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KDL on WGVU — Post-Millage Plans

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Lance at 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 Library Director Lance Werner talk about what the future holds for KDL now that the millage has passed. Enjoy!

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New Macmillan eBooks Now Available!

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Good news for eBook fans — new titles from Macmillan Publishers are now available from the library! Macmillan had previously chosen to only sell titles that were published more than 12 months ago to libraries, but they are now making their entire frontlist of eBooks available to libraries as well.

KDL has purchased a number of new Macmillan eBook titles, including:

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

 

The Fortune Hunter  A Colder War  The Dead Will Tell  Landline

 


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New eBook Site Features

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

OverDrive, the service provider for our eBooks & eAudiobooks, has added a number of new features to our site:

  • You can now suspend a hold so it won’t become available for you to checkout until you’re ready for it. For example, you may want to place a hold on a popular eBook to reserve your place in line, but then suspend the hold until you’re finished reading your current book. If you make it to the top of the waiting list while your hold is suspended, the title will go to the next person in line until your suspension period is over. See OverDrive’s help pages for complete details.

    Suspend Hold

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  • You can also now choose to auto-checkout a hold when it becomes available. You will still receive an email when your hold is ready, but the book will then be found on your Bookshelf of checked-out titles. See OverDrive’s help pages for complete details.

    Auto-Checkout Hold

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  • You can now customize the Maturity Level settings for your account. Don’t want your child viewing mature adult titles? Or, conversely, are you an adult who doesn’t want to wade through children’s titles when browsing for eBooks? Change your Account settings to match your preferences. You can also choose to replace mature adult cover images with a basic cover instead. See OverDrive’s help pages for complete details. (Note that these settings only apply when you are logged in to your eBook account.)

    Maturity Level

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  • A new Recommended for You collection will appear on the eBook site homepage after you have signed in. Suggestions are based on titles you currently have checked out or on hold, and only those titles that are immediately available for checkout will be displayed.
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  • Finally, the Search function has been updated to improve the relevancy of results. For example, searching for “Lee Child” will now only retrieve titles by the author Lee Child, not everything that contains either the word “Lee” or “Child.” (For you search nerds out there, the default Boolean searching has been changed from “OR” to “AND.”) 

Questions? Give us a call at 616-784-2007 or fill out our Support Request Form.

Happy Downloading!

 


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Fall 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 September 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)
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics & More
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • 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):

  • September classes: Registration begins Monday, August 4 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, August 11 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • October classes: Registration begins Tuesday, September 2 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, September 8 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • November classes: Registration begins Monday, October 6 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, October 13 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Finding Election Information

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

VotingYard signs, political commercials and robo-calls — yes, it’s election time again. If you are feeling bewildered wading through the various candidates and proposals on the Tuesday, August 5 primary ballot, here are some resources to help:

Michigan Voter Information Center
Check if you are registered to vote, get information on absentee voting, and view a personalized sample ballot.

MLive Michigan Voter Guide
Enter your address to find your local races, then compare candidates’ views on various issues.

Vote411.org
Nonpartisan election information from the League of Women Voters

State Proposal 1 Analysis
Background, pros and cons provided by the League of Women Voters

Kent County Senior Millage Information
Information from the Area Agency on Aging of West Michigan

KDL Millage Information
FAQs about the KDL millage proposal. The KDL millage question will be the last question on the ballot.

(image courtesy of League of Women Voters of California)


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More Mango Languages Content

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Mango Languages

Language lovers, rejoice — our online language learning resource, Mango Languages, recently added 10 new chapters and over 1,000 additional learning hours to 40+ of their language courses (indicated in bold in the table below)

Mango Languages is FREE to all KDL cardholders, and is an easy, effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. Courses are currently available in 62 foreign languages and 17 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses:

  • Arabic (Egyptian)
  • Arabic (Levantine)
  • Arabic (MSA)
  • Armenian
  • Azerbaijani
  • Bengali
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dari
  • Dutch
  • Farsi (Persian)
  • Finnish
  • French
  • French (Canadian)
  • Scottish Gaelic
  • German
  • Greek
  • Greek (Ancient)
  • Greek (Koine)
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hawaiian
  • Hebrew
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kazakh
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Malay
  • Malayalam
  • Norwegian
  • Pashto
  • Pirate
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Punjabi
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish (Latin American)
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Tuvan
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
  • Yiddish
  • ESL for Arabic (Egyptian) Speakers
  • ESL for Arabic (MSA) Speakers
  • ESL for Armenian Speakers
  • ESL for Chinese (Cantonese) Speakers
  • ESL for Chinese (Mandarin) Speakers
  • ESL for French Speakers
  • ESL for German Speakers
  • ESL for Greek Speakers
  • ESL for Italian Speakers
  • ESL for Japanese Speakers
  • ESL for Korean Speakers
  • ESL for Polish Speakers
  • ESL for Portuguese (Brazilian) Speakers
  • ESL for Russian Speakers
  • ESL for Spanish (Latin American) Speakers
  • ESL for Turkish Speakers
  • ESL for Vietnamese Speakers

Once you’ve signed up for an account through KDL, you can even access Mango Languages on-the-go with free mobile apps for iOS and Android!

Watch the video below to see Mango Languages in action, then start using it today!


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Local Indie Fest

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Pete @ 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 Pete Lewandoski, Adult Services Librarian at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch talk about the Local Indie collection and the upcoming Local Indie Fest (Wednesday, August 20, 4:00–7:00 PM at the Kentwood Branch).  Enjoy!

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August LibraryReads Staff Picks

Tuesday, July 15th, 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. One KickLibraryReadsFavoriteOne Kick: A Novel by Chelsea Cain
    “Kick Lannigan survived being kidnapped as a child. Now, at twenty-one, determined never to be a victim again, she has reinvented herself. Martial arts and weapons handling are just a few of the skills she has learned over the years. Kick catches the attention of John Bishop, a mystery man with access to unlimited funds, and together they go after a cabal of child pornographers. A read-in-one-sitting, edge-of-your-seat thriller.”
    Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ
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  3. Lucky UsLucky Us: A Novel by Amy Bloom
    “Is a family the people you are born to, or the people who you find along the way? That’s what Bloom explores in this novel set in pre- and post-WWII Ohio, Los Angeles, New York and Germany. The story follows resourceful Eva, who was abandoned by her mother at an early age, and her sister Iris, an aspiring actress who tries to find love at a time when her kind of love must be secretive. Every character is beautifully drawn, warm, and believable.”
    Kathryn Hassert, Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, Chester Springs, PA
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  5. Heroes Are My WeaknessHeroes Are My Weakness: A Novel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    “Any Susan Elizabeth Phillips novel is going to make it onto my must-read list, but this one is particularly wonderful, and here’s why: she creates, then cheerfully destroys, the romance cliche of the brooding hero with a dark secret who lives in a crumbling mansion and captivates a plucky heroine. The hero is a horror novelist, and the heroine a failed actress-turned-puppeteer. This warm, witty, comedy-drama is a perfect summer read.”
    Donna Matturri, Pickerington Public Library, Pickerington, OH
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  7. Lock InLock In by John Scalzi
    “There’s been a good run of fantasy and science fiction books this year. Joining the list of great fantastical reads is John Scalzi’s Lock In. Scalzi is best known for his military SF (especially the Old Man’s War series), so his latest is a change of pace. A blending of SF and police procedural that hits every note just right.”
    Jane Jorgenson, Madison Public Library, Madison, WI
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  9. The MiniaturistThe Miniaturist: A Novel by Jessie Burton
    “A dollhouse whose figures and furnishings foretell life events, mysterious notes, family secrets and the powerful guild and church of 1686 Amsterdam. All these elements combine for an engaging story of a young bride’s struggle to be the ‘architect of her own fortune.’”
    Elizabeth Angelastro, Manlius Library, Manlius, NY
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  11. Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
    “A horrible act of violence occurs at the Pirriwee Public School’s trivia night fundraiser for parents, but what happened and who was involved? The novel begins six months before that fateful evening and lets us in on the lives of single mother Jane, divorcee Madeline, and Celeste, who secretly suffers from domestic abuse. Big Little Lies is another page-turning read from Moriarty that had me gasping with surprise at the end.”
    Lora Bruggeman, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL
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  13. The Truth about LeoThe Truth about Leo by Katie MacAlister
    “I always adore Katie MacAlister! Her sense of humor is outstanding, and her heroines have real bodies. This is another installment in the delightful historical Noble series, and it doesn’t disappoint. Fans of humor with their romance are sure to enjoy this regency romp.”
    Jessica C. Williams, Westlake Porter Public Library, Westlake, OH
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  15. An Unwilling AccompliceAn Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd
    “Bess Crawford, a courageous World War I battlefield nurse, is faced with another complex mystery. A patient about to receive a high honor from the King manages to disappear on Bess’s watch, sending her life into a tailspin. In order to clear her name, she must find the missing patient and find out why he is now accused of murder. Intelligent and fantastic, just like the others in this series!”
    Monicah Fratena, La Porte County Public Library, La Porte, IN
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  17. The Magician's LandThe Magician’s Land: A Novel by Lev Grossman
    “Even if you haven’t read the first two books in the wonderful Magicians Trilogy, you will enjoy the escapades of Quentin Coldwater. Now 30 years old, Quentin finds himself back at Brakebills, experiencing school from the teacher’s side of the desk. But his adventures are far from over! Although I’m not generally a fantasy reader, I’ve been rooting for Quentin ever since I first picked up this series and am sad to see it end.”
    Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN
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  19. The Story HourThe Story Hour: A Novel by Thrity Umrigar
    “Another beautifully written novel by Thrity Umrigar. A relationship develops between Maggie, a psychologist, and Lakshmi, a troubled Indian woman. As their stories develop, it is hard to figure out which woman does more to impact the other’s life. Highly recommended.”
    Ellen Firer, Merrick Library, Merrick, NY

 

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

 


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KDL on WGVU Radio — LBPH

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Shelley @ 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 LBPH Librarian Shelley Roossien talk about the Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped. Enjoy!

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Free Computer Classes

Monday, July 7th, 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 August classes:

  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Digital Audiobook and Music Marketing
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • 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):

  • 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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