Archive for November, 2007

Winter Anime Festival is Coming!

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Teens 13 and older are invited to our Plainfield branch December 29th at 1:00 for great anime films, Pocky and beverages.  Anime expert Mark Ritzema will host!  We will be featuring Innocent Venus, Red Garden and many more!


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CybraryQ at the Library

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Although we try to accommodate our public computer users the best we can, you may find yourself occasionally waiting for a computer at your local library. Now KDL is making it easier and faster for you to get your turn at the keyboard. Over the past few months, we have been installing CybraryQ, a program that brings order to the high traffic computer areas at many KDL branches.

How does it work?
By allowing you to get into a virtual “line” when all computers are in use, CybraryQ keeps track of waiting patrons and announces who is up next when a machine becomes available. This eliminates potential confusion or “line cutting.”

How do I use it?
If you see that all machines are in use, simply go to the signup or “queue” station and enter a name to identify yourself on the list. You will also need to enter your barcode, which can be found on your library card. Then wait until your name comes up, go to the available computer and start surfing!

Where can I use CybraryQ?
You’ll find this program currently being used in nine KDL branches: Byron Township, Cascade Township, Gaines Township, East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Plainfield, Krause Memorial, Walker and Wyoming. Look for CybraryQ in the Kentwood branch soon.

 


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Wii Tournaments coming to KDL

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Hey all you gamers out there! 

 KDL will have some Wii tournaments coming soon to a library branch near you.  But…we want to make sure we have the games you want to play.  So…what do you think about  

  • Super Smash Brothers Brawl                              
  • Mario Kart
  • Mario and Sonic at the Olympics
  • Mario Strikers

Drop your Wiimote and comment on your favorite or tell us we’re lame and missing the best ever (just be sure to tell us what that best game is). 

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21st Century Library Design

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

At the Michigan Library Association conference held November 4-7 in Lansing, Pamela VanderPloeg (KDL Assistant Director, Facilities, Circulation and Collection) and Cheryl Garrison, (KDL Assistant Director, Programs, Outreach and Marketing) shared with librarians from throughout the state tips on how to revitalize their libraries to make them relevant and welcoming.  Our session was called 21st Century Library Design and while it was developed for librarians, we invite you to view the Powerpoint too.

As always, we strive to deliver the best in library services to our customers and encourage you to let us know how we’re doing — and how we might do it better!


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Join the Let it Snow Reading Club!

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Once again, you are invited to join KDL’s Let it Snow Reading Club for Adults. The more you read between December 1 and March 31, the more great prizes you can win!

When you sign up at your local KDL branch, you will receive a bingo card with squares representing various types of books including mystery, classic, historical, and your choice. Make one bingo and enter a bi-weekly drawing for gift certificates to local merchants. Complete an additional bingo to win a travel mug. And if you complete the entire card, you will be entered into the final drawing for a $50 gift certificate to area restaurants.

Visit your local KDL branch to sign up today! And while you’re there, don’t forget to pick up your Let it Snow collectible mugs. The 2007-2008 mugs from the KDL Alliance of Friends will be for sale at all KDL branches for $5.00.


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Toys For Tots ’07

Monday, November 19th, 2007


Toys For Tots Logo 

Once again this year, the Kent District Library will participate in holiday giving through Toys for Tots. Sponsored by the U.S. Marines, Toys for Tots delivers new toys to children throughout our communities. Thanks to Toys for Tots, deserving children can experience all the fun and joy of the holidays!

Five KDL branch locations will serve as collection sites for new, unwrapped toys: Cascade, Grandville, Kentwood, Rockford, and

Wyoming. Donation boxes will be available at these locations through December 20. Patrons may drop off their contributions at these branches.

For more information, please call us at 784-2007 or visit any one of our eighteen branch locations!

 

Happy Holidays from KDL!

  


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Books and Movies

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Let’s start a discussion about some of the recent movies that have been made from books.

I saw The Seeker recently and was impressed with the screenplay. They missed some of the content of the original Dark is Rising books, by Susan Cooper, which would have added some background, but overall I enjoyed it… especially the humor between the brothers and Will’s caring role of his sister. The action and cinematography in the scenes between the old Light guard and the Dark were great. I also have a soft spot for time-travel movies. Wouldn’t it be cool to have the power to travel through time? :-)

So, what did you think of The Seeker or other movies based on books you might have seen lately? What book would you love to see made into a movie???

–By Kelaine at the EGR branch


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Literacy Council seeks volunteer tutors

Friday, November 16th, 2007

The Kent County Literacy Council is currently seeking motivated individuals to volunteer as tutors. The Literacy Council and Michigan Family Resources, Inc. have launched the Family Literacy Program, which will provide free tutoring in reading and speaking English to parents of children who attend REACH Head Start and Early Head Start.

Volunteers will be trained and matched with an adult student for weekly tutoring. Tutors will be given free materials, lesson plan ideas and ongoing support. If you have a couple hours a week and a desire to help others, why not volunteer as a tutor?

If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer tutor for adult readers in Kent County, please call Shay Kraley at 459-5151 to register for the information session at the Cascade branch of the Kent District Library on Tuesday, December 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


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Bring the Family to the Plainfield Library for Thanksgiving Weekend Fun!

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Rich Eddy's Logo

Bring your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins to the Plainfield Township Branch for a fun program that will have the whole family up and dancing.  Rich Eddy’s Rockin’ Oldies Band will play at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 25, featuring songs from the ’50s and ’60s.


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Staff Picks

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Check out the latest list of Staff Picks for a great book to read!

http://www.booksite.com/texis/scripts/bookletter/showlist.html?sid=5027&list=CNL3

You can also sign up to receive the list by email each month!

http://www.booksite.com/texis/scripts/bookletter/addnluser.html?sid=5027


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