KDL Blog ‘Events’ Category

Spring Early Childhood Essentials Classes

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Building BlocksParents and caregivers of children are invited to participate in free Early Childhood Essentials classes at KDL this spring. If you have young children or work in child care and need professional development hours, this series is for you. All of the presenters are certified and vetted through Great Start. The classes are for adults, and child care is not provided.

Registration is required and participation is limited. Sign up today by clicking on the links below or calling our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007. If you register and then are unable to attend, please call and let us know, as many sessions have waiting lists.



Discovering Play
Thursday, March 20, 6:30 PM — Byron Township Branch
Monday, March 31, 6:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Hands-On Minds-On Science
Saturday, March 22, 10:00 AM — Cascade Township Branch

Mini Day of Learning: Autism Emphasis
Saturday, March 29, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM — First Reformed Church (3060 Wilson Ave. in Grandville)

A Little More Math
Thursday, April 3, 6:30 PM — Plainfield Township Branch

Let’s Go Outside!
Thursday, April 17, 6:30 PM — Byron Township Branch

Kindergarten Readiness
Saturday, April 19, 10:00 AM — Cascade Township Branch

Coping with Conflict
Thursday, April 24, 6:30 PM — Plainfield Township Branch
Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 PM — Krause Memorial Branch

Teaching Science with Toys
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 AM — East Grand Rapids Branch

Developing Phonological Awareness
Monday, April 28, 6:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Healthy Snacking
Tuesday, May 13, 6:30 PM — Krause Memorial Branch
Thursday, May 22, 6:30 PM — Byron Township Branch

Earning a CDA Credential
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 PM — Krause Memorial Branch

Raising Kids with Character
Saturday, May 31, 10:00 AM — Cascade Township Branch


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Spring 2014 KDL Kaleidoscope

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

The Spring 2014 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope program guide is now available online, and printed copies will be available soon at your local branch library. You’ll find all you need to know about spring programs and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations.

It’s sure to be an exciting season at KDL, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Check out the KDL Kaleidoscope today!

Spring 2014 Kaleidoscope


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Kent County Teen Film Festival Winners!

Monday, February 24th, 2014

12715613455_8efa073939_oThe eighth annual Kent County Teen Film Festival was a huge success!  On Saturday, more than 200 people came to cheer on their favorite teen filmmakers.

This year’s winners are:

Best Screenplay: Jayden Bodziak for “My Cat in Love”
Best Commerical/PSA: “Cleaning Ninja” (Directed by Patrick Badovinac, David Guinn, and Sawyer Osborn)
Best Documentary: “Mutts of Motown” (Directed by Emily Livermore)
Best Feature Short: Ezra Moreno’s “Abominable Snowman” (Directed by Ezra Moreno)
People’s Choice Award: “Desolation” (Directed by Nick Hansen)12715612375_6c8f4546f0_o
Best Actress: Emie Ross in “Cat Lady Clip”
Best Actor: Trevor Hansen in “Desolation”
Best Director: Nick Hansen for “Desolation”

Watch the finalist films here. Congratulations to all our winners, and a big round of applause to all our teen filmmakers!

Be sure to like Kent County Teen Film Festival on Facebook to keep up to date with festival news, and to watch the winning movies which will be posted later this week.

And remember—it’s never too early to start filming for 2015!




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No Heat at Grandville Branch

Monday, February 24th, 2014

UPDATE: Although heat has not yet been restored, the Grandville Branch is open. You may want to bundle up if you choose to visit today :)

The Grandville Branch is currently closed due to no heat. They hope to reopen around noon today (Monday, February 24). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Grandville Branch

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African Folktales at the Kentwood Branch

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Miz RosieCome enjoy a dramatic, energized storytelling experience! People of all ages are invited to African Folktales with Storyteller Miz Rosie, taking place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 1 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. Miz Rosie involves her audience and young and old alike will be swept up into African and African-American folktales that teach cultural diversity, history and life skills. The engaging oral tradition performed by Rosie will be accompanied by songs and instruments. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library.

We hope to see you there!


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Teen Film Festival — One Winner’s Story

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

001As the time draws near for the next Kent County Teen Film Festival on Saturday, February 22 at Celebration! Cinema North from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM, one of last year’s winners, Emily Livermore of East Grand Rapids, reflects on seeing her work on the big screen and how it’s shaped her career aspirations. Read Emily’s story here. See you at the Festival!





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Get Tax Help at the Library

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

taxesDavenport University is once again offering free tax filing for lower income families, seniors and those with disabilities, and both the Wyoming and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branches are two of 16 sites in West Michigan where help is being offered until April 10.

For more information, click here or call 616-871-6147 to make an appointment for any of the partner sites.



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Les Mis Fan? You’ve Got to Read This…

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Les MisNOTE: As of 12:31 PM on Monday, February 10, the passes are gone. Anyone interested in seeing the dress rehearsal can purchase tickets at the box office the night of the performance at a discounted rate.

From today until they are gone, KDL cardholders may pick up two vouchers per person at our Plainfield Township and Wyoming branches for the free dress rehearsal of Les Misérables on Thursday, February 27, 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, 30 N. Division Ave, Grand Rapids.

When these much-coveted vouchers are gone, they’re gone. Go get them! And then go use them!

NOTE: This is a first-come, first-seated performance; having a voucher does not guarantee a seat as dress rehearsals include open admission sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM.

In the meantime, check out these Les Misérables items for loan from KDL.

grct logoP.S: If you do get vouchers and find you cannot use them, please return them to any KDL branch as there is always high demand.


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Local Films on the Big Screen

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

TeenFilmFestival-colorIf you love short films, don’t miss out on our upcoming Kent County Teen Film Festival, taking place from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 22 at Celebration! Cinema North (2121 Celebration Dr. NE). Several teen film submissions will be shown on the big screen, and prizes in several categories will be awarded.

We hope to see you there!


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Early Childhood Essentials

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Morgan on 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 Youth Specialist Morgan Doane talk about our free Early Childhood Essentials classes for parents & caregivers.

Upcoming classes include:

• Inexpensive Green Early Literacy Activities
• Getting Ready to Write, 0 – 3 Year Olds
• Getting Ready to Write, 3 – 5 Year Olds
• Finding Balance in Everyday Life
• Discovering Play
• and more!

Sessions offers one hour of professional development. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited — click on the links above or call 616-784-2007 to register. (Adults only please; child care is not provided.)


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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)


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