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KDL by the Numbers

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

2013AnnualReportStatsDid you know…

  • On a typical day in 2013, over 8,000 people visited KDL branches, checking out over 16,000 items
  • Our staff also answered almost 2,500 questions every day!
  • Over 400,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks were downloaded in 2013 – a circulation figure that outpaced 12 of our 18 branches!

For these statistics and more, check out the 2013 Fact Book and Annual Report. The Fact Book is a full publication of KDL information from the past year, while the Annual Report is a shortened “Cliff’s Notes” brochure version. Check them out not only for the hard numbers, but also for a nice summary of all the KDL programs, resources, initiatives and achievements from last year, as well as a financial breakdown of revenue and expenditures.

 


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Learn4Life Is Now Gale Courses

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

 

Gale CoursesThere’s been a name change for one of our popular online resources: Learn4Life has been renamed Gale Courses. 

Besides the name and logo, nothing else has changed — Gale Courses still features over 300 instructor-led online courses focused on professional development, technology skills and personal enrichment. New sessions start every month, and each 6-week course offers well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with fellow students in a lively discussion area.

These are the types of classes that may cost hundreds of dollars to take from a for-profit company, but they are available for free with your KDL card! For more information, please see our original announcement.

(Currently enrolled students should experience no disruption in classes due to this re-branding. If you have any questions, please contact webmaster@kdl.org

 


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Contest Extended: Share Your Story & Win

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

online courseHave you taken computer classes offered at KDL? Have those classes helped you improve your tech savvy, polish your job skills, create a film or enriched your life, your outlook, your very being in some other way? Tell us how and you could win a $25 Schuler Books & Music gift card and see your story on our Branches Patron Stories page.

To enter, fill out the form here by Friday, May 2. Contest open to teens and adults.

 

 


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Book Bash Is This Weekend!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

BookBash-KDL_jpgBook Bash is right around the corner! We hope you plan to attend our Giant Warehouse Book Sale, featuring more than 20,000 gently-used books and other items that will be available for just 50 cents to $1 each. Sunday is Bag Day — $5 buys as many items as you can fit in a bag. All proceeds support Summer Reading @ KDL and other branch programs. Held at the KDL Service Center, 814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park.

Friday, April 25, 5:00 – 8:00 PM (Special time for teachers only from 3:00 – 5:00 PM)
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 27, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

 


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KDL Top Ten — Adult Inspirational Fiction

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Stir the soul and brighten your day with this week’s Top Ten!  These are ten of the most popular Adult Inspirational Fiction titles at KDL this month:

Top Ten Adult Inspirational 04-18-2014

Tell us: What’s your favorite Inspirational title?

 


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Read Off Your Fines April 13-26

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Read off your finesThat cookbook you were returning to the library that got wedged behind the backseat of your car and forgotten over the winter. The novel you only allowed yourself five pages a day to read because you never wanted it to end. The country-western CD your daughter put in her backpack last spring and found this spring.

Has your love of books and other KDL materials made it difficult to let go of some of your checked-out items by their due date? Put that love to work for you Sunday, April 13 through Saturday, April 26. Cardholders with KDL fines (not just KDL cardholders) are invited to visit a branch, and for every 10 minutes spent reading or listening in the library, $1 in overdue fines will be waived up to a maximum of $10 (does not apply to lost or damaged items or collection fees). You can even read off fines for other people!

** Patrons must do their reading at a KDL branch to receive waived overdue fines. See your local branch for more information.

Happy reading!

 


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Looking for Teen Rock Stars

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

7186880023_471fdf7a6b_bPlease share with all your musician friends! We’re taking applications from bands who want to perform at this year’s Kentwoodpalooza on Thursday, June 12 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. Bands play in rotating sets from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, and we’ll feed and keep you hydrated. Sound like a good time? Click here for the application.

* Applications and demos must be submitted by Saturday, May 3.

 

 


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May LibraryReads Staff Picks

Saturday, April 12th, 2014


You already know that your local KDL staff provide great recommendations when you’re looking for your next favorite book. Now library staff across the nation have connected to offer LibraryReads, a nationwide “Top 10″ list of favorite titles each month! Check out these upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. We Were LiarsLibraryReadsFavoriteWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
    “This brilliant and heartbreaking novel tells the story of a prestigious family living on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Full of love, lies, secrets, no shortage of family dysfunction, and a shocking twist that you won’t see coming. Though this book is written for teens, it shouldn’t be overlooked by anyone looking for a fantastic read.”
    Susan Balla, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
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  3. All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
    “Set during World War II Europe, this novel is sobering without being sentimental. The tension builds as the alternating, parallel stories of Werner and Marie-Laure unfold, and their paths cross. I highly recommend this beautiful and compelling story.”
    Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN
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  5. The Bees: A NovelThe Bees by Laline Paull
    “This book is set entirely in a beehive, but the novel and its characters are so beautifully rendered that it could have been set anywhere. Societal codes and social mores combine with the ancient behavior rituals of bees, bringing forth a remarkable story that is sure to be a book club favorite.”
    Ilene Lefkowitz, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ
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  7. Delicious!: A Novel Delicious!by Ruth Reichl
    “Billie leaves college to take a job with a soon-to-be disbanded food magazine. What follows is an intriguing story involving dusty archives, long-forgotten letters written during World War II to the illustrious James Beard, and a young woman in New York City who learns to trust her culinary talents. This novel is a delectable feast.”
    Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
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  9. The Forgotten SeamstressThe Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow
    “Two women’s stories, separated by close to 100 years, connect through a patchwork quilt. Carolyn finds a quilt in her mother’s attic and is intrigued by its origin, and quiltmaker Maria’s story is told through transcripts. Trenow carefully stitches together a novel about family secrets, using many interesting details about fabrics, needlework, and textile conservation. A strong sense of place and well-told story make this book superior women’s fiction.”
    Leslie DeLooze, Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia, NY
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  11. Bird BoxBird Box: A Novel by Josh Malerman
    “Close your eyes! Don’t look! Something is out there that will drive you mad if you see it. Is it an alien invasion? An environmental toxin? Two sisters, Malorie and Shannon, embark on a journey seeking safety and other survivors. I was unable to put this book down. Horror at its best, not graphic, but truly creepy and scary. Highly recommended for fans of psychological suspense.”
    Mary Vernau, Tyler Public Library, Tyler, TX
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  13. BittersweetBittersweet: A Novel by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
    “As unlikely a pair of roommates as you’re ever likely to meet: plain, working class Mabel Dagmar and beautiful, privileged Genevra Winslow. Mabel spends the summer in the Winslows’ idyllic lakefront property in Vermont, dreaming of being one of them—only to discover that being a Winslow is not all sunshine, yachts, and ease. Being a Winslow means keeping very disturbing family secrets.”
    Nancy Russell, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
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  15. Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurantant, a MarriageDelancey by Molly Wizenberg
    “As Wizenberg tells the story of how she and her husband opened the successful pizza restaurant Delancey, I felt like I was hanging out with a close friend. She also shares delicious sounding recipes for the everyday food they made at home during the hectic days of launching the restaurant. Wizenberg’s writing is so sincere and relatable.”
    Michelle Marx, Eagle Valley Library District, Avon, CO
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  17. Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones
    Sixth Grave on the Edge“The continuing adventures of P.I. Charley Davidson and Grim Reaper (not as mutually exclusive as one would think) are just as delightful as in previous books, with new characters including a wonderfully snarky new demon. Jones expands on Charley’s existing relationships and supernatural powers. It’s the perfect paranormal-romance-mystery blend that you never knew you always wanted.”
    Donna Matturri, Pickerington Public Library, Pickerington, OH
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  19. The BlessingsThe Blessings by Elise Juska
    “This finely-crafted story is told through a series of Blessing family members’ points of view over a two-decade span of time. A deceptively small book with very big themes, this novel is gentle and wise. It made me look at my own close and extended family with new eyes; now I see the ways in which we are alike, not the ways in which we are different. A transformative reading experience. Highly recommended.”
    Janet Schneider, Great Neck Library, Great Neck, NY

 

See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!

 


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New eNewsletter Just for Writers

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

chapter oneAttention writers: Want to know about the way cool writing programs we offer before they happen?
How about KDL resources for wordsmiths?

We will soon be launching an eNewsletter just for you writer types. Interested? It will include the latest on upcoming author visits, writing programs, library resources for writers and other stuff we think is cool. Subscribers also will get first crack at registering for our annual Writers Conference, which is becoming, well, quite a thing.

We won’t send it more than once a month, and probably more like once a season. To subscribe, click here and choose “eNews for Writers.” The first issue will be launched from the mother ship on Monday, April 14. Write on, everybody.

 


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Teen Poets: It’s Rhyme Time

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

TeenPoetryContest2014The calendar in April once again will attest
KDL’s 11th Annual Teen Poetry Contest.
Up to 10 teens who are chosen as best for their rhyming
Will earn such cool prizes for poetic timing.
Rules and entry forms are available here
Or at the KDL branch you hold most dear.
Poems better than this one accepted April 1 through 30
Your grandma might read them, so hey, nothing dirty.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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