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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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Contest Extended: Share Your Story & Win

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

online courseHave you taken computer classes offered at KDL? Have those classes helped you improve your tech savvy, polish your job skills, create a film or enriched your life, your outlook, your very being in some other way? Tell us how and you could win a $25 Schuler Books & Music gift card and see your story on our Branches Patron Stories page.

To enter, fill out the form here by Friday, May 2. Contest open to teens and adults.

 

 


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Looking for Teen Rock Stars

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

7186880023_471fdf7a6b_bPlease share with all your musician friends! We’re taking applications from bands who want to perform at this year’s Kentwoodpalooza on Thursday, June 12 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. Bands play in rotating sets from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, and we’ll feed and keep you hydrated. Sound like a good time? Click here for the application.

* Applications and demos must be submitted by Saturday, May 3.

 

 


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Local Indie Spotlight: Tanya Eby

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Tanya EbyI read local author Tanya Eby’s book Tunnel Vision and Other Stories from the Edge at the same time I was reading a collection of stories by an unnamed famous late author nearly everyone in the world loves and will probably love for all time. (I have never gotten that feeling of loveyness for this particular author, but nonetheless was in the midst of giving it another shot because, even though I’m not one to go with the proverbial crowd, I am willing to concede that sometimes the reader just has to be ready for that particular author. Like Mists of Avalon. First time I read it: nada. Second time: magic.)

And do you know what I did? I put that much-beloved author’s book down – for a second time – and picked Tanya Eby’s book back up and finished that one. That’s how good she is: Short stories that are original, whose dialogue purrs like a newborn Himalayan and should stand the test of time right alongside ol’ whatshisname.

Tanya’s book is part of the Local Indie @ KDL collection, housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branches. It was created to give independent authors, filmmakers and musicians the opportunity to be added to our shelves and to be featured by staff in order to increase viewers, readers and listeners.

Click here to browse our Local Indie @ KDL collection.

 


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New eNewsletter Just for Writers

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

chapter oneAttention writers: Want to know about the way cool writing programs we offer before they happen?
How about KDL resources for wordsmiths?

We will soon be launching an eNewsletter just for you writer types. Interested? It will include the latest on upcoming author visits, writing programs, library resources for writers and other stuff we think is cool. Subscribers also will get first crack at registering for our annual Writers Conference, which is becoming, well, quite a thing.

We won’t send it more than once a month, and probably more like once a season. To subscribe, click here and choose “eNews for Writers.” The first issue will be launched from the mother ship on Monday, April 14. Write on, everybody.

 


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Teen Poets: It’s Rhyme Time

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

TeenPoetryContest2014The calendar in April once again will attest
KDL’s 11th Annual Teen Poetry Contest.
Up to 10 teens who are chosen as best for their rhyming
Will earn such cool prizes for poetic timing.
Rules and entry forms are available here
Or at the KDL branch you hold most dear.
Poems better than this one accepted April 1 through 30
Your grandma might read them, so hey, nothing dirty.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Online Courses for Aspiring Authors

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Learn4LifeDid you miss KDL’s annual writers conference last weekend? Still looking to learn about author-ly stuff? Check this out:

Learn4Life features over 300 instructor-led online courses focused on professional development, technology skills and personal enrichment. New sessions start every month, and each 6-week course offers well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with fellow students in a lively discussion area.

These types of classes can cost hundreds of dollars to take from a for-profit company, but they are available for free with your KDL card. Here are just some of the wide range of courses available:

Two lessons are released each week during the 6-week class session, and each lesson is estimated to take 2 hours to complete. A certificate of completion is available at the end of each course, which may be accepted as proof of continuing education by some workplaces or institutions. There is no penalty for not finishing a course, and there are no limits on how many you can sign up to take. See all offerings here. The next sessions begin April 16.

Watch a guided tour video or try it out yourself – just select the Reference Resources tab > Research Databases > the Online Learning category > Learn4Life.

 


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Three Programs Kids Will Love

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

plunkard10Check out these upcoming programs for families at various KDL branches:

Create a Gift Kids’ Crafting: Make a springtime gift for Mom, Dad or another loved one. Add a homemade card and try your hand at gift wrapping.

Superheroes Away: Come dressed as your favorite caped crusader and have fun playing games and creating your own comic book.

Tom Plunkard: Beyond Magic — Show and Workshop: Prepare to be amazed, then get tips right from Tom on doing your own amazing tricks.

 


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Giant Warehouse Book Sale April 25–27

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

24Time to mark your calendar for our third annual Book Bash Giant Warehouse Book Sale, featuring more than 20,000 gently-used books and other items that will be available for just 50 cents to $1 each. Sunday is Bag Day — $5 buys as many items as you can fit in a bag. All proceeds support Summer Reading @ KDL and other branch programs. Held at the KDL Service Center, 814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park.

Friday, April 25, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
(Special time for teachers only from 3:00 – 5:00 PM)
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 27, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 


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