Archive for April, 2008

Author John Otterbacher to visit KDL

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

As part of the Library of Michigan’s 2008 Michigan Notable Authors Tour, author John Otterbacher will visit the Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch of the Kent District Library on Monday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of storytelling, book signing and conversation with guests.

Otterbacher, a former Michigan legislator from Grand Rapids, is the author of Sailing Grace which chronicles his battle with heart disease. After undergoing eight heart surgeries in eight months, Otterbacher found his way back to his sailboat Grace. He recounts his experience in this gritty account of profound adversity.

Fourteen authors whose works were chosen as 2008 Michigan Notable Books will visit nearly 60 libraries throughout the state during the 2008 tour. Michigan Notable Books are selected to reflect Michigan’s diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experience. The program, which has roots back to Michigan Week 1991, was known as Read Michigan before 2004.

Join us in welcoming John Otterbach to the Kent District Library on May 12!

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April is National Poetry Month!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? We’ve put together a list of the KDL staff’s favorite teen poetry books. Take a look and let us know in the comments if we’ve missed your favorite(s).

We’re also running a Poetry Contest for students ages 13-18. The deadline is April 30, 2008, so you still have plenty of time to enter. Good luck!

Happy Poetry Month!

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Author Francine Rivers @ Cascade Twp.

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Christian fiction author Francine Rivers will visit the Cascade branch of the Kent District Library on Saturday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m. following her involvement in the Calvin College Festival of Faith and Writing.

Join Rivers in a conversation about her experience and writing. Refreshments will be provided.

Rivers had a successful career writing in the general market before turning to Christian fiction in the mid-1980s. Her novels have been honored with numerous awards including the Rita Award, and Rivers has been inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame.

Please join us in welcoming Francine Rivers to the Kent District Library!

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One Book, One County: Author Ha Jin Visits Kent County

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

On Tuesday, April 1 Kent County welcomed Ha Jin, author of A Free Life, the one 2008 One Book, One County selected title. Since the announcement of the book selection in January, all of Kent County has been reading and discussing Ha Jin’s novel about a Chinese immigrant family living in America.

After a book signing at the downtown Schuler Books & Music, Ha Jin spoke at the Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids. He discussed his writing process, his own immigration experience and how he crafted the story of the Wu family for A Free Life. Ha Jin then took questions from the audience, both about the One Book, One County title and his other writings.

Following his talk, Ha Jin was presented with a Michigan gift basket by members of the selection committee. He then signed books and spoke with One Book, One County participants.

The Kent District Library would like to thank Ha Jin for coming to Grand Rapids and sharing his experience. Thank you also to everyone who participated in One Book, One County this year! We’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions for next year’s title.

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Wii Sports @ KDL!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008


So, you fancy yourself a super-star videogamer?  Then step up to the plate and join us for our Wii Sports tournament on Saturday, April 12th, 2pm at our Cascade Twp. Branch location.  Events will include Wii Boxing, Bowling, and Tennis.  Prizes and refreshments provided.  Registration is not required but spaces may be limited so get there early and get ready to play!  For teens grades 6-12. 

Saturday, April 12th @ 2pm – 5pm


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Looking for Something to Do over Spring Break?

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

It’s that time of year again–Spring Break!

If you’re going to be in Kent County, why not stop by the Kentwood branch and check out their Anime Festival this Saturday (April 5th) at 1 p.m.?

Anime not your thing? Then why not check out the Wii Tournament at the Cascade branch Saturday the 12th at 2 p.m.? You still have time to brush up on your skills in bowling, boxing, and tennis in time for the Wii Sports tournament!

And if you’re headed for someplace warm, don’t forget to stop by your nearest KDL branch and stock up on books, music, and movies for the trip. 

Have a great break and don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

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