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Monday, February 10th, 2014

Learn4Life

 

We have another awesome new resource now available to KDL patrons

Learn4LifeLearn4Life 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 library card! Here are just some of the wide range of courses available:

See a complete list of courses here!

2 lessons are released each week during the 6-week class session, and each lesson is estimated to take 2 hours to complete. A certificate of completion is available at the end of each course, which may be accepted as proof of continuing education by some workplaces or institutions. There is no penalty for not finishing a course, and there are no limits on how many you can sign up to take.

You can watch a guided tour video of this new product or try it out yourself. If you see a course that interests you, there’s still time to enroll for the February session, which starts on February 19.

 

 


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Early Childhood Essentials

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Morgan on 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 Youth Specialist Morgan Doane talk about our free Early Childhood Essentials classes for parents & caregivers.

Upcoming classes include:

• Inexpensive Green Early Literacy Activities
• Getting Ready to Write, 0 – 3 Year Olds
• Getting Ready to Write, 3 – 5 Year Olds
• Finding Balance in Everyday Life
• Discovering Play
• and more!

Sessions offers one hour of professional development. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited — click on the links above or call 616-784-2007 to register. (Adults only please; child care is not provided.)

Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 


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Sand Lake Branch Temporarily Closed

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

UPDATE: The Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch has reopened for business. DTE has been on site and given the all clear for patrons and staff to re-enter the building.

The Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch is temporarily closed due to a reported gas smell. They will remain closed as the gas company investigates. We apologize for any inconvenience but we want to make sure our employees and customers are safe.

Sand Lake Branch


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New TrueFlix Learning Resource for Kids

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

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

TrueFlix uses interactive nonfiction books (called “True Books”) to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content and cultivate 21st-century skills through the inquiry process. All titles are supported with related content and primary sources featuring videos, audio, images and text. This is similar to a related product from Scholastic, BookFlix, but focuses on purely nonfiction content instead of including fictional storybooks.

For example, if you’re a little sick of the local weather, you can watch a video and read a book about Tropical Rain Forests:

Rain Forests

Each book includes a “Read Along” option so the text can be read aloud. Key vocabulary words are also highlighted, and can be clicked on to display definitions:

Climate

TrueFlix supports Common Core standards by featuring multiple text types and a cross-curricular, nonfiction focus. There are also related educational resources available, such as lesson plans, project ideas, quizzes, word matches, primary sources and web resources.

You can watch an overview of this new product, or try it out yourself!

 


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Free Computer Classes and Job Seeker Workshops

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Spring 2014 Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes and workshops for job seekers can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our March 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: BYO eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.com
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics & More
  • Internet: Online Genealogy Research I & II
  • Internet: Online Resources for Book Lovers
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: The Lowell Ledger Online — Explore Your Local History
  • Internet: Wikipedia Editors Meet-Up
  • Internet: Wikipedia, the Encyclopedia for Everyone!
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Developing Your Personal Brand (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Communicating Your Brand (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Networking (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: LinkedIn Bookcamp (pre-registration not required if you bring your own laptop)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Behavioral Interviewing (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):

  • March classes: Registration begins Monday, February 3 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, February 10 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • April classes: Registration begins Monday, March 3 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, March 10 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • May classes: Registration begins Monday, April 7 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, April 14 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Byron Twp. Branch Closed Due to Power Outage

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The Byron Township Branch is currently closed due to a partial power outage. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to re-open the branch when power is restored.

UPDATE: Power has been restored and the branch is now open. Thanks for your patience!

Byron Township Branch


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Yes, We’re Open!

Wednesday, January 29th, 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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KDL Closing at 5:00 PM Tuesday, Jan. 28

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Due to severe weather and travel conditions, KDL branches will close at 5:00 PM today (Tuesday, January 28). All evening programs are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Yes, We’re Open!

Tuesday, January 28th, 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.

UPDATE: Due to severe weather and travel conditions,
KDL branches will be closing at 5:00 PM today (Tuesday, January 28).


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KDL Closing at 5:00 PM Monday, Jan. 27

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Due to severe weather and travel conditions, KDL branches will close at 5:00 PM today (Monday, January 27). All evening programs are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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