Archive for April, 2011

The History of KDL: 1960s

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

This year, KDL celebrates its 75th anniversary! As we look forward to a bright future, we also look back to see how far we’ve come. Join us on a small trip down memory lane to the 1960s.

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 Grand Rapids Press – July 8, 1963

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Detroit Free Press – March 31, 1966

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Rockford Register – December 29, 1966 

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The Grand Opening of the Kent City branch.

For more 75th anniversary photos and archival media, visit KDL’s Flickr page.


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Help Michigan Libraries!

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

In an economy where knowledge is the key to success, libraries offer equal access to the tools and resources needed to excel. As we transition from a manufacturing economy to a knowledge-based economy, libraries are, and should continue to be, a critical partner in this effort. With the governor’s proposed 40% reduction in state aid to libraries for the 2011–2012 budget, libraries across the state face significant challenges. Since 2000, libraries have already witnessed a 76% drop in funding from the state, and these further reductions may result in the elimination of a number of heavily utilized services.

While we understand that the current economy has impacted everyone, and that we must all do more with less, these proposed cuts will have an unprecedented effect on library services within our state — from reduced access to library materials to the elimination of popular online resources. We encourage all library supporters to learn more by visiting our library advocacy webpage. Find out how you can voice your support of libraries to your local legislators.

We thank you for your support.

 

 


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Meet the Author: Michael Deeb

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Dr. Michael Deeb, author of a fictional series on the Civil War, will visit the Englehardt branch at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 12. He will speak on his latest book in the series, The Lincoln Assassination, in which the main character is from Lowell, Michigan. Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will take place at this program for adults.

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 other books in the series are Duty Accomplished and Honor Restored.


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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by Green and Levithan

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan 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.

Will Grayson is just your average teenager trying to keep his head down and endure high school.  This is actually hard to do since his best friend is Tiny Cooper, a very large gay football player who is writing a musical.  Will Grayson is also a young gay teenager who is excited to meet his online boyfriend.  Will meets Will in downtown Chicago, changing their lives and the course of the musical!

This is the first (and hopefully not the last) collaboration between Levithan and Green.


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eLibrary Elementary

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

The neLibrary Elementaryext time your child needs help with a school project, check out eLibrary Elementary. This KDL resource offers child-friendly information on a variety of topics from books, newspapers, magazines, interviews, videos and more! It’s a great place for finding photos of events and people. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Take a minute and view a guided tour of this database. Let KDL be your destination for homework help!


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KDL Welcomes New Director

Monday, April 4th, 2011

We are pleased to announce the selection of Lance Werner to serve as KDL’s new Director beginning Monday, May 2. Lance currently serves as Director of the Capital Area District Library in Lansing, MI, and previously worked as Library Law Specialist at the Library of Michigan. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, a J.D. from Michigan State University, and an M.L.I.S. from Wayne State University. 

“I am extremely excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Director of the Kent District Library, one of Michigan’s premier public library systems,” said Lance. “Public libraries are needed now more than ever and the Kent District Library is committed to providing the best service possible.”

Please join us in congratulating Lance and welcoming him to KDL!


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Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Cohn and Levithan

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan 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.

Dash has the whole Christmas break to himself.  Dash’s parents think he is spending the holiday with the other person.  But adventure awaits in the used book store when Dash finds a notebook stashed between some books.  Following the literary clues, Dash becomes intrigued with the notebook owner, Lily.  This starts their back and forth trading of the notebook, sending each other to various NY locations but not actually meeting.  When they finally come face to face, will they find the person from the notebook or someone else?

Rachel and David have written two other books together, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist & Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List.


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Spring Anime Festival

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

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The Spring Anime Festival  will take place at the Grandville branch from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 9. This is a great opportunity for teen anime fans to meet and enjoy a common bond, learn more about various forms of anime, and expand their knowledge of anime and Japanese culture. We will have anime expert Mark Ritzema join us to answer your questions and show you some great films. Whether you’re new to anime or a complete fanatic, this is the place to be! This free event is open to all young people in grades 6-12. Registration is required.


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April Hot Titles

Friday, April 1st, 2011

At KDL, we are committed to providing the popular materials that you want to read, listen to, or view.  Look what’s new this month:

Place a hold on one today. Enjoy!


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Sorta Like A Rock Star by Matthew Quick

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Sorta Like A Rock Star by Matthew Quick 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.

Amber lives on a bus. Her mother drives the bus for school kids during the day, and at night they both sneak back and sleep there. Yet Amber is a very positive person. She teaches English to Korean women using music and entertains once a week at the local nursing home. Nothing at school or in her messed-up life has taken away her spirit. But when tragedy strikes, Amber is knocked so low that she cannot see her way through. Now the people in her life get the chance to show Amber how much she means to them.

This was Matthew Quick‘s first teen book. He is currently working on his third book.


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