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KDL to Launch Exclusive New Catalog

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

On Thursday, September 17, Kent District Library will launch an exclusive new KDL catalog. The new catalog allows KDL to offer better customer service, such as integrated access to the library’s significant digital collection, an improved searching experience, and more user-friendly policies, including increasing the number of holds allowed on physical items from 15 to 25 and allowing customers to renew material up to three times if there are no holds.

“For the library to make the significant service improvements our customers want and that the library promised to them during the 2014 millage campaign, KDL needs to offer an improved catalog experience,” says Lance Werner, KDL Executive Director.

KDL will continue to be a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative but will no longer participate in the shared catalog. Only KDL-owned material will appear in the new KDL catalog and KDL material will no longer be displayed in the LLC catalog. By exclusively managing our catalog, KDL can offer improved service to LLC and GRPL member library cardholders, who may use the KDL catalog to select a KDL branch as their “home” library and place up to 15 holds on physical items.

As we prepare for our new catalog, there will be some temporary service disruptions. Specific information, including important dates and a list of Frequently Asked Questions is available on the KDL website here. After reading our FAQ, please pose any questions you may have as a response to this blog, or call us at 616-784-2007.

 

 


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August LibraryReads Staff Picks

Monday, July 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. Best Boy: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteBest Boy: A Novel by Eli Gottlieb
    “What happens when someone on the autism spectrum grows up, and they aren’t a cute little boy anymore? Gottlieb’s novel follows the story of Todd Aaron, a man in his fifties who has spent most of his life a resident of the Payton Living Center. Todd begins to wonder what lies beyond the gates of his institution. A funny and deeply affecting work.”
    Elizabeth Olesh, Baldwin Public Library, Baldwin, NY
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  3. The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache NovelThe Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny
    “Louise Penny set the bar high with her last two books, but she had no trouble clearing it with this one. All our old friends are back in Three Pines where a young boy with a compulsion to tell tall tales tells one true story with disastrous results. But which story is the truth and why is it so threatening? Exquisitely suspenseful, emotionally wrenching and thoroughly satisfying.”
    Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
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  5. A Window Opens: A NovelA Window Opens: A Novel by Elisabeth Egan
    “Alice Pearce has a pretty great life. She has a loving family and works part-time as an editor for a magazine. When her family’s financial situation takes a drastic turn, Alice finds that she needs to step up to the plate and contribute more, and she finds this comes at a cost. I think many women will see themselves in Alice’s character. I recommend this book to moms who need a little time to themselves; they might realize that maybe things aren’t so bad for them after all.”
    Rosanna Johnson, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ
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  7. The Marriage of OppositesThe Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
    “Exquisite… Alice Hoffman’s finest work to date. The Marriage of Opposites is a beautiful love story of a man and woman and a mother and child intricately woven together to capture the author’s true message: Love more, not less.
    Marianne Colton, Lockport Public Library, Lockport, NY
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  9. Everybody Rise: A NovelEverybody Rise: A Novel by Stephanie Clifford
    “Stephanie Clifford’s debut novel takes us into the world of NYC high society in 2006. Evelyn Beegan, who’s always been on the fringes of the smart set, meets It girl Camilla Rutherford, and her ambition and desire to belong get the best of her. Evelyn’s deceptive effort to keep pace with Camilla wreaks all kinds of havoc with her finances, her family, and her sense of self. With a sympathetic main character and a fascinating look into how the other half lives, this astute tale is irresistible.”
    Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ
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  11. The Fall of Princes: A NovelThe Fall of Princes: A Novel by Robert Goolrick
    “I loved this novel about the rise and fall of a man in NYC during the 80s, when money was easy to make and easy to spend. What happens when you can get anything you want, and what does it really end up costing you? The story of the people working in the financial industry during that time is interwoven with the reality of AIDS, cocaine and the changes going on in society. So many sentences were so well-written that I found myself stopping to take them in and relish them.”
    Jennifer Cook, Cheshire Public Library, Cheshire, CT
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  13. In a Dark, Dark WoodIn a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
    “Leonora Shaw is a crime writer who lives a solitary life in London until she receives an invitation to a hen party for a friend she hasn’t seen in nearly ten years. The party takes place in a remote location with spotty phone service. Are you nervous yet? We know from the opening pages that something horrible happens, but just what, and to whom, how, and why will keep readers guessing — and flipping the pages. Recommended for fans of The Girl on the Train.”
    Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA
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  15. Black-Eyed Susans: A Novel of SuspenseBlack-Eyed Susans: A Novel of Suspense by Julia Heaberlin
    “In 1995, Tessie went out for a run, and she went missing. She was found eventually, a surviving victim of the Black-Eyed Susan serial killer. The supposed killer is in prison, yet Tessie is still being plagued by mysterious Black Eyed Susan flowers blooming where they shouldn’t. The viewpoint shifts between Tessie in the present day and teenage Tessie in 1995, and was quite clever. I think this novel will appeal to fans of Gone Girl.”
    Shannon Fukumoto, Kapolei Public Library Kapolei, HI
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  17. Lord of the Wings: A Meg Langslow MysteryLord of the Wings: A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews
    “It’s Halloween in Caerphilly and the town has come up with another festival to bring in the tourists. Meg Langslow is heading up the “Goblin Patrol,” there’s trouble at the Haunted House, and body parts are being found at the zoo. Meg is once again called in to save the day and solve the crime. If you enjoy your mysteries packed with humor and fun, don’t miss this return to Caerphilly with Meg and her zany family and friends.”
    Karen Emery, Johnson County Public Library, Franklin, IN
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  19. Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with BooksBrowsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books by Michael Dirda
    “This collection of Dirda’s musings on writers, book collecting and the literary landscape is a must read for all bibliophiles. Michael Dirda won a Pulitzer for his work at the Washington Post and has been called “the best-read person in America.” I always learn something new when I read his work and this book is no exception. Great fun for all book nerds!”
    Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Hilliard, OH

 

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

 


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Non-Fiction You Might have Missed

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Here are some great non-fiction titles that read like fiction to supplement your beach reads! And the best part? No waiting list!

   


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Popular Teen Programs: New Listings!

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

cake decoratingDue to the popularity (and long waiting lists) of a couple of our teen programs, we have decided to add extra dates and times to our program lineup! Here are the newly added listings:

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.
Thursday, July 16, 1:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Wednesday, July 29, 4:00 PM – Wyoming Branch
Tuesday, August 11, 6:00 PM – Plainfield Township Branch

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.
Wednesday, July 15, 4:00 PM – Wyoming Branch
Wednesday, July 29, 3:30 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Please click the program links above to register. Enjoy!


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Recommended Reads

Monday, July 6th, 2015

2015_0702_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 Communications Assistant Andrea Mantakounis share a few suggestions for summer reads, including Sophie Kinsella’s Finding Audrey and S.J. Watson’s Second Life.

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Audiobooks for Road Trips

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Summer is a great time to travel with the whole family but it is also a great chance to listen to some great books together.  Here are some suggests to try!dealingwithdragons

Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede: This teen series features a full cast recording and four great stories featuring wizards, dragons, princesses and kings.  The first book in the series, “Dealing with Dragons“, features Princess Cimorene, who does not follow the traditional path. In fact, she decides to move in with a dragon rather than marry the prince!

 

walkinthewoodsFor some great humor with a book that will soon be a movie, try “A Walk In The Woods” by Bill Bryson.  Read by the author, this entertaining story is about Bryson’s own experience walking along the Appalachian Trail with his old friend Stephen Katz, along with some history and ecology too.wonder

 

For a little bit younger reader, try “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio.  This is an award winning book about Auggie who is about to enter 5th grade.  Not that entering the 5th grade isn’t challenging enough, but Auggie has never attend school before, partly because of his very visible facial deformities. A must read for all ages.

 


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Holiday Closing — Independence Day

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

All Kent District Library branches will be closed Saturday, July 4 for Independence Day. (The Service Center will also be closed Friday, July 3, but the Patron Services Department will remain open that day.) We will resume normal operating hours on Monday, July 6. For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy 4th of July!

 

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Xbox One, PS4, or Wii U?

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Starting this summer, KDL patrons can check out Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the Wii U games for all ages! In addition, KDL will continue to purchase popular games for our PS3 and Xbox 360 collections – now including those rated T for Teen and M for Mature.

Check your local KDL branch to see which games are on the shelf today. To search the online catalog, include the title or partial title and the game system as a Keyword (e.g. “LEGO Jurassic World xbox 360″). You can even place holds on games that have yet to be released! Here are several titles to anticipate:

Godzilla – To be released on July 14Godzilla 2015

Available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, players control Godzilla as he wreaks havoc throughout the world, battling other monsters, destroying specific city targets, and harnessing “G-Energy” to grow to massive new heights. Rated T for Teen.

F1 2015 – To be released on July 21Formula 1 2015

In this newest addition to the Formula One racing series, players can enjoy quick races or follow the entire racing circuit on real-world tracks. Rated E for Everyone.

Metal Gear VMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – To be released on Sept. 1

Continuing the story begun in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeros (request a copy from KDL today), this open world action-adventure follows Venom Snake as he travels Afghanistan during the Soviet War taking revenge on his enemies. Rated M for Mature.


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How to Cure a Book Hangover

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

What do you do when the book you couldn’t wait to start reading, is now the book you are dreading finishing? The book that for a short time in your life completely consumed everything you were doing? cant look

Try as you might to limit how much you read per day, portioning it chapter by chapter, so that you don’t binge read and finish it too quickly, the book always comes to a close.

And now you’re stuck, how do you move on from such a book? How do you find something comparable with the characters and places you’ve fallen in love with?

You my friend now have a book hangover. sad

Think of our KDL librarians as your cool glass of water and two aspirins. They’ve been there, they know the signs and symptoms. They have survived even the worst book hangovers and lived to tell the tale, which makes them the perfect go-to when you are suffering.

Coping mechanisms can include, though not limited to, the following:

Reading everything else that author has ever published. That widely panned first novel isn’t looking so bad now.

Reading about the topics and locations mentioned in the book. If Wild was your undoing, here is a list of all the books Sheryl mentioned during her journey.

HPTry cooking meals inspired by the story. Gallons of butterbeer were consumed when the Harry Potter series ended, a rather sickly sweet way to drown your sorrows.

And the easiest way to get over your book hangover is to check out the recommended reads by our staff. They have composed hundreds of lists to help you through this trying time. Lists are based off of similar authors, genres, “If You Liked…” and staff favorites.

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With these helpful tips you’ll be back on your feet in no time! That is until your recovery book ends…in which case we’ll be seeing you soon.

 


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New Grand Rapids Press Historical Archives Database Available to Patrons

Monday, June 29th, 2015

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History buffs, get ready to time travel! Kent District Library is now offering you a chance to go back in Michigan’s past with access to the Grand Rapids Press Historical Archives. Newspaper issues from 1893 to 1922 are accessible on your computer as a PDF. The database allows you to search by date or by keyword throughout the available collection.

Did you know that in 1905, a fur coat in Grand Rapids cost anywhere from $13-30.00, a husband had his wife sent to jail simply by claiming she was “insane,” and the temperature in Baldwin in February dropped to 30 degrees below zero? These papers give us a portal into the past and an opportunity to trace the tensions rising between European countries leading into World War I, the grand discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb, as well as covering stories from our own backyards.

Remote access to the collection from home is available with a KDL library card, but anyone can access the database from within our 18 branches (no library card required.)


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