Archive for September, 2009

Support KDL at Schuler Book Days

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Support the Kent District Library at Schuler Book Days! Stop by any Schuler Books & Music store in Grand Rapids between Sunday, September 20 and Saturday, September 26 and mention KDL. The store will donate a portion of the sale to the KDL Alliance of Friends.


Do your shopping and support your local library at the same time!

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Check Out the Fall Library Ledger

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

The Fall issue of the Library Ledger is now available online. You might also find it in an upcoming edition of your local Advance newspaper. For the latest on KDL news, resources and information, check out the Fall Library Ledger:

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Use Your Sony Reader to Access eBooks

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

If you use a Sony digital Reader, you can now access KDL’s eBook collection seamlessly! Sony has announced a partnership with public libraries across the nation that will make it easier than ever to locate free downloadable eBook content. For KDL cardholders, that means accessing our large collection of eBooks through OverDrive.

The Sony eBook store also features an online directory to help locate other libraries that offer compatible eBook downloads.

The Sony digital Reader is just one of many devices that is compatible with KDL’s eBook collection. Learn about others by visiting OverDrive.

eBooks are a fun and easy alternative to the printed version because they are portable and offer a wide selection for any interest. Be sure to check out KDL’s extensive eLibrary!

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15, and discover the rich history of the Hispanic community. Hispanic Heritage Month begins each September on the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.  For more information, check out these Hispanic Heritage Month resources:

Also, be sure to check out some of KDL’s Hispanic Heritage resources, including a variety of books and movies, as well as our many Spanish language programs.

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Novel Experience Tickets On Sale Now!

Monday, September 14th, 2009



Join KDL on Thursday, October 29, 7:00 p.m. at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center for an evening with Marley & Me author John Grogan as he presents “Life Lessons from Marley & Me.” A bestselling book, as well as a major motion picture starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, Marley & Me tells the heartfelt story of the family who adopts, as the author describes, the world’s worst dog. A booksigning will immediately follow the presentation.

Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased online, at any KDL branch location or at any of Schuler Books Grand Rapids locations. Proceeds from all ticket sales will support KDL’s literacy programs for young children.

Purchase your tickets today! 

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Find Movie Recommendations with Nanocrowd

Saturday, September 12th, 2009


Looking for movie suggestions? Try a movie recommendation engine like Nanocrowd. Just input the name of a movie you’ve enjoyed, and Nanocrowd suggests six nanogenres — groups of keywords related to the movie. Click on the three-word category you prefer, and Nanocrowd generates a list of movies. Choose a different nanogenre and you’ll get a new list of movies.

Not a fan of Nanocrowd? Other movie recommendation engines to try include TasteKid, Clerkdogs, Jinni, and IMDb. What’s your favorite way to find movie suggestions?

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Book Sale at the Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009


Visit the Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch book sale in the library Community Room this weekend
to find books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, videos and more at great prices. Donations are appreciated.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For all ages. Visit our events page for more information.

Friday, September 11, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 12, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Rally at the Capitol

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

This Thursday, September 10, librarians and library supporters will rally at the State Capitol in Lansing to voice concerns over proposed cuts to library funding and the dismantling of the Library of Michigan.  We encourage library supporters to let their voice be heard by attending the rally and wearing a red shirt in support of Michigan libraries. The official start time of the rally is 10:00 am. For more detailed event information, please visit this page.

If you are interested in voicing your opinion but can’t make it to the rally, please consider sending a letter to your local legislator. We urge you to let Lansing know how you feel about the proposed changes to library funding.


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Correction – Sand Lake Branch Homeschool Group

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

An error was made when publicizing the Homeschool Group Meeting events, occurring on September 8, October 13 and November 10 at the Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch.  Publicity that states that these events begin at 1:00 p.m. is incorrect.  The correct starting time for the Homeschool Group Meetings is 3:00 p.m.  We apologize for any inconvenience this error may have caused.

The complete, correct information about this event is the following:

Homeschool Group Meeting

The Homeschool Group will meet the second Tuesday of each month this fall. Parents and children are welcome. Plan events or projects, and work together on assignments. Join together in a community of learning.

Tuesdays, September 8, October 13 and November 10. at 3:00 p.m. at the Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch

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Annual Plant Sale at Sand Lake Branch

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

The Friends of the Sand Lake / Nelson Township Library are sponsoring their Annual Perennial Plant Sale & Auction this Saturday, September 12 starting at 9:00 a.m. Come by the library and select your favorite perennials, plants, garden-related items and more. At 2:00 p.m. the remaining plants will be auctioned off.

Support your local library while you stock up on your favorite plants!

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