Archive for 2010

KDL on WGVU Radio

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Each month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Adam Oster, KDL Adult Services Librarian, talk about the Winter Reading Road Trip happening now at all KDL branches. Enjoy!

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KDL Welcomes New Branch Manager

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

We are pleased to announce that Lori Holland has been hired as the new Branch Manager of the Wyoming branch. She will be 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.

Lori received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.  She has worked for KDL for the past 21 years. She worked as the Assistant Branch Manager of the Grandville branch for 14 years and, most recently, as the Branch Manager of the Byron Township branch. Lori is a lifelong resident of the City of Wyoming.

“I look forward to working with the library staff and the City of Wyoming in order to continue to provide the great tradition of library service that the Wyoming library has been known for in the community,” Lori said.

Lori will be taking over for Mary Hollinrake, who recently retired.

Please join us in congratulating Lori on her new position!

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Crafts Around the World

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Travel around the world to Mexico, China and Kenya as we make crafts, sample treats and hear stories representing each country. Crafts Around the World will take place at several KDL branches this winter. Children ages six and up are invited to make their own unity cup, dragon puppet and skull mask to take home.

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting craft adventure!

Krause Memorial branch – Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30 pm
Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch – Tuesday, December 28 at 10:00 am
Caledonia Township branch – Wednesday, January 5 at 6:30 pm
Tyrone Township branch – Thursday, January 13 at 6:30 pm
Plainfield Township branch – Thursday, January 20 at 2:00 pm (Registration is required)
Gaines Township branch – Saturday, January 22 at 10:30 am
Kentwood branch – Saturday, January 22 at 2:00 pm
Cascade Township branch – Monday, January 24 at 4:15 pm

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Computer Reviews Online

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Purchasing a new computer?  Having trouble with your computer and thinking of buying a replacement?  Pricing should not be your only consideration.  There are many places online with reviews to help you make a decision.   One of the most well known is available online through KDL, Consumer Reports.   Additionally, computer magazines are another great resource.  PC Magazine reviews a wide variety of devices including laptops.  For the Apple users, Macworld offers reviews for Apple computers as well as other products including e-readers. And don’t forget to ask people you know.  People are always willing to share their computer experiences with others, especially bad service and products.  Looking at a variety of sources before you shop can help you make a better selection.

Good luck!

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KDL Online: Learning Express Library

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Check out LearningExpress Library, one of KDL’s many free online databases. Whatever your career goal, LearningExpress Library’s resources will help you succeed. Each of the online Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. Learning Center categories include College Preparation, Computer Skills, Workplace Skills Improvement, U.S. Citizenship and many more.

Create an account today and start learning!

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December’s Hot Titles

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

At KDL, we are committed to providing the popular materials that you want to read, listen to, or view.  Look what’s new this month:

Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy
Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell
Rescue by Anita Shreve
Shrek Forever After (DVD)
Inception (DVD)
Despicable Me (DVD)

Check one out today. Enjoy!

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Sign Up for the Winter Reading Road Trip!

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Jumpstart your winter reading and sign up for KDL’s Winter Reading Road Trip! Read books, complete challenges and win prizes as you travel through KDL-land.

Visit any KDL branch and pick up a map that will guide you on your journey. The Road Trip is for adults and runs from December 1 to March 19.

Visit the Winter Reading Road Trip website for directions, resources and more information.

We hope you enjoy this exciting new format for our winter reading club. Happy travels!

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Classic Movies and Studios

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

As an old movie fan—and I’m sure I’m not the only one in that category who also loves the older titles we can get in the library—I’ve decided to read a book titled The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era by film historian Thomas Schatz.

One reason the book got my interest was due to a number of discussions I’ve been having with one of our patrons at the Plainfield branch. He and I recommend movies to each other on a regular basis, and in the context of those talks we’ve noted what Schatz calls a “house style” for the various studios, particularly in the “golden era” that lasted from approximately the 1920s to the 1950s. This style showed not only in the actors that were under contract with the studios (for instance, Bette Davis was with Warner Bros. for many rather tempestuous years, until she ended her contract) but, more importantly, in the kind of films they actually produced. Hence we see beginning in the early 1930s, Universal Studios made a series of horror films such as “Dracula,” starring Bela Lugosi, a whole slew of Frankenstein pictures (including the “Bride of…” which I just watched and really enjoyed) and others such as the Wolf Man and the Mummy.

This approach was very different from MGM, a studio that prided itself on its glossy, often romantic pictures that could include everything from “Grand Hotel” (1932) to the ever-popular Judy Garland vehicle “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944). As a final example, who could forget all those great crime dramas starring the ever lively Jimmy Cagney (not to mention Bogart or Edward G Robinson)? Many of those were made by Warner Bros., who specialized in hard-hitting, in-your-face stories of crime and (sometimes) redemption. A great film in that vein is 1938’s “Angels with Dirty Faces” starring Cagney, Bogart, Pat O’Brien and the amazing “Dead End Kids.”  

It might seem a rather obscure point to talk about the various films made by various studios, but I bring it up because it’s another way of finding more movies of a kind you like. So, for instance, if you loved “Meet Me in St. Louis” you could go on the library catalog and, in the Keyword field, try “Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer” and “musicals.” The results should be good (mine was close to 50). Or simply do “horror” and “Universal” and see what comes up.


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KDLville Ribbon-Cutting Party at Alto

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010


It’s party time! Celebrate with Katie L. the elephant as she cuts the ribbon and welcomes you to KDLville, KDL’s new early literacy play space. A KDLville Ribbon-Cutting Party will take place at 10:30 AM on Monday, December 6 at the Alto branch. Families with children ages 6 and under are invited to have fun with crafts, games, balloon animals, face painting, and a dance party. And what’s a party without dessert? Come enjoy a piece of our special KDLville cake!

KDLville is an interactive early literacy learning center where young children and their caregivers can play, grow, and read. The spaces contain a variety of fun, developmentally appropriate activities that focus on different skills that will help children get ready to read.  Some examples might include a puppet theater, a play grocery store, a train table, pre-writing games, etc.  The activities will be rotated so patrons will get fresh experiences every couple of months. Promotional materials that contain caregiver education on reading readiness will also be provided in the play spaces.

Come celebrate with us!

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Winter 2010-11 KDL Kaleidoscope

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The Winter 2010-11 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope is now available at your local branch library. Or check it out online. You’ll find all you need to know about winter programs and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations.

It’s sure to be an exciting winter at KDL, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Check out the KDL Kaleidoscope today!

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