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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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Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Online?

Monday, December 17th, 2012

purchasebooks-XmasUse the Amazon and Schuler Books links from the KDL website by just clicking on the link at right to finish your shopping. Amazon and Schuler Books will contribute a portion of their profits to KDL on any purchases you make using this link (not just books) .

By the way, this link is available year ‘round. Just click on the “Support Your Library” picture at the bottom of KDL’s home page to be taken to the Amazon and Schuler Books link.


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Eat a Meal, Raise $ For KDL

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Here’s a deal you can really sink your teeth into.

If you find yourself on 28th Street on Tuesday December 11 between the hours of 11:00 AM and midnight, stop in at Quaker Steak and Lube, 4515 28th St. SE in Kentwood. Grab lunch or dinner and blamo! You’re an instant philanthropist.

Here’s how it works: You eat at QS&L, pay your bill — make sure to print and bring in this flyer — and the restaurant will donate 15 percent to the KDL Fund (Kids eat free from 4:00–10:00 PM, by the way). In turn, the KDL Fund will be able to keep offering fun, educational, inspiring, uplifting, thought-provoking, year-round programming to cardholders of all ages.

Call it what you will — rockin’ reciprocity, benevolent burger binge, charitable chews and brews — bottom line is, everybody wins. See you there!


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WHAT Cupcakes Have To Do with KDL Board Trustees

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Myth: To be a board trustee at Kent District Library, your best shot is that you’re a library user, a library advocate and a library “insider.”

Truth: Penny Weller shatters all those myths, and so can you.

When the retired school teacher learned there was an open seat on KDL’s board, she very reluctantly threw her hat into the ring. Penny hadn’t frequented the library since her now-grown kids were in school. She already volunteered at Spectrum Health, for the Lion’s Club and other local organizations. And trouble with her eyesight meant she hadn’t read much at all for the past few years.

But she can bake like nobody’s business.

In the two years Penny has been a KDL Board trustee, she’s provided cupcakes, cookies, sheet cakes and dessert bars for countless events. And not just a couple dozen; we’re talking hundreds for each event. Penny recently whipped up more than 100 cupcakes in four flavors, two pans of lemon bars and a pair of large Texas sheet cakes for KDL’s Volunteer Appreciation event.

Of course, Penny’s duties as a trustee center on what some might call less delicious — but extremely integral — aspects. As one of eight appointed volunteer trustees, she helps create policies and procedures for KDL and its 18 branches; adopts our annual budget and approves expenditures, among other tasks.

“They still talk over my head sometimes, but I continue to learn as much as I can,” she says. “Now, all I do is support the library. They knew they could suck me in.”


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Help the Library by Shopping Online

Monday, November 26th, 2012

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. (Look at the left sidebar of the GoodShop site for the full list.) 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 our KDL Fund page. We appreciate your support!

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