Archive for June, 2009

Encounter the Animal World at KDL

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

This summer, KDL will welcome visitors from the animal world with John Ball’s Traveling Zoo and Animal Encounters.

On Thursday, July 2 at 6:45 p.m. at the Plainfield Township branch and Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cascade Township branch, you are invited to visit with live animals and see how they inspire art with Animal Encounters.


Also, Z’s Kids Club, from the John Ball Zoo, will bring the zoo to you with live animals at the library! The Traveling Zoo will visit several KDL branches on the following dates:

Grandville Branch – Wednesday, June 10, 1:00 p.m.
Alto Branch – Thursday, June 11, 1:30 p.m.
Walker Branch – Tuesday, June 16, 1:00 p.m.
Wyoming Branch – Thursday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.
Comstock Park Branch – Tuesday, June 23, 1:30 p.m.
Alpine Township Branch – Wednesday, June 24, 6:00 p.m.
Tyrone Township Branch – Thursday, June 25, 6:00 p.m.
Krause Memorial Branch – Monday, June 29, 2:00 p.m.
Kentwood Branch – Tuesday, July 7, 10:00 a.m.
Gaines Township Branch – Wednesday, July 8, 1:30 p.m.
Caledonia Township Branch – Thursday, July 9, 2:00 p.m.
Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch – Tuesday, July 14, 1:30 p.m.
Spencer Township Branch – Tuesday, July 21, 4:30 p.m.
Plainfield Township Branch – Thursday, July 30, 6:30 p.m.
Byron Township Branch – Monday, August 3, 6:30 p.m.

A complete list of KDL branch locations is available here.

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Have Fun with Music at KDL

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

KDL is offering loads of musical fun for all ages this summer.

Bring the whole family and try your hands at a variety of percussion instruments in Drummunity, a high energy community-building drum circle. Or make musical instruments with a variety of common household objects in Strike Up the Band! Both of these programs will be held at several of KDL’s 18 branch locations throughout the summer.


On Thursday, June 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Alto branch of KDL, get an introduction to the sound and history of bluegrass music with Welcome to Bluegrass. Then enjoy more bluegrass music with Bluegrass in the Park at Salisbury Park in Sand Lake on Friday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. Missy Kay and a Mess of Bluegrass will perform.

Finally, join us for the Apple Country Dulcimers at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch of KDL on Monday, August 3 at 1:30 p.m. You don’t want to miss this performance of some old-time country music!

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Therapy Dogs Help Children Read

Monday, June 1st, 2009

KDL has been partnering with West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Inc. since 2002 to pair young readers with therapy dogs. Ruff Readers is a unique read-aloud program that pairs kids ages six and up with trained therapy dogs and handlers who love to hear a good story. Improve your reading skills and your confidence with these impartial listeners!

Ruff Readers is offered at several KDL branches this summer. Call the participating branch library to register for a session.

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Join KDL’s Summer Reading Club!

Monday, June 1st, 2009

KDL is inviting all children and teens to sign up for the Summer Reading Club to have fun and spend some time reading this summer! This year’s Summer Reading Club runs from Monday, June 8 to Saturday, August 15.

This summer, kids can Be Creative and teens, you can Express Yourself, with lots of free programs and fun. Enjoy arts and crafts, music and movies, theatre, carnivals and more.

Children in grades five and under, both readers and pre-readers, will set and accomplish their own reading goals to win prizes and enter a drawing for a brand new bicycle!

Teens in grades six through twelve can participate for the chance to win great prizes, like a new iPod!

Sign up for the Summer Reading Club starting June 8 at any of KDL’s 18 branch locations.

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Mac Geek Monday – Finder Views

Monday, June 1st, 2009

A nice thing about Mac Operating Systems is the ability to see your files organized by icon, file, column, or cover flow view in the Finder.  Each has it’s own unique features and times when you will want to switch to a different view to locate a file you need.

Column View

My personal favorite is Column View.  I tend to work with pictures and pdfs alot and would be lost without the good-size thumbnail previews, quick file size information and created and modified dates offered by this view.  If you find that you tend to have long file names that get truncated in this view, let your cursor arrow linger over the file name and within a few seconds, the entire file name will pop up.  If time is of the essence, you can also press the OPTION key when you arrow over the file name to have the full name immediately pop up.

Column View

Icon View

Icon view is the default view in Mac OS.  It is useful if you like to organize your file system like your desktop.  You can freely arrange and group files in the window pane, but this can get messy.  A quick clean up option is to go to VIEW on your Menu bar and click Clean Up to see them in a grid formation instead.


List View

List view is most similar to the Windows way of viewing files with file names, date modified, size and kind columns available in the default view.  You can click on the top header row to sort by that column.


Cover flow View

Cover flow view is new as of OS X 10.5-Leopard and provides a viewing of thumbnails of your files in a horizontal scrolling pattern which reminds me of old jukebox filing systems or album art in iTunes.


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For more useful tips on getting the most out of your Finder Views, check out Macworld magazine’s March 16, 2009 Business Center blog by Kirk McElhearn.

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