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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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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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