Author Archive

A Novel Experience is a Huge Success!

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

On Thursday evening (October 29), John Grogan, author of Marley & Me, visited the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center for the first annual A Novel Experience event hosted by KDL.

Grogan spoke to an audience of approximately 900 fans, telling tales of his famous dog Marley.


After his talk, Grogan stayed for two hours signing books. The auditorium lobby was full of people waiting to meet the author.


A Novel Experience was a fundraising event through the KDL Fund to support the library’s literacy programs for young children. Thank you to everyone who came out to hear John Grogan and support the library! And a big thank you to our sponsors.


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Use Your KDL Card for Griffins Tickets

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

It’s hockey season again! From now through April, use your Kent District Library card to get a great deal on Grand Rapids Griffins hockey tickets. At every Sunday and Wednesday home game, fans who present a local public library card — such as your KDL card — at the Van Andel Arena box office on game day will get a lower bowl ticket for just $10! That’s a savings of $7! Limit four tickets per card.

Sunday and Wednesday home games include:

Wednesday, November 11
Wednesday, December 9
Sunday, December 27
Sundays, January 3 and 17
Wednesday, January 6
Sunday, February 21
Wednesday, February 24
Wednesday, March 31
Wednesday, April 7

Tickets are subject to availability.

Katie L. will be making a special appearance at the game on Wednesday, February 24. Be sure to stop by the KDL information table to say hi!

Sign up for a Kent District Library card at your local KDL branch. And if you already have one, don’t forget to use it!

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A New Way to Tell Your Friends What You’re Reading

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Do you download eBooks, eAudiobooks or video from KDL’s eLibrary? Are you on Facebook and Twitter?

Well now you can use these social networking sites to share your download activity with your friends!

When you use OverDrive on KDL’s eLibrary, you can let all your friends know what you’re reading, listening to or watching on Facebook and Twitter.

After selecting your item for download, simply look for the new “Share” section below the item listing, select the social networking site you’d like to use, and follow the directions.

When you’re done, your update should look something like this on Facebook:

Or like this on Twitter:

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Marley & Me Author Visits This Week!

Monday, October 26th, 2009


This is the week!

On Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. John Grogan, author of Marley & Me, will speak at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center (600 Forest Hill Avenue SE) with a book-signing to follow.

Right now tickets are only $10! Buy them online, at any KDL branch or any Schuler Books & Music store in Grand Rapids. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10, as well. Proceeds support KDL’s literacy programs for young children.

Don’t miss your chance to hear Grogan speak about “Life Lessons from Marley & Me” and even have your copy of his book signed!

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Two Teen Twilight Parties!

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Teen vampire fans: join us on Friday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. at our Cascade branch for plenty of vampire-related games and fun as we celebrate Halloween Twilight-style. Come dressed as your favorite Halloween or Twilight character and enter to win our costume contest.

Or come to our Kentwood branch on Friday, November 13 at 5:00 p.m. for our big Twilight Movie Release Party. It’s sure to bring out the vampire in you!

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KDL Helps Fight Breast Cancer

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

On Saturday, October 17, a team of 13 KDL staff, friends and family spent a chilly morning participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in downtown Grand Rapids.

The KDL team raised $1,590 to help fight breast cancer!

Thanks to everyone who supported our team!

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Celebrate Teen Read Week

Friday, October 16th, 2009

The Young Adult Library Services Association and KDL invite teens to Read for the Fun of It during Teen Read Week, October 18 to 24. This year’s theme is “Read Beyond Reality.” You can pick up your favorite mind-bending book at any KDL branch location.

Other exciting fall teen programs include:

Anime Club – Learn, share and expand your knowledge of anime and Japanese culture. Registration is required. Thursdays, September 3, October 1 and November 5 at 4:00 p.m. at the Gaines Twp. branch.

Teen Zone – Play games, complete crafts, discuss books and enjoy snacks. Thursdays, September 10 to November 19 at 3:00 p.m. at the Grandville branch.

Teen Book Discussion – Join other teens for a lively book discussion and snacks. Registration is required. Thursdays, September 10, October 1 and November 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tyrone Twp. branch.

Teen Twilight Parties – Celebrate the opening of the New Moon movie with vampire-related games, crafts and food along with a costume contest. Friday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cascade Twp. branch (registration is required) and Friday, November 13 at 5:00 p.m. at the Kentwood branch.

And so much more!

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Chat with Author Bich Minh Nguyen

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Bich Minh NguyenYou are invited to chat with Bich Minh Nguyen on Monday, October 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Detroit Free Press is offering Michigan literature enthusiasts an opportunity to participate in a live, online chat with Stealing Buddha’s Dinner author Bich Minh Nguyen. The opportunity is made possible in advance of Nguyen’s five-city tour of Michigan next week as part of the Michigan Humanities Council’s Great Michigan Read. The public can participate in the Free Press live chat via a link on the newspaper’s homepage.

Also be sure to see Bich Minh Nguyen during her five-city tour:

Grand Rapids – Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center, Pew Grand Rapids Campus, Grand Valley State University. 616-331-3501.

Traverse City – Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. City Opera House. Tickets $10, free for students with ID. 231-941-8082.

Midland – Thursday, October 15, 7:30 p.m. Grace A. Dow Memorial Library. 989-837-3430.

Lansing – Friday, October 16, 2:00 p.m. Dart Auditorium, Lansing Community College. 517-483-1957.

Plymouth – Saturday, October 17, 1:00 p.m. Penn Theatre (hosted by Plymouth District Library) 734-453-0750.

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Great Michigan Read on October 13

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

The Michigan Humanities Council and Grand Valley State University invite you to welcome Bich Minh Nguyen to Grand Rapids on Tuesday, October 13, at the Loosemore Auditorium in the DeVos Center on GVSU’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus. 

Bich is the author of Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, selected by the Council for the 2009-10 Great Michigan Read. Beginning at 7:00 pm, Bich will present a 45-minute talk about her experiences growing up in Grand Rapids in the 1970s and 1980s as a Vietnamese-American, particularly in relation to three themes identified in the book: immigration stories, cultural understanding and contemporary history.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Bich will be available to sign copies of her book immediately after her talk. For more information on The Great Michigan Read in mid-Michigan and across the state, including a welcome video from the author, visit the Michigan Humanities Council.

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Read for the Record with Jumpstart

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

On Thursday, October 8, all around the world, more than one million people are expected to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, the official book in Jumpstart’s 2009 Read for the Record campaign.

The goal of this program is to set a Guinness World Record for the number of people reading the same book on the same day to children around the world, and to shine the spotlight on the importance of early literacy.

Sign up at Jumpstart to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and be a part of this year’s Read for the Record!

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