Author Archive


Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Every so often we sadly say goodbye to someone who is a part of the soundtrack of our lives whom we have never met. RIP David Bowie. Thank you.

Kent District Library would like to share his music and literature with our patrons. Download free David Bowie music using our Freegal app or Hoopla app. Be sure to also click on Classic Rock Artists to obtain a listing of musicians found in both Freegal and Hoopla.

KDL has an outstanding collection of David Bowie’s CDs and a good selection books, both ebooks and print available for your perusal. Click here to get you started.

Stop by the information desk at your library branch or call our Patron Services department at 616-784-2007 for assistance with downloading Freegal and Hoopla apps, downloading ebooks or searching our online catalog for books.

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Floral Creations with CJ Brander

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Program for Adults
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

East Grand Rapids Library, 746 Lakeside Dr. SE

Description: Master gardener C.J. Brander demonstrates the art of creating unique bouquets from her award-winning garden.

Learn how to create lovely bouquets from your garden. Those who attend will receive an invitation to a Local Garden Tour and a chance to win a beautiful floral bouquet!

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Free program

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of East Grand Rapids

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Earn Your Experience Summer @ KDL Dreamer Badge!

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

  • Read a book about dreams, a dreamer, or something new and inspiring to you.
    Some suggestions:

  • Let your imagination run wild at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum (Free admission on Sunday, July 15!), or find your own secret place to daydream
  • Dream a perfect future and draw it, write it, or tell someone about it
  • Write, draw, or tell your dream as soon as you wake up
  • Be creative – dream up your own option!

Have fun!



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Remembering Nora Ephron

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

The Washington Post has confirmed the death of Nora Ephron.  She died today from complications of a long bout of leukemia.  She was responsible for such movies as Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally.  Her sense of humor was wonderful and shined in such books as I Feel Bad About My Neck and I Remember Nothing.  Her audiobooks are fantastic, as she did the reading and really put her inflection in the words.

Her works come highly recommended!  Kent District Library has a wonderful collection of Nora’s books and movies for your perusal.  Follow this link to see a list of titles.

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Earn a Virtual Animal Lover Badge at KDL!

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Are you just crazy about your family pet?  Do you enjoy reading about animals, viewing animal movies, participating in animal programs at the library or perhaps visiting the zoo?  Then you will have a fantastic time this summer with KDL!

Earn your virtual badge through our new Experience Summer online summer program.  Take a look at the options below.  You can click the claim button after you have completed one or more experiences.  Print out your badge or share your animal fun by clicking on the Facebook icon.  All ages can participate!    

Complete all ten badges and earn your “Experience Summer @ KDL” certificate:


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2012 Pulitzer Prizes Announced

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

 Courtesy of

“Honoring Excellence in journalism and the arts since 1917”


Columbia University announced on 4/16/12 the 2012 Pulitzer Prizes, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board.


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 General Nonfiction

 For a complete list of 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners, extensive information on Joseph Pulitzer and the lists of past winners please visit:

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Meet the Author: Tom Rademacher

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

“Knock, Knock, Who’s There?…Tom Rademacher”

Thursday, April 19
Join Tom Rademacher, a Grand Rapids Press columnist for more than 31 years, as he introduces you to the story BEHIND some of the thousands of stories he’s brought to our front porches and digital screens. Tom’s sense of imagery and keen eye for detail have made him a hometown favorite with readers hungry for real stories about real people. As a bonus, he’ll also be offering for sale signed copies of his latest book, Knocking At Your Door.
Sponsored by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library.

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Discover Mid-Century Modern in East Grand Rapids

Sunday, March 25th, 2012


Date: Tuesday, 3/27/2012

Location: East Grand Rapids branch, 746 Lakeside Dr. SE
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM

Discover the Mid-Century Modern neighborhoods of Grand Rapids and East Grand Rapids. This photographic journey provides a look at some of the area’s architectural gems completed between 1940-1970 and features buildings designed by nationally known architects as well as local architects and builders. Join us for a fun, informative evening.

Kent District Library has wonderful resources on this topic. Check out this link, stop by your KDL branch or call 616-784-2007 for assistance.

Sponsored by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library. For adults. This is a free event.

Photograph courtesy of “Better Homes and Gardens Magazine,” September 1958

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LaughFest – KDL Shares the Humor!

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Kent District Library celebrates LaughFest along with the West Michigan community by sharing humorous book lists for young and old!  If you see a book that catches your fancy, you may request it with your KDL card. Stop by your local library branch or call 616-784-2007 for assistance.

March 8 – March 18
This is the second year for LaughFest,  the well-received Gilda’s Club “Festival of Laughter.” Many nationally-known, popular comedians, such as Whoopi Goldberg, will ply their trade at Grand Rapids venues. There will also be plenty of local talent supporting the cause. “LaughFest provides a way to raise awareness and funds for a very important cause — supporting children, adults, families and friends as they find their smile and laughter in the midst of a cancer or grief journey. All proceeds from LaughFest benefit the programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.” (Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids)
Gilda Radner, one of the great American comediennes from the 1970s and 1980s is the club’s namesake. She gained fame as one of the charter members of the “Not Ready for Prime-time Players” on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. She passed away from the disease in 1989.

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Literary Herb Gardens with Margaux Drake at the EGR Library

Monday, February 27th, 2012



Sign up for this free class on Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 PM with Margaux Drake at the EGR Library.

Sponsored by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library




Learn how to re-purpose all kinds of unique containers and make them into table-top herb gardens! These scrumptious little container gardens may then be transplanted outside when warm weather arrives!  A few lucky attendees will go home with a little garden of their own. All will go home with instructions and perhaps a kit.

Margaux Drake is the WOTV 4 Women expert for healthy eats! A certified raw food chef, she owns The M. Drake Company, an interior design, garden design and plant-based cuisine consultancy where she helps create ‘Heaven on Earth’ spaces.

“I get to spend each day feeding my true passion,” Margaux said.  “Whether I’m on my hands and knees in the garden planting seeds or turning those seeds, when mature, into a tasty meal for my family, I love it. I am focused on creating a healthy heaven-on-earth-Home for my family. What’s not to like about that?”

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Margaux has over a decade of design experience. Her philanthropy, The Giving Gardens, allows her to play in gardens all over Michigan, but she also loves to grow her own fruit, vegetables and herbs at home in her family’s organic kitchen garden. Her home, garden and recipes are featured regularly in newspapers, magazines, radio and on television. Her daughter, at age 10, became one of the youngest certified raw food chefs in the country. In addition to her professional work, Margaux’s other passions include her role as a wife and mother of three, a vintage car enthusiast and an ultra-marathoner and  triathlete.

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