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Get a Free Bike Helmet!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

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Make plans to visit the Walker Branch on Wednesday, June 24. Starting at 1:45 PM, volunteers from the Griffins and Safe Kids will be on hand to properly fit free bike helmets for the first 100 kids. Helmets for kids ages 1-12 will be distributed (subject to availability), and a parent or legal guardian must be present for a child to receive a helmet. Griff will be on hand to entertain patrons, and a variety of information from the Griffins and Safe Kids will be available for pickup.

See you there!

 


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Beat the “Summer Slide”

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Over the summer, kids can lose much of the learning they gained during the school year. What’s the best way to avoid the “summer slide?” Books! If you haven’t registered for Summer Reading @ KDL, today would be a great day to sign up!

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July LibraryReads Staff Picks

Saturday, June 13th, 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. Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteKitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal
    “This novel is quirky and colorful. The story revolves around chef Eva Thorvald and the people who influence her life and her cooking. With well-drawn characters and mouthwatering descriptions of meals, Kitchens of the Great Midwest will appeal to readers who like vivid storytelling. Foodies will also enjoy this delicious tale.”
    Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ
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  3. Circling the Sun: A NovelCircling the Sun: A Novel by Paula McLain
    “I couldn’t stop reading this fascinating portrayal of Beryl Markham, a complex and strong-willed woman who fought to make her way in the world on her terms. McLain paints a captivating portrait of Africa in the 1920s and the life of expats making their home there. Highly, highly recommended.”
    Halle Eisenman, Beaufort County Library, Hilton Head, SC
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  5. Kiss MeKiss Me by Susan Mallery
    “As always, Ms. Mallery has given us a fantastic read. As soon as I pick up her titles, I can’t put them down until I have finished them. They are feel-good, heartwarming — I need more synonyms. I love seeing all the previous characters, the friendships and families that have formed since Chasing Perfect came out five years ago. Thanks, Ms. Mallery, for another amazing read.”
    Jenelle Klavenga, Marshalltown Public Library, Marshalltown, IA
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  7. Second Chance SummerSecond Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis
    “I loved this book, a perfect start to the newest series by Jill Shalvis. It contains the same humor, heart and heat that we’ve come to expect from this author. It should be on every romance reader’s summer reading list.”
    Carole Tossman, Howard County Library System, Columbia, MD
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  9. Speaking in Bones: A NovelSpeaking in Bones: A Novel by Kathy Reichs
    “This book lives up to the expectations we have for Kathy Reichs. A compelling and dangerous mystery, lots of medical details, and good characterization make this a title that will be easy to recommend!”
    Leslie Johnson, Jefferson County Public Library, Lakewood, CO
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  11. Those GirlsThose Girls by Chevy Stevens
    Those Girls follows the lives of the Campbell sisters. After running away from their alcoholic father, they find themselves caught in a worse situation when they are kidnapped. As events spiral out of control, they manage to escape and create new lives. This is a tale that will captivate readers and show just how strong the bond between family members can be.”
    Annice Sevett, Willmar Public Library, Willmar, Minnesota
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  13. Maybe in Another Life: A Novel Maybe in Another Life: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    ““Hannah Martin has just moved back to LA after ending a relationship. Her best friend, Gabby, takes her out to a bar on her first night home. Enter Ethan, the One Who Got Away, and suddenly, Hannah has to decide if she’ll leave with Ethan or Gabby. We follow Hannah after choosing both options, alternating chapters to explore the consequences of each. A must for anyone who loves a hankie with their books!”
    Tracy Babiasz, Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill, NC
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  15. Crooked Heart: A NovelCrooked Heart: A Novel by Lissa Evans
    Crooked Heart is a rewarding, addictive read. Orphaned ten-year-old bookworm Noel, sent away to rural St. Albans, finds himself under the reluctant guardianship of Vee, aka Mrs. Vera Sledge. Amidst a chaotic background of bombings and uncertain futures, Vee and Noel gradually form a powerful bond. I recommend this darkly humorous, honest, and complex story. It is book club heaven.”
    Janet Schneider, Oceanside Library, Oceanside, NY
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  17. Love Lies Beneath: A NovelLove Lies Beneath: A Novel by Ellen Hopkins
    “An intriguing tale of sex, romance and deception. Tara is a brilliant, sexy forty-something. She’s enjoying being single until Cavin, a handsome doctor, enters her exam room. They have a hot and steamy romance but there is much, much more to this story. Ellen Hopkins commands each word on the page from her prose to verse.”
    Laura Hartwig, Meriden Public Library, Meriden, CT
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  19. Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/DayGood and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown
    “Wow! This is a great looking book. Great for beginners with its details about ingredients and kitchen tools. Best of all, each recipe is made from ingredients that most everyone has; there were only two ingredients in the whole book that I don’t own. This book is just what my doctor ordered, literally. I am a basic cook and like simple and tasty. This book is OUTSTANDING!”
    Nancy Chalk, Charlton Public Library, Charlton, MA

 

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

 


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Summer Reading Featured on WOTV 4

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Summer Reading at KDL is in full swing! Maranda from WOTV  visited the Byron Township Branch to promote all the excitement. Check out this fun segment!


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We Didn’t Forget About the Adults!

Friday, June 12th, 2015

herbsOf course we are offering a slew of exciting programs for kids and teens this summer, but we didn’t forget about the adults! Check out these offering for the grown-ups. Click the program title for dates, times and locations.

Let’s Hit the Road! with Ron Rademacher
Think you’ve been everywhere in Michigan? Learn about the hidden treasures you may have missed, tucked away along Michigan’s back roads.

Saving Seeds from Your Backyard Garden
Save money by reusing your heirloom seeds year after year. Get the latest hands-on tips and tricks for harvesting and saving seeds from Rachelle Bostwick of Earthkeeper Farm.

Herbs from Garden to Pantry with Connie Hanson
Learn how to make herbal vinegars, savory oils, mustards, chutney, flavorful herbal jellies, lavender honey and herbal syrups. All of these items make great gifts! Recipes and many samples are included in this program! Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.

Bookbinding
Learn the stab bookbinding method which creates a beautiful seam stitch design. Pre-registration is required.

Make Your Own Beach Sandals
Fashion design professionals from Kendall College of Art and Design will inspire you to design and create your own pair of trendy beach sandals! All supplies are included. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.


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Programs Just for Teens

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Henna 4We have an awesome line-up of teen programs this summer! Here is just a sampling of what we have to offer. Click on the program title for a list dates, times and locations.

Cupcake Wars
Experience all the drama of the TV show in live action. Compete for prizes by decorating a gourmet cupcake and plate with KDL’s own version of “Cupcake Wars!” Our panel of experts will crown the victor of KDL’s Cupcake Wars, but everyone wins when there’s cupcakes to eat!

Find Your Inner Artist: Corey Ruffin, Caricaturist
Corey’s caricature workshop unleashes the hidden talent in all of us. Even if stick figures are the full extent of your artistic ability, Corey gets you drawing like a pro by showing you how to cartoon the human face in a few simple steps.

Sweet! Cake Decorating for Teens
Learn some tips and tricks for decorating cakes, cookies and other sweet treats. Hands-on fun included. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.

DIY Tie-Dye for Teens
Bring a white or light colored T-shirt to this program and try a new way of tie-dye — with permanent markers. All other materials will be provided to help you create a one-of-a-kind shirt.

Doctor Who Party for Teens
No Silence in this Library — we’re here to celebrate Doctor Who. Come together with fellow Whovians to engage in crafts, games and goodies. Allons-y!

How to Draw Manga
Instructors from Kendall College of Art & Design will teach you the ins and outs of character design and illustration in the distinctive style of Japanese animation and manga. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.

Henna Tattoos
Experience the intricate art of henna tattooing with Harsha Gohil. Choose your own design for application and learn how to apply the henna yourself! Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.


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Amazing Acts!

Monday, June 8th, 2015

plunkardThe following programs are sure to keep your family engaged, amazed and entertained! Don’t miss out on all the fun! Click the program title for dates, times and locations.

Hooper Heroes
Grab your magical lasso and learn how to hoop! Audacious Hoops will teach you basic hooping techniques for both fun and fitness.

Jibber Jams!
This engaging and interactive performance features imaginative original songs, audience inspired improvisation and the universal language of jibberish!

The Remarkable Mr. Tolsh and Other Puppet Vignettes
Join Kevin Kammeraad, Justin Haveman and their puppet crew as they share the stories of some uncommon heroes through music, movement and wordplay!

Tom Plunkard: Magic to the Rescue!
This entertaining and hilarious show includes animals, audience involvement and amazing magic.

The Village Puppeteers and the Damsel in Distress
Join us for a puppet show featuring a comedy romp and a heroic mission to save Rapunzel.

The Porters in Concert
Come swing and dance to the toe-tappin’ sounds of The Porters, a four-piece band that will captivate and entertain even the youngest audience.


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Summer Sounds: Concerts at the Library

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

musicSit back, relax and enjoy some great music. Our program line-up includes several performances that will fill our branches with some sweet summer sounds. The shows are open to all ages and they are all free… it’s music to my ears! Please click on the program title for dates, times and locations.

City of Kentwood 2015 Summer Concert Series
Free evening concerts held at the library amphitheater. Bring a blanket for lawn seating or a chair for plaza seating. Sponsored by Comcast and the City of Kentwood Arts Advisory Committee.

Jibber Jams!
This engaging and interactive performance features imaginative original songs, audience inspired improvisation and the universal language of jibberish!

Uno, Dos, Tres with Andrés!
Celebrate the sounds of Latin America and more with bilingual música sure to delight the whole family.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Heroes
Listen and learn about the legends and heroes of Rock and Roll presented by Dynamic West. This show is sure to entertain all ages with a snapshot of the music that helped shape a generation.

Music on the Deck at the Caledonia Township Branch
Come and enjoy a summer evening with live music on the library deck. Bring your own chair or blanket.

The Porters in Concert
Come swing and dance to the toe-tappin’ sounds of The Porters, a four-piece band that will captivate and entertain even the youngest audience.

 

 

 


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Summer Reading Club 2015

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Each 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 Kristin Siegel, Youth Librarian at our East Grand Rapids Branch, and Lynn Goldberg, Teen Paraprofessional at our Plainfield Township Branch, share the details on the KDL Summer Reading Club and the prizes that children can expect for participating. There’s also plenty of programs for teens and adults. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Heroes.”

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Print Off Your Free Activity Pass

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Michigan Activity PassKent District Library has joined the partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Recreation and Park Association to offer you free access to hundreds of Michigan’s state parks, historic sites, cultural attractions, campgrounds and other recreation areas!

Visit the Michigan Activity Pass website to find participating locations and print off a one-entry pass that must be used within one week. Just fill out the three questions in the green box, find the location you would like to visit and click “Get Pass.”

Please know that passes are limited at any given time and you will be asked to enter your library card number.

“Kent District Library is excited to provide the Michigan Activity Pass to our cardholders and pleased that there are more MAP participating venues in West Michigan. We hope our members will utilize this program to gain enjoyable experiences and increase physical activity in their lives,” said Communications Manager Heidi Nagel.

A press conference launching this program will take place at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 8 at our Cascade Township Branch.


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