Archive for March, 2008

Wheels Go Round – Fun with Things that Go!

Thursday, March 13th, 2008


Vroom!  Put on your seat belt for stories, crafts and fun activities about cars, trucks and things that go!  Play “Red Light, Green Light,” enjoy a traffic light snack and take home a moving car that you made yourself.  For ages 6 and under.

Visit our online calendar to find the Wheels Go Round program that’s most convenient for you!

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Explore with Dora and Diego!

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Dora and Diego fans will go wild with crafts, games and mucho character-related fun!  They might save a tiger cub, play Dora bowling, or create a backpack just like Dora or Diego’s!  A perfect activity for kids ages 6 and under.

Check out our online calendar today to find out when all of this Dora and Diego fun will be at the branch nearest you!

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Another Chance to See Gary Schmidt!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Wednesday WarsLizzie Bright and the Buckminster Girl

Award winning author Gary Schmidt will be speaking at the Wyoming branch Friday, March 21st at 4:00pm.  See him for FREE as he talks about his latest book, Wednesday Wars.

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What is your favorite book so far this year?

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Kissing the Bee

Kissing the Bee by Kathe Koja is my favorite of the last few months.  Dana, Avra and Emil are preparing for their senior-year prom, while Dana tries to finish an extensive biology project on bees.  Avra plans to attend prom with her boyfriend, Emil, then run away with him without telling anyone.  Dana becomes engrossed with her project and is also falling for Emil, but does she dare challenge Avra, “the queen bee”?

I loved this book, but tell me about your favorites of ’08!

Put Kissing the Bee on hold.

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Great Women, Great Voices Project

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

In celebration of March’s Women’s History Month, The Grand Rapids Humanities Council, in collaboration with Calvin College, invites area women to record their stories in the Great Women, Great Voices Project. Women will be interviewed by a family member or friend for approximately 30 minutes in Calvin’s DeVos Communication Center to tell and preserve the important stories of thier life experiences and family history.

Women of all ages are encouraged to participate and to include as many family members and friends as desired. Each intervew will be videorecorded, and all participants will receive a DVD of the session. Each participant will also receive sample questions and interview techniques prior to the recording session to help with preparation.

Interviews will be scheduled for March 8, 10, 11, 12 and 15. There is no cost to participate and the program is open to the public, but registration is required. Participants should call 774-1776 to register.

This program is made possible in part by grants from the Nokomis Foundation and the Michigan Humanities Council and with the generous support of Calvin College.

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Teen Digital Photography Winners!

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008



The Winning Photo!: Tall Timbers by Shelly Stusick

Winning Photo

      This year’s Teen Digital Photography Contest was a great success.  All of this year’s entries can be viewed by visiting the photo sharing website Flickr.  This year’s winners included:

1st Place: Tall Timbers by Shelly Stusick

2nd Place: Red Flower by Kendra Burmeister

3rd Place: Rushmore by Sarah Clements

4th Place: Melp-Y1 by Melanie Piper

5th Place: Joy by Clare Robertson

6th Place: Struggle Together by Kyle Bekins

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The Wednesday Wars

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

I just finished reading The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. Several of us from the Kent District Library are planning to attend Calvin College’s Festival of Faith and Writing to hear many authors, including Calvin’s own Gary Schmidt, speak about their writing. I am working my way through a list of recommended reading before the festival in April. 

This book is marketed for teens, but will doubtlessly be enjoyed by readers of all ages. It is a coming of age tale about a boy growing up in New York during the Vietnam War. When his classmates are attending Catholic and Jewish instruction, Holling Hoodhood is introduced to the works of Shakespeare by his teacher, Mrs. Baker. Schmidt manages to easily tie together themes of growing up, the war in Vietnam, Shakespeare and cross-country running.

For those of you who have been waiting for Schmidt’s next book ever since you finished Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, you will not be disappointed.

Here are some reviews from

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Reading Day with the Griffins is fun for all

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

On Sunday, March 2 the Kent District Library participated in Reading Day with the Grand Rapids Griffins where hundreds of kids and parents came to enjoy hockey, prizes and fun. Kids dressed up as their favorite storybook characters, spun the prize wheel at the KDL booth, met children’s author Brad Herzog and watched their favorite local hockey team skate to victory.


Our very own Katie L. the elephant strolled the concourse during the game and joined other mascots for a frenzied game of broomball at the second intermission.

Join us next year for another fun-filled Reading Day with the Griffins!

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Talk Time! A conversation group for new speakers of English

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Practice speaking English with other beginners in a comfortable, small group setting. The Comstock Park branch of KDL will host a series of Talk Time conversation groups to help non-native English speakers practice their language skills.

Get to know people from other countries and have fun! Talk Time sessions will be held Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. from March 4 to April 29.

Practique el inglés con otros principiantes del idioma en un grupo pequeño y un ambiente confortable. Grupos de conversación están ocurriendo a la sucursal de la Biblioteca del Distrito de Kent en Comstock Park. Llegue a conocer a gente de otros países y tenga diversión.

Cada martes a las 6:30 p.m., desde el 4 de marzo hasta el 29 de abril.

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