KDL Blog ‘Giving to KDL’ Category

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!

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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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Mercantile Giving Together: Vote KDL!

Monday, March 21st, 2016

1KB4KCheers to Mercantile Bank of Michigan for the Mercantile Giving Together Program. This Facebook contest asks supporters to cast one vote during the week of March 21-28 for the organization they feel impacts learning the most in our community. KDL is a nonprofit contestant in the Schools and Education category this year, giving us the chance to win $5000 for programs. KDL will direct all the winnings to our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. YOU can support learning at Kent District Library, a community cornerstone, with a few mouse clicks! Help us grow 1KB4K, a program that has sparked the love of books in thousands of infants, toddlers and preschoolers across Kent County. VOTE KDL!


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KDL Closing at Noon

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Due to increasingly hazardous travel conditions, all KDL locations will close at noon today, Tuesday, March 1. All afternoon and evening events are cancelled. Please remember that our digital collection is always available at www.kdl.org/downloads! Stay safe!


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KDL CLOSED UNTIL NOON

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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Seed Library Volunteer Opportunity

Monday, February 15th, 2016

SeedLibraryLogoWe need your help! We are looking for people who are willing to help pack and distribute seeds for the KDL Seed Library. This is your chance to help people learn to grow their own food and learn to save seeds. Refreshments will be provided.

Volunteer opportunities will take place at the KDL Service Center (814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park) from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Friday, February 26 and from 12:00 – 5:00 PM on Monday, February 29. More information and the sign-up link can be found here. Please note that you will have to create a simple user account to sign up. If you have questions, please contact Brett at bdahlberg@kdl.org.

We hope to see you there!


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KDL Partners with Toys for Tots

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Join KDL this holiday season in bringing cheer to a local child. Once again, KDL is participating in the US Marines’ Toys for Tots program, helping to provide toys to deserving children throughout the community. Drop off your new, unwrapped toys now through Tuesday, December 15 at any one of these KDL branch locations:

Thank you for your generosity!


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MeLCat Now Available for Interlibrary Loan

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Update: Please visit our Dec. 17, 2015 post about MeLCat for more updated information.

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.

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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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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.

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   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.

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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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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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KDL on WGVU Radio — Literary Libations

Monday, August 10th, 2015

linda_krombeenEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Development Manager Linda Krombeen talk about Literary Libations, the library’s gala fundraiser.

The event, which takes place on Sept. 10 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, features four bestselling authors: Laura Lippman, Paula McLain, Christopher Moore, and Ron Rash. There will be a cocktail hour and an opportunity to meet the authors followed by dinner with author presentations. This event raises money to support Kent District Library programs and services.

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)


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