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Spencer Twp. Branch Closed March 25-27

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Spencer 6The Spencer Township Branch is getting a makeover!

The branch will be closed to the public from Tuesday, March 25 through Thursday, March 27 for carpet replacement. The branch is normally closed on Monday and Fridays, so the branch will reopen at its normal time on Saturday, March 29.

During this time:

  • Library materials may be returned using the dropbox. No overdue fines will be incurred due to the closing.

  • Items on the hold shelf that are not picked up will not expire during the time the library is closed.

  • Those with questions about their library accounts can call KDL’s patron services department at 616-784-2007 for assistance.

Thanks for your patronage and please come see the new and improved Spencer Township Branch when it re-opens on Saturday, March 29!

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KDL Top Ten — Michigan Travel

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Click on this week’s Top Ten list to view 10 of the most popular Michigan Travel books at KDL!

Top Ten Michigan Travel 03-21-2014

Do you have a favorite nearby destination for spring break fun? Please share your ideas with us!

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Wikipedia and You

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

WikipediaHave questions about Wikipedia and didn’t know who to ask?  Are you an expert in a certain topic, or simply a know-it-all?  Enjoy photography? Do you already edit a page on Wikipedia?

Plan to attend our Wikipedia Editors Meet-Up and Informational Gatherings taking place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 29 and Saturday, April 19 the East Grand Rapids Branch.

  • Topic for March 29: Local History and Genealogy
  • Topic for April 19: Photos, Research, Editing Tips and Tricks, Gardening

Join Bettina Cousineau, a Wikipedia educator and editor who is currently developing an online course for new Wikipedia editors, and other editors to help create the encyclopedia for everyone. Please bring your own laptop, or indicate at registration if you require borrowing one of ours.

Registration for this program is requested. To register, call 616-784-2007 or visit your local KDL branch. Please provide your library card number at time of registration.

This program is for teens and adults. We hope to see you there!



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Huge Honor for KDL Manager!

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

mdewild_headshotWe are so excited! Melissa DeWild, our Collection Development Manager, has been named one of Library Journal’s 2014 Movers & Shakers. This thirteenth annual round of Movers & Shakers profiles 50 up-and-coming individuals who are innovative, creative and making a difference in the library world.

Melissa has done great things for KDL and libraries across the country. To learn more about Melissa and her awesome achievements, read her Library Journal profile.

Please join us in congratulating Melissa on this huge honor!

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KDL Top Ten — Freegal Downloads

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Time to face the music — Try KDL’s Freegal Music site today!  Download DRM-free MP3 files for millions of songs from Sony Music. And while you’re visiting, check out “My Library Top 10“:

Top Ten Freegal 03-14-2014

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You’re Hired! Career Transitions Workshops

Friday, March 14th, 2014

job successWant to brush up on your job-hunting skills? We can help with a series of free Career Transitions Workshops occurring this spring!

Developing Your Personal Brand
Learn how to identify, develop and market your innate talents to best be able to “sell what you do well,” whether it’s through verbal or written communications.
Wednesday, April 2, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 7, 6:00 – 7:45 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, April 16, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 14, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch

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, March 19, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch
Wednesday, April 23, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 21, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch

LinkedIn Boot Camp
Optimize your use of the professional networking website LinkedIn and develop your networking experience. Registration is required only if you cannot provide your own laptop.
Thursday, March 20, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, April 24, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, May 22, 6:00 – 7:45 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, March 26, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch
Wednesday, April 30, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 28, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch

The Career Transitions Workshop series is presented in partnership with Career Transitions Center West Michigan. Registration is not required.


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Write Michigan: Celebrate with Us!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

WriteMI-2014You are invited! We would love for you to attend the Write Michigan Awards Ceremony, taking place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 22 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. Come celebrate the Write Michigan Short Story Contest winners.

The free event will feature a keynote address by Kentwood-based novelist Kristina Riggle.  Copies of the Write Michigan anthology published by Chapbook Press will be available for purchase, and many of the contest winners will be available for a book signing. The Awards Ceremony is sponsored by Meijer.

We hope to see you there!


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KDL on WGVU — Seed Library

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Michelle 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 Assistant Director Michelle Boisvenue-Fox talk about the new KDL Seed Library and our upcoming gardening programs.


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April LibraryReads Staff Picks

Tuesday, March 11th, 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. The Storied Life of A. J. FikryLibraryReadsFavoriteThe Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
    “A middle-aged bookseller mourning his lost wife, a feisty publisher’s rep, and a charmingly precocious abandoned child come together on a small island off the New England coast in this utterly delightful novel of love and second chances.”
    —Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

  3. Frog MusicFrog Music by Emma Donoghue
    “Donoghue returns to historical fiction in this latest offering, based on the unsolved murder of Jenny Bonnet, a cross-dressing frog catcher with a mysterious past. Set in 1870s San Francisco, this brilliant book includes impeccable historical details, from a smallpox epidemic to period songs.”
    —Diane Scholl, Batavia Public Library, IL

  5. And the Dark Sacred NightAnd the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass
    “Four stars to Julia Glass for this, her best work since Three Junes. We become reacquainted with old characters Malachy, Fenno, and Walter and learn more about their life stories. The individuals are imperfectly human, and perfectly drawn. A wonderful, highly recommended novel.”
    —Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN

  7. Silence for the DeaSilence for the Deadd by Simone St. James
    “A young nurse working in an isolated hospital for WWI veterans finds herself in over her head. Are the patients in the mysterious estate haunted by their wartime experiences, or something more malevolent? St. James is an up-and-coming author with a flair for combining horror and romance. A great choice for readers of either genre.”
    —Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA

  9. By its Cover: A Commissario GuiBy its Coverdo Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon
    “In the 23rd book in this delightful series, Commissario Guido Brunetti is brought in to investigate the theft of pages and maps from rare books. Brunetti is a great character with warmth, style and elegance. Leon’s book enlightens us about Venetian customs and delivers a solid mystery.”
    —Joanne Genovese, Smithtown Special Library District, Smithtown, NY

  11. The Intern's HandbookThe Intern’s Handbook: A Thriller by Shane Kuhn
    “How did Shane Kuhn pull this off? He’s written an action-packed, twisting thriller about professional assassins, and — guess what? — it’s funny and romantic, too! In a totally quirky way, of course. You have to read it to believe it.”
    —Nancy Russell, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH

  13. Love, NinaLove, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home by Nina Stibbe
    “With a unique voice, Stibbe brings 1980s literary Camden back to life in this delightful epistolary memoir. The letters that Stibbe writes to her sister are a hoot, featuring unexpected cooking advice from the great Alan Bennett, and droll commentary on just about everything from Mary-Kay Wilmers.”
    —Jennifer Estepp, Queens Library, Jamaica, NY

  15. The Axe FactorThe Axe Factor: A Jimm Juree Mystery by Colin Cotterill
    “I love this sharply-written and quirky cozy mystery. Jimm Juree is a wonderful character, slyly funny and insightful, with an oddball cast of family and friends to back her up. Set in coastal Thailand, this is a laugh-out-loud funny mystery with plenty of great twists and turns that will keep readers guessing.”
    —Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA

  17. Family LifeFamily Life by Akhil Sharma
    “The Mishras move from India to New York City in the 1980s in order to give their two sons better educational opportunities. When tragedy strikes, the family tries to recover the optimism and hope that propelled them to America. Beautiful, clear-eyed and compelling, this book packs a powerful punch.”
    —Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ

  19. On the RocksOn the Rocks by Erin Duffy
    “After her fiancé dumps her on Facebook, Abby retreats to her apartment until her best friend invites her to spend the summer in Newport. This book is for every woman who’s been determined to put things back together after finding herself on the wrong side of social media, in the aftermath of a bad breakup, or elbow deep in Ben & Jerry’s when things fall apart.”
    —Sara Grochowski, Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library, Alpena, MI


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


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KDL on WGVU: Teen Film Festival Winners

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Nick Hansen and Emily Livermore on WGVU with Shelley Irwin - 3-7-14Nick Hansen and Emily Livermore, two winners from our recent Teen Film Festival, went on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about their film-making experience. They shared information about the films they made, their ambitions and the films that inspire them.

To watch Mutts of Motown (Emily’s film), Desolation (Nick’s film) or any of the other films that were screened at the Teen Film Festival, click here.


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