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Saturday KDL Caffeinated Tour

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

KDL CaffeinatedKDL Caffeinated wraps up with an immersive coffee experience Saturday, May 23 at 3 PM.  Experts at Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters will demonstrate the roasting process and brew some great coffee.  Learn how to make your own perfect cup of coffee in the unique atmosphere of a 100-year-old brick factory building.

The demonstrations will be held at Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters at 1111 Godfrey Avenue in Grand Rapids.

Construction Note: Due to road construction on Hall Street, patrons coming from 131 should exit west on Hall Street.  Turn left (south) onto Grandville Avenue. Then turn right(west) onto Liberty Street. Turn right (north) onto Godfrey Avenue. At the corner of Godfrey Avenue and Hall Street, you will see a five-story brick building. Turn left onto Hall Street to access the parking lot behind the building.


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Holiday Closing — Memorial Day

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
  • All Kent District Library branches will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 26.
  • All KDL branches will be closed on Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Sunday hours will resume on Sunday, September 13.
  • For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day

 


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Plan Your Summer Travels

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Summer vacation will be here soon, and many of us will be hitting the road (or the air) for destinations near and far. Did you know that KDL regularly adds updated versions of popular travel guides to its collection? You can check out DK, Fodor’s, Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, Moon, Rick Steves, and other popular guide series. Many of these guides are available in an ebook version as well.

Another way to travel is by “armchair.” Travel memoirs are one of the most popular non-fiction genres. You can take a trip to France, the Amazon jungle, or Antarctica from the comfort of your home. It’s almost as good as being there! For a few suggestions to get you started click here. And finally, try reading a novel set in a far-away location to get the feel of living and traveling abroad. Check out of few of these suggestions.

moon michiganeurope through the back doorlittle paris bookshoparound the world in 50 years

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Check out our Summer Reading Video!

Monday, May 18th, 2015

If you aren’t already counting down the days to Summer Reading at KDL, watch this video and you’re sure to catch the excitement!


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KDL on WGVU Radio — New Resources

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

lynda_logo3r-d_144xEach 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 Collection Development Librarian Tammy Schneider talk about new resources at KDL, including lynda.com and Beanstack. Tammy also recommends the book Noggin by John Corey Whaley.

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Enjoy!

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Comics and eBooks Through hoopla!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

hooplaExciting news! Our video streaming service, hoopla, is expanding! Beginning today, hoopla now offers free access to eBooks and Comics. Don’t forget to update your hoopla app so you can enjoy these new formats (unless your device has automatic update, of course). Visit the hoopla site and scroll down to view available eBooks and Comics.

Don’t miss out!


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June LibraryReads Staff Picks

Saturday, May 9th, 2015


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. Eight Hundred Grapes: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteEight Hundred Grapes: A Novel by Laura Dave
    “Take your time and savor the family dynamics. Enjoy the romantic twists in this tale of a career-minded young woman circling back to her roots at a California winery. The appeal is broader than that of a romance since it delves into the complexities of various relationships — parent to parent, parents and children, even winery and owner. This is an excellent summer read!”
    Joan Hipp, Florham Park Public Library, Florham Park, NJ
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  3. The Truth According to Us: A NovelThe Truth According to Us: A Novel by Annie Barrows
    “It is 1938 in a rural West Virginia town and a young woman arrives to write the town’s history. Layla doesn’t really know what to expect from the town, and the town doesn’t know what to make of her. This is the heart of the South, the soul of small towns, where everyone looks out for you and knows your history. Sweet story tailor-made for fans of Billie Letts, Fannie Flagg, Pat Conroy and Harper Lee.”
    Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
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  5. The Book of Speculation: A NovelThe Book of Speculation: A Novel by Erika Swyler
    “A roller coaster of a read! This is the story of a librarian from a splintered family with a tragic past who is gifted a mysterious book that leads him to dive deep into his family’s history, all while his present life seems to be falling to pieces around him. If you loved Morgenstern’s The Night Circus or Kostova’s The Historian, this is a book for you.”
    Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA
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  7. The Little Paris Bookshop: A NovelThe Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel by Nina George
    “Quirky and delightful, Nina George’s book focuses on Jean Perdu, owner of the Literary Apothecary, a floating bookshop. When a new tenant in his apartment building sets in motion events that force Jean to re-evaluate his past, he finds himself floating off down the rivers of France in search of lost love, new love, and friends he didn’t know he needed.”
    Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
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  9. The Invasion of the Tearling: A NovelThe Invasion of the Tearling: A Novel by Erika Johansen
    “The Mort are coming! Johansen introduces new characters and enticing bits of history, with the second volume of her intriguing tale of fantasy, mystery and royal politics. Kelsea, the new Tearling Queen, has broken the Red Queen’s treaty and prepares to suffer the consequences as her nation is about to be invaded. Readers will be eager for the final volume in the Tearling saga.”
    Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library, St. Peters, MO
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  11. In the Unlikely EventIn the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
    “The obvious ‘unlikely events’ of Judy Blume’s latest — the three plane crashes afflicting Elizabeth, NJ in one horrifying winter — set the framework for everyday unlikely events around love, family, friendship, relating all that can go so wrong, and so right, with all three. Readers will enjoy the period detail and relatable characters that feature in this hybrid domestic/disaster tale.”
    Becky Bowen, Kenton County Public Library, Independence, KY
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  13. The Rumor: A NovelThe Rumor: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
    “Elin Hilderbrand has done it again! Grace is married to Fast Eddie, a successful real estate broker on the island. They live with their twin teenage daughters in a beautiful house with three manicured acres overlooking the harbor. Financial troubles, affairs or supposed affairs, teenage angst and shady deals kick the rumor mill on the island in high gear. The Rumor is the ideal beach book for this summer!”
    Claudia Silk, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
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  15. The Precipice: A NovelThe Precipice: A Novel by Paul Doiron
    “When two women go missing while hiking a difficult part of the Appalachian Trail, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch helps in trying to determine where the women were last seen. Mike then discovers there is no shortage of people whose behaviors make them suspicious. With a puzzle that keeps the reader guessing, and a main character that you can’t help but empathize with, The Precipice is another home run for Doiron.”
    Lora Bruggeman, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL
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  17. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A NovelMy Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
    “From the author of one my favorite books of last year, A Man Called Ove, this book packs a similar emotional punch at the end, but has some significant differences. It is told from the point of view of Elsa, a seven-year-old child who loves Harry Potter, fairy tales, and her grandmother. Once I stopped trying to make the story fit my adult view of the world and entered into Elsa’s world, I had a whale of a time.”
    Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC
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  19. Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate ShipPirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson
    “This is the journey of Tracy Bowden, John Chatterton, and John Mattera as they follow a quest to find the sunken pirate ship named the Golden Fleece. I think anyone would be interested in the treasure of a famous buccaneer, Joseph Bannister. Many people, including me, have dreamed of digging up a treasure chest of gold. What could be more fun than traveling along with treasure hunters to find a lost pirate ship?”
    Linda Payne, Lake Placid Memorial Library, Lake Placid, FL

 

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

 


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Civic Theatre Passes: Avenue Q

Friday, May 8th, 2015

1aveStarting NOW until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Gaines Township and Krause Memorial (Rockford) branches (both branches open at 9:30 AM) for the dress rehearsal of Avenue Q on Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (30 N. Division Ave.) All dress rehearsals are general seating and vouchers must be redeemed for an admission ticket on dress night only.

Vouchers do not guarantee a seat, as dress rehearsals include open admission sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM.

Questions? Call KDL Patron Services at 784-2007.

What do you get when you mix one part human with one part puppet? Answer: A multi-Tony Award (2004) winning play! Filled with pop-culture references, adult humor and unforgettable songs, this play will leave you entertained. Not recommended for young audiences.  Adult content


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

ComputerWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Starting in June, registration is no longer required for our computer classes. They will be first come, first serve, and we will make every effort to accommodate all who arrive.

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More!
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Computer Basics: PC Management
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Internet Basics and More
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Office Workshop
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Job Seekers: Office Programs for the Job Seeker
  • Apple Computers – Your MacBook: Shortcuts, tips and Tricks (BYO Laptop)
  • Apple Computers: iPhoto and iMovie for Beginners (BYO Apple Laptop)
  • Speak to a Geek

For class descriptions and schedule, please see pages 18-21 in our Summer Kaleidoscope or search our events calendar.


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Summer 2015 KDL Kaleidoscope

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

The Summer 2015 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope program guide is now available online, and printed copies will be available soon at your local branch library. You’ll find all you need to know about summer programs and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations.

It’s sure to be an exciting season at KDL, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Check out the KDL Kaleidoscope today!

Summer Kaleidoscope


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