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Progress Report on KDL’s New Catalog

Friday, September 25th, 2015

It’s been just over a week since KDL launched our new exclusive catalog. As can be expected when you move over a million item records and hundreds of thousands of patron records, we’ve encountered a few glitches. Overall, things went well and we are exceptionally grateful for your patience and understanding as we work out some remaining challenges.

Please visit our brief tutorial page How to Use the New Library Catalog. Here you will find instructions on how to update your PIN number if you need to do so in order to access your account online.

If you’d previously bookmarked the library catalog in your web browser, please update your links to https://catalog.kdl.org.

Overdue fine payment will be available in the branches over this weekend. Unfortunately we cannot yet accept fine payments online, but hope to be able to do so by next week. If you have any questions about your library record regarding fines, please visit a KDL branch or call our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007.

As of today, our Telephone Notification System is up and running. KDL offers telephone, email or SMS (text) notification options. These inform you of holds to pickup, items that will soon be due and need to be renewed or returned, and overdue notices. Your previous preference should have migrated to the new system. If you wish to receive notices via email, please visit a KDL branch or call our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007.

If you wish to receive notices via SMS (text), you may set that up in the “My Account” function.

  1. To log into your account, click [My Account].
  2. Enter in your 14-digit library card number and your PIN. Your PIN will be the last four digits of the phone number associated with your account.
  3. You will be taken to your account. Click on SMS Notifications.


   4.  Click the Add New button and complete the information. Be sure to check all types of notification. “Label” can be the name of your phone, or whatever you’d like.


Please visit a KDL branch or call our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 if you have any questions about your account.

Thank you so much for your patience as we all learn something new together!

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Celebrate KDL Calendars for Sale

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Calendar CoverCelebrate KDL Calendars are here!

Looking for the perfect teacher or hostess gift? Stumped about what to buy the person who has everything?

Here’s the perfect solution! Buy everyone a Celebrate KDL 2016 Calendar, and pick one up for yourself as well. The calendar features winning images from our Celebrate KDL Photo Contest and gives the dates of your favorite KDL events and book sales. The calendar also contains an assortment of coupons.

Sponsored by the KDL Alliance of Friends, the 2016 Celebrate KDL Calendar is available for purchase at any KDL branch. Proceeds help support library projects and programs.

Calendars are only $10.00!

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Kumiko, the treasure hunter

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The Coen brothers “Fargo” has been a popular film since its release in 1996—it’s even spawned a critically acclaimed TV show—and the new film “Kumiko the treasure hunter” is certainly an intriguing riff on that movie, taking a tiny part of it—a suitcase full of money buried in a snow bank—and creating its own fully-developed tale of delusion, obsession and greed. Kumiko is a lonely “Office Lady” living on her own in modern-day Tokyo. Her mother calls from time to time, but mostly to find out if she’s found a man to marry yet. Her co-workers keep their distance from her, but then, she’s not always the best employee either, especially to her boss, who seems to do very little all day. As the film opens, Kumiko, wandering the shore of the ocean, is on a treasure hunt. But instead of gold, she finds, in a nearby cave, carefully buried in the sand, a VHS tape. She takes it home and watches it. It is the movie “Fargo”. As anyone familiar with that film will recall, it involves kidnapping, murder and money. But the part that matters to Kumiko is when the money is placed in that aforementioned snow bank. She takes seriously the claim, stated at the beginning of “Fargo”, about it being based “on a true story”.  She makes her own map, carefully sewn on a piece of white cloth copied from her TV screen. I won’t give away how she finds herself in Minnesota, seeking the almost legendary town of Fargo, meeting a series of kindly, if somewhat baffled, Americans. The culture clash is sometimes amusing, and the director, David Zellner, unlike the Coen brothers, eschews random violence in favor of quirkiness and mystery. “Kumiko” held my attention in many ways, and it also disturbed me, as I tried to understand this young woman. Is the movie merely a portrait of mental illness? Is it about the beauty of the inner life? Is it about how lonely and disconnected people can easily sink further into their own world? Or is about all these things?  These are all questions that hang over “Kumiko” and that give it its mysterious and memorable character.

(This movie is unrated, but it would probably be rated PG. It is only available on a Blu-ray edition.)

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Author Jackie Collins Dies at Age 77

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

jackie-collinsBest selling author Jackie Collins died from breast cancer last Saturday.  Her books have sold over 500 million copies in 40 different countries.  Jackie Collins was born in London but was a rebellious teenager. Rather than go to reform school at the age of 15, she moved to Hollywood where her older sister Joan was already working.

Her first book “The World is Full of Married Men” was published in 1968 and was banned in both Australia and South Africa.  Her novels generally give her readers a glimpse of the “glamorous lives of the rich and famous.”  Additional, many of her books have been adapted for movies and television series.

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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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Attention Rainbow Rowell fans!

Monday, September 21st, 2015

carry onAttention Rainbow Rowell fans – her new book is almost here! If you’ve enjoyed reading Eleanor & Park or Fangirl, check out her latest title, Carry On. It will be available October 6 and tells the story of Simon Snow, the worst chosen one who’s even been chosen. At least, that’s what his roommate, Baz, says – and Baz might be evil and a vampire, but he’s usually right about these things. The book starts just as Baz goes missing. Simon is determined to find him, of course. (Simon is determined about a lot of things: getting his girlfriend back, making it through his last year of magic school, saving the world.)

You might recognize Simon and Baz from Rowell’s book Fangirl. But if you don’t, don’t worry about it; this is a standalone adventure. As Rainbow says, “I guess this is my first book you could call an adventure. It’s also a mystery and–more than anything–a love story.”

Put a copy of Carry On on hold here. If you haven’t read Eleanor & Park or Fangirl, yet, I highly suggest both. Click on the titles to place a hold in our new online catalog today!

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What is your PIN in the new catalog?

Thursday, September 17th, 2015


This morning we made the big switch to our new catalog. Have you had a chance to log in and kick the tires yet? We have a brief How to Use the New Library Catalog to help you get started.

To log in, click either “Log In” or “My Account.” Enter your library card number, found on the back of your library card, and your PIN. Your PIN will be the last four digits of the phone number associated with your account.

You may have changed your PIN at some point so that it was different from your phone number but that change did not transfer over to the new system. Instead, the system defaults to the last four digits of your phone number. But never fear, you can still update your PIN to something different using the Change PIN page.

If you have any problems still accessing your account, give us a call at 616-784-2007. We’ll be happy to help.


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New Reference Resource: Value Line

Monday, September 14th, 2015

We are pleased to announce that KDL patrons now have access to Value Line Research Center. This resource allows you to search investment-related data, news and analysis.  Value Line covers 3,500 stocks across 100 industries and represents 90% of the market capitalization of all stocks traded in U.S. markets.

We hope you enjoy this new resource. Try it out today!

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“Oh, Calamity”

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Big Little Lies is one of those books that kept me up too late at night, on the couch too long when there were dishes to do, and speculating about the characters at work. It is a thriller that tells the story of three women: Madeline, Celeste, and Jane. Each of the women are very different, yet their lives are intertwined in the most complicated and unexpected ways. The author, Liane Moriarty, did a fantastic job writing a story that keeps readers on the edge of their seats; I was sucked into the story immediately.

Big Little Lies

Madeline is passionate, spunky, and a force to be reckoned with. Her ex-husband and his new wife’s daughter is in the same Kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest child. On top of that, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. Celeste is a beautiful woman with a seemingly perfect marriage. Her twin boys are starting school but she is finally realizing that the flaws in her marriage are more severe than she has allowed herself to believe. Jane is a young, single mother who just moved into town. Although her son, Ziggy, seems to be sweet and quiet, Jane harbors secret doubts about him. Each of these women tell themselves, and others, many dangerous little (and sometimes not so little) lies throughout the book.

One of Madeline’s favorite things to say is “Oh, Calamity” and as the book continues, more characters begin to pick up this ridiculous, but often fitting, saying. In chapter one, the reader finds out that someone dies during a fundraising trivia night at the school. Was it a murder, an accident, an action fueled by lies, or just good parents gone bad? Chapter two travels back in time six months and documents the drama leading up to that fateful night. There are many hints that are integrated into the story but the final reveal will still have readers gasping in disbelief.

Although I found some of the drama to be over the top and a little bit petty to be occurring between grown adults, the book was hugely entertaining. Moriarty writes in a light-hearted manner but still manages to include many tough issues, including single parenthood, domestic abuse, and bullying, in the story. Even though this book is almost 500 pages, it’s one that you won’t be able to put down until the last page is turned and the final lie is revealed; you might just find yourself saying, “Oh, Calamity” out loud.

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Writers Conference: Register Now!

Friday, September 11th, 2015

KDL Writers Conference Logo

Attention writers and authors: it’s time to sign up for our Writers Conference: Craft Edition, taking place on Saturday, October 24 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. This conference, for teens and adults,  features Michigan authors and publishing insiders sharing their insight on the craft of writing – from capturing your audience, to constructing scenes to editing. All genres of writers and skill levels are welcome and pre-registration is required.

9:30 – 12:30 PM – Conference (Register here)
2:00 – 3:30 PM – Workshop (Register here)

Need a nudge to register? Read this article on why you should attend a writers conference.

We hope to see you there!

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