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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:

MIAuthors

 


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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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Early Childhood Essentials: Register Now

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

ECE classesParents 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 Great Start. The classes are for adults, and child care is not provided. Sponsored by Great Start to Quality.

Pre-registration is required. Sign up today by clicking on the links below or calling our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007.

 

Schedule:

Communicating with Parents

Monday, January 12, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, February 26, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Caledonia Twp. Branch

Setting the Stage

Saturday, January 17, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Monday, January 19, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, January 22, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch

 So Much to Do, So Little Time

Saturday, January 24, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, February 9, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, February 12, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Caledonia Twp. Branch

 Diversity

Saturday, January 24, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, February 16, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, February 19, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Caledonia Twp. Branch

Journaling with Young Children

Saturday, January 31, 10:00 – 11:30 AM, East Grand Rapid BranchCANCELLED

Keeping Kids Safe

Monday, February 2, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Saturday, February 7, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Thursday, February 19, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch


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Watch Basketball, Watch Babies Win

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

First Steps kitPlanning on going to a Grand Rapids Drive game over your holiday break? Please consider bringing a new baby board book for KDL’s Play-Grow-Read to Your Baby program. Books will be collected at the games taking place on December 20, 27 and 28.

The Play-Grow-Read to Your Baby initiative introduces parents of newborns to the crucial role they play in the literacy development of their children.

Working in partnership with First Steps Kent, first-time parents in our service area are presented with a tote containing a:

  • Children’s board book
  • Baby snack cup
  • Library card registration
  • Baby Reading Guide

Swoosh indeed! Thank you!

 


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Winter Adult Programs

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Beat the winter blahs with these programs taking place at your local KDL branch!

Trash Into Treasure
Learn the chalk and clay painting techniques that can give old stuff new life. Instructors Sue and Carol from Full Circle Design Studio guide you through the process of refinishing old picture frames. Please wear appropriate clothing and prepare to be inspired. All materials will be supplied including frames. Click here to see locations, dates and times. Pre-registration is required.

zentangleZentangle
Explore beginning steps of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns with certified teachers Marjorie Goosen. Supplies will be provided and no art training is necessary for this easy-to-learn and fun method of relaxation. Pre-registration is required. Click here to see locations, dates and times.

Gluten-Free Lifestyle
For those who have been diagnosed with celiac disease, advised to go gluten-free or just want to learn more, chef Terri Rees will share tips, techniques, substitutes and recipes. Click here to see locations, dates and times. No registration required.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
Over 35 years of published research supports the mental and physical benefits of mindfulness meditation. Instructors from the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness will introduce you to the theory and lead you through several foundational practices. A guided meditation CD and handouts will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Click here to see locations, dates and times.

 


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