Archive for February, 2010

Everyone Gathers to Read in EGR

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

The East Grand Rapids branch of KDL is planning Everyone Gathers to Read (E.G.R.), a community-wide month-long event that encourages all community members to read the same book and participate in activities, contests and programs. This season’s E.G.R. will focus on Hello, Hello by Dan Zanes.

Programs for E.G.R. include:
Hola, featuring the Grand Rapids Symphony Petting Zoo, on Sunday, February 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Namaste on Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Jambo featuring dancers from Moving Co. on Sunday, February 28 at 2:00 p.m.
Finale Party on Sunday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m.

You can also get involved in the E.G.R. Bookmark Contest. Design a bookmark using Hello, Hello by Dan Zanes as inspiration. Several bookmarks will be selected and printed for distribution at the Finale Party. Bookmarks are due by February 28.

Or get out your camera and take a picture or two using Hello, Hello as inspiration for the E.G.R. Photo Contest. Submissions will be accepted February 14-28, 2010. Photographs will be displayed in the library and celebrated at the Finale Party.

Or if you’re a poet, enter the E.G.R. Poetry Contest. Write a poem using Hello, Hello as inspiration. Adults, teens and kids are encouraged to submit poems to the library. Several will be selected and displayed at the Finale Party.

Details on contests are available at the East Grand Rapids branch.


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Walker Lego Contest Winners Announced

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

The Walker Branch held its second annual Lego Contest this winter. Kids aged 6-12 were invited to build an original Lego or Duplo creation. In all, we received 25 awesome entries!

First place goes to Ryan Messock, age 11 for his highly detailed ‘HockeyTown USA’ entry.

HockeyTown USA

Three honorable mentions were awarded. Those entries are:

‘The Library’ by Lauren Staal, age 6

The Library

‘Underwater World’ by Stuart Rossman, age 6

Underwater World

‘Hot Rod Garage’ by Dylan Roelofs, age 8

Hot Rod Garage

Thank you to everyone who participated! We look forward to another great contest next year.


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Computer Confidence Classes

Saturday, February 6th, 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 spring schedule begins soon, offering the following classes:

  • Learn to Type
  • Computer Basics I & II
  • Internet Basics
  • Email Workshop
  • Microsoft Word I, II, & III
  • Microsoft Excel I, II, & III
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Working with Digital Photos I & II

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar. Registration is required and begins Monday, February 8 for KDL cardholders and Tuesday, February 16 for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available). Note that KDL will be closed Monday, February 15 for staff in-service.

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Long Time KDL Employee Says Good-Bye

Friday, February 5th, 2010

barry-small.jpgBarry Adams recently retired from Kent District Library following over 44 years of service, making him the longest serving staff member in KDL’s history. He worked at several KDL locations and held many different positions, including Bookmobile Driver, Library Page, Clerk, Library Assistant, and Adult Services Paraprofessional.

We are grateful for Barry’s many years of dedicated service and wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement.

Click here to read an Advance Newspaper article about Barry and his tenure at KDL.


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Busy Year for KDL

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

The numbers are in, and 2009 was another record-setting year for KDL as Kent County residents continued to take advantage of all the great library resources available to them. In 2009, the number of materials borrowed rose again by double digits — 10% — topping the 6 million item mark for the first time in KDL history.  The number of cardholders increased by 11% and branch visitor counts rose by 9%.   Attendance to KDL programs also increased by 9%. We even saw increases in the use of online resources, with website visits up 10%, and use of eBooks up a remarkable 51% over the previous year.

While we are certainly proud and humbled by these accomplishments, we also recognize that this growing demand continues to put a strain on library resources. With a recent 40% reduction in State Aid to libraries as well as stagnant property tax revenues, we face a formidable challenge. Additionally, although we’re very excited about our new library building projects, they too will require additional resources. In response, we are working hard to streamline processes, such as the addition of self-checkout terminals in our branches. We have also reduced staffing levels and consolidated departments. Forthcoming changes, such as the updated materials return guidelines, are also being implemented in response to these challenges. Moving forward, we will continue to evaluate the way we do business and focus on those areas that our customers have identified as most important to them. We have a number of challenges ahead of us (see our Funding Myths page for more funding information), and we need all of your support as we move forward, but we certainly plan to celebrate our successes every step of the way. We thank you for your support and look forward to a great 2010!


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Courtesy Notice Issue

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Those of you signed up for email alerts may have received erroneous courtesy notices overnight, stating that items you have checked out and returned months ago are now due in 3 days. Valid alerts will contain a current checkout date and due date, but these problem notices do not.

Please ignore these notices, as they are not accurate. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to figure out what caused the issue and fix it as quickly as possible.

Remember, you can always check your account online or by calling our automated phone system at 616-453-2575.


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Free Stickers!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Stop in to your local branch to get a free “I love my library” sticker featuring our lovely mascot, Katie L.

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Ask a staff member for a free sticker today!


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Author Kage Baker Died Jan. 31

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Author Kage Baker died of cancer on January 31st at the age of 57.  Kage Baker wrote many award winning fantasy novels including the Company series featuring time traveling cyborg Mendoza.  She was a finalist in 1999 for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Additionally, Kage Baker acted and directed with As You Like It Productions and taught Elizabethan English to stage actors.


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Ralph McInerny Died Jan. 29

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Author Ralph McInerny died Friday, January 29th at the age of 80.  Ralph McInerny authored more than 40 books in addition to his well known mystery series featuring Father Dowling.  He also was a professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

McInerny himself, in summing up his career, shared a motto found on the desk of Herman Melville, “Be true to the dreams of your youth.”  Said McInerny, the storyteller, “Finally, that is what any writer does, return again and again to the original aspiration that came to him when young. It is the writing, producing a well-made story, that counts. All the rest is gravy.”


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Are You a Library Lover?

Monday, February 1st, 2010

It’s Library Lovers month at KDL! Celebrate this February with fun events, contests, and more. Tell us why you love your library and enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Schuler Books & Music (Note: Please post your story below or on our My KDL Story page — and remember to provide your email address!). Submit your story by February 28 to be eligible.Join us on February 13th at our Sand Lake/Nelson Twp. branch for a special Heart to Heart Tea and Craft Party. Stop by one of our branch locations and pick up your free “I Love My Library” sticker, featuring Katie L.. And, of course, be sure to check out your favorite romantic movie.


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