Archive for November, 2010

Catalog Problems

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

The main online catalog site is currently down. Please use the “classic” catalog site at or call our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 if you need assistance.

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have this issue resolved shortly. Thank you for your patience.

UPDATE: Access to the main catalog site has been restored. Thanks for your patience!

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Online with Harry Potter

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

In anticipation of the Friday release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, here are some online resources.  For general information on the movie, check out the official site by Warner Brothers.  They have the trailer as well as backdrops and screen savers and a lot of other stuff.  For all news related to Harry Potter, there are two main fan websites, although neither is limited to news: The Leaky Cauldron and Looking for information on the actors?  The Internet Movie Database has information on who is playing what character and release information for Part 2, so you can mark your calendar.  Since Part 1 has already premiered, Rotten Tomatoes has review information.  And just for fun, here is a YouTube video with a new Harry Potter song by Hank Green.

Leave a comment below to let us know how you felt about the movie!!

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Teen Fiction

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Not all the new teen books are about vampires and werewolves.  There are a lot of realistic fiction, books set in a world like ours, with events that could really happen. Lost for Words by Alice Kuipers is centered around Sophie.  Sophie is struggling to communicate with everyone around her. Little by little the author reveals the event that changed Sophie’s world as well as Sophie’s struggle to reconnect with her friends and family. If you don’t mind the slow reveal, this is a great book of loss and recovery.

The Exile of Gigi Lane by Adrienne Maria Vrettos was a book I didn’t think I would like. Gigi Lane is the next Head Hottie, destined to rule the private girls school of Swan’s Lake. But things don’t go as planned when the girl Gigi has tried to “help” improve herself brings Gigi down in front of the whole school. Gigi is sent away for the summer and returns ready to pick up where she left off.  But things do not go as she plans! Gigi, with the help of her best friend Deanna, discovers the truth behind the schools dwindling money issues and her own true self.

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Help the Library by Shopping Online

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

While you’re busy hunting for those holiday shopping deals online, don’t forget that you can help KDL with each purchase! Just click on the icon below, or go to, then use the links on that page to continue on to and Schuler Books websites. By using the links on that page, a percentage of the cost of the purchases made during your shopping session will be returned to the library.

For additional shopping options, check out GoodSearch’s GoodShop program, which includes over 700 online stores! Just enter “Kent District Library” as your charity, then use their links to your favorite online shopping sites. A percentage of your purchases will go to the library.

These are just two of the ways the Kent District Library is creating additional revenue in order to continue providing quality library service to our customers. If you’re interested in finding out how you can contribute to the library, please visit our KDL Fund page. We appreciate your support!

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Focus on the British Isles

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

People of all ages are invited to experience the culture, music, geography and food of Britain, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Cultural Awareness: Focus on the British Isles will take place from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on Monday, November 22 at the Englehardt branch. Books, music and videos about the area will be on display, and food will be available.

We hope you will stop by and enjoy the program!

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Cake Pops by Bakerella

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

One of the fun things about working at a library is getting a chance to see new books.  This week an interesting book came through for a patron called Cake Pops.  Just looking at the cover makes me hungry!  I had never heard of these mini treats so I went in search of the author, Bakerella, aka Angie Dudley.  Well, Angie has a blog with information about all kinds of different cake pops, cake balls, and other dessertsEntertainment Weekly featured Cake Pops at #9 on their “What’s Hot” list this week. Plus there is a YouTube video with how-to information.

Let us know in the comments if you have tried making some cake pops and how they turned out!

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Meet the Author: Michael Deeb

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Dr. Michael Deeb, author of a fictional trilogy of the Civil War, will visit the Englehardt branch at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 18. He will speak on his latest book in the trilogy, Honor Restored, in which the main character is from Lowell, MI. Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will take place at the program, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Englehardt Library.

Upon retirement from his business activities, Michael Deeb returned to his first love, American History. His personal interest and the fact that there are literally tens of thousands of Civil War enthusiasts worldwide drew him to write of people who lived during that era. He published his first Civil War era historical novel, Duty and Honor, in 2007. The second novel in this trilogy, Duty Accomplished, was published in 2008, the third, Honor Restored, in 2009.

People of all ages are invited to attend.

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KDL Welcomes New IT Director

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Mike Carpenter has been hired as the new IT Director for Kent District Library and began his new role on November 1. He is responsible for the planning and managing of the Library’s personal computers, network systems, telephone and voice mail system and internet/intranet web pages. Mike will also participate in the development of long-range technology planning which reflects the needs of KDL.

Mike served as a paratrooper in the United States Army for 21 years both in combat and administrative roles. He then worked as a technology consultant in Washington, DC and Grand Rapids. Following those positions, he served as a Strategic Technical Architect with Meijer, as a Systems Engineer with Gordon Food Service, and most recently as a Systems Analyst and Project Manager for BDO, USA, also in Grand Rapids.

 “I am excited to be a part of the KDL family. This is a dynamic organization and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities presented by our constantly evolving library technology. I also look forward to working with our library branches and communities,” Mike said.

Please join us in congratulating Mike on his new position!

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Vampires from A to Z

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

I had an interesting question from a patron who loved Twilight.  She wanted to read Teen vampire books alphabetically by author.  This presented a bit of a challenge that I haven’t been able to complete yet.  Below is a list of the authors & books I came up with but I need a few more letters.

I only need 10 more so please help finish this list by leaving the author and title of the missings letters in the comments below.   Don’t forget that the books have to be found in the Teen section.  Also leave a comment if you have already read all the books from the list!

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Wimpy Kid is In the Building!!

Monday, November 8th, 2010

The wait is over! Our copies of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth have arrived at our Service Center and will be making their way to the branches tomorrow.  Haven’t placed your hold yet? Click Here!

Greg Heffley is in the building!

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