KDL Blog ‘Events’ Category

Teens: Cosplay and Anime Programs

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Cosplay AnimeCosplay Costume Workshop
Meet up with other fans and begin designing your cosplay look. Supplies and equipment will be provided to help you rock the runway at JAFAX or the KDL Anime Festival.

Saturday, March 15, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch
Tuesday, March 18, 3:30 PM – Wyoming Branch
Thursday, March 20, 3:30 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch

 

Anime Festival
Come in costume and participate in our cosplay pageant for prizes, or just enjoy celebrating all things anime with your favorite shows, Japanese snacks, crafts and games.

Saturday, May 10, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch

For a list of branch locations and maps, click here.

 


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Free Writer’s Conference: Are You Registered?

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

What: Third annual Celebrate the Mitten Writers Conference
When: Saturday, March 29, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Cascade Township Branch
Cost: Free
Lots more info here!

Time to register is running out for KDL’s popular conference for writers. Published authors including — but not limited to — novelists Kristina Riggle and Aric Davis and publishing insiders from Christian publishing giant Baker Books, literary agent and editor Credo Communications and self-published authors’ helper PublishSavvy, just to name a few, will share their experiences and tips on how to take your writing to the next level, book marketing and social media, query letters and book proposals, and more. All genres and skill levels are welcome. Separate pre-registration is required for morning and afternoon sessions and participant spots are limited. Co-sponsored by Baker Books, Credo Communications, Publish Savvy and Pot-Boilers. To register, call 616-784-2007 or click on the links below.

Register early; spots for this event go very quickly and walk-ins cannot be accommodated!

9:00 AM – 12:45 PM — Morning Session (geared to not-yet published writers, but all are welcome)

9:00 – 9:30 AM — Welcome and Introductions

  1. 9:45 – 10:30 AM — Five Things Aspiring Writers Should Know (Because There’s Not Enough Time for 10) — author and editor Shelly Beach and author Kristina Riggle
  2. 10:40 – 11:20 AM — Traditional, Self-Publish or Can I Do Both? — Shannon Janeczek, owner of  Publish Savvy; author and micropublisher Don Pearson, novelist Aric Davis
  3. 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM — You Can Do This: An Editor’s Manifesto — How to Stay Motivated and Keep Moving toward Publication Chad Allen, editorial director, Baker Books

30 minutes to network/sell books/trade business cards

12:45 – 1:45 PM – Lunch on your own

1:45 – 5:00 PM — Afternoon Session (geared to published authors, but all are welcome)

1:45 – 2:00 PM: Welcome and Introductions

  1. 2:00 – 2:45 PM — Social Media & Book Marketing Tips, Tricks and Gaffes — Children’s Author Sandy Carlson; Shannon Janeczek, Publish Savvy
  2. 2:55 – 3:40 PM — Query Letters & Book Proposals: What are They? Do I Need Them? — Shelly Beach, novelist Aric Davis
  3. 3:45 – 4:30 PM — Taking Your Writing to the Next Level literary agent and copy editor Ann Byle, science fiction author Jim Hines

30 minutes to network/sell books/trade business cards

 


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Upcoming Meet-the-Author Events

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Meet a war veteran and his service dog.
Reminisce about Michigan roadtrips.
Hear stories of Detroit crime fiction.
Learn about the immigrant experience through a young boy’s journey.
Read about (and meet) a divorced Northern Michigan mom who dreams of keeping her farm and writing for a living.
Listen to the fascinating history of East Grand Rapids’ Ramona Park.
Meet local poets and hear their work — and just for teens: attend a poetry workshop.

More than a dozen authors will visit various KDL branches this spring. Click here to see the complete list, plus locations, dates and times.

Until Tuesday     Enrique's Journay     Bootstrapper

 


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Genre Derby Success

Friday, March 7th, 2014

GenreDerbyLogoA big thank you to everyone who participated in our recent Genre Derby! Thanks to generous donations and corporate matches, we have an additional $6,045 to spend on books in various genres. Although each “horse” earned some money, the winner was MARE Jo Putney, earning the top prize of $3,240 for the Romance genre!

We also want to thank investment firm Edward Jones and First United Credit Union for their chaitable contributions.

Thanks again for your help in making the Genre Derby a success!

 


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Have Fun With PEEPS®!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

PeepsHave some fun with everyone’s favorite marshmallow treat! We are offering a PEEPS® Diorama Contest at several of our branches. Create your own PEEPS® diorama based on the theme “PEEPS® are Popping Up All Over!” Bring it to a participating branch by April 1 for a chance to win a prize! Winners will be chosen by popular vote and prizes will be awarded on April 21.

The following branches are participating in the contest, which is open to people of all ages:

  • Alpine Township
  • Byron Township
  • Cascade Township
  • East Grand Rapids
  • Englehardt
  • Grandville
  • Kentwood (Richard L. Root)
  • Krause Memorial
  • Sand Lake/Nelson Township
  • Spencer Township
  • Tyrone Township

We can’t wait to see all your creativity on display!


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Create Rainbow Loom Jewelry

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Rainbow Loom
Children ages six and older are invited to the library to make necklaces, bracelets, rings and more. We are hosting Rainbow Loom Creativity at several branches this spring. We will provide bands in an assortment of colors. You just need to bring your loom and some friends! Rainbow Loom jewelry is fun, unique and great to give as gifts… no wonder it is so popular!

Schedule:
Saturday, March 8, 2:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 1:00 PM – Englehardt Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 1:30 PM – Cascade Township Branch
Wednesday, April 9, 2:00 PM – Byron Township Branch
Wednesday, April 9, 2:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, April 10, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, April 10, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park Branch

Click here for branch locations.

 


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Free Computer Classes & Job Seeker Workshops

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Spring 2014 Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes and workshops for job seekers can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our April classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Using It and Loving It!
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing Fun
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Sharing, Saving and Ordering
  • Gadgets: BYO eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Email Workshop
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Online Resources for Book Lovers
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Internet: The Lowell Ledger Online — Explore Your Local History
  • Internet: Wikipedia Editors Meet-Up
  • Job Seekers: Job & Career Accelerator
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Developing Your Personal Brand (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Communicating Your Brand (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Networking (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: LinkedIn Bookcamp (pre-registration not required if you bring your own laptop)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Behavioral Interviewing (pre-registration not required)

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required and will begin the month before the scheduled classes on the first Monday of each month for KDL cardholders and the second Monday for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available):

  • April classes: Registration begins Monday, March 3 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, March 10 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • May classes: Registration begins Monday, April 7 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, April 14 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Spring Gardening Programs

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

SeedLibraryLogoIn honor of our new Seed Library, we are hosting a variety of garden-themed programs this spring. Please click on the program title for more information, including dates, times and locations.

Eco-Friendly Garden Projects
Craft earth-friendly spring garden projects using upcycled household containers and supplies from nature’s bounty. For families.

Plant Exchange
Bring a plant, take a plant to freshen your garden and help out your neighbors. For all ages.

Gardening from Soil to Bloom
Love of gardening is a seed that, once sown, never dies. Jeanne Hawkins of The Secret Ingredient will teach gardening fundamentals, including the basics of soil, plants, planting, weeds and how to tell good bugs from bad. For adults.

Invasive Species in Your Neighborhood
What is the impact of alien plants? Naturalists from the Stewardship Network will explain how to identify and eradicate invasive plant species that are affecting West Michigan. For adults.

Rivers and Rain Barrels
How do your daily activities affect the water quality of area rivers? The West Michigan Environmental Action Council will discuss what all of us can do to protect our treasured resources. Participants can also construct rain barrels for $30, which can be paid in cash or by check. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. For adults.

 


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Two Giggly, Wiggly Programs for Kiddos

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

mouse femaleThere’s a Mouse in the House – stories, crafts, rhymes, fingerplays and puppets.

Tuesday, March 4, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Thursday, March 6, 10:30 AM – Englehardt Branch
Wednesday, March 12, 10:00 and 11:00 AM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, March 13, 7:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, March 29, 10:00 AM – Krause Memorial Branch
Saturday, April 5, 10:00 AM – Alpine Township Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 1:00 PM – Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, April 21, 10:00 AM – Plainfield Township Branch
Wednesday, May 7, 10:00 AM – Gaines Township Branch
Tuesday, May 13, 10:00 AM – Cascade Township Branch
Wednesday, May 14, 10:00 AM – Cascade Township Branch

Spring Brings Very Hungry Caterpillars – stories and crafts based on the beloved Eric Carle books.

very hungry caterpillarSunday, March 9, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Monday, March 17, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch
Saturday, March 22, 10:30 AM – Gaines Township Branch
Monday, April 7, 7:00 PM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 10:00 AM – Cascade Township Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 PM – Wyoming Branch
Wednesday, April 9, 10:00 AM – Cascade Township Branch
Thursday, April 10, 10:00 AM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, April 22, 10:00 AM – Alpine Township Branch
Wednesday, April 23, 10:00 AM – Tyrone Township Branch
Tuesday, April 29, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, April 30, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 7, 10:00 AM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, May 8, 10:30 AM – Englehardt Branch
Tuesday, May 13, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 PM – Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, May 21, 10:30 AM – Comstock Park Branch

Branch locations can be found here.

 


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Create a Limerick for LaughFest

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

LaughFest“A challenge in honor of LaughFest.
Clever verse that is also a good jest.
Get a line as a primer.
Then be a good rhymer.
Care to try? By all means, be our guest.”

Everyone is welcome to stop by a participating branch during the month of March and submit a limerick. Entries will be displayed in the branch.

Participating Branches: Alpine Township, Byron Township, Caledonia Township, Cascade Township, Grandville, Englehardt, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) and Sand Lake/Nelson Township

 


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