Archive for April, 2009

Online Book Clubs

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Looking for an easier way to communicate with your book club?  Try the new site  Booksprouts was created to allow book clubs a way to organize their selections and discussions. It is very easy to “Create A Club.”  Click on the link at the top of the site.  You will be prompted to select a name for you club, which is the only required field.  You can also put in your country, state, zip code and whether anyone can join the group or if it is by invite only.  If you are not already a registered member, you will need to register at that time.

Once you have setup a Book club page, your members can be invited or join.  There are options for voting on a book to read next as well as a list showing what has already been read.  The site is still in Beta which means there will be changes made to the site.  They request feedback so if you decide to give it a try, make sure to let them know about things you like and what you would change.

If you already have an online book club, what site do you use?

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Celebrate Children’s Book Week

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Children’s Book Week, sponsored by the Children’s Book Council, is May 11-17. It has been celebrated since 1919, and each year, educators, librarians, booksellers and families have celebrated children’s books and the love of reading with storytelling, parties, author and illustrator appearances, and other fun book related events.

Kids, teens and parents should check out the Children’s Book Week site for great ideas on how to celebrate books and reading this week!

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Catalog Searching

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Have you ever wondered about the best way to find a children’s book in our catalog? Here are a few tips!

  1. If you know the exact title, use the Title Search
  2. If you like a particular author, type in their name last name first (i.e. Willems, Mo)
  3. If you are looking for a broad topic like “elephants,” do a keyword search for elephants and juvenile (this will rule out adult titles)
  4. If you need something today, choose the Advanced Search link and check the box that says Limit Results to Available Items
  5. When placing a hold, your book may come from any of the libraries that show it “on shelf”
  6. If you have a tough question or a “stumper,” ask a librarian! We love to help!

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Guitar Hero Tournament at Cascade Branch

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

The Cascade Township branch of KDL invites all teens to our Guitar Hero tournament this weekend! Join us on Saturday, April 25 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. and rock out at your library. Teens in grades six through twelve are invited to enjoy exciting gaming, free snacks, prizes and more!

This is your opportunity to show off your talents, so bring a friend and hang out with other Guitar Hero enthusiasts!

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Author J.G. Ballard Dies at Age 78

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

J.G. Ballard, well-known for his science fiction writing, passed away on Sunday, April 19 at the age of 78.  Ballard also wrote the acclaimed book “Empire of the Sun” which was based on his own experiences as a child in a Japanese interment camp during World War II.

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Career Workshop and Resources Available

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Job seekers, don’t miss this career workshop presented by KDL and Michigan Works on Tuesday, May 5 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Grandville branch.

A representative from Michigan Works will share information on searching for jobs using the internet, creating résumés and cover letters, and the interview process. Registration is required.

For more career resources, visit the Kentwood branch of KDL and find books and other materials to help you find and build a career. The Kent District Library also offers a variety of computer confidence courses for those who need to develop their computer and online-searching skills.

How has the library helped you in your job search?

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KDL Green Fair Is a Big Success!

Monday, April 20th, 2009

The Kent District Library held the first KDL Green Fair on Saturday, April 18. Hundreds of people stopped by the East Grand Rapids branch to learn ways to live a greener and more sustainable lifestyle.

The KDL Green Fair included kids crafts, like homework holders made from cereal boxes, seed planting and Earth Day crowns.


There were also several demonstrations, such as vermiculture, cleaning products, rain gardens and a Trash to Treasure workshop.


Visitors could also stop by the many informational booths on display, such as the West Michigan Cooperative, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, and Magnanimous Salsa, made from locally grown produce.


Thank you to all of our sponsors, demonstrators, visitors and volunteers. For more information on going green, visit the KDL Living Green in West Michigan wiki.

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Reference USA Unavailable April 18

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

The business database Reference USA will be unavailable Saturday, April 18, due to planned maintenance. The outage will run from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Adding a Website to Your “Favorites!”

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Why go through the effort of typing website addresses, if they are ones you go to frequently?  Here are the ways to have your favorite sites at your fingertips through the browser on your personal computer (here is an example picture):

If you use Internet Explorer:

  1. Be at the site you like (or even a folder such as “my documents!”).
  2. At the top, click on “Favorites,” and “add to favorites.”
  3. You can give the page a different or shorter nickname if you’d like. 
  4. Click “add.”
  5. To access the site later, click on “Favorites” and then click on the site!

If you use Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Be at the site you like.
  2. At the top, click on “Bookmarks,” and “Bookmark this page.”
  3. You can give the page a different or shorter nickname if you’d like. 
  4. Click “done.”
  5. To access the site later, click on “Bookmarks” and then click on the site!

Firefox note: If you want to save Firefox favorites IN the actual toolbar, try “Bookmarks,” “Bookmark this page,” and change the folder to “Bookmarks toolbar.” 

You can change the order of your favorites, or organize them into folders. If you want to delete a “favorite,” click on “favorites” (or “bookmarks”), RIGHT click on the offending one, and DELETE.

Happy computing!

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Author David Lubar to Visit Wyoming Branch

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

On April 30 at 6:15 p.m., the Wyoming branch will welcome author David Lubar to discuss his books, his ideas and his writing techniques. Meet the author and bring your copies of his books to be signed!

Lubar is the author of several children’s and young adult fiction titles, such as Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, Hidden Talents, Punished and many more. Lubar was born and raised in Morristown, NJ, and spent a lot of time in the library with his mother, a school librarian. Lubar has also designed video games, but finds his true passion in writing books.

“The most important thing I can say about writing is that I really enjoy it. I get to create whole worlds, and those worlds can be as weird or strange or magical as I want,” says Lubar.

Let us know which is your favorite book by David Lubar!

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