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Free Computer Classes & Job Seeker Workshops

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Spring 2014 Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes and workshops for job seekers can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our April classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Using It and Loving It!
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing Fun
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Sharing, Saving and Ordering
  • Gadgets: BYO eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Email Workshop
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Online Resources for Book Lovers
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Internet: The Lowell Ledger Online — Explore Your Local History
  • Internet: Wikipedia Editors Meet-Up
  • Job Seekers: Job & Career Accelerator
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Developing Your Personal Brand (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Communicating Your Brand (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Networking (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: LinkedIn Bookcamp (pre-registration not required if you bring your own laptop)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Behavioral Interviewing (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):

  • April classes: Registration begins Monday, March 3 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, March 10 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • May classes: Registration begins Monday, April 7 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, April 14 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Spring Gardening Programs

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

SeedLibraryLogoIn honor of our new Seed Library, we are hosting a variety of garden-themed programs this spring. Please click on the program title for more information, including dates, times and locations.

Eco-Friendly Garden Projects
Craft earth-friendly spring garden projects using upcycled household containers and supplies from nature’s bounty. For families.

Plant Exchange
Bring a plant, take a plant to freshen your garden and help out your neighbors. For all ages.

Gardening from Soil to Bloom
Love of gardening is a seed that, once sown, never dies. Jeanne Hawkins of The Secret Ingredient will teach gardening fundamentals, including the basics of soil, plants, planting, weeds and how to tell good bugs from bad. For adults.

Invasive Species in Your Neighborhood
What is the impact of alien plants? Naturalists from the Stewardship Network will explain how to identify and eradicate invasive plant species that are affecting West Michigan. For adults.

Rivers and Rain Barrels
How do your daily activities affect the water quality of area rivers? The West Michigan Environmental Action Council will discuss what all of us can do to protect our treasured resources. Participants can also construct rain barrels for $30, which can be paid in cash or by check. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. For adults.

 


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Two Giggly, Wiggly Programs for Kiddos

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

mouse femaleThere’s a Mouse in the House – stories, crafts, rhymes, fingerplays and puppets.

Tuesday, March 4, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Thursday, March 6, 10:30 AM – Englehardt Branch
Wednesday, March 12, 10:00 and 11:00 AM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, March 13, 7:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, March 29, 10:00 AM – Krause Memorial Branch
Saturday, April 5, 10:00 AM – Alpine Township Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 1:00 PM – Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, April 21, 10:00 AM – Plainfield Township Branch
Wednesday, May 7, 10:00 AM – Gaines Township Branch
Tuesday, May 13, 10:00 AM – Cascade Township Branch
Wednesday, May 14, 10:00 AM – Cascade Township Branch

Spring Brings Very Hungry Caterpillars – stories and crafts based on the beloved Eric Carle books.

very hungry caterpillarSunday, March 9, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Monday, March 17, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch
Saturday, March 22, 10:30 AM – Gaines Township Branch
Monday, April 7, 7:00 PM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 10:00 AM – Cascade Township Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 PM – Wyoming Branch
Wednesday, April 9, 10:00 AM – Cascade Township Branch
Thursday, April 10, 10:00 AM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, April 22, 10:00 AM – Alpine Township Branch
Wednesday, April 23, 10:00 AM – Tyrone Township Branch
Tuesday, April 29, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, April 30, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 7, 10:00 AM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, May 8, 10:30 AM – Englehardt Branch
Tuesday, May 13, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 PM – Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, May 21, 10:30 AM – Comstock Park Branch

Branch locations can be found here.

 


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Create a Limerick for LaughFest

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

LaughFest“A challenge in honor of LaughFest.
Clever verse that is also a good jest.
Get a line as a primer.
Then be a good rhymer.
Care to try? By all means, be our guest.”

Everyone is welcome to stop by a participating branch during the month of March and submit a limerick. Entries will be displayed in the branch.

Participating Branches: Alpine Township, Byron Township, Caledonia Township, Cascade Township, Grandville, Englehardt, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) and Sand Lake/Nelson Township

 


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KDL Top Ten — Juvenile Humor & Joke Books

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Looking for a good joke?  We have jest the thing for you!  View 10 of the most popular titles in Juvenile Humor at KDL:Top Ten Juvenile Humor 02-28-2014


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Spring Early Childhood Essentials Classes

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Building BlocksParents and caregivers of children are invited to participate in free Early Childhood Essentials classes at KDL this spring. If you have young children or work in child care and need professional development hours, this series is for you. All of the presenters are certified and vetted through Great Start. The classes are for adults, and child care is not provided.

Registration is required and participation is limited. Sign up today by clicking on the links below or calling our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007. If you register and then are unable to attend, please call and let us know, as many sessions have waiting lists.

 

 

Discovering Play
Thursday, March 20, 6:30 PM — Byron Township Branch
Monday, March 31, 6:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Hands-On Minds-On Science
Saturday, March 22, 10:00 AM — Cascade Township Branch

Mini Day of Learning: Autism Emphasis
Saturday, March 29, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM — First Reformed Church (3060 Wilson Ave. in Grandville)

A Little More Math
Thursday, April 3, 6:30 PM — Plainfield Township Branch

Let’s Go Outside!
Thursday, April 17, 6:30 PM — Byron Township Branch

Kindergarten Readiness
Saturday, April 19, 10:00 AM — Cascade Township Branch

Coping with Conflict
Thursday, April 24, 6:30 PM — Plainfield Township Branch
Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 PM — Krause Memorial Branch

Teaching Science with Toys
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 AM — East Grand Rapids Branch

Developing Phonological Awareness
Monday, April 28, 6:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Healthy Snacking
Tuesday, May 13, 6:30 PM — Krause Memorial Branch
Thursday, May 22, 6:30 PM — Byron Township Branch

Earning a CDA Credential
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 PM — Krause Memorial Branch

Raising Kids with Character
Saturday, May 31, 10:00 AM — Cascade Township Branch

 


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Spring 2014 KDL Kaleidoscope

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

The Spring 2014 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope program guide is now available online, and printed copies will be available soon at your local branch library. You’ll find all you need to know about spring programs and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations.

It’s sure to be an exciting season at KDL, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Check out the KDL Kaleidoscope today!

Spring 2014 Kaleidoscope

 


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Kent County Teen Film Festival Winners!

Monday, February 24th, 2014

12715613455_8efa073939_oThe eighth annual Kent County Teen Film Festival was a huge success!  On Saturday, more than 200 people came to cheer on their favorite teen filmmakers.

This year’s winners are:

Best Screenplay: Jayden Bodziak for “My Cat in Love”
Best Commerical/PSA: “Cleaning Ninja” (Directed by Patrick Badovinac, David Guinn, and Sawyer Osborn)
Best Documentary: “Mutts of Motown” (Directed by Emily Livermore)
Best Feature Short: Ezra Moreno’s “Abominable Snowman” (Directed by Ezra Moreno)
People’s Choice Award: “Desolation” (Directed by Nick Hansen)12715612375_6c8f4546f0_o
Best Actress: Emie Ross in “Cat Lady Clip”
Best Actor: Trevor Hansen in “Desolation”
Best Director: Nick Hansen for “Desolation”

Watch the finalist films here. Congratulations to all our winners, and a big round of applause to all our teen filmmakers!

Be sure to like Kent County Teen Film Festival on Facebook to keep up to date with festival news, and to watch the winning movies which will be posted later this week.

And remember—it’s never too early to start filming for 2015!

 

 

 


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Good News from Overdrive

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Overdrive
We’ve got some great news for all you eBook readers. OverDrive, our downloadable eBook & eAudiobook service, has increased the checkout limit from 15 to 20 items and the hold limit from 10 to 15.

Happy downloading!

 


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No Heat at Grandville Branch

Monday, February 24th, 2014

UPDATE: Although heat has not yet been restored, the Grandville Branch is open. You may want to bundle up if you choose to visit today :)

The Grandville Branch is currently closed due to no heat. They hope to reopen around noon today (Monday, February 24). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Grandville Branch


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