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Michigan Reads Celebration

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

acoustic roosterCelebrate the 2014 Michigan Reads book, Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band by Kwame Alexander, with crafts and activities. For ages 6 and younger.

Saturday, September 13, 10:00 AM,
Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Tuesday, September 16, 10:30 AM,
Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 PM, Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, September 17, 10:30 AM, Comstock Park Branch
Monday, September 22, 10:30 AM, Alto Branch
Tuesday, September 30, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM,
Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, October 1, 10:00 AM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, October 2, 10:00 AM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Sunday, October 19, 2:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch
Thursday, November 6, 10:00 AM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, November 8, 10:30 AM, Gaines Township Branch
Monday, November 10, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 11, 1:00 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 10:00 AM, Alpine Township Branch
Wednesday, November 19, 10:00 AM, Caledonia Township Branch

Branch locations can be found here.

 

 


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Thankful for You Days!

Friday, August 29th, 2014

COM thankfulThe KDL Happiness Project has been such a success that we want to celebrate with those who make us most happy—you! Help us celebrate with treats, fun, entertainment and surprises at each of our 18 branches.

Thursday, September 4, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Thursday, September 4, 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Alto Branch
Saturday, September 27, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, October 11, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Spencer Township Branch
Saturday, October 11, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Alpine Township Branch
Saturday, October 18, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Gaines Township Branch
Sunday, October 19, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch
Tuesday, October 21, 4:00 – 8:00 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, October 23, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Walker Branch
Saturday, October 25, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Saturday, October 25, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Saturday, October 25, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 15, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Tyrone Township Branch
Wednesday, November 19, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Comstock Park Branch
Friday, November 21, 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Grandville Branch
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Plainfield Township Branch
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Saturday, November 29, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Byron Township Branch

 


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Civic Theatre Pass Giveaway: NOW

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

1boatStarting NOW until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Gaines Township and Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branches for the dress rehearsal of The Boatwright on Thursday, September 11, at 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (30 N. Division Ave.) All dress rehearsals are general seating and vouchers must be redeemed for an admission ticket on dress night only. Vouchers do not guarantee a seat, as dress rehearsals include open admission sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM. All questions go to www.grct.org.

By Bo Wilson. Original Play and World Debut. Grieving his wife, a retired man begins to build a boat to sail the seas in search of peace and quiet. Plans are put on hold when an unexpected friendship is formed with his neighbor’s son. A story of life, loss, dreams and friendship. AACT New Playfest Winner, first time on Civic Theatre stage.

 

 

 

 


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Upcoming Seed Library Programs

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

SeedLibraryLogoSeed Harvest for KDL Seed Bank at Earthkeeper Farm
We will be harvesting organic parsley seed for the KDL seed bank at Earthkeeper Farm (12062 Fruit Ridge Ave. in Kent City), weather permitting. Seed can not be harvested when wet, so if there is inclement weather the harvest will be the following Wednesday at the same place and time. Please call 616-403-0526 or check Earthkeeper Farm’s Facebook page if there is a chance of rain. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a pair of clippers or kitchen shears and some brown paper grocery bags, if you have them. Participants are welcome to take some seeds home for their own gardens!
Wednesday, September 3, 6:30 PM, Earthkeeper Farm (12062 Fruit Ridge Ave. in Kent City)

Harvesting and Saving Garden Seeds
Learn the tricks to successfully collecting and saving vegetable and flower seeds. Use the seeds to start your garden next year, share with your neighbors and contribute to KDL’s Seed Library. For adults. Registration is not required.
Thursday, September 25, 6:30 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch

Herbal Holiday Gifts
Learn a variety of ways to use herbs and essential oils to make gifts for every occasion! We start by discussing (and sharing!) some tasty foods that can be packaged as gifts such as peppermint shortbreads and pesto popcorn seasoning. Then it’s on to ideas for using essential oils to make bath sachets, oils, bath salts and more. Recipes will be included. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. For adults.
Monday, September 22, 6:30 PM, Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch
Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 PM, Alpine Township Branch
Thursday, October 2, 6:30 PM, Gaines Township Branch
Tuesday, October 14, 6:30 PM, Alto Branch
Thursday, October 16, 6:30 PM, Tyrone Township (Kent City) Branch
Wednesday, November 5, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch
Thursday, November 6, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 11, 6:30 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Wednesday, November 12, 6:30 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Monday, November 17, 6:30 PM, Grandville Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, November 20, 6:30 PM, Spencer Township Branch

 


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Teen Film Workshops: Register Today

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

TeenFilmContestClick program titles to get details and to register, or call 616-784-2007. Space is limited. For grades 6-12.

Lighting & Sound: Filmmaking Tips & Tricks
Is tinny sound plaguing your movie? Are shadows overrunning your story? Then this two-hour interactive workshop is for you! Learn helpful tips and tricks to improve the lighting and sound of your no-budget or low-budget film. Take your film to the next level by discovering everyday household items you can use to enhance the quality of your film’s lighting and sound. Information about free or low-cost community filmmaking resources will also be provided.
Saturday, September 13, 1:00 – 3:00 PM Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Story! Adventures in Writing and Drawing Storyboards
During this two-hour workshop, learn the pre-production process that film and animation use to create awesome stories. We will take your creative thoughts, add structure and create simple drawings that will help you describe your ideas when you execute them as short films. No artistic experience needed, but it is helpful. This workshop is also a helpful introduction to KDL’s Teen Filmmaking Workshop (see below).
Saturday, October 11, 1:00 – 3:00 PMWyoming Branch

Teen Filmmaking Workshop
Do you have a passion for film? Not sure where or how to start? This fun-filled, full-day workshop will take you from camera-wielding novice to having a completely edited short film under your belt. In partnership with the Community Media Center, all filming and editing equipment will be provided for the day. Teens are encouraged to bring a story idea, storyboard, and/or a screenplay. This workshop is designed for, but not restricted to, teens who wish to create a film to submit to the Kent County Teen Film Festival. Lunch will be provided.
Saturday, October 18, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PMEast Grand Rapids Branch

Stop-Motion Animation Workshop
Love animation? Want to make your own animated films? Let loose your creativity at this fun-filled, half-day workshop by bringing found objects or 2D puppets to life. This hands-on experience will teach you the basics of stop-motion animation including adding sound elements. All technology and software is provided.
Saturday, November 15, 12:30 – 4:30 PMCascade Township Branch

 


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Free Wine Tasting Events

Monday, August 11th, 2014

kdl-uncorked-WEBNOTE: All tastings are at full capacity, though you may sign up to be on the waiting lists.

On the heels of a highly successful inaugural KD aLe beer making and tasting series in January and February, KDL is launching KDL Uncorked, a season of free winemaking and tasting programs held at various KDL branches, as well as discounted winery tours and tastings. The beer programs filled fast and not everyone who wanted to attend was able to get a spot, so register today!

KDL Uncorked events happening the week of September 15 are part of the national “Outside the Lines” campaign aimed at demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries.

Click on the links below to peruse and register for any of the KDL Uncorked tasting events, or call 616-784-2007.

Winemaking 101
Join wine aficionado Steve Siciliano, owner of Siciliano’s Market, as he talks about the ins and outs of making wine at home. Learn about the basic equipment and procedures needed for making wine from concentrated kits, as well as with fresh fruits and vegetables. No registration required.

Thursday, September 4, 6:00 PM, Gaines Township Branch
Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 PM, Grandville Branch
Thursday, September 18, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, September 24, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch
Wednesday, October 8, 6:30 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 PM, Wyoming Branch

Wine Tasting with Rose’s
Wine enthusiast Bill Koski of Rose’s Restaurant will outline the basics of selecting wines and lead a free tasting. Participants must be 21 or older. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.

Monday, September 15, 6:30 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch (NOTE: As of Tuesday, August 19, this program is at full capacity. You may sign up for the waiting list, or please consider signing up for the tastings at the Cascade Township and/or Englehardt branches.)

Wine Tasting & Tour at Cascade Winery
Wine crafters and owners Rose and Bob Bonga invite you for an educational tour of the Cascade Winery (4665 Broadmoor Ave. SE, Grand Rapids). Enjoy a variety of seasonal wines for 50 cents per taste. Pre-registration is required — each attendee must register separately. Participants must be age 21 or older. (NOTE: As of Thursday, September 4, this program is at full capacity. You may sign up for the waiting list, as we will be sending reminders one week in advance of the event and people do drop out. Wait listers will be notified as space opens.)

Tuesday, September 16, 6:00 PM, Cascade Winery (4665 Broadmoor Ave. SE, Grand Rapids)

Meet the Author: Rick Sigsby
The author of Michigan’s Holy Water: The Great Lakes Wine Bible spent 15 months traveling the state interviewing wine makers and vineyard owners. His book offers a peek behind the door of the tasting room. Registration is not required.

Thursday, September 25, 6:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Tuesday, October 28, 5:30 PM, Cascade Township Branch

Wine Tasting at Kayla Rae Cellars
Join us at Kayla Rae Cellars (31 Courtland St. in Rockford) to enjoy buy-one-get-one tastings, cheese samples from Farm Country Cheese House in Lakeview and a presentation by winery owner Karen Grossman on how current wine and cider selections were developed, created and refined. Participants must be 21 or older. Pre-registration is required — each attendee must register separately as spots are limited. (NOTE: As of Thursday, September 4, this program is at full capacity. You may sign up for the waiting list, as we will be sending reminders one week in advance of the event and people do drop out. Wait listers will be notified as space opens.)

Thursday, September 25, 7:00 PM, Kayla Rae Cellars (31 Courtland St., Rockford)

Wine Tasting with Pauly’s
Paul Faba, owner of Pauly’s in Lowell, will pique your palate’s interest with a few of his favorite Michigan wines. Participants must be age 21 or older. Pre-registration is required — each attendee must register separately as spots are limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Monday, September 29, 6:30 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch — (NOTE: As of Friday, September 5, this program is at full capacity. You may sign up for the waiting list, as we will be sending reminders one week in advance of the event and people do drop out. Wait listers will be notified as space opens.)
Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 PM, Cascade Township Branch (NOTE: As of Thursday, September 4, this program is at full capacity. You may sign up for the waiting list, as we will be sending reminders one week in advance of the event and people do drop out. Wait listers will be notified as space opens.)


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Library Love Bomb: Heather

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Tomorrow: KDL millage election

A life-long library user and KDL volunteer says libraries belong to everyone, and that everyone should be invested in keeping them around.

Drop a library love bomb: Upload a short video of your own to KDL’s Facebook page!


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Video Love Bomb: Heidi

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

A life-long Byron Township area resident explains what an integral part of her family’s life the library has become.

Drop a library love bomb: Upload a short video of your own to KDL’s Facebook page!


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Patron Story: Myah Medendorp

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

004007Meet Myah Medendorp. She’s 11 years old and she is fabulous.

When you’re 6 years old, having to wait five years for anything can be, quite literally, almost a whole other lifetime. But for Myah, it was just her first five-year plan.

Read Myah’s story here.

 

 

 


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Video Love Bomb: Kristin

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Kristin, who owns a local nanny service, considers KDL’s free Early Childhood Essentials classes, well, essential to staying on top of her professional development.

Drop a library love bomb: Upload a short video of your own to KDL’s Facebook page!


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