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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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Congrats, Write Michigan Contest Winners!

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

WriteMichigan-blackKent District Library, Schuler Books & Music and Herrick District Library announce the winners of the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. More than 700 writers from across the state entered the contest: 215 adults, 426 teens and 104 in the youth category.

Winners were chosen by public voting at for the $250 Readers’ Choice award, and by a panel of judges for the $250 Judges’ Choice and $100 Judges’ Choice Runner-up awards. They will be honored at an awards ceremony at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 21 at Schuler Books & Music, 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids. Susan Dennard, author of the young adult series, Something Strange and Deadly, will present the keynote and write the Foreword for the 2015 Write Michigan Anthology, to be published by Chapbook Press.

Read the winning entries here.

Judges’ Choice Winner: Fred Thornburg, Owosso
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Kellie VanHorn, Grand Rapids
Readers’ Choice Winner: Ed McKenna, South Lyon
Published Finalists: Kenton Smalley, Shepherd; Troy VanKoevering, Allendale

Judges’ Choice Winner: Katrina Haaksma, Comstock Park
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Elle Waldron, Grand Rapids
Readers’ Choice Winner: Mia Parks, Rockford
Published Finalists: Shelby Herschleb, Ada; Catherine Jordan, Grand Rapids; Ashely Nelson, Wyoming

Judges’ Choice Winner: Ayesha Jeddy, Grand Rapids
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Beckett Butler, Grand Rapids
Readers’ Choice Winner: Rachel Lee, Okemos
Published Finalists: Anika Deshpande, Grand Rapids; Graham Ezinga, Byron Center; Ana Wittung, Grand Rapids

Sponsors of the 2014–15 Write Michigan contest include Aquinas College’s Contemporary Writers Series, Meijer and mLive / The Grand Rapids Press.

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Genre Derby: Aaaand They’re Off!

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

GenreDerbyLogoTime to pony up in the race where every horse wins!

In Genre Derby, eight of KDL’s adult fiction and nonfiction genres (selected by you!) are represented by a horse. During the derby, nudge your favorite horse past the others by donating toward the purchase of books (print and digital) in your genre of choice. The Derby will continue through the end of February.



Genre Derby - Fiction

“Jodi PiCOLT” representing Adult Fiction


Genre Derby - Classics

“Ernest HemingNEIGH” representing Classics


Genrey Derby - Mystery

“STEED Larsson” representing Mystery


Genre Derby - Science Fiction Fantasy

“Orson TROT Card” representing
Science Fiction / Fantasy


Genre Derby - Biography

“Winston CHURCHILL DOWNS” representing Biography


Genre Derby - Cooking

“Betty TROTTER” representing Cooking


Genre Derby - Crafts

“Martha STIRRUP” representing Crafts


Genre Derby - History

“HALTER Cronkite” representing History



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New KDL Board Member: Lee Cook

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Lee Cook (3)Kent District Library welcomes its newest board trustee, Lee Cook, whose first meeting will be in February. We’re so lucky to benefit from his expertise and passion for libraries.

Lee lives in Grandville with his wife, Mary, who is the school librarian at Grand View Elementary.  They have three children: two attend the University of Michigan and one is a freshman at Grandville High School. They are members of First Reformed Church of Grandville, where Lee serves as Vice President of Consistory. Lee is also currently serving on the Grandville City Council, Kent County Dispatch Authority and Grandville Library Board. He is retired from the family business, Cook Funeral Home, and serves as a consultant for another family business, Byron Center Manor. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master’s in Business Administration.


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Library Beer Party: Details Here!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

DSCF2689KDL Director Lance Werner and Englehardt Branch Manager Josh Bernstein recently told FOX-17’s Morning Mix team all about the KD aLe beer making and tasting series and the wrap-up party at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, February 25 at Gravel Bottom Brewery in Ada. As part of the festivities, Gravel Bottom will tap a limited-edition keg-a-roony of KD aLe, a Scotch Ale made just for us (and YOU are invited)!

Tune into FOX 17’s Morning Mix between 9:00 and 9:15 AM on Monday, February 9 for the complete scoop from Lance and Josh.


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Coming Next Week: Genre Derby, a Second Lap

Monday, January 26th, 2015

GenreDerbyLogoIt’s almost time to pony up!

Every horse wins during Genre Derby, KDL’s social media-driven crowdfunding effort to put more print and digital books in your hands and on your screens. Last year, the inaugural event allowed us to buy more than 400 new titles. Vote for your favorite genre starting next week!



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January 15: Meet 5 Michigan Authors

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

The second of our new seasonal Michigan Authors Nights will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday, January 15 at the Cascade Township Branch. The authors will sign, sell and read from their masterpieces, and also take questions about the writing and publishing process. We debuted this event in October with books on faith and baseball, Michigan wine, a pot-dealing teenage detective and a memoir of escape from war-torn Czechoslovakia. The evening was fast-paced, fascinating and fun.

You never know, your next favorite author could live in your neighborhood.

Here’s the January line-up:



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Civic Theatre Pass Giveaway: The Mousetrap

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

1mouseStarting 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 Mousetrap on Thursday, January 15 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 rehearsal night only.

Snowed in and stranded house guests become suspects as Detective Sergeant Trotter investigates a series of murders. The longest-running show in history, it is no mystery why The Mousetrap is a theatre classic!

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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New (More!) Branch Hours Start Today!

Monday, January 5th, 2015

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At the request of KDL customers and our municipal partners, and thanks to the generosity of KDL voters, the library will be delivering on our millage promise of offering more convenient hours at all our locations. Starting Monday, January 5, KDL is offering a total of 56.5 more open hours spread across 15 branch locations. The remaining three KDL branches — Alpine, Caledonia and Spencer townships — got additional hours in September. Click here to see new hours as of today.

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KDL Gives Back: WOW!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

vetsdonationOur delivery last week of two vehicles filled with some 750 hygiene items, snacks and other goodies to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans — plus $457 through our staff jean days and 500 letters to vets written by adults and children — marked the end of our 18-month KDL Gives Back initiative to reach out to agencies in Kent County that need help.

Here’s a breakdown of the total impact of that effort:

Thank you to our employees and to our patrons who participated!


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