KDL Blog ‘Events’ Category

Teens: Kentwoodpalooza Is Back

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

KDLkentwoodpalooza-9021Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 12 from 2:00 to 8:00 PM at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch for a festival-style celebration of the arts, the end of school and the beginning of Summer Reading @ KDL with music, film, poetry, food and more.

Here’s the complete schedule:

1:00 PM — JibberJams
Crane Wives drummer Dan Rickabus will lead a round of intelligent silliness for all ages. This energetic, engaging interactive performance features original songs and improvisation performed in the universal language of jibberish.

1:00 PM — Ongoing Art
Watch local artist Barbara Williams collaborate with about a dozen East Kentwood High School National Art Honor Society students on the creation of a large mural that will hang inside the library when completed.

2:00 PM – Kent County Teen Film Festival Encore
If you missed these teen-created short flicks in February, see them now and meet a few of the young filmmakers who created them.

2:00 PM — Guitar Workshop with Justin Dore Join Big Dudee Roo’s lead guitarist in exploring different playing styles and what makes those styles unique. Find out what it means to be a lead guitarist and hear the dos and don’ts of joining a band. Also, get some practice techniques and hear about the history of the instrument and notable guitarists.

3:00 PM — Songwriting Workshop
Max Lockwood, lead singer and songwriter for folk rock band Big Dudee Roo, will perform some of his songs, discuss the songwriting process, share ideas for building a song from the ground up and show how to put together all the elements of a song.

5:30 PM — Writing Workshop
Published writer and poet Hazel Foster will explain how to take working drafts from revision to publication, addressing revision strategies, submission etiquette, venues for publication and how to survive rejection.

6:30 PM — Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony
Winners from the Kent District Library Teen Poetry Contest will share their poetry.

mcaca_logo_final4:00–8:00 PM – Live Music on the Amphitheatre
4:00 PM — December Assembly (Electronic Alternative)
5:00 PM — Phantom (Ivory Alternative)
6:00 PM – Virgo (Alternative Rock)
7:00 PM — Big Dudee Roo (Grungy Folk Rock)

Kentwoodpalooza is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library.

 

 


Posted by:


Summer Reading @ KDL Coming Soon!

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Ignite-Orange_jpgThe school year is winding down, and that means we are gearing up for Summer Reading @ KDL. With programs for kids, teens and adults, we are inviting the whole family to Ignite Happiness @ KDL. And if discovering some great books isn’t enough of an incentive to participate, we have also got some awesome prizes up for grabs!

Summer Reading @ KDL kicks off on Monday, June 2. Stop by your local branch to sign up, and don’t forget to check out our program guide. Our summer line-up includes reptiles, magic, animals, food and music, just to name a few!

 

 


Posted by:


Teen Poetry Contest Winners

Monday, May 19th, 2014

WordWiseKDL’s eleventh annual Teen Poetry Contest was a huge success thanks to all the great teen poets out there. This year, nearly 200 poems were submitted. Library staff reviewed the poems and narrowed down the entries, submitting them to former Grand Rapids Poet Laureate, David Cope, for final analysis. Ten winners were chosen and a PDF of the winning poems is available for your reading pleasure.

Congratulations to the winning poets!

  • april 9 by Michelle Starkey
  • Syria by Jimmy Kastelz
  • The Box by Ashley Nelson
  • And It Will Be Beautiful by Janelle Urena Ravelo
  • An Evaporating Cosmos by Claire Oleson
  • Goodnight Moon by Deanna Griffin
  • Resentment by Jyi Herring
  • Hopeless in Waiting RE: Hopeless in Waiting by Greg Clapp
  • A Sponsored Child by Samantha Holland
  • Bursting from the Inside Out by Kaley Obney

We would also like to extend a special thanks to our judge, David Cope. We appreciate his expertise and his willingness to judge our contest again this year.

 


Posted by:


Get Your Free Concert Tickets at KDL

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

voguesKDL is once again a ticket sponsor for the WGVU Real Oldies Concert at the Ball Park! This event will be held on Saturday, May 31 at 6:00 PM at the Fifth Third Ball Park, featuring The Vogues, and other special guests. Pick up your free tickets at any KDL branch.

We hope to see you there!

 

 


Posted by:


Share Your Story Contest — Early Childhood Essentials

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

babymomHave you taken any of our Early Childhood Essentials classes? If you have, woo-hoo! We want to hear from you.

Click here to fill out the share your story form and tell us what brought you to the classe(es), how the material covered impacted your personal or professional life and what you enjoyed about the class. Best entry gets a $25 Schuler Books & Music gift card and shared on our patron stories page. Contest deadline: 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 31.

Early Childhood Essentials classes, sponsored by Great Start CONNECT, are open to adults. Many attendees are childcare providers, and take the classes to receive professional development hours. Whereas some agencies charge a fee, ECE classes at KDL are free. Yep, free.

 


Posted by:


Meet the Author: Josh Malerman

Monday, May 12th, 2014

BirdBoxJosh Malerman (who, mark my words, will soon be bestselling author Josh Malerman) will be at Schuler Books & Music on 28th Street in Kentwood at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 16. Go. Please, go.

From time to time I sneak into our assistant director’s office and borrow a few of her LibraryReads hopefuls. That’s how I got ahold of Bird Box.

It was several months ago, but I haven’t stopped thinking about this post-apocalyptic, stark and terrifying-in-broad-daylight novel by Detroit’s Malerman (also the lead singer of rock band The High Strung). The clipped dialogue and short, tight sentences matched the book’s “frantic in a sort of hopeless way, really” pace. It’s crazy-original, and just wicked, wicked good fiction.

Universal Pictures has already optioned the movie rights – of course they have, and it has the potential to be a terrific flick. But to get the full effect, read the book.

Need more convincing before you go to Schuler on Friday? Here’s a recent article.

 


Posted by:


Meet the Author: Jaime Westenbarger

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

jaime-smallJaime Westenbarger, President and CEO of Forest Hills Financial and author of a chapter in Steve Forbes’ new book Successonomics, will visit two KDL branches to present “Would You Be a Client of Your Business?” Jaime will be at the Cascade Township Branch at 6:30 PM on Monday, May 19, and at the Plainfield Township Branch at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, May 21. Learn how to grow your business even in the toughest of times. Free copies of Successonomics will be distributed and a book signing will take place.

We hope to see you there!

 

 


Posted by:


See “9 to 5: The Musical” for Free!

Monday, May 5th, 2014

9to5“Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen, pour myself a cup of ambition…”
Come on, you know the words!

Starting NOW until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Plainfield Township and Wyoming branches for the dress rehearsal of 9 to 5: The Musical on Thursday, May 29, 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (30 N. Division Ave.) All dress rehearsals are general seating and vouchers must be redeemed for an admission ticket on dress night only. Vouchers do not guarantee a seat as dress rehearsals include open admission sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM.

 


Posted by:


Free Computer Classes

Monday, May 5th, 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 June 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)
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics & More
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis
  • 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):

  • June classes: Registration begins Monday, May 5 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, May 12 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • July classes: Registration begins Monday, June 2 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, June 9 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • August classes: Registration begins Monday, July 7 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, July 14 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


Posted by:


Summer 2014 KDL Kaleidoscope

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Are you already making plans for summer? Don’t forget about all the FREE programs available at the library! The Summer 2014 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope program guide is now available online. You’ll find all you need to know about summer events and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations. (Printed guides will also be available in the branches by late May.)

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

 


Posted by: