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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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WHAT Checks In @ KDL

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012


KDL customers checked out over 6.7 million books, DVDs, CD, magazines and video games during 2011. And what checks out must check in!



Here’s what you see:


Here’s what we see:


Thanks to automatic check-in stations, staff at KDL’s six largest branches (Cascade Township, East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Plainfield Township and Wyoming) get a little well-deserved help. Gone are the days when staff hand-scanned thousands of items individually every day. Now we pull items out of the book drop, sort them onto carts, print a report of what to put aside for other customers’ holds and voila! Everything else is ready to shelve!

Sure, this is awesome for staff, but what’s in it for you? Automatic check-in gets materials back on the shelves faster. You don’t wait quite as long for that new hot novel, film release or chart-topping CD. Also, once you return items via an automatic check-in book drop, overdue fines show up on your account immediately. You can pay them quickly and never think about them again. Finally, movie lovers who ride right on the line of the 15 DVD maximum can return a few DVDs and immediately check out more.

Sounds like a win-win situation!


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WHO Visits 18 KDL Branches?

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Who are you likely to encounter at a KDL branch?

Regardless of which branch you visit, you may encounter Keith, father of Xander and Josephine; because they have visited all 18 KDL branches!

“My kids love libraries,” Keith said. “Visiting all of the branches gave us the opportunity to experience parts of and people in Kent County that we wouldn’t normally encounter.” Xander and Jospehine’s favorite part of their trek was visiting the different KDLville play spaces, spending hours alternating between reading and playing.

While they live in Kentwood, Keith and the kids have a soft spot in their hearts for the Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch. They got a kick out of visiting what looked to them like a library in a big barn. “As I walked through the stacks, I half expected to see a chicken poking her head around the side of a book,” Keith said.

Each branch has its own identity, but Keith says he feel at home in every one of them. “The soaring ceiling of the Caledonia branch lends itself to a few deep breaths, and I had the sense that I was encouraged to open my arms wide to all the books of the library,” he said. “While other branches make me want to settle into a bench or a chair and cozy up to a single book until it was done.”

While you might not feel the need to visit all 18 KDL branches, Keith encourages you to visit at least one that’s new to you.  There’s an art gallery, water wall and café at the Wyoming branch. The East Grand Rapids branch boasts a gorgeous view of Reeds Lake. You can use the binoculars located at the viewing deck at the Kentwood branch to watch planes take off and land.

The KDL branches are all part of the same library family, but each brings something special and unique to the community they serve.


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Dia de los Difuntos Celebration

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

It’s an important day for Ruben, circulation manager at KDL’s East Grand Rapids branch!

Today, November 2, is a big celebration in my home country, Ecuador, and I just wanted to share a little history behind this holiday in my country. It is a bittersweet celebration of course. It is an amazing Day, celebrating great memories of those we love who’ve passed away. 

The inhabitants of the beautiful country of Ecuador place much emphasis on religious festivals and celebrations. The second of November each year is a national public holiday, giving everyone the opportunity to participate in the activities related to one of the most important celebrations of Ecuador: Dia de los Difuntos. (In Ecuador the term “Dia de los Difuntos,” meaning “Day of the Deceased,” is preferred as it is seen to be more respectful.)

Traditional foods specific to this celebration are “Guaguas de Pan,” which are baby-shaped bread, along with a sweet fruit-based drink called “Colada Morada.” These slightly sweet bread babies can be up to 12 inches in length with a round-shaped head and a body that tapers down to a point. They are decorated with icing and have something sweet, like jam, inside. Some families make their own bread babies, but most bakeries have them for sale for weeks prior to the celebration and they are on offer at cafés and restaurants during this period.

Throughout Ecuador the celebration of Dia de los Difuntos is seen as a time for families to reconnect with their ancestors as well as to remember their roots and to celebrate the wonderful memories of the dear people who are not with us anymore.


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