Archive for February, 2011

Emergency Closing (until 12pm)

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Due to current weather conditions, the Kent District Library will be closed until 12pm today, February 21. We will resume normal business hours at that time.

Stay safe everyone, and we hope to see you soon!




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Teen Books with Beat

Friday, February 18th, 2011

There were two things that intrigued me before I even started reading Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John: the title and the cover art.  This book was a surprise favorite, one I hadn’t planned on reading but thoroughly enjoyed!

High school senior Piper has one month as manger for the rock band Dumb to get a paying gig.  One problem is that Piper cannot actually hear the band and another is that the band has never had a paying job  Plus they only know one song.  That one month changes Piper and the band in unexpected ways.

Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Joplin’s death this past October, try Janis Joplin: Rise up Singing by Ann Angel.  This biography is an in-depth look at the early life and rise to fame of Janis Joplin.  There are a lot of amazing pictures to establish the time period as well.  This book won the 2011 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

Tell us about your favorite music related book in the comments.

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Sign Up for Your Chance to Win!

Friday, February 18th, 2011

It’s not too late to join in on Kent District Library’s Winter Reading Road Trip!  Running through March 19, this program offers adults the opportunity to win prizes for reading books.

Every time you read or listen to four books, you are eligible to fill out a raffle entry form. Each week two winners are chosen from each branch – one winner receives a $10 gift card to Meijer, and the other winner receives a $10 gift card to Schuler Books & Music.  To add to the fun, bi-weekly quizzes are offered, with the winner receiving a gift bag or basket.  At the end of the program, one winner from each branch will be chosen to win a $50 gift card to the Gilmore Collection Restaurants

There’s more! Everyone who completes the Winter Reading Road Trip will be entered in a drawing to win a Sony Reader Pocket Edition (PRS-350SC) eReader with cover.  What a fun way to finish up the winter season . . . travel to any Kent District Library branch, sign up for the Winter Reading Road Trip and begin your journey!

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Free Family Concert

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Looking for something fun to do on Sunday afternoon? Visit the East Grand Rapids branch of Kent District Library and enjoy the accoustic sounds of Rick Beerhorst and the Wealthy Orphans. The free concert will take place at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 20. Invite your friends and neighbors.

We hope to see you there!

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OverDrive App Now Supports iPad

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Good news for iPad users! Our OverDrive downloadable eBook & eAudiobook service just announced that their popular OverDrive Media Console app has now been optimized for the Apple iPad!

The updated app — available for all iOS devices, including iPhone and iPod Touch — also now supports both portrait and landscape orientation. The free app is available in the App Store, or if you’ve already installed the previous version (with the iPhone-sized reading pane), you’ll be notified that an update is available.

Don’t have an iPad? You can also read OverDrive eBooks on a variety of devices, including the Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony Reader, Android devices, and Windows / Mac computers. See OverDrive’s Device Resource Center for a complete list.

Check out our complete collection of free eBooks and eAudiobooks at today.

Happy downloading!

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Enter to Win Tickets to Disney on Ice!

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Kent District Library, in partnership with Feld Entertainment, Inc., is excited to provide the opportunity to see some of your favorite Disney princesses with a ticket giveaway contest to Disney On Ice Presents Princess Wishes, taking place at the Van Andel Arena March 10–13. Drop by any KDL branch location before March 1 and register to win by filling out an entry form. Each of our 18 branches will be giving away two family four-packs of tickets to the Disney On Ice performance. Two grand prize winners will win four tickets to the show plus a prize pack including a “meet and greet” with the princesses.

Enter a world of wishes with your favorite Disney princesses in Disney On Ice Presents Princess Wishes. Tinker Bell represents the magic of Disney, as she whisks you through a collection of enchanting and beloved Disney stories featuring a host of Disney princesses. Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves.  See Snow White find her one true love. Discover a whole new world with Jasmine.  And watch in wonder as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Aurora and Mulan all come true.

Stop by your local KDL branch and enter for a chance to win! Tickets are also available at the Van Andel Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at, or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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KDL Teen Film Festival Results

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Nearly 200 people were on hand this past Saturday to view ten outstanding films in the KDL Teen Film Festival. Thanks to Celebration! Cinema North and Peninsular Technologies for once again partnering with Kent District Library to provide a fun-filled event for area teens.

When the film stopped rolling (or rather, the DVD stopped spinning), the judges arrived at a decision.    

And the winner is…………..                                                   

Winter’s Flower by Taylor Thewes

2nd place: The ArtPrize Effect by Sam Klee

3rd place:  Bliss by Jenna Monsma                              

A huge THANKS to our judges, volunteers, and everyone in attendance. 

See you next year!!

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Friends Member Receives Award

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Joy Smith, an active member of the Friends of the Englehardt Library, was recently recognized as the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year. Criteria for receiving this award includes freely donating considerable time to the community, school district, church, or humanity, making the community a better place to live, and possessing new and innovative ideas that benefit the community.

Besides the vital role she plays in the Friends of the Englehardt Library group, Joy also does volunteer work for Women’s Club, the Lowell Area Arts Council, and the Historical Museum.

“The Englehardt Branch has benefited in so many ways from Joy’s hard work, energy, great ideas, and unfaltering dedication,” said Kristin Meyer, Branch Manager of the Englehardt branch. “We are thrilled that she has received this award and has been recognized for her significant contribution to the Lowell community.”

Please join us in congratulating Joy on this wonderful achievement!

Would you like to get involved and make a difference? Join a Friends of the Library group, offered at many KDL branches. These groups provide fundraising and volunteer support to help achieve the best possible library service. If interested, visit your local branch for details.

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Scanning Photos

Friday, February 11th, 2011

A lot of people who are interested in their family history also enjoy sharing old family photographs.  The easiest way to share photos is by scanning them and either uploading them to the internet or burning them to a CD/DVD.  It is also great to have a digital copy of any important documents you find as well.

First you need to select a scanner.  There are plenty to choose from, but be sure to consider your needs.  My family had a lot of slides, so I looked for a scanner that included the ability to scan the slides.  I also preferred a standalone scanner since I already had a printer.  It doesn’t hurt to look around online and check out reviews by customers before you purchase.

After you have your scanner, it is important to consider how the pictures are going to be used.  This determines the file format of the picture.  If a picture is going to be uploaded to the internet, use the .jpg format.  This way the file size is smaller and will upload easily.  But if old photographs are next in line, use the .tif format.  The file sizes are much larger, but the image will not be compressed, which can cause a degrading of the image over time.

Most importantly, don’t forget to back up your files.  After spending all that time scanning, it would be a shame to lose it all!

If you have a scanning tip to share, please leave a comment below!

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KDL on WGVU Radio

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Each month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Liz Guarino-Kozlowicz (Branch Manager) and Kathy Jackson (Building Committee) talk about the new Caledonia Township Branch. Enjoy!

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Download WGVU2-10-11.mp3

(photo courtesty of Shelley Irwin)

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