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MeLCat Now Available for Interlibrary Loan

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

For this last segment of our migration to our new KDL catalog, we have good news and bad news.MeL_logo_color_188466_7

The Good News:  As promised, KDL’s participation in the statewide resource sharing system, MelCat, was reinstated on October 1. MeLCat makes nearly 46 million items accessible to cardholders of the 442 participating public, academic and school libraries. If you did not find a title you are looking for in the KDL catalog, you will be prompted to Continue Search in MeLCat.

  • KDL cardholders may request up to 50 print items using MeLCat, but not audio or video material.
  • Delivery to your KDL branch will average about one week.
  • You may only request items that are currently on the shelf at participating MeLCat libraries. You cannot place a hold on checked out material.
  • Non-KDL Cardholders must use their home library to access MeLCat services.
  • Cardholders may check on the status of MeLCat requests and renew MeLCat material that is not yet due by accessing My MelCat. If a MeLCat item is overdue, KDL staff may renew it at their discretion. Please check at your branch, or call 616-784-2007.


The Bad News:  After our migration to the new KDL catalog was well underway, we learned that the MeLCat servers are moving to a new environment, resulting in a temporary disruption of interlibrary loan services.

  • Beginning Wednesday, November 18, no new MeLCat requests can be placed. Incoming and outgoing materials will continue to be processed, and currently checked out materials can still be renewed and managed using My MeLCat.
  • From Wednesday, December 2 through December 11, MeLCat items will not be processed.
  • Full MeLCat services are expected to resume on Saturday, December 12.

We understand that this will be a hardship for our customers, especially our homeschool families and we deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause. We were very disheartened to learn of MeLCat’s downtime after our customers have already endured so much time without access to interlibrary loan services! With this advance notice, we hope to help you plan accordingly. As always, please visit your local KDL branch or call our friendly Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 for assistance.


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Author A.S. King Comes to KDL!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Good A S King hi res headshotKent District Library, Consumers Energy and the Friends of Cascade Library are proud to present A.S. King, the extraordinary writer of provocative teen novels. The Michael L. Printz Award-Winning author will talk about her life as an author and her latest title “I Crawl Through It,” the surrealist fiction trailing four teenagers on the verge of exploding from dealing with traumas, anxiety and PTSD.

Already hailed as “ambitious and affecting” by Horn Book, new release “I Crawl Through It” has been garnering rave reviews. Fans of King will be able to purchase her books at the event and have them signed by the author after her talk. The event, to be held at KDL’s Cascade Township Branch on October 15 at 7:00 PM, is free and open to the public.

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Reminder About KDL’s New Catalog: Holds & Reading History

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

With just 8 days left before we launch our exclusive new KDL catalog, here’s just a quick reminder about a few temporary service disruptions.

  • No holds may be placed after 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 12. Fill up your hold queue now and when the new KDL catalog goes live on September 17, you can go to town and place up to 25 holds!
  • Users of the Reading History and My Lists services in the LLC catalog who want to retain their information will need to download their data before September 14. Here are the instructions:
  • From Monday, September 14 through Wednesday, September 16:
    • Library users will be able to check material out at KDL locations, but returned material will not be checked in. Overdue fines will not accrue on KDL material for these dates.
    • KDL items that are currently checked-out cannot be renewed during this time.
    • KDL will not issue new library cards during this time.

The new catalog will be a significant improvement for KDL cardholders; offering a better search experience, easier access our digital collection and more customer-friendly policies, like increased allowable holds and the ability to avoid overdue fines by renewing material (that does not have holds) up to three times.

For more information on the new KDL catalog, please see our sneak peak at KDL’s New Catalog, the blog post announcing the new KDL Catalog and read through our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Crowdfunding Expert to Motivate Local Innovators

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Calling all creative types with a dream to spearhead! Crowdfunding and Kickstarter expert Richard A. Bliss will take center stage at the Cascade Township Branch of Kent District Library to share industry tips on the dos and don’ts of marketing and funding creative projects. Good Richard A Bliss

KDL is proud to present this 20-year veteran of Silicon Valley, with extensive experience in content marketing, social media coaching and game publishing, to our local aspiring creatives. Game developers, designers, artists, musicians, film directors, writers, anyone in the creative field, is invited to attend the session.

In partnership with the 2015 GrandCon Gaming & Comic Arts Convention, Bliss will present the fundamentals of building a crowd and launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects. Kickstarter boasts nearly 90,000 successfully funded projects with over $1 billion in pledges since its launch in 2009. Kickstarter is notably known for surpassing the money necessary to create the fan favorite Veronica Mars movie in just ten hours.

Join the informational session on Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 PM at the Cascade Township Branch, 2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE Grand Rapids 49546. Pre-registration is not required.

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KDL Uncorked Serves another Round of Favorites to Patrons

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Returning this fall after a fruitful inaugural year, “KDL Uncorked” dishes out a variety of programs for wine and hard cider enthusiasts. This season patrons can look forward to free wine making and tasting programs held at various KDL branches and discounted winery tours and tastings. KDLUncorkedLogo_Print

New to the roster this year is wine entertainer Allie Merrick, director and co-host of the video series My Wine Words. “Don’t judge a book by its cover or a bottle by its label. When it comes to words and wine, translating tones and textures is key to discovering the depth and dimension of what you read or sip. I look forward to sharing with lovers of literature an experience where what’s poured will be paired with pages of novels and prose,” said Merrick.

Steve Siciliano, owner of Siciliano’s Market in Northwest Grand Rapids, will lead Winemaking 101 classes at several KDL branches. Jason Lummen, owner and creator of The People’s Cider Co. welcomes patrons to come and learn about the art of dry cider making, inspired by the European cider drinking culture.

As with the KD aLe beer series, KDL Uncorked includes a pair of off-site events, a buy-one get-one wine and cider tasting at Kayla Rea Cellars in Rockford and a tour and discount tastings at Cascade Winery.

To register for any of the KDL Uncorked tasting events, go to kdl.org/events or call (616) 784-2007.

List of Events:

KDL Uncorked: Wine Tasting & Tour at Cascade Winery Wine crafters and owners Rose & Bob Bonga invite you for an educational tour of the Cascade Winery. Enjoy a variety of seasonal wines for 50 cents per taste. Participants must be age 21 or older. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.
Wednesday, September 16, 6:00 PM, 4665 Broadmoor Ave. SE, Grand Rapids

KDL Uncorked: Winemaking 101 Join wine aficionado Steve Siciliano, owner of Siciliano’s Market, as he talks about the ins and outs of making wine at home. Learn about the basic equipment and procedures needed for making wine from concentrated kits, as well as with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Monday, September 21, 6:00 PM, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch Thursday, September 24, 6:00 PM, Walker Branch
Tuesday, October 13, 6:00 PM, Tyrone Township Branch
Tuesday, October 27, 6:00 PM, Caledonia Township Branch
Monday, November 16, 6:00 PM, Englehardt/Lowell Branch

KDL Uncorked: Wine Tasting at Kayla Rae Cellars Enjoy buy-one-get-one tastings and a presentation by winery owner Karen Grossman on how current wine and cider selections were developed, created and refined. Participants must be 21 or older. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.
Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 PM, 31 Courtland St. NE Rockford
Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 PM, 31 Courtland St. NE Rockford

KDL Uncorked: The People’s Cider Co. Tour and Tasting Discover a fresh take on craft beverages in West Michigan. Jason Lummen, owner and creator of The People’s Cider Co., will give a tour and provide free tastings of their Traditional Barrel Aged Ciders. Tastings are free and $4 half pints will be available for purchase. For adults ages 21 and older.
Tuesday, October 20, 6:00 PM, 600 Maryland Ave NE, Suite B Grand Rapids

KDL Uncorked: Wine & Words with Allie Merrick A perfect pairing of bottles and books. Join Allie Merrick, co-host of My Wine Words, as she pairs wine with literary works. Read and sip between the lines in a unique wine experience. Pre-Registration is required. For adults ages 21 and older.
Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, November 19, 6:00 PM, Kentwood/Richard L. Root Branch

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Take a Sneak Peek at KDL’s New Catalog!

Monday, August 17th, 2015

With one month until our September 17 launch of the new, exclusive KDL catalog, we thought a status update and a sneak peek may be in order. As you can see from this photo taken in KDL’s learning lab, we’ve been very busy training our staff on the new setup. TrainingLab_Photo1-smaller

We apologize for the temporary inability to access interlibrary loan services while we migrate to our new system. By October 1, KDL cardholders can use MeLCat, the statewide resource sharing system, to request items KDL does not own. There will be a direct link to MeLCat from the KDL catalog and it is an easy electronic process to request books. By going directly to MeLCat from the KDL catalog, we will offer our customers access to much larger library collections around the state. Over 400 of Michigan’s public, school, college and university libraries participate in MeLCat, including 39 of the 41 Lakeland Library Cooperative member libraries.

The new catalog will be a significant improvement for KDL cardholders; offering a better search experience, easier access our digital collection and more customer-friendly policies, like increased allowable holds and the ability to avoid overdue fines by renewing material (that does not have holds) up to three times.

Change can be a struggle, but we think within a short time, you will come to love the enhanced features of the new catalog, while still enjoying the ability to interlibrary loan material. Please bear with us through this process as we work on increasing and improving our services to you. For more information on the new KDL catalog, please see our previous blog post and read through our Frequently Asked Questions.

Here’s a sneak peek of the new KDL catalog …

Results for Title Search for “girl on the train”

Here’s a quick look at a fictional, demonstration patron’s Holds when logged into her account…

Sample display of customer holds in the new KDL catalog

Sample display of customer holds in the new KDL catalog

And here’s how Digital Checkouts will display for this demonstration library patron…

A library patron account will show both "Digital Checkouts" and "Library Checkouts" in the new KDL catalog

A library patron account will show both “Digital Checkouts” and “Library Checkouts” in the new KDL catalog

Here’s how “Library Checkouts” will display…

A library patron account will show both "Library Checkouts" and "Digital Checkouts" in the new KDL catalog

A library patron account will show both “Library Checkouts” and “Digital Checkouts” in the new KDL catalog

We hope you enjoyed this sneak peek of KDL catalog! Stay tuned for more information on our September 17 launch!

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ALERT: Partial Power Outage at Grandville Branch

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The Grandville Branch is currently experiencing a partial power outage but has still opened. Because of the partial power outage, not all of its lights will be on and only five public computers will be available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

UPDATE: Full power has been restored and the branch will Tuesday morning as usual at 9:30 a.m. Thanks for your patience!

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You are Invited to a Superhero Party

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Summer Reading Logo (BIG)

Celebrate Heroes! Make plans to attend an Up, Up and Away! Superhero Party taking place at several KDL branches this summer.  Leap over tall buildings, perform amazing feats of strength and be the star of your own comic book! Wear your own superhero costume or create one at our super fun superhero party. Don’t miss out on all the fun!

Tuesday, June 9, 6:30 PM – Englehardt Branch (Lowell)
Wednesday, June 10, 10:00 AM – Tyrone Township Branch
Wednesday, June 17, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial Branch (Rockford)
Thursday, June 18, 10:00 AM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, June 18, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Tuesday, June 30, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, July 2, 1:30 PM – Alto Branch
Thursday, July 2, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Wednesday, July 15, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, July 22, 6:30 PM – Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch
Wednesday, July 29, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, August 4, 2:00 PM – Byron Township Branch


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New Booklist: It Happened in Michigan

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Who knew so much happened in Michigan! If you’re looking for something new to read, why not try something set in our beautiful, unique state? Check out this list of both fiction and nonfiction set in Michigan, featuring the great titles pictured here and many more!

The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man             Motor City Burning: A Novel               If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Tigers: Stories from the Detroit Tigers' Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box

Other new adult booklists:

Left-Brain Candy

Blinding Me with Science

Find other great booklists over in KDL Recommends.

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KDL Branches to Open at Noon Today

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Due to hazardous road conditions, KDL branches with regular morning hours will open at 12:00 PM today (Thursday, January 29). All morning programs are cancelled. Please be safe and we hope to see you at KDL this afternoon!




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