Archive for August, 2010

Free Romance

Friday, August 20th, 2010


Harlequin is offering some free eBook downloads:

If you like Harlequin romance, check out our collection in OverDrive too. Also free to download!

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Road Trip!

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

A popular summertime excursion is the famed road trip, a chance to hang out with friends and see where the road leads, even if it isn’t on Route 66.  But if that isn’t in the cards for you this summer, there are a few great books that could get you dreaming and planning what NOT to do!

John Green‘s Paper Towns brings the reader along for the ride with Quentin as he chases down leads following the disappearance of his next door neighbor and secret crush Margo.  Quentin discovers something about himself along the way but an impromptu road trip with a few friends, skipping out on graduation, rounds out Quentin’s journey.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray, winner of the 2010 Printz award, tells the story of Cameron’s quest, or hallucination, after he contracts Creutzfeldt-Jacob or “mad cow” disease.  His faithful companions includes a Mexican-American dwarf and a garden gnome who is actually a Viking god.  Readers will be guessing until the end, and beyond, about what is actually real.

And finally, Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray takes readers across to England for the journey of three best friends who “kidnap” the ashes of their best friend.  Furious by the funeral, they decide to give their friend Ross the tribute he would really enjoy and a trip that will change their friendships forever.

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Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Since KDL has recently added a downloadable music option, Freegal, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce another way to enjoy music on your computer.

Now I am certainly not an expert, but I did read an interesting blog this week that introduced a new (to me) online music option, Grooveshark.  The linked blog posting does a great job explaining how to use Grooveshark, so I won’t repeat that here.  But one thing I noticed, besides the cool logo, is that you can up load your own creations.

It’s worth checking out for yourself!

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Come See KDL’s New Kentwood Branch!

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Get ready for an afternoon of fun next week Monday, August 23, from 12pm-4pm for a special Open House event to celebrate the Kent District Library’s new Kentwood branch! The event will feature live music, refreshments, prizes, activities for children and more. Katie L., Clifford and other popular children’s characters will also be stopping by.

Join us as we begin a new chapter at the Kentwood branch, located at 4950 Breton SE, Kentwood. Note: Regular branch hours will begin on Tuesday the 24th.

Hope to see you there!

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Eat, Pray, Love Party a Success

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Thank you to all of you that attended the Eat, Pray, Love VIP Premier Party on Friday night at Celebration! Cinema. We hope you enjoyed the food, the fun, and the flick! Tickets sold out, and proceeds benefitted the KDL Fund. Thank you for your support!







Photos courtesy of Celebration! Cinema. View more pictures of the event here.

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Eat, Pray, Love Tickets Selling Quickly!

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Tickets for our August 13 Eat, Pray, Love VIP Premiere Party at Celebration Cinema South are sold out; however, for those that would like to join in the fun, Celebration Cinema 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, supporting literacy programs for young children. Like the VIP package, this $15 package won’t last long, so reserve yours today or come early to purchase.

We hope to see you at Celebration Cinema South on August 13 at 6:30pm
for the premiere of Eat, Pray, Love.

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Kentwood Branch Closed August 8 – 23

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

new-kentwood-branch.JPGThe Kentwood branch will be closed for two weeks, August 8 – 23, to move to the new library building, located at 4950 Breton SE.  A Community Open House will take place at the new library on Monday, August 23 from noon – 4:00 PM, and normal hours will resume on Tuesday, August 24.

While we are closed…

• Materials checked out at the Kentwood branch that become due while we are closed will be due back on our first day at the new building, August 24.
• Returns will not be accepted at the old library after 5:00 PM on Saturday, August 7.
• Returns will be accepted at the new library starting Monday, August 23.
• KDL items may be returned to any KDL branch during the two weeks that we are closed. 

• If you receive a hold notice, please pick up your hold before we close on Saturday, August 7.
• We will keep holds set to expire between August 9 and August 23 at our new location until Tuesday, August 31.

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Eat, Pray, Love VIP Premiere Party

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

eat-pray-love.jpgLooking for something fun to do this weekend? Consider attending the Eat, Pray, Love VIP Premiere Party, which 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 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.

Tickets can be purchased at the event, or buy them in advance at Celebration! Cinema South.

Make plans to attend this fun night out!

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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Tunes for Tots a Huge Success

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

We recently wrapped up our Tunes for Tots series. It was a great success! A big thank you to the KDL Fund for presenting this program and to the performers — Jeff Kagan, The Candy Band, Frank Leto, and Jim Gill — for the hours of entertainment and education. We hope everyone that attended one of the concerts had a wonderful time.

 Here is just a small glimpse of the Frank Leto performance at the Wyoming Branch. Enjoy!

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Microsoft Office 2007

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

computer-class.jpgKent District Library’s word processing software is upgrading to Microsoft Office 2007. This change will be made to all KDL computers by the end of August. The new software will be compatible with Office 2003 documents.

If you would like to improve your computer skills or learn something new, check out our free Computer Confidence Classes returning to KDL this fall.

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