Archive for October, 2011

Craft Holiday Gifts at KDL

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

You know that we offer an assortment of craft programs for kids each season… but why should kids have all the fun?! The Englehardt branch is offering a Creative Gift Crafting Series for people ages 14 and up. Tap into your creative side and craft holiday gifts for friends and family.

Trash to Treasure Jewelry – Saturday, October 22, 11:00 AM
Bring jewelry you no longer wear and we’ll help you deconstruct it, combine it with new elements, and create something new to gift or to keep. Each participant must bring jewelry (necklace, bracelet, etc.) that can be repurposed into new jewelry.

Creating Paper Crafts for Gifting – Saturday, October 29, 11:00 AM
Reuse paper and books in new and creative ways for home décor and gifting.

Herbal Spa Gifts – Saturday, November 5, 11:00 AM
Visit the kitchen and the garden to concoct gifts for bath and body.

The Art of Gift Wrapping – Saturday, November 12, 11:00 AM
Use recycled and creative materials to craft unique gift wrap for the holiday season.

Registration is required for this great series sponsored by the Friends of the Englehardt Library. Register online using the links above or by calling 784-2007. Sign up for one program or all of them, but don’t miss out on the fun!



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Don’t Miss the Celebration

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Join the KDL Fund in celebrating our 75th Anniversary!

The KDL Service Center will come alive with a showcase of incredible library offerings like eBooks, Freegal, Mango Languages, Early Literacy offerings and so much more. Remember to bring your smartphones, eBook readers or tablets to get a taste of just a few of KDL’s digital offerings and other special activities. 

An eclectic array of authors will highlight the evening.  Featured authors, presented live by Schuler Books & Music include Sarah Kallio, DJ DeSmyter, Wade Rouse, Liesel LitzenburgerMichael Lindley, Sue StauffacherKristina RiggleSue MerrellTobin Buhk, and Gary SchmidtBrilliance Audio will present authors Tess Gerritsen and Susan Wiggs live via Skype. 

Enjoy scrumptious noshes, sweets, beverages, and music throughout the evening. 

Tickets for KDL Celebrates are $75 each and may be purchased online.  

Proceeds will support KDL literacy programs for young children as well as preserving quality library services for the next 75 years.

We hope to see you there!

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Save Money on Griffins Tickets!

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Hockey season is just around the corner! Use your Kent District Library card to get a great deal on Grand Rapids Griffins hockey tickets.

For every Sunday and Wednesday home game during the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 2011-12 regular season, present your Kent District Library card at the Van Andel Arena box office on the night of the game or at The Zone anytime during the store’s regular business hours to save $7 off the price of a Lower Level Faceoff ticket (regularly $18 in advance and $20 day of game). Limit four tickets per card per person, subject to availability.

Check out the Griffins’ schedule and plan a fun night out for a great deal!

Go Griffins!

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Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller

Monday, October 10th, 2011

A companion memoir to Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller recounts the story of her parents.  We follow Nicola and Tim Fuller as they hopscotch the continent, running from war and unspeakable heartbreak, from Kenya to Rhodesia to Zambia, even returning to England briefly. But just when it seems that Nicola has been broken entirely by Africa, it is the African earth itself that revives her.

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness is a story of loss and survival. Emotional without being sentimental. Read the New York Times article  for a thorough review. Browse the photographs from the book here.


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Meet the Author: Mardi Link

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Don’t miss out on a wonderful opportunity to meet Michigan author Mardi Link! She will be the featured guest for the Friends Booked for Lunch program taking place from 12:30 – 2:30 pm on Thursday, October 27 at the Cascade Township branch of Kent District Library. Mardi will discuss her 2010 Michigan Notable Book, Isadore’s Secret: Sin, Murder, and Confession in a Northern Michigan Town. The book shares a gripping account of the mysterious disappearance of a young nun in a northern Michigan town and the national controversy that followed when she turned up dead and buried in the basement of the church. Mardi will sign books at the event.

A delicious lunch will be served at this program. Tickets are $10 each, or $8 if you are a member of the Friends of Library group. If you would like to hear the presentation but pass on the lunch, tickets are $5. Money is accepted at the door. Registration is required by October 24  if you are attending the lunch. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cascade Library.

Mardi Link is a true crime writer from Traverse City. She is also the author of When Evil Came to Good Hart.

We hope to see you there!


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KDL on WGVU Radio

Sunday, October 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 Devlopment Coordinator Jan Fonger and KDL Fund Board member Maureen Fitzgerald Penn talk about the KDL Celebrates 75th Anniversary party, coming up on Tuesday, October 18. Enjoy!

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Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Although is fairly well-known as a genealogy site, their recent improvements and updates have made this an incredible site and worthy of a mention (or second look). Numerous indexes and scans of documents have been added. There is a general search function on the main page with name, place and date. Or you can click on the location links below that to see what databases are currently available. The collections are sorted by name so it is easy to find the state you need. By going directly to the collection, you can be more specific in your search request.

October is Family History Month, so this is a great time to get started on your own family tree!

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KDL Top Ten – 10/7/2011

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Using a Playaway portable audiobook is a convenient way to listen to your favorite books!  To view the 10 most checked-out Playaways at KDL this week, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

To learn more about Playaways view Listen to Books On-The-Go! 




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New Research Databases

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Whether you’re writing a paper for school or trying to establish or expand your business, KDL’s collection of specialized research databases can help you find the information you need. Thanks to the support provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL), we’ve recently added subscriptions to the following resources:


Business Databases: (see all)

Business & Company ASAP
Provides researchers with information on companies, markets and industries. Access business and trade journals, newspapers and company directory profiles with full text and images.


Small Business Resource Center
Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.


General Reference Databases: (see all)

Academic OneFile
A comprehensive database for serious academic research. Contains peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources. 


A user-friendly general reference tool that delivers a broad collection of periodical and digital media content. Researchers of all ages can find the answers they need from magazines, newspapers, books, maps, images, and audio/video titles.


Health Databases: (see all)

Nursing Resource Center
Designed for nursing students, the Nursing Resource Center brings together in an easy-to-use interface disease and drug overviews, care plans, relevant journal results and animated anatomy and physiology diagrams.


Newspaper Databases: (see all)

Lansing State Journal
A daily newspaper serving the Lansing area. Browse or search full text from 2002 to current.


Traverse City Record-Eagle
A daily newspaper serving Traverse City and Northern Michigan. Browse or search full text from 2008 to current.


These are just a sample of the wealth of information offered by our databases, which are free to KDL cardholders. From auto repair manuals to learning a foreign language, you can access these great resources anytime, anywhere with just an internet connection and your KDL library card, so check them out today!



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Celebrate the Season with Fall Programs

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Kent District Library is celebrating the fall season with a couple of programs that are sure to get the entire family into the spirit of autumn.  We hope you will join us for some fall fun!

Pumpkin Carving
Do you want to make the coolest pumpkin ever? Funny! Scary! Beautiful! Here is your chance. Bring your pumpkin to the library for ideas, samples, tools, craft supplies and easy clean-up. Adult participation is required. For all ages.
Thursday, October 13, 6:30 PM – Spencer Township branch
Saturday, October 15, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Sunday, October 23, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Tuesday, October 25, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial branch
Thursday, October 27, 6:30 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Saturday, October 29, 10:30 AM – Alto branch

Harvest Party
Celebrate the season with autumn crafts, pumpkin decorating, games, and plenty of bountiful fun! Please bring your own pumpkin to decorate. For all ages.
Saturday, October 15, 10:00 AM – Byron Township branch
Saturday, October 22, 2:00 PM – Kentwood branch
Monday, October 24, 6:30 PM – Gaines Township branch
Wednesday, October 26, 10:30 AM – Comstock Park branch
Saturday, October 29, 10:00 AM – Alpine Township branch
Saturday, October 29, 2:00 PM – Wyoming branch

If you would like to take a ride to the paranormal side, we invite you to attend Ghosts and Legends of West Michigan, taking place at 6:30 pm on Thursday, October 27 at the Grandville branch. Adults can listen to spooky ghost stories and learn about local haunts of West Michigan with Amberrose Hammond, author of Ghosts and Legends of Michigan’s West Coast. Registration is required and participation is limited.

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