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KDL’s New Website Launching This Evening!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Don’t be alarmed when after 8:00 PM this evening, Tuesday, March 22, you visit www.kdl.org and see this loveliness!

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Rest assured, you won’t be lost! After this evening, this will be the new look for KDL’s information, ideas and excitement! Whether you are visiting from a desktop, tablet or phone, we hope you’ll like what you see!

KDL’s new mobile-friendly website features splashes of bright, cheerful colors set against a modern, elegant background. Significant topics are defined by a convenient color-coded navigation menu on the left side of the site. The menu is initially expanded displaying easy access to Events, eBooks & Downloads, Recommendations and information for Kids & Parents etc.

Additionally, note the prominent Search feature for the catalog and the site, the quick link to find KDL branches, and if you’re ever lost, there’s a live chat box with a lovely human on the other end who can help you during any of KDL’s open hours.

Stay tuned… We hope you enjoy this site when it launches, along with all the wonderful programs and services KDL has to offer!

 


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Vote for the 2016 Thumbs Up! Award

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Teens! Let your voice be heard, and vote for the next Michigan Library Association’s Thumbs Up! Award winner for 2016!

According to the Michigan Library Association, “The purpose of the award is to recognize and promote an outstanding contribution to teen literature that has both literary quality and teen appeal for those 13 to 18 years of age. The Thumbs Up! Award was established in 1986 by the Teen Services Division of the Michigan Library Association. Since 2001, the selection process has also included a teen vote.”

Check out these 10 nominees, and cast your vote to determine the winner!

Cover image for All American boys     Cover image for Challenger Deep     Cover image for The rest of us just live here     Cover image for Nimona     Cover image for The emperor of any place     Cover image for The unlikely hero of room 13B     Cover image for The nest     Cover image for Six of crows     Cover image for Baba Yaga's assistant     Cover image for Drowned city : Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

Anyone, ages 13 to 18 can cast a vote. Voting runs until May 31, 2016, so start reading! May the best book win!


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KDL Closing at Noon

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Due to increasingly hazardous travel conditions, all KDL locations will close at noon today, Tuesday, March 1. All afternoon and evening events are cancelled. Please remember that our digital collection is always available at www.kdl.org/downloads! Stay safe!


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KDL CLOSED UNTIL NOON

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Due to hazardous road conditions KDL branches will remain closed until noon today (Thursday, Feb. 25). All morning programs are cancelled. Stay safe and we hope to see you later today.


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Win Tickets to Monster Jam!

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Monster Jam*** Winners have been randomly selected and emailed. If you would like to purchase tickets to Monster Jam, you can do so using this link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/65737/1542376

We are excited to offer you the chance to win a family four-pack of ticket vouchers to Monster Jam! It’s easy to enter. Leave us a comment on this blog post and tell us where you find out about events that you or your family attend. These can be library events or other community programs. Please submit your comment by 9:00 AM on Monday, February 8. Two lucky winners will be contacted by email.

Monster Jam will be playing at the Van Andel Arena March 4-6. Vouchers can be redeemed at the box office for tickets to any of the following shows:
Friday, March 4, 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 5, 2:00 PM or 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 6, 2:00 PM

Good luck!


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Changes

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

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Every so often we sadly say goodbye to someone who is a part of the soundtrack of our lives whom we have never met. RIP David Bowie. Thank you.

Kent District Library would like to share his music and literature with our patrons. Download free David Bowie music using our Freegal app or Hoopla app. Be sure to also click on Classic Rock Artists to obtain a listing of musicians found in both Freegal and Hoopla.

KDL has an outstanding collection of David Bowie’s CDs and a good selection books, both ebooks and print available for your perusal. Click here to get you started.

Stop by the information desk at your library branch or call our Patron Services department at 616-784-2007 for assistance with downloading Freegal and Hoopla apps, downloading ebooks or searching our online catalog for books.


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The Future of Football

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Concussion Movie PosterOn Christmas Day, Will Smith’s new film, Concussion, premiers in theaters.  Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a pathologist whose discoveries of brain damage in retired football players has become the forefront of the concussion controversy.

KDL carries many resources on this topic including the newly released companion book to the film written by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

Omalu’s story was also told in Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru’s League of Denial.  The reporters examine recent discoveries concerning head trauma and the reaction of the NFL.  The book also became a PBS Frontline special, League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis.

Why Football MattersEarlier this year, two writers penned books on both sides of the debate.  Mark Edmundson’s Why Football Matters details his positive experiences with football.  Edmundson believes that the sport taught him self-discipline and teamwork and was a necessary part of his growth as a young man.  The counterpoint is Steve Almond’s Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto.  Almond writes from a fan’s perspective and how he became troubled following a sport that arguably advocates for violence and greed.

A lighter, but no less entertaining perspective of football is covered in The Last Season: A Father, a Son, and a Lifetime of College Football.  Stuart Stevens writes about his relationship with football and his 95-year old father as they attend a full season of Ole Miss football games together.


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Book to Film: In the Heart of the Sea

Friday, November 13th, 2015

In the Heart of the SeaNathaniel Philbrick is the author of many nonfiction titles, including:

Perhaps his most popular title is In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. This book details the sinking of the whaleship “Essex” by an angry sperm whale in the year 1820, and how the young men aboard endured against all odds. In the Heart of the Sea was on the New York Times Bestseller list when it was published in 2000 and also won the National Book Award for nonfiction.

Philbrick’s book is also the basis for the Warner Brothers motion picture “In the Heart of the Sea,” scheduled for release on December 11, 2015. The film is directed by Ron Howard and stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw, and Tom Holland. There is still time to read the book before you see the movie!

Watch the trailer for “In the Heart of the Sea”:

Which Nathaniel Philbrick book is your favorite?


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Reminder: Suspension of MeLCat InterLibrary Loan Nov. 18-Dec. 12

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Update: Please visit our Dec. 17, 2015 post about MeLCat for more updated information.

Please remember that beginning Wednesday, November 18, no new MeLCat requests can be placed. Incoming and outgoing materials will continue to be processed, and currently checked out materials can still be renewed and managed using My MeLCat. From Wednesday, December 2 through December 11, MeLCat items will not be processed. Full MeLCat services are expected to resume on Saturday, December 12. For more information, please visit the MeLCat Server Migration FAQ for Patrons.

If you have items that KDL does not own and you wish to request them from other libraries via MelCat, please do so before next Wednesday.

If between November 18 to December 12, you find you need an item which KDL does not own, there are neighboring libraries able to assist KDL customers.

This link offers a directory to Lakeland Library Cooperative Member Libraries. These libraries will honor KDL library cards. However, holds are not allowed and patrons must return material to the library where it was checked out.

Grand Rapids Public Library, KDL cardholders can:

  • Check out materials and place holds on GRPL owned material.
  • Holds must be picked up at a GRPL location.
  • Patrons may return to KDL but items are not checked in for 5-10 days.
  • Can search in MelCat, but may not place requests.

 Grand Rapids Community College Library

  • KDL cardholders can get a free community guest card to check out AV, books and magazines.
  • Must have driver’s license/picture ID with current address.
  • Can search in MelCat, but may not place requests.

 Davenport University Libraries

  • Offers a free community card to check out books, no magazines.
  • Must have driver’s license/picture ID with current address.
  • Not listed in MelCat.

As always, please visit your local KDL branch or call our friendly Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 for assistance.


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Brew it to Win it! KD aLe Beer Competition 2015

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Fancy yourself a mighty fine home brewer? Enter your best brew in the KD aLe first ever home brewer’s competition, “Book-Inspired Brewing!” KD Ale logo WEB

Kent District Library, in collaboration with Gravel Bottom Brewing, is calling on home brewers to enter this unique competition; creating a beer inspired by your favorite title or author. The winning beer will be brewed in a professional brewery, Gravel Bottom Brewing, to be released at the KD aLe Wrap Up Party on February 24. The winner’s name will be engraved on the KD aLe homebrew trophy and the top three finalists will receive a home Gravel-Bottom-Craft-Brewery-Supply-300x254brewer’s prize basket.

Need some brewing inspiration? Check out these book/brew combos.

Gone Girl Coffee Stout – Dark and caffeinated, this stout, like the book, will keep you up all night. Just like Amy, this beer is smooth, controlled and will leave you wishing for a little bit more.

Catcher in the Rye Beer – It takes a special beer to match the dryness of Holden Caulfield. Bitter and crisp on the tongue, this brew mimes the acerbic style of the teenage protagonist. Not for phonies!

Alice’s Adventures in Weizenbier – Golden as the shiny haired troublemaker, this beer has a malty sweetness and an unsuspecting hint of banana. Curiousier and curiousier, this beer throws flavors at you faster than the White Rabbit runs. Don’t be late trying this brew!

Or take inspiration from your favorite author:

Poe Stout – A dark and bitter brew guaranteed to put you on edge.

Kinsella Cider – Light and bubbly, crisp and sweet, this cider is best shared with friends and over good stories.

For the full list of dates, rules and restrictions, visit our KD aLe page.

Cheers and good luck!


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