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KDL’s New Website Launching This Evening!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Don’t be alarmed when after 8:00 PM this evening, Tuesday, March 22, you visit www.kdl.org and see this loveliness!


Rest assured, you won’t be lost! After this evening, this will be the new look for KDL’s information, ideas and excitement! Whether you are visiting from a desktop, tablet or phone, we hope you’ll like what you see!

KDL’s new mobile-friendly website features splashes of bright, cheerful colors set against a modern, elegant background. Significant topics are defined by a convenient color-coded navigation menu on the left side of the site. The menu is initially expanded displaying easy access to Events, eBooks & Downloads, Recommendations and information for Kids & Parents etc.

Additionally, note the prominent Search feature for the catalog and the site, the quick link to find KDL branches, and if you’re ever lost, there’s a live chat box with a lovely human on the other end who can help you during any of KDL’s open hours.

Stay tuned… We hope you enjoy this site when it launches, along with all the wonderful programs and services KDL has to offer!


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Vote for the 2016 Thumbs Up! Award

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Teens! Let your voice be heard, and vote for the next Michigan Library Association’s Thumbs Up! Award winner for 2016!

According to the Michigan Library Association, “The purpose of the award is to recognize and promote an outstanding contribution to teen literature that has both literary quality and teen appeal for those 13 to 18 years of age. The Thumbs Up! Award was established in 1986 by the Teen Services Division of the Michigan Library Association. Since 2001, the selection process has also included a teen vote.”

Check out these 10 nominees, and cast your vote to determine the winner!

Cover image for All American boys     Cover image for Challenger Deep     Cover image for The rest of us just live here     Cover image for Nimona     Cover image for The emperor of any place     Cover image for The unlikely hero of room 13B     Cover image for The nest     Cover image for Six of crows     Cover image for Baba Yaga's assistant     Cover image for Drowned city : Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

Anyone, ages 13 to 18 can cast a vote. Voting runs until May 31, 2016, so start reading! May the best book win!

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No Spring Break plans? We can help!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

If robots and smashing and rebuilding things is your kid’s idea of a great time, then do we have the event for you! Join us for the KDL LAB Maker Break starting April 4th through 7th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wyoming Branch. Maker Break takes the STEAM curriculum out of the classroom and into your child’s hands in a creative and collaborative way.

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Monday through Thursday the GRCC Manufacturing Trailer will be at the branch with a 3D printer, virtual welder and much more to explore.

Monday we will have 11 different STEAM-based activities including Snap Circuits, littleBits Electronics, Robot Rumble as well as demonstrations from local robotics groups.Maker Break eblast pic

Thursday, we are partnering with Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities and will have Spanish-speaking staff on hand as we wrap up our Maker Break week.

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Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Due to hazardous road conditions KDL branches will remain closed until noon today (Thursday, Feb. 25). All morning programs are cancelled. Stay safe and we hope to see you later today.

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Cheers to the Winner!

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Ladies and gentlemen,

A tip of the hat to you all! When we asked for your finest home brews, we were not expecting the inundation of creativity and deliciousness you sent in! 24 entries were dropped off to Gravel Bottom Brewing (their largest home brew competition to date!) for a blind tasting that spanned two days, with 10 judges including Angela Steil, the world’s youngest cicerone!


“We were very impressed by the creativity of all the submissions. With beers inspired by all sorts of great books, from Lord of the Rings to 50 Shades of Grey and everything in between, judging was a very entertaining experience, of course it doesn’t hurt that the beer quality was great as well.  We are very thankful for all who participated, both as brewers, but also as judges.  With such strong competition this year, I can’t wait to see what next year brings!” commented KDaLe organizer Joshua Bernstein.

Beers were judged on their aroma, appearance, flavor, mouth feel and inspiration. It was a tough couple of days but someone had to be declared the winner. With perfect scores across the board, we are pleased to announce that David Beerens and Nick Rodammer’s James and the Giant Peach Gose won first place and will be brewed at Gravel Bottom Brewing!


James and the Giant Peach Gose will be released at the KDaLe Wrap-Up Party on February 24th at Gravel Bottom Brewing. We invite you all to come and try the winning beer and celebrate the success of another KDaLe season with food, music and of course, great beers.

1st Place – James and the Giant Peach Gose brewed by David Beerens and Nick Rodammer

2nd Place – Winnie the Brew “Hunny” Saison brewed by John Britt
“Nailed the theme, beautiful looking beer.”

3rd Place – Mort, Short for Mortimer Stout brewed by Jacob Peacock
“A well-written description paired with a solid brew. Pleasant nose!”

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who entered! We look forward to seeing you on the 24th.

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New Adult Booklist: Vegan Comfort Food

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Check out some new recipes for the new year! This booklist features all sorts of delicious recipes, and they are all vegan. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite, or reinvent an old standard!

Robin Robertson's Vegan Without Borders: Easy Everyday Meals from Around the World       Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed      Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker: 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free Recipes

Check out all of our booklists over at KDL Recommends!

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Holiday Movies on Hoopla

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Are you in the mood for a holiday movie, but either haven’t borrowed one from the library or nothing on TV catches your eye? Have no fear, Hoopla is here, with a wonderful selection of holiday movies for both adults and kids! They’re all free, and there are no overdue fees.  You just need to access Hoopla through KDL, sign in with your email & password (or create one), and check out the videos that you wish to watch, up to 12 each month. Simple directions are here.


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“Nightingale”: a new DVD

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

The nightingale, according to one source, is a bird know to sing “laments” that are “seemingly spontaneous.” Hence the name of the new HBO-produced movie, “Nightingale”, featuring David Oyelowo as a man sinking into the depths of violence, spiritual crisis, and loneliness. Nightingale is a one-man show, an 80-minute cry of the heart featuring alternating moments of phone calls, thinking out loud, and the now-pervasive use of social media (in this case a video blog, or vlog). Oyelowo plays Peter, a man who has just committed an act of terrible violence, and the repercussions of that violence haunt the story from the beginning. Peter is clearly not well, but he has yet to realize this, even as, ironically, he makes “confessional” videos for others to watch, and begins to hunker down inside his mother’s house, waiting for the arrival of his best friend whom he served in the Army with. Obviously, any movie featuring a single actor must be carried convincingly by that person, and Oyelowo’s skills, as he showed so brilliantly in Selma, are again up to the task. (If nothing else, the viewer is treated to another side of this actor’s talent, since the character of Peter—volatile, angry and deluded– is far away from that of Martin Luther King.)  As “Nightingale” moves toward an inevitable, though not fully revealed, conclusion, two thoughts come to mind: that its downside is an unrelentingly depressing character study of a seemingly doomed soul, with no hope of redemption; yet it reveals, through great acting and writing and with ironic sharpness, the crack in our media and technology saturated lives.  An adventurous piece worth looking into, “Nightingale” is rated TV-MA for some strong language.

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Sunday Afternoon Live – Free Concerts for Adults

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Heat up the cool autumn weather with the sizzling sounds of local Grand Rapids bands Vox Vidorra and Afro Zuma at two concerts to be held at the Cascade Township branch.

Vox Vidorra, an Indie Rock/Soul group featuring the soaring vocalsVoxVidorraPublicityPhoto
of lead singer and lyricist Molly Bouwsma-Schultz will hit the stage on Sunday, October 25 at 2:00 PM at the Cascade Township branch. With songs inspired by experiences in Grand Rapids and social themes like religion, racism and oppression, Vox Vidorra aims to move their audience to action.

Hailing from Michigan with a worldly sound originating in Nigeria, Afro Zuma, is a 14- piece collaboration of jazz, rock and funk artists. Giving high energy performances in the West African musical style of Afrobeat, this group is sure to get you grooving. Join the fun on Sunday, November 22 at 2:00 PM at the Cascade Township branch.

AfroZumaPublicityPhotoThank you to sponsors Tassell-Wisner-Bottrall Foundation, Cascade Charter Township, Friends of the Cascade Library, David & Michelle Bottrall and the Cascade Township Downtown Development Authority for providing this entertainment to the public. Tickets are not necessary for the concerts, for more information please visit www.kdl.org or call (616)784-2007.



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KDL Anywhere, Anytime with KDLCast

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

KDL Cast WEB TRANSPARENTTake us on the road with you! Kent District Library’s podcast, KDLCast, is up and running and ready to entertain you. Bringing in professionals once a month, KDL covers topics to enhance your life from exploring the back roads of Michigan to advice on incorporating gluten-free meals in your diet. Join the fun and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Happy listening!

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