Archive for 2010

Holiday Closing — New Year’s Day

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

The Kent District Library will be closed Saturday, January 1, for New Year’s Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Sunday, January 2. For additional 2011 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy New Year!Happy New Year

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Max and Ruby Parties

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Children ages 6 and under are invited to join us for some Max and Ruby fun at the library! Many KDL branches will be hosting a Max and Ruby Party this winter. The parties, based on the lovable Max and Ruby characters, will feature bunny games, bunny crafts and other book-related bunny fun.

Tuesday, January 4, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Wednesday, January 5, 10:00 AM – Krause Memorial branch
Thursday, January 6, 10:30 AM – Caledonia Township branch
Thursday, January 6, 6:30 PM – Spencer Township branch
Tuesday, January 11, 10:30 AM – Alpine Township branch
* Wednesday, January 12, 6:30 PM – Englehardt branch
Wednesday, January 19, 10:00 AM – Tyrone Township branch
Saturday, January 22, 11:00 AM – Byron Township branch
Tuesday, January 25, 10:00 and 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM– Kentwood branch
Wednesday, January 26, 10:00 AM – Kentwood branch
Monday, February 7, 10:30 AM – Wyoming branch
Thursday, February 10, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township branch
Monday, February 14, 10:30 AM – Alto branch
* Monday, February 21, 10:15 AM – Plainfield Township branch
Monday, March 7, 10:30 AM – Comstock Park branch
Wednesday, March 9, 10:00 AM – Gaines Township branch

* Registration is required at some branches.

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Eat Tweet

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Most cookbooks are large and take up lots of space in the kitchen.  Enter the latest and very unique cookbook by Maureen Evans, Eat Tweet.  (You can find Maureen on twitter @cookbook).  All the recipes in the book have been reduced to the length of a tweet, 140 characters or fewer.  This reduction makes reading the cookbook fun and challenging!  Although don’t be discouraged because there is an included glossary to help decipher the abbreviations.

Here is an example from her twitter postings:

Spiced Ham: score,clove-stud 4lb cookdham. Top w mixd c apricotjam/¼c honey&brsug&dijon/¼t cardamom&pep/t piespice. Cvr h@300℉; +20m uncvrd.

Bon Appetit!

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Share Your Feedback

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

We want to hear from you!  How did you use Kent District Library in 2010? Take our short survey and let us know which KDL services most benefitted you in the last year. Your feedback and comments are most appreciated and may be used to help develop future library initiatives.


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KDL Welcomes New Branch Manager

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Kent District Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Minerd as the new Branch Manager of the Byron Township branch. She is responsible for day-to-day operations, programs and services, supervision of support staff, selection and maintenance of the collection, and implementation of policy and procedural changes.

Michelle received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.  She has worked for KDL for eight years, the last seven as a Youth Specialist at the East Grand Rapids branch.

“I look forward to working with Byron Township and the library staff to continue the tradition of wonderful library service and programs that the Byron Township library is known for,” Michelle said.   

Michelle takes over for Lori Holland, who recently became the Branch Manager of the Wyoming branch.

Please join us in congratulating Michelle on her new position!

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Holiday Closing — Christmas Weekend

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

The Kent District Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays Friday through Sunday, December 24–26, 2010. We will resume normal operating hours on Monday, December 27. For 2011 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you Happy Holidays!


Happy Holidays

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Teen Historical Fiction

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Historical fiction are not always the easiest books to read and can be overlooked in the rush for the newest vampire/werewolf or fantasy release.  The book suggestions below were published this year and cover a range of time periods.

Laurie Halse Anderson has started a wonderful series set during the Revolutionary War.  Chains, the first book in the series, was published in 2008 and received the Scott O’Dell Award and was a National Book Award Finalist.  The next book, Forge, was recently published and centers around Curzon, who was introduced in the first book.  Both books are true to the time period and look at the issue of a nation fighting for its freedom versus the continued enslavement of people based on skin color.

No Moon by Irene N Watts follows the story of a young servant girl, Louisa, who is hired as a nursemaid for two young girls.  The family she works for is planning a trip on the new luxury cruise Titanic and due to a mishap, Louisa must replace the nanny at the last minute despite her fear of water.  Even knowing the fate of the ship, it is a interesting read from the perspective of a young passenger.

Lastly, Three Rivers Rising by Jame Richards is a book that I originally didn’t think I would enjoy.  The entire book is in verse and follows the lives of three individuals leading up to and during the 1889 Johnstown flood.  Once you adjust to the rhythm of the book, the chapters just fly by.  Since the Johnstown flood is probably less known than the Titanic, the book could hold some surprises for readers.

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Plainfield Branch Opening Late Wed.

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

The Plainfield Township Branch will tentatively be opening at 11:00 am tomorrow (Wednesday, December 22) to allow mechanical repairs to be completed. We will keep you updated if the repairs take longer than anticipated.

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Give the Gift of Books This Holiday Season

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Children learn to read being in the presence of books.” ~ Horace Mann

Are you looking for a special gift that gives back  this holiday season?

This holiday season, please consider a gift to the KDL FundStock the Shelves” campaign in honor or celebration of a loved one, friend, or teacher.

In 2011, as KDL experiences increases in visitors and circulation, the depressed economy has forced cuts across all budget line items.  Among other areas, these cuts will result in a loss of roughly 13,000 items in our youth collection.

Please help us raise $7,500 for our  75th year to “Stock the Shelves” with amazing books and materials for the youth collection. 

I love how even though our family can’t always afford to buy books, we don’t have to sacrifice to have the privilege to read. We could not be more appreciative. The kids beg to visit the library they love it so much. I look forward to many more years with my children visiting the libraries.” ~ Heather

It would be a shame if “the privilege to read” for children and their families was sacrificed because fewer books and materials were available to them.  Your support is critical to young people all over Kent County who rely on the 18 KDL branches for access to books and resources.  Please consider a donation today.

If you are giving the gift of lifelong learning by making a donation to the KDL Fund in honor of your loved ones, friends, teachers, etc., we will send a special card to that special person announcing your gift.

Thank you for helping us “Stock the Shelves” with your donation to the KDL Fund. Our founders would be proud to see we’ve continued their commitment to the youth of our community.

 “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” ~ Maya Angelou


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Online Pet Humor

Friday, December 17th, 2010

One of the earliest cat humor sites I remember finding on the web were images of cats that were scanned.  (Yes, placing your cat on the scanner and making a copy!)  That website doesn’t seem to be available any longer, although you can find a few images here and there, but there are other sites to help you laugh at (or with) your pet.

One of my favorite sites is ICanHasCheezburger for LOLcats, although it isn’t totally limited to cats.  This site also collects funny videos on YouTube and has a companion site for your LOLdogs.  And if you can’t get enough of those cats, give a try or visit the library for the book versions!

The other site I regularly check is Stuff On My Cat, which also has a companion site called Stuff on My Mutt.  Now it isn’t always the object on the pet that is fun, usually it is the added caption.

But the site with the most cuteness (at least for cat lovers) and where you can waste the most time is Kittenwar!.  Two pictures are displayed and you get to select the cutest one, over and over!

Leave a comment below with other favorite sites to view funny pet pictures!

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