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Giant Warehouse Book Sale April 25–27

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

24Time to mark your calendar for our third annual Book Bash Giant Warehouse Book Sale, featuring more than 20,000 gently-used books and other items that will be available for just 50 cents to $1 each. Sunday is Bag Day — $5 buys as many items as you can fit in a bag. All proceeds support Summer Reading @ KDL and other branch programs. Held at the KDL Service Center, 814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park.

Friday, April 25, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
(Special time for teachers only from 3:00 – 5:00 PM)
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 27, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM


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Genre Derby Success

Friday, March 7th, 2014

GenreDerbyLogoA big thank you to everyone who participated in our recent Genre Derby! Thanks to generous donations and corporate matches, we have an additional $6,045 to spend on books in various genres. Although each “horse” earned some money, the winner was MARE Jo Putney, earning the top prize of $3,240 for the Romance genre!

We also want to thank investment firm Edward Jones and First United Credit Union for their chaitable contributions.

Thanks again for your help in making the Genre Derby a success!


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KDL on WJRW: Genre Derby

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

WJRWRecently, Linda Krombeen, Development Manager, went on WJRW to promote the Genre Derby. Listen to learn more about this exciting opportunity to stock our shelves (and eBook collection) with your favorite genre!

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Good News for Readers!

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

GenreDerbyLogoWe have some great news to share!  For every gift you give to the KDL Genre Derby to support new digital and physical book collections, a 50% matching gift will be provided by one of our two sponsors, Robert Maloof at Edward Jones or First United Credit Union.

You can help KDL get more books on the shelves!  Vote for your favorite genre by donating at www.fundly.com/KDLgenrederby2014. Don’t forget to share the link on Facebook and Twitter.  Thank you for your help!

Click here to learn more about our Genre Derby.




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Vote for Your Favorite Genre!

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

GenreDerbyLogoIt’s time to pony up! This year we are hosting our first ever Genre Derby to raise funds for the library collection. We want you to get in on the action!

Each of KDL’s eight adult fiction genres is represented by a horse. During the Genre Derby, you will be able to nudge your favorite horse past the others by donating funds to the library for purchasing books in your genre of choice. The Derby will continue through February. On March 4, the race will end with a finish line party at Vitale’s in Comstock Park and the winning genre will be crowned champion!

And here’s another reason to cast your vote and donate:  Investment firm Edward Jones and First United Credit Union will both provide a 50 percent match up to $1500. See, even the financial gurus think the derby is a sound investment!

Whether you love mystery, sci-fi, romance or another genre, we would welcome and appreciate your support! Visit the Genre Derby website to join the fun! Scroll down to find the genre you want to support:

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Help the Library by Shopping Online

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Online Shopping

Happy Cyber Monday, everyone!

While you’re busily hunting for those Christmas shopping deals online, don’t forget that you can help KDL with each purchase! Just click on the icon below, or go to http://www.kdl.org/books_and_more/go/purchase_books, then use the links on that page to continue on to Amazon.com and Schuler Books & Music’s websites. By using the links on that page, a percentage of the cost of the purchases made during your shopping session will be returned to the library.

For additional shopping options, check out GoodSearch’s GoodShop program, which includes over 700 online stores! Just enter “Kent District Library” as your charity, then use their links to your favorite online shopping sites. A percentage of your purchases will go to the library.

These are just two of the ways the Kent District Library is creating additional revenue in order to continue providing quality library service to our customers. If you’re interesting in finding out how you can contribute to the library, please visit www.kdl.org/donate. We appreciate your support!

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Genre Derby Coming Soon… Let’s Celebrate!

Friday, November 29th, 2013

GenreDerbyLogoIn February, KDL will present its first ever Genre Derby, an exciting social media-driven, crowdfunding effort to raise funds for our collection. You are invited to jockey your favorite genre into position by taking part in the Genre Derby kickoff event from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Wednesday, December 11 at Vitale’s, 3868 West River Drive NW in Comstock Park. Click here to learn more about this fun evening and to submit your RSVP. All you need to bring is your smile!

We hope to see you there!



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2014 Book Lover’s Calendars for Sale

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Book-lovers-calendarBook Lover’s Calendars are here!

Are you an avid reader or do you have friends who like to read? 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 2014 Book Lover’s Calendar, and pick one up for yourself as well. Packed with hundreds of great reads, Book Lover’s is the calendar that keeps you reading.

Sponsored by the KDL Alliance of Friends, the 2014 Book Lover’s Page-a-Day Calendar is available for purchase at any KDL branch. Proceeds help support the Kent District Library’s projects and programs.

Calendars are only $5.00!



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Our Trophy Case (and My Gratitude) Runneth Over

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

MLA award 2013Mind if I take a moment to give a huge shout-out to those who work at KDL?

KDL received the State Librarian’s Citation of Excellence during last week’s Michigan Library Association annual conference. We were one of two libraries to receive this award (the other was Lakeview High School in Battle Creek), which acknowledges excellence in library service and stands as a testament to the hard work of every staff member in the KDL family.

Needless to say, this accolade — as with our prior awards and recognitions — belongs to them. Their service is an inspiration not only to me, but to libraries across the state. Congratulations!


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A College Student’s Library Story

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

gsuriHow many times have you heard (or even said), “Everything students need is on the Internet for free and at your fingertips.” Here’s Gurdit Suri, a longtime KDL cardholder and current university student, who sees it differently:

“I am a 19-year-old college student at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a proud 17-year veteran user of the KDL Cascade Township branch. When it came to applying for volunteering positions, finding good books to read, learning about different languages, applying for summer internships, gaining admission to colleges, finding ACT preparatory books, writing research papers and learning about different global travel opportunities, the library has always been the invisible hand helping me reach my goals.

“Sure, the Internet is available. Yes, it is instantaneous. And of course, it has millions upon millions of results. But when it comes to trying to achieve my goals and accomplish the tasks that I am blessed to have had the opportunity to do, I have found that where the Internet gives me answers, the library has given me understanding.

“Whether it was a teen librarian who found me a book specially made for students trying to increase their ACT score, or a reference desk assistant who remembered me the next time I walked in and referred to me a book that might help me with the research paper I was working on, or the head librarian who was able to find a scholarship opportunity that fit me perfectly, my local library has been priceless.

“I would not have been awarded the scholarships I received, gotten in the 99th percentile for ACT testing scores in the country, received the awards for academic papers I have written, gotten admission into the third best business school in the country or been able to cost-effectively travel to the places I have been had it not been for the resources and people at my local library: the one true search engine to the answers I want, without fail.”

— G.S. Suri


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