Archive for October, 2011

Video: Future Librarian?

Monday, October 31st, 2011

This just goes to show you’re never too young to start thinking about careers. A KDL patron shared this short video of his 2 1/2-year-old son playing library, complete with his sound effects of the “beep” of the self-checkout machine. We think it’s adorable and hope you do too!

What are some ways your children have surprised you with how the library has become part of their lives? Tell us your story!

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KDL Top Ten – 10/28/2011

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Boo!  To view the 10 most checked-out titles in Adult Horror Fiction at KDL this year, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!



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New Features on eBook Mobile Site

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Mobile eBook SiteDid you know that you can browse, checkout and download free eBooks and eAudiobooks from KDL on your mobile device while you’re on the go? Just download the free OverDrive mobile app and visit to get started!

Our mobile eBook site recently got a number of updates to make it even easier to find the perfect eBook or eAudiobook:

  • Use the Advanced Search option to search by title, author, publisher, format, etc.
  • Search within results to narrow down a list of titles.
  • Check the Show only available titles box to limit your search to only items that are imediately available, with no waiting list.
  • Change your lending period to 7, 14, or 21 days before checking out a title.

Visit today and give it a try!


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Teen Halloween Reading

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

With Halloween right around the corner, now is a great time to pickup a spooky book to get you in the mood!

The first book I would recommend is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, winner of the Newbery Medal in 2009.  The book is not only set mostly in a graveyard, it starts with multiple murders!

Another book to check out is The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff.  This has a nice creepy cover and deals with a changeling who replaced a human baby 16 years ago.

Lastly, check out Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  This book is filled with bizarre pictures that will make you glad it is only fiction!

Feel free to leave your own spook suggestion in the comments!


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Early Lit Bits: KDLville Early Literacy Play Spaces

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

The East Grand Rapids branch proudly houses one of the original KDLville spaces. Opened in the fall of 2010, it is still going strong today! Dramatic play, such as doll houses and dress-up, is an important component of KDLville spaces as this type of play can help develop language and social skills.
The kids at EGR are particularly fond of the KDLville tree that they all helped bring to life by making colorful leaves at the Writing Center! 


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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From the Director: Yay Us! — KDL & You!

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Congratulations! A comparison of Kent District Library usage data with figures recently reported in Public Libraries magazine (Sept./Oct. 2011) reveals that KDL is outpacing the national average for communities our size. For example, our library visits per capita, circulation per capita and collection turnover (how often an item is checked out in a given year), were nearly two times higher than the national average.

What does this mean to you? It’s proof positive that you love KDL and the wonderful materials and services you find in our libraries. While we don’t need numbers to tell us this, these figures help prove that KDL has some of the most avid library users in the country!

Thank you for using your public library and making KDL way above average.


Lance Werner Signature

Lance Werner, Director
Kent District Library

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KDL Top Ten – 10/21/2011

Friday, October 21st, 2011

To view the 10 most checked-out Teen Fiction titles at KDL this week, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!


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Halloween DVDs

Friday, October 21st, 2011

KDL has a great selection of scary movies to get you into the Halloween spirit. We have the truly spooky, the ridiculously funny and many great classics to choose from. Check them out!




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Halloween Around the World

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Halloween has been celebrated in different ways for many years all around the world.  It is interesting to see how differently this holiday is treated today in different countries.

The carved pumpkin or Jack-o’-lantern also has an interesting past.  Originally, turnips were used in Ireland and Scotland, but immigrants started using the more readily available pumpkin in the colonies.

Guinness World Records has been keeping track of Halloween feats which include the largest gather of zombies or the heaviest pumpkin, weighing in at over 1,800 lbs.

However you might celebrate Halloween be sure to have a fun and safe holiday!

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KDL Walker Branch Closing Early Friday

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

In observance of the funeral taking place for Officer Slot in the Walker City Complex, KDL’s Walker branch will be closing at 3:00pm on Friday, October 21.

We offer our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Officer Slot.

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