KDL Blog ‘News’ Category

Meet the Author: Emily St. John Mandel

Monday, October 5th, 2015

EmilyStJohnMandel1SMALLWe are so excited that Emily St. John Mandel, author of the Great Michigan Read book Station Eleven, will be visiting the Cascade Township Branch at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 6.  Guests will enjoy a light breakfast and a chat with the author. Registration is required and spots are limited, so sign up today by clicking here or calling 784-2007. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Cascade Library.

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Who Is Your Favorite Author?

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

As someone who works with books all day, one of the hardest questions to answer is: “Who is your favorite author?”  Truthfully, we all have more than one favorite author, that author who we will read no matter what they publish.

Combining almost 10 years of staff favorite lists and about 40 different authors, here are the two authors that stand out from the many beloved authors.










JoJo Moyes has only recently become a sensation in the United States but staff LOVE her books!  Her books are generally historical fiction with two voices, one current and one in the past.   Favorite book of staff is Me Before You with a recently published sequel called After You.

Harlan Coben has been writing for a while and is best known for mystery/suspense stand alone books.  His books are suspenseful but not too graphic and they feel like something that could actually happen.  My two personal favorites are The Woods and Hold Tight.

So, who is YOUR favorite author?

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MeLCat Now Available for Interlibrary Loan

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

For this last segment of our migration to our new KDL catalog, we have good news and bad news.MeL_logo_color_188466_7

The Good News:  As promised, KDL’s participation in the statewide resource sharing system, MelCat, was reinstated on October 1. MeLCat makes nearly 46 million items accessible to cardholders of the 442 participating public, academic and school libraries. If you did not find a title you are looking for in the KDL catalog, you will be prompted to Continue Search in MeLCat.

  • KDL cardholders may request up to 50 print items using MeLCat, but not audio or video material.
  • Delivery to your KDL branch will average about one week.
  • You may only request items that are currently on the shelf at participating MeLCat libraries. You cannot place a hold on checked out material.
  • Non-KDL Cardholders must use their home library to access MeLCat services.
  • Cardholders may check on the status of MeLCat requests and renew MeLCat material that is not yet due by accessing My MelCat. If a MeLCat item is overdue, KDL staff may renew it at their discretion. Please check at your branch, or call 616-784-2007.


The Bad News:  After our migration to the new KDL catalog was well underway, we learned that the MeLCat servers are moving to a new environment, resulting in a temporary disruption of interlibrary loan services.

  • Beginning Wednesday, November 18, no new MeLCat requests can be placed. Incoming and outgoing materials will continue to be processed, and currently checked out materials can still be renewed and managed using My MeLCat.
  • From Wednesday, December 2 through December 11, MeLCat items will not be processed.
  • Full MeLCat services are expected to resume on Saturday, December 12.

We understand that this will be a hardship for our customers, especially our homeschool families and we deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause. We were very disheartened to learn of MeLCat’s downtime after our customers have already endured so much time without access to interlibrary loan services! With this advance notice, we hope to help you plan accordingly. As always, please visit your local KDL branch or call our friendly Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 for assistance.


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Branch vs Branch Social Media Showdown

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

You haven’t seen librarians this excited since Andrew Carnegie funded libraries like they were going out of style!

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This October, all eighteen Kent District Library branches are going head to head in social media battle. On the line, eternal glory and what has been rumored to be the biggest, baddest, “awesomest” (Awesomest? Sure, why not?) trophy to ever grace a library counter.

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You can help your branch clinch the win by liking their Facebook page and encouraging others to do so during the month of October. In return you’ll get access to community events, free programs, book recommendations and news releases.

Do your branch proud and like their page!


Alpine Township
Byron Township
Caledonia Township
Cascade Township
Comstock Park
Gaines Township
East Grand Rapids
Tyrone Township
Plainfield Township
Krause Memorial
Sand Lake/ Nelson Township
Spencer Township

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Save Money on Griffins Tickets!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Griffins Primary Logo 2015Hockey season is here! Use your Kent District Library card to get a great deal on Grand Rapids Griffins hockey tickets.

For every Sunday and Wednesday home game during the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 2015-16 regular season, present your Kent District Library card at the Van Andel Arena box office on the night of the game or at The Zone anytime during the store’s regular business hours to purchase either an Upper Level ticket for $14 (regularly $16 advance and $19 day of game) or a Lower Level Faceoff ticket for $18 (regularly $20 in advance and $23 day of game). Limit four tickets per card per person, subject to availability.

Check out the Griffins’ schedule and plan a fun night out for a great deal!

Go Griffins!

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Progress Report on KDL’s New Catalog

Friday, September 25th, 2015

It’s been just over a week since KDL launched our new exclusive catalog. As can be expected when you move over a million item records and hundreds of thousands of patron records, we’ve encountered a few glitches. Overall, things went well and we are exceptionally grateful for your patience and understanding as we work out some remaining challenges.

Please visit our brief tutorial page How to Use the New Library Catalog. Here you will find instructions on how to update your PIN number if you need to do so in order to access your account online.

If you’d previously bookmarked the library catalog in your web browser, please update your links to https://catalog.kdl.org.

Overdue fine payment will be available in the branches over this weekend. Unfortunately we cannot yet accept fine payments online, but hope to be able to do so by next week. If you have any questions about your library record regarding fines, please visit a KDL branch or call our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007.

As of today, our Telephone Notification System is up and running. KDL offers telephone, email or SMS (text) notification options. These inform you of holds to pickup, items that will soon be due and need to be renewed or returned, and overdue notices. Your previous preference should have migrated to the new system. If you wish to receive notices via email, please visit a KDL branch or call our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007.

If you wish to receive notices via SMS (text), you may set that up in the “My Account” function.

  1. To log into your account, click [My Account].
  2. Enter in your 14-digit library card number and your PIN. Your PIN will be the last four digits of the phone number associated with your account.
  3. You will be taken to your account. Click on SMS Notifications.


   4.  Click the Add New button and complete the information. Be sure to check all types of notification. “Label” can be the name of your phone, or whatever you’d like.


Please visit a KDL branch or call our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 if you have any questions about your account.

Thank you so much for your patience as we all learn something new together!

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Celebrate KDL Calendars for Sale

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Calendar CoverCelebrate KDL Calendars are here!

Looking for the perfect teacher or hostess gift? Stumped about what to buy the person who has everything?

Here’s the perfect solution! Buy everyone a Celebrate KDL 2016 Calendar, and pick one up for yourself as well. The calendar features winning images from our Celebrate KDL Photo Contest and gives the dates of your favorite KDL events and book sales. The calendar also contains an assortment of coupons.

Sponsored by the KDL Alliance of Friends, the 2016 Celebrate KDL Calendar is available for purchase at any KDL branch. Proceeds help support library projects and programs.

Calendars are only $10.00!

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Kumiko, the treasure hunter

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The Coen brothers “Fargo” has been a popular film since its release in 1996—it’s even spawned a critically acclaimed TV show—and the new film “Kumiko the treasure hunter” is certainly an intriguing riff on that movie, taking a tiny part of it—a suitcase full of money buried in a snow bank—and creating its own fully-developed tale of delusion, obsession and greed. Kumiko is a lonely “Office Lady” living on her own in modern-day Tokyo. Her mother calls from time to time, but mostly to find out if she’s found a man to marry yet. Her co-workers keep their distance from her, but then, she’s not always the best employee either, especially to her boss, who seems to do very little all day. As the film opens, Kumiko, wandering the shore of the ocean, is on a treasure hunt. But instead of gold, she finds, in a nearby cave, carefully buried in the sand, a VHS tape. She takes it home and watches it. It is the movie “Fargo”. As anyone familiar with that film will recall, it involves kidnapping, murder and money. But the part that matters to Kumiko is when the money is placed in that aforementioned snow bank. She takes seriously the claim, stated at the beginning of “Fargo”, about it being based “on a true story”.  She makes her own map, carefully sewn on a piece of white cloth copied from her TV screen. I won’t give away how she finds herself in Minnesota, seeking the almost legendary town of Fargo, meeting a series of kindly, if somewhat baffled, Americans. The culture clash is sometimes amusing, and the director, David Zellner, unlike the Coen brothers, eschews random violence in favor of quirkiness and mystery. “Kumiko” held my attention in many ways, and it also disturbed me, as I tried to understand this young woman. Is the movie merely a portrait of mental illness? Is it about the beauty of the inner life? Is it about how lonely and disconnected people can easily sink further into their own world? Or is about all these things?  These are all questions that hang over “Kumiko” and that give it its mysterious and memorable character.

(This movie is unrated, but it would probably be rated PG. It is only available on a Blu-ray edition.)

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Author A.S. King Comes to KDL!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Good A S King hi res headshotKent District Library, Consumers Energy and the Friends of Cascade Library are proud to present A.S. King, the extraordinary writer of provocative teen novels. The Michael L. Printz Award-Winning author will talk about her life as an author and her latest title “I Crawl Through It,” the surrealist fiction trailing four teenagers on the verge of exploding from dealing with traumas, anxiety and PTSD.

Already hailed as “ambitious and affecting” by Horn Book, new release “I Crawl Through It” has been garnering rave reviews. Fans of King will be able to purchase her books at the event and have them signed by the author after her talk. The event, to be held at KDL’s Cascade Township Branch on October 15 at 7:00 PM, is free and open to the public.

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Live and Learn Series Covers Aliens, Bees, Cannabis and More

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Histories, mysteries, honey and money, this fall KDL presents the Live and Learn series offering presentations for adults on a wide variety of topics. Ranging from beekeeping to Michigan’s ghostly lore, the series is designed to intrigue and entertain you. Bumblebee on a Zinnia

The six programs, each offered at Comstock Park branch as well as being offered at other KDL branch locations, includes Al Eicher Presents The Orphan Train in Michigan, the story of how 12,500 orphaned children from New York City and the Boston area made their way to Michigan in the mid-to-late 1800’s.


Extraterrestrial Life: What Lies Beyond Us, presented by Dr. Jason Smolinski, discusses discoveries and conditions required for life to exist outside our solar system and throughout the galaxy.

Medical Cannabis: A Brief Introduction, highlights the past, present Texting & Driving-Maleand future of the plant’s medicinal use.

The Buzz on Beekeeping takes a look at the crucial role bees play in our environment, Using You Smartphone for Smart Savings teaches you how to use free, downloadable apps to save you money on groceries and retail purchases and The History of Comstock Park from 1837 to the Present, traces the progression of the area through three name changes and site development.

Pre-registration for the lectures is not necessary. For more information on the lecture series please call (616) 784-2007.

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