Archive for July, 2009

KDL Has Joined Twitter!

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

KDL is now on Twitter! Follow us @KDLNews for all the latest updates on programs, events and resources at your library.


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Do You Need That Receipt?

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Help KDL go green! Next time you check out materials from your local KDL branch library, you’ll be able to opt out of printing a receipt.

As part of KDL’s green initiative, and in response to numerous patron requests, we are now offering the option to not print a receipt at all of our self-check machines. If you would like a receipt, please take one. But if you don’t, simply say no.

Thanks for being a part of KDL’s sustainability efforts!

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A Storytime Video with Katie L!

Monday, July 13th, 2009

The youth staff at the Wyoming branch of KDL, with a little help from WKTV, put together a fun Storytime video called “Katie L. Gets a Library Card.”

Miss Rita, Miss Kristin and Miss Kaci help celebrate Katie L.’s new library card by reading stories with her and singing fun songs.

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Congratulations Playaway winners!

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Congratulations to the winners of our National Audiobook Month giveaway. Five lucky winners will receive a Playaway Audiobook copy of The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan.

There were 203 respondents to our National Audiobook Month survey in June. selected five winners:

184 – Shounak Ghosh from the Cascade Township branch. Favorite audiobook: Eragon by Christopher Paolini

170 – Pat Snyder from the Gaines Township branch. Favorite audiobook: Slumdog Millionaire (originally called Q&A) by Vikas Swarup

43 – Peggy Riley from the Cascade Township branch. Favorite audiobook: anything by Terry Pratchett

124 – Adam Bristol from the Comstock Park branch. Favorite audiobook: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

33 – Robert Lee from the Kentwood branch. Favorite audiobook: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

With 203 respondents, there was a long list of favorite audiobooks. Some of your favorites included the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and anything by Janet Evanovich or Sue Grafton.

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone who participated!

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Mac Geek Monday – Grab Application

Monday, July 6th, 2009

If you are running OS X and have never looked in the Applications then Utilities folder, you may be missing out on some great tools.  One excellent tool is called Grab.  This is a very easy to use application for taking a snapshot of your screen or only a portion of the screen.  There are actually four different options available for capturing an image.

After starting up this application, look on the menu bar for the “Capture.”  The first option is for “Selection.”  (This is actually the one my 9-year-old uses the most for saving a picture of the dress-up dolls she likes to play with on the internet.)  Click on Selection and you will be able to click and drag over the portion of the screen you want to capture.  The image is shown in a separate window, click on File – Save As to save the file where you want it and with the name you choose.

The second capture option is “Window.”  This allows you to capture one of the windows currently open on your desktop.  Simply click on the window and you have a great shot to include in a slide show without any cropping needed to remove the rest of the desktop.

The last two options are similar, “Screen” and “Timed Screen.”  These capture the entire screen.  The timed screen gives you a minute before it captures the screen.  There is a sound indicator.

Let us know in the comments if there are any great Mac applications you would like us to cover in future weeks!

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Harry Potter Movie Release Party

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

The Cascade Township branch of KDL is celebrating the upcoming release of the new film in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, with a pre-movie release party on Wednesday, July 15 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Harry Potter fans ages six and up are invited to join us for games, crafts, trivia and even Quidditch matches!

If you love the Harry Potter books and movies, you don’t want to miss the fun. Registration is required.

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Holiday Closing

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

All branches of the Kent District Library will be open normal operating hours on Friday, July 3, but will be closed Saturday, July 4 for Independence Day. (Please note that the Service Center administration building will be closed on Friday, July 3.) For additional 2009 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy 4th of July!



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We Have a Winner for the June Survey!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Thank you to everyone who participated in our June survey. We appreciate your feedback.

But there can only be one winner of the $25 Schuler Books & Music gift card (as selected by

Congratulations to Mary Eastland from our East Grand Rapids branch!

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Big Challenges, Bigger Opportunities

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009


If you’ve visited a KDL branch lately, then you probably know that the library is busier than ever. In 2008, nearly 6 million items were checked out, 160,000 people attended library programs, and over 3.4 million people visited our branches. To help accommodate this growth, some of our municipalities have even initiated new building projects.

However, one unfortunate trend is that as library use continues to grow, property tax revenue has not. Taxable value, while once growing at 5% or more annually, has now flattened to a near no-growth position. Other impacts on KDL revenue, including tax tribunal judgments, tax captures, and shrinking revenues for state aid and penal fines, have also significantly reduced library funding.

In order to maintain the high level of library service our customers have come to expect, it is our goal to proactively manage these financial challenges while staying mindful of the long-term implications. By leveraging technology, streamlining processes, reducing and reallocating library staff positions, sharing organizational resources, and aggressively pursuing ways to generate revenue outside of our traditional funding base, we plan to meet that goal.

We are working hard to make the most of your tax dollars as we move forward. However, we encourage you to show your support during these difficult times in a number of ways, including advocacy, constructive feedback, and consideration of a donation to the KDL Fund. We sincerely appreciate all that our community has helped us to achieve and look forward to a bright future together.

Thank you!


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Enjoy a Show with the Wiggles and KDL

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Join KDL as we partner with the DeVos Performance Hall in conjunction with the Reach Out and Read initiative for an exciting evening with The Wiggles on August 13 at 3:00 and 6:30 p.m. Bring your entire family and get ready to laugh and move to the music as The Wiggles “Go Bananas” on stage.

We’re excited to announce that KDL will be giving away a family 4-pack of tickets at each of our 18 branch locations. Stop by any KDL branch between July 13 and August 8 to register.

Ticket prices are $17.00, $24.00 and $32.00. Tickets are available at the Van Andel Arena box office or through Ticketmaster.

The Wiggles are the worlds’ number one preschool band and have performed over 300 shows to more than 1.5 million fans in the U.S. alone. You don’t want to miss this!

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