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Another Seed Library Volunteer Opportunity

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

SeedLibraryLogoWe need your help! We are looking for people who are willing to help pack and distribute seeds for the KDL Seed Library. This is your chance to help people learn to grow their own food and learn to save seeds. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

This event will take place at the KDL Service Center (814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park) from 1:00 – 5:00 PM on Tuesday, March 15. More information and the sign-up link can be found here. Please note that if you haven’t already done so, you will have to create a simple user account to sign up.

We hope to see you there!


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KDL Welcomes New Board Member

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Sherrie WillsonsmallThere’s a new face on KDL’s Board of Trustees.

Sherrie Barber Willson now represents the City of Wyoming. Her term runs through December 31, 2019.

Sherrie has a BA in English from Northwestern College and a MA in Communications from Grand Valley State University. She worked at Steelcase for 15 years and is currently the Digital Marketing Manager for the Coalesse brand. She is married to Brent and they have two daughters, Lila (7) and Mya (4).

“I think a strong library system is a key component of any healthy community, and KDL does a wonderful job of serving Kent County,” said Sherrie. “I look forward to helping to guide KDL as it seeks to continue serving its patrons in the most effective way.”

 

 


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Civic Theatre Passes: Freckle Face Strawberry

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

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Starting NOW until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Caledonia Twp. or East Grand Rapids branches for the dress rehearsal of Freckle Face Strawberry on Thursday, April 21 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 admissions sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM. Questions? Call KDL Patron Services at 784-2007.


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KDL Receives Pillar Award from Women’s Resource Center

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Pillar AwardsWe are so honored to be one of three West Michigan organizations named as a recipient of the 2016 Pillar Award from Women’s Resource Center for their dedication to empowering women in the workplace. Kent District Library, Hungerford Nichols and UPS will be honored during a luncheon fundraising event at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, March 9 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Ambassador Ballroom.

Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, Director of Innovation and User Experience at KDL, said “I was pleased to be part of this year’s application for KDL.  My library has been instrumental in my growth in the library profession.  I am proud that they have been recognized for their recent work in the areas of inclusion and diversity.  This award is further motivation to continue to improve in this area.  It is my hope and desire that our branch staff continue to improve on reflecting the communities they serve in the staff we hire.”

Since 1987, Women’s Resource Center (WRC) has honored progressive West Michigan employers who empower women at work with policies designed to recruit, retain and advance women in their workplace. Check out this Grand Rapids Business Journal article to learn more.


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Seed Library Volunteer Opportunity

Friday, March 4th, 2016

SeedLibraryLogoWe need your help! We are looking for people who are willing to help pack and distribute seeds for the KDL Seed Library. This is your chance to help people learn to grow their own food and learn to save seeds. Refreshments will be provided.

This event will take place at the KDL Service Center (814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park) from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM on Monday, March 7. More information and the sign-up link can be found here. Please note that you will have to create a simple user account to sign up.

We hope to see you there!


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Congratulations Teen Film Festival Winners!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

TeenFilmFestivalLogoCongratulations to our winners and to everyone who was featured in the 2016 Teen Film Festival! We had an awesome time and hope you did too! All of the films are posted on YouTube and linked below. Without further ado, here are the winners!

Best Live Action Short:  Sno Day Off, Directed by Jessica Ryan
Best Commercial:  Tae – 25, Directed by Madelyn Jester, Alena Buterakos & Emma Sorenson
Best Animation: 2015 North Park Animated Poetry Project, North Park Montessori students
Best Editor: Noah Conner, No Outlet

Best Director: Ezra Moreno, Tales from the Tundra
Best Actor:  Luke McGee, Chupacabra of Darkness
Best Actress: Jessica Ryan, Sno Day Off
Best Screenplay: Katherine Hessler, Davis and Mary
People’s Choice Award: Chupacabra of Darkness, Directed by Luke McGee

Congratulations again!

Mark your calendars for next year’s Festival. Entries will be accepted for the 2017 Teen Film Festival from Saturday, October 1, 2016 – Friday, January 20, 2017.


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KDL Closing at Noon

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Due to increasingly hazardous travel conditions, all KDL locations will close at noon today, Tuesday, March 1. All afternoon and evening events are cancelled. Please remember that our digital collection is always available at www.kdl.org/downloads! Stay safe!


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Check Out a Hot Spot

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Hot SpotBig news! Five KDL branches now offer circulating hot spots! Adult KDL cardholders can check out a Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE for up to 3 weeks at the following branches: Alto, Englehardt (Lowell), Nelson Township/Sand Lake, Spencer Township and Tyrone Township. All 18 KDL branches recently started offering circulating iPads, and this is a great enhancement to that service. You can place a hold on a hot spot; however, they will not travel in delivery from branch to branch. (Please note: If your home/pick-up branch is not one of the five libraries offering hot spots, you will need to call 616-784-2007 to place a hold.)

“With so much of everyday life – from plane tickets to product rebates – tied to the Internet, offering this service will make it easier for patrons who live in areas with poor access to get tasks done,” said Sandy Graham, Branch Manager of the Alto Branch. “Along with that, this device is so easy and convenient to use, it will give users the confidence to independently increase their digital skills.”

Visit a participating branch and we’ll be happy to help get you started.

 


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Coffee and Tea Programs @ KDL

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

kdlCaffeinatedLogo_web-300x300We’re headed into another season of unique adult programming. Up next: KDL Caffeinated, where we bring in (or visit) some of the area’s leading experts on hot things steeped, roasted, brewed and sipped. The program line-up includes:

My Cuppa Tea: Create Custom Tea Blends for Health & Wellness
Ferris Coffee & Nut Tour and Tasting
How to Make the Best Coffee
Madcap Coffee Company: Pour Over Class
Tea at the Township Hall: Ladies of the Lighthouses

Please click the program title for more information, including dates, times and locations.


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KDL CLOSED UNTIL NOON

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Due to hazardous road conditions KDL branches will remain closed until noon today (Thursday, Feb. 25). All morning programs are cancelled. Stay safe and we hope to see you later today.


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