Archive for August, 2008

Attention Library Users! Please Read!

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

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Starting September 29, 2008, the Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) will begin using a new catalog system called Evergreen. This change will have an effect on some of the library practices you may be used to, including the placement of holds and the payment of library fines. Here are some basic facts:

  • The Grand Rapids Public Library is NOT leaving the Lakeland Library Cooperative. Kent District Library patrons will still be able to use their card at all GRPL locations as well as place holds on GRPL items.
  • Although KDL patrons will be able to place holds on GRPL items, they will have to do so through a separate catalog system (Evergreen) and will have to pick up the item(s) at a GRPL location.
  • KDL patrons will still be able to use the Public Internet terminals at all GRPL locations, and vice-versa.
  • KDL patrons will still be able to view all of their account information and renew items online.
  • A link to GRPL’s new Evergreen catalog will be easily accessible through our current LakeNet catalog.

For more detailed information, including a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet as well as contact information, please view our Evergreen Information page. 

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“The Tales of Beedle the Bard” by J.K. Rowling

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

The long-awaited companion volume to the Harry Potter series isn’t due out until December 4th, but you can place your hold on it today by clicking here!

Beedle the Bard

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Summer Reading Club by the Numbers

Thursday, August 21st, 2008


The 2008 Summer Reading Club has come to an end, and thanks to you it was an incredible success!

19,792 young people signed up for the Summer Reading Club (4,397 more than last year)

892 children under the age of 18 months participated in the Summer Reading Club

10,190 young people completed the Summer Reading Club (1,709 more than last year)

60,796 books were read by teen participants

318 teens volunteered as Teen Crew members and helped the program run smoothly

5,182.8 hours were volunteerd by our Teen Crew members (an average of 16 hours per teen)

41,036 people attended 993 summer programs at KDL libraries (an average of 41 people at each program)

Thank you to everyone for making this year’s Summer Reading Club such a huge success!

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New Bilingual Storytime Programs

Thursday, August 21st, 2008


In September, the Kent District Library will expand its bilingual Storytime programs at several branches. As part of “The American Dream Starts @ your library” grant, KDL will offer bilingual Storytimes aimed at increasing literacy services to English language learners and their families. These programs will use volunteer Storytime Ambassadors to incorporate both English and either Spanish, Chinese or Japanese, and will provide cultural experiences for families through stories, songs and crafts.

Increase your English skills, learn about a new language and culture, and have fun with the whole family! No registration required.

Look for bilingual Storytime programs at the following branches: Cascade Township, Tyrone Township, Gaines Township, Kentwood, Grandville and Wyoming.

Chinese Storytimes

Cascade Twp. Branch

Thursdays, September 4-18 and October 2

5:00 p.m.

Saturdays, September 13, October 18 and November 15

10:00 a.m.


Spanish Storytimes

Tyrone Twp. Branch

Fridays, September 5-26

1:30 p.m.

Gaines Twp. Branch

Tuesdays, September 9-30

6:30 p.m.

Kentwood Branch

Wednesdays, September 10 to October 1

10:00 a.m.

Grandville Branch

Wednesdays, September 10, October 8 and November 12

6:30 p.m.

Wyoming Branch

Wednesdays, September 10 to October 1

6:30 p.m.

Cascade Twp. Branch

Thursdays, September 25 and October 23

5:00 p.m.


Japanese Storytime

Grandville Branch

Monday, November 17

6:30 p.m.

The Kent District Library is offering these bilingual Storytimes as one of 34 public libraries in the nation to receive “The American Dream Starts @ your library” grant from the American Library Association and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

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Teen Design a Deck Winners Announced

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Check out the designs for our three Teen Design a Deck Contest winners, which have been posted here.


Thanks to everyone who entered some awesome designs and congratulations to our winners!

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How many books did you read?

Friday, August 15th, 2008

This summer 4,397 teens participated in the Metamorphosis @ Your Library Teen Summer Reading Club at the 18 branches of Kent District Library.

Teens read a total of 60,796 books!

We gave out LOTS of prizes including gift certificates from Woodland Mall, American Eagle Outfitters, Best Buy, Target, Meijer, GameStop, Schuler’s Books & Music, Ticketmaster, Starbucks and Celebration Cinema!!! A few lucky winners even won iPods.

Every year we try and give out the best possible prizes. If you have ideas for what you’d like to see next year, let us know.

In the meantime, if you are looking for a good read, stop into your local branch and any librarian will be happy to help you find something great.

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What to Watch Until TWILIGHT Hits Theaters

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Hey, Twilight fans! Have you already finished Breaking Dawn?  I am sure that you are eagerly awaiting Twilight’s appearance on the big screen December 12th…make sure you visiit to see all the trailers and the (fabulous) movie poster.  To help pass the 2,856 hours left until the movie opens, here are a few DVDs that may appeal to Twilighters:

Blood and Chocolate stars Vivian Gandillon (Agnes Bruckner), a girl who’s forced to face her lupine tendencies in order to discover how capable of loving Aiden she really is. Based on a book by Annette Curtis Clause, the film chronicles the lives of the remaining loup garou who are an extended Romanian family waiting for their pack leader, Gabriel, to select his new mate. His desire for Vivian means trouble when her wish to be with Aiden results in her revealing too much about the clan’s secretive lifestyle.  





 The Covenant  The descendants of the founding families of Ipswich, Massachusetts, Caleb, Reid, Sims, and Pogue, are teenagers who have it all. This includes witch-like powers they inherited from their ancestors. At the age of 18, which Caleb will hit first, they will “ascend” into their mature powers. The catch is that every time they use their powers, it ages them. On the eve of Caleb’s ascension, the group finds that someone else has been using their powers to cause trouble. Now, the four must find out who it is and put a stop to it before people start getting hurt.




 The Lost Boys [note: this is an R-Rated film] was released in 1987 and features Corey Feldman, Jami Gertz, Corey Haim, Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Dianne Wiest.  When Sam, Michael, and their mother move to Santa Clara, California, strange things begin to happen.  The local gang may be more than meets the eye.  A new twist on the familiar vampire story.




The Messengers stars Kristen Stewart, who will play Bella in Twilight.  A troubled family moves into an old farmhouse where a triple homicide has occured. Only Ben, the little toddler of the family, can see the supernatural prescences in the house, and he appears more delighted with them than afraid. When his teenage sister, Jess, also starts encountering unusual occurences – this time of an apparantly non-benevolent nature – she also begins noticing Ben’s unusual behavior as well and realizes that he too is experiencing something out of the ordinary. The hardest part for Jess is getting anybody else to take her seriously.


What are you looking forward to seeing in Twilight the movie? Any thoughts about the actors that will be playing your favorite Twilight characters? 

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Be Prepared for an Emergency

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

If you have read Life As We Knew It or are a fan of the sadly short-lived television series Jericho, then you may have already stockpiled enough bottled water and canned food for your neighborhood. If not, maybe it’s time to give some thought about what you would do in an emergency or even worse, a natural or man-made disaster. Here are a few questions to consider:

  • Is your family prepared to live without access to grocery store shelves for an extended period of time? 
  • What happens if you don’t have access to clean water? 
  • Do you know how to shut off the gas and electric service to your house?
  • Can you evacuate your household in ten minutes with enough food, water and supplies to last three days?

If, like me, you can’t answer yes to any of these questions, check out Just in Case by Kathy Harrison. Ms. Harrison helps the reader prepare for both the big events, like a flood or terrorist attack, and smaller emergencies, like the loss of power or car trouble. There is also a lot of information about becoming more self-sufficient in general by growing and storing your own food supply. Even if you are only able to implement one or two ideas from this book, you will be better prepared to face the unexpected. I’m curious — is there anyone out there that can provide three days’ worth of food and water for their family WITHOUT going to the store today? Do you have an emergency plan in place? 

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Simms Taback’s Safari Animals

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

You should definitely check out Simms Taback’s Safari Animals which is a new giant fold-out book by Simms Taback. On each page you get a clue to help you guess what animal is under the flap. Your first clue: “I have a huge mane.” As you fold open the book you get additional clues: “I can roar.”  Kids will LOVE guessing what animal is on each page and they will love folding open the pages to reveal the colorful illustration of an animal.

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Olympic Fiction

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Olympics inspired fiction to get you ready for the Beijing Olympics!

Fault Line by Sarah Andrews
When Salt Lake City is hit with a major earthquake on the even of the Winter Olympics, Em Hansen is sent in by the FBI to investigate the murder of a state-employed geologist just hours after the disaster. 





Garden of Beasts by Jeffery Deaver
Reputed for his vow to take only morally righteous assignments in 1936 New York City, a German American hit man is forced by the government to pose as an Olympic contender and kill a member of Hitler’s regime.





Trial Run by Dick Francis
Someone or something called Alyosha is linked to the mysterious death of a member of the German Riding Team and threatens the safety of England’s prime equestrian who is competing in the Moscow Olympics, and Randall Drew is sent by the British Royal Family to Russia to investigate.





Remember Summer by Elizabeth Lowell
Star Equestrian Raine Smith is headed to the Olympics, but her biggest hurdles may lie off the track when she begins to fall for the complicated man hired to protect her from potential assassins.





See How They Run by James Patterson
A long-germinating plot for revenge, first conceived in the extermination camps of Nazi Germany, erupts in full force during the 1980 Moscow Olympics, where a group of terrorists delivers a shocking ultimatum.


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