Check out these awesome KDL Lab programs that promote creativity and encourage you to have fun while learning. Make cool things while exploring new technology! Please click the program title for a list of dates, times and locations.
The Wonderful WaterColorBot
Watch with amazement while an image you create is recreated by our robot using watercolors, paper and a paintbrush. For all ages.
Get Revved Up
Create your own rubber band car, help us build an engine model and even design your own style of car or truck. For all ages.
Put your creativity to the test and see what you can make with old T-shirts, other clothing items and odd pieces of fabric. We supply the tools, you bring a T-shirt and your imagination. Participants must be age 14 and older. For teens and adults.
3Doodler Dream It, Draw It
Make your drawings come to life with our 3Doodler! Create simple 3D objects from your own imagination or use some of the provided stencils. Pre-registration is required. For all ages.
***Check out WXMI Fox 17‘s new show, Morning Mix, at 9:00 AM on Monday, December 1. A segment, filmed at our Plainfield Township Branch and featuring our very own Craig Buno, will promote the KDL Lab programs. Here is a sneak peek photo:
A complete listing of events is below. Those that require registration are indicated as such in bold green lettering. Last year, events filled fast and the waiting lists went all the way around the building (virtually, of course), so sign up early! Click here to register for in-branch tastings.
Home Brewing 101
Edward Long from Siciliano’s Market and local home brewer Matt Ross outline the basics, including ingredients, equipment, process and everything else you need to get started.
Monday, December 8, 6:30 PM, Sand Lake/ Nelson Twp. Branch
Thursday, January 15, 6:00 PM, Byron Twp. Branch
Tuesday, January 20, 6:00 PM, Caledonia Twp. Branch
Thursday, January 22, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Tuesday, January 27, 6:30 PM, Tyrone Twp. Branch
Wednesday, February 11, 6:00 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, February 19, 6:30 PM, Comstock Park Branch
Rockford Brewing Company Tour
See how they make their signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan’s Irish Stout and Paradigm MPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Company, 12 E. Bridge St. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Tuesday, January 6, 6:30 PM, Rockford Brewing Company
Tuesday, February 10, 6:30 PM, Rockford Brewing Company
Beer Sampling with the Great American Brew Trail’s Amy Sherman
The energetic host of the popular television series will screen and discuss one of her favorite episodes and lead a tasting of four of the brewery’s signature beers. Pre-registration is required. Participants must be 21 or older to attend and each attendee must register separately. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Tuesday, January 13, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
(featuring Brewery Vivant) *NOTE: As of Monday, December 8, 2014, registration is full for this event, but please sign onto the waiting list in case of cancellations.
Tuesday, February 3, 6:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
(featuring Crankers Brewery)
Schmohz Brewery Tour
Learn how they make their signature beers such as Hopknocker Imperial IPA, Treasure Chest ESB and Bonecrusher Stout. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Schmohz Brewery, 2600 Patterson Ave. SE. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Wednesday, January 21, 7:00 PM, Schmohz Brewery
Beer Tasting with Pauly’s
Pauly’s brew guru Stacey Faba will share tastes of four of her favorite Michigan craft beers. She’ll explain how not to be intimidated by those mile-long brewery beer lists — and how in the world you choose. Pre-registration is required. Participants must be 21 or older and each attendee must register separately.
Wednesday, January 28, 6:00 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch *NOTE: As of Monday, January 5, 2015, registration is full for this event, but please sign onto the waiting list in case of cancellations.
Osgood Brewing Tour
Get a “backstage pass” and see how they produce signature beers such as Sol Seeker Wheat, Journey IPA and Best Day Ever Double IPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Osgood Brewing, 4051 Chicago Dr. SW in Grandville. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Wednesday, January 28, 6:30 PM, Osgood Brewing
Thursday, February 12, 6:30 PM, Osgood Brewing
Wrap-up Party and Beer Release with Gravel Bottom Brewery
Learn all about how Gravel Bottom brews their beers, including KD aLe, which will be tapped for the first time that very night. Peruse their homebrew supply store and watch a homebrew demonstration. Don’t forget to show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting. Tour and talk will be held at the Gravel Bottom Brewery, 418 Ada Dr. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Wednesday, February 25, 6:30 PM, Gravel Bottom Brewery
The namesake of our area, the Grand River, has been getting a lot of attention lately. Many groups and coalitions are in the midst of a planning process to restore the river to its original habitat and to rejuvenate the public areas surrounding it. This is an effort that affects more than just downtown GR, as these are spaces visited by people from the whole county and beyond. KDL residents interested in the Grand River might find the following books valuable:
Our Grand Journey by Jeff Alexander and Howard Meyerson
A contemporary paddle excursion along the whole length of the Grand River exploring its nature, people and communities.
The Grand (Rivers of Michigan Series) by Kit Lane
A look at the Grand River and how it’s been used throughout history, from Native Americans to modern kayakers.
The Story of Grand River by C. Donald Chrysler
A brief history of Michigan’s longest river published in celebration of the nation’s bicentennial.
And for those who simply love river stories of any kind, there are a number of classic great reads which feature a river as their focal point, so find a comfy seat and enjoy the cruise!
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
Classic Twain… join Huck and Jim as they escape down the Mississippi River.
The African Queen by C.S. Forester
C.S. Forester’s tale of adventure up the Ulanga River, made more famous by Bogart and Hepburn.
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s classic detective, investigates not one, but two murders while sailing down the Nile.
Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose.
Award winning historian Stephen Ambrose relays the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition, a non-fiction account that reads like fiction.
There’s a new basketball team in town! We have partnered with the Grand Rapids Drive to give you an opportunity to watch some exciting basketball while also supporting Kent District Library. Purchase tickets to any of the Drive’s home games using this link, and 20% of the sale will be donated to KDL. Tickets are $10 each and home games will be played at the DeltaPlex Arena. Check out the 2014–2015 home game schedule. All home games start at 7:00 PM.
Reading is a hoot when you come to Tyrone Township Branch and check out our favorite owl-inspired books.
I’m Not Cute by Jonathan Allen,
a book about a cute owl who just wants to be big and strong.
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood,
a bright book that explores the word of colors.
Owl Moon by Jan Yolen,
a book full of beautiful watercolor illustrations about a father and daughter searching for owls in the night.
View 10 of the most popular Teen Nonfiction titles this month at KDL – click on the link to the Top Ten List!
Celebrate Teen Read Week, October 12–18!
Save your brains! Teens grades 6-12 are invited to the Harvest Brains program taking place at several KDL branches this fall. Attendees will build a survival bag, practice their aim, and learn what it takes to stay alive during a zombie apocalypse. Don’t miss out on all the fun!
Thursday, October 16, 2:30 PM – Comstock Park Branch
Saturday, October 18, 10:30 AM – Alto Branch
Wednesday, October 22, 3:30 PM – Gaines Township Branch
Thursday, October 23, 6:30 PM – Tyrone Township Branch
Saturday, October 25, 1:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, October 25, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Thursday, October 30, 3:30 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, October 30, 6:30 PM – Grandville Branch
Branch locations can be found here.
In our continued efforts to promote home-grown writing talent, we’re introducing seasonal Michigan Authors Nights at four of our branches, where up to five authors with books published in the past 12 months will be able to sign, read and sell their masterpieces.
The inaugural event will be held at our East Grand Rapids Branch (in the City Commission chambers) on Thursday, October 16 from 6:00–8:00 PM. Our first line-up is:
You may have heard that “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner is now on the big screen! Now that they’ve seen the movie, many people are anxiously awaiting the book. What can you read while you’re waiting for your copy? We have some great suggestions for you! Check out these Dystopian Fiction for Teens titles at your local branch of Kent District Library today!