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A Blind Date… with a Book

Friday, January 31st, 2014

blind date bookTired of the same old genre? Looking to spice up your reading life? During the month of February, stop by the branches below and check out a specially-wrapped book from our display. Fill out the attached “Rate Your Date” form and drop it in the box next to the book display by February 28 to be entered in a drawing. If you don’t like the book, simply return it to the library; its feelings won’t be hurt.

Participating Branches:
Alpine Township (adults & teens)
Byron Township (adults & teens)
Caledonia Township (adults & teens)
Cascade Township (teens)
Comstock Park (adults & teens)
Englehardt (teens)
Gaines Township (adults & teens)
Grandville (adults)
Kentwood (teens)
Plainfield Township (adults)
Sand Lake / Nelson Township (adults)
Spencer Township (adults & teens)


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Love eBooks? Help Us Improve Our Service

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

survey button green LGDo you download eBooks and eAudiobooks from KDL? Why? Why not? We want to hear from you!

KDL is one of 10 library systems in the U.S. trying to improve our cardholders’ access to eBooks and eAudiobooks. Our ultimate plan: to eliminate barriers to digital collections so this huge happy family of library-loving peeps continues to grow.

Your participation in this brief survey will help us understand how we can do better.
(*Note: We are aware that there are errors in the Library Simplified Survey. This survey was not generated by KDL. We do hope that you complete the survey, as we anticipate the resulting data will be of value in improving our ability to provide access to digital media).

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Librarians Save Lives (Literally)

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

KDL AED award photoEveryone who works for KDL – more than 300 people — recently underwent hours of training in basic first aid, CPR and how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) machine. Just after completing the training, Tammy Schneider, a collection development librarian at our Service Center in Comstock Park, used it to save her 8-year-old son’s life when he started choking during a meal.

The value KDL has already realized from this life-and-death training has earned an award from the nonprofit Employers for Better Health, in memory of Linda A. Anderson, a West Michigan woman who passed away in 2004 after suffering a heart atrial fibrillation at work where there wasn’t access to an AED device.

AED devices are being installed in all 18 KDL branch buildings and the Service Center. We have them, and we know how to use them!




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KDL on WFGR Radio: Beer & More

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

When you think “library,” you think “beer”… am I right? I was downtown this morning bright and early to talk with WFGR hosts Andy and Dave about KD aLe, which kicks off on January 15 and runs through February at select library branches and local breweries.

To listen to the interview and learn all about how KDL can help you brew your own beer, learn about local breweries and about pairing beer with food, click on the link below:

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Upcoming Writing Programs

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Attention aspiring writers: KDL will offer the following free programs aimed at helping to hone your writing skills:

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Free Writing Seminar with Tom Rademacher
Tuesday, January 21, 6:30–8:00 PM

Wyoming branch
This award-winning Grand Rapids Press columnist will show you how to become a citizen journalist for the Wyoming area. Presented by WKTV Community Media Center. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. Click here to register. For adults.


Teen Writing Workshop
Saturday, January 25, 3:00–4:00 PM

East Grand Rapids branch
Develop your talent in this new writing community. Inspiration and instruction is available online through videos featuring local authors, writing prompts and critique worksheets. Five in-person discussion sessions led by GRCC writing professor Rachel Lutwick-Deaner will be held throughout the year focusing on peer-to-peer feedback. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. Click here to register. For teens grades 6-12.



Day OneHow to Self-Publish Your Book on Amazon
Monday, February 24, 6:30–7:30 PM

Plainfield Township branch
Sci-fi author John Forsberg, whose debut novel, Day One, has sold more than 5,000 copies, details the nuts-and-bolts of how to publish your book on From book formatting tips to taking your book “live” for purchase, this fast-paced presentation walks you through the process for self-publishing eBooks and traditional print book formats. For adults. No registration required.



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Share Your Story, Win Prizes

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

tell your storyRemember that time you… What’s your story? Share it with your community and hear their stories too. Record yourself telling a short (five minutes or less) but true story from your life — be it funny, sad or life-changing — and share it on KDL’s website for a chance to win several prizes in a random drawing, including an iPad Mini and gift cards to local retailers. Deadline for submissions is February 8. To share your story, just fill out the online form, which also includes prompts to help get ideas flowing.

If you do not have any equipment to record yourself, the Alpine Township, Cascade Township, East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Spencer Township and Wyoming branches can provide a quiet room with a laptop and microphone. Please call ahead at 616-784-2007 to reserve a time.




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See a Play for FREE!

Monday, December 30th, 2013

ClybourneFrom today until they are gone, KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Plainfield Township and Wyoming branches for the dress rehearsal of Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Clybourne Park on Thursday, January 16, 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (30 N. Division Ave.) Passes are available December 30 through January 10, while supplies last. This is a first-come, first-seated performance; having a voucher does not guarantee a seat as dress rehearsals also include open admission sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM.

Clybourne Park is a play for mature audiences by Bruce Norris written in response to Lorraine Hansberry‘s 1959 play, A Raisin in the Sun. As described by the Washington Post, the play “applies a modern twist to the issues of race and housing and aspirations for a better life.”

When the passes are gone, they’re gone. Go! And in the meantime, check out these related materials for loan from KDL.

P.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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KD aLe: Books & Brews @ the Library

Friday, December 27th, 2013


January and February: We’re putting the “pub” in public library!


Rockford Brewing

Rockford Brewing Co. Tour
Get a “backstage pass” and see how Rockford Brewing Co. makes its signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan’s Irish Stout and Hoplust IPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing.

Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Co., 12 E. Bridge St.
Wednesdays, January 15 and February 19, 6:30 PM

NOTE: All tours are limited to those age 18 and older. Please note that high turnout numbers have resulted in some people having to wait for a tour. Relax, have a beer!

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Books & Brews with “Beervangelist” Fred Bueltmann
Fred Bueltmann, part-owner of New Holland Brewing Co., will talk about his book, Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy. Adults will get to sip a few of Fred’s favorites.
Pre-registration is required for those age 21 and older who want to taste, and participant spots are limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Thursday, January 30, 6:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Thursday, February 13, 6:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch

Click here to register for either (or both!) of the events above. NOTE: As of January 16, both of Fred’s events are at capacity, though you are welcome to be added to the waiting list.


Home Brewing 101
Join the GR Makers as they lead a lively presentation on the ins and outs of brewing beer at home. Learn what ingredients and equipment you need to homebrew a pint that will rival anything you can get at the store.

Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 PM – Grandville branch
Monday, February 17, 6:30 PM – Cascade Township branch
Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 PM – Alpine Township branch


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Schmohz Brewery Tour
Get a “backstage pass” and see how Schmohz Brewery makes its signature beers such as Hopknocker Imperial IPA, Treasure Chest ESB and Bonecrusher Stout. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing.

Tour and talk will be held at Schmohz Brewery, 2600 Patterson Ave. SE.
Wednesday, February 5, 7:30 PM


Looking for books about beer? Check out our “Books about BrewsPinterest board for a wide variety of titles available from KDL!

Follow Kent District Library’s board Books about Brews on Pinterest.


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Dress Up & Celebrate Fancy Nancy

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Fancy NancyFrom December 31 through February 25, several KDL branches will host Fancy Nancy Soirées (that’s “fancy” for party!) Come dressed in your fanciest regalia and baubles (clothes and jewelry) and join your friends at the bibliothèque (library) for a Fancy Nancy Storytime, complete with glamorous crafts and splendiforous surprises. Sponsored by Karl Orthodontics.

Tuesday, December 31, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch
Saturday, January 4, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park branch
Saturday, January 11, 11:00 AM – Byron Township branch
Saturday, January 18, 2:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Saturday, January 25, 10:00 AM – Caledonia Township branch
Saturday, January 25, 1:30 PM – Gaines Township branch
Saturday, February 8, 10:00 AM – Alpine Township branch
Thursday, February 13, 10:00 AM – Walker branch
Saturday, February 15, 2:00 PM – Alto branch
Sunday, February 16, 2:00 PM – Cascade Township branch
Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 PM – Grandville branch
Tuesday, February 25, 6:30 PM – Englehardt branch
Tuesday, February 25, 6:30 PM – Wyoming branch

Click here for branch locations.


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Upcoming Natural Health Programs

Friday, December 20th, 2013

natural healthHealing with Green Smoothies
Presenter Linda Carrington demonstrates using natural plant oils with natural green smoothies to help target health challenges such as weight loss, allergies, infections, inflammation, cravings, blood sugar problems and more. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. To register, click here.

Thursday, January 9, 6:30 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Monday, February 3, 6:30 PM – Kentwood branch
Monday, February 24, 6:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch


Medicine Cabinet Makeover
Discover natural solutions that can be safer, cheaper and more effective than over-the-counter medications. Linda Carrington presents tips on using essential oils to alleviate colds and coughs, relieve stress and anxiety, support digestion and much more. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. To register, click here.

Thursday, January 16, 6:30 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Thursday, January 23, 6:30 PM – Gaines Township branch
Thursday, January 30, 6:00 PM – Walker branch


For branch addresses and maps, click here.


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