Archive for June, 2011

Online Card Registration Now Available

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011


Are you new to the Kent District Library service area? Do you need to replace a missing or damaged KDL library card? If so, we’ve made it easier than ever to get started. Just complete our new online registration form, identify your local KDL branch location, and your card will be ready and waiting for you at the branch specified. Choose from the classic KDL blue-water card or represent your favorite elephant with the Katie L. card. Whichever you choose, your KDL library card will provide you with access to a wealth of Information, Ideas, and Excitement!

What do you plan to do with your library card?


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Magic at KDL!

Monday, June 20th, 2011

KDL’s Summer Reading Club wouldn’t be complete without some magic! The entire family is invited to Beyond Magic with Magician Tom Plunkard. This high-impact magic show is loaded with amazing magic, new tricks, and silly stories. Of course, the bunny and birds will also make an appearance. Tom will warm your hearts and stretch your cheek muscles with a spell-binding performance filled with modern music, fun audience participation and loads of humor that can be enjoyed by anyone.

Thursday, June 23, 2:00 PM – Walker branch
Thursday, June 23, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Thursday, June 30, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Thursday, June 30, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township branch
Wednesday, July 6, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial branch
Tuesday, July 19, 1:00 PM – Comstock Park branch
Tuesday, July 19, 6:30 PM – Byron Township branch

For even more magical fun, come see Baffling Bill the Magician at 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 21 at the Grandville branch. This exciting program features magic from around the world, blending elements of illusion, comedy, and audience participation to promote summer reading and global harmony.

Get ready to be thrilled and amazed with the magic at KDL!

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Importing Audiobooks to your iPod

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

If you prefer to borrow audiobooks from the library rather than downloading, there is a way to transfer the files to your iPod.  These directions are for the iPod using iTunes, but you should be able to adapt to whatever type of MP3 player you might have!

Open iTunes on your computer and insert the first disc into the computer.  If you don’t want a lot of small files, you have the option of joining the CD tracks from the disc into one unit.  (I prefer to do this since I can more easily remember what disc I am currently enjoying.)  To join all the small files into one, select them all (click on the first track, hold down the shift key and then click on the last track) and then click on Advanced, Join CD Tracks.

Next you will want to label the file so it is easy to find.  With the first linked file highlighted, click on File, Information (or Command-I on a Mac) and change or update the Album field to the book’s title and the Artist field to the author’s name.  Also change the genre to Audiobook or Spoken Word and add the disc number since this will affect the order of the files.  Lastly, click on the Options tab and select Yes from the “Remember Position” pop-up menu.  (I also like to add the disc number right after the title.)  Click OK to save all the information.  Now you are ready to click on the Import CD button in the lower right corner.  Repeat for all the discs!

Despite the genre being changed to Audiobook, these files will not show up under the books tab.  You will be able to find them in the general library by sorting by album.  In order for the files to show up under the correct tab, the file type needs to be changed.  There is a handy AppleScript that can be downloaded called Make Bookmarkable.  (I use this on my Mac with no problems.)  Select the files to be changed and then run Make Bookmarkable which changes the file type.  Or check out my next posting in which you will learn how to make a smart playlist!

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Discover Your World!

Friday, June 17th, 2011

This year’s Summer Reading Club theme, One World, Many Stories,  focuses on travel and culture, and our summer calendar is filled with  programs that help you celebrate our world. Children ages six and up are invited to play and make games at Games Around the World, taking place at many KDL branches. Learn about other countries at Celebrate Australia, Celebrate Japan, Festival Latino, and Fiesta Fun. Enjoy the talent of storyteller Karen Libman as she presents Stories from Around the Globe. Finally, hear stories in a language you speak or would like to speak at our International Storytimes. Join us for some around the world fun this summer at KDL!

Don’t forget to stop by your local branch and sign up for Summer Reading Club if you haven’t done so already!

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The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

Friday, June 17th, 2011

When a frontier baron known as the Commodore orders Charlie and Eli Sisters, his hired gunslingers, to track down and kill a prospector named Herman Kermit Warm, the brothers journey from Oregon to San Francisco, and eventually to Warm’s claim in the Sierra foothills, running into a witch, a bear, a dead Indian, a parlor of drunken floozies, and a gang of murderous fur trappers. 

The Sisters Brothers is a unique and interesting read!  Check out The Sisters Brothers book trailer.

You may also enjoy: The Great Night by Chris Adrian, Doc by Mary Doria Russell, or A Moment in the Sun by John Sayles.

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Cool Craft Program for Teens

Friday, June 17th, 2011

If you like jewelry, crafts, or both, we’ve got a program for you! Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to our Steampunk Junque program. Come and create edgy, indie jewelry using materials from the hardware store. Make a keychain, necklace, bracelet, or earrings from these unexpected materials. Let your creative juices flow! Registration is required, so sign up today!

Tuesday, June 21, 1:00 PM – Grandville branch
Tuesday, June 28, 3:00 PM – Alpine Township branch
Wednesday, June 29, 2:00 PM – Englehardt branch
Tuesday, July 12, 3:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Tuesday, July 19, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township branch
Wednesday, July 20, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Tuesday, August 2, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Thursday, August 18, 3:00 PM – Cascade Township branch

KDL offers an exciting line-up of summer programs that allow you to “get crafty!” We hope you will come and let your imagination run wild!

Are there any craft programs you would like us to offer? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Learn to Make Caricatures

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Have you ever been at a carnival or amusement park and marveled at the talent of a caricaturist? Now you can learn this exciting skill! Corey Ruffin, a nationally recognized caricaturist, will be presenting several workshops for teens grades 6-12 this summer at KDL. Learn the basics of cartooning and illustration and the fine art of caricature. Registration is required so sign up today. Just think of all the fun you could have drawing caricatures of your friends and family!

Tuesday, June 21, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township branch
Thursday, June 23, 1:30 PM – Gaines Township branch
Wednesday, June 29, 2:00 PM – Byron Township branch
Thursday, June 30, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial branch
Wednesday, July 13, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Thursday, July 14, 2:30 PM – Kentwood branch
Tuesday, July 19, 1:00 PM – Grandville branch
Thursday, July 21, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park branch
Tuesday, July 26, 3:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Thursday, August 4, 2:00 PM – Cascade Township branch

Who would you most like to make a caricature of? Leave a comment and let us know!

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The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown tells the tale of three adult sisters: Rose (Rosalind, As You Like It), Bean (Bianca, The Taming of the Shrew), and Cordy (Cordelia, King Lear) — the daughters of a Shakespeare-quoting scholar father — who return to their childhood home to help their breast-cancer stricken mother recover.  Along the way they discover the things they’ve been trying to distance themselves from may offer more than they had thought.

Click here to read or listen to an excerpt and check out the author Q & A.

You may also enjoy:  The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt, and The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen.

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New “Paranormal Rendezvous” Booklist

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Here is our Paranormal Rendezvous Booklist

Paranormal romances that blend the line between reality and otherworldly creatures.






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Early Lit Bits: KDLville Early Literacy Play Spaces

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Visit the newest KDLville location at KDL’s Englehardt Branch in Lowell!  Like all KDLville locations, this play space features toys and activities that are designed to help your child get ready to read and write!  Current activities include a play kitchen and restaurant, a puppet theater, multicultural dress-up clothes, I-Spy binoculars and more!  Visit the Englehardt Branch or any of our other KDLville locations for free learning fun!


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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