KDL Blog ‘Events’ Category

KDL’s New Website Launching This Evening!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Don’t be alarmed when after 8:00 PM this evening, Tuesday, March 22, you visit www.kdl.org and see this loveliness!


Rest assured, you won’t be lost! After this evening, this will be the new look for KDL’s information, ideas and excitement! Whether you are visiting from a desktop, tablet or phone, we hope you’ll like what you see!

KDL’s new mobile-friendly website features splashes of bright, cheerful colors set against a modern, elegant background. Significant topics are defined by a convenient color-coded navigation menu on the left side of the site. The menu is initially expanded displaying easy access to Events, eBooks & Downloads, Recommendations and information for Kids & Parents etc.

Additionally, note the prominent Search feature for the catalog and the site, the quick link to find KDL branches, and if you’re ever lost, there’s a live chat box with a lovely human on the other end who can help you during any of KDL’s open hours.

Stay tuned… We hope you enjoy this site when it launches, along with all the wonderful programs and services KDL has to offer!


Posted by:

KDL Reads Kicks Off with Concert and Poetry Reading

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

KDL ReadsWe are pleased to kick-off KDL Reads with a free concert featuring Vox Vidorra and live poetry by Dimonique Boyd, Deonte Osayande and Justin Rogers. This special celebration for all ages will take place at 6:30 PM on Monday, April 11 at Wealthy Street Theatre. The event will include door prizes and refreshments.

Vox Vidorra is an indie/soul quartet from Grand Rapids, MI. Lead by vocal marvel Molly Bouwsma Schultz, the band combines rich, Motown worthy vocals with an underbelly of indie rock, soul and jazz provided by multi-instrumentalists Scott Schultz, Ryan K Wilson and Theo Ndawillie II.

KDL Reads is a community reading event centered on the book Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. This powerful memoir chronicles Woodson’s coming of age amid the backdrop of the turbulent 1960’s. Woodson finds her voice and tells her story through beautifully rendered poems steeped in memory and rich with family ties. An Evening with Jacqueline Woodson will take place at 6:30 PM on Thursday, May 26 at Comstock Park High School.

We want to thank our generous sponsors Consumers Energy and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, in addition to the individual Kent District Library donors who made KDL Reads possible.

Posted by:

Writer’s Conference: Register Now!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

KDL Writers Conference Logo

Attention writers and authors: it’s time to sign up for our fifth annual KDL Writers Conference , taking place from 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM on Saturday, April 16 at the Cascade Township Branch. This event, for teens and adults,  features Michigan authors and publishing insiders sharing their experiences on getting started, ways to be a paid author, how to promote yourself and more. All genres of writers and skill levels are welcome and pre-registration is required.

We hope to see you there!

Posted by:

Another Seed Library Volunteer Opportunity

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

SeedLibraryLogoWe need your help! We are looking for people who are willing to help pack and distribute seeds for the KDL Seed Library. This is your chance to help people learn to grow their own food and learn to save seeds. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

This event will take place at the KDL Service Center (814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park) from 1:00 – 5:00 PM on Tuesday, March 15. More information and the sign-up link can be found here. Please note that if you haven’t already done so, you will have to create a simple user account to sign up.

We hope to see you there!

Posted by:

Civic Theatre Passes: Freckle Face Strawberry

Saturday, March 5th, 2016


Starting NOW until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Caledonia Twp. or East Grand Rapids branches for the dress rehearsal of Freckle Face Strawberry on Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (30 N. Division Ave.) All dress rehearsals are general seating and vouchers must be redeemed for an admission ticket on dress night only.

Vouchers do not guarantee a seat, as dress rehearsals include open admissions sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM. Questions? Call KDL Patron Services at 784-2007.

Posted by:

Congratulations Teen Film Festival Winners!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

TeenFilmFestivalLogoCongratulations to our winners and to everyone who was featured in the 2016 Teen Film Festival! We had an awesome time and hope you did too! All of the films are posted on YouTube and linked below. Without further ado, here are the winners!

Best Live Action Short:  Sno Day Off, Directed by Jessica Ryan
Best Commercial:  Tae – 25, Directed by Madelyn Jester, Alena Buterakos & Emma Sorenson
Best Animation: 2015 North Park Animated Poetry Project, North Park Montessori students
Best Editor: Noah Conner, No Outlet

Best Director: Ezra Moreno, Tales from the Tundra
Best Actor:  Luke McGee, Chupacabra of Darkness
Best Actress: Jessica Ryan, Sno Day Off
Best Screenplay: Katherine Hessler, Davis and Mary
People’s Choice Award: Chupacabra of Darkness, Directed by Luke McGee

Congratulations again!

Mark your calendars for next year’s Festival. Entries will be accepted for the 2017 Teen Film Festival from Saturday, October 1, 2016 – Friday, January 20, 2017.

Posted by:

KDL Closing at Noon

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Due to increasingly hazardous travel conditions, all KDL locations will close at noon today, Tuesday, March 1. All afternoon and evening events are cancelled. Please remember that our digital collection is always available at www.kdl.org/downloads! Stay safe!

Posted by:

Coffee and Tea Programs @ KDL

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

kdlCaffeinatedLogo_web-300x300We’re headed into another season of unique adult programming. Up next: KDL Caffeinated, where we bring in (or visit) some of the area’s leading experts on hot things steeped, roasted, brewed and sipped. The program line-up includes:

My Cuppa Tea: Create Custom Tea Blends for Health & Wellness
Ferris Coffee & Nut Tour and Tasting
How to Make the Best Coffee
Madcap Coffee Company: Pour Over Class
Tea at the Township Hall: Ladies of the Lighthouses

Please click the program title for more information, including dates, times and locations.

Posted by:


Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Due to hazardous road conditions KDL branches will remain closed until noon today (Thursday, Feb. 25). All morning programs are cancelled. Stay safe and we hope to see you later today.

Posted by:

KD aLe Wrap Up Party

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

gb12Celebrate another successful season of KD aLe at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, February 24 at Gravel Bottom Brewery (418 Ada Dr. SE, Ada). On tap will be the winning brew from our KDL Home Brewing Competition, as well as a re-release of the scotch ale Gravel Bottom brewed for KD aLe last year. Food, beer, music, door prizes and more will make this an all-around fun and exciting evening. Be there!



Posted by: