchases will go to the library.

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These are just two of the ways KDL is creating additional revenue in order to continue providing quality library service to our customers. If you’re interesting in finding out how you can contribute to the library, please visit www.kdl.org/donate. We appreciate your support!


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Holiday Closing — Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Kent District Library will be closed Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, November 28. For additional holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving


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Late Opening Monday, December 1

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

All Kent District Library branches with open hours will open at 1:00 PM on Monday, December 1 in order to allow our staff to attend professional development in the morning. While we regret any temporary inconvenience this may cause, KDL’s commitment to staff training is one of the reasons we are able to provide you with such great service!

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Winter 2014-15 KDL Kaleidoscope

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The Winter 2014-15 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 winter 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!

Winter 2015 Kaleidoscope

 


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LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites 2014 Staff Picks

Sunday, November 23rd, 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 favorite titles of 2013–2014 that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. The Storied Life of A. J. FikryLibraryReadsFavoriteThe Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin
    “A middle-aged bookseller mourning his lost wife, a feisty publisher’s rep, and a charmingly precocious abandoned child come together on a small island off the New England coast in this utterly delightful novel of love and second chances.”
    Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
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  3. The Rosie ProjectThe Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion
    “Don Tillman, a brilliant geneticist, thinks that having women fill out a six-page, double-sided questionnaire before a date is logical and reasonable. Rosie Jarman, an impetuous barmaid, thinks Don should loosen up and learn to live a little. Follow the unlikely pair in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good story of unexpected joys, discovery and love.”
    Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
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  5. All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
    “Set during World War II Europe, this novel is sobering without being sentimental. The tension builds as the alternating, parallel stories of Werner and Marie-Laure unfold, and their paths cross. I highly recommend this beautiful and compelling story.”
    Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN
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  7. FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    “At turns funny, sweet, smart, and sad, Fangirl traces Cath’s journey to independence as she begins college, struggles to have an identity separate from her twin sister, find her voice and passion as a writer and fall in love, maybe, for the first time. As sharp and emotionally resonant as Rowell’s previous novel, Eleanor & Park.”
    Stephanie Chase, Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro, OR
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  9. The GoldfinchThe Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt
    “Fans of The Secret History will rediscover the Tartt they loved back in 1992. Readers who love the novelist for her richly developed, dark, multi-layered characters and thoroughly researched topics will not be disappointed. Tartt pulls together many threads of a story across a long span of pages and into a complete masterpiece.”
    Kim Dorman, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
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  11. We Were LiarsWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
    “This brilliant and heartbreaking novel tells the story of a prestigious family living on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Full of love, lies, secrets, no shortage of family dysfunction, and a shocking twist that you won’t see coming. Though this book is written for teens, it shouldn’t be overlooked by anyone looking for a fantastic read.”
    Susan Balla, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
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  13. Station ElevenStation Eleven: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel
    “An actor playing King Lear dies onstage just before a cataclysmic event changes the future of everyone on Earth. What will be valued and what will be discarded? Will art have a place in a world that has lost so much? What will make life worth living? These are just some of the issues explored in this beautifully written dystopian novel. Recommended for fans of David Mitchell, John Scalzi and Kate Atkinson.”
    Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC
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  15. One Plus OneOne Plus One: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
    “A single mom, her math genius daughter, her eye-shadow-wearing stepson, a wealthy computer geek and a smelly dog all get into a car… it sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it’s actually another charming novel from Jojo Moyes. It’s more of a traditional romance than Me Before You, but will also appeal to fans of quirky, hard-working characters. A quick read and perfect for summer.”
    Emily Wichman, Clermont County Public Library, Milford, OH
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  17. LandlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell
    Landline explores the delicate balance women make between work and family, considering the tradeoffs and pain. Rowell has a special gift for offering incredible insights into ordinary life. Never heavy-handed, Rowell’s writing is delivered with humor and grace. I finish all of her books wanting to laugh and cry at the same time — they are that moving. Landline captured my heart.”
    Andrea Larson, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL
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  19. LongbournLongbourn by Jo Baker
    “Using Pride and Prejudice’s familiar setting and characters, Baker tells a very different story of family, love and self-discovery. Bold and intelligent, Sarah is an orphaned housemaid whose days are filled with hard, body-punishing work. Baker doesn’t sugar-coat. A beautiful, uplifting novel full of mystery, hope and romance. Highly recommended for Austen fans and historical fiction readers.”
    Jenifer May, Secaucus Public Library, Secaucus, NJ

 

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

 


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Yes, We’re Open!

Wednesday, November 19th, 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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Herbal Holiday Gifts Program Canceled

Monday, November 17th, 2014

SeedLibraryLogoThe Herbal Holiday Gifts programs scheduled for 6:30 PM tonight at the Grandville Branch and 6:30 PM tomorrow night at the Wyoming Branch have been canceled by the presenter. The program at 6:30 PM on Thursday, November 20 at the Spencer Township Branch is still scheduled at this point. We hope to work with the presenter to reschedule, and if so, will contact those on the registration lists. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

 


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Chris Van Allsburg Visit

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The Misadventures of Sweetie PieEach 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 East Grand Rapids Branch staff Holly Goulet and Vanessa Walstra talk about an upcoming visit by award-winning author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg and some great holiday reads. Enjoy!

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• Find out more about Chris Van Allsburg’s visit

• Get a ticket to the book signing

• Request The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie by Chris Van Allsburg

• Request Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

• Request The Princess Bride

• Request As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

• Request The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

• Request The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

• Request Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

 


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NaNoWriMo 2014

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

NaNoWriMoNo, that title isn’t just a bunch of gibberish — it’s “National Novel Writing Month,” held in November every year. If you’ve ever dreamed of writing your own novel, what better time to start than now?

Your goal: Write a 50,000-word novel by midnight, November 30. Sound impossible? Don’t worry — NaNoWriMo is all about enthusiasm and perseverance, not high quality writing. Just let go, lower your expectations, and let the words flow.

Sound interesting? Check out the official NaNoWriMo site for more information or to sign up.

Need some help to get started? There’s a Grand Rapids area forum so you can find other writers and NaNoWriMo events near you. Or check our Events Calendar for Writers’ Groups and NaNoWriMo “Come Write-In” programs scheduled at KDL branches.

And if you say “no way!” to writing 50,000-word novel in just 1 month, why not start with a 3000-word (or less) short story instead? Our Write Michigan Short Story contest deadline is November 30, and you could win a cash prize and be published!

(Hey teens — NaNoWriMo also has a Young Writers Program just for you!)

Happy writing!


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