Archive for December, 2007

What is the best book you read over your holiday break?

Friday, December 28th, 2007



O.K., I’ll start!!  I just finished “Schooled” by Gordon Korman.  It’s the story of 8th grader Capricorn “Cap” Anderson, who is home schooled by his hippie grandmother, Rain.  Cap and Rain are the only residents of their commune, so when Rain breaks her hip, Cap is forced to live with his social worker and attend public school until Rain is able to take care of herself again.  The students at Claverage (C-Average) Middle School have never seen anything like Cap, who looks like he’s been beamed in directly from the ’60’s, so no one is surprised when he becomes the target of a prank masterminded by the school’s ruling clique.  The result?  He is elected class president, and is too clueless to know he’s been punked!  Wanna check it out? 

Click here to put it on hold!

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Holiday Closing…

Friday, December 28th, 2007

The Kent District Library will be closed Tuesday, January 1st, New Year’s Day.  We will resume normal operating hours on Wednesday, January 2nd.  For additional 2008 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Great New Year!



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Dog Training 101

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

naughty beagle

Was your beloved pup more naughty than nice this Christmas?

Looking for guidance training a new, furry addition to your family?  Or maybe you just want to teach your old companion new tricks!

Sit!  Stay!  Learn!  Animal behavior consultant Michael Humphreys will provide guidelines for training, with the help of his beagle, Mattie.  Find a class provided at the KDL branch nearest you!  This class is for adult humans only.

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One More Story for kids

Friday, December 21st, 2007

One More Story Logo 

KDL introduces One More Story at your library. One More Story is an online library of children’s classic and contemporary literature. Simply point and click, and children can choose a book, see illustrations and have the book read to them on the computer. As the narrator reads, words are highlighted at the bottom of the screen. Children can also read along or hear only the words they don’t know. 

One More Story is available only within the library and is featured on all of KDL’s youth computers, which all have a variety of fun and educational games sure to please your little ones. So visit your local KDL branch today!

And be sure to check out KDL’s Parents and Kids webpage: a variety of reading resources for you and your child!

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KDL quilt raffle winner announced

Friday, December 21st, 2007

The winner of the KDL Alliance of Friends’ Quilt Raffle was announced on December 14th. Ruth Westra (above left), a patron of the Gaines Township branch of the Kent District Library and a quilter herself, won the “Wedding Star” quilt crafted by KDL’s own Cheryl Garrison (above right).

Congratulations Ruth! And thank you to everyone who entered the raffle and supported KDL.

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Best Books of 2007

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Lots of best books lists are already out…


Library Journal

Los Angeles Times

New York Times

Publisher’s Weekly

Washington Post

What was your favorite book this year?

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Teens – Want some tips for the Digital Photo Contest?

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Check out a Digital Photography Tips for Teens workshop!

Whether you want to become a digital photography pro or just learn something new about your digital camera, this is a great opportunity!  Workshops will be presented by professional photographer Bruce Doll (one of the contest judges!).  Find the workshop date and location that’s most convenient for you!

Entering the contest is definitely not a requirement of the workshop, but you could learn a few pointers if you do decide to enter!  View more information about the contest by clicking here.

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Socialnetworking for readers…

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Are you into social networking? Do you have a myspace and facebook account already? And are you also into reading? Well, there are a few social networking websites you might like to hear about!

First, there is This site allows you to catalog your books and tag them. You can add friends, find people with similar book tastes and join book discussions. You can add 200 books for free or pay $10 per year or $25 for a lifetime subscription.

Second, there is Some people prefer goodreads because it is free no matter how many books you catalog. It also allows you to catalog and tag your books as well as add friends and get book recommendations.

Both sites are very similar and allow you to keep track of what you are currently reading, what you would like to read, and what you have read in the past. You can make “bookshelves” to categorize your books with, as well.

Facebook has some book cataloging applications as well. The first one is called “Books” and basically offers a visual listing of your own personal library. The “Visual Bookshelf” application is similar in that it shows the covers of your library on your facebook page. In addition, you can quickly see what your friends are reading (if they have also added the application).  The “Books iRead” application is another option available on facebook. It gives an easy to use rating and review system that is visible on your Profile. Of these three, Visual Bookshelf has the most users at 39,242 active users as of December 11, 2007.

Myspace has some interesting book groups available as well as featured books with reviews.

So, if you are a reader and would like a new way to save your reading lists, have fun with one of these new sites or applications. And, as always if you’d like to find a book in our catalog go to and type what you are looking for into the top right corner search field.

Morgan Doane @ Walker

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Shop and Support the Library!

Monday, December 10th, 2007


This holiday season, whenever you make an online purchase with or Barnes & Noble, you can also support the Kent District Library!  For each purchase made, a small percentage of sales will help fund things like library materials, programming, and other valued library services.  You must use the designated links on our website, however, in order for the purchase to apply.


Barnes & Noble

So, this holiday season, help support the library with each purchase! 


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Beveled Glass Stars for Adults

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

beveled glass star


Catch some sunshine in the depths of winter with a beautiful beveled glass star that you create yourself!  Glass artist Kelly Gibson will teach you how!  All supplies are provided, and the program is, as always, FREE!  Participation is limited, so find the location nearest you and call or register online today!

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