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Everyone Gathers to Read @ EGR Branch

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Please join us in a month-long, community-wide celebration of reading and the arts at the East Grand Rapids branch of Kent District Library!

Read a copy of Toni Morrison’s Little Cloud and Lady Wind (available at the library) and enjoy performers, crafts and other activities related to the book on Sundays throughout March:

Sounds of the Earth, featuring Tree of Life Cultural Arts Studio: Drum and Dance
Date: Sunday, 3/4/2012, 2:00 pm
Enjoy the performers!  For all ages.

Food of the Earth: Literary Herb Gardens with Margaux Drake
Date: Sunday, 3/11/2012,  2:00 pm
Learn how to start an herb garden from seed with a literary twist! Join Margaux Drake, advanced master gardener and master naturalist, as she teaches how to plant an herb garden indoors in the winter that can be transplanted outdoors in the spring. Fresh herbs not only add wonderful flavor to meals but they also have healing powers and can help maintain good health. You will not want to miss this herb class!  For all ages.  (REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THIS FREE CLASS)

Animals of the Earth
Sunday, 3/18/2012, 2:00 pm
Featuring live animals. For all ages.

Art of the Earth
Date: Sunday, March 25, 2:00 pm
Local students will be featured in our ArtWalk event.  The music of Thistle Head, local Celtic musicians, will entertain upstairs by the fireplace.  Food from local Gaslight Village restaurants will be sure to please!  For all ages.

All of our Sunday activities are free.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of East Grand Rapids

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High Tea and Skype with Nicola Upson

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Join us at the East Grand Rapids Branch at 11:30 AM on Thursday, February 23 for high tea to be followed by an “across the pond” Skype book discussion with British author,  Nicola Upson, author of the Josephine Tey mystery An Expert in Murder.  We will explore this whodunit and compare it with one of Tey’s own classic titles, The Daughter of Time.

Ms. Upson’s book is the first title in her critically acclaimed “new series which features crime writer Josephine Tey as its lead character.”


We would like you to be part of this special program.  Both books are being held at the EGR Library information desk. Registration is required and participation is limited.

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

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Love Celebrity Biographies?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Find a wide range of celebrity biographies at KDL. Many are available in different formats — traditional print, audiobook on CD, Playaway, eBook and eAudiobook. If you are like me, there is nothing like taking a road trip (even if it is just to Target) and listening to a great audiobook! It is especially enjoyable if the author is the reader. Here are a few titles read by the authors that I have listened to recently and highly recommend:

Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler, 2008

Bossypants by Tina Fey, 2011

Life by Keith Richard, 2010

KDL has an interesting collection of celebrity biographies you may like to peruse, including television personalities and rock musicians.

Enjoy the ride!



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Purchase eBooks and Support KDL!

Saturday, January 14th, 2012


Kent District Library will be credited a share of the sales from each eBook or eAudiobook purchased through OverDrive’s WIN (“Want It Now”) affiliated retailers, such as, Barnes & Noble, Books on Board and Powell’s. Funds gathered through this program will help the library add to its online collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks and downloadable music.

Here is all you need to do:  

  1. Have a current Kent District Library card.
  2. Access KDL’s OverDrive site.
  3. Find a title you wish to purchase.  Make sure it is compatible with your device.  If you are not sure about compatibility, visit this link for more information.
  4. Click on the “Buy it Now” link.

5.  Select the retailer from which you wish to make your purchase.

6.  Follow the retailer’s steps for purchasing your eBooks.

7.  Follow instructions for placing the eBook on your device.

If you need additional assistance, please call KDL at 616-784-2007 or stop by your local branch for help.

Enjoy!  Thanks for using the library!



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Delightful Displays and Shopping at KDL

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Have you visited your KDL library branch lately? All branches are helping with your holiday shopping by selling:

Book Lover’s Calendars for 2012: $5.00 each (Funds help support the Alliance of Friends’ projects and programs.

KDL Tote Bags: $1.50 each (Funds help support the Alliance of Friends’ projects and programs.

Friends of the Library Ongoing Book Sales: Gently used books make great gifts!



Many staff members and Friends of the Library groups have been busy creating new seasonal displays. Here is a sampling:

Alpine TownshipA great selection of Christmas books, music, and movies.

Alto: Holiday books galore! Next month, plans are in the works for a “Is your Local History a Mystery?” display. We are getting some “artifacts” from our local museum and will be displaying our local history materials.

Cascade Township: Cascade has a beautiful 12-foot tree decorated with little books, gold ribbons, gold balls and white lights. There are wrapped and be-ribboned presents above the hold shelves, a palm tree with snowmen behind the circ desk, and our special book displays are Christmas fiction and Christmas non-fiction.

East Grand Rapids: Displays include “Celebrate the Season” with fiction and non-fiction books dedicated to several different holidays and “The Art of Giving: Creative Crafty Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season.”

Englehardt: Spy Fiction display (to anticipate the forthcoming movie “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) and a Family Fiction display (most of these found using the subject “Family secrets”).

Plainfield Township: Displays include “Season’s Readings” (winter holidays, mostly fiction), “Northern Exposure” (arctic and far north, fiction and non-fiction); adoption; graphic novels; staff picks of newer titles; holiday cooking and entertaining.

Spencer Township: The displays at Spencer have mostly Christmas and Hanukkah items, but there is also have a display called “Soups, Stews, and Slow Cookers.” Holiday cookbooks, craft books, story books, CDs and DVDs are out on display too and they fly out the door!

Visit your library soon to see what special things are in store for you!

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KDL Celebrates National Adoption Month

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

***** Thank you to everyone who left a comment on this post. Congratulations to Chantelle from Grandville who won the book!


“Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone,

but still miraculously my own.

Never forget for a single minute,

you didn’t grow under my heart, but in it.”

— Unknown

November is National Adoption Month.  It is time to celebrate and learn about all aspects of adoption.  KDL has a fine collection of books and related materials geared towards this topic. Please check out our guide to Adoption Resources and stop by your library branch to see what materials are available to you!

To help us commemorate this special month, Grand Rapids-based book publisher Zondervan has kindly donated a copy of Before You Were Mine: Discovering Your Adopted Child’s Lifestory by Susan TeBos and Carissa Woodwyk.

 We are offering this book to an individual who leaves a comment on this blog post. 

The recipient will be randomly drawn at the end of November.

Check out these additional adoption resources:

National Adoption Month –

National Adoption Awareness Month

***** Thank you to everyone who left a comment on this post. Congratulations to Chantelle from Grandville who won the book!

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