Archive for 2009

Winter 2009-10 KDL Kaleidoscope

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

The Winter 2009-10 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope is now available at your local branch library. Or check it out online. You’ll find all you need to know about winter programs and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations.

Winter Kaleidoscope

It’s sure to be an exciting winter at KDL, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Check out the KDL Kaleidoscope today!

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Happy Holiday Magic Show

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Michigan magician Gordon Russ will be entertaining families on Saturday, December 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Plainfield Twp. Branch during the Happy Holiday Magic Show. Bring the whole family and enjoy a magic show full of snowmen, elves and lots of fun!

Gordon has been entertaining with magic around the world since 1988. You don’t want to miss this show!

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Yes, We’re Open!

Friday, December 4th, 2009


The snow may be falling, but KDL branches remain open!
Please drive carefully if you choose to visit us today.

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December eNewsletter

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009


Hey there. Be sure to check out our new December eNewsletter. Stuffed with good information, including holiday resources, Let It Snow Reading Club information, recommended reading and more.

If you’re not already subscribed, then visit our sign-up page today and get the latest library news delivered right to you. From books, movies and music, to program, events and contest, the KDL eNewsletter has it covered. 

 Sign up today!

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The Reindeer are Coming to KDL!

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Santa’s reindeer are coming all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms) to visit us at KDL. Make sure you’re there to meet them!

Dress warmly, and don’t forget your camera.

The Reindeer are Coming!
Caledonia Twp. branch — Tuesday, December 8, 4:00 p.m.
Walker branch — Tuesday, December 15, 4:30 p.m.
Grandville branch — Tuesday, December 15, 6:30 p.m.
Gaines Twp. branch — Saturday, January 9, 1:30 p.m.

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Help the Library by Shopping Online

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Online Shopping

Happy Cyber Monday, everyone!

While you’re busily hunting for those Christmas shopping deals online, don’t forget that you can help KDL with each purchase! Just click on the icon below, or go to, then use the links on that page to continue on to and Barnes & Noble’s websites. By using the links on that page, a percentage of the cost of the purchases made during your shopping session will be returned to the library.

For additional shopping options, check out GoodSearch’s GoodShop program, which includes over 700 online stores! Just enter “Kent District Library” as your charity, then use their links to your favorite online shopping sites. (Look at the left sidebar of the GoodShop site for the full list.) A percentage of your purchases will go to the library.


These are just two of the ways the Kent District Library is creating additional revenue in order to continue providing quality library service to our customers. If you’re interesting in finding out how you can contribute to the library, please visit our KDL Fund page. We appreciate your support!

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Holiday Programs for Families

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Celebrate the holidays with KDL! We have all kinds of fun holiday programs for children and families.

Gingerbread Lane
Take a stroll down gingerbread lane and enjoy some tasty gingerbread stories and rhymes. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. For children of all ages with an adult.
Comstock Park branch — Tuesday, December 1, 6:30 p.m.
Kentwood branch — Monday, December 7, 6:30 p.m.
Englehardt branch — Tuesday, December 15, 5:45 and 6:45 p.m.
Caledonia Twp. branch — Thursday, December 17, 10:30 a.m.
Plainfield Twp. branch — Saturday, December 19, 10:30 a.m.
Gaines Twp. branch — Saturday, December 19, 2:00 p.m.


The Reindeer are Coming!
Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will visit the library. Dress warmly and don’t forget the camera!
Caledonia Twp. branch — Tuesday, December 8, 4:00 p.m.
Walker branch — Tuesday, December 15, 4:30 p.m.
Grandville branch — Tuesday, December 15, 6:30 p.m.
Gaines Twp. branch — Saturday, January 9, 1:30 p.m.


Winter’s Eve Storytime
Join in a festive celebration of the season with holiday stories, crafts and goodies.
Sand Lake/Nelson Twp. branch — Wednesday, December 9, 6:30 p.m.


Christmas with Santa
Visit Santa at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library. See a live reindeer and enjoy treats. Don’t forget your camera! In partnership with the Friends of the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library and the Sand Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Sand Lake/Nelson Twp. branch — Saturday, December 12, 10:00 a.m.


Happy Holiday Magic Show
Bring the whole family to enjoy a magic show full of snowmen, elves and fun with magician Gordon Russ.
Plainfield Twp. branch — Saturday, December 12, 10:30 a.m.


Christmas Adopt a Family
Make the Christmas season bright for area families in need. The library is collecting toys, clothing, books and food. All donations must be dropped off by December 15. Call the library for information on how you can help.
Sand Lake/Nelson Twp. branch — December 1-15


Holiday Stories and Crafts
Get your family ready for the holiday season with stories and crafts! For children of all ages and their families.
Wyoming branch — Wednesday, December 16, 1:00 p.m.
Wyoming branch — Thursday, December 17, 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.


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Teen Gaming @ KDL

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Teens, are you into gaming? Join your friends at the Kent District Library for all your favorite video games.

These are the gaming programs you don’t want to miss!

Teen Gaming
Play Nintendo Wii, try out some board games, hang out and eat snacks.
Cascade Twp. branch — Thursdays, December 3-10, January 7-14 and February 4-11, 5:00 p.m.
Cascade Twp. branch — Tuesday, December 29, 3:00 p.m.


Nintendo Wii
Show off your Wii skills or learn some new Wii tricks with friends.
Sand Lake/Nelson Twp. branch — Tuesday, December 29, 1:30 p.m.
Tyrone Twp. branch — Wednesday, December 30, 1:30 p.m.
Tyrone Twp. branch — Thursdays, January 7 and February 4 & 25, 4:30 p.m.
Alpine Twp. branch — Wednesdays, January 13 & 27, 4:00 p.m.
Kentwood branch — Saturday, January 30, 1:00 p.m.
Alpine Twp. branch — Wednesdays, February 10 & 24, 4:00 p.m. 


Guitar Hero
It’s a rhythm-packed event whatever you do as you move and groove to Guitar Hero!
Plainfield Twp. branch — Tuesday, January 26, 4:00 p.m.


Manga Club and Video Games
If you’re into manga or video games, this is for you! Join us to talk about manga, watch anime and play video games.
Cascade Twp. branch — Tuesdays December 22, 3:00 p.m.
Cascade Twp. branch — Thursdays, January 28 and February 25, 5:00 p.m.


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Learn Yoga, Karate and Tai Chi

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Learn the basics of yoga, karate and tai chi with the Wyoming branch of KDL. All ages are welcome!

Karate Basics
Learn basic karate through hands-on experience with Sensei Jerry Bomay.
Wyoming branch — Tuesdays, December 1-15, 9:30 a.m.

Tai Chi Basics
Join Tim Parker from the Blue Heron Academy to learn this form of traditional Chinese martial art. Tai chi’s health training concentrates on relieving the physical effects of stress on the body and mind.
Wyoming branch — Saturday, January 9, 2:00 p.m.

Yoga Basics
Professional yoga instructor Susan Duesbury will teach you how to open your heart and live life with increased joy and greater ease through yoga.
Wyoming branch — Saturday, January 23, 2:00 p.m.

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Holiday Closing

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

The Kent District Library will be closed Thursday, November 26, for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, November 27. For additional 2009 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving

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