Archive for August, 2010

Public Computers Down

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Our public computer stations are temporarily down. We apologize for the inconvenience. We will alert you when they are once again available.

Thank you.

UPDATE: The problem with the public computers has been resolved. Thanks for your patience!

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New Music Download Service

Monday, August 9th, 2010


We are pleased to be the first library system in Michigan to provide its patrons access to Freegal, a new music download service. Log in to Freegal using your library card number, and search for your favorite songs among hundreds of thousands of recordings offered by Sony Music Entertainment. Each person can download up to three songs per week, and the counter will reset at midnight on Sundays.

Freegal allows you to search for songs by artist, composer, song, album, genre, and any combinations of those. Every song has a sample clip you can listen to before downloading. The downloads on Freegal are all in the MP3 format with no DRM. This service will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes.  It works on both PCs and Macs.

Check out Freegal today, and start downloading!

UPDATE (11-1-10): KDL has upgraded its subscription to the Freegal music service so the library as a whole is no longer limited to a maximum number of weekly downloads available. Each individual user is still limited to 3 songs per week, but you won’t have to “beat the rush” by downloading early in the week anymore!

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KDL Receives Gift from Great Start

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

greatstart1.jpgKent District Library recently received $5,000 from the Great Start Collaborative to add some helpful new materials to our collection. The money was used to purchase a large assortment of parenting books and DVDs. Titles include:

The Great Start Collaborative provides a venue for a diverse group of service providers, educators, parents, child advocates, and private funding organizations to talk openly, build trust, and work together toward a shared vision for children. 

A big thank you to the Great Start Collaborative for their gift!

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Computer Confidence Classes

Friday, August 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 fall schedule begins soon, offering the following classes:

  • Learn to Type
  • Computer Basics I & II
  • Internet Basics
  • Email Workshop
  • Online Photo Sharing
  • Microsoft Word I, II, & III
  • Microsoft Excel I, II, & III
  • Microsoft PowerPoint

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar. Registration is required and begins Monday, August 9 for KDL cardholders and Monday, August 16 for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available).

To register, please call 616-784-2007.

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Great Movie You’ve Never Seen

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Word’s Greatest Dad

Please don’t watch this movie if you are expecting a light-hearted comedy.  Don’t watch this movie with your children.  Don’t imagine the movie didn’t really earn its R rating; it did.

But if you like your comedy smart and dark, if you appreciate laughter through gut-wrenching, reality-based agony, World’s Greatest Dad with Robin Williams might be the movie for you.  All Kent District Library copies are currently checked out, but as I type this, there are no KDL holds.  Click here to link to the catalog.  It could be waiting at your home library by next weekend.

I hope to find a lot of these never-seen gems.  If you know one, please comment with the title.

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KDL on WGVU Radio

Friday, August 6th, 2010

new-kentwood-branch.JPGEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. Listen to Cheryl Cammenga, branch manager, and Mayor Richard Root talk about the new Kentwood Branch. Enjoy!

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Download WGVU8-5-10.mp3

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Thursday, August 5th, 2010

If you have never visited Etsy before, BEWARE!  The site is very addicting!  Basically it is a shopping site for handmade stuff.  Frankly, I would not be surprised if someone you know is already selling items.  (I know three or four people.)  But I just found out something new about this site.  They have something called Etsy Finds which includes a little blog and then some craft samples.  The one I just saw is called Etsy Finds: It’s Classified and features library related items.  What a great idea for showcasing the many talented crafters of Etsy!

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Attn: Tallmadge Twp. Residents

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

You may have become aware of the fact that Kent District Library no longer serves Tallmadge Township residents. We hope that this situation is resolved in the near future. We want to take this opportunity to explain the situation and let you know what options are available.

Recently, the Lakeland Library Cooperative (LLC) adopted a policy requiring townships to pay at least .3 mil on local taxable value to use the shared library catalog and delivery system. If a township does not reach this level of support, contracting libraries will issue a “Contract Service Area” (CSA) library card good only at the contracting library. Tallmadge Township contracts with the Allendale Public Library for library services. Tallmadge Twp. does not currently meet the .3 mil requirement as set by the new policy; therefore, all residents who desire library service must visit the Allendale Twp. Library to receive a CSA card.

Kent District Library does not honor CSA cards. In agreement with the Lakeland Library Cooperative, KDL understands the need to be fair to those residents who pay considerably more than .3 mil for library service (for example, KDL residents pay .88 mils).  By honoring CSA cards, there would be little incentive for Tallmadge Twp. residents to vote to increase payment for library services.

Fortunately, Tallmadge Twp. residents will have the opportunity to vote on an increased library funding proposal on their township’s November ballot. If this ballot proposal passes, the township’s library payments will meet the minimum requirement, thereby again providing you with access to any library within LLC, including all KDL branches.  Please note: KDL receives no financial support from Tallmadge Twp. residents and will not even if the ballot measure passes. All library funding from the Township goes directly to the Allendale Twp. Library.  

For over 30 years, West Michigan residents have enjoyed the ability to use any library in the Cooperative regardless of which library their tax dollars support. Unfortunately, the Cooperative has lost over half a million dollars in State Aid last year and expects more cuts in this year’s budget. These cuts have made it critical that we allocate resources to those that fund our services.

Thank you,

Cheryl Garrison
KDL Interim Director

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New Account Feature: Freezing Holds

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Going on vacation? Worried that the book you placed on hold months ago will arrive while you’re gone and you won’t be able to pick it up?

Well, you don’t have to worry about missing out on that long-awaited book — your library account now features the ability to “freeze” your holds so they won’t be be filled when you aren’t available to pick them up.

To Freeze Your Holds:

  1. Log into your library account
  2. Look for the Freeze column to the right of the titles you have on hold. Check this box for all the titles you want to freeze. (Note that you can’t freeze a hold that is already in transit or ready for pickup.)freezeholds.jpg
  3. Click the Update List button at the bottom of the screen
  4. When you return from vacation, just log into your account, un-check the box in the Freeze column, then click Update List again to “un-freeze” your holds.

Note that library staff are unable to freeze and unfreeze holds for you — you must log in to your account online to do this, although staff will be happy to walk you through the necessary steps if you need assistance.

Happy Reading!

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