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Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Every so often we sadly say goodbye to someone who is a part of the soundtrack of our lives whom we have never met. RIP David Bowie. Thank you.

Kent District Library would like to share his music and literature with our patrons. Download free David Bowie music using our Freegal app or Hoopla app. Be sure to also click on Classic Rock Artists to obtain a listing of musicians found in both Freegal and Hoopla.

KDL has an outstanding collection of David Bowie’s CDs and a good selection books, both ebooks and print available for your perusal. Click here to get you started.

Stop by the information desk at your library branch or call our Patron Services department at 616-784-2007 for assistance with downloading Freegal and Hoopla apps, downloading ebooks or searching our online catalog for books.

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Win Tickets to Disney on Ice!

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Disney on IceWe are excited to offer you the chance to win a family four-pack of ticket vouchers to Let’s Celebrate, presented by Disney on Ice! It’s easy to enter. Leave us a comment on this blog post and tell us your favorite KDL program you have attended. If you’ve never been to a KDL program, that’s OK too. Let us know of a program that KDL could offer that you would attend. Please submit your comment by 9:00 AM on Monday, January 25. Two lucky winners will be contacted by email.

Disney on Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate will be playing at the Van Andel Arena February 11-14. Vouchers can be redeemed at the box office for tickets to any of the following shows:
Thursday, February 11, 7:00 PM
Friday, February 12, 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 13, 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM or 7:00 PM
Sunday, February 14, 1:00 PM or 5:00 PM

Good luck!

***Our lucky winners have been chosen and contacted! If you would like to purchase tickets, you can do so using this link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/65737/1349262

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Teen Film Festival: Submission Deadline Approaching

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

TeenFilmFestivalLogoThe deadline for submissions in the Kent County Teen Film Festival is Friday, January 22. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to see your film on the big screen and win amazing prizes!

Selected films will be screened from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 27 at Celebration! Cinema North (2121 Celebration Dr. NE). Click here for more information, including contest rules. The Kent County Teen Film Festival is sponsored by Compucraft and Kent District Library.

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KD aLe: We’re Pouring Another Round

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

031It’s back: our wildly hop-ular beer making and tasting series! Join us for home brewing programs, brewery tours, beer release parties and more. KD aLe events are for adults 21 and older. Don’t miss out on all the fun! Check out a complete list of KD aLe events taking place this winter.


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New Year, New You!

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

The presents have been opened, the carols have been sung and the egg nog and goodies have been consumed. Now it’s time to put 2015 to rest and look forward to a bright future in 2016. As you make your New Year’s Resolutions, we want you to know that KDL is here to help you achieve your goals.

Hoping to learn something new this year? Attend one of our computer classes to brush up your technology skills or learn a new language with Mango, our online language-learning resource.

Are you looking for an easy way to save money? Avoid paying high prices for kid-friendly activities, and visit your local KDL branch for some free fun. Each of our branches offers an area especially for kids. Your little ones will enjoy a huge collection of books, a wide-variety of free programs and special play areas designed to get their imaginations working!

Did you challenge your family to spend less time in front of the television? Reading can be a great substitute! If you need help finding the perfect books, check out our reading lists or our Personalized Picks service. KDL librarians are always happy to assist as well.

No matter what you are hoping to accomplish, KDL most likely has a book, DVD or other resource that can help. We have a huge collection of items about losing weight, eating healthy, saving money, getting organized and more!

Cheers to you being happy and healthy in 2016!

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Community Event: Documentary and Discussion

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Raising of AmericaAlmost half of our country’s children start kindergarten unprepared. You are invited to a community event designed to help reverse this negative trend and others. Great Start Parent Coalition of Kent County will be screening the documentary The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation and facilitating a discussion on how we can help our children thrive. The event will take place from 5:45 – 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 14 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (250 Commerce Ave. in Grand Rapids). If you would like to attend, please RSVP to 616-632-1007 or gsparents@firststepskent.org by Monday, January 11. Dinner and Childcare (for ages 1+) is provided.

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Movies Based on Children’s Books!

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Many movies will be released next year.  I especially love movies that are based on books.  Here are a few that we I am excited about!

The Jungle Book, starring Scarlett Johansson and Iris Elba, will be released on April 15, 2016.  This movie is based on The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling.

Next up is Alice Through the Looking Glass, which stars Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway.  This movie, released on May 27, 2016, is based on Lewis Carroll’s book by the same name.

Finally, The BFG, starring Rebecca Hall and Mark Rylance.  This movie is based on the book The BFG by Roald Dahl.

Wouldn’t it be fun to read (or re-read) these books and then see the movies?  Come into any of our 18 branches, and we will help you get your hands on the books!

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Holiday Closing — New Year’s Day

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Kent District Library will be closed Friday, Jan. 1 for the New Year’s holiday. In addition, all branches will close at 5:00 PM on New Year’s Eve this Thursday, Dec. 31. We will resume normal operating hours on Saturday, Jan. 2. For additional 2016 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy New Year!

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Civic Theatre Passes: Barefoot In The Park

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

barefootCivic Theatre Passes: Barefoot In The Park

Starting NOW until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Cascade Twp. and Plainfield branches for the dress rehearsal of Barefoot In The Park on Thursday, January 14 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 admissions sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM. Questions? Call KDL Patron Services at 784-2007.

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KDL Closing at 12:00 PM Monday, Dec. 28

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Due to the prediction of severe weather and travel conditions, all KDL branches will close at 12:00 PM today (Monday, December 28). All afternoon and evening programs are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please remember that our digital collection is always available. Ebooks, eaudiobooks, music, movies and even comics are available to stream or download at www.kdl.org/downloads.


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