Archive for September, 2011

Music to Get You Moving

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Black Eyed PeasKent District Library Staff have chosen their favorite “get moving ” music.  Check out their picks, and check out the music at KDL. Look for CDs in our catalog, or free music downloads from Freegal. For more suggestions, go to our Music Page.

What music gets you walking, running, cleaning, dancing?

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KDL on WGVU Radio

Wednesday, September 7th, 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 Assistant Director of Central Services Cheryl Garrison talk about KDL’s 75 Anniversary. Enjoy!

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(photo courtesty of Shelley Irwin)

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Great Classes for Parents and Caregivers

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Parents and caregivers of children are invited to participate in the Early Childhood Essentials classes at KDL this fall. If you have young children or if you work in child care and need professional development hours, the Early Childhood Essentials series is for you. The classes are for adults and childcare is not provided.

Monday, September 12, 6:30 PM, “Building Reading Skills through Word Play” – Krause Memorial branch
Wednesday, September 14, 6:00 PM, “Love and Logic” – Kentwood branch
Monday, September 19, 6:30 PM, “Sensory Differences in Children” – Krause Memorial branch
Thursday, September 22, 6:30 PM, “Autism” – Byron Township branch
Monday, September 26, 6:30 PM, “Dealing with Allergies” – Krause Memorial branch
Tuesday, September 27, 6:30 PM, “Autism Signs and Early Intervention” – Plainfield branch
Saturday, October 8, 11:00 AM, “I Have a Vestibular System?” – East Grand Rapids branch
Wednesday, October 12, 6:00 PM, “Dealing with Allergies” – Kentwood branch
Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 PM, “Kindergarten Readiness” – Plainfield branch
Saturday, November 5, 11:00 AM, “Sensory Differences in Children” – East Grand Rapids branch
Tuesday, November 8, 6:30 PM, “Sensory Differences in Children” – Plainfield branch
Thursday, November 10, 6:30 PM, “Healthy Holiday Snacks” – Byron Township branch

Registration is required and participation is limited. Classes are filling up fast, so sign up today!

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It’s Library Card Sign-up Month!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011


September is Library Card Sign-Up Month — a time when libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. We at KDL want to get as many people as possible signed up for a KDL card so they can take advantage of all the fantastic services and resources the library has to offer.

The observance of Library Card Sign-Up Month was launched in 1987 to meet the challenge of then Secretary of Education William J. Bennett who said, “Let’s have a national campaign . . . every child should obtain a library card — and use it.” Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure every child does just that.

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for a Kent District Library card today!

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Happy Birthday Katie L.!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Kent District Library turns 75 this year, and this is a great opportunity to wish Katie L., our elephant friend, a HUGE Happy Birthday! People of all ages are invited to Katie L.’s Big Top Birthday. Join us at the library for birthday crafts, activities and treats. Let’s party!

Thursday, September 8, 10:30 am – Englehardt branch
Saturday, September 17, 10:00 am – Byron Township branch
Saturday, September 17, 1:30 pm – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Sunday, October 16, 2:00 pm – Cascade Township branch
Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 pm – Comstock Park branch
Monday, November 14, 10:30 am – Alto branch
Wednesday, November 16, 10:00 am, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm – East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, November 17, 10:00 and 11:00 am – East Grand Rapids branch
Saturday, November 19, 10:00 am – Krause Memorial branch

Don’t miss out on this super celebration!

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Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Browsing through the books that will be released this month, there was one book that jumped out at me, making me get excited about a new month of new books!

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld is the third book of a trilogy, so I am very excited to see what will happen in this book. Will Deryn finally be revealed as a girl?  Will Alek care?  Does Alek return to his home?  What exciting new creature will be introduced?  Plus the illustrations done by Keith Thompson are a bonus!

What other books being released in September are you looking forward to reading?

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Holiday Closing — Labor Day

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

The Kent District Library will be closed Monday, September 5, for Labor Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, September 6. For additional 2011 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Labor Day!


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KDL Top Ten – 9/2/2011

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Want to make your holiday travel, or those household chores, more fun this weekend?!  Then, check out an eAudiobook from KDL’s Downloadable eBook site and you’re on your way!  Listening to an eAudiobook is a great way to entertain yourself, while at the same time making your mundane tasks downright enjoyable!  To see the 10 most checked out eAudiobooks at KDL this week, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

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Pink Up the Library in Lowell!

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

The Pink Arrow Pride community event is taking place in Lowell, and the Englehardt branch of KDL is getting involved by “Pinking Up the Library.” The goal of Pink Arrow Pride is to raise awareness of and funds for cancer treatment, and the library is offering several simple ways people can do their part in making this valuable initiative a success. From Tuesday, September 6 through Saturday, September 10, you are encouraged to stop in the Englehardt branch and:

  • Use pink chalk to decorate the sidewalks
  • Participate in the “Katie L. Goes Pink” scavenger hunt
  • Decorate a banner
  • Create pink noisemakers for the big football game
  • Make a pink bookmark
  • Wear your Pink Arrow Shirt to the library and get a small pink treat
  • Help decorate the kid’s area by coloring a pink arrow ribbon

Kent District Library offers many resources for people of all ages who would like to learn more about cancer and its treatment.

Find out more about the 2011 Pink Arrow Pride event, which will include a 5K and 10K run/walk, a Kid’s Fun Run, a shirt sale and more!

Get involved… pink up the library!

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Career Transitions Workshops

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

If you are looking for a new job or to expand your career, KDL can help! This fall we are teaming up with the Career Transitions Center West Michigan to offer several workshops to assist job seekers. Registration is required for these programs. Register online or by calling 784-2007.

Developing Your Personal Brand
Identify your innate talents and learn how to describe your key functional, technical and behavioral competencies to set the foundation for effective verbal and written communications.
Thursday, September 8, 5:30 PM – Kentwood branch
Monday, September 12, 5:30 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Monday, October 3, 5:30 PM – Krause Memorial branch
Wednesday, October 5, 5:30 PM – Wyoming branch

Communicating Your Brand
Develop your personal brand by focusing on elevator pitches, resumes and online profiles, with emphasis on aligning your message with your professional value in the marketplace.
Thursday, September 15, 5:30 PM – Kentwood branch
Monday, September 19, 5:30 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Monday, October 10, 5:30 PM – Krause Memorial branch
Wednesday, October 12, 5:30 PM – Wyoming branch

Networking is an essential life skill in today’s world. Explore strategies and techniques in building and nurturing an effective professional network. 
Thursday, September 22, 5:30 PM – Kentwood branch
Monday, September 26, 5:30 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Monday, October 17, 5:30 PM – Krause Memorial branch
Wednesday, October 19, 5:30 PM – Wyoming branch

Interviewing and Negotiating Strategies
Create a positive and lasting impression. Learn essential techniques of effective interviewing in today’s job market and how to effectively negotiate terms of employment. 
Thursday, September 29, 5:30 PM – Kentwood branch
Monday, October 3, 5:30 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Monday, October 24, 5:30 PM – Krause Memorial branch
Wednesday, October 26, 5:30 PM – Wyoming branch


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