Archive for July, 2008

Personal Best

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Does anyone know what a duathlon race consists of?                


Well, I will be happy to fill you in, as I am training for one now. It is a simple version of a triathlon that does not include swimming. This race usually consists of a run (usually a 5K), a 20k bike ride, and a second run. With great trepidation and timid enthusiasm I have been training for this race which takes place on August 10. For anyone that is interested in raising their fitness level a notch, read about how to train for a race now. It might be the “Break away” you are looking for!  Maybe you will be ready for one, too!         


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Amped @ The Amphitheatre Tonight!

Thursday, July 31st, 2008


Just a reminder that we will be a having a rockin’ good time at the Grandville Branch tonight.  Our 4th annual Amped @ The Amphitheatre concert will be taking place tonight from 6-9 pm.  Tonight’s line-up includes Blessed Ambrosia, Ras Tyger, Tobaganing for California, and The Outer Vibe.  Join us for a great evening at the Grandville Branch.

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Breaking Dawn Readalikes

Thursday, July 31st, 2008


Many of you are anxiously awaiting the release of Breaking Dawn and many of you love vampire books in general.

If you are at a loss for what to read next, here are a few resources for you:

KDL has created a booklist for vampire fiction here.

Also, YALSA — the Young Adult Library Services Association — has just posted a book list called Dead, Dying and Undead.

Surely between those two lists you can find something to sink your teeth into!

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Red Cross Blood Drive

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Are you tired of carrying around the same old blood, day after day?  Lucky for you, the East Grand Rapids Branch is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive this Friday, August 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.!

Held in conjunction with the release of Breaking Dawn, the final book in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series of teen vampire novels, this is your chance to “get bitten” for a good cause. There is a significant blood shortage right now, and every pint collected can save 3 lives.  So how can you help?

  • Call the East Grand Rapids branch at 647-3880 to sign up for an appointment time (scheduled every 15 minutes between 11:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.)
  • Or, just stop in anytime during the blood drive! There is a critical need for blood right now, and no eligible donors will be turned away.

To see if you’re eligible or to find out more about the donation process, read about being a donor on the Red Cross website. We look forward to seeing you August 1!

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New Recommended Reading Lists

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Are you looking for a great book for read? Check out the recommended reading lists prepared by KDL librarians. There are categories for many different genres and styles, including the following recent additions:

Have you read a book recently that you’d like to recommend? Let us know by leaving a reply below!

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Teen Skateboard Extravaganza

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Skateboard Extravaganza

Calling all skateboarders!  The Skateboarding Extravaganza is Saturday, August 2nd at 6pm at Modern Skate and Surf in Centerpointe Mall, 3665 28th Street SE in Grand Rapids.

Watch a professional skater and his skate team demonstrate some cool moves and get an autograph or two!

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New Nonfiction for August

Friday, July 25th, 2008

If you’re looking for some great books to get through the dog days of summer, check out the list of new adult nonfiction books that will be released next month.  Make sure to place your holds today!
Many big nonfiction titles are scheduled to be released in September.  Watch for more news on the latest Thomas Friedman book — it’s sure to be popular, so check back soon for further updates.
Now grab a glass of lemonde and settle back in your lawn chair with a good book.  Happy summer reading everyone!


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A slow economy can’t slow us down!

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Even when your wallet is thin, the Kent District Library is a great community resource. We offer much more than just books (though those are great, too). You can borrow movies for free, attend free programs, use our computers, even look for a job. And there is a KDL branch near you!

The Consumerist has posted 7 Ways Your Public Library Can Help You During a Bad Economy. The Kent District Library offers all these things and more! If you don’t have a library card, stop in any branch today and get one for free. Even when the economy is struggling, KDL is your source for Information. Ideas. Excitement!

The Consumerist’s reasons for visiting your library: 

1. You can get pretty much any book at the library: A book habit can be expensive. Even second hand books can add up if you read a lot. Even the smallest library can access inter-library loan, Worldcat, OCLC and other library loan services to get you even the most obscure and out of print material.

2. Yes, we have movies: Many libraries charge a nominal fee (they’re free at KDL!) for renting recent or “popular” titles. It’s something of a controversy in the profession, one side arguing all library services should be free, the other saying “We’re not a video store!”. I tend to fall on the side of free for all. In any case, the fee is often far less than what you’d pay for a rental at a chain video store, and the fees to cover costs of processing and growing the video collection. If you’re looking for a rare film, perhaps older or on an obscure format (Betamax tapes are out there still) libraries can save you a ton compared to buying it on Ebay.

3. Kids Activities: Any library worth it’s salt offers a summer reading program for kids (join KDL’s Summer Reading Club). Often with prizes, programs and events all summer long. Libraries also offer storytimes, arts and crafts, computer classes, movie nights and reading clubs for kids of all ages.

4. Save Money and maybe your life!: Libraries offer seminars in home buying, estate planning and even purchasing electronics and other big-ticket items. Libraries also offer free blood pressure screenings, programs about weight loss and exercise.

5. Make new friends: Library book clubs and book discussion groups are great ways to meet people. Some libraries even offer “mingling” events for single patrons.

6. Find a new job!: I can’t tell you how many times local employers have come in asking to post job listings or drop off materials about open positions. Many libraries offer resume writing workshops, computer training and even job fairs. College and University library job fairs are often open to the public.

7. Libraries listen to consumers!: We like to call them patrons, but we really do listen. Do you want a storytime for kids after 5pm? Ask for it! Want more books about home finance or budgeting? Just ask! Libraries often go to great pains to suss out what the community wants, letting us know directly is great. The complaint or suggestion of a patron carries a lot of weight with library directors and boards, so you are being heard. (Recommend a KDL purchase!)

Do you want to know what your library is worth to you? Use this calculator from the Library of Michigan to find out!

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Nintendo Wii Tournament

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Join us for a KDL-wide Nintendo Wii Tournament at the Wyoming Branch!

It’s round two of KDL’s Wii Tournament series featuring Smash Brothers Brawl, with snacks, prizes and more. 

Friday, August 1 from 6:00 to 9:00pm
Saturday, August 2 from 1:00 to 5:00pm

Get ready to brawl!


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Food Allergies

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

A big thank you to a Kent District Library Patron who used the Recommend a Purchase link on the website to let us know about a series of books and DVDs about kids with food allergies.

  Coming soon to a library near you:  Alexander the Elephant Who Couldn’t Eat Peanuts DVD and Alexander the Elephant Goes to School  DVD. 

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