KDL Blog ‘Events’ Category

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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Summer Sounds: Concerts at the Library

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

musicSit back, relax and enjoy some great music. Our program line-up includes several performances that will fill our branches with some sweet summer sounds. The shows are open to all ages and they are all free… it’s music to my ears! Please click on the program title for dates, times and locations.

City of Kentwood 2015 Summer Concert Series
Free evening concerts held at the library amphitheater. Bring a blanket for lawn seating or a chair for plaza seating. Sponsored by Comcast and the City of Kentwood Arts Advisory Committee.

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

Uno, Dos, Tres with Andrés!
Celebrate the sounds of Latin America and more with bilingual música sure to delight the whole family.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Heroes
Listen and learn about the legends and heroes of Rock and Roll presented by Dynamic West. This show is sure to entertain all ages with a snapshot of the music that helped shape a generation.

Music on the Deck at the Caledonia Township Branch
Come and enjoy a summer evening with live music on the library deck. Bring your own chair or blanket.

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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Print Off Your Free Activity Pass

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Michigan Activity PassKent District Library has joined the partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Recreation and Park Association to offer you free access to hundreds of Michigan’s state parks, historic sites, cultural attractions, campgrounds and other recreation areas!

Visit the Michigan Activity Pass website to find participating locations and print off a one-entry pass that must be used within one week. Just fill out the three questions in the green box, find the location you would like to visit and click “Get Pass.”

Please know that passes are limited at any given time and you will be asked to enter your library card number.

“Kent District Library is excited to provide the Michigan Activity Pass to our cardholders and pleased that there are more MAP participating venues in West Michigan. We hope our members will utilize this program to gain enjoyable experiences and increase physical activity in their lives,” said Communications Manager Heidi Nagel.

A press conference launching this program will take place at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 8 at our Cascade Township Branch.

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Library Outreach Extends to Farmers Market with New Summer Series

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

You can now add library card to your farmers market shopping list! Five area farmers markets will play host to the new Kent District Library outreach efforts aiming to register and educate patrons on digital library services and the Summer Reading Program. By providing hotspots with free WiFi accessible to the public, we are hoping to sign people up who may live far from their KDL branch.

ada farmers marketInterns on site will be available to deliver information on eBooks and online courses offered through the library catalog.

 “KDL made a millage promise to increase its community engagement by bringing services outside the library,” said Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, Assistant Director of Kent District Library. “Farmers Markets allow us the ability of setting up a pop up library in a booth.  At the library booth, people can sign up for a library card if they live in our service area.  They can learn about our digital collections–eBooks, eMusic, eAudiobooks, eMovies, eMagazines and eComic books.  And more importantly, people of all ages can sign up for the summer reading program.”

The five farmers markets involved are Ada, Byron Center, Lowell, Rockford and Wyoming. The program will run in Ada on Tuesdays, alternating between Wyoming and Lowell on Thursdays and alternating between Byron Center and Rockford on Saturdays from the first week of June through the end of August.

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“What we really want is for people to learn about library services and find something for themselves,” said Boisvenue-Fox. “Our digital collection is ideal for people to use at their convenience. They don’t have to come into a branch for these things.”


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Animals at the Library? Absolutely!

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

RabbitThis summer we are featuring a lot of creatures at our programs. Don’t miss out on all the furry and feathered fun! Below is a list of our animal-related programs. Click each link for more information including dates, times and locations.

Ruff Readers
Ruff Readers is a unique read-aloud program in partnership with West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Inc. that pairs kids with a trained therapy dog and their handler. Kids read their favorite book and the pooches curl up, listen and enjoy. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. Kids will be given a 15-minute slot as they arrive. Sponsored by BISSELL. For ages 6 and older.

Farm on the Go
The Critter Barn of Zeeland brings a little of the farm to the city in a program featuring the cutest barnyard animals around for you to touch and pet. For families.

Nature’s Superheroes
Nature has its own cast of Superheroes! Learn how plants and animals use their superpowers to preserve our super environment. Explore through hands-on activities, games and animal observations with Nature on the GO! For families.

Pet Show
Is your pet a star? Every critter’s a winner in this unique show designed to put the spotlight on your furry, scaly or feathered friend. All acts must pre-register. Visit the library for more details. For all ages.

Amazing Backyard Animals
Join Kalamazoo Nature Center’s ace reporter as he brings you the latest scoop on your neighborhood’s wildlife. For ages 6 and older.

Hope to see you there!

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Kicking Off Summer With Kentwoodpalooza!

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Come join us in celebrating the end of the school year and beginning of summer at the 5th annual Kentwoodpalooza on Wednesday, June 17 from 3:00 to 9:00 PM at Kent District Library’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch.

New KDLkentwoodpalooza-9017“I am really excited about this year’s lineup. This Kentwoodpalooza will be the most musically eclectic yet, featuring a cross section of genres from rock to country to jazz to Latin,” said event organizer Greg Lewis, a teen librarian at the branch. “The City of Kentwood and area businesses have been very supportive, and since KDL has embraced this, we have people coming from all over.”

The festival-style event supported this year by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library, will have live music from local teen bands, poetry readings, painting and free food.

KDLkentwoodpalooza-9075“Now that we’ve been doing this a few years, Kentwoodpalooza is becoming known as a summer event area teens look forward to – performers too,” Lewis said. “This is a great opportunity for teens to show what they can do and to learn from some of the area’s most well-known performers and artists.”

3:00PM – Luc James Studio Showcase
3:30PM – Plaid Day (Country/Pop)
4:00PM – Uproar (Jazz)
4:45PM – Flight of Niko (Indie)
5:30PM – Every Breaking Wave (Rock/Pop)
6:00PM – Queso Quest (Latin Funky Fusion Jam)
6:30 PM – Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony 7:30PM – Big Dudee Roo (Grunge Folk Rock)

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Summer Reading Starts Today!

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Celebrate HeroesCelebrate Heroes! Today is the first day of Summer Reading at KDL, so stop by your local branch and sign up for a summer of reading, programs and prizes! With separate programs for babies, kids, teens and adults, the whole family can get in on the fun.

Don’t forget to check out all the FREE programs and activities listed in the KDL Events Calendar!

A huge thank you goes out to Consumers Energy for sponsoring Summer Reading at KDL!

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Saturday KDL Caffeinated Tour

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

KDL CaffeinatedKDL Caffeinated wraps up with an immersive coffee experience Saturday, May 23 at 3 PM.  Experts at Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters will demonstrate the roasting process and brew some great coffee.  Learn how to make your own perfect cup of coffee in the unique atmosphere of a 100-year-old brick factory building.

The demonstrations will be held at Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters at 1111 Godfrey Avenue in Grand Rapids.

Construction Note: Due to road construction on Hall Street, patrons coming from 131 should exit west on Hall Street.  Turn left (south) onto Grandville Avenue. Then turn right(west) onto Liberty Street. Turn right (north) onto Godfrey Avenue. At the corner of Godfrey Avenue and Hall Street, you will see a five-story brick building. Turn left onto Hall Street to access the parking lot behind the building.

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Check out our Summer Reading Video!

Monday, May 18th, 2015

If you aren’t already counting down the days to Summer Reading at KDL, watch this video and you’re sure to catch the excitement!

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