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Free Writer’s Conference: Are You Registered?

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

What: Third annual Celebrate the Mitten Writers Conference
When: Saturday, March 29, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Cascade Township Branch
Cost: Free
Lots more info here!

Time to register is running out for KDL’s popular conference for writers. Published authors including — but not limited to — novelists Kristina Riggle and Aric Davis and publishing insiders from Christian publishing giant Baker Books, literary agent and editor Credo Communications and self-published authors’ helper PublishSavvy, just to name a few, will share their experiences and tips on how to take your writing to the next level, book marketing and social media, query letters and book proposals, and more. All genres and skill levels are welcome. Separate pre-registration is required for morning and afternoon sessions and participant spots are limited. Co-sponsored by Baker Books, Credo Communications, Publish Savvy and Pot-Boilers. To register, call 616-784-2007 or click on the links below.

Register early; spots for this event go very quickly and walk-ins cannot be accommodated!

9:00 AM – 12:45 PM — Morning Session (geared to not-yet published writers, but all are welcome)

9:00 – 9:30 AM — Welcome and Introductions

  1. 9:45 – 10:30 AM — Five Things Aspiring Writers Should Know (Because There’s Not Enough Time for 10) — author and editor Shelly Beach and author Kristina Riggle
  2. 10:40 – 11:20 AM — Traditional, Self-Publish or Can I Do Both? — Shannon Janeczek, owner of  Publish Savvy; author and micropublisher Don Pearson, novelist Aric Davis
  3. 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM — You Can Do This: An Editor’s Manifesto — How to Stay Motivated and Keep Moving toward Publication Chad Allen, editorial director, Baker Books

30 minutes to network/sell books/trade business cards

12:45 – 1:45 PM – Lunch on your own

1:45 – 5:00 PM — Afternoon Session (geared to published authors, but all are welcome)

1:45 – 2:00 PM: Welcome and Introductions

  1. 2:00 – 2:45 PM — Social Media & Book Marketing Tips, Tricks and Gaffes — Children’s Author Sandy Carlson; Shannon Janeczek, Publish Savvy
  2. 2:55 – 3:40 PM — Query Letters & Book Proposals: What are They? Do I Need Them? — Shelly Beach, novelist Aric Davis
  3. 3:45 – 4:30 PM — Taking Your Writing to the Next Level literary agent and copy editor Ann Byle, science fiction author Jim Hines

30 minutes to network/sell books/trade business cards

 


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Upcoming Meet-the-Author Events

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Meet a war veteran and his service dog.
Reminisce about Michigan roadtrips.
Hear stories of Detroit crime fiction.
Learn about the immigrant experience through a young boy’s journey.
Read about (and meet) a divorced Northern Michigan mom who dreams of keeping her farm and writing for a living.
Listen to the fascinating history of East Grand Rapids’ Ramona Park.
Meet local poets and hear their work — and just for teens: attend a poetry workshop.

More than a dozen authors will visit various KDL branches this spring. Click here to see the complete list, plus locations, dates and times.

Until Tuesday     Enrique's Journay     Bootstrapper

 


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Two Giggly, Wiggly Programs for Kiddos

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

mouse femaleThere’s a Mouse in the House – stories, crafts, rhymes, fingerplays and puppets.

Tuesday, March 4, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Thursday, March 6, 10:30 AM – Englehardt Branch
Wednesday, March 12, 10:00 and 11:00 AM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, March 13, 7:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, March 29, 10:00 AM – Krause Memorial Branch
Saturday, April 5, 10:00 AM – Alpine Township Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 1:00 PM – Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, April 21, 10:00 AM – Plainfield Township Branch
Wednesday, May 7, 10:00 AM – Gaines Township Branch
Tuesday, May 13, 10:00 AM – Cascade Township Branch
Wednesday, May 14, 10:00 AM – Cascade Township Branch

Spring Brings Very Hungry Caterpillars – stories and crafts based on the beloved Eric Carle books.

very hungry caterpillarSunday, March 9, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Monday, March 17, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch
Saturday, March 22, 10:30 AM – Gaines Township Branch
Monday, April 7, 7:00 PM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 10:00 AM – Cascade Township Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 PM – Wyoming Branch
Wednesday, April 9, 10:00 AM – Cascade Township Branch
Thursday, April 10, 10:00 AM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, April 22, 10:00 AM – Alpine Township Branch
Wednesday, April 23, 10:00 AM – Tyrone Township Branch
Tuesday, April 29, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, April 30, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 7, 10:00 AM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, May 8, 10:30 AM – Englehardt Branch
Tuesday, May 13, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 PM – Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, May 21, 10:30 AM – Comstock Park Branch

Branch locations can be found here.

 


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Spring Early Childhood Essentials Classes

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Building BlocksParents 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.

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.

 

 

Discovering Play
Thursday, March 20, 6:30 PM — Byron Township Branch
Monday, March 31, 6:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Hands-On Minds-On Science
Saturday, March 22, 10:00 AM — Cascade Township Branch

Mini Day of Learning: Autism Emphasis
Saturday, March 29, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM — First Reformed Church (3060 Wilson Ave. in Grandville)

A Little More Math
Thursday, April 3, 6:30 PM — Plainfield Township Branch

Let’s Go Outside!
Thursday, April 17, 6:30 PM — Byron Township Branch

Kindergarten Readiness
Saturday, April 19, 10:00 AM — Cascade Township Branch

Coping with Conflict
Thursday, April 24, 6:30 PM — Plainfield Township Branch
Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 PM — Krause Memorial Branch

Teaching Science with Toys
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 AM — East Grand Rapids Branch

Developing Phonological Awareness
Monday, April 28, 6:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Healthy Snacking
Tuesday, May 13, 6:30 PM — Krause Memorial Branch
Thursday, May 22, 6:30 PM — Byron Township Branch

Earning a CDA Credential
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 PM — Krause Memorial Branch

Raising Kids with Character
Saturday, May 31, 10:00 AM — Cascade Township Branch

 


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Teen Film Festival — One Winner’s Story

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

001As the time draws near for the next Kent County Teen Film Festival on Saturday, February 22 at Celebration! Cinema North from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM, one of last year’s winners, Emily Livermore of East Grand Rapids, reflects on seeing her work on the big screen and how it’s shaped her career aspirations. Read Emily’s story here. See you at the Festival!

 

 

 

 


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Librarians Save Lives, Vol. II

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

jyostWhen KDL’s 300 or so staffers received hours of CPR and first-aid training in December, its value was well understood without ever having to use those newly acquired skills. Before the year was over, however, collection development librarian Tammy Schneider used what she learned to save her young son from choking during a family meal.

Then just last Wednesday, Jocelyn Yost, an adult librarian at the Grandville Branch, was shelving videos near the children’s area and noticed a mother on the floor with her toddler son, who was choking on a piece of candy. The mother called for help, and Jocelyn used her recent training to dislodge the candy from the boy’s throat and clear his airway.

“It all happened very quick,” Jocelyn recalled. “I have to say, I really felt comfortable just jumping in. The main thing they teach you in that training is ‘You can do it,’ that doing something is better than doing nothing.”

Let’s hope we never have to use these new skills again. But know that if we are called on to do so in the future, KDL staff are ready.

 


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Get Tax Help at the Library

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

taxesDavenport University is once again offering free tax filing for lower income families, seniors and those with disabilities, and both the Wyoming and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branches are two of 16 sites in West Michigan where help is being offered until April 10.

For more information, click here or call 616-871-6147 to make an appointment for any of the partner sites.

 

 


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Les Mis Fan? You’ve Got to Read This…

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Les MisNOTE: As of 12:31 PM on Monday, February 10, the passes are gone. Anyone interested in seeing the dress rehearsal can purchase tickets at the box office the night of the performance at a discounted rate.

From today until they are gone, KDL cardholders may pick up two vouchers per person at our Plainfield Township and Wyoming branches for the free dress rehearsal of Les Misérables on Thursday, February 27, 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, 30 N. Division Ave, Grand Rapids.

When these much-coveted vouchers are gone, they’re gone. Go get them! And then go use them!

NOTE: This is a first-come, first-seated performance; having a voucher does not guarantee a seat as dress rehearsals include open admission sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM.

In the meantime, check out these Les Misérables items for loan from KDL.

grct logoP.S: If you do get vouchers and find you cannot use them, please return them to any KDL branch as there is always high demand.

 


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KDL Writers Conference is Back!

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

211What: Third annual Celebrate the Mitten Writers Conference
When: Saturday, March 29, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Cascade Township Branch
Cost: Free
Lots more info here!

Registration starts today for KDL’s popular conference for writers! Published authors including — but not limited to — novelists Kristina Riggle and Aric Davis and publishing insiders from Christian publishing giant Baker Books, literary agent and editor Credo Communications and self-published authors’ helper PublishSavvy, just to name a few, will share their experiences and tips on how to take your writing to the next level, book marketing and social media, query letters and book proposals, and more. All genres and skill levels are welcome. Separate pre-registration is required for morning and afternoon sessions and participant spots are limited. Co-sponsored by Baker Books, Credo Communications, Publish Savvy and Pot-Boilers. To register, call 616-784-2007 or click on the links below.

Register early; spots for this event go very quickly and walk-ins cannot be accommodated!

9:00 AM – 12:45 PM — Morning Session (geared to not-yet published writers, but all are welcome)

9:00 – 9:30 AM — Welcome and Introductions

  1. 9:45 – 10:30 AM — Five Things Aspiring Writers Should Know (Because There’s Not Enough Time for 10) — author and editor Shelly Beach and author Kristina Riggle
  2. 10:40 – 11:20 AM — Traditional, Self-Publish or Can I Do Both? – Shannon Janeczek, owner of  Publish Savvy; author and micropublisher Don Pearson, novelist Aric Davis
  3. 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM – You Can Do This: An Editor’s Manifesto – How to Stay Motivated and Keep Moving toward Publication  Chad Allen, editorial director, Baker Books

30 minutes to network/sell books/trade business cards

12:45 – 1:45 PM – Lunch on your own

1:45 – 5:00 PM — Afternoon Session (geared to published authors, but all are welcome)

1:45 – 2:00 PM: Welcome and Introductions

  1. 2:00 – 2:45 PM — Social Media & Book Marketing Tips, Tricks and Gaffes — Children’s Author Sandy Carlson; Shannon Janeczek, Publish Savvy
  2. 2:55 – 3:40 PM — Query Letters & Book Proposals: What are They? Do I Need Them? — Shelly Beach, novelist Aric Davis
  3. 3:45 – 4:30 PM — Taking Your Writing to the Next Level – literary agent and copy editor Ann Byle, science fiction author Jim Hines

30 minutes to network/sell books/trade business cards


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Write Michigan: And the Winners Are…

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

WriteMI-2014Nearly 900 Michigan writers entered the second annual Write Michigan short story contest, and after preliminary judges whittled those entries to a list of finalists, you voted for your favorites.

Click here to see a complete list of winners.

Also, mark your calendar for 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 22, when winners will gather at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch for an awards ceremony and the kickoff sale of the collection of their work.

Congratulations to the winners, and until next year!


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