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Kids: Read to a Book Buddy

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

IMG_2103Kids version: Are firefighters your favorite thing? Ballerinas the absolute best? Want to spend some one-on-one time with a sports mascot?

Parents version: Kids will be able to spend 10 minutes on Saturday, June 21 reading to a “book buddy,” comprised of local sports figures, fire and police personnel, mascots and other characters, as part of a partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Heart of West Michigan United Way.

Six of our branches — Englehardt (Lowell), Kentwood (Richard L. Root), Plainfield Township, Sand Lake / Nelson Township, Walker and Wyoming — will take part in an effort to promote IMG_2108400 Minutes, the amount of time  it is estimated that kids should spend reading each month during summer to prevent summer slide — what those in literacy circles refer to as the reading gains during the school year that can be lost over summer break.

Click here to see time ranges at each of the participating branches.

Anyone who has participated in KDL’s Ruff Readers programs over the last 10 years knows the marked impact it has on kids and reading. This summer, we invite kids to get themselves a book buddy — whether a dog, a firefighter or an athlete — and explore the worlds that a love of reading can open.

 


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Michigan Authors: Live Live Live

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

William Olsen and Jack Ridlpoetry in michigan
Join us for a reading and discussion of one of Michigan’s 20 Notable Books with the editors of Poetry in Michigan / Michigan in Poetry. Tour sponsored by the Library of Michigan.
Monday, June 2, 6:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch

 

 

Sue Merrellone shoe off
The Grandville-based author and former Grand Rapids Press journalist will host a reading and signing of her new book, Full Moon Friday, the next title in her Jordan Daily News Mystery series.
Thursday, June 12, 6:30 PM – Grandville Branch

 

 

Goodreads Chat with Kristina Rigglewhole golden world
Riggle will be on KDL’s Goodreads group page, answering your questions about her writing. Riggle is the author of five novels, including Real Life & Liars and The Whole Golden World.
Wednesday, June 11, 12:00 PM online

 

 

Goodreads Chat with D.E. Johnsondetroit shuffle
Johnson will be on KDL’s Goodreads group page, answering your questions about his writing. He is the author of Detroit Shuffle and other books in the Will Anderson series, set in Detroit in the early 1900s.
Monday, July 14, 6:00 PM online

 

 

Goodreads Chat with Lisa Rose Starnergr food
Starner will be on KDL’s Goodreads group page, answering your questions about her writing. She is the author of Grand Rapids Food: A Culinary Revolution and a forthcoming book focused on edible and medicinal plants of the Midwest.
Thursday, August 28, 10:00 AM online

 

 


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Summer Programs for Foodies

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Photo: nwitimes.comForaging: Wild Plants for Food and Medicine
Join author, herbalist and forager Lisa Rose Starner to learn about local plants and “weeds” that can be used for food and herbal medicine.
Click here for dates, times and locations

Designing a New Kitchen Garden
You can have a very productive garden even if you have only a small area to work with! Connie Hanson of Grand Shire Farm will present design ideas for raised beds, container gardening, companion planting and information on vegetables and herbs that grow well in small spaces.
Click here for dates, times and locations

The Art and Science of Canning
Annette McBride explains the science behind canning fruits and vegetables at home and demonstrates how to get started with basic canning.
Click here for dates, times and locations

 Photo: nwitimes.com


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Hey Buddy, Take a Hike

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

north country trailGiven that West Michigan (specifically, the city of Lowell) serves as the headquarters for the 4,600-mile, seven-state North Country Scenic Trail, it seemed fitting that we team up with that organization of hiking enthusiasts for a series of programs in June.

The National Park Service Presents the North County Trail
The series kicks off with a presentation on the trail’s history and features by Mark Weaver, National Park Service Superintendent of the trail.
Monday, June 9, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch
Monday, June 16, 6:30 PM – Englehardt Branch

Trail Hiking 101
Chuck Hayden, of the West Michigan Chapter of the North Country Trail Association, will tell you everything you need to know about boots, poles, safety and etiquette to begin your trail-hiking journey.
Tuesday, June 17, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch

The North Country Trail and the Kitchen Sink
Author and Ludington Daily News columnist Joan Young, the first woman to complete the North Country Trail, will share tales of her experiences.
Tuesday, June 24, 7:00 PM at the Cascade Township Branch

 


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Teens: Kentwoodpalooza Is Back

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

KDLkentwoodpalooza-9021Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 12 from 2:00 to 8:00 PM at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch for a festival-style celebration of the arts, the end of school and the beginning of Summer Reading @ KDL with music, film, poetry, food and more.

Here’s the complete schedule:

1:00 PM — JibberJams
Crane Wives drummer Dan Rickabus will lead a round of intelligent silliness for all ages. This energetic, engaging interactive performance features original songs and improvisation performed in the universal language of jibberish.

1:00 PM — Ongoing Art
Watch local artist Barbara Williams collaborate with about a dozen East Kentwood High School National Art Honor Society students on the creation of a large mural that will hang inside the library when completed.

2:00 PM – Kent County Teen Film Festival Encore
If you missed these teen-created short flicks in February, see them now and meet a few of the young filmmakers who created them.

2:00 PM — Guitar Workshop with Justin Dore Join Big Dudee Roo’s lead guitarist in exploring different playing styles and what makes those styles unique. Find out what it means to be a lead guitarist and hear the dos and don’ts of joining a band. Also, get some practice techniques and hear about the history of the instrument and notable guitarists.

3:00 PM — Songwriting Workshop
Max Lockwood, lead singer and songwriter for folk rock band Big Dudee Roo, will perform some of his songs, discuss the songwriting process, share ideas for building a song from the ground up and show how to put together all the elements of a song.

5:30 PM — Writing Workshop
Published writer and poet Hazel Foster will explain how to take working drafts from revision to publication, addressing revision strategies, submission etiquette, venues for publication and how to survive rejection.

6:30 PM — Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony
Winners from the Kent District Library Teen Poetry Contest will share their poetry.

mcaca_logo_final4:00–8:00 PM — Live Music on the Amphitheatre
4:00 PM — December Assembly (Electronic Alternative)
5:00 PM — Phantom (Ivory Alternative)
6:00 PM – Virgo (Alternative Rock)
7:00 PM — Big Dudee Roo (Grungy Folk Rock)

Kentwoodpalooza is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library.

 

 


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Share Your Story Contest — Early Childhood Essentials

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

babymomHave you taken any of our Early Childhood Essentials classes? If you have, woo-hoo! We want to hear from you.

Click here to fill out the share your story form and tell us what brought you to the classe(es), how the material covered impacted your personal or professional life and what you enjoyed about the class. Best entry gets a $25 Schuler Books & Music gift card and shared on our patron stories page. Contest deadline: 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 31.

Early Childhood Essentials classes, sponsored by Great Start CONNECT, are open to adults. Many attendees are childcare providers, and take the classes to receive professional development hours. Whereas some agencies charge a fee, ECE classes at KDL are free. Yep, free.

 


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Meet the Author: Josh Malerman

Monday, May 12th, 2014

BirdBoxJosh Malerman (who, mark my words, will soon be bestselling author Josh Malerman) will be at Schuler Books & Music on 28th Street in Kentwood at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 16. Go. Please, go.

From time to time I sneak into our assistant director’s office and borrow a few of her LibraryReads hopefuls. That’s how I got ahold of Bird Box.

It was several months ago, but I haven’t stopped thinking about this post-apocalyptic, stark and terrifying-in-broad-daylight novel by Detroit’s Malerman (also the lead singer of rock band The High Strung). The clipped dialogue and short, tight sentences matched the book’s “frantic in a sort of hopeless way, really” pace. It’s crazy-original, and just wicked, wicked good fiction.

Universal Pictures has already optioned the movie rights — of course they have, and it has the potential to be a terrific flick. But to get the full effect, read the book.

Need more convincing before you go to Schuler on Friday? Here’s a recent article.

 


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See “9 to 5: The Musical” for Free!

Monday, May 5th, 2014

9to5“Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen, pour myself a cup of ambition…”
Come on, you know the words!

Starting NOW 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 9 to 5: The Musical on Thursday, May 29, 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 night only. 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.

 


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A Little Help Means A Lot

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

babymomKDL Gives Back: Pine Rest Mother and Baby Postpartum Depression Treatment Program

During the month of May, all 18 KDL branches will participate in the collection of wish list items including baby care supplies (diapers, wipes, new infant toys) and items for mothers (journals, slippers, lotion, gas cards). A list of additional requested items can be found here.

Thank you — our KDL Gives Back effort has shown us we’ve got the most compassionate patrons anywhere!

 


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KDL Director Honored by Alma Mater

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

KDL Director Lance Werner was honored recently as the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Wayne State University’s School of Library and Information Science.

Lance Werner, Sandy Yee, &  Stephen Bajjaly

KDL Director Lance Werner, center, with Sandy Yee, Dean of the Wayne State University Library System; and Stephen Bajjaly, Associate Dean.

The award, given annually since 1989, is presented to a graduate who has “made outstanding contributions to the library and information science field (and) recognizes those who have achieved distinction in the profession based on job performance, service, publications or other relevant professional activity.”

As one nominator described Werner, “[He] is a leader who truly embodies the mission of Wayne State University to excel in an increasingly complex and global society.”

Under Werner’s directorship, KDL earned Library Journal’s Star Library status three years in a row, was awarded the Excellence in Business award from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and earned Library of Michigan Foundation’s Citation of Excellence for superior customer service, among other accolades.

A 2004 graduate of Wayne State, Werner has been director of KDL — the second largest library system in Michigan — since 2011. Previously, he was the director of the Capital Area District Library (Lansing, MI) and the Library Law Specialist at the Library of Michigan. During his tenure at KDL, he has helped the library grow the largest and most popular eBook and eAudiobook collection of any library in Michigan.

Werner currently serves on the State Bar Committee for Libraries, Legal Research and Legal Publication and is vice president of the Lakeland Library Cooperative Board of Trustees. He is also the immediate past president of the Michigan Library Association. Additionally, he serves on the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Committee for Workforce and Education.

 


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