Archive for July, 2010

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

Elizabeth is not having a good year.  Her best friend moved away and she is forced to start at a new school where she doesn’t know anyone.  So Elizabeth is pleased when her teacher suggests applying for a job at the New-York Circulating Material Repository. After the strangest job interview ever, she is hired as a page.

Soon Elizabeth is allowed access to the Grimm collection, items that were collected by the original brothers and have magical properties, just like the stories she read as a child.  But the items are disappearing and it looks like one of the pages might be responsible. When another page disappears, Elizabeth and her fellow pages must work together to find the missing items and rescue their friend.





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Find A Grave

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

I know there are people who don’t like to visit cemeteries, but I am not one of them!  I have spent many hours wandering around looking for familiar names as well as interesting headstones.  I know I am not alone in this because there is a website, Find A Grave, where many people have added information and uploaded pictures.  So if you like to look at headstones this is the site for you!  It is also popular among the genealogy crowd since it is a way to virtually visit cemeteries far from home.  There is also an option for requesting pictures from volunteers in the area of the cemetery.

Another neat feature of the website is their famous grave search.   Having recently read The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick, I can search and find George Armstrong Custer’s memorial site with pictures.  This will tide me over until I get a chance to visit the Little Bighorn for myself!

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WaZoBia Performs at KDL

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

drum.JPGFeel the rhythm of Africa as WaZoBia visits several KDL branches. You won’t sit still for this program full of percussion play and dance. WaZoBia is a Grand Rapids based music ensemble. The six member group has a diverse musical background that they bring together to create a unique musical sound that combines traditional African and Afro-Cuban drumming with a variety of other musical influences and styles arranged with modern compositional techniques.

WaZoBia Schedule

Krause Memorial branch – Monday, July 26 at 2:00 PM

Kentwood branch – Tuesday, July 27 at 10:00 AM

Englehardt branch – Tuesday, July 27 at 6:30 PM

Alpine Township branch – Wednesday, July 28 at 6:00 PM

Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch – Saturday, July 31 at 1:30 PM

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Eat, Pray, Love VIP Premier Party!

Monday, July 19th, 2010

eat-pray-love.jpgHave a great night out, support a great cause!  An Eat, Pray, Love VIP Premiere Party will take place on Friday, August 13 at Celebration! Cinema South (M6 at Kalamazoo Ave. SE). The party begins at 6:30 PM, and the movie will begin at 7:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the event and are just $25.00 per person, which includes pop and popcorn, appetizers, a goody bag, games and prizes, reserved VIP seating to the film and a donation to the KDL Fund, which supports KDL’s literacy programs for young children.

Eat, Pray, Love,” rated PG-13, is based on the memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert and stars Julia Roberts. While trying to get pregnant, a happily married woman realizes her life needs to go in a different direction, and after a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey. 

Hope you can make it to the party!

UPDATE: The VIP ticket package has sold out; however, Celebration Cinema South is offering a special non-VIP package for $15 that includes a movie ticket, pop and popcorn, 2 free spins on the prize wheel, and reserved seating. $5 of each sale will be donated to the KDL Fund.

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Play Grow Read to Your Baby

Friday, July 16th, 2010


Play Grow Read to Your Baby is a new KDL initiative that acquaints parents of newborns with the important role they play in the development of their children.  Working in partnership with Kent County First Steps, all first-time parents and parents 25 and younger in the KDL service area will be presented with a Play Grow Read to Your Baby bag.  The bag contains a board book, invitation for baby’s first library card, and a variety of materials with reading tips and early literacy information parents can begin to use immediately to foster learning in their young child. 

Distribution of the Play Grow Read to Your Baby bags will begin on July 19 through First Steps Welcome Home Baby program.  Bags will only be available through the First Steps program.

Play Grow Read to Your Baby is funded by the generous donors to the KDL Fund

(photo courtesy of  Kelsie Plattschorre)

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GR Art Museum Passes

Friday, July 16th, 2010


To celebrate the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s Centennial Year, the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is providing Kent District Library patrons with a free three-month trial membership.  This special promotion is a great opportunity to enjoy the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the experiences they offer. 

This trial membership period will run from July 15, 2010 until October 15, 2010

Trial membership benefits will include:
• Unlimited free general admission to GRAM for you and one guest per visit
• Access to ArtPrize Member Events
• Free admission to Friday Nights at GRAM, featuring live music, conversations and events
• 10% discount at the Museum Store

Simply follow this link to sign up. Passes are not available in the library. You will receive your membership card within 10 business days.  We are happy to provide this opportunity to our patrons and would like to congratulate the GRAM on their Centennial Year!

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Tunes for Tots

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

music-notes.JPGThe KDL Fund presents Tunes for Tots! Get your family dancing with some of the nation’s best children’s musicians. Educationally stimulating and tons of fun, mark your calendars for these not-to-be-missed events! This program is made possible through donations to the KDL Fund. For families with children ages 6 and under.

Jeff Kagan
Thursday, July 29, 10:30 AM at the Wyoming Branch
Thursday, July 29, 2:00 PM at the East Grand Rapids Branch 
     (Event held at John Collins Park, 650 Lakeside Dr.)

The Candy Band
Thursday, July 29, 6:30 PM at the Krause Memorial Branch
Friday, July 30, 10:30 AM at the Gaines Township Branch
Friday, July 30, 1:30 PM at the Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch

Frank Leto
Wednesday, August 4, 10:30 AM at the Wyoming Branchjim-gill.jpg
Wednesday, August 4, 2:00 PM at the Walker Branch
Thursday, August 5, 2:00 PM at the Byron Township Branch 
     (Event held at the Byron Township Hall, 8085 Byron Center Ave.)
Thursday, August 5, 6:30 PM at the Plainfield Township Branch

Jim Gill
Thursday, August 5, 7:00 PM at the Grandville Branch
Friday, August 6, 10:30 AM at the Cascade Township Branch
Friday, August 6, 2:00 PM at the East Grand Rapids Branch 
     (Event held at John Collins Park, 650 Lakeside Dr.)

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Kobo Compatible with KDL eBooks

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

If you haven’t heard, Borders has decided to join the rapidly expanding eReader market with a new device called Kobo, which they hope will compete with the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook.

OverDrive, one of KDL’s eBook services, has recently announced that the Kobo is compatible with both Adobe EPUB and PDF eBooks downloaded from the library. Both eBook formats can be easily transferred to the device using free Adobe Digital Editions software.

You can always find the complete list of compatible eReader devices on OverDrive’s website, but here’s a quick summary for those of you in the market for an eBook device:

Compatible with KDL eBooks:

Incompatible with KDL eBooks:

Don’t have an eReader device? Don’t worry — eBooks can be read right on your computer as long as you download the free Adobe Digital Editions software.

Check out KDL’s collection of eBooks today at


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David Baldacci on WGVU

Friday, July 9th, 2010


We recently announced that David Baldacci will be the featured author for KDL’s upcoming A Novel Experience event on September 28. He was recently interviewed by Shelley Irwin on WGVU. Listen to find out more about David and his work.

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Aerial Angels Program at Walker Cancelled

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

The Aerial Angels program scheduled at our Walker branch today at 1:00pm has been cancelled due to poor weather conditions. A new date for the program will be announced in the near future.

At this point, the show is still scheduled to take place at our Grandville branch at 7:00pm this evening; however, we will post an updated notification if this changes.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Please see our Event Calendar for a list of other events taking place today. Thank you.

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