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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.

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Video Love Bomb: Keith and Xander

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

A father-son love bomb for KDL. If it takes a turtle or three to make a life-long library supporter, then yes, we’ve got your turtles!

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Learn How to Save Your Seeds

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

SeedLibraryLogoThere are bound to be some real seedy characters here (wink)…

Join KDL from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on Wednesday, July 30 at Earthkeeper Farm, 12062 Fruit Ridge Ave. in Kent City, for a brief how-to on seed-saving. Plus, help us harvest organic parsley seeds for the KDL Seed Library and your own garden.

Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and bring garden gloves and hand-held clippers or kitchen shears.






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Video Love Bomb: Joy

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Joy, a longtime KDL Englehardt Branch volunteer extraordinaire, shares a few significant reasons she supports her library.

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And the Share Your Story Winner Is…

Monday, July 14th, 2014

sharestory graphicWow. Just, wow! More than 60 people entered our Share Your Library Story contest and boy, were their stories compelling. A family from Kenya who felt welcomed into their new community via visits to their KDL branch, a school library volunteer who uses KDL resources to serve students better and a number of Storytime families who gave shout-outs to their favorite librarians… just to name a few. We look forward to contacting some of those people and sharing their full library stories with you soon.

And oh, the randomly selected winner of the gift card from Schuler Books & Music is Kelly Mansfield of Caledonia!

Cardholders can always share their library stories with us by filling out the brief form here.



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Video Love Bomb: Sara and Noah

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Kiddo likes trains and stories about said trains (well, loves them, actually, “so much”).

Mom likes just about everything.

We really like multiple generations of life-long library users. Score!

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Take a Survey, Win a Prize, Help Your Community

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Healthy KentWhat are the biggest health problems affecting your friends, family and community? What are your neighborhood’s strengths? Weaknesses? To answer these questions and others, Healthy Kent is asking people who live and work in Kent County to participate in the 2014 Community Health Survey.

The survey is available in English and Spanish. It takes between 10 and 15 minutes, and Healthy Kent will be collecting responses until September 2. Residents who answer the survey questions have the chance to win one of several prizes, including reusable grocery totes, water bottles or even one of two iPad minis.

To complete the survey online in English, please click on this link. La versión de español está disponible aqui.

¿Qué son las dificultades de salud más urgentes que están molestando a sus amigos, su familia y la comunidad? ¿Qué son los éxitos de su vecindario? ¿Sus debilidades? A contestar esas preguntas y más, Healthy Kent está pidiendo el apoyo de la gente que vive y trabaja en el condado de Kent, que llene un sondeo de Encuesta de Salud de la Comunidad Saludable de Kent del 2014.

El sondeo está disponible en inglés y español. Dura entre 10 y 15 minutos para completar y Healthy Kent va estar juntando las respuestas hasta el 2 de septiembre. Los residentes que hacen el sondeo tienen la oportunidad de ganar uno de varios premios, incluyendo unas bolsitas recicladas para ir de compras, botellas para agua o uno de dos iPad minis.

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Got a Soon-to-Be Preschooler? Read This

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

free_preschool_graphic_20140527_124458_2If you live in Kent County and have a child who will be 3 or 4 years old by October 1, take note: your little one might qualify for free preschool this fall. Thanks to state funding, county-wide collaboration and dozens of providers, more 3- and 4-year-olds will be enrolled in preschool for the 2014-15 school year.

Parents can call 616-447-2409 to see if they qualify; assistance is available in English and Spanish. The website will feature essential information as well.

“This is one of the best deals going in the state of Michigan,” said Judy Freeman, director of Great Start Collaborative for Kent County. “We anticipate thousands of inquiries, so parents should start calling now.”

Families qualify for free preschool based on their income or other factors such as special needs, foster care, or high risks. Guidelines vary based on the age of the child.



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Video Love Bomb: Amanda

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Amanda, a voracious user of KDL’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped materials and services, says listening to audiobooks has helped her own writing tremendously:

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