Archive for February, 2011

Bee Dazzling Spellebration

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Enjoy a fun night out and support a great cause! The Literacy Center of West Michigan presents their 18th annual Bee Dazzling Spellebration from 6:00 – 9:30 pm on Thursday, March 10 at Noto’s (6600 28th St. SE). Tickets are $50 and proceeds support the Literacy Center’s mission of helping West Michigan residents reach their literacy potential.

The evening will consist of dinner, awards, a live auction and a corporate speed  spelling bee. A two-person team will respresent KDL!

The Literacy Center of West Michigan is celebrating 25 years of serving our community, highlighting the many successes of their students and tutors, and honoring the community leaders who have helped make their programs possible. This year they will honor Win Irwin of Irwin Seating Co. and Jacqueline D. Taylor of Taylor Global Consultants.

For reservations, please contact Kate at 616-459-5151 or If you attend the Spellebration, make sure to cheer really loud for Team KDL!

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And the Oscar Goes To . . .

Monday, February 28th, 2011

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has spoken, and KDL has this year’s big winners available for check out, and it’s all FREE!

2011 Academy Award Winners:

Best Picture, Tom Hooper for Best Director, Colin Firth for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and David Seidler for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) – The King’s Speech

Natalie Portman for Best Actress in a Leading Role – Black Swan

Melissa Leo for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Christian Bale for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – The Fighter

Best Foreign Language Film – In a Better World (This film is not yet available on DVD for American markets, but we will keep an eye out for it.)

Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter for Best Film Editing, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for Best Music (Original Score), and Aaron Sorkin for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) – The Social Network

Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, and Peter Bebb for Best Visual Effects, Wally Pfister for Best Cinematography, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo, and Ed Novick for Best Sound Mixing, and Richard King for Best Sound Editing – Inception (Also available in Blu-Ray)

Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs for Best Documentary (Feature)  Inside Job

Colleen Atwood for Best Costume Design, and Robert Stronburg (Production Design), Karen O’Hara (Set Direction) for Best Art Direction – Alice in Wonderland  (Also available in Blu-Ray)

Rick Baker and Dave Elsey for Best Makeup – The Wolfman

Randy Newman for Best Music (Original Song) and Best Animated Feature Film Toy Story 3  (Also Available in Blu-Ray)

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Everyone Gathers to Read at EGR Branch

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Please join us for a month-long celebration of reading, culture and the arts. Everyone Gathers to Read will take place during the month of March at the East Grand Rapids branch. Read the featured books and participate in the activities, contests and programs inspired by them.

Whoever You Are, written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Leslie Staub, was selected this year because of its bold, colorful pictures and its simple strong message about our global society and the humanity that ties us all together. Wherever you are, we hope you take time to enjoy this stunning book with the people who are important in your world.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Standby Helen Simonson, was selected this year because of its poignant and humorous examination of one man’s response to the cultural and generational changes occurring in his community and in the larger world. We hope you take some time to enjoy Major Pettigrew, Mrs. Ali, and the other assorted characters of Edgecombe St. Mary.


For Adults:

Tea & Titles: Come for a Spice Merchants tea tasting event in the Parks and Recreation room 102. Enjoy experiencing and learning about different types of teas, and then sit back and enjoy as we offer you a taste of titles that would make great spring reading. Registration is required. 
Thursday, March 17, 12:00 pm 

LEGO Sculpture Contest: Create a LEGO sculpture at the library! We provide the LEGOs, you provide the creativity and skill! LEGO sculptures will be put on display and voted on by the public. Winners of the contest will receive a gift certificate. 
Sunday, March 20, from 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

For Families:

Theatre: Featuring the Calvin College Improv team, Phil Anderson, Mime Performer, and puppet-making fun. 
Sunday, March 6, from 2:00–4:00 pm

Music & Dance: Featuring a performance by Tree of Life Cultural Arts Studio
Sunday, March 13, from 2:00–4:00 pm

Art: Create several different kinds of art inspired by cultures around the world! 
Sunday, March 20, from 2:00–4:00 pm

Culinary Arts: Fun crafts, plus a presentation and samples of Lebanese cuisine provided by Osta’s Restaurant
Sunday, March 27, from 2:00–4:00 pm

THE CONTESTS: For adults, teens and kids of all ages

Photo Contest: Get out your cameras and take up to three photos using Whoever You Are by Mem Fox as inspiration. 

Bookmark Contest: Design up to three bookmarks using Whoever You Are by Mem Fox as inspiration.  

Poetry Contest: Write up to three poems using Whoever You Are by Mem Fox as inspiration. 

Contest rules can be found here.

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KDL Presents Super Heroes Away!

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

You won’t want to miss this celebration of all things super! Super Heroes Away will take place at the Krause Memorial branch at 6:30 pm on Monday, March 7, and at the Caledonia Township branch at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 23. Come dressed as your favorite super hero and get ready to have fun listening to a story, playing games and making your own comic book. Activities will also include a costume contest, using your super senses, and conquering super hero feats of strength and skill.

It’s sure to be a super time for kids of all ages!

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Presidential Viewpoint

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to sit behind the desk in the Oval Office?  The JFK Library has created an interactive desk, set up as it was during Kennedy’s term. Different items on the desk are highlighted, allowing the user to explore different areas of Kennedy’s life.

If you would like to see what other Presidential Libraries have available, check on the National Archives site for the libraries.

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Experience India at KDL

Friday, February 25th, 2011

You are invited to bring the entire family for games, crafts, and dancing, and have an interactive Indian experience with local Indian families. The Cascade Township branch presents Experience India from 1:30 – 3:30 pm on Sunday, March 6, and the Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch will host the program at 1:30 pm on Saturday, March 12. Activities will include playing Parchesi, enjoying a slideshow of India, and making a paper bag tiger, Mehndi hands or an elephant mask.

This is sure to be a fun event for the whole family, so mark your calendars now!

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Authors Visit the Spencer Twp. Branch

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Two exciting local author events are scheduled to take place at the Spencer Township branch during the first week of March.

Local author Judy Gager and photographer Sheryl Tisdel will visit the branch at 6:30 pm on Thursday, March 3. They will speak about their book The Pond at Oakfield, a story about bald eagles raising their young in Oakfield Township, accompanied by full-page color photographs of an actual bald eagle family. Children and their families are invited to this fun and informative event, which will include a time for questions.

West Michigan author R.A. Evans will introduce attendees to his new novel Asylum Lake at 10:30 am on Saturday, March 5. Asylum Lake is a mystery about the dark secrets of the fictional town of Bedlam Falls, MI and its abandoned insane asylum. Adults will enjoy meeting this promising local author and hearing about his debut novel.

KDL is offering several author visits this spring. Mark your calendars and invite your friends!

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See the Teen Film Festival Winning Films

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

In cased you missed them, check out the top three winners from this year’s Teen Film Festival, held at Celebration! Cinema North earlier this month:



First Place: “Winter’s Flower” by Taylor Thewes



Second Place: “The ArtPrize Effect” by Sam Klee



Third Place: “Bliss” by Jenna Monsma



Congratulations to our winners and a huge thank you to all who participated!


Note: The views expressed in these films are those of the authors alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of the Kent District Library.


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Englehardt (Lowell) Branch Closing at 5pm

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Although most KDL branches have now resumed normal operating hours since our morning closing, our Englehardt (Lowell) branch will be closing today at 5:00pm due to building maintenance issues. We hope to resume normal business hours at all 18 branch locations tomorrow, February 22.

Have a safe evening!


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Englehardt (Lowell) Branch Closing at 5pm

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Although most KDL branches have now resumed normal operating hours since our morning closing, our Englehardt (Lowell) branch will be closing today at 5:00pm due to building maintenance issues. We hope to resume normal business hours at all 18 branch locations tomorrow, February 22.

Have a safe evening!


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