KDL Blog ‘Parents & Kids’ Category

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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A Book of Mystery, Friendship, and Talent

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015


mysterious benedict society“Are you brave?”…the main character of The Mysterious Benedict Society (an upper elementary – teen book), Reynie, must answer this question at the beginning of the book.  After much thought, his answer is “I hope so.”

And, thus begins Reynie’s discovery of how brave he is.  Reynie is not alone, however.  He is one of four children, of various ages, who pass the test and are asked to serve on a very dangerous and very important mission.  Each person holds a unique talent, a strength that only he/she possesses.  And working together, with help from their talents, they hope to accomplish their mission.  These talents are not all immediately known.  The children have never met before.  Will they succeed?

Of course, the answer can be found in reading The Mysterious Benedict Society, as well as the two other books in the series:  The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous JourneyThe Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma.  You can also check-out the webpage here.

These books are similar to AND different from the Harry Potter series, Ron Dahl books, and Blue Balliett books.  The kids discover their talents, work together, and fight injustice.  The kids are in a real world, dealing with real people, and dealing with themselves as growing young adults.  These books are appropriate for very young readers with higher reading levels, as well as middle schoolers (and I would argue that older teens and adults would enjoy the books as well …I certainly did!)

Place a hold here.


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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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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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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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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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Xbox One, PS4, or Wii U?

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Starting this summer, KDL patrons can check out Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the Wii U games for all ages! In addition, KDL will continue to purchase popular games for our PS3 and Xbox 360 collections – now including those rated T for Teen and M for Mature.

Check your local KDL branch to see which games are on the shelf today. To search the online catalog, include the title or partial title and the game system as a Keyword (e.g. “LEGO Jurassic World xbox 360″). You can even place holds on games that have yet to be released! Here are several titles to anticipate:

Godzilla – To be released on July 14Godzilla 2015

Available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, players control Godzilla as he wreaks havoc throughout the world, battling other monsters, destroying specific city targets, and harnessing “G-Energy” to grow to massive new heights. Rated T for Teen.

F1 2015 – To be released on July 21Formula 1 2015

In this newest addition to the Formula One racing series, players can enjoy quick races or follow the entire racing circuit on real-world tracks. Rated E for Everyone.

Metal Gear VMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – To be released on Sept. 1

Continuing the story begun in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeros (request a copy from KDL today), this open world action-adventure follows Venom Snake as he travels Afghanistan during the Soviet War taking revenge on his enemies. Rated M for Mature.

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DC Comics and Vertigo Join hoopla!

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

DC Comics

Fan boys and fan girls rejoice, DC Comics and Vertigo have joined hoopla! Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and more are now available, for free for all Kent District Library card holders.

Readers can instantly borrow up to twelve titles a month, there are no late fees, no holds and the titles automatically return themselves.

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A Taste of Literature

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Good authors have you seeing their world, great authors have you tasting it and with these recipes, you can eat and drink along with your favorite characters.

Katniss HP

If you want to sip on Butterbeer with Harry, gulp lamb stew with Katniss or enjoy a raspberry cordial with Anne of Green Gables, check out these recipes inspired by children’s books.

Moby dick chocolat Little Women

Looking to wow your book club with a themed meal? These iconic foods are all drawn from famous works ranging from Moby Dick to Little Women.

Bon appétit and happy reading!


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Come Play Giant Games With Us!

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Giant GamesGet your competitive juices flowing and join us for Giant Games! Kids ages 6 and up will have a blast playing giant-sized games like Bananagrams, Jenga and Connect 4.


Wednesday, June 24, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, June 30, 2:00 PM – Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 PM – Englehardt Branch (Lowell)
Wednesday, July 8, 11:00 AM – Caledonia Township Branch
Wednesday, July 8, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial Branch
Thursday, July 9, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, July 22, 6:30 PM – Alpine Township Branch
Tuesday, August 4, 10:00 AM – Plainfield Township Branch
Tuesday, August 4, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch

Branch locations can be found here.

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