KDL Blog ‘Giving to KDL’ Category

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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Volunteers Get First Dibs on Sale Items!

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Raise your hand if you love KDL’s summer reading program. Keep it up if you would like to help us raise much-needed dollars to keep this program strong and growing. We’re planning our first Book Bash and we need your help.

Book Bash — to be held April 27 and 28 — will include a giant warehouse book and media sale (more than 100,000 items), children’s book swap, collectible book sale, children’s activities, refreshment area, bookmobile and more.

Many hands are needed for this great event. Those age 18 and older are encouraged to sign up, either on your own or as part of your school, church or civic group. Committees include decoration, PR, parking, sponsorships, table organization, food, programs, security and more. Committee meetings are under way, and volunteers should plan on meeting monthly between now and the end of April. Volunteers get a T-shirt and special access to the pre-sale event the evening of April 26 (first dibs on sale items!).

To volunteer or for more information please contact Development Director Linda Krombeen at (616) 784-2092 or lkrombeen@kdl.org.


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Shop Online, Support KDL

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Have we got a deal for you, holiday shoppers and shoppers-to-be: when you buy gifts online this season through select major websites, your purchases could also mean a creative, interactive storytime for your own kids and others. It could mean your branch schedules that Michigan author you’ve always wanted to meet, or a new program opens up for teens.

How does it work?  Just click on the icon below, or go to http://www.kdl.org/books_and_more/go/purchase_books, then use the links 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 example,  Amazon purchases made this way in 2011 meant $2,956 for KDL programs.

And it’s not just about books, friends… For additional shopping options, check out goodsearch’s GoodShop program, which includes more than 700 online stores! Just enter “Kent District Library,” 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 KDL.

Are you more the “I made a donation in your name” type? How about a gift to the KDL Fund? We appreciate your support!


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Get a Tattoo, KDL Gets $1!

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

When your mom sees it, tell her you got it for a good cause. And that it didn’t hurt at all.

On Saturday, September 8, Schuler Books & Music, 2660 28th St. SE, will donate $1 to the KDL Fund for every temporary glitter tattoo purchased during the store’s 30th anniversary celebration, starting at 2:00 PM.

While you’re there, stick around for live children’s music with Duke Otherwise, anoutlandishly fun,” family-friendly performer.

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