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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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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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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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Shop to Support Your Library with a Macy’s Pass

Monday, August 3rd, 2015


Great goods, great deals, great cause! Shop to support your local library on Aug. 29, Macy’s Shop for a Cause Day, and save up to 30 percent on merchandise from the retailer. Purchase your shopping pass at any Kent District Library branch for $5 to use for discounts and deals at Macy’s. One hundred percent of the proceeds support KDL programming in your community. Buy a pass for yourself and one for a friend — this is a shopping spree you can feel good about!

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Consider Donating to School Supply Santa

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

School SuppliesIt’s time to start thinking about back-to-school shopping, but some local families don’t have the resources to purchase even the basic school supplies. Would you be willing to help meet this need?

During the month of August, all 18 KDL branches will collect school supplies in support of School Supply Santa, a local organization that collects and distributes school supplies for students in need. Requested supplies include backpacks, notebooks, crayons, markers, rulers, glues sticks, pencils, etc…. basically anything you would buy your own children to prepare them for school.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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KDL Director Appointed to Wayne State University Advisory Board

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

While we are always proud of our dynamic director, today we have special reason for it.Lance small2012

The Advisory Board for the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University has appointed Kent District Library Director Lance Werner to serve on their board.

“I am honored to be appointed to the SLIS Advisory Board. This is a wonderful opportunity to help shape the future of library education in Michigan,” said Werner. “I look forward to working with my alma mater in this capacity.”

The SLIS Advisory Board is made up of 14 members who offer advice and suggestions related to the school’s strategic direction and programmatic initiatives. The Board works to ensure Wayne State University continues to prepare library professionals who are equipped to meet the evolving needs of libraries and information agencies.

That’s our fearless leader. Rocking libraries, and librarians, now and into the future.


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Genre Derby

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Linda at WGVUEach 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 our Genre Derby, where your donations to your favorite genre “horse” help to purchase more books in that genre.


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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)





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Genre Derby: Aaaand They’re Off!

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

GenreDerbyLogoTime to pony up in the race where every horse wins!

In Genre Derby, eight of KDL’s adult fiction and nonfiction genres (selected by you!) are represented by a horse. During the derby, nudge your favorite horse past the others by donating toward the purchase of books (print and digital) in your genre of choice. The Derby will continue through the end of February.



Genre Derby - Fiction

“Jodi PiCOLT” representing Adult Fiction


Genre Derby - Classics

“Ernest HemingNEIGH” representing Classics


Genrey Derby - Mystery

“STEED Larsson” representing Mystery


Genre Derby - Science Fiction Fantasy

“Orson TROT Card” representing
Science Fiction / Fantasy


Genre Derby - Biography

“Winston CHURCHILL DOWNS” representing Biography


Genre Derby - Cooking

“Betty TROTTER” representing Cooking


Genre Derby - Crafts

“Martha STIRRUP” representing Crafts


Genre Derby - History

“HALTER Cronkite” representing History



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Coming Next Week: Genre Derby, a Second Lap

Monday, January 26th, 2015

GenreDerbyLogoIt’s almost time to pony up!

Every horse wins during Genre Derby, KDL’s social media-driven crowdfunding effort to put more print and digital books in your hands and on your screens. Last year, the inaugural event allowed us to buy more than 400 new titles. Vote for your favorite genre starting next week!



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