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Help us improve our collection!

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

We want to make our library’s collection better and would love your input! Please take our Collection Survey, which asks questions about what kinds of items you like to check out and how you decide what to check out.

Thanks so much for your feedback!

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Study Rooms

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Need a secluded place to hit the books before that big exam? How about tweaking an upcoming presentation before showing it to a live audience? Perhaps you have a weekly tutoring session which requires some private space? All of these tasks and more can be accomplished in the study rooms housed at many KDL branches!

Studying at the Kentwood Library Besides our welcoming large spaces, where we shelve the collection and offer circulation and reference services, 15 of KDL’s 18 branches also offer some sort of study rooms or quiet reading areas. These free rooms are excellent places for individuals or small groups to accomplish whatever it is that needs doing. One patron even commented that “studying and writing in coffee shops can be distracting and costly. I have loved using the private study rooms available at … KDL because they are free, secure, and quiet.”

So feel free to stop in, talk to one of our staff members, get a room and get busy!

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Fill Out a Survey, Receive a $10 Gift Card

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

StorytimeOf course we encourage families with young children to come to our storytime programs, but we understand that not all families can attend. If you currently have a toddler living in your home and have NOT been to one of our storytimes, we want to hear from you!

Please fill out this survey. The first 100 participants will receive a $10 gift card to Meijer. Your responses will help us evaluate the benefits of early literacy and improve our storytime offerings.

Thanks for participating!

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Book to Film: In the Heart of the Sea

Friday, November 13th, 2015

In the Heart of the SeaNathaniel Philbrick is the author of many nonfiction titles, including:

Perhaps his most popular title is In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. This book details the sinking of the whaleship “Essex” by an angry sperm whale in the year 1820, and how the young men aboard endured against all odds. In the Heart of the Sea was on the New York Times Bestseller list when it was published in 2000 and also won the National Book Award for nonfiction.

Philbrick’s book is also the basis for the Warner Brothers motion picture “In the Heart of the Sea,” scheduled for release on December 11, 2015. The film is directed by Ron Howard and stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw, and Tom Holland. There is still time to read the book before you see the movie!

Watch the trailer for “In the Heart of the Sea”:

Which Nathaniel Philbrick book is your favorite?

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Reminder: Suspension of MeLCat InterLibrary Loan Nov. 18-Dec. 12

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Please remember that 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. For more information, please visit the MeLCat Server Migration FAQ for Patrons.

If you have items that KDL does not own and you wish to request them from other libraries via MelCat, please do so before next Wednesday.

If between November 18 to December 12, you find you need an item which KDL does not own, there are neighboring libraries able to assist KDL customers.

This link offers a directory to Lakeland Library Cooperative Member Libraries. These libraries will honor KDL library cards. However, holds are not allowed and patrons must return material to the library where it was checked out.

Grand Rapids Public Library, KDL cardholders can:

  • Check out materials and place holds on GRPL owned material.
  • Holds must be picked up at a GRPL location.
  • Patrons may return to KDL but items are not checked in for 5-10 days.
  • Can search in MelCat, but may not place requests.

 Grand Rapids Community College Library

  • KDL cardholders can get a free community guest card to check out AV, books and magazines.
  • Must have driver’s license/picture ID with current address.
  • Can search in MelCat, but may not place requests.

 Davenport University Libraries

  • Offers a free community card to check out books, no magazines.
  • Must have driver’s license/picture ID with current address.
  • Not listed in MelCat.

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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National Adoption Month

Friday, November 6th, 2015

November is National Adoption Month, and there are some great picture books about families and adoption. Most of them can be found in the Coping section of the picture books (they’ll have a blue sticker!).

A couple of favorites on the topic of adoption are:

We Belong Together

We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families by Todd Parr

I love the way the author moves the reader to change the pronouns in the book to fit his or her family. Every family looks different, and this colorful picture book shows children that each life story is worth sharing.

One Family

One Family by George Shannon

This book would fit into both our Concept and Coping sections of picture books. The simple words and pictures encourage finding and counting objects on the page, but then ends with “one family” every time. Blanca Gomez’ adorable illustrations help make this book a great gift for any kind of family.

For more stories about families and adoption, ask your librarian.

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Upcoming Book Sales

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

19Get a great deal on some great books. Shop our upcoming book sales, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch
Thursday, November 5, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday, November 6, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 7,10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, November 7, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 8, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

East Grand Rapids Branch
Saturday, November 21, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, November 22, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM



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Brew it to Win it! KD aLe Beer Competition 2015

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Fancy yourself a mighty fine home brewer? Enter your best brew in the KD aLe first ever home brewer’s competition, “Book-Inspired Brewing!” KD Ale logo WEB

Kent District Library, in collaboration with Gravel Bottom Brewing, is calling on home brewers to enter this unique competition; creating a beer inspired by your favorite title or author. The winning beer will be brewed in a professional brewery, Gravel Bottom Brewing, to be released at the KD aLe Wrap Up Party on February 24. The winner’s name will be engraved on the KD aLe homebrew trophy and the top three finalists will receive a home Gravel-Bottom-Craft-Brewery-Supply-300x254brewer’s prize basket.

Need some brewing inspiration? Check out these book/brew combos.

Gone Girl Coffee Stout – Dark and caffeinated, this stout, like the book, will keep you up all night. Just like Amy, this beer is smooth, controlled and will leave you wishing for a little bit more.

Catcher in the Rye Beer – It takes a special beer to match the dryness of Holden Caulfield. Bitter and crisp on the tongue, this brew mimes the acerbic style of the teenage protagonist. Not for phonies!

Alice’s Adventures in Weizenbier – Golden as the shiny haired troublemaker, this beer has a malty sweetness and an unsuspecting hint of banana. Curiousier and curiousier, this beer throws flavors at you faster than the White Rabbit runs. Don’t be late trying this brew!

Or take inspiration from your favorite author:

Poe Stout – A dark and bitter brew guaranteed to put you on edge.

Kinsella Cider – Light and bubbly, crisp and sweet, this cider is best shared with friends and over good stories.

For the full list of dates, rules and restrictions, visit our KD aLe page.

Cheers and good luck!

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Our New Catalog Has a Mobile App!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
BookMyne - iOSBookMyne - AndroidIntroducing BookMyne — your one-stop spot for all your library needs! Search for your next favorite, renew items, put materials on hold, check your fines, manage your account and view booklists for suggestions — all with one free app. BookMyne, the mobile-friendly version of our new catalog, is downloadable on both Android and iOS* platforms.

(*If you’re using an iPad, make sure that you aren’t limiting your search to iPad Only apps. BookMyne is an iPhone app so you’ll need to allow iPhone apps to display in order to find BookMyne in an App Store search.)

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November LibraryReads Staff Picks

Monday, October 26th, 2015

You already know that your local KDL staff provide great recommendations when you’re looking for your next favorite book. Now library staff across the nation have connected to offer LibraryReads, a nationwide “Top 10” list of favorite titles each month! Check out these upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. The Japanese Lover: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteThe Japanese Lover: A Novel by Isabel Allende
    “Irina is a young Moldavian immigrant with a troubled past. She works at an assisted living home where she meets Alma, a Holocaust survivor. Alma falls in love with Ichi, a young Japanese gardener, who survived Topaz, the Japanese internment camp. Despite man’s inhumanity to man, love, art and beauty can exist, as evidenced in their beautiful love story.”
    Ellen Firer, Merrick Library, Merrick, NY

  3. The Improbability of Love: A NovelThe Improbability of Love: A Novel by Hannah Rothschild
    “The engaging, totally unexpected story of Annie, a lonely young woman who wanders into a junk shop and buys a painting. The painting turns out to have a long and storied past, with powerful people searching high and low for it. Unpredictable and fascinating; I loved the peek into the cutthroat art world and watching Annie blossom as she discovers her true calling.”
    Heather Bistyga, Anderson County Library, Anderson, SC

  5. Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect LivingLittle Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living by Jason Gay
    “This was a quick, enjoyable read that offers a refreshing perspective on some of the trivialities we all find ourselves caught up in. I enjoyed the tone and humor throughout. A standout for me was Gay’s list of recommendations for his child’s future baseball team. His open letter to this imagined future team envisions a team that can just let kids be kids. My only disappointment with this book was that there wasn’t more of it—it seemed to end all too soon.”
    Lindley Homol, Chesterfield County Public Library, Chesterfield, VA

  7. Crimson ShoreCrimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
    In the latest installment in the Special Agent Pendergast series, Pendergast and Constance Greene investigate a theft of a wine cellar in an ancient village on the coast north of Salem, only to discover during their investigation the entombed remains of a tortured man. “I always thoroughly enjoy the Pendergast novels, and the interaction between Pendergast and Constance in this book was very intriguing.”
    Shari Brophy, Timberland Regional Library, Tumwater, WA

  9. The Muralist: A NovelThe Muralist: A Novel by B. A. Shapiro
    “This art-filled story following the young life and disappearance of Alizee Benoit is heartbreaking and thoughtful. Not only does the novel give an entertaining education on the WPA and abstract artists, but it also gives eerily relevant commentary on refugees and the cold-heartedness of government. Alizee’s story will pull you along as you try to grasp how this bright light of the art community vanished.”
    Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA

  11. The Girl with Ghost EyesThe Girl with Ghost Eyes by M. H. Boroson
    “In San Francisco during the late 1800s, a young Chinese widow tries to keep her father alive, and win a place in his heart she doesn’t realize she already owns. This story is filled with wonderful detail from Chinese folklore and mythology, and plenty of action as two tongs battle to control Chinatown. The very best fantasy employs strong characters who are real people with real problems. I enjoyed every page.”
    Janet Martin, Southern Pines Public Library, Southern Pines, NC

  13. Along the Infinite SeaAlong the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams
    “When Pepper Schuyler—on the run from a powerful politician and desperate to protect her unborn child—sells her newly restored classic car to an enigmatic and very wealthy woman, she not only finds unexpected refuge but also tantalizing hints of a mystery. With vivid European settings, colorful characters and intricate plotting that skillfully weaves past and present together, Along The Infinite Sea is a treat for fans of Beatriz Williams.”
    Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

  15. A Likely Story: A Library Lover's MysteryA Likely Story: A Library Lover’s Mystery by Jenn McKinlay
    A Likely Story is just as addictive as the rest of the Library Lover’s mysteries! McKinlay has written some of the most authentic library characters that I’ve come across in the cozy mystery genre. I can’t wait to find out what the employees and patrons of Briar Creek Public Library (especially Sully) are up to next!”
    Michelle Ross, Kanawha County Public Library, Charleston, WV

  17. Dear Mr. YouDear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker
    “Parker has created a unique and poetic memoir through a series of letters—some of appreciation, some of apology, some simply of acknowledgement—to the men in her life. Ranging from a taxi driver to a grandfather she never knew, each man has left an imprint and shaped her into the person she has become. Full of feeling, growth, and self-discovery, Parker’s book has left me longing to write my own letters.”
    PJ Gardiner, Wake County Public Libraries, Raleigh, NC

  19. A Wild Swan: And Other TalesA Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham
    “These are fairy tales that have slightly more insight, for the discerning adult. “The Wild Swans” was actually my favorite when I was young, next to “The Little Mermaid.” These are a continuation of what happens after those stories end and are set, in some instances, in the modern world. Packed with humor, this is an easy gift for those who like to be read to at night or feel too old for idealistic fairy tales.”
    Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA


See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!


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