Author Archive

Michigan Authors Night

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Show your support for authors from our area and discover your next favorite writer. The next of our seasonal Michigan Authors Nights will be held at our Kentwood Branch on Thursday, April 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Our line-up is:

Nonfiction author Lisa Rose Hammond
J.R. Roper, youth fantasy author
(Work by the authors above are part of KDL’s Local Indie collection)

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Civic Theatre Passes: Alexander and the Terrible…

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

1alexStarting 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 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on Thursday, April 23 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.

Questions? Call KDL Patron Services at 784-2007.


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Spring Seed Library Programs with Rick Vuyst

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

flowerland logoGet a Good Swift Kick in the Plants!
Learn the 10 secrets to success from gardening guru Rick Vuyst and experience his contagious passion for gardening as a happy and healthy lifestyle. Also known as “Mr. Green Thumb,” Rick is the host of the popular radio program airing Saturday mornings on NewsRadio WOOD 1300, a frequent guest on WZZM-TV 13, CEO of Flowerland and blogger at thankyouverymulch.com.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 6:30 PM, Cascade Twp.
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 12:00 PM, Alpine Twp.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 6:30 PM, Wyoming

Fourteen KDL branches are seed-lending libraries (our Comstock Park Branch recently was added — woo-hoo!). Find out more here.


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Family Friendly Spring Programs

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

family board gameThese are just a few of our for all-ages offerings this spring. For a complete list, go to our events page.

Fantastic Flying Fun
Have a blast creating and testing a variety of fantastic flying objects.
Sunday, March 22, 2:00 PM, East Grand Rapids
Monday, April 6, 1:00 PM, Grandville
Tuesday, April 7, 1:00 PM, Englehardt (Lowell)
Wednesday, April 08, 2:00 PM, Byron Twp.
Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 PM, Walker
Thursday, April 9, 1:30 PM, Alto
Saturday, May 16, 2:00 PM, Comstock Park
Thursday, May 21, 7:00 PM, Cascade Twp.

Gaming Unplugged: Board Game Boredom Busters!
Unplug from electronics. Challenge your brain and your friends with games of strategy and imagination, from classic to cutting-edge.
Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 PM, Nelson Twp./Sand Lake
Thursday, April 9, 1:00 PM, Grandville
Thursday, April 9, 2:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Alpine Twp., Byron Twp., Caledonia Twp. Thursday, April 9, 6:00 PM, Comstock Park
Sunday, April 12, 2:00 PM, East Grand Rapids
Monday, May 4, 4:00 PM, Caledonia Twp.
Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 PM, Nelson Twp./Sand Lake
Tuesday, May 12, 6:30 PM, Tyrone Twp.

Screen-Free Week
Visit any KDL branch to pledge your commitment as a family to spend seven days enjoying non-screen related activities. We’ll offer many programs to help you out this week. Screen-Free Week suggestions include playing games, creating art, bicycle rides, cooking, or just spending more time interacting with friends and family.
Monday, May 4 – Sunday, May 10


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KDL Photo Contest: Enter Today Through April 18

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Celebrate KDL Photo Contest Logo WEB (2)Attention shutterbugs! Send in your favorite shots taken during one of our library programs or inside one of our branches. Winning photos will be featured in an upcoming Celebrate KDL 2016 Calendar that will be sold to raise funds for library programs.

For more information and to submit your digital photo, visit www.kdl.org/photocontest. Sponsored by Kent District Library and the Alliance of Friends. For all ages.

Monday, March 2 – Saturday, April 18: Submissions accepted

Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 24: Public voting on semi-finalists’ photos

Monday, June 1: Winners announced

 


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Coffee and Tea Programs @ KDL

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

kdlCaffeinatedLogo_webWe’re headed into another season of unique adult programming. Up next: KDL Caffeinated, where we bring in (or visit) some of the area’s leading experts on hot things steeped, roasted, brewed and sipped.
Programs requiring registration are indicated in blue. Click on the program’s title to register.

Coffee Brewing and Tasting
Sam Grainger of Rowster Coffee will show you how to brew the perfect cup. Taste locally roasted coffees, discover some unique ways to brew and become an expert. Pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, March 3, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Monday, March 9, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, March 23, 6:30 PM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Monday, April 13, 6:30 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 PM, Grandville Branch
Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 PM, Wyoming Branch

 

Essential Bean Coffee & Pub Coffee Tasting
Discover the best tasting beans in town by comparing different types from area micro-roasters. Justin Nichols, owner of the state’s first coffee shop and brewery, will present a variety of coffees for tasting. Program will be held at Essential Bean Coffee and Pub (8980 North Rodgers Court in Caledonia) for a taste tour of local coffee and methods for pairing coffee and beer. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Saturday, March 21, 2:00 PM

 

Clique Coffee Bar Espresso Tasting
Experience an Italian tradition. Coffee experts will demonstrate how to prepare, drink and enjoy traditional European espresso drinks like macchiatos, cortados and cappuccinos. The presentation and coffee will be held at Clique Coffee Bar, 1600 East Beltline Ave. NE in Grand Rapids.

Saturday, April 18, 2:00 PM

 

Experiencing Tea the Teavana Way
Explore delicious types of tea for brewing. Learn the appropriate way to brew, store and enjoy with Joseph Weis, general manager of the Woodland Mall location. Pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 PM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch

 

Madcap Coffee Company: From Seed to Cup
Great coffee doesn’t just happen. Learn where the qualities of coffee originate, and how to brew to its full potential at this workshop taught by the industry leaders. Experience coffees from different regions and multiple brew methods. No experience required. Come curious and thirsty! Event will be held at Madcap Coffee Company, 98 Monroe St . Grand Rapids.

Sunday, May 3, 3:00 PM

 

An Introduction to Tea
Bob Schultz of the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education will instruct on the proper way to brew tea and follow up with guided tastings of varieties of both green and black teas. Sponsored by the Friends of the Alto Library.

Thursday, May 7, 6:30 PM, Alto Branch

 

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters Tour
Learn about coffee beans and the steps that lead to a perfect cup. See the process of roasting up close and complete the experience by drinking coffee in the atmosphere of a 100-year-old brick factory building. Demonstration and talk will be held at Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, 1111 Godfrey Ave. SW.

Saturday, May 23, 3:00 PM

 


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Early Childhood Essentials: Register Now

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

ece3Parents and caregivers of children are invited to participate in free Early Childhood Essentials classes at KDL this spring. If you have young children or work in child care and need professional development hours, this series is for you. All of the presenters are certified and vetted through program sponsor Great Start to Quality. The classes are for adults, and child care is not provided.

Registration is required and participation is limited. Sign up today by clicking on the links below or calling our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007. If you register and then are unable to attend, please call and let us know, as many sessions have waiting lists.

 

Schedule:

Toddler Math
Thursday, March 12, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Twp. Branch
Monday, April 20, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Mini Day of Learning: Little Reader Readiness Part 1
Saturday, March 14, 9:00 AM, First Reformed Church, 3060 Wilson Ave. SW in Grandville

Mini Day of Learning: Little Reader Readiness Part 2
Saturday, March 14, 10:45 AM, First Reformed Church, 3060 Wilson Ave. SW in Grandville

How Children Learn to Read
Monday, March 16, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 PM, Walker Branch
Saturday, April 25, 10:00 AM, Cascade Twp. Branch

Reading Fun for Little Ones
Monday, March 16, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, March 19, 6:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch
Saturday, March 21, 12:00 PM, Caledonia Twp. Branch
Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 PM, Walker Branch

Sensory Play for Toddlers
Monday, March 30, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, April 9, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Branch
Monday, April 27, 6:30 PM, Wyoming Branch
Saturday, May 2, 10:00 AM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Thursday, May 14, 6:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch
Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 PM, Walker Branch

It’s Not So Easy Being Two
Thursday, April 16, 6:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch (Rescheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 6:30 PM)
Saturday, April 18, 10:00 AM, East Grand Rapids Branch

 


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KDL Gives Back: Save Those SpartanNash Labels!

Monday, February 16th, 2015

go red 4 womenThe Go Red For Women initiative funds research and education that focuses on women’s risk of cardiovascular disease. During the month of February, you can help by donating your SpartanNash UPC product labels at any KDL branch. Donations will support the American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate.

 


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Civic Theatre Passes: South Pacific

Monday, February 16th, 2015

southStarting NOW until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Gaines Township (opens at noon) and Krause Memorial (Rockford) (opens at 9:30 AM) branches for the dress rehearsal of South Pacific on Thursday, February 26 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.

Questions? Call KDL Patron Services at 616-784-2007.

 

 

 

 


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Writers Conference: Register Now!

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

WritersConference 2015 logo*NOTE: As of Monday, March 9, registration is full for the conference. A reminder will go out to all those registered a week before the conference, and some will cancel, so spots will open. If you are interested, sign up for the waiting list (link is two paragraphs down)!

Attention writers and authors: it’s time to sign up for our fourth annual all-day event, to be held from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturday, April 18 at the Cascade Township Branch.

The free conference features nine published authors and publishing pros who will share their advice and expertise, as well as opportunities for attendees to connect with one another. For complete details and to register, click here. This event always fills to capacity, so register early!

Need a nudge to register? Read this article on why you should attend a writers conference.

Sponsored in part by the Michigan Humanities Council and the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.

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