Archive for July, 2009

Mac Geek Monday – Creating a PDF

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Want a “picture” of a document or file that you can send to someone without the formatting changing?  Rather than using Adobe Acrobat software, nearly every Mac OS X program with a Print command lets you save your document as a PDF file.

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The Beatles Digitally Remastered

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Fab Four

Do you have a favorite Beatle?  Do you have a worn-out copy of a favorite album?  On 09/09/09, digitally remastered versions of the Beatles’ studio albums, unchanged for the last twenty-two years, will be released. Kent District Library is ordering copies of all fourteen of the digitally remastered CDs.

The Beatles Remasters:

Please Please Me
With the Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night
Beatles for Sale
Rubber Soul
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles (The White Album)
Abbey Road
Let It Be
Past Masters
Yellow Submarine


Place a hold on your favorite.


*For more future music CD releases, link to Future Music CD Releases

from KDL’s Future Releases Page.

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

etsy.gifIf you fall into the category of people who like to either buy or sell crafts, this is the website for you.  Etsy features several different categories of crafts, including arts, woodworking, housewares, children’s clothing, and many, many more.  Also, if you are looking to support your local economy, you can look up local vendors by typing in your location. 

Or if you are a crafty person, you can easily sell your crafts.  You don’t have to be a computer whiz to post your items on Etsy. You do have to be willing to pay 20 cents to list each item for 4 months, and you will pay a 3.5% transaction fee when your item sells. 

There’s even a cool blog listing sale information and even recipes. 

I personally just love looking at all the great, handmade items.  My only warning is that once you start looking you may find you are spending hours on this site.  I only wish I were crafty.

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Author Frank McCourt Dies at Age 78

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Pulitzer Price winning author Frank McCourt died Sunday in Manhattan.  Frank McCourt’s first book, Angela’s Ashes, is a moving memoir of his early childhood growing up in Limerick, Ireland with his three brothers, his mother and an alcoholic father.  Angela’s Ashes was also made into a movie in 1999.  McCourt went on to write two additional memoirs about his move to New York as well as his years as a teacher.





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Online Image Editors

Friday, July 17th, 2009

phoenixIf you want to edit your digital photos but don’t want to spend big bucks for the software, try an online image editor!

One tool to try is Aviary Phoenix. This image editor can do everything from basic photo retouching to more complex effects. The advanced interface includes options like filters, layers, magic wand selection, and blending. You have the option of uploading your photos or entering the URL for an image that is already online. Aviary does not require you to sign up for an account to use the tools, but creating an account allows you to save your creations online. Aviary’s suite of tools also includes vector and effects editors. And a bonus: Aviary has free tutorials to help you, ranked by difficulty from beginner to expert.

Other free online image editors are Adobe Photoshop Express, Sumo Paint, Pixlr, and Picnik. What is your favorite image editor?

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Amped @ the Amphitheatre in Grandville

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

The Grandville branch of the Kent District Library invites you to its annual music series, Amped @ the Amphitheatre, on Thursday, July 30 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy some of the area’s most talented bands in a live concert.

Sponsored by The Corner Record Shop, this year’s lineup includes Blessed Ambrosia, Tobogganing for California, Man Against Society, and The Outer Vibe. The Grandville Cheer Boosters will sell refreshments, and there will a Teen Craft Sale with lots of hand-crafted items available.

This is your chance to hear some up-and-coming local bands with an evening of live music in the outdoor amphitheatre. Bring a chair and settle in for a few hours of fun and entertainment!

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Moms Like Me!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Check out: — the place where Grand Rapids area moms connect and share experiences about being both a mom and a woman! What can you find at

  • Ask questions, offer advice and swap stories with other local moms.
  • Plan fun activities with your children that are convenient to where you live. Our calendar shows you tons of events, which you can browse by date, location and type.
  • Submit your family photos and enjoy pictures taken at local events.
  • Hear about news, events and activities that enhance your full, active lifestyle as a mother and woman.

Treat yourself! Check out all that this site has to offer.

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Two New Early Literacy Stations

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

The Kent District Library Fund recently purchased two new AWE Early Literacy Stations for the Alto and Tyrone Township branches of KDL, adding to the three already housed at the Kentwood, Krause Memorial and Wyoming branches.

The stations are kid-friendly computers pre-loaded with educational software packages geared toward toddlers through second-graders. With color-coded keys, engaging graphics and a variety of interactive tools, the Early Literacy Stations make learning fun. Designed with kids in mind, there is little to no adult intervention required.

Many of the pre-loaded programs are designed for specific age groups and skill levels. Plus, children can use the programs in either the English or Spanish language mode. The Early Literacy Stations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The goal of the KDL Fund is to have an Early Literacy Station in each of the 18 library branches within the next year. KDL thanks all of our donors for their generous support!

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The Harry Potter Fandom Lives On

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

As the release date for the 6th Harry Potter movie approaches, the anticipation of the fans only goes to show that the Harry Potter Fandom lives on!  A couple books have been published in the last year from two of the biggest HP fan websites.  These are both great books to make your wait for movie number 7 as enjoyable as possible.

Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli, founder of the Leaky Cauldron website, is truly a fascinating look at the HP fandom, including the founding of her website and how Harry Potter has changed her life.  It is a trip down memory lane for anyone who has anticipated the release of the books and movies. Everything is covered, including meeting J.K. Rowling and the creation of Wizard Rock.

Harry Potter Should Have Died by Emerson Spartz & Ben Schoen, who are from the Mugglenet website (founded by Emerson Spartz), is actually a collection of essays debating different viewpoints on certain controversial issues as well as some fun ones.  This book just goes to show that not everything was answered in the final book.

Leave a comment about what you are doing in anticipation of the movie release!

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Win and Donate with the Wiggles

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

KDL, in partnership with the DeVos Performance Hall, is giving away tickets to see the Wiggles! The contest to win a family four-pack of tickets to The Wiggles Go Bananas started yesterday, July 13. Drop by any KDL branch location by August 8 to sign up to win. Each of KDL’s 18 branches will be giving away tickets.

Tickets are also on sale at the Van Andel Arena box office or through Ticketmaster.

If you go to either of the shows at the DeVos Performance Hall on August 13 at 3:00 and 6:30 p.m., be sure to bring along a new book to donate to Reach Out and Read. Reach Out and Read is a national, nonprofit organization that makes literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric primary care, so that children grow up with books and a love of reading.

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