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KDL Stands Strong on STEAM Programming

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

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The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment, examined 510,000 students representing 65 countries across the globe in math, science and reading. Falling far behind countries like China, Japan, South Korea and Canada, the United States ranked 36th in math, 28th in science, and 24th in reading.

ChartGoThe KDL LAB Experience, launched in 2014, supplements students’ educations with hands-on project based learning. KDL LAB Experience aims to encourage the curiosity and love of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) for students and life-long learners of all ages.

take_it_apartWith student-driven programs based on each component of STEAM, our projects are selected to align with school’s curricula and funded by private donations. The KDL LAB Experience offers a unique opportunity to give students an outlet to relate what they learn in school to a KDL LAB project and see firsthand how the concepts are applied in real life and why it matters.

Carefully selected learning tools and activities allow for exposure to new technology, like the 3Doodler and Makey Makey kits, as well as fostering the child’s ability to troubleshoot, analyze and problem solve. KDL LAB promotes creativity, collaboration, and unstructured time to explore.

ce-logoThanks to the generous support of Consumer’s Energy, we’ve been able to offer six KDL LAB Experience programs and has five new programs slated for this fall. For those who can’t wait for the new programs to start, check out our book list for project inspiration you can do at home.




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Shop to Support Your Library with a Macy’s Pass

Monday, August 3rd, 2015


Great goods, great deals, great cause! Shop to support your local library on Aug. 29, Macy’s Shop for a Cause Day, and save up to 30 percent on merchandise from the retailer. Purchase your shopping pass at any Kent District Library branch for $5 to use for discounts and deals at Macy’s. One hundred percent of the proceeds support KDL programming in your community. Buy a pass for yourself and one for a friend — this is a shopping spree you can feel good about!

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Consider Donating to School Supply Santa

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

School SuppliesIt’s time to start thinking about back-to-school shopping, but some local families don’t have the resources to purchase even the basic school supplies. Would you be willing to help meet this need?

During the month of August, all 18 KDL branches will collect school supplies in support of School Supply Santa, a local organization that collects and distributes school supplies for students in need. Requested supplies include backpacks, notebooks, crayons, markers, rulers, glues sticks, pencils, etc…. basically anything you would buy your own children to prepare them for school.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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Change to Placing Holds

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

KDL_logo_300dpiAs we prepare for our exclusive new catalog, we regret some
temporary inconveniences. As of July 31, KDL cardholders may continue to place holds on material owned by KDL. However, non-KDL cardholders will no longer be able to place holds on KDL material. KDL cardholders will no longer be able to place holds on non-KDL material.

Interlibrary loan between KDL and most Lakeland member libraries will resume by October 1 when KDL rejoins MelCat, the statewide resource sharing system.

For more information, please see our previous blog post about KDL’s new catalog  and our list of Frequently Asked Questions.


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True Crime Author Ann Rule Dies at 83

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Michigan born author Ann Rule, ann-rule-768who wrote true-crime stories, died Sunday at the age of 83.  Her most well known book “The Stranger Beside Me” profiled Ted Bundy, who she briefly worked with before he was arrested and admitted to killing multiple women.

She wrote over 30 books, all of which were well received because of her empathetic perspective and focus on the victims.  She attended numerous workshops on crime topics which, along with her focus on serial killers, made her a valuable resource for local law enforcement as well as the FBI and the Justice Department.





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Yes, please! Judge that Book by its Cover

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Here’s the scene: Kid comes into library and is told to look for a book. Only, said kid has zero clue what to read or where to start. Makes sense, right? We’ve all been there, or know somebody that has.

So, where do we look when there are so many books on the shelves? How do we narrow down what’s “good.” For some of us, we don’t question why we like something — we just do. It’s the same with books. Identifying what we like about a book and then finding something that meets our expectations can be tricky. To start looking for that one gem, let’s take the thinking part out of the equation for a minute. Begin by cruising through the stacks and just look around. For a second consider that it’s okay to judge a book by it’s cover…and then do it! Do you actually like the cover? What seems appealing about it? Could the story possibly be of interest based on what you see? Ask some questions, grab a stack, and check ’em out. If it’s not of interest, pitch it. Find another. Eventually the right one will show up given time.

Here are 5 children’s books I’ve found to be pretty excellent…just by judging the cover:

accidental afterlifeThe Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden

Emma Trevayne

At age twelve, grave robber Thomas Marsden discovers a boy who looks just like him in an unmarked grave and begins a journey of discovery as he learns of faeries trapped in London and their hope that he can return them to their realm.

apothecaryThe Apothecary

Maile Meloy

Follows a fourteen-year-old American girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952 and gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war.

thewarThe War That Saved My Life

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.


Colin Meloy

When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness–a dangerous and magical forest in the middle of Portland, Oregon–and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.

nestThe Nest

Kenneth Oppel

Celebrated author Kenneth Oppel creates an eerie masterpiece in this compelling story that explores disability and diversity, fears and dreams, and what ultimately makes a family. Includes illustrations from celebrated artist Jon Klassen.

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While You Wait For “Go Set a Watchman”

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Based on the number of holds, we know that many of you are anxiously waiting to read Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.  Rest assured that we purchased a lot of copies of this title! We ordered 163 regular and express copies, 28 large print copies and 18 audiobooks.

While you wait for your hold to be filled, we have some great book suggestions for those who enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird. Check out the list here.

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Acorn Media Selections

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Love a good mystery?  Want a different perspective on the genre?  Wish the cream of the crop would be at your fingertips?  Acorn Media is one solution!  Acorn Media presents some of the best of British and Canadian mysteries for our viewing pleasure.  There are old-fashioned cozies featuring Agatha Christie characters and modern day equivalents like the very popular Midsomer Murders.  Experiencing 1960s withdrawl with the ending of Mad Men?  Try the George Gentley police procedural series.  Or check out the early days of police procedurals with The Murdoch Mysteries set in the 1890s.  And then there are the modern day whodunits like Vera, Above Suspicion, Garrow’s Law …..

AcornSearch “acorn media” as a keyword in the library catalog to find over 20 different mystery themed series available in DVD format at KDL.


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KDL to Launch Exclusive New Catalog

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

On Thursday, September 17, Kent District Library will launch an exclusive new KDL catalog. The new catalog allows KDL to offer better customer service, such as integrated access to the library’s significant digital collection, an improved searching experience, and more user-friendly policies, including increasing the number of holds allowed on physical items from 15 to 25 and allowing customers to renew material up to three times if there are no holds.

“For the library to make the significant service improvements our customers want and that the library promised to them during the 2014 millage campaign, KDL needs to offer an improved catalog experience,” says Lance Werner, KDL Executive Director.

KDL will continue to be a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative but will no longer participate in the shared catalog. Only KDL-owned material will appear in the new KDL catalog and KDL material will no longer be displayed in the LLC catalog. By exclusively managing our catalog, KDL can offer improved service to LLC and GRPL member library cardholders, who may use the KDL catalog to select a KDL branch as their “home” library and place up to 15 holds on physical items.

As we prepare for our new catalog, there will be some temporary service disruptions. Specific information, including important dates and a list of Frequently Asked Questions is available on the KDL website here. After reading our FAQ, please pose any questions you may have as a response to this blog, or call us at 616-784-2007.



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August LibraryReads Staff Picks

Monday, July 13th, 2015

You already know that your local KDL staff provide great recommendations when you’re looking for your next favorite book. Now library staff across the nation have connected to offer LibraryReads, a nationwide “Top 10” list of favorite titles each month! Check out these upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. Best Boy: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteBest Boy: A Novel by Eli Gottlieb
    “What happens when someone on the autism spectrum grows up, and they aren’t a cute little boy anymore? Gottlieb’s novel follows the story of Todd Aaron, a man in his fifties who has spent most of his life a resident of the Payton Living Center. Todd begins to wonder what lies beyond the gates of his institution. A funny and deeply affecting work.”
    Elizabeth Olesh, Baldwin Public Library, Baldwin, NY

  3. The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache NovelThe Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny
    “Louise Penny set the bar high with her last two books, but she had no trouble clearing it with this one. All our old friends are back in Three Pines where a young boy with a compulsion to tell tall tales tells one true story with disastrous results. But which story is the truth and why is it so threatening? Exquisitely suspenseful, emotionally wrenching and thoroughly satisfying.”
    Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

  5. A Window Opens: A NovelA Window Opens: A Novel by Elisabeth Egan
    “Alice Pearce has a pretty great life. She has a loving family and works part-time as an editor for a magazine. When her family’s financial situation takes a drastic turn, Alice finds that she needs to step up to the plate and contribute more, and she finds this comes at a cost. I think many women will see themselves in Alice’s character. I recommend this book to moms who need a little time to themselves; they might realize that maybe things aren’t so bad for them after all.”
    Rosanna Johnson, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ

  7. The Marriage of OppositesThe Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
    “Exquisite… Alice Hoffman’s finest work to date. The Marriage of Opposites is a beautiful love story of a man and woman and a mother and child intricately woven together to capture the author’s true message: Love more, not less.
    Marianne Colton, Lockport Public Library, Lockport, NY

  9. Everybody Rise: A NovelEverybody Rise: A Novel by Stephanie Clifford
    “Stephanie Clifford’s debut novel takes us into the world of NYC high society in 2006. Evelyn Beegan, who’s always been on the fringes of the smart set, meets It girl Camilla Rutherford, and her ambition and desire to belong get the best of her. Evelyn’s deceptive effort to keep pace with Camilla wreaks all kinds of havoc with her finances, her family, and her sense of self. With a sympathetic main character and a fascinating look into how the other half lives, this astute tale is irresistible.”
    Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ

  11. The Fall of Princes: A NovelThe Fall of Princes: A Novel by Robert Goolrick
    “I loved this novel about the rise and fall of a man in NYC during the 80s, when money was easy to make and easy to spend. What happens when you can get anything you want, and what does it really end up costing you? The story of the people working in the financial industry during that time is interwoven with the reality of AIDS, cocaine and the changes going on in society. So many sentences were so well-written that I found myself stopping to take them in and relish them.”
    Jennifer Cook, Cheshire Public Library, Cheshire, CT

  13. In a Dark, Dark WoodIn a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
    “Leonora Shaw is a crime writer who lives a solitary life in London until she receives an invitation to a hen party for a friend she hasn’t seen in nearly ten years. The party takes place in a remote location with spotty phone service. Are you nervous yet? We know from the opening pages that something horrible happens, but just what, and to whom, how, and why will keep readers guessing — and flipping the pages. Recommended for fans of The Girl on the Train.”
    Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA

  15. Black-Eyed Susans: A Novel of SuspenseBlack-Eyed Susans: A Novel of Suspense by Julia Heaberlin
    “In 1995, Tessie went out for a run, and she went missing. She was found eventually, a surviving victim of the Black-Eyed Susan serial killer. The supposed killer is in prison, yet Tessie is still being plagued by mysterious Black Eyed Susan flowers blooming where they shouldn’t. The viewpoint shifts between Tessie in the present day and teenage Tessie in 1995, and was quite clever. I think this novel will appeal to fans of Gone Girl.”
    Shannon Fukumoto, Kapolei Public Library Kapolei, HI

  17. Lord of the Wings: A Meg Langslow MysteryLord of the Wings: A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews
    “It’s Halloween in Caerphilly and the town has come up with another festival to bring in the tourists. Meg Langslow is heading up the “Goblin Patrol,” there’s trouble at the Haunted House, and body parts are being found at the zoo. Meg is once again called in to save the day and solve the crime. If you enjoy your mysteries packed with humor and fun, don’t miss this return to Caerphilly with Meg and her zany family and friends.”
    Karen Emery, Johnson County Public Library, Franklin, IN

  19. Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with BooksBrowsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books by Michael Dirda
    “This collection of Dirda’s musings on writers, book collecting and the literary landscape is a must read for all bibliophiles. Michael Dirda won a Pulitzer for his work at the Washington Post and has been called “the best-read person in America.” I always learn something new when I read his work and this book is no exception. Great fun for all book nerds!”
    Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Hilliard, OH


See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!


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