Archive for November, 2009

Help the Library by Shopping Online

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Online Shopping

Happy Cyber Monday, everyone!

While you’re busily hunting for those Christmas shopping deals online, don’t forget that you can help KDL with each purchase! Just click on the icon below, or go to, then use the links on that page to continue on to and Barnes & Noble’s websites. By using the links on that page, a percentage of the cost of the purchases made during your shopping session will be returned to the library.

For additional shopping options, check out GoodSearch’s GoodShop program, which includes over 700 online stores! Just enter “Kent District Library” as your charity, then use their links to your favorite online shopping sites. (Look at the left sidebar of the GoodShop site for the full list.) A percentage of your purchases will go to the library.


These are just two of the ways the Kent District Library is creating additional revenue in order to continue providing quality library service to our customers. If you’re interesting in finding out how you can contribute to the library, please visit our KDL Fund page. We appreciate your support!

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Holiday Programs for Families

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Celebrate the holidays with KDL! We have all kinds of fun holiday programs for children and families.

Gingerbread Lane
Take a stroll down gingerbread lane and enjoy some tasty gingerbread stories and rhymes. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. For children of all ages with an adult.
Comstock Park branch — Tuesday, December 1, 6:30 p.m.
Kentwood branch — Monday, December 7, 6:30 p.m.
Englehardt branch — Tuesday, December 15, 5:45 and 6:45 p.m.
Caledonia Twp. branch — Thursday, December 17, 10:30 a.m.
Plainfield Twp. branch — Saturday, December 19, 10:30 a.m.
Gaines Twp. branch — Saturday, December 19, 2:00 p.m.


The Reindeer are Coming!
Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will visit the library. Dress warmly and don’t forget the camera!
Caledonia Twp. branch — Tuesday, December 8, 4:00 p.m.
Walker branch — Tuesday, December 15, 4:30 p.m.
Grandville branch — Tuesday, December 15, 6:30 p.m.
Gaines Twp. branch — Saturday, January 9, 1:30 p.m.


Winter’s Eve Storytime
Join in a festive celebration of the season with holiday stories, crafts and goodies.
Sand Lake/Nelson Twp. branch — Wednesday, December 9, 6:30 p.m.


Christmas with Santa
Visit Santa at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library. See a live reindeer and enjoy treats. Don’t forget your camera! In partnership with the Friends of the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library and the Sand Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Sand Lake/Nelson Twp. branch — Saturday, December 12, 10:00 a.m.


Happy Holiday Magic Show
Bring the whole family to enjoy a magic show full of snowmen, elves and fun with magician Gordon Russ.
Plainfield Twp. branch — Saturday, December 12, 10:30 a.m.


Christmas Adopt a Family
Make the Christmas season bright for area families in need. The library is collecting toys, clothing, books and food. All donations must be dropped off by December 15. Call the library for information on how you can help.
Sand Lake/Nelson Twp. branch — December 1-15


Holiday Stories and Crafts
Get your family ready for the holiday season with stories and crafts! For children of all ages and their families.
Wyoming branch — Wednesday, December 16, 1:00 p.m.
Wyoming branch — Thursday, December 17, 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.


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Teen Gaming @ KDL

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Teens, are you into gaming? Join your friends at the Kent District Library for all your favorite video games.

These are the gaming programs you don’t want to miss!

Teen Gaming
Play Nintendo Wii, try out some board games, hang out and eat snacks.
Cascade Twp. branch — Thursdays, December 3-10, January 7-14 and February 4-11, 5:00 p.m.
Cascade Twp. branch — Tuesday, December 29, 3:00 p.m.


Nintendo Wii
Show off your Wii skills or learn some new Wii tricks with friends.
Sand Lake/Nelson Twp. branch — Tuesday, December 29, 1:30 p.m.
Tyrone Twp. branch — Wednesday, December 30, 1:30 p.m.
Tyrone Twp. branch — Thursdays, January 7 and February 4 & 25, 4:30 p.m.
Alpine Twp. branch — Wednesdays, January 13 & 27, 4:00 p.m.
Kentwood branch — Saturday, January 30, 1:00 p.m.
Alpine Twp. branch — Wednesdays, February 10 & 24, 4:00 p.m. 


Guitar Hero
It’s a rhythm-packed event whatever you do as you move and groove to Guitar Hero!
Plainfield Twp. branch — Tuesday, January 26, 4:00 p.m.


Manga Club and Video Games
If you’re into manga or video games, this is for you! Join us to talk about manga, watch anime and play video games.
Cascade Twp. branch — Tuesdays December 22, 3:00 p.m.
Cascade Twp. branch — Thursdays, January 28 and February 25, 5:00 p.m.


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Learn Yoga, Karate and Tai Chi

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Learn the basics of yoga, karate and tai chi with the Wyoming branch of KDL. All ages are welcome!

Karate Basics
Learn basic karate through hands-on experience with Sensei Jerry Bomay.
Wyoming branch — Tuesdays, December 1-15, 9:30 a.m.

Tai Chi Basics
Join Tim Parker from the Blue Heron Academy to learn this form of traditional Chinese martial art. Tai chi’s health training concentrates on relieving the physical effects of stress on the body and mind.
Wyoming branch — Saturday, January 9, 2:00 p.m.

Yoga Basics
Professional yoga instructor Susan Duesbury will teach you how to open your heart and live life with increased joy and greater ease through yoga.
Wyoming branch — Saturday, January 23, 2:00 p.m.

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Holiday Closing

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

The Kent District Library will be closed Thursday, November 26, for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, November 27. For additional 2009 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving

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Eco-Friendly Website Printing at Your Fingertips

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

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Gingerbread Lane for Kids!

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Take a stroll down gingerbread lane with the Kent District Library. This program is for children of all ages with an adult. Kids will get to make their very own simple gingerbread house and enjoy some tasty stories and rhymes.

Gingerbread Lane can be enjoyed at the following KDL branches:

Comstock Park — Tuesday, December 1, 6:30 p.m.
Kentwood — Monday, December 7, 6:30 p.m.
Englehardt — Tuesday, December 15, 5:45 p.m.
Caledonia Twp. — Thursday, December 17, 10:30 a.m.
Plainfield Twp. — Saturday, December 19, 10:30 a.m.
Gaines Twp. — Saturday, December 19, 2:00 p.m.

Registration may be required.

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Krause Patron Wins $1,500

Friday, November 20th, 2009

This year the Kent District Library partnered with the Library of Michigan Foundation, the Michigan Education Savings Program and the Michigan Education Trust to provide parents with the opportunity to win $1,500 toward their children’s educational expenses with a “Get Creative at Saving for College” contest. Statewide, 6 lucky winners were selected, one of which was Lynette Gasper who frequents our Krause Memorial branch.

(Photo courtesy of Alpine Township)

The $1,500 award was presented to Lynette at the Kent District Library’s November KDL Board of Trustees Meeting on Thursday, November 19. For Lynette’s efforts, the Krause Memorial branch will also receive $1,000 to help fund literacy initiatives for young children.

Krause Winner

So, thank you, and congratulations to Lynette!

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KDL Teams Up with Toys for Tots

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Join KDL this holiday season in bringing cheer to a local child. Once again, KDL is participating in the US Marines’ Toys for Tots program, helping to provide toys to deserving children throughout the community.

Drop off your new, unwrapped toys now through December 14 at any one of these KDL branch locations: Cascade Township, East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Krause Memorial and Wyoming.

Thank you for your donation!

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Do You Use MeL?

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Have you used MeLCat to request library materials not owned by KDL? Or taken advantage of some of the great research databases that the Michigan eLibrary provides to KDL patrons?

If you have (or even if you haven’t!), please respond to this short survey to share your feedback about these resources, as the MeL staff would like to hear from as many library users as possible in order to continue to improve these services and offer the greatest benefit to Michigan residents. 

Thank you for your participation!


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