Archive for January, 2009

John Updike Dies at Age 76

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John Updike passed away Tuesday January 27, 2009 after having been diagnosed with lung cancer.  John Updike published more than 50 books and received numerous literary awards including two Pulitzers and two National Book Awards.  He received much recognition for “The Witches of Eastwick” and the “Rabbit” book quartet which feature ex-high school basketball star Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom.






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Discount Rx Program

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Rx Program KDL is happy to announce a new discount prescription drug program available to residents of Kent County. This program, funded by a number of pharmaceutical companies, provides discounts on prescription drugs and other health-related services. Through this program, participants can save an average of 35% on most prescription drugs. You can pick up your free discount card at any one of KDL’s 18 branch locations.  You can also create your own card online here. For more information, download this detailed handout.

Sponsored by Kent County

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Fun with Blogs

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009


Blogs are everywhere. They even played a role in the last Presidential Election.  But what you may not know is that it’s extremely easy to create your own blog.  You can talk about topics ranging from parenting, cooking, politics, etc, and you can even write a blog about writing blogs.  There are easy to use websites like Blogger and WordPress to help get you started. You create an account, and use the different tools available to set up your background, and add photos and text. 

There is even an award for the best Blog.  Nominations are being accepted right now for the 2009 Bloggies Weblogs Awards.  So I guess that leads us to the most  important question.  What’s your favorite blog? 

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Save Money with Free Software Programs

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

piggy bankThese are some of the best computer software programs, as ranked by the readers of the tech blog Lifehacker. And not only are these programs highly rated, but every program mentioned in this list is free. That’s right, FREE. And since most of us are thinking twice about spending these days, that is good news indeed!

Free Software Alternatives:

Do you have a favorite free software program? Let us know in the comments!

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GR Griffins Tickets

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Don’t forget, from now through April use your  Kent District Library card to get a great deal on Grand Rapids Griffins hockey tickets. At every Friday home game, present your library card when purchasing tickets at the Van Andel Arena box office and get a lower bowl ticket for just $10 (limit four tickets per card).

The Griffins schedule includes these Friday home games through April:

Fridays, November 7, 14, 21 and 28
Fridays, December 5, 19 and 26
Fridays, January 16, 23 and 30
Fridays, February 6 and 20
Friday, March 20
Friday, April 10

Tickets are subject to availability.

All games start at 7:00 p.m. Sign up for a Kent District Library card at your local KDL branch. And if you already have one, don’t forget to use it!

Go Griffins!

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Teen Film Contest Deadline Extended!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

filmmaking contestBeen too busy to get your film ready for our contest?  No worries!  The new deadline for the 3rd Annual Filmmaking Contest is Tuesday, February 3rd.  Go to our contest page to see the rules and get an entry form.  Submissions must be turned in to the East Grand Rapids Branch by February 3rd.  Happy filmmaking!

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KDL Teen Spaces to be Featured in Book

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

KDL offers great spaces for teens! In fact, KDL’s Cascade Township and East Grand Rapids branches will be included in Teen Spaces, 2nd Edition: The Step-by-Step Library Makeover by Kimberly Bolan. This practical guide to creating spaces for teens in the library includes inspiration from these two branches, which have created inviting and exciting teen library areas.

Teen Spaces was written to help public and school libraries plan and implement dynamic spaces that address the needs of teens.

Several Kent District Library branches have used ideas from the first edition of Teen Spaces, along with input from teens themselves, to revamp their teen areas. Stop by your local KDL branch to check them out!

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KDL Board Welcomes New Appointees

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

The Kent District Library Board announces the appointment of a new Chair and Vice Chair and welcomes two new Board Trustees. Shirley Bruursema, former Vice Chair, was appointed as the new Board Chair, and Charles Fry was appointed as the new Vice Chair. These appointments follow the term expirations of former Chair Joel Hondorp and Treasurer Sandra Wisniewski.

Along with these Chair and Vice Chair appointments, two new Trustees were appointed to the Board. Scott E. Petersen, appointed to replace Hondorp, will represent Region 7, including the City of Grandville and Byron Township. Denise VanEck, appointed to replace Wisniewski, will represent Region 3, including the City of Walker and Plainfield and Alpine Townships.

The Kent District Library Board is composed of eight Trustees representing geographic regions of the KDL Service Area. KDL Board Trustees are appointed by the Kent County Board of Commissioners based on recommendations from the eight regions and serve four-year terms. The KDL Board meets monthly and major duties include establishing library policies, employing the Library Director, adopting an annual budget and approving the expenditure of funds.

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Libraries in the News

Monday, January 19th, 2009

It’s always great when public libraries receive recognition in the mainstream media, and we seem to be seeing it more and more these days. Given the current economic climate, it’s no surprise that people are often turning to us for their entertainment, information, and productivity needs; after all, that’s what we’re here for. I particularly like this most recent article by the Wall Street Journal as I think it accurately reflect what’s going on not only at the libraries mentioned, but at libraries across the country, including KDL. You can view the article here.

We’d also like to know what you’re using the library for these days. Are you someone who’s recently started to use the library again? Or perhaps your library habits have changed? We’d love to hear from you. Also, if you’re interested in voicing your support for libraries, consider letting the Obama administration know by completing this form. Additional information is available on the American Library Association’s website.

 Thank you for your continued support.

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Career Resources @ KDL

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Where do you go when you want to find a job, start a new career, or enhance your current skill set? Your local Kent District Library. From online and print resources to career workshops and computer classes, the Kent District Library can help you in your professional development. We also offer high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi for searching job websites, submitting applications, and researching potential employers. You’ll even find popular Microsoft Office applications on our public computers to help you create a resume, write a cover letter and more. And the best part is it’s all FREE. Be sure to join us this winter for a series of career workshops by Master Career Counselor Ken Soper.

For additional information, check out the following WXMI news segment
featuring Ken Soper and KDL’s Bruce Keener:


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