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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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Library Outreach Extends to Farmers Market with New Summer Series

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

You can now add library card to your farmers market shopping list! Five area farmers markets will play host to the new Kent District Library outreach efforts aiming to register and educate patrons on digital library services and the Summer Reading Program. By providing hotspots with free WiFi accessible to the public, we are hoping to sign people up who may live far from their KDL branch.

ada farmers marketInterns on site will be available to deliver information on eBooks and online courses offered through the library catalog.

 “KDL made a millage promise to increase its community engagement by bringing services outside the library,” said Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, Assistant Director of Kent District Library. “Farmers Markets allow us the ability of setting up a pop up library in a booth.  At the library booth, people can sign up for a library card if they live in our service area.  They can learn about our digital collections–eBooks, eMusic, eAudiobooks, eMovies, eMagazines and eComic books.  And more importantly, people of all ages can sign up for the summer reading program.”

The five farmers markets involved are Ada, Byron Center, Lowell, Rockford and Wyoming. The program will run in Ada on Tuesdays, alternating between Wyoming and Lowell on Thursdays and alternating between Byron Center and Rockford on Saturdays from the first week of June through the end of August.

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“What we really want is for people to learn about library services and find something for themselves,” said Boisvenue-Fox. “Our digital collection is ideal for people to use at their convenience. They don’t have to come into a branch for these things.”

 


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Animals at the Library? Absolutely!

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

RabbitThis summer we are featuring a lot of creatures at our programs. Don’t miss out on all the furry and feathered fun! Below is a list of our animal-related programs. Click each link for more information including dates, times and locations.

Ruff Readers
Ruff Readers is a unique read-aloud program in partnership with West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Inc. that pairs kids with a trained therapy dog and their handler. Kids read their favorite book and the pooches curl up, listen and enjoy. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. Kids will be given a 15-minute slot as they arrive. Sponsored by BISSELL. For ages 6 and older.

Farm on the Go
The Critter Barn of Zeeland brings a little of the farm to the city in a program featuring the cutest barnyard animals around for you to touch and pet. For families.

Nature’s Superheroes
Nature has its own cast of Superheroes! Learn how plants and animals use their superpowers to preserve our super environment. Explore through hands-on activities, games and animal observations with Nature on the GO! For families.

Pet Show
Is your pet a star? Every critter’s a winner in this unique show designed to put the spotlight on your furry, scaly or feathered friend. All acts must pre-register. Visit the library for more details. For all ages.

Amazing Backyard Animals
Join Kalamazoo Nature Center’s ace reporter as he brings you the latest scoop on your neighborhood’s wildlife. For ages 6 and older.

Hope to see you there!


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Kicking Off Summer With Kentwoodpalooza!

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Come join us in celebrating the end of the school year and beginning of summer at the 5th annual Kentwoodpalooza on Wednesday, June 17 from 3:00 to 9:00 PM at Kent District Library’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch.

New KDLkentwoodpalooza-9017“I am really excited about this year’s lineup. This Kentwoodpalooza will be the most musically eclectic yet, featuring a cross section of genres from rock to country to jazz to Latin,” said event organizer Greg Lewis, a teen librarian at the branch. “The City of Kentwood and area businesses have been very supportive, and since KDL has embraced this, we have people coming from all over.”

The festival-style event supported this year by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library, will have live music from local teen bands, poetry readings, painting and free food.

KDLkentwoodpalooza-9075“Now that we’ve been doing this a few years, Kentwoodpalooza is becoming known as a summer event area teens look forward to – performers too,” Lewis said. “This is a great opportunity for teens to show what they can do and to learn from some of the area’s most well-known performers and artists.”

Schedule:
3:00PM – Luc James Studio Showcase
3:30PM – Plaid Day (Country/Pop)
4:00PM – Uproar (Jazz)
4:45PM – Flight of Niko (Indie)
5:30PM – Every Breaking Wave (Rock/Pop)
6:00PM – Queso Quest (Latin Funky Fusion Jam)
6:30 PM – Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony 7:30PM – Big Dudee Roo (Grunge Folk Rock)


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Summer Reading Starts Today!

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Celebrate HeroesCelebrate Heroes! Today is the first day of Summer Reading at KDL, so stop by your local branch and sign up for a summer of reading, programs and prizes! With separate programs for babies, kids, teens and adults, the whole family can get in on the fun.

Don’t forget to check out all the FREE programs and activities listed in the KDL Events Calendar!

A huge thank you goes out to Consumers Energy for sponsoring Summer Reading at KDL!


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KDL Librarian Receives Award

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

MonicaMonica Walen, Youth Specialist at the East Grand Rapids Branch, recently accepted the 2015 Golden Apple Award from the Kent Reading Council. Walen was honored for her extraordinary effort and innovation in promoting literacy in Kent County. “I work with such amazing teachers throughout the school district,” said Monica. “I’m just so thankful that they’ve opened up their classrooms to me and allowed me to share my love of literature with their students.”

When not conducting programs and helping patrons at the East Grand Rapids Branch, Monica spends her work hours doing weekly Harry Potter read-alouds at Wealthy Elementary, book-talking in the elementary schools and middle school, and working on the Kent County Teen Film Festival.

Congratulations Monica!


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Teen Poetry Contest: 11 Exceptional Entries

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

PoetryKDL’s 12th annual Teen Poetry Contest was a great success thanks to all the talented teen poets out there. This year, about 150 poems were submitted. Library staff reviewed the poems and narrowed down the entries, submitting them to Poet G.F. Korreck for final analysis. Eleven exceptional poems were selected.

Congratulations to the recognized poets!

  • 5 Years and Counting by Marla Soto
  • Admiral’s Arch by Jonathan Boakes
  • Director’s Cut by Allison Davey
  • Exposed by Brianne Kerr
  • her by Gabby Jansma-Skinner
  • Little Green Drug by Syd Langeweg
  • Penelope by Melissa Soto
  • Return to Where I’m From by Echo Oliver
  • Summer Nights by Rachel Heywood
  • twenty five over fifty five by Joseph Felkers
  • Broccoli by Sydney Vo

We would like to extend a special thanks to our judge, G.F. Korreck. We appreciate his expertise and his willingness to judge our contest this year.

Korreck said:

“I am not comfortable with the term “winner,” especially when it comes to reading poetry. There are so many ways to read a poem, so many ways it can touch someone. The proof, the value of any poem is to what degree it engages a reader, whether it challenges, makes the reader perhaps a bit uncomfortable, enlightens, stirs, awakens. It wasn’t easy selecting 11 poems. All had merit. I was impressed by the range of topics and the ambitious efforts of the writers.”


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Saturday KDL Caffeinated Tour

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

KDL CaffeinatedKDL Caffeinated wraps up with an immersive coffee experience Saturday, May 23 at 3 PM.  Experts at Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters will demonstrate the roasting process and brew some great coffee.  Learn how to make your own perfect cup of coffee in the unique atmosphere of a 100-year-old brick factory building.

The demonstrations will be held at Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters at 1111 Godfrey Avenue in Grand Rapids.

Construction Note: Due to road construction on Hall Street, patrons coming from 131 should exit west on Hall Street.  Turn left (south) onto Grandville Avenue. Then turn right(west) onto Liberty Street. Turn right (north) onto Godfrey Avenue. At the corner of Godfrey Avenue and Hall Street, you will see a five-story brick building. Turn left onto Hall Street to access the parking lot behind the building.


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