Has a KDL librarian made a real difference in your life? Have they gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide top-notch customer service and excellent programming? Show your appreciation by nominating them for a meaningful award!
Nominations for the national Carnegie Corporation of New York / New York TimesI Love My Librarian Award will be accepted through September 12 and must be submitted online.
The award invites library users nationwide to nominate librarians in public libraries, as well as those in school and academic libraries. It is an opportunity for patrons to share how librarians improve the lives of people in their communities.
Ten librarians will win $5,000, a plaque and a $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York , hosted by The New York Times. The award is administered by the American Library Association with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York and The New York Times.
Language lovers, rejoice — our online language learning resource, Mango Languages, recently added 10 new chapters and over 1,000 additional learning hours to 40+ of their language courses (indicated in bold in the table below)
Mango Languages is FREE to all KDL cardholders, and is an easy, effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. Courses are currently available in 62 foreign languages and 17 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses:
Spanish (Latin American)
ESL for Arabic (Egyptian) Speakers
ESL for Arabic (MSA) Speakers
ESL for Armenian Speakers
ESL for Chinese (Cantonese) Speakers
ESL for Chinese (Mandarin) Speakers
ESL for French Speakers
ESL for German Speakers
ESL for Greek Speakers
ESL for Italian Speakers
ESL for Japanese Speakers
ESL for Korean Speakers
ESL for Polish Speakers
ESL for Portuguese (Brazilian) Speakers
ESL for Russian Speakers
ESL for Spanish (Latin American) Speakers
ESL for Turkish Speakers
ESL for Vietnamese Speakers
Once you’ve signed up for an account through KDL, you can even access Mango Languages on-the-go with free mobile apps for iOS and Android!
Watch the video below to see Mango Languages in action, then start using it today!
Are you going to be on vacation or otherwise unable to get to the polls for the August 5 primary election (which includes a KDL millage proposal)? Request an absentee ballot using this form. You can also obtain an absentee ballot from the city or township office where you are registered to vote. The deadline to apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail is 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 2. After this, you may request an absent voter ballot in person at your local clerk’s office up until 4:00 PM on Monday, August 4.
Pack light for your next vacation, and still bring along a ton of reading material! Check out a virtual suitcase full of books from KDL’s eBook site. And to see what others are downloading, take a look at this week’s Top Ten list. These are the 10 most popular eBooks at KDL right now:
There are bound to be some real seedy characters here (wink)…
Join KDL from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on Wednesday, July 30 at Earthkeeper Farm, 12062 Fruit Ridge Ave. in Kent City, for a brief how-to on seed-saving. Plus, help us harvest organic parsley seeds for the KDL Seed Library and your own garden.
Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and bring garden gloves and hand-held clippers or kitchen shears.
D.E. Johnson was fascinating, informative and funny, answering questions on KDL’s Goodreads Discussion Board. The Michigan author of four historical mystery novels (including his latest, Detroit Shuffle) talked about Detroit after the turn of the twentieth century and about his writing. He also disclosed a little about the next series of mysteries that he is working on!