KDL Blog ‘Events’ Category

Patron Story: Kristin Buursma

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Buursma2Kristin Buursma is always looking for opportunities to help her three-year-old business stand out and thrive. The Belmont resident and owner of Northlight Nannies found just the thing recently at Kent District Library: free Early Childhood Essentials classes.

Read Kristin’s story here.

 

 

 

 


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Zombie Program Just for Teens

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

ZombieHarvestBrainsSave your brains! Teens grades 6-12 are invited to the Harvest Brains program taking place at several KDL branches this fall. Attendees will build a survival bag, practice their aim, and learn what it takes to stay alive during a zombie apocalypse. Don’t miss out on all the fun!

SCHEDULE:
Thursday, October 16, 2:30 PM – Comstock Park Branch
Saturday, October 18, 10:30 AM – Alto Branch
Wednesday, October 22, 3:30 PM – Gaines Township Branch
Thursday, October 23, 6:30 PM – Tyrone Township Branch
Saturday, October 25, 1:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, October 25, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Thursday, October 30, 3:30 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, October 30, 6:30 PM – Grandville Branch

Branch locations can be found here.

 


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Using It and Loving It!
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Create Your Own Website or Blog
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics & More
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Career Transitions Workshop: LinkedIn Boot Camp
  • Job Seekers: Job & Career Accelerator
  • Speak to a Geek (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):

  • November classes: Registration begins Monday, October 6 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, October 13 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Write Michigan Contest

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Michelle at WGVUEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Assistant Director Michelle Boisvenue-Fox talk about the 3rd Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 

 

 

 

 

 


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October 16: Meet Four Michigan Authors

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Front coverIn our continued efforts to promote home-grown writing talent, we’re introducing seasonal Michigan Authors Nights at four of our branches, where up to five authors with books published in the past 12 months will be able to sign, read and sell their masterpieces.

The inaugural event will be held at our East Grand Rapids Branch (in the City Commission chambers) on Thursday, October 16 from 6:00–8:00 PM. Our first line-up is:

 


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Save Money on Griffins Tickets

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

griffins_logoHockey season is here! Use your Kent District Library card to get a great deal on Grand Rapids Griffins hockey tickets.

For every Sunday and Wednesday home game (excluding Dec. 31) during the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 2014-15 regular season, present your Kent District Library card at the Van Andel Arena box office on the night of the game or at The Zone anytime during the store’s regular business hours to purchase either an Upper Level ticket for $14 (regularly $16 advance and $19 day of game) or a Lower Level Faceoff ticket for $18 (regularly $20 in advance and $23 day of game). Limit four tickets per card per person, subject to availability.

Check out the Griffins’ schedule and plan a fun night out for a great deal!

Go Griffins!


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Program Cancellation: Harvesting & Saving Garden Seeds

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

SeedLibraryLogoThe Harvesting and Saving Garden Seeds program scheduled to take place at the East Grand Rapids Branch tonight at 6:30 PM has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience and invite you to join us next week instead when this program will be offered at the Plainfield Township Branch on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30 PM.

 

 

 


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Write Michigan Short Story Workshop: It Lives! Revision and Re-Vision!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

WriteMichiganShortStoryWorkshopItLivesDo you have a short story that you would like to enter in the 3rd Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest? Are you feeling stuck and are not sure what you can do to improve your story? You’re in luck!

KDL is bringing author Caitlin Horrocks, New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice honoree to the Plainfield Township Branch on Saturday, September 27 and the East Grand Rapids Branch on Wednesday, November 12 (note date change) to teach a short story workshop for adults that focuses on revision. At the workshop she will outline strategies for successful revision on many levels, from ruthless line editing to wholesale re-envisioning of stalled or stale stories. There will be readings, discussion and exercises to make problematic pieces more promising. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.

For more information on the 3rd Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest please visit www.writemichigan.org

 

 


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Free Retirement Planning Program

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Future Proof InvestingIt’s never too early to begin planning for your financial future. We can help! Adults are invited to attend Future Proof Retirement Planning, taking place at three KDL branches this fall. Kelly Gilbert and Steve Kitchen, authors of Future Proof Investing, will teach you to make financial decisions based upon your own goals and objectives. In keeping with KDL policy, this is not a sales seminar, but an informational program about different models of retirement planning and how to save and protect funds for an attainable and sustainable retirement.

Schedule:
Thursday, October 9, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch
Thursday, October 23,  6:30 PM – Grandville Branch
Saturday, November 1, 2:00 PM – Gaines Township Branch

We hope to see you there!


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Short Story Workshops: Teens Only!

Friday, September 19th, 2014

WriteMichigan-blackSpread the word! As part of the Write Michigan Short Story Contest, we are offering Short Story Workshops for teens grades 6-12. Delve into the world of creative writing by exploring different techniques and short story ideas. If you plan on entering the Write Michigan Contest, you definitely want to attend one of these workshops! Pre-registration is required so sign up today! Register online or by calling 616-784-2007. We hope to see you there!

Schedule:

Saturday, October 4, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Thursday, October 16, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, October 18, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 8, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 3:30 – 5:30 PM, Wyoming Branch


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