Archive for April, 2011

Learn English at KDL!

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

This month, two of our branches are featuring a display of materials for learning English as a second language. Teachers, tutors or English language learners are encouraged to stop by our Wyoming or Kentwood branches to check out the variety of multi-media materials available. Books, CDs, DVDs and CD-ROMs for self-study are all available.


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OverDrive eBooks Available for BlackBerry

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Do you have a BlackBerry device? Our OverDrive downloadable eBook & eAudiobook service recently announced that their OverDrive Media Console app for BlackBerry devices has been updated to add support for ePub-formatted eBooks, in addition to the previous MP3 eAudiobook capability, so you can now download free library eBooks directly to your device!

The improved app also adds a new “Get Books” button to streamline browsing the OverDrive mobile website. Just enter your zip code or search for “Kent District Library” to find our eBooks site, which will then be saved for future visits.

The free app is available on OverDrive’s website and in the MobiHand Superstore, and should appear in BlackBerry App World in the coming weeks. Similar OverDrive apps are already available for iPhone / iPad and Android devices.

Download OverDrive Media Console for your specific mobile device

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Beat the Band by Don Calame

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Beat the Band by Don Calame 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.

Coop wants to have an awesome sophomore year, but getting paired with the most hated girl in school is a death sentence for his social life.  To boost his chick appeal, Coop decides to enter the school’s Battle of the Bands and he will go to any lengths to get his friends excited as well.

This is the follow up book to Swim the Fly, which was a Michigan Thumbs Up! award Honor book.

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The Beerhorst Family – Art & Family Life

Monday, April 11th, 2011

The Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library invite you to meet the Beerhorst family at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 17 at the East Grand Rapids branchRick and Brenda Beerhorst, well-known Grand Rapids artists and ArtPrize winners, will talk about their art, music and family life. Guests will have an opportunity to view some of their works and observe demonstrations of woodblock printing and rug hooking.

Please join us for this free program for the whole family!

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It’s National Library Week!

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

April 10–16 is National Library Week, and KDL invites you to Create your own story @ your library. Every day, people use the library to enhance their career, learn something new, or find something great to read, watch, or listen to. Every day, people take advantage of library services that educate, entertain, and enlighten. Regardless of your interests, these are the things that help create the story of you. From a wide selection of books, movies, and music, to events and programs for all ages, the library can help you create your own story.

Author John Grisham on the value of libraries.

If you have a library story to share, we would love to hear it.
Please post in the comment section below or send via our My KDL Story webpage.

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Meet the Authors: L.C. & John Timmerman

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

The Friends of the Sand Lake Library invite adults to meet L.C. Timmerman The Color of Nightand John H. Timmerman, co-authors of The Color of Night: A Young Mother, a Missing Child, and a Cold Blooded Killer. They will visit the Sand Lake branch at 1:30 pm on Saturday, April 16. There will be a time for questions and answers following the presentation. Refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase.

Written by the victim’s uncle and father, The Color of Night is the true crime story of the kidnapping and murder of Rachel Timmerman and her daughter Shannon Ver hage in 1997. The book relates the actual crime, the apprehension of the murderer,  and the trial in Federal Court. The co-authors present a skillfully woven thriller that exposes the horrendous murder that made national news and chronicles one family’s quest for answers.

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Heard on TV

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Have you ever been watching your favorite television show and heard a great song?  Music doesn’t always receive a credit at the end of the show but there is a website that might help you out!  The website is and it is an user contributed site which means you can add information about shows and music that you know.  Use the search function to look for the show and then click on the season you were watching.

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KDL on WGVU Radio

Saturday, April 9th, 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 Collection Development Manager Melissa DeWild talk about all the free digital media offered by KDL, including eBooks and Freegal music downloads. Enjoy!

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Download WGVU4-7-11.mp3

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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Spring is a good time to talk about our planet and to do an earth friendly craft related to the April 22 holiday Earth Day.  These simple and easy to make finger or hand puppets can be made by reusing old or mismatched mittens or gloves and other scrap materials. 

What you need:

• old gloves or mittens
• scraps of yarn, felt, fabric, buttons, beads, stickers, etc.
• scissors
• glue or needle and thread

Start by cutting off one finger of a glove and then stitch or glue up the loose end to prevent unraveling.  Decide what puppet you want to create and decorate it by sewing or gluing the pieces on to make parts like eyes, a mouth, hair or whatever you need for your character. 

Now you have a puppet that can be used to retell favorite stories or make up your own, which both help develop narrative skills.

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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After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick 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.

“Cancer survivor Jeffrey is trying to get through the eighth grade like any other “normal” kid. The effects of his leukemia treatment have left him with a pronounced limp and difficulty processing information, particularly math. Jeff’s best friend, wheelchair-bound Tad, offers to help him pass the state test. In return, Jeff will get Tad in shape so he can walk across the stage at graduation.”

This is a followup book to Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, which focused on older brother Steven and Jeffrey’s initial bout with cancer.

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