Archive for April, 2011

New Imagination Stations

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011


The Kent District Library is pleased to announce the addition of two new Imagination Stations to its early childhood literacy program offerings.

Children can pretend they are budding restaurateurs preparing and serving delectable meals at the Wendy’s Imagination Station.  Or they can play make believe with numbers and letters at the C.G. Witvoet & Sons Imagination Station.  These Imagination Stations are part of the KDLville offerings at the Wyoming and Byron Township branches.  

These Imagination Station experiences will be shared with KDL’s Kentwood and Walker branches and eventually be enjoyed by all young KDL patrons. Additional Imagination Stations will be introduced during 2011.

Thank you to all of our Imagination Station sponsors

Please join us in feeding the imagination of a young child with a donation to the KDL Fund today. 


** Read more about the Wendy’s Imagination Station here.

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“The Help” Movie Trailer Released

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Among the highly-anticipated movie adaptations of books coming this out this year is The Help, based on the bestselling novel by Kathryn Stockett. Starring Emma Stone and Academy Award nominee Viola Davis, the film comes to a theater near you on August 12. The first trailer was just released:

What do you think? And if you haven’t read this very popular book yet, there’s still plenty of time:

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KDL Offers Blu-Ray Discs

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Did you know that KDL now offers a collection of movies on Blu-ray? We currently offer 38 titles in Blu-ray format, and the collection will slowly continue to grow. Titles are selected based on exceptional cinematography or noteworthy awards, and include Toy Story 3, The Fighter, and Black Swan. Visit our Blu-ray collection and check one out today!

If you don’t own a Blu-ray player, you can check out a movie from KDL’s large selection of DVDs.


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Meet the Author: Dr. Rhoda Janzen

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Dr. Rhoda Janzen, author of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, will visit the Cascade Township branch on Thursday, May 5. She will speak and answer questions from 9:30 – 10:30 am. A book signing will take place at 10:30 am, followed by brunch at 11:00 am. The author talk is free and registration is not required. If you would like to enjoy the delicious brunch following the author talk, tickets are $10. If you plan on attending the brunch, please call 784-2007 to register. Payment is accepted at the door.

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is a funny and moving memoir about a woman who returns home to her close-knit Mennonite family after a personal crisis. Written with wry humor and huge personality, the book tackles faith, love, family, and aging.

Rhoda Janzen holds a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was the Poet Laureate in 1994 and 1997. She is the author of Babel’s Stair, a collection of poems, and her poems have also appeared in Poetry, The Yale Review, The Gettysburg Review, and The Southern Review. She teaches English and creative writing at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

This program for adults is brought to you by the Friends of the Cascade Library in collaboration with the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies of GVSU and the Women’s City Club. It is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

This is sure to be a delightful morning, so mark your calendar now!

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Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King is one of the 20 Michigan Thumbs Up! award book selections of 2010.  The complete list and voting information is available from the MLA website or at your local library.

“Vera Dietz, pizza delivery technician, is a high school senior who’s just trying to stay off the radar of evil Jenny and her loser friends.  But ever since Charlie, her ex-best friend and neighbor died, she’s been haunted by visions of him begging her to clear his name around his suspicious death.  Will Vera be able to stand up to Jenny and tell the truth about the night that Charlie died?”

This book was selected for a Printz honor and A.S. King is also the author of The Dust of 100 Dogs.  She is currently working on her third book.

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Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray is one of the 20 Michigan Thumbs Up! award book selections of 2010.  The complete list and voting information is available from the MLA website or at your local library.

Their best friend Ross is dead but no one really understood him as much as his three best friends Blake, Kenny, and Sim.  In honor of his longtime wish, they decide to steal his ashes and bring him to Ross, Scotland.  The quick trip soon spirals out of their control and the friends are forced to answer the question of what really happened to Ross.

There is an interview online with Keith Gray discussing various topics including Ostrich Boys.

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Englehardt Branch Closed April 18-23

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

The Englehardt branch is getting a makeover! The branch will be closed to the public from Monday, April 18 through Saturday, April 23 for new carpet installation.

During this time:

  • Library materials will not be due.  Fines will not be incurred because of the closing.
  • Items on the hold shelf that are not picked up will not expire during the time the library is closed.
  • Items returned in the drop box will not be checked in until the branch re-opens on April 25.
  • Those with questions about their library accounts can call KDL’s patron services department at 616-784-2007 for assistance.

Due to the branch closing, a couple of programs have been rescheduled. The Pokemon! Yu-Gi-Oh! Bakugan! program scheduled for April 20 will now take place on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30 pm. The Going Green program scheduled for April 21 will take place on Thursday, April 14 at 10:30 am.

Thanks for your patronage and please come see the new and improved Englehardt Branch when it re-opens on Monday, April  25! This project is made possible through a generous grant from the Lowell Area Community Fund.

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Early Lit Bits: “Job Site” Book Review

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Job Site by Nathan Clement

Nathan Clement, a graphic artist, gives us a superb book about big and heavy machines.  From a bulldozer to an excavator to a compactor, all  of the machines work together to complete one project… a park! 

The crisp illustrations make the machines the major focus with both close-ups and shots from further away.  The minimal text makes this a great choice for young children.  Boys and girls who enjoy construction sites will love to recognize their favorite big machines. 

Books with interesting words and pictures are a great way to encourage a child’s growing vocabulary. Vocabulary is one of the six skills that promote early literacy.

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


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Celebrate Earth Day!

Thursday, April 14th, 2011


April 22 is Earth Day and we invite you to celebrate with KDL! Created to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment, Earth Day is a time for us to assess the work still needed to protect the natural gifts of our planet. 

There are many simple things you can do to observe Earth Day — avoid the car, volunteer, pick up litter, conserve water. If you’d like to learn more ways to “go green,” then check out our Living Green in West Michigan resource guide. From area food co-ops to local bike path routes, you’re sure to find something useful. For recycling information, check out Recycle Kent.

In celebration of Earth Day, KDL is offering programs that promote Green Living. You still have several opportunities to attend one of our Going Green programs. Also, the Englehardt branch presents Gardening Organically with Victoria Schreur at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 26. This would also be a great time to check out one of our books on green living!

Happy Earth Day!

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Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly is one of the 20 Michigan Thumbs Up! award book selections of 2010.  The complete list and voting information is available from the MLA website or at your local library.

Andi has been struggling since the death of her younger brother.  After her mother is institutionalized, her father takes her to Paris to get her out of her own depression and to help her finish the work she needs to do in order to graduate.  There Andi discovers an old diary that brings the French Revolution to life and shows her a way to deal with her overwhelming emotions.

Jennifer Donnelly is also the author of the Printz Honor book A Northern Light.

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