KDL Blog ‘Giving to KDL’ Category

From the Director: The Card with the Best Rewards

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Lance WernerWhether your child is in elementary or secondary school, or you’re attending college or technical school, your No. 1 back-to-school supply should be a KDL card. We offer access to important educational resources — not just books, but online databases filled with credible information that teachers and professors favor — and librarians to help you find, evaluate and use that information.

A new study of undergraduates found that nearly 40 percent of those surveyed began their research process with a search engine, and more than half those students cited the overwhelming amount of information as contributing to their feeling of lack of preparation.

Author Neil Gaiman said it best: “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers; a librarian can bring you back the right one.” Getting information is easy, but getting the right information takes practice. We’ve had 77 years of practice.


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Patron Story: Carrie Datema

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

BranchesCarrie Datema and her husband made a decision when the family’s budget grew tight: lose the cable television and Internet. Going without extras that many people consider to be household must-haves made life difficult on more than one front, but proved to be solvable with just one resource. Read Carrie’s full story here.


What’s your library story? Share it with us by filling out this form, and it could be included on the Branches page of our website.


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We Never Imagined Buying One of These…

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Unanticipated (but humbling) expense of the year: a trophy case for our Service Center lobby, packed already with our Library Journal STAR Library awards, Michigan Quality Council recognition, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business EPIC Award and national awards for promotion of our eBook collection, the Write Michigan Short Story Contest and our Local Indie @ KDL collection.

We could not have done it without our dedicated, enthusiastic staff and our undeniably enthusiastic cardholders, who are never shy about letting us know what they would like their libraries to do for them and how we are doing meeting those expectations. Yay everyone!

Trophy Case

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KDL Welcomes New Board Member

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Craig WilsonThere’s a new face on KDL’s Board of Trustees.

G. Craig Wilson represents Ada, Cascade and Grand Rapids townships and the city of East Grand Rapids. His term runs through December 31, 2014.

Wilson is director of market development at Steelcase Inc. and has been with the company for 34 years. His current focus at Steelcase is on K-12 and higher education at Steelcase Education Solutions.  He also is a World Affairs Council of West Michigan board member and a former member of the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation and the East Grand Rapids Library Commission, where he was active in helping to plan the new branch building.

Wilson also is founder and president of TOPSoccer of Grand Rapids, a sports program for children with disabilities.

“I look forward to my new role on the KDL Board,” he said. “The rapidly changing nature of libraries and how they must evolve is of particular interest to me. This is an exciting period for public libraries as they continue to play an ever-important role in our communities.”


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Book Bash Recap

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Book BashKDL’s inaugural Book Bash, held April 27 and 28 at our Comstock Park Service Center, was a weekend of good food, great fun and gargantuan bargains on more than 100,000 books, CDs, DVDs, games and more.

A few numbers:

  • Hits to the Book Bash website – 5,544 since February
  • Participants in the Facebook quilt contest – 12,753
  • Attendance at Book Bash – 1,467
  • Dollars raised for KDL programs – $31,797
  • 93 volunteers worked 1,245 hoursBook Bash

Thanks to everyone who volunteered, shopped and supported the event. See you next year!





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Book Bash Is This Weekend!

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

IMG_1816Book Bash is just around the corner! Make plans to visit the KDL Service Center (814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park) on Saturday, April 27 between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM or Sunday, April 28 between 1:00 and 4:00 PM.

Not only can you shop a giant warehouse book sale, but you can also enjoy free events for the whole family including face painting, Zumba classes, a children’s book swap, a local authors book fair and more! Proceeds will support library programs including Summer Reading @ KDL.

Find out more at www.kdlbookbash.org.


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KDL on WGVU: Book Bash

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Linda at WGVURecently Fund Developement Director Linda Krombeen joined Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about KDL’s upcoming Book Bash, taking place April 27 and 28 at the KDL Service Center in Comstock Park. This exciting event includes a giant warehouse book & media sale with over 100,000 items!


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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)



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We Want YOUR Books!

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

IMG_1513If your bookshelves are overflowing, let us take some off your hands. Please consider donating your gently-used books to our upcoming Book Bash, which includes a GIANT Book Sale. Your books are sure to find a great new home at this exciting event that supports library programming!

Book donations are being accepted during the month of March at KDL branches, Lake Michigan Credit Union locations, Celebration! Cinema locations, East Hills Athletic Club and Orchard Hills Athletic Club. Check out this map for more information including addresses.

Donate some books now, and you can restock your bookshelves at the Book Bash (April 27–28)! Thank you for your generosity.


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Book Bash Prep: The Freezing Cold Edition

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Hot tubbing? Naaaah. This looks waaaaaay more fun…

Book bash warehouseKDL staffers were in our  Service Center warehouse (unheated, open to receive trucks) this morning, braving sub-zero temperatures while sorting 15 carts of books to be added to our inaugural Book Bash in April.

Book Bash will include a giant warehouse book and media sale (over 100,000 items), local author book fair, children’s book swap, Fill-a-Bag sale, children’s activities, refreshment area, Zumba classes and more.  The Book Bash is expected to draw more than 5,000 visitors during the two-day event, with an additional 1,000 visitors at the preview night. Preview night will include free refreshments, prize drawings, local celebrities and, of course, first choice of all the books.

Preview Night: Friday, April 26, 5:30 – 8:30 PM (must have a ticket to enter)

 Regular Sale: Saturday, April 27, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 Fill-a-Bag Sale Day: Sunday, April 28, 1:00 to 4:00 PM

The event is free to the community. Proceeds will go to support the Summer Reading Program and other programs of Kent District Library. Contact Development Director Linda Krombeen (at lkrombeen@kdl.org or 616-784-2092) if you have any questions or would like to be involved — volunteers get first dibs on sale items during preview night.

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A Must-Have for Newborns: A Library Card

Monday, January 28th, 2013

KDL Day of ServiceEight volunteers from Grand Rapids legal firm Miller Johnson visited the KDL Service Center on January 21 and put together 1,000 KDL “Play-Grow-Read to Your Baby” bags, which will be distributed to new moms in Kent County through a partnership with First Steps Kent. The bags are paid for through donations from Huntington Bank, the Blodgett Foundation and individual donors.

KDL is thrilled to have community partners who recognize how crucial early literacy is to lifelong literacy.

The findings of a recent public opinion study showed that most people in Michigan think the state should invest more in early childhood education. Governor Rick Snyder, in his State of the State speech on January 16, called for “a major budget commitment” to early childhood education.

Literacy development begins in the first three years of life, and even babies as young as six weeks old are developmentally ready to begin early literacy activities.

A few KDL programs that target early literacy: Early Childhood Essentials programs aimed at giving parents and childcare providers tools for success, a monthly Early Lit Bits eNewsletter packed with practical literacy advice and Babytime storytimes aimed at encouraging children’s love for reading and imagination at a time when their brains experience such crucial development. And KDLville play spaces in all our branches do not have a minimum age restriction.

It’s never too early for a library card.


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