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KDL Open 1:00 – 5:00 PM Tues., Jan. 7

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Due to the ongoing treacherous weather conditions, KDL will be open reduced hours on Tuesday, January 7. All branches and the Service Center will be open from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. All morning and evening programs are cancelled for the day. We apologize for the inconvenience.


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Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Due to the icy road conditions, all Kent District Library branches will be closed today, December 22.

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KDL Open 12:00 – 5:00 PM Today

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Due to weather conditions, KDL’s hours on Friday, December 20 will be from 12:00 – 5:00 PM. All branches with open hours on Fridays will not open until noon.

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Sand Lake Branch Closed – No Power

Monday, May 20th, 2013

The Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch closed at 5:00 PM today due to a power outage. The branch is expected to resume regular hours tomorrow. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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History of Barbie Program Canceled

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Due to flooding in the Lowell area, today’s History of Barbie with Afternoon Tea program scheduled for 2:00 PM at the Lowell Township Hall is CANCELED.

KDL’s Englehardt branch in Lowell remains CLOSED on Saturday, April 20. During this time, Englehardt’s book drop will not be accessible. Items may be returned to the Alto, Cascade Township or any other KDL branch. All current HOLDS for Englehardt patrons will be available for pickup at the Alto branch during the Emergency Closing period. (Alto is closed on Fridays, but will be open from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM on Saturday.)

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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KDL Closed Until 12:00PM Friday

Friday, February 8th, 2013

All branches will be closed until 12:00 PM today (Friday, February 8), but will then resume normal hours. All morning programs and activities for Friday are cancelled.

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The Richard L. Root Kentwood Branch

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Last Friday evening, the City of Kentwood hosted a renaming ceremony at KDL’s Kentwood branch. In honor of his dedication to the community and to the library, the cermony was held to rename the Kentwood branch library for Richard L. Root, former mayor of Kentwood. Mayor Root died in June.

Nearly 250 people attended the elegant renaming ceremony. Comments by Kentwood Mayor Richard Clanton and KDL Library Board Trustee Shirley Bruursema included quotes from the former mayor and an appreciation of his influence on them and on the city of Kentwood. Clanton reflected on Mayor Root’s passion for the library as a place of learning and fun for families. Bruursema mentioned how Mayor Root unofficially “adopted her” from Gaines Township because of her close work with him in passing the millage to construct the now Richard L. Root Kentwood Branch of Kent District Library.

Members of the Root family were present for the unveiling of a portrait of Mayor Root by Michigan artist Bill Murcko. State Representative Ken Yonker and senators Tonya Schuitmaker and Dave Hildenbrand also issued a proclamation in honor of Mayor Root.

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HOW to Get Hired @ KDL

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

First, let’s clear up an old-school notion — library workers do not get paid to read all day. Got it? OK.

Still interested in working for KDL? You’re in good company, as competition is fierce. Kim Schweibert from KDL’s human resources department offers a five-point plan to increase your chances of being interviewed for a KDL position:

First, consider the job description. Don’t just apply for every opening, whether you’re qualified or not. We’ll get to know your name, but not in a good way. Emphasize your strengths by applying for the right positions.

Second, complete the application.  We require completed applications. “See resume” doesn’t cut it. Don’t waste an opportunity to include a cover letter.

Third, present yourself well. It’s an application, not a text message. Capitalization and punctuation matter. Emoticons are not punctuation. Photos of yourself, your children or your Pomeranian won’t help. Your best effort will.   

Fourth, choose references wisely. Seriously, if they use “dude” in any sentence, we’ve mentally hung up. Choose the people who appreciate your character and work ethic. Teenagers are a bad choice for a reference, as are relatives, love interests and your mom; we have to assume she’s biased.

Fifth, why are you “The One”? Because you love books? Cover letters sent to KDL begin with “I love books” more than any other statement. It’s great that you had a happy childhood filled with charming library memories. How does that make you uniquely qualified for work for a loud, fast-paced, high tech, customer service-driven organization like KDL? Tell us your story — the one where landing this job is only the beginning.   

After all this, you still have to be the best fit for the right job among all of the applicants. It’s up to you to sell yourself, which is really what the application’s all about. If you’re going to do it, do it right! Aren’t you worth the effort?


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Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Question:  What does the Godfrey Lee Block Party and the Hispanic Festival have in common with the Zoo Goes Boo?

Answer: They’re all recent community events at which KDL has been sighted!

“What exactly is the library doing grooving to salsa music downtown or giving out treats to children at the zoo?” Well, KDL is at the heart of what’s happening in our communities. We are part of what’s positive in West Michigan and we jump at chances to celebrate culture, education and all-around awesomeness!

We also want to make sure everyone knows about the ridiculously amazing free stuff and family fun to be had at the library.

On the afternoon of September 9, we co-hosted the Fiesta Fun event at the Alpine Township soccer fields. Young  players and their families delighted in face painting, a snow globe craft, giveaways and hugs from Katie L. the elephant and Purdy the Clown.

Fiesta Fun — just one example of many examples of KDL breaking out of its library walls.

If you spot us at a community event, make sure to say hello!





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HOW a Book Gets from KDL to You

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

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