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Be Amazed by the Magic!

Friday, June 6th, 2014

magicLibraries can be magical places, especially when you make room amongst the stacks for a magic show that’s fun, funny, educational and entertaining! Since Summer Reading @ KDL isn’t complete without some magic, we have a great line-up of magicians visiting our branches this summer. Families with children of all ages are invited to these programs that are sure to leave them feeling happy and amazed.

Magic with Tom Plunkard
An amazing program filled with live animals and loads of audience participation.

Wednesday, June 11, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, June 11, 6:30 PM – Englehardt Branch
Thursday, June 19, 6:30 PM – Tyrone Township Branch
Thursday, June 26, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch
Wednesday, July 9, 2:00 PM – Gaines Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 1:30 PM – Alto Branch
Thursday, July 10, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township Branch
Thursday, July 17, 6:30 PM – Wyoming Branch
Thursday, July 24, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park Branch


Stormy the Magician Presents the Magic of Science
Go on an entertaining adventure into the magic of science and the science of magic.

Wednesday, June 25, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, July 7, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial Branch
Wednesday, July 9, 6:00 PM – Alpine Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch
Thursday, July 24, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Saturday, July 26, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Thursday, July 31, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, July 31, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch


Baffling Bill the Magician
POOF! In a brilliant flash, Baffling Bill the magician arrives to amaze with illusion, comedy, audience participation and Gus the Bunny to celebrate summer reading.

Tuesday, July 15, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, July 24, 7:00 PM – Grandville Branch


Click here for branch locations.


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KDL Staff in the News

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Did you see KDL employee Tammy Schneider on the news last night? Both WOOD TV8 and FOX 17 featured a story on how she saved her son from choking just days after receiving CPR training. All KDL employees recently completed training in basic first aid, CPR and how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) machine. We also have AED machines installed in all 18 branch buildings and the Service Center. We hope we never have to use them, but thanks to KDL’s training, we’re prepared if necessary. Way to go, Tammy!



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Cool Science Programs for Kids and Teens

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

ScienceWith our Summer Reading theme being Ignite Happiness @ KDL, it’s no wonder we have a great line up of fun and educational science programs taking place at our branches this summer! Click each program’s title for dates, times and locations.

The Science of Us with the World’s Coolest Nerd
Miss Cari’s interactive science demonstration on the five senses will have children laughing and learning about how they are a walking piece of science. For Children & Families

Stormy the Magician Presents the Magic of Science
Go on an entertaining adventure into the magic of science and the science of magic. For Children & Families

Super Fun Science Party!
You’ll have such a great time playing, making and doing that you may not notice you’re exploring the principles of science at the same time. For Children & Families

Let’s Explore Geodes!
Join geologist Steve Tchozeski to learn about the mysteries of geodes and a hands-on chance to explore what is inside. Participants will select a geode to take home with them! For School-Age Children

Rockets are a Blast!
Learn all about building and launching model rockets from Matt Johnson, of the local SMASH rocketry association and National Association of Rocketry. Participants will collaborate on a rocket build and learn about upcoming launch opportunities in the area. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. For School-Age Children

Bust That Myth!
Can soda pop really clean a gross penny? Can you separate two intertwined phone books? Can you make your own bouncy ball? Test out these myths and more to determine whether they are confirmed or busted! For Teens

Mind Boggle Science Workshop
Dr. Boggle leads you through amazing hands-on experiments and endless possibilities. Learn science the fun way through a series of mind-boggling experiences. For Teens

The Science of the Paranormal: Where the Werewolf Got Its Bite
Tess Grant, former forensic anthropologist and author of teen suspense and adult thrillers, will talk about where and how the myth began. For Teens


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Teens: Cool Summer Programs @ the Library

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

teensinlibrarySave this post to find out fast what’s happening all summer long.

Teen Crew Orientation: Enthusiastic and energetic volunteer teens are wanted to help with Summer Reading @ KDL. Fun times are guaranteed, with the added benefit of service experience! Registration is required via a paper application. Visit your local branch for details. Where? When? Click here.

Teen Zone: Teen-only fun for you and your friends. Stop by for activities that may include board games, food and more. Click here to find out where and when.

Kent County Teen Film Festival 2014 Encore: If you missed it the first time or just want to relive the awesomeness, here is your chance. Plus, learn how you can enter the 2015 Festival.

DIY Spa Products: Create everything you need for your own spa day! Make your own pampering products like foot scrub, bath salts and body glitter and take some home. Which branches have this awesome program?

Bust That Myth! Can soda pop really clean a gross penny? Can you separate two intertwined phone books? Can you make your own bouncing ball? Test out these myths and more to determine whether they are confirmed or busted. Where? When?

Flash Fashion: KDL’s twist on Project Runway. Hot messes you create in a FLASH using paper, plastic and other unconventional materials and techniques. We provide the stuff and you dish out the creativity. You’ll work with a team to create a runway look in just 30 minutes by snipping, draping, taping and even accessorizing. Here’s where and when.

Nuts & Bolts: Jewelry from Hardware: Stop by these branches to create one-of-a-kind, edgy, indie jewelry. Make a keychain, necklace, bracelet or earrings from unexpected materials.

Mind Boggle Science Workshop: Dr. Boggle leads you through amazing hands-on experiments and endless possibilities. Learn science the fun way through a series of mind-boggling experiences. Click for details.

Kentwoodpalooza: Thursday, June 12, 2:00 – 8:00 PM. A festival-style celebration of the arts, the end of school and the beginning of Summer Reading @ KDL with music, film, poetry, food and more. This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts and sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library in partnership with the city of Kentwood.

DIY Tie-Dye: Bring a white or light colored T-shirt to this program and try a new way of tie-dye — with permanent markers! All other materials will be provided to help you create a one-of-a-kind shirt to wear.

The Science of the Paranormal: Where the Werewolf Got Its Bite: Tess Grant, former forensic anthropologist and author of teen suspense and adult thrillers, will speak at these branches about where and how the myth began.

Minute to Win It: Pit your skills against the clock and against your peers. Set a personal record or challenge a friend. Prizes for all! Details here.

Veggie Nutrition: Join Kim Kyunghee from Veg West Michigan and learn about a healthy and happy lifestyle with vegetarian and vegan cooking. Her program includes a cooking demonstration, food sampling and tips on eating green. Click here to find out where and when.


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Win Whitecaps Tickets

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Whitecaps logoEach KDL branch is giving away a pair of tickets to the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball game taking place on Monday, June 30 at 12:00 PM. Stop by your local branch by June 14 to enter to win!

Want to increase your chances of winning? Leave a comment on this blog post and share your favorite Whitecaps memory or what you enjoy most about going to a Whitecaps game. One lucky commenter, chosen at random, will also win a pair of tickets. If you follow us on Twitter, you can also retweet this post for an additional chance to win!

There’s also a special promotion for all KDL cardholders: Show your library card at the box office to enjoy buy one-get one free on reserved seats at the June 30 game. There will also be special kid-friendly activities at the game.

Good luck to all!


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Free Computer Classes

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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 July classes:

  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing Fun
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Sharing, Saving and Ordering
  • Internet: Digital Audiobook and Music Marketing
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Online Research: Genealogy Research I & II
  • Online Research: Genealogy — FamilySearch.org
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • 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):

  • July classes: Registration begins Monday, June 2 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, June 9 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • August classes: Registration begins Monday, July 7 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, July 14 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.

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Summer Reading @ KDL Starts Today!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Ignite-Orange_jpgIgnite Happiness! Today is the first day of Summer Reading @ 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!

We would love to hear from you. Leave us a comment and let us know what books you would like to read this summer, what programs you plan to attend or your favorite thing about our summer reading program.

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

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Animals at the Library? Absolutely!

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

FarmSnakes in the stacks? Bats in the biography section? Goats getting checked out? You bet!

This 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.

Radical Reptiles
Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary engages young minds with fascinating facts and real-life encounters with snakes, alligators and turtles.

John Ball Traveling Zoo
Come learn about animals and even get a chance to meet some!

Pet Shows
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 your local branch for more details.

Amazing Bats
Can you fly with your hands? Bats can! Meet and learn about the Organization for Bat Conservation’s live bats from around the world.

Agility Dogs Extraordinaire!
Witness extraordinary feats including free-style dancing, nose work and pulling carts, performed by talented dogs from The Well Mannered Dog Center. Learn how these special canines are trained both to be helper dogs and to compete in agility shows.

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.

Ruff Readers
KDL is celebrating 10 years of Ruff Readers in partnership with West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Inc. Ruff Readers is a unique read-aloud program that pairs kids with a trained therapy dog and their handler. Kids read their favorite book and the pooches just curl up and listen. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. Kids will be given a 15-minute time slot as they arrive. For ages 6 and older.


Hope to see you there!

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Kids: Read to a Book Buddy

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

IMG_2103Kids version: Are firefighters your favorite thing? Ballerinas the absolute best? Want to spend some one-on-one time with a sports mascot?

Parents version: Kids will be able to spend 10 minutes on Saturday, June 21 reading to a “book buddy,” comprised of local sports figures, fire and police personnel, mascots and other characters, as part of a partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Heart of West Michigan United Way.

Six of our branches — Englehardt (Lowell), Kentwood (Richard L. Root), Plainfield Township, Sand Lake / Nelson Township, Walker and Wyoming – will take part in an effort to promote IMG_2108400 Minutes, the amount of time  it is estimated that kids should spend reading each month during summer to prevent summer slide — what those in literacy circles refer to as the reading gains during the school year that can be lost over summer break.

Click here to see time ranges at each of the participating branches.

Anyone who has participated in KDL’s Ruff Readers programs over the last 10 years knows the marked impact it has on kids and reading. This summer, we invite kids to get themselves a book buddy — whether a dog, a firefighter or an athlete — and explore the worlds that a love of reading can open.


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KDL Top Ten — eAudiobooks

Friday, May 30th, 2014

June is Audiobook Month! Help us celebrate – check out eAudiobooks from KDL’s Downloadable eBook site! Here are 10 of the most popular eAudiobooks right now at KDL:

Top Ten eAudiobooks 05-30-2014

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