Archive for October, 2011

Bjork, “Biophilia”

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Bjork, the lovely, quirky and eccentric Icelandic artist, has a new ablum out, Biophilia.  

Listen to the NPR album preview while you are waiting for your library hold.

Or take a look at her music video to “Moon.”


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Win Tickets to Sesame Street Live!

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Sesame Street Live is coming to the Van Andel Arena, and we are partnering with VEE Corporation to provide you with a chance to win tickets to the show! Get ready to make music with Elmo, The Count, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Bert & Ernie and all their funny and furry friends. “Elmo Makes Music” will take place November 11-13. Each of our 18 branches will be giving away a family four pack of tickets. Five shows will take place over the three days, and winners can choose which show they would like to attend.

Stop by any KDL branch location by October 31 and complete an entry form for your chance to win. Discount coupons will also be available while supplies last. Visit the Sesame Street Live website for ticket sales and event details.

Join your favorite Sesame Street friends as they take to the stage to share the magical world of music with you and your family!

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Tyrone Twp. Branch Manager Retires

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Marcia DeMeester will retire as Branch Manager of the Tyrone Township branch of KDL on October 8. An Open House will be held in Marcia’s honor from 4:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 6 at the Tyrone Township branch. Stop by to wish Marcia a fond farewell!

Marcia joined the KDL staff in February of 1988, and became the Branch Manager of the Tyrone Township branch in June of 1990.

“I have enjoyed working for KDL for the last 23 years. The organization is exceptional and the people are wonderful,” said Marcia. “I will miss the Library Community very much. I have known the people for a long time and watched the children grow up and start families of their own.”

Please join us in thanking Marcia for her many years of dedicated service and wishing her well in her retirement!

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LinkedIn Bootcamp Class

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Have you been wanting to learn how to use LinkedIn for professional interaction? We can help! Kent District Library is offering LinkedIn Bootcamp from 5:30 – 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 18 at the East Grand Rapids branch and from 5:30 – 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 9 at the KDL Service Center. Participants will receive tips on optimizing their use of LinkedIn in developing their professional networking experience. 

This interactive workshop is presented by Career Transitions Center of West Michigan, a non-profit organization developed by local professionals to assist jobseekers, entrepreneurs, and professionals looking to “tune-up” their career development plans. Registration is required and participation is limited. Please call 784-2007 to register. If you have experience with the mouse and the  Internet and want to learn how to use LinkedIn, this class is for you!

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The Magician King by Lev Grossman

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

In this sequel to The Magicians, Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. So, Quentin and his old friend Julia set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent’s house in Chesterton, Massachusetts. 

The Magician King is the adult, cynical and sarcastic version of Harry Potter and Narnia.  Darkly humorous and full of wit.  Highly recommend.

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From the Director: Personal Property Tax

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

You depend on your local community government for police and fire protection, safe drinking water, plowed roads in the winter, and other essential services. Access to information is an essential service provided to you by Kent District Library. In today’s knowledge-based economy, loss of this service will cripple our communities.

Some Michigan legislators are proposing elimination of an important source of funding through repeal of the Michigan Personal Property Tax (PPT) — a tax generally paid by businesses and corporations, not by individual taxpayers or homeowners.

Eliminating the PPT without a full and “stable” replacement would slash revenues for local governments, including cities, libraries, and schools, by another $1.2 billion. By stable source of funding, I mean funds that are guaranteed for essential local government services and protected now and in the future. 

Losing the PPT would be devastating for Kent District Library. It would mean a loss of $1.1 million in 2012, or approximately 7% of our total operating budget. Our branches are busier than ever with 6.4 million checkouts in 2010, up 11% over the  two previous years. People are turning to the library for community programming, information, entertainment, and job hunting/résumé writing resources.  Loss of the PPT would significantly impact KDL’s ability to deliver service at the level our community has come to expect.  Without these funds the Library will undertake layoffs, massive reductions in operating hours, and deep cuts to the collection budget.

If the PPT is eliminated, it must be fully replaced. Please join me in urging your state Senator and Representative to guarantee a full replacement of the personal property tax if they vote to repeal it.


Lance Werner Signature

Lance Werner, Director
Kent District Library

Lance Werner has served as the Director of the Kent District Library since 2011. He can be reached via email at, or by phone at 616-784-2091.

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Early Childhood Essentials Day of Learning

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Learn how to help foster the growth of your little ones! Attend KDL’s Early Childhood Essentials Day of Learning, taking place from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 15 at the Grandville Middle School, 3535 Wilson Ave. Sessions will include keynote speakers Anne King and Kevin Kammeraad highlighting The Cycles of Childhood and Making Books and Music Come Alive.

Workshop participants will also choose  two of the following breakout sessions:

  • Infants and Toddlers with Kelly Keur
  • ABCs of Early Literacy with Holly Tiret
  • Movement and Early Brain Development with Anne King 
  • Early Literacy Play on a Shoestring with Trish Reid

This is sure to be a great day of education for adults, and it’s free! Registration is required and participation is limited, so sign up today. Daycare providers and teachers can earn up to 5.5 free professional development credits.

We hope to see you there!

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Expanded Personalized Picks Service

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

KDL has expanded online recommendations! In addition to our previous personalized reading list service, librarians can now send out lists of movies or music chosen especially for you. Click on Personalized Picks and complete the online questionnaire, letting us know what you like to read, watch or listen to. We will send you some suggested titles with links to KDL’s catalog, so you can place holds and have your selections ready to pick up at your local branch in a few days.

Let us help you discover something new!

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October Hot Titles

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

If you want it, we’ve got it! At KDL, we are committed to providing the popular materials that you would like to read, listen to, or view.  Look what’s new this month:

The Litigators by John Grisham
Bonnie by Iris Johansen
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
Bad Teacher (DVD)
Fast Five (DVD)
Monte Carlo (DVD)

Place a hold on one today. Enjoy!

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