Archive for February, 2010

Visit Katie L. at the Griffins Game

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Katie L., the elephant, will be making a special appearance at the Griffins hockey game on Wednesday, February 24. Be sure to stop by the KDL information table to say hi and learn about all the exciting things the library has to offer.

Use your KDL card at the box office on game day to get a lower bowl ticket for just $10.

We’ll see you there!

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KDL and Celebration Cinema Showcase Teen Films

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Celebration CinemaThanks to Celebration Cinema North for playing the teen filmmaking contest entries on the big screen!  It was so much fun to see our films in technicolor and surround sound!  We had 14 entries and 141 people in attendance.  Our judges, Dan Mish, John Serba and Ben Utter paid close attention to the films and gave our teen producers some great feedback.  Thanks again to everyone who made this event such a success.  We look forward to the Teen Filmmaking Contest in 2011!

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Author Dick Francis Dies at Age 89

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Author Dick Francis died on Sunday at the age of 89.  He was born in Pembrokeshire, UK in 1920 and died at his home in Grand Cayman.  Dick Francis was well known for his thriller novels that revolved around the horse racing industry.  His most recent books were co-authored with his son Felix Francis.  The focus of Dick Francis’ books is not surprising considering his first career as a steeplechase jockey.  He was a champion jockey during the 1953-54 season and only took up writing after being asked, indirectly, to retire by the Queen Mother in 1957.

Dick Francis was a best-selling author and won many awards for his works including being made a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master.




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KDL Closed Monday, February 15

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

All Kent District Library branches will be closed Monday, February 15 for an All Staff professional development day. We’re taking a day to make sure we’re the best library system we can be for all of our customers. Please pardon our absence, and we’ll all be back on Tuesday, February 16!

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Robots at the Library!

Thursday, February 11th, 2010


Have you ever wanted to know more about robots?  Now is your chance!  Team members from Code Robotics
will be at the Wyoming Branch to teach you about Chinese robots and demonstrate a robot of their own! 
For families with children of all ages.

Saturday, February 20, 2:00 p.m.

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President & Mrs. Lincoln at EGR Branch

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010


President and Mrs. Lincoln: Now from the White House

If you’re a history buff, you won’t want to miss this program. Fred and Bonnie Priebe will be impersonating Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. The couple began role playing President and Mrs. Lincoln in 1996 at Greenfield Village. They have won numerous awards and have presented programs in the United States, Canada, and Australia. They engage their audiences in their presentations making the program fun and educational. Sponsored by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library.

Saturday, February 13, 1:00 p.m. at the East Grand Rapids Branch

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Yes, We’re Open!

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010


The snow may be falling, but KDL branches remain open!
All programs will take place as scheduled.

Please drive carefully if you choose to visit us today.

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KDL on WGVU Radio

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

ericjan.jpgEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. Listen to Eric DeHaan, Communications Manager, and Janice Fonger, Development Coordinator, discuss Library Lovers Month and supporting the KDL Fund.

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

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Iditarod Sled Dogs at the Walker Branch

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010


Welcome to the world of mushing!

Get an up-close opportunity to meet Iditarod sled dogs and, weather permitting, watch an outdoor demonstration.  Bundle up!  For families with children of all ages.

Saturday, February 20, 1:00 p.m. at the Walker Branch.

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Urban Legends and You

Monday, February 8th, 2010


Have you ever gotten an email stating that cell phone numbers are going to be given to telemarketers?  Or that Zicam users lose their sense of smell after use?  Or how about emails offering Applebee’s coupons?   Have you passed these emails on to your entire contacts list?  If so, you should be aware of a website called — a site with the tagline: Rumor has it.  Snopes is in the business of debunking rumors — you can look up things that sound too weird/good/scary to be true and find out if they are!  Snopes is organized into many helpful categors like: Computers, Crime, Disney, Legal, Medical, Quotes, Science, Sports and even a Top 25 to make checking these legends easy.  Or, you can use the handy search box to find your rumor before passing it on to your friends and relatives.

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