KDL Blog ‘Parents & Kids’ Category

MeLCat Now Available for Interlibrary Loan

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

For this last segment of our migration to our new KDL catalog, we have good news and bad news.MeL_logo_color_188466_7

The Good News:  As promised, KDL’s participation in the statewide resource sharing system, MelCat, was reinstated on October 1. MeLCat makes nearly 46 million items accessible to cardholders of the 442 participating public, academic and school libraries. If you did not find a title you are looking for in the KDL catalog, you will be prompted to Continue Search in MeLCat.

  • KDL cardholders may request up to 50 print items using MeLCat, but not audio or video material.
  • Delivery to your KDL branch will average about one week.
  • You may only request items that are currently on the shelf at participating MeLCat libraries. You cannot place a hold on checked out material.
  • Non-KDL Cardholders must use their home library to access MeLCat services.
  • Cardholders may check on the status of MeLCat requests and renew MeLCat material that is not yet due by accessing My MelCat. If a MeLCat item is overdue, KDL staff may renew it at their discretion. Please check at your branch, or call 616-784-2007.


The Bad News:  After our migration to the new KDL catalog was well underway, we learned that the MeLCat servers are moving to a new environment, resulting in a temporary disruption of interlibrary loan services.

  • Beginning Wednesday, November 18, no new MeLCat requests can be placed. Incoming and outgoing materials will continue to be processed, and currently checked out materials can still be renewed and managed using My MeLCat.
  • From Wednesday, December 2 through December 11, MeLCat items will not be processed.
  • Full MeLCat services are expected to resume on Saturday, December 12.

We understand that this will be a hardship for our customers, especially our homeschool families and we deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause. We were very disheartened to learn of MeLCat’s downtime after our customers have already endured so much time without access to interlibrary loan services! With this advance notice, we hope to help you plan accordingly. As always, please visit your local KDL branch or call our friendly Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 for assistance.


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Progress Report on KDL’s New Catalog

Friday, September 25th, 2015

It’s been just over a week since KDL launched our new exclusive catalog. As can be expected when you move over a million item records and hundreds of thousands of patron records, we’ve encountered a few glitches. Overall, things went well and we are exceptionally grateful for your patience and understanding as we work out some remaining challenges.

Please visit our brief tutorial page How to Use the New Library Catalog. Here you will find instructions on how to update your PIN number if you need to do so in order to access your account online.

If you’d previously bookmarked the library catalog in your web browser, please update your links to https://catalog.kdl.org.

Overdue fine payment will be available in the branches over this weekend. Unfortunately we cannot yet accept fine payments online, but hope to be able to do so by next week. If you have any questions about your library record regarding fines, please visit a KDL branch or call our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007.

As of today, our Telephone Notification System is up and running. KDL offers telephone, email or SMS (text) notification options. These inform you of holds to pickup, items that will soon be due and need to be renewed or returned, and overdue notices. Your previous preference should have migrated to the new system. If you wish to receive notices via email, please visit a KDL branch or call our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007.

If you wish to receive notices via SMS (text), you may set that up in the “My Account” function.

  1. To log into your account, click [My Account].
  2. Enter in your 14-digit library card number and your PIN. Your PIN will be the last four digits of the phone number associated with your account.
  3. You will be taken to your account. Click on SMS Notifications.


   4.  Click the Add New button and complete the information. Be sure to check all types of notification. “Label” can be the name of your phone, or whatever you’d like.


Please visit a KDL branch or call our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 if you have any questions about your account.

Thank you so much for your patience as we all learn something new together!

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School Supply Santa Update: WOW!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

School Supply SantaDuring the month of August, thousands of school items were collected at KDL branches for School Supply Santa. Thank you so much for your generosity during this most recent KDL Gives Back initiative! Local children were able to head back to school with all the items they need to succeed, thanks to your support!

“I want to thank KDL for promoting, supporting and collecting school supplies,” said Denise Kooiker, who runs School Supply Santa. “You played such a huge role in the program this year!”

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Fun With Grandkids: A Program Series

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Fun with GrandkidsThis fall, we are inviting grandparents and grandchildren to come together for some fun bonding time at the library! Don’t miss out on our Fun With Grandkids events. Please click program titles for a list of dates, times and locations and to register if required.

Fun with Grandkids: DIY Spa
Create everything you need for your own intergenerational spa day! Make your own pampering products–foot scrub, bath salts, body glitter and lip balm–to take home! Pre-registration is required. For kids ages 6 to 96.

Fun With Grandkids: Let’s Play! Nostalgic Gaming for Ages 6 to 96
Experience games of yesteryear in this program designed for grandparents, grandkids and appreciators of old-fashioned fun. Enjoy nostalgic games like Checkers, Shooting Marbles, Jacks, Old Maid and Pick-Up Sticks. You may even get to shout “Bingo!” Best enjoyed by kids ages 6 and up and their parents and/or grandparents.

Fun with Grandkids: Zentangle
Grandparents connect with younger friends or family members through the fascinating world of Zentangle. Whether you’re looking to form beautiful structured images or want to spend time learning a new skill, this easy-to-learn method can bring out the artist in everyone. Engage your creativity and sense of fun through the fascinating world of Zentangle! Pre-registration is required and participation spots are limited. Open to children ages eight and above and adults of any age.

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Reminder About KDL’s New Catalog: Holds & Reading History

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

With just 8 days left before we launch our exclusive new KDL catalog, here’s just a quick reminder about a few temporary service disruptions.

  • No holds may be placed after 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 12. Fill up your hold queue now and when the new KDL catalog goes live on September 17, you can go to town and place up to 25 holds!
  • Users of the Reading History and My Lists services in the LLC catalog who want to retain their information will need to download their data before September 14. Here are the instructions:
  • From Monday, September 14 through Wednesday, September 16:
    • Library users will be able to check material out at KDL locations, but returned material will not be checked in. Overdue fines will not accrue on KDL material for these dates.
    • KDL items that are currently checked-out cannot be renewed during this time.
    • KDL will not issue new library cards during this time.

The new catalog will be a significant improvement for KDL cardholders; offering a better search experience, easier access our digital collection and more customer-friendly policies, like increased allowable holds and the ability to avoid overdue fines by renewing material (that does not have holds) up to three times.

For more information on the new KDL catalog, please see our sneak peak at KDL’s New Catalog, the blog post announcing the new KDL Catalog and read through our Frequently Asked Questions.

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You crushed this year’s Summer Reading

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Here’s a look at this year’s Summer Reading numbers compared to last year’s:

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We offered 17 percent more programs this year and you liked them, you really liked them: Attendance skyrocketed by 41 percent. Overall, our total number of participants, which includes kids, teens, and adults who logged their summer reading, blew away last year’s numbers by 13 percent.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Summer Reading Club! We hope you found some good stories, got some sun and enjoyed a visit or two (or twenty) to our branches. Keep reading!


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Back to School Reads

Friday, September 4th, 2015

It’s almost time for new pencil cases, school zone enforcement, and that all-important decision: what to wear on the first day of school. Here are a few new school-related books:

Rosie Goes to Preschool

In Rosie Goes to Preschool by Karen Katz, helpful preschooler Rosie takes children through a day of preschool, providing reassurance and information.

ABC School's For Me!

Susan B. Katz has a new school-related book called ABC School’s For Me!. Familiar classroom activities are described for each letter of the alphabet in a rhyming text.

School Days Around the WorldIn School Days Around the World , author Margriet Ruurs shares the experiences of children from thirteen different schools around the world. Kids can see what it would be like to attend a school in Alaska, Kenya, Shanghai, and more.

Maple and Willow ApartMaple & Willow Apart by Lori Nichols portrays what might happen when an older sibling enters school, leaving behind a younger playmate. Maple enters kindergarten and leaves little sister Willow behind. At first, Maple is happy to tell Willow all about her adventures at school, but when she finds that Willow is creating her own adventures, she is a bit jealous.

My Humongous Hamster Goes to School

The amusing My Humongous Hamster Goes to School by Lorna Freytag tells of a pet hamster that grows to gigantic size after eating  all of the lunches in the room. Photo collages show the enormous hamster participating in everyday school activities such as art class, recess, and lunch.



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Write Michigan Contest Kicks Off Today!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015


Write MichiganShort story writers, grab your laptops for the fourth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, presented by Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music. Entries are accepted now through Monday, November 30. Writers of all ages can enter, with cash prizes awarded for Readers’ Choice and Judges’ Choice. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.

Enhance your writing skills by attending one of the short story workshops being offered for teens and adults.

Learn more, including complete contest guidelines, by visiting the Write Michigan website.

We can’t wait to read your story!

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Great Classes for Parents and Caregivers

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

ECEParents and caregivers of children are invited to participate in free Early Childhood Essentials classes at KDL this fall. 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 program sponsor Great Start to Quality. 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.

Designing Learning Opportunities
Thursday, September 3, 6:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch

Exploring Humor in Children’s Books
Monday, September 14, 6:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Monday, November 2, 6:30 PM, Wyoming Branch

Injury Prevention
Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Twp. Branch
Monday, October 5, 6:30 PM, Wyoming Branch

Growing Scientists
Thursday, September 17, 6:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch

Positive Discipline
Monday, September 21, 6:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Twp. Branch

Mini Day of Learning; Challenging Behaviors
Part I: How Might I fit Into Behavior Issues?
Part II: Tips and Tools for Creating Great Days for ALL!
Saturday, September 26, 10:00 AM, Part I, Cascade Twp. Branch
Saturday, September 26, 12:00 PM, Part II, Cascade Twp. Branch

Let’s Solve Problems the Pre-school Way!
Monday, September 28, 6:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Saturday, October 10, 10:00 AM, East Grand Rapids Branch

Mini Day of Learning; About Learning
Part I:
Designing Learning Opportunities for Young Children
Part II: Growing Scientists
Saturday, October 3, 10:00 AM, Part I, Caledonia Twp. Branch
Saturday, October 3, 12:00 PM, Part II, Caledonia Twp. Branch
Saturday, November 14, 9:00 AM, Part I, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 14, 11:00 AM, Part II, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Understanding Communication Styles
Thursday, November 12, 6:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch

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Take a Sneak Peek at KDL’s New Catalog!

Monday, August 17th, 2015

With one month until our September 17 launch of the new, exclusive KDL catalog, we thought a status update and a sneak peek may be in order. As you can see from this photo taken in KDL’s learning lab, we’ve been very busy training our staff on the new setup. TrainingLab_Photo1-smaller

We apologize for the temporary inability to access interlibrary loan services while we migrate to our new system. By October 1, KDL cardholders can use MeLCat, the statewide resource sharing system, to request items KDL does not own. There will be a direct link to MeLCat from the KDL catalog and it is an easy electronic process to request books. By going directly to MeLCat from the KDL catalog, we will offer our customers access to much larger library collections around the state. Over 400 of Michigan’s public, school, college and university libraries participate in MeLCat, including 39 of the 41 Lakeland Library Cooperative member libraries.

The new catalog will be a significant improvement for KDL cardholders; offering a better search experience, easier access our digital collection and more customer-friendly policies, like increased allowable holds and the ability to avoid overdue fines by renewing material (that does not have holds) up to three times.

Change can be a struggle, but we think within a short time, you will come to love the enhanced features of the new catalog, while still enjoying the ability to interlibrary loan material. Please bear with us through this process as we work on increasing and improving our services to you. For more information on the new KDL catalog, please see our previous blog post and read through our Frequently Asked Questions.

Here’s a sneak peek of the new KDL catalog …

Results for Title Search for “girl on the train”

Here’s a quick look at a fictional, demonstration patron’s Holds when logged into her account…

Sample display of customer holds in the new KDL catalog

Sample display of customer holds in the new KDL catalog

And here’s how Digital Checkouts will display for this demonstration library patron…

A library patron account will show both "Digital Checkouts" and "Library Checkouts" in the new KDL catalog

A library patron account will show both “Digital Checkouts” and “Library Checkouts” in the new KDL catalog

Here’s how “Library Checkouts” will display…

A library patron account will show both "Library Checkouts" and "Digital Checkouts" in the new KDL catalog

A library patron account will show both “Library Checkouts” and “Digital Checkouts” in the new KDL catalog

We hope you enjoyed this sneak peek of KDL catalog! Stay tuned for more information on our September 17 launch!

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