KDL Blog ‘Events’ Category

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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Shop to Support Your Library with a Macy’s Pass

Monday, August 3rd, 2015


Great goods, great deals, great cause! Shop to support your local library on Aug. 29, Macy’s Shop for a Cause Day, and save up to 30 percent on merchandise from the retailer. Purchase your shopping pass at any Kent District Library branch for $5 to use for discounts and deals at Macy’s. One hundred percent of the proceeds support KDL programming in your community. Buy a pass for yourself and one for a friend — this is a shopping spree you can feel good about!

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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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Popular Teen Programs: New Listings!

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

cake decoratingDue to the popularity (and long waiting lists) of a couple of our teen programs, we have decided to add extra dates and times to our program lineup! Here are the newly added listings:

Sweet! Cake Decorating for Teens
Learn some tips and tricks for decorating cakes, cookies and other sweet treats. Hands-on fun included. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.
Thursday, July 16, 1:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Wednesday, July 29, 4:00 PM – Wyoming Branch
Tuesday, August 11, 6:00 PM – Plainfield Township Branch

Henna Tattoos
Experience the intricate art of henna tattooing with Harsha Gohil. Choose your own design for application and learn how to apply the henna yourself!  Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.
Wednesday, July 15, 4:00 PM – Wyoming Branch
Wednesday, July 29, 3:30 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Please click the program links above to register. Enjoy!

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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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Get a Free Bike Helmet!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

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Make plans to visit the Walker Branch on Wednesday, June 24. Starting at 1:45 PM, volunteers from the Griffins and Safe Kids will be on hand to properly fit free bike helmets for the first 100 kids. Helmets for kids ages 1-12 will be distributed (subject to availability), and a parent or legal guardian must be present for a child to receive a helmet. Griff will be on hand to entertain patrons, and a variety of information from the Griffins and Safe Kids will be available for pickup.

See you there!


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We Didn’t Forget About the Adults!

Friday, June 12th, 2015

herbsOf course we are offering a slew of exciting programs for kids and teens this summer, but we didn’t forget about the adults! Check out these offering for the grown-ups. Click the program title for dates, times and locations.

Let’s Hit the Road! with Ron Rademacher
Think you’ve been everywhere in Michigan? Learn about the hidden treasures you may have missed, tucked away along Michigan’s back roads.

Saving Seeds from Your Backyard Garden
Save money by reusing your heirloom seeds year after year. Get the latest hands-on tips and tricks for harvesting and saving seeds from Rachelle Bostwick of Earthkeeper Farm.

Herbs from Garden to Pantry with Connie Hanson
Learn how to make herbal vinegars, savory oils, mustards, chutney, flavorful herbal jellies, lavender honey and herbal syrups. All of these items make great gifts! Recipes and many samples are included in this program! Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.

Learn the stab bookbinding method which creates a beautiful seam stitch design. Pre-registration is required.

Make Your Own Beach Sandals
Fashion design professionals from Kendall College of Art and Design will inspire you to design and create your own pair of trendy beach sandals! All supplies are included. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.

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UPDATE – Critter Barn at Lowell Moved to 11:00am

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

critter barnThe scheduled Critter Barn at the Lowell Englehardt Branch has been postponed until 11:00am today. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Programs Just for Teens

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Henna 4We have an awesome line-up of teen programs this summer! Here is just a sampling of what we have to offer. Click on the program title for a list dates, times and locations.

Cupcake Wars
Experience all the drama of the TV show in live action. Compete for prizes by decorating a gourmet cupcake and plate with KDL’s own version of “Cupcake Wars!” Our panel of experts will crown the victor of KDL’s Cupcake Wars, but everyone wins when there’s cupcakes to eat!

Find Your Inner Artist: Corey Ruffin, Caricaturist
Corey’s caricature workshop unleashes the hidden talent in all of us. Even if stick figures are the full extent of your artistic ability, Corey gets you drawing like a pro by showing you how to cartoon the human face in a few simple steps.

Sweet! Cake Decorating for Teens
Learn some tips and tricks for decorating cakes, cookies and other sweet treats. Hands-on fun included. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.

DIY Tie-Dye for Teens
Bring a white or light colored T-shirt to this program and try a new way of tie-dye — with permanent markers. All other materials will be provided to help you create a one-of-a-kind shirt.

Doctor Who Party for Teens
No Silence in this Library — we’re here to celebrate Doctor Who. Come together with fellow Whovians to engage in crafts, games and goodies. Allons-y!

How to Draw Manga
Instructors from Kendall College of Art & Design will teach you the ins and outs of character design and illustration in the distinctive style of Japanese animation and manga. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.

Henna Tattoos
Experience the intricate art of henna tattooing with Harsha Gohil. Choose your own design for application and learn how to apply the henna yourself! Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.

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Amazing Acts!

Monday, June 8th, 2015

plunkardThe following programs are sure to keep your family engaged, amazed and entertained! Don’t miss out on all the fun! Click the program title for dates, times and locations.

Hooper Heroes
Grab your magical lasso and learn how to hoop! Audacious Hoops will teach you basic hooping techniques for both fun and fitness.

Jibber Jams!
This engaging and interactive performance features imaginative original songs, audience inspired improvisation and the universal language of jibberish!

The Remarkable Mr. Tolsh and Other Puppet Vignettes
Join Kevin Kammeraad, Justin Haveman and their puppet crew as they share the stories of some uncommon heroes through music, movement and wordplay!

Tom Plunkard: Magic to the Rescue!
This entertaining and hilarious show includes animals, audience involvement and amazing magic.

The Village Puppeteers and the Damsel in Distress
Join us for a puppet show featuring a comedy romp and a heroic mission to save Rapunzel.

The Porters in Concert
Come swing and dance to the toe-tappin’ sounds of The Porters, a four-piece band that will captivate and entertain even the youngest audience.

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