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Meet the Author… and His Furry Friend

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Tuesday Tucks Me InJoin us for a visit with author Luis Carlos Montalván and his service dog Tuesday as they talk about animal assisted therapy, the human/animal bond and their own heartwarming story. The duo will be at the Plainfield Township Branch at 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 22, and at the Cascade Township Branch at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 23. People of all ages are invited to attend.

Montalván’s book, Tuesday Tucks Me In, is narrated by Tuesday and shares a day in the life of this service dog extraordinaire and tail-wagging ambassador for all things positive and uplifting in the world.

 

 


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Chris Van Allsburg Coming to EGR

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Van AllsburgChris Van Allsburg, Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book author and illustrator, will be visiting his hometown in celebration of his new book release, The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.  The East Grand Rapids Branch, 746 Lakeside Dr. SE, in collaboration with Grand Rapids Ballet and Schuler’s Books & Music, will host a book release celebration at 6:00 PM on Monday, November 24.

Don’t miss out on the Nutcracker-themed crafts, costumed dancers, treats from Jersey Junction, Sweeti-licious Bakery and more — as we celebrate the release of The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.

The event is FREE and open to the public; the book signing will be ticketed.

Tickets are free with purchase of The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie from schulerbooks.com. Each ticketholder may have the author sign up to three copies of newly purchased titles, and one copy of any Van Allsburg book from their personal library. All book orders and accompanying book-signing tickets will be available for pick up at the event.

“It’s going to be a huge thrill for kids to be able to meet the author of their favorite books,” said Holly Goulet, a youth paraprofessional at the East Grand Rapids Branch, “We’re especially lucky to have him at this branch given his ties with the community.”

To pre-purchase books and get a book-signing ticket online, go to http://www.schulerbooks.com/product/chris-vanallsburg-sweetie-pie or visit Schuler Books & Music at their Grand Rapids location (2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids). Books will be available for purchase during the November 24 event. Due to anticipated demand, it cannot be guaranteed that books purchased the day of the event will be signed.

 


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Winter 2014-2015 Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our December classes:

  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Career Transitions Workshop: LinkedIn Boot Camp
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required and will begin the month before the scheduled classes on the first Monday of each month for KDL cardholders and the second Monday for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available):

  • December classes: Registration begins Monday, November 3 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, November 10 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • January classes: Registration begins Monday, December 1 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, December 8 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • February classes: Registration begins Monday, January 5 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, January 12 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Civic Theatre Pass Giveaway: Mary Poppins!

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

1maryNOTE: As of November 6, ALL passes are gone.

Supercalifragalistic expiali … boo-yah!

Starting today until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Gaines Township (opens at noon) and Krause Memorial (Rockford) (opens at 9:30 AM) branches for the dress rehearsal of Mary Poppins on Thursday, November 13 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 admission sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM.

Questions? Call KDL Patron Services at 616-784-2007.

 

 

 


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Two Ways to Connect with a Vet

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

thankyouShow your support for our veterans by writing a letter of appreciation anytime in November. Templates are available at all KDL branches. Letters will be distributed to veterans through the local Department of Veterans Affairs.

Also during the month of November, KDL Gives Back will sponsor a collection of wish-list items in support of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Items needed include new batteries, new-release DVDs, men’s and women’s personal care items and individually wrapped candy bars and snacks. Drop items off at any KDL branch.

 

 

 

 


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KDL Top Ten — Horror

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Oh, the Horror! This week’s Top Ten unearths the most popular and fearsome books at KDL this month. Be afraid… but click on the list:

KDL Top Ten Horror 10-31-2014

 


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Don’t Forget to Submit Your Story!

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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The deadline for submitting an entry to the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest is November 30… so get writing! Opportunities like this don’t come around every day, so don’t miss out on this chance to get published and win money! With categories for youth, teens and adults, the entire family can participate.

See www.writemichigan.org for complete details.

 


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Watch Basketball, Support KDL

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Grand Rapids DriveThere’s a new basketball team in town! We have partnered with the Grand Rapids Drive to give you an opportunity to watch some exciting basketball while also supporting Kent District Library. Purchase tickets to any of the Drive’s home games using this link, and 20% of the sale will be donated to KDL. Tickets are $10 each and home games will be played at the DeltaPlex Arena. Check out the 2014–2015 home game schedule. All home games start at 7:00 PM.

Go Drive!

 


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Hear From a Holocaust Survivor

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

MartinYou are invited to hear Martin Lowenberg present My Experiences as a Youngster in the Holocaust taking place at 6:30 PM on Monday, November 10. Because we expect a large turnout, this program will take place at Mill Creek Middle School (100 Betty Street NE in Comstock Park). Martin has been a Holocaust educator for more than 25 years. He will share his experience as a Jewish child growing up in Germany under Hitler, his survival in several different concentration camps and eventual liberation into Sweden. Despite it all, his is a story of hope and faith.

This program is part of a Live and Learn Lecture series presented by the Comstock Park Branch in partnership with the Comstock Park Community Outreach Group.

 


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Can Your KDL Card Boost Your Career?

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Mansfield1A few years ago Kelly Mansfield visited her local branch of Kent District Library, and when she went to check out some books, learned her library card had expired. That’s not likely to happen again. Besides being an avid reader and mother to two avid readers-in-the-making, Kelly has discovered a resource available only with her library card that has actually boosted her career.

Read about how by clicking here…

What’s your library story? Share it here and you could be featured on our website.

 

 

 

 

 


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