Archive for May, 2010

Wyoming Branch Closed May 11

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

The Wyoming branch of the Kent District Library has closed today (Tuesday, May 11) due to a power outage. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to open again soon!

UPDATE (May 12): Power has been restored and the Wyoming branch is open once again!

Posted by:

KDL on WGVU Radio

Friday, May 7th, 2010

dianedenise.jpgEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. Listen to Diane Forbes and Denise Robinson, KDL Program & Outreach Specialists, talk about the importance of early literacy and how you can get your child ready to read!

(Also, be sure to listen for what Diane is currently reading that reminds her of the TV series Lost…)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Download WGVU5-6-10.mp3

(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

Posted by:

Building a Public Social Profile

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Wired has an interesting article/how-to-wiki on building a public social profile.  If you have sworn off Facebook, the wiki lists two other options and why having control of your online profile is a good idea.

Posted by:

Celebrate Children’s Book Week!

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Children’s Book Week, sponsored by the Children’s Book Council, is May 10-16. Celebrated since 1919, this special event reminds us of the importance of early literacy and the joy reading can bring to a child. Each year, educators, librarians, booksellers, and families have celebrated children’s books and the love of reading with storytelling, parties, author and illustrator appearances, and other book-related fun! During Children’s Book Week, be sure to visit the library and take part in one of our many book-related children’s programs.


Kids, teens and parents should check out the Children’s Book Week site for great ideas on how to celebrate books and reading this week! This is also a great time to check out KDL’s Parents and Kids page for additional reading fun.

Posted by:

Attention Parents: We Want Your Opinions!

Monday, May 3rd, 2010


Do you have young children? KDL is always looking to improve our early literacy services for you and your little ones. To better serve you, we’d love to hear what you think. Please participate in our survey by either clicking on the link below, or copying and pasting the address into your Internet browser. The survey is quite brief and shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. Your opinions and suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!



Posted by:

Donate to the Diaper Drive at KDL

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Help KDL collect one of the most basic necessities for babies and toddlers in Kent County: diapers.

The Kent District Library has teamed up with the Great Start Parent Coalition and ACCESS Food Pantries to help families with young children in need. Between Saturday, May 1 and Wednesday, June 30, seven KDL branches will have collection boxes available for diapers to be donated to families in need.

Unopened packages of disposable diapers in any size can be dropped off at these KDL branch locations: Cascade Township, East Grand Rapids, Byron Township, Kentwood, Krause Memorial, Comstock Park, and Alpine Township. (The Alpine Township Branch will be collecting diapers only during the month of May.) Online monetary donations through PayPal are also appreciated.


The goal of this county-wide diaper drive is to collect 50,000 diapers for young children in Kent County. Please help us make a difference for the youngest citizens of our community!

Posted by:

Try Mango and Win!

Saturday, May 1st, 2010


We’ve told you about our new Mango Languages database, an easy, effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. Now we want you to give it a try. Check it out sometime this month and share your thoughts in the comments section of this blog and you will be entered to win one of several Mango T-shirts in assorted sizes and colors. Just be sure to provide a valid email address in the appropriate field (it will not be visible to the public).

 We look forward to hearing your thoughts!


Posted by: