Archive for October, 2007

Olivia and Chocolate Parties!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Many of our branches are wrapping up exciting series of regular programs this week, but lots of great programs will still be going on into November!

Olivia the Pig Party!

Olivia is not your ordinary pig – she dances, she sings, and she is definitely high energy!  We’re celebrating Ian Falconer’s popular storybook character with crafts and games featuring our favorite pig.  For all ages.



CHOCOLATE crafts!  CHOCOLATE stories!  CHOCOLATE games!  And CHOCOLATE tasting (of course)!  For ages 6 and up.

Don’t forget to visit our calendar to take a look at all the other November events going on!

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The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

Monday, October 29th, 2007

In this new release for teens, author Deb Caletti pairs an anxious 18 year old Jade with a young father, Sebastian.  

With all that life brings at you as a teen, sometimes things get overwhelming. Jade DeLuna suffers from panic attacks and finds that looking at an elephant webcam helps to alleviate her symptoms. But when she starts seeing the guy with the red jacket visit the elephant enclosure with a baby on his back she gets really intrigued.

This leads to her getting a job volunteering at the zoo. Eventually she meets Sebastian and Bo and the rest is history, right? Of course not. Because life is not the simple.

Jade’s family life is falling apart and Sebastian isn’t telling the whole story about his and Bo’s past.

Wonderfully written, The Nature of Jade will score big with teens looking for Sarah Dessen readalikes.

Look it up in the catalog here.

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Halloween Romance

Monday, October 29th, 2007

In the mood for a good paranormal romance? Check out our recommended reading lists!

Love Bites

Romance Under a Full Moon

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Let’s Play In The Forest..

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Check out Let’s Play In The Forest While The Wolf Is Not Around! by Claudia Rueda
In this adaptation of the traditional French and Latin American song, animals play in the forest while a scary wolf slowly dresses and becomes hungrier and hungrier. This is a great story to read over and over again to help build narrative skills. Kids quickly learn the pattern of the story and are able to “read” it themselves in no time!

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We want to know what YOU think…

Friday, October 26th, 2007

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At the Kent District Library, it’s our goal to provide you with the best in ideas, information, and excitement!  From our wide selection of books, movies, music and more, to our year-round programs and events, we strive to deliver the best in library services.  But we want to make sure that your voice is heard!  Let us know what you think by dropping us a comment in our new KDL Blog.  For every KDL blog post created, from the latest KDL news in the “KDL News” section, to the newest books, movies, and music in our “Book & More Blog“, you can post comments directly to the blog post to let us know what you think.  We want to hear from you!

So what are you waiting for?  Let us know what you think; post a comment today!  (See comment form below)



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New Antiques and Legal Forms Databases

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

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The Kent District Library has recently added two new databases to our growing research databases collection; Price It! Antiques and Collectibles and Thomson Gale LegalForms.  Our Price It! database cross-indexes price and value listings from a variety of sources including eBay, GoAntiques,, and Select Auction Houses, to help you find the most accurate price of your antique or collectible.  From action figures to teapots, Price It! is your online price guide.

Thomson Gale LegalForms database provides thousands of printable legal forms, including official, state specific, federal, business, personal, real estate, and more.  Also included a legal definitions index, an attorney directory, and more!  Check it out on KDL’s research databases page.  A valid Kent District Library card is required to access these databases from home.

 PriceIt! and Thomson Gale’s LegalForms databases — check them out!

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Personalize Your Pumpkin!!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Here’s a riddle for you:

How do you fix a broken pumpkin?

With a pumpkin patch!

Throughout the month of October, you have the opportunity to bring your own pumpkin to the library and carve it using cool tools, templates, and supplies!  Come in with a pumpkin, leave with an artistic masterpiece!  Take a look on our events calendar to find the date and location most convenient for you!

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Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

November is National Family Caregiving Month. To honor caregivers in our community, the Caregiver Resource Network (CRN) is hosting a free Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday, November 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. To register, please call the Area Agency on Aging at 222-7025. Space is limited.

If you help a loved one prepare meals, pay bills, manage medications or perform any other necessary day-to-day tasks, then you know that caregiving can be both rewarding and stressful.

At times, you may not know where to go for answers, emotional support and practical advice, or how to get a break from your caregiving responsibilities. You are not alone. The CRN is a collaboration of West Michigan organizations facilitated by the Area Agency on Aging, dedicated to providing for the needs and welfare of family and professional caregivers in our community.

For more information on caregiving, please call the CRN at 800-456-5664 or visit the Family Caregiver Alliance or Gerontology Network.

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KDL ranks high in peer comparison

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Every year libraries across the country are asked to submit their annual statistical data. This year, the data published in the Public Library Data Service Statistical Report 2007 brings us to some exciting conclusions.
In a peer group of 27 libraries nationwide, Kent District Library ranks high-to-very high in areas that measure superior performance, such as reference transactions, library card registrations, visits, and circulation per capita. Our high rank in the area of material expenditures per capita demonstrates continuing investment in one of our most important resources — the KDL collection!

KDL also ranked in the mid-range for area growth and economic stability, including population, operating income and operating expenditures.

The KDL family has a real feeling of pride when we review these statistics and see what our staff is able to accomplish. And for the future, while no one has a crystal ball, our 2007 KDL Business Plan positions KDL to move up in the rankings next year with short term goals and action plans. Moving forward through planning and dedication — that summarizes KDL and its upcoming initiatives!

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readergirlz & yalsa sponsor author chats in october

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Here is a great opportunity for teens to chat live online with famous authors.

 A group of authors who call themselves “readergirlz” and the young adult library services association (yalsa) have teamed up to bring 31 awesome authors to you throughout the month of October.

Each night in October a different author will be chatting online through the readergirlz myspace page. Authors such as Ann Brashares (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and Stephanie Meyer (author of the Twilight series) are coming up later in October.

The chats are held nightly through the readergirlz group page. All chats are held at 8pm except for the Halloween chat with Stephanie Meyer which will be held at midnight.

For a full explanation of this great opportunity and for the list of authors and what dates they will be chatting go to

Have fun and happy chatting!


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