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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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New Adult Booklist: Medieval Fiction

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Are you a fan of historical fiction?  If you dream of castles, knights and ladies in fine dresses, of Vikings, or classical Japan, then this list of Medieval Fiction may be for you!

A Burnable Book: A Novel               Sisters of Heart and Snow            The Whale Road

Check out our other great lists over at KDL Recommends!


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You crushed this year’s Summer Reading

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Here’s a look at this year’s Summer Reading numbers compared to last year’s:

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We offered 17 percent more programs this year and you liked them, you really liked them: Attendance skyrocketed by 41 percent. Overall, our total number of participants, which includes kids, teens, and adults who logged their summer reading, blew away last year’s numbers by 13 percent.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Summer Reading Club! We hope you found some good stories, got some sun and enjoyed a visit or two (or twenty) to our branches. Keep reading!


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Back to School Reads

Friday, September 4th, 2015

It’s almost time for new pencil cases, school zone enforcement, and that all-important decision: what to wear on the first day of school. Here are a few new school-related books:

Rosie Goes to Preschool

In Rosie Goes to Preschool by Karen Katz, helpful preschooler Rosie takes children through a day of preschool, providing reassurance and information.

ABC School's For Me!

Susan B. Katz has a new school-related book called ABC School’s For Me!. Familiar classroom activities are described for each letter of the alphabet in a rhyming text.

School Days Around the WorldIn School Days Around the World , author Margriet Ruurs shares the experiences of children from thirteen different schools around the world. Kids can see what it would be like to attend a school in Alaska, Kenya, Shanghai, and more.

Maple and Willow ApartMaple & Willow Apart by Lori Nichols portrays what might happen when an older sibling enters school, leaving behind a younger playmate. Maple enters kindergarten and leaves little sister Willow behind. At first, Maple is happy to tell Willow all about her adventures at school, but when she finds that Willow is creating her own adventures, she is a bit jealous.

My Humongous Hamster Goes to School

The amusing My Humongous Hamster Goes to School by Lorna Freytag tells of a pet hamster that grows to gigantic size after eating  all of the lunches in the room. Photo collages show the enormous hamster participating in everyday school activities such as art class, recess, and lunch.



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Write Michigan Contest Kicks Off Today!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015


Write MichiganShort story writers, grab your laptops for the fourth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, presented by Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music. Entries are accepted now through Monday, November 30. Writers of all ages can enter, with cash prizes awarded for Readers’ Choice and Judges’ Choice. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.

Enhance your writing skills by attending one of the short story workshops being offered for teens and adults.

Learn more, including complete contest guidelines, by visiting the Write Michigan website.

We can’t wait to read your story!

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Sequel to The Young Elites to be Released Soon

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Rose SocietyI pledge myself to the Rose Society until the end of my days, to use my eyes to see all that happens, my tongue to woo others to our side, my ears to hear every secret, my hands to crush my enemies. I will do everything in my power to destroy all who stand in my way. –The Rose Society Official Initiation Pledge, by Adelina Amouteru

The sequel to New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu’s The Young Elites continues the story of anti-heroine Adelina Amouteru, who survived the blood fever which left her scarred and considered a malfetto, or an abomination by her father and the rest of society. After leaving home, she meets and joins a group of Young Elites, malfettos with special powers, who call themselves the Dagger Society.

At the end of The Young Elites, Adelina is betrayed by those she once trusted and kicked out of the Dagger Society. In The Rose Society, Adelina flees with her sister to start her own society of elites. But Adelina’s powers are growing beyond her control, and she’s struggling to cling to any good left inside of her.

Want to know more about what to expect from The Rose Society? Lu is answering fan questions on her Facebook page.

The Rose Society comes out October 13th. Place your hold here.

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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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Back to School Books for Teens

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

sophomoresotheroxymSurprise sequel and in time for back to school!  Sophomores and Other Oxymorons by David Lubar, is the followup book to Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie.  Scott Hudson survived last year despite his mother being pregnant but now he has a little brother and a bunch of new challenges at school.

orbitingjupiterAnd coming in October, Gary Schmidt has a new book, “Orbiting Jupiter“.  12-year old Jack has always been an only child so it is a new experience when his parents bring 14-year old Joseph to the family farm.  Joseph spent time in juvie and just wants to see his daughter Jupiter but he also has to deal with a new school and a family life very different than his own.




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Laugh a Little. Laugh a Lot!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

In need of a good laugh?  Try these new nonfiction humorous titles.  They’re guaranteed to get you in the right mood for back to school season.

Modern Romance (2015) by Aziz Anzari: The acclaimed comedian teams up with a New York University sociologist to explore the nature of modern relationships, evaluating how technology is shaping contemporary relationships and considering the differences between courtships of the past and present. 

Why Not Me? (2015) by Mindy Kaling: The star of The Mindy Project and author of the best-selling Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? presents a second collection of uproarious essays, observations, fears and advice on everything from prisoner fan mail to celebrity interactions.  

Yes Please (2014) by Amy Poehler: The actress best known for her work on Parks and Recreation and Saturday Night Live reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood, and her relationship with Tina Fey.

Sick in the Head (2015) by Judd Apatow: Presents a collection of conversations with some of today’s most popular comedians, drawing on the author’s teenage radio hosting days to include pieces from the early years, and including interviews with such names as Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, and Sandra Bernhard. 

Gumption (2015) by Nick Offerman:  The star of Parks and Recreation  and author of Paddle Your Own Canoe pays tribute to inspiring mischief makers, from George Washington to Willie Nelson, while expounding on such topics as religion, handcrafting, and meat. 

Furiously Happy (2015) by Jenny Lawson: A #1 New York Times best-selling author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened presents a memoir about the most compelling theme in her work: living with severe depression and mental illness and taxidermied roadkill raccoons.

Not That Kind of Girl (2014) by Lena Dunham: The creator and star of HBO’s Girls documents her coming-of-age in and out of the spotlight, recounting her experiences with everything from dieting and embarrassing sex to dirty old men and performing in less-than-ideal conditions.

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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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