Archive for July, 2008

Statue Unveiling and Sculpture Show

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Please join us at our Cascade Twp. branch on Friday, July 25th, at 10 a.m. for the unveiling of  “Come Read With Me,” a magnificent bronze sculpture dedicated to the memory of Helen Lewis. Mrs. Lewis shared her love of reading with hundreds of students during her 20 years of teaching at Forest Hills Public Schools. She was also active in the Friends of the Cascade Library as well as serving on the committee to build the Cascade Branch. This special event will be followed by a special temporary exhibit featuring a collection of sculptures and other artistic works.

We look forward to seeing you at our Cascade Twp. branch on Friday, July 25th, for this special event!

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Download Free PBS Programs

Monday, July 14th, 2008


KDL is happy to announce the addition of downloadable PBS content to our popular OverDrive eBook and online video service.  Download a number of popular PBS programs and television shows, including award-winning documentaries, critically acclaimed series, and more.  Content can be downloaded and viewed online or transferred to an applicable handheld device.  All OverDrive content is free for download with a valid Kent District Library card.

Check out our online video library today!

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Lowell Area Ghost Towns

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Historical Museum DisplayMany people think ghost towns are places where spirits live and meet to plan unearthly deeds. Well, okay, maybe only a few people think this. Or perhaps it’s just me. In reality, however, ghost towns are not testaments to the spirit world, but rather monuments to real people. The places where they once lived, worked, and dreamed. They give us a fascinating peek into history and allow us to explore a way of life long past.

There are various reasons why a once-thriving community can become a “ghost town.” In the old days, many founding fathers designed their towns to intercept the railroad, which was spreading across the country, bringing prosperity with it. Often, however, the railroad would, for one reason or another, bypass a hopeful village, thereby dooming it to obscurity. Other towns suffered when their population moved to other areas. Still more failed as railroad’s golden age waned. Whatever the reason, today’s traveler can visit many of these locations and, walking the same streets and seeing the same sights as the town’s early inhabitants, get a sense of the past.

At the Englehardt branch of Kent District Library, the Lowell Area Historical Museum has set up a special display giving a short history of several area ghost towns: Fallasburg, Waterville, Moseley, and South Boston to name a few. With the display, which is both visually appealing and educational, the Historical Museum allows students of history and the casual passer-by to glimpse the glory of a bygone era.

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Great Used Book Bargains

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Used Books  

Looking for some great book bargains?  Then look no further than your local KDL branch location.  From special events to year-round book sales, the Kent District Library is your place for great used books.  Check out our event calendar for book sale events or call your local KDL branch location for more information.

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Nonfiction for Preschoolers

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

If you have little ones who need to be coaxed into reading  storybooks, steer them toward the nonfiction section of the library.  It may just open a whole new world for them, a world in which they like books, after all. 

At Kent District Library, nonfiction titles (factual books rather than stories) are arranged by number, using the Dewey Decimal System.  Many branches have Dewey Decimal  guides posted in the children’s area, but our librarians would be happy to show you around, or just dive right in and browse.

Nonfiction Preschoolers Might Like


 Animals:  Look for animals between J590 and J599, and between J636 and J639.  Dinosaurs are in the J560’s.  Shark books like this one can be found at J597.13.  There are animal books for many different reading levels, but don’t be afraid to get a book just for its pictures.  You don’t have to read your preschoolers every word for them to enjoy the book.  





Fire Engines Vehicles:  Look in the J620’s for books about planes, trains, and automobiles.  Preschoolers will love the large pictures of all the details of these machines.  Fire Engine books like this one can be found at or near 628.9259. 




Kung Fu Panda

Movie Guides: Picture books featuring all of the details of blockbuster movies are available in the J791’s.  Even a die-hard video fan may be willing to open some of these.  Look for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Wall-E, and more.  They are so popular, you might need to place a hold on one. 




Other popular nonfiction areas for preschoolers include J745.5 for crafts, J398 for fairy tales, folk tales and Mother Goose, J741.5973 for comic books, and more and more; please explore.


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Summer Reading Club a Big Hit

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

If you haven’t joined KDL’s summer reading club at your local branch, there is still time! Raffle tickets will be accepted through August 2.

And just so you know that it’s TOTALLY worth your time to join, here is a list of prizes that are available at each of our 18 branches:

  1. Grand Prize winner chooses from an iPod or a $100 mall gift certificate
  2. (2) $50 Gamestop Gift Cards
  3. (2) $50 Best Buy Gift Cards
  4. (2) $25 Schuler’s Gift Cards
  5. $50 Ticketmaster voucher
  6. $50 American Eagle Gift Card
  7. $25 Target Gift Card
  8. $25 Meijer Gift Card
  9. $25 Starbucks Gift Card
  10. $25 Celebration Cinema Gift Card

So with all those prizes in mind, head over to your local KDL branch library and pick up some raffle tickets. For every 4 items that you read or listen to you get to enter a raffle ticket into the drawings.

You can also sign up online here.

Good luck and get going!

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Walker Branch Closed July 5th

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

The Walker Branch is closed today, Saturday, July 5, due to a power outage.  We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to open again soon!

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Late night read!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Boy, was this book worth the 2:30 am curfew!

I truly enjoyed the characters and story line that was so realistic that I could actually sense Alice’s fear and joy as she becomes acclamated with society once again. In Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah, a young abondoned child, Alice,  is rescued and in need of psychiatric help.  As she progresses with the constant love and intervention  of Dr. Julia Cates, her life is threatened to be turned upside down once again with the arrival of a mysterious man.  Let us know if this book touches you as it did me!

For other similar reads you might try The Loop by Nicholas Evans, which is about a young son of a farmer out west that loves the pack of wolves that leave so near.  Another intriguing series to try would be The Cedar Cove Series written by Debbie Macomber, another fascinating writer!

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Holiday Closing

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

The Kent District Library will be closed Friday, July 4, for Independence Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Saturday, July 5. For additional 2008 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy 4th of July!



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Plainfield Zoo Program Rescheduled

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Due to the weather and a flooded road, the Plainfield Township branch’s Animal Crackers Petting Zoo program, originally scheduled for July 2, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 30th at 6:45pm.

 We apologize for the cancellation.

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