Archive for October, 2010

Wii Tournament — The Results Are In!!

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

On Saturday, October 16, twenty-eight contestants vied to see who would be crowned MarioKart Champion in the latest installment of KDL’s gaming series. The event was the first ever tournament at the new Kentwood Branch. Competition was fierce but friendly, and the finals saw some intense, close races. After  the dust cleared, the results were………

1st Place: Ben Licata ($50 GameStop Gift Card)

2nd Place: Dylan Grochawalski ($25 gift card)                         

3rd Place: Josh Rouse ($15 gift card)

4th Place: Rebecca Licata ($10 gift card)

The next exciting installment of KDL’s gaming series will be held January 29, 2011 at the beautiful Wyoming Branch. Hope to see you there!

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Teen Read Week: Books with Beat

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Teen Read Week is this week and the theme is Books with Beat.  This could mean books with a music theme, audiobooks or poems, anything that will get you interested in picking up a book at your next visit to the library!

Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee offers readers a look into a young girl trying to follow her dream to Nashville.  The author also offers a profile before each chapter of well-known country singers.

Another music-themed book is A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley.  The story is told from two different viewpoints, giving the book a unique flow.  Charlie is a shy girl who spends her summers at her grandfather’s, where she is constantly snubbed by the girl-next-door, Rose.

Three Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood by Jame Richards is written in verse.  Although the book follows the stories of four fictional families, it offers a unique view of the time before and during the 1889 Johnstown flood in Pennsylvania.

Leave a comment below to let everyone know about your favorite book with beat!

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Working with Digital Photos

Friday, October 15th, 2010

A program has been added to the Computer Confidence Classes taking place at KDL this fall. Working with Digital Photos is now scheduled from 5:30-7:30 PM on Wednesday, November 3 at the KDL Service Center, located at 814 West River Center NE in Comstock Park. Come learn how to upload and edit digital photos.

Registration is required. To register for this or any of our other computer classes, please call 616-784-2007 .

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Who You Gonna Call?

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

There are some YouTube videos that are just too good to not share.  This channel is called Improv Everywhere (based in New York City).  The mission of the videos is to promote both chaos and joy in public places.  Basically, each video is a large group of New Yorkers doing something unexpected in a public place.  I am adding one of the videos that is set in a library but all the videos are fun to watch!

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Meet the Author: Steve Lehto

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Michigan's Columbus

Join us for an afternoon with Steve Lehto, the award-winning author of Michigan’s Columbus: The Life of Douglass Houghton. The author will speak at the Sand Lake branch at 1:30 pm on Saturday, October 16 as part of the 2010 Michigan Notable Books Author Tour, sponsored by the Library of Michigan.

Michigan’s Columbus tells the story of Douglass Houghton, Michigan’s first geologist. Houghton discovered more than any explorer before him — from salt springs to gypsum. His reports helped launch a “rush” to the Keweenaw Peninsula’s Copper Country. He also found time to be elected mayor of Detroit and teach at the University of Michigan, all before the age of thirty-six.

We hope you will join us for this special event!

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Meet the Author: Jeffrey Schatzer

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010


Jeffrey Schatzer, author of seven books including The Runaway Garden, will visit two Kent District Library branches on October 22. Children are invited to meet him, hear the story and enjoy book-related crafts.

the-runaway-garden.jpgThe Runaway Garden is the 2010 selection for the seventh annual Michigan Reads! One State, One Children’s Book Program, a statewide initiative highlighting the importance of early childhood literacy. Jeffrey Schatzer’s books offer enchanting storylines and positive messages and themes. His books give readers opportunities to learn and grow.

For preschool age children: Friday, October 22, 9:30 am at Byron Township Hall 
For children in grades K-2: Friday, October 22, 2:00 pm at the Kentwood branch

These author visits are presented by the Library of Michigan and generously sponsored by Target and the Library of Michigan Foundation.

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KDL on WGVU Radio

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Shelley IrwinEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. Listen to Tammy Schneider and Stacy Schuster, KDL Collection Development Librarians, talk about all the great resources for Teens at the library. Enjoy!

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(photo courtesty of Shelley Irwin)

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Problems with Online Account Information

Monday, October 11th, 2010

We’ve received multiple reports of a “page timeout” error on the online patron account information site. We are working to fix this issue, but if you need information about your account in the meantime, please contact our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 and a staff member can assist you.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your patience.

UPDATE: As of Wednesday, October 13, all problems connecting to the online patron account information site appear to be resolved. Thank you for your patience and please let us know if you continue to experience issues accessing your account.

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Harvest Parties!

Monday, October 11th, 2010

harvest-party.JPGKent District Library is celebrating the season with Harvest Parties, taking place at several KDL branches. Families with children ages six and under are invited to enjoy autumn crafts, games and bountiful fun!

Craft stations will include painting with harvest vegetables, autumn bracelets, harvest cards and lunch bag pumpkins. Games offered will be ring the pumpkin, turkey in the straw and roll the gourd. It’s sure to be a great time for everyone!

Friday, October 15, 10:30 am – Wyoming branch
Tuesday, October 19, 10:00 am, 11:00 am and 7:00 pm – Kentwood branch
Wednesday, October 20, 10:00 am and 1:00 pm – Kentwood branch
Saturday, October 23, 10:00 am – Alpine Township branch
Saturday, October 23, 1:30 pm – Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch
Monday, October 25, 6:30 pm – Byron Township branch
Thursday, November 4, 10:30 am – Caledonia Township branch

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Graphic Novels

Friday, October 8th, 2010

The Olympian series has increased interest in Greek Mythology, which makes the graphic novels by George O’Connor a welcome addition.  So far Zeus: King of the Gods and Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess have been published, with more being planned.  Both books were well-written and drawn which makes me eager to read what O’Connor publishes next.

The collection of Trickster: Native American Tales, edited by Matt Dembicki, is an interesting grouping of different trickster tales with each story being illustrated by a different artist.  There is a wide variety of styles which makes the book very visually appealing.

Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel is a unique story which has already caught the eye of Hollywood.  A young boy, Garth, is accidently sent to the afterlife by a ghost wrangler, Frank Gallows.  While Frank is doing everything in his power to bring Garth back, Garth is having an adventure of a lifetime in addition to meeting some family members who had already passed over.

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