Archive for October, 2008

Aquinas College Theater Performs at KDL

Friday, October 31st, 2008


The Aquinas College Theater Group will perform “The Brave Little Tailor” at two KDL branches in November. To see the production, visit the Plainfield Township branch on Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m. or the Gaines Township branch on Wednesday, November 12 at 3:45 p.m. Both performances are free and fun for the whole family!

This play, based on a folk tale, tells the story of a brave tailor who absent-mindedly kills seven flies in one blow. Rumors buzz until the king hears of a tailor who can kill seven giants in one blow. Forced to confront his destiny, the tailor must find the courage to live up to his “reputation.”

The group will also perform the play at Aquinas College on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8. Please call the college at 456-6656 for ticket information.

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Employment & Career Resources

Friday, October 31st, 2008

You may have heard the recent announcement of the unfortunate closure of the General Motors plant in the city of Wyoming. Combined with the general economic downturn, there are many people in our communities that are in need of career and employment information and assistance. As such, we’ve recently launched a new Employment & Career Wiki containing a wealth of career websites and community resources to assist job seekers and the unemployed. In addition, we offer a number of free programs to help enhance your professional skill-set including computer classes and more. At KDL, we’re here to serve you.

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KeePass: Managing Your Passwords

Thursday, October 30th, 2008


How many passwords do you have? Do you have a hard time remembering all of them?

KeePass is a free, open source password manager — and it’s easy to use! All of your passwords are stored in one database, which is secured with one master password or a key file (or both, for the greatest security). The master password is the only thing you need to remember to unlock the database. The databases are encrypted using the most secure encryption algorithms available — the same ones used by banks, for example.

KeePass has fields for username, password, URL and notes. The program can store an unlimited number of passwords, which can be organized in folders or groups. It can even generate random passwords for you! KeePass also has a nifty function called auto-type that can open an URL and fill in your login information — with just one click!

KeePass can be installed on a computer, but it is also a portable program. It can be transported on a flash drive for secure access to your passwords from any computer with a USB port. Keepass works with Windows, Linux, and MacOSX. There are even versions for PocketPC, Smartphone, Symbian, BlackBerry, and PalmOS.

Read a review of KeePass or try it yourself!

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Thursday, October 30th, 2008

The day that our nation has been anticipating for 9 months (not a baby), the presidential election, is just around the corner.  It will be a day of changes, time of waiting, and the right of every registered voter to participate. Several books and websites on our 2008 election wiki page are available to help a voter be prepared to vote, but will you be prepared for a long wait?


I think a good book at your side will make a long line dwindle, a clock tick faster, and anxiety melt away. Be sure to take this opportunity to choose an entertaining book about politics; everyone needs a little excitement for the hectic day.

If the day seems stressful to you, maybe a good workout would relive some tension. I recommend some videos that will take your mind off voting, and put a little sweat in your day! After that, maybe a relaxing evening with a recipe from “Cooking with Friends” will prove once again that communities do matter.

However you choose to cast your vote, I hope these ideas will make your day in history count!

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From Floppies to Flash Drives

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Recently turn up an old floppy while cleaning your computer area?  Chances are your new computer won’t have the ability to read the disk to see if it contains those long lost reports for a client…or maybe the only electronic copy of your resume…or perhaps the “Great American Novel” you started 10 years ago and want to try and get published today.


A well kept secret in Kent County is that KDL still supports floppy drives (or 3 1/2 standard).  Bring in your floppy, check what’s on it, and drag those files onto a new flash drive.  You can bring in your own flash drive or purchase a 512 mb one with a cool KDL logo from your local KDL branch library for $10.00.

After you transfer all your files, what do you do with the old floppy?  Well, visit this site for some crafty ideas for recycling it.

Or (thanks to Rachel)…If you really want to recycle your floppy disks (or other technotrash), check out Green Disk!

Also, looking for a way to convert your old or incompatible file formats (like MS Works) to run on other software programs.  Use the site for a free file converter.  Zamzar works on image and video formats too!

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Author Tony Hillerman Dies at 83

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

tony_hillerman.jpgTony Hillerman, well known author of mysteries set on a Southwestern Indian Reservation, passed away on Sunday, October 27th in Albuquerque.  The book The Blessing Way, first published in 1970, started the Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee series.  Tony Hillerman wrote the series to bring a deeper understanding and respect of Native American culture.  The series continues for eighteen books ending with The Shape Shifter, published in 2006.  Tony won a number of awards for his writing, including the Edgar Allan Poe Award.




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Eco-Friendly Home Remodeling @ EGR

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Thinking about remodeling and want to make the best choices for keeping your children and yourself healthy?  Want to keep the earth healthy as well?

Come to the East Grand Rapids branch of KDL at 746 Lakeside SE tonight (Thursday Oct 23) at 6:30pm to hear Michael Holcomb, from the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability.  Michael has over 20 years in indoor air quality assessment experience that he’d like to share with you!

Call 616-647-3880 for more information.

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October is National Reading Group Month

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Did you know that October is National Reading Group Month? Sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association, National Reading Group Month promotes reading groups and celebrates the joy of shared reading.

At KDL, we’re working to support reading groups not just in October, but all year long! Here are some great resources for your book club:

  • Have you tried our Book Club in a Bag service yet? We now have almost 50 bags in the program, each of which contains 12 copies of a book along with discussion questions and author information — everything you need for your book group discussion!
  • Are you looking for that perfect book for your next discussion? Check out our Recommended Reading resources or talk to the librarians at your local branch — they’re sure to have some great suggestions.
  • Do you hate trying to think of discussion questions for your book group? Take a look at — They have guides for thousands of different books, along with generic questions that you can use if your particular book choice doesn’t have a guide available.
  • Don’t have a book group but would like to join one? Many of our branches have monthly book discussions. Check out our event calendar to find one near you!

Do you know of any other great resources for reading groups? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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Help for Students Looking for Lexile or AR Books!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

A popular question during the school year is “How do I find books appropriate for my (or my child’s) Lexile/Accelerated Reader level?”

One way to find books within a certain Lexile range is to use KDL’s NoveList database. (If you’re not in a KDL branch, you will want to have your library card handy!) Under Advanced Search, there is the option to limit your search by reading, grade, and Lexile ranges (amongst other nifty options).

If your school uses the Accelerated Reader (AR) program, try AR BookFinder. Click on Student and then click Submit. On the Search page, one of the tabs is Advanced Search. Advanced Search will allow you to search a range of “ATOS Book Levels,” for example 4.5-4.9.  

Once you have found a book that sounds great using NoveList or AR BookFinder, be sure to check KDL’s catalog to find a copy.

Your school may have paired with the nearest KDL branch to offer AR tests at the library. Contact your KDL branch to see if they offer this option, and you may be able to take AR tests after school or on weekends!

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Which Presidential Candidate Do You Support?

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Hi, Teens! With the 2008 Presidential election getting closer every day, we wondered who you were supporting this year: John McCain or Barack Obama? Take our poll and let us know, or leave a message in the comments!

If you’d like to learn more about the candidates, try searching our catalog for McCain and Obama.

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