Archive for January, 2008

Hey Paolini Fans!

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

The third book in the Inheritance Trilogy by Christopher Paolini is now available for hold requests.  Brisingr won’t be published until September, but that gives you time to refresh your memory on Eragon and Eldest, or if you’re like me, read them for the first time.

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Have you made a New Year’s resloution to get fit, but have already lost interest?

Well then, I have a great work out to share with you! The Biggest Loser Workout Season 2 is available from KDL now, and it is AWESOME!

This workout features trainers from the TV Biggest Loser series, Bob and Amy, and allows a person to customize their own workout. With this DVD you will have the choice to do strength training, high and low cardio workouts, as well as customized men and women workouts. It is so easy to use, and a great workout. Check it out now and get moving!! 

To go along with the workout DVD, the KDL libraries also have The Biggest Loser Cookbook, calorie counters, and The Biggest Loser Weight loss program. Be sure to check these, and other great cooking and fitness books out soon so you can make your New Year’s resolution a reality this year!

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Award Winning Author Gary Schmidt!

Monday, January 28th, 2008


The Kent District Library welcomes Newbery Honor and Printz Award author Gary Schmidt for two special evenings,  brought to you by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids and Wyoming Libraries.  Join us at our East Grand Rapids Branch on Friday, March 7, at 7:00pm or at our Wyoming Branch on Friday, March 21st, at 4:00pm for this special event.  Having garnered critical and commercial success with such titles as The Wednesday Wars and Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, Gary Schmidt continues to create some of the best young-adult fiction available today.  This is a FREE event.  Click here for a map/directions. 

This author visit is a part of the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library 50th anniversary celebration, which includes a number of special library programs and workshops throughout the months of January and March.

We hope to see you there!

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Introducing TumbleBook Library for Kids!

Friday, January 25th, 2008



 Are you looking for a great interactive reading resource for your child (or for that kid inside all of us)?  Then check out our new TumbleBook Library resource!   The TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books designed to teach kids the joy of reading by using an engaging interactive format they’re sure to love.  TumbleBook features a variety of popular children’s titles such as How I Became a Pirate, Pop’s Bridge, Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! and more, as well as a variety of puzzles, games, and learning exercises.  The TumbleBooks Library can be accessed from home 24/7 with your Kent District Library card.


 So check out the TumbleBooks Library today and see just how fun reading can be.


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Ethnic Heritage Festival is a success!

Friday, January 25th, 2008

The Ethnic Heritage Festival at the Grand Rapids Public Museum on January 19 was a huge success! Not only was the 2008 One Book, One County title revealed, but hundreds of people came together to celebrate the cultural diversity of Grand Rapids.


Visitors packed the museum to welcome the opening of the new permanent exhibition, Newcomers: The People of This Place. They enjoyed music, dance, craft demonstrations, food, and ethnic vendors and organizations that represented cultural groups who call West Michigan home.

Visitors also enjoyed a fashion show of folk and traditional clothing and adaptations of traditional clothing. Participants paraded and danced throughout the museum all day, meeting in the museum lobby at noon for a celebration and the announcement of this year’s One Book, One County title.


During the ceremony, Martha Smart, Executive Director of the Kent District Library, revealed the One Book, One County selection: A Free Life by Ha Jin. The novel tells the story of the Wu family as they emigrate from China during the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square massacre and begin a new life in the United States. Following the announcement, the audience was entertained by a traditional Chinese dragon before further exploring the museum, the new exhibition and all the excitement of the ethnic diversity in Grand Rapids.

Pick up a copy of A Free Life at your local KDL branch, and join one of the many book discussions happening throughout the county this winter. Then in April, it’s your chance to meet the author! Join us for a presentation and book signing with Ha Jin on Tuesday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street NE in Grand Rapids.

Visit the One Book, One County website for more information.

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Digital Photography Contest Entry Form Revised

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

The digital photography contest entry form has been changed. Originally it stated that the photos could not be artificially enhanced. It has now been decided that artificially enhanced photos are acceptable.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Updated Library Catalog Listing

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

For those of you that place item holds or search the catalog for library items, there has been a change to a branch location name as listed in the catalog.  The KDL branch formerly listed as our “Cutlerville” location has been relabeled “Gaines Township”.  This is a name change only, as all library materials will still be sent to the same branch location.  This change was made to keep the location description consistent throughout our website as well as the Lakeland Catalog.

 Also, for those of you not aware of our interloan system, it’s a great way to have any circulating item in the Lakeland catalog sent to the participating branch library location closest to you, absolutely free of charge!  It’s really the best thing since, well, the book.  If you have any questions, please contact your local neighborhood library!

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We’re open!

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Yes, all branches of the Kent District Library are open today, Tuesday, January 22. Stay tuned for updates. Drive safely!

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One Book, One County title revealed

Monday, January 21st, 2008

The 2008 One Book, One County selection was revealed on Saturday, January 19 at the Ethnic Heritage Festival at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. The book that everyone in Kent County will be reading is A Free Life by Ha Jin.

Borrow your copy today at any of KDL’s 18 branches, and check the Events page for One Book, One County book discussions and events.

You can meet Ha Jin on April 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street NE in Grand Rapids.

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Whittle Your Way through Winter – Woodcarving for Adults

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Whether you’re an avid woodcarver yourself or just interested in this amazing art form, stop in to find out more from professionals!  Experienced woodworkers Fran Mendez and John Sanchez will exhibit some of their work and discuss the art, tools and techniques of woodcarving.  If you’re a woodcarver yourself, feel free to bring some of your own pieces for a group discussion!  Check our calendar to find the program date and location that works best for you!

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