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Gaming Tournaments: Sign Up Today!

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

mario-kart-wii-1Get your gaming skills ready and join us for some intense action! Many will enter, only the best will be crowned champions.

Mario Kart Tournament for Kids and Teens

Join us for a Wii gaming tournament for grades K-12 featuring Mario Kart, prizes and snacks. Champions will be crowned in two separate divisions. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library. Pre-registration is required. 
Saturday, December 27, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

 

Teen Halo Tournament
Calling all teens! Think you have what it takes to compete in our Halo 4 multiplayer tournament? Sign up with a partner and battle the best of the best in this first-person shooter competition. The last team standing wins the prize! Pre-registration is required.
Saturday, February 14, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch

 


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Early Childhood Essentials: Register Now

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

ECE classesParents and caregivers of children are invited to participate in free Early Childhood Essentials classes at KDL this spring. If you have young children or work in child care and need professional development hours, this series is for you. All of the presenters are certified and vetted through Great Start. The classes are for adults, and child care is not provided. Sponsored by Great Start to Quality.

Pre-registration is required. Sign up today by clicking on the links below or calling our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007.

 

Schedule:

Communicating with Parents

Monday, January 12, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, February 26, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Caledonia Twp. Branch

Setting the Stage

Saturday, January 17, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Monday, January 19, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, January 22, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch

 So Much to Do, So Little Time

Saturday, January 24, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, February 9, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, February 12, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Caledonia Twp. Branch

 Diversity

Saturday, January 24, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, February 16, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, February 19, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Caledonia Twp. Branch

Journaling with Young Children

Saturday, January 31, 10:00 – 11:30 AM, East Grand Rapid Branch

Keeping Kids Safe

Monday, February 2, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Saturday, February 7, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Thursday, February 19, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch


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Holiday Closing — Christmas Eve & Day

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The Kent District Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays Wednesday & Thursday December 24–25. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, December 26. For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

 

We appreciate your patronage and wish you Happy Holidays!

 

Happy Holidays


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Holiday Break Boredom Busters

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

happy holidays3Staying in town for Christmas break? We can help keep your kids happy, busy and entertained! Between The Wonderful WaterColorBot, Family Building Bricks Parties, a MarioKart Tournament and much more, there won’t be any time for boredom. Click here for a complete list of our programs taking place December 22 – January 4.

With your bank account a bit depleted after all that holiday shopping, don’t worry about spending money keeping your kids busy… all KDL programs are free!

 


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Watch Basketball, Watch Babies Win

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

First Steps kitPlanning on going to a Grand Rapids Drive game over your holiday break? Please consider bringing a new baby board book for KDL’s Play-Grow-Read to Your Baby program. Books will be collected at the games taking place on December 20, 27 and 28.

The Play-Grow-Read to Your Baby initiative introduces parents of newborns to the crucial role they play in the literacy development of their children.

Working in partnership with First Steps Kent, first-time parents in our service area are presented with a tote containing a:

  • Children’s board book
  • Baby snack cup
  • Library card registration
  • Baby Reading Guide

Swoosh indeed! Thank you!

 


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January LibraryReads Staff Picks

Monday, December 15th, 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. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel LibraryReadsFavoriteAs Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel
    by Alan Bradley
    “After the unexpected recovery of her mother’s body brings the de Luce’s family secrets to light, Flavia’s life is turned upside down. Now on her way to a Canadian boarding school, she must survive her first term — and more importantly, uncover the mystery of a corpse found in her dorm room chimney the night she arrives. A delightful installment in the series!”
    Lizzie Gall, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI
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  3. The Rosie EffectThe Rosie Effect: A Novel by Graeme Simsion
    “Don Tillman and Rosie are back again, and they’ve relocated to New York. Rosie is continuing her studies, while Don is teaching and even adding to his small circle of friends. But when Rosie announces that she is pregnant, Don is once again out of his depth. What follows are crazy situations that could only happen when Don is involved. Funny and heartwarming.”
    Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, CT
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  5. The Magician's Lie: A NovelThe Magician’s Lie: A Novel by Greer Macallister
    “Arden is a famous illusionist whose show involves sawing a man in half, but one night, she grabs an axe instead of a knife and her husband is found dead under the stage. Can Arden, an expert at deception, get away with murder — or is she really innocent? Recommended to anyone who likes historical fiction, strong women characters, and surprisingly twisty plots.”
    Paula Jones, Brockton Public Library, Brockton, MA
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  7. The Girl on the Train: A NovelThe Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
    “Rachel is a washed-up thirty-something who creates a fantasy about the seemingly perfect couple she sees during her daily train ride into London. When the woman goes missing, Rachel manages to insert herself into the investigation of the woman’s disappearance. In the vein of Gone Girl, this dark psychological thriller is fast-paced and features some very unreliable narrators.”
    Andrea Larson, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL
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  9. Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown
    “After reading Red Rising, I was looking forward to seeing more of the politics of this world. Darrow has infiltrated the Golds and works to bring them down from the inside, end their tyranny, and free his people. There’s so much political drama and action. Brown does a wonderful job describing it all through Darrow’s eyes. It’s exhausting, thrilling, and heartwrenching!”
    Nita Gill, Brookings Public Library, Brookings, SD
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  11. The Dress Shop of Dreams: A NovelThe Dress Shop of Dreams: A Novel by Menna van Praag
    “Tidy, romantic, and fine escapism. All the characters here have interesting back stories: Cora is believable as a no-nonsense gal trying to rebuff sweet Walt’s advances, and Etta is someone I’d like to meet in real life. Reminiscent of Love Actually and P.S. I Love You, this cute little book is recommended to readers who want to be charmed by the possibilities of love.”
    Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA
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  13. The Bishop's WifeThe Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
    “As a practicing Mormon, I felt Harrison did a great job of detailing Mormon culture and doctrine without evangelizing. I appreciated that the bishop is a good man, and the bishop’s wife is a woman who has been through her own struggles. The bishop’s wife sometimes can barely keep up with all the drama and mysteries around her. But she does, and does it quite well under the circumstances. This is a rather brave book.”
    Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA
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  15. Vanessa and Her Sister: A NovelVanessa and Her Sister: A Novel by Priya Parmar
    “Told uniquely as part diary, part epistolary novel, Parmar focuses on the relationship of Vanessa (later Bell) and Virginia (later Woolf) Stephens, one filled with unspoken jealousy and a fierceness of love that will ultimately destroy their kinship. This well-researched novel with gorgeous prose brings the characters to life with a unique perspective.”
    Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ
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  17. First FrostFirst Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
    First Frost is a great continuation of the stories of sisters Claire and Sydney, and Sydney’s teenage daughter, Bay. Each of the Waverlys has their own somewhat supernatural gift, and all of them struggle with issues of identity and family. As with Allen’s previous works, this novel will appeal to fans of Alice Hoffman and readers who enjoy family stories that are not overflowing with angst and drama.”
    Lauren Mitchell, Pima County Libraries, Tucson, AZ
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  19. Full Throttle (Black Knights Inc.) Full Throttle (Black Knights Inc.) by Julie Ann Walker
    “Readers can always count on Walker to deliver a suspenseful, action-packed read, and she delivers on all counts. However, it isn’t the heart-pounding adventure that makes this a fabulous story — it’s the characters. Abby and Steady, college friends who were torn apart by a mutual loss, have great chemistry. Walker has created a complete and suspenseful narrative.”
    Vanessa Gempis, Dallas Public Library, Hampton-Illinois Library, Dallas, TX

 

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

 


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Winter Programs

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Kip & Theresa at WGVUEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Adult Services Librarians Kip Odell (Grandville Branch) and Theresa Duffy (Byron Township Branch) talk about our upcoming winter programs for adults, including:

•  Gluten-Free Lifestyle
•  KD aLe
•  Trash into Treasure
•  Zentangle
•  3D Paper Snowflakes
•  KDL Gives Back: Go Red for Women / SpartanNash Labels (coming in February)

They also recommended the following books that they are currently reading:

•  Theresa: The Southern Living Community Cookbook by Sheri Castle
•  Kip: Rogue Knight by Brandon Mull

Enjoy!

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Download WGVU12-4-14.mp3

(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 


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Help for Job Seekers

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

job successWant to brush up on your job-hunting skills? We can help with a series of free Career Transitions Workshops occurring this winter. These classes are presented in partnership with Career Transitions Center West Michigan. Registration is required. Please call 616-784-2007 to register or click on the program titles below.

LinkedIn Boot Camp
Optimize your use of the professional networking website and develop your networking experience. Please bring your own laptop if possible.

Thursday, December 18, 6:00 PM, Gaines Twp. Branch
Thursday, January 15, 6:00 PM, Grandville Branch
Thursday, February 19,  6:00 PM, Plainfield Twp. Branch

Developing Your Personal Brand
Learn how to identify, develop and market your innate talents to best “sell what you do well,” whether it’s through verbal or written communications.

Wednesday, February 4, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch

Communicating Your Brand 
Learn how to best share your personal brand by focusing on elevator pitches, résumés and online profiles, with emphasis on aligning your message with your professional value in the marketplace.

Wednesday, February 11, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch

Networking Strategies
A lot of getting connected to job opportunities is about who you know. Explore strategies and techniques needed to build and nurture effective relationships with contacts.

Wednesday, February 18, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch

Behavioral Interviewing
Create a positive and lasting impression. Learn essential techniques of how to ace interviews in today’s job market and how to negotiate terms of employment.

Wednesday, February 25, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch


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Book Club in a Bag

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Book Club in a BagDid you know that we offer a Book Club in a Bag program, which allows book groups to check out a bag of everything they need for their book discussion? Learn more, including current available titles, by clicking here.

If you have used our Book Club in a Bag service, we need your help. Please take this short survey by December 15. You will be entered to win a copy of Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder or a set of Lit W!t trivia cards. Thanks so much!

 

 


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Winter Adult Programs

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Beat the winter blahs with these programs taking place at your local KDL branch!

Trash Into Treasure
Learn the chalk and clay painting techniques that can give old stuff new life. Instructors Sue and Carol from Full Circle Design Studio guide you through the process of refinishing old picture frames. Please wear appropriate clothing and prepare to be inspired. All materials will be supplied including frames. Click here to see locations, dates and times. Pre-registration is required.

zentangleZentangle
Explore beginning steps of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns with certified teachers Marjorie Goosen. Supplies will be provided and no art training is necessary for this easy-to-learn and fun method of relaxation. Pre-registration is required. Click here to see locations, dates and times.

Gluten-Free Lifestyle
For those who have been diagnosed with celiac disease, advised to go gluten-free or just want to learn more, chef Terri Rees will share tips, techniques, substitutes and recipes. Click here to see locations, dates and times. No registration required.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
Over 35 years of published research supports the mental and physical benefits of mindfulness meditation. Instructors from the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness will introduce you to the theory and lead you through several foundational practices. A guided meditation CD and handouts will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Click here to see locations, dates and times.

 


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