Archive for 2010

Experience Egypt at KDL

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Children ages six and up are invited to experience all things Egyptian at our Experience Egypt program taking place at several branches this winter. Come dress like a pharaoh, turn yourself into a mummy, and create a pyramid to celebrate Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicle series first title The Red Pyramid.

Monday, December 20 at 2:00 pm – Cascade Township branch
* Tuesday, December 28 at 2:00 pm – Englehardt branch
* Wednesday, January 19 at 2:00 pm – Plainfield Township branch
Saturday, January 22 at 10:30 am – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Saturday, January 29 at 10:30 am – Alto branch
Thursday, February 10 at 4:00 pm – Comstock Park branch
Saturday, February 12 at 2:00 pm – Gaines Township branch
Monday, February 14 at 2:00 pm – Wyoming branch
Thursday, February 17 at 3:30 pm – Caledonia Township branch
* Monday, February 21 at 2:00 pm – Grandville branch
Tuesday, February 22 at 2:00 pm – Kentwood branch
Thursday, February 24 at 6:30 pm – Spencer Township branch
Saturday, February 26 at 11:00 am – Byron Township branch
Monday, February 28 at 6:30 pm – Krause Memorial branch

* Registration is required at some branches.

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Cultural Awareness: Focus on S.E. Asia

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

People of all ages are invited to experience the culture, music, geography and food of India, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand and China. Cultural Awareness – Focus on Southeast Asia will take place from 2:00-4:00 pm on Tuesday, December 21 at the Englehardt branch. The Alpine Township branch will host the program from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm on Saturday, February 5. Books, music and videos about the area will be on display, and food and drink will be available.

We hope you will stop by and enjoy the program!

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Additional Toddler Times at Walker Branch

Monday, December 13th, 2010

In order to better serve their patrons, the Walker branch has added an additional Toddler Time to their schedule. In addition to the normal 10:00 am program on Wednesdays, starting next Monday, December 20, and running through January 24, there will also be Toddler Time at 10:00 am on Mondays.

To register for this or another Storytime, choose your day here and sign up!

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Star Library Celebration

Monday, December 13th, 2010


Kent District Library was recently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries, as rated by the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service, a national rating of public libraries. KDL was one of only two libraries in Michigan to receive this honor.

To thank you for helping make us a Star Library, we would like to invite you to stop into any KDL branch December 13-15 and pick up a small star-themed token of our appreciation.

Library Journal ranked 7,407 public libraries, and identified 258 star performers. Libraries were ranked and given scores based on their circulation, visits, program attendance and public internet terminal use. The top libraries in each category, organized by ranges of operating expenditures, are recognized as a Star Library.

We are thrilled that Kent District Library is included in the 2010 Library Journal America’s Star Library Index and appreciate the support that our patrons and communities have shown over the years. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating this wonderful achievment!

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2011 Debut Authors for Teens

Friday, December 10th, 2010

December is usually a time to reflect on the year past, but it can be fun to look ahead to see what books are coming out.  Here are some eagerly anticipated books for 2011 from new authors.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis will be released January 11th.  Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Want to read the first chapter?

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton is scheduled for a February 15th release.  Ellie has power that no one can match, and her role is to hunt and kill the reapers that prey on human souls. But in order to survive the dangerous and ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen, she must also hunt for the secrets of her past lives and truths that may be too frightening to remember. The author lives in Michigan.

Clarity by Kim Harrington will be released March 1. When you can see things others can’t, where do you look for the truth? Clarity “Clare” Fern sees things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It’s a gift.  And a curse.  When a teenage girl is found murdered and Clare’s brother is the prime suspect, she must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

So Shelly by Ty Roth is scheduled for a February 8th release.  Until now, high school junior, John Keats, has only tiptoed near the edges of the vortex that is schoolmate and literary prodigy, Gordon Byron. That is, until their mutual friend, Shelly, drowns in a sailing accident.  After stealing Shelly’s ashes from her wake at Trinity Catholic High School, the boys set a course for the small Lake Erie island where Shelly’s body had washed ashore and to where she wished to be returned. It would be one last “so Shelly” romantic quest. At least that’s what they think.

Since these books have not been ordered yet by KDL, add them to your reading list.  If you would like to see more titles like these, check out the list.  You can also leave a comment below with the debut author you are looking forward to reading!

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Computer Confidence Classes

Friday, December 10th, 2010

computer.jpgWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free Computer Confidence classes can help you learn something new! Our winter schedule begins soon, offering the following classes:

  • Computer Basics: Learn to Type
  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Internet Basics
  • Email Workshop
  • Online Photo Sharing
  • Microsoft Word I, II, & III
  • Microsoft Excel I, II, & III
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Office Programs for the Job Seeker

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar. Registration is required and begins Monday, December 13 at 9:30am for KDL cardholders and Monday, December 20 for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available).

To register, please call 616-784-2007.

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Great New Picture Books

Friday, December 10th, 2010

The following list was put together to highlight new books that incorporate the 6 Early Literacy Skills your child needs to be ready to read.

All of the books were published in 2009 or 2010. Click the catalog links to see if your local branch has a copy or place a hold on the ones you want to see firsthand. These books would also make great presents for children in your life this Holiday!

Print Awareness Books:


Billy and Milly Short & Silly by Eve Feldman

I Want My Light On! by Tony Ross

Don’t Spill the Beans by Ian Schoenherr

Print Motivation Books:


Lulu the Big Little Chick by Paulette Bogan

If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca and Ed Emberley

Can You Make a Scary Face by Jan Thomas

Phonological Awareness Books:


Tap Tap Bang Bang by Emma Garcia

Drum City by Thea Guidone

What’s Your Sound, Hound the Hound? by Mo Willems

Vocabulary Books:


A Plane Goes Ka-Zoom by Jonathan London

Who Said Coo? by Deborah Ruddell

Opposnakes by Salina Yoon

Letter Knowledge Books:


LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood

A Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra

Narrative Skills Books:


Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson

The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood

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Mango Offers New Languages

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Now there’s even more Mango to choose from! Mango Languages has added seven new languages to its collection:

  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Dutch
  • Indonesian
  • Slovak
  • Tamil
  • Ukrainian

Mango Languages is free to all KDL cardholders, and is an easy, effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. Mango is available in two versions:

Mango Basic: Perfect for a foreign language beginner, Mango Basic teaches everyday greetings, gratitudes, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time. The courses, which require only two to five hours of time to complete, are currently available in 29 foreign languages and 15 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses:

  • Arabic (Levantine)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Dari
  • Dutch
  • Farsi
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Pashto
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Russian
  • Spanish (Latin American)
  • Slovak
  • Tagalog
  • Tamil
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
  • ESL for Arabic Speakers
  • ESL for Chinese (Cantonese) Speakers
  • ESL for Chinese (Mandarin) Speakers
  • ESL for French Speakers
  • ESL for German Speakers
  • ESL for Greek Speakers
  • ESL for Italian Speakers
  • ESL for Japanese Speakers
  • ESL for Korean Speakers
  • ESL for Polish Speakers
  • ESL for Portuguese (Brazilian) Speakers
  • ESL for Russian Speakers
  • ESL for Spanish (Latin American) Speakers
  • ESL for Turkish Speakers
  • ESL for Vietnamese Speakers

Mango Complete: Mango Complete offers a 100-lesson course that digs much deeper and is designed to provide a more complete understanding of the entire language and culture. It is available in all of the languages above except for Arabic, Dari, Irish, Pashto, Tagalog, Urdu, ESL Arabic, and ESL Chinese (Mandarin).

Learn more about Mango Languages, or start using it today!

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OverDrive Apps Now Support eBooks

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Do you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or Android device? (Or perhaps have one on your Christmas list?) Our OverDrive downloadable eBook & eAudiobook service just announced that their OverDrive Media Console apps for these mobile devices have been updated to add support for ePub-formatted eBooks, in addition to their previous MP3 eAudiobook capabilities, so you can now download free library eBooks directly to your device!

The improved app also adds a new “Get Books” button to streamline browsing the OverDrive mobile website. Just enter your zip code or search for “Kent District Library” to find our eBooks site, which will then be saved for future visits.

The iPhone app will also work on the iPad, although OverDrive is hard at work on a separate app that will take advantage of the larger screen size. Apps for Blackberry and other mobile devices are also coming soon.

App Store•    Download OverDrive Media Console for iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad

•    Download OverDrive Media Console for Android (with new eBook support), Download Android appBlackberry or Windows Mobile (eAudiobooks only)

•    See a video of the new app in action:

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Plainfield Township Branch Closed

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

The Plainfield Township branch is currently closed due to a building maintenance issue. We apologize for the inconvenience and will post an update when we know if they will be able to open later today.

UPDATE: We’ve been given the all-clear to open the Plainfield Township branch as usual at 9:30am today. 🙂

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