Archive for April, 2010

KDL Welcomes New Branch Manager

Monday, April 19th, 2010

cathy-small.jpgCathy Neis, former Assistant Branch Manager of the Wyoming Branch, has been hired as the new Branch Manager of the Gaines Township 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.

“I love working in public libraries because of the diversity of patrons and their questions,” Cathy said.

Cathy will be taking over for Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, who was recently hired as KDL’s Assistant Director for Public Services.

Please join us in congratulating Cathy on her new position!

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Celebrate Earth Day!

Friday, April 16th, 2010


April 22nd is Earth Day and we invite you to celebrate with KDL! Created to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment, Earth Day is a time for us to assess the work still needed to protect the natural gifts of our planet. 

There are many simple things you can do to observe Earth Day — avoid the car, volunteer, pick up litter, conserve water. If you’d like to learn more ways to “go green,” then check out our Living Green in West Michigan resource guide. From area food co-ops to local bike path routes, you’re sure to find something useful.

And don’t forget one of the best ways to celebrate Earth Day: visit your library! Recycling things like books, movies and music for everyone to enjoy is something we’ve been doing for a long time. I suppose you could call us one of the original recyclers!

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Place Your Hold on Mockingjay Today!

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

The final volume in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy won’t be published until August 24th, but you can place a hold by clicking here!

Mockingjay by Collins

Haven’t read The Hunger Games yet?  Click on the book cover to place your hold.

Mockingjay by Collins

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KDL Welcomes New Assistant Director

Thursday, April 15th, 2010


Former Gaines Township Branch Manager Michelle Boisvenue-Fox was recently hired as Kent District Library’s new Assistant Director for Public Services.  Michelle will be responsible for the administration of all public service operations within the library branches and will act as the liaison between the 18 library branches and administration.“I am excited that Michelle will be taking on this important senior leadership role at KDL,” said KDL Director Martha Esch.

Michelle has been with KDL since 2003, first as Assistant Branch Manager of the East Grand Rapids Branch. She then served as Acting Branch Manager of the Alpine Branch, and, most recently, Branch Manager of the Gaines Township Branch.

Please join us in congratulating Michelle on her new position!

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To Tweet, or Not to Tweet

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Twitter has become such a part of our digital life that the Library of Congress is going to archive every public tweet since Twitter launched in March 2006.  Wow!  I do have a Twitter account but have not found a way to incorporate it into my daily life since I don’t have a cell phone. But there are 50 million tweets a day that will now be saved for future researchers to peruse and analyze.  Does this announcement change your opinion of Twitter OR would this change what you tweeted? Leave your comment below!

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Making a Difference in the Lives of Children

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010


Thanks to the generosity of donors to the KDL Fund, exciting things are happening for young children and their families.

Since its inception in late 2007, the KDL Annual Fund has invested over $49,000 in KDL’s literacy programs for young children.

Thoughtful donors to the KDL Fund are making these initiatives a reality.

Early Literacy Computer Stations — Donations to the KDL Annual Fund have already enabled us to reach young children with Early Literacy Computer Stations in nine of our branch libraries. The Early Literacy Station from AWE is a stand-alone computer system containing over 40 educational software programs in English and Spanish. The educational software spans seven curricular areas targeted for toddlers through second grade. The goal is for all KDL branches to have an Early Literacy Computer Station.

Play, Grow, Read… To Your Baby! — Donations to the KDL Annual Fund will provide 1,500 new first-time parents in the KDL service area with a Play Grow Read… To Your Baby packet. The packet contains a board book, invitation to babytime at KDL, application for baby’s first library card, and materials featuring reading tips and early literacy information.

Imagination Stations — Donations to the KDL Annual Fund have provided for the creation of the first Imagination Station. An Imagination Station fosters a child’s imagination through dramatic play. One month the Imagination Station is a store complete with child-size shopping carts and play food, and the next month it is a bank with play money, cash registers, and coin rolls. The play station will be unveiled when KDL’s Kentwood Branch opens in its new facility later this year.

Together we can do so much more for young children.

Please consider a gift in support of KDL’s literacy programs for young children.

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Celebrate National Library Week!

Sunday, April 11th, 2010


National Library Week is April 11-17, and KDL invites you to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide! It’s a great time to discover how “Communities Thrive @ your library.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman is the 2010 Honorary Chair of National Library Week. Check out one of his books today.

If you have a library memory or story you would like to share, we would love to hear it!




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New Language Learning Database

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010


Kent District Library has added Mango Languages to its growing list of patron resources. Mango 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 22 foreign languages and 14 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

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 9 foreign language and 3 ESL courses. Foreign language courses include Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. ESL courses include Polish, Spanish and Portuguese.

Learn more about Mango Languages, or start using it today! KDL will be holding a contest related to the new database in May. Be on the lookout for more information.

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Holiday Closing

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

All Kent District Library branches will be closed Sunday, April 4, for Easter. We will resume normal operating hours on Monday, April 5. For additional 2010 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Easter!


Happy Easter

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KDL on WGVU Radio

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

joshkip.jpgEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. Listen to Josh Bernstein and Kip Odell, KDL Teen Librarians, talk about some great teen events coming soon to KDL branches.

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

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