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Easy Way to Win Awesome Prizes!

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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Take a few minutes to share your story… it’s a simple way to earn a chance to win sensational  prizes (including an iPad Mini)!

Record yourself telling a short (five minutes or less) but true story from your life — be it funny, sad or life-changing — and share it on KDL’s website for a chance to win several prizes in a random drawing. Deadline for submissions is February 8. To share your story, just fill out the online form, which also includes prompts to help get ideas flowing.

If you do not have any equipment to record yourself, the Alpine Township, Cascade Township, East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Spencer Township and Wyoming branches can provide a quiet room with a laptop and microphone. Please call ahead at 616-784-2007 to reserve a time.

 

 


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ALA Youth Awards

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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Even though Michigan is under a blanket of snow, the 2014 ALA youth awards were announced Monday to the eagerly awaiting librarians.  So without further ado, here are the outstanding books!

LocomotiveThe Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children goes to Locomotive illustrated by Brian Floca.  The three honor books are:

Flora & UlyssesThe Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature goes to Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo.  The four honor books are as follows:

MidwinterbloodThe Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults goes to Midwinterblood written by Marcus Sedgwick.  The four honor books are:

For a complete list of all the awards checkout the ALA.org press release.

 


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Yes, We’re Open!

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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It’s another snow day for lots of kids in the area,
but KDL branches remain OPEN!
All programs will take place as scheduled.

Please drive carefully if you choose to visit us today.


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Grammy Winners

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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Sunday was Grammy night!   The big winners included:

For a complete list of Grammy winners, here is a link to Grammy’s official site. You can now place holds on many of the winning songs and albums  at KDL, including the CD of nominees.

For free downloads including Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, check out Freegal on KDL’s website.

 


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KDL Closing at 5:00 PM Tuesday, Jan. 28

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Due to severe weather and travel conditions, KDL branches will close at 5:00 PM today (Tuesday, January 28). All evening programs are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Yes, We’re Open!

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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It’s another snow day for lots of kids in the area,
but KDL branches remain OPEN!
All programs will take place as scheduled.

Please drive carefully if you choose to visit us today.

UPDATE: Due to severe weather and travel conditions,
KDL branches will be closing at 5:00 PM today (Tuesday, January 28).


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KDL Closing at 5:00 PM Monday, Jan. 27

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Due to severe weather and travel conditions, KDL branches will close at 5:00 PM today (Monday, January 27). All evening programs are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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Yes, We’re Open!

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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It’s a snow day for lots of kids in the area,
but KDL branches remain OPEN!
All programs will take place as scheduled.

Please drive carefully if you choose to visit us today.

UPDATE: Due to severe weather and travel conditions, KDL branches will be closing at 5:00 PM today (Monday, January 27).


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KDL Open 1:00 – 5:00 PM Sat., Jan. 25

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Due to severe weather and travel conditions, KDL will be open reduced hours on Saturday, January 25. Most branches will be open from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Branches that normally close at 1:30 PM on Saturdays (Alpine Township, Alto, Englehardt, Spencer Township and Tyrone Township) will not be open. All morning programs are cancelled for the day. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 


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Interview with Local Author Gary Schmidt

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Gary Schmidt loves being a professor of English at Calvin College here in Grand Rapids. He’s been asked to give up his “day job” to write full-time, but refuses as he enjoys interacting with students too much. Having twice received a prestigious Newbery Honor Award from the American Library Association is quite an accomplishment for an author, but Professor Schmidt takes it all in stride. We discovered this information about Professor Schmidt during an interview conducted by two of our librarians here at Kent District Library, Morgan Doane and Vanessa Walstra.

The interview was conducted for a new program here at KDL, the Teen Writing Workshop. The first meeting of this wonderful opportunity for local teens to be mentored and inspired by West Michigan authors happens this Saturday, January 25, 3:00 PM at the East Grand Rapids branch.

Please watch the interview below and be inspired… you might be the next Newbery Award winner.

 


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