Archive for November, 2011

“Love in the Library” at Englehardt!

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The Englehardt branch recently was host to what was believed to be the first wedding held in a KDL branch! As chronicled in an article in The Grand Rapids Press, Erin Babson and Tim Peraino chose to marry their love of books — and each other — amid the stacks.

Our congratulations to the couple on what was truly a storybook event!



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KDL Celebrates National Adoption Month

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

***** Thank you to everyone who left a comment on this post. Congratulations to Chantelle from Grandville who won the book!


“Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone,

but still miraculously my own.

Never forget for a single minute,

you didn’t grow under my heart, but in it.”

— Unknown

November is National Adoption Month.  It is time to celebrate and learn about all aspects of adoption.  KDL has a fine collection of books and related materials geared towards this topic. Please check out our guide to Adoption Resources and stop by your library branch to see what materials are available to you!

To help us commemorate this special month, Grand Rapids-based book publisher Zondervan has kindly donated a copy of Before You Were Mine: Discovering Your Adopted Child’s Lifestory by Susan TeBos and Carissa Woodwyk.

 We are offering this book to an individual who leaves a comment on this blog post. 

The recipient will be randomly drawn at the end of November.

Check out these additional adoption resources:

National Adoption Month –

National Adoption Awareness Month

***** Thank you to everyone who left a comment on this post. Congratulations to Chantelle from Grandville who won the book!

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75th Anniversary an All-Around Success

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

KDL Celebrates, our 75th anniversary gala event held October 18, drew  local media personalities, Michigan authors and supporters in droves! The event also raised more than $13,000 for the KDL Fund, which supports early literacy programs for young children. Donations ensure our libraries remain a valuable community resource for generations to come.

Congratulations to all involved for a stellar 75 years. Here’s to at least 75 more!




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Hunger Games Trailer Debuts

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Fans of The Hunger Games got their first extended taste of the upcoming movie yesterday with the release of the full-length trailer. Watch it below and let us know what you think!

If you haven’t read this popular book yet, there’s still plenty of time before the movie’s release next March, so request a copy today!

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GET READY: November Checklist

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

If disaster strikes, would you be ready? The GET READY! Kent County twelve-month citizen preparedness program focuses on a different area of emergency preparedness each month. In November, you are encouraged to create a first aid kit for your home, work and car. Check out this fact sheet for more information and for a list of supplies to include.

KDL is teaming up with the Kent County Sheriff Department, Health Department and the American Red Cross to make sure you are prepared for an emergency. Remember, when disaster strikes, it is easier to cope when you are prepared!

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Monday, November 14th, 2011

50 competitors and even more spectators were on hand for Kent District Library’s latest videogame tournament. Hosted by the Kentwood branch and featuring MarioKart, the field was fun, fast, and furious. The finals featured a down-to-the-wire contest that had everyone on the edge of their seats. The final results are……..

1st Place   Chris                                        

2nd Place  Phil

3rd Place  Danny

4th Place  Malik

Our next tournament will be held at the Wyoming branch on Saturday, January 14. The game will be Super Smash Bros. Sign up early to ensure your spot!

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Tell Us Your Story: And the Winners Are…

Monday, November 14th, 2011

In September, we began our appeal to patrons to “Tell Us Your Story” about all the ways our libraries have and do impact your lives – and boy, did you ever. Hundreds of heart-felt submissions later,  we’ve got the three winners of Schuler Books & Music gift cards:

Lisa Montgomery and Kay Kiel, coincidentally both Byron Township branch patrons, told us how the library has woven a thread through their lives and between generations of their families. Congratulations to both!

You can read their complete library stories in our new Seen & Heard feature, coming soon to our website.

Here’s what we really loved hearing: more than a place to borrow an ever-growing selection of materials, the library has, for so many of you, become a place to bond with children and grandchildren, neighbors and people who share similar interests; search for employment opportunities; go online for free; attend programs and meet new people; and so much more.

We also opened the contest to our library staff, who, it seems, know compelling stories when they hear them. We selected Spencer Township branch Library Assistant Robin Darling, who recognized the story of patron Cassandra Newman and her family as one that demands to be shared. Read about the Newman family in the winter 2011-12 Kaleidoscope Program Guide.

The “Tell Us Your Story” contest may be over, but your responses have prompted us to keep collecting your stories. If you have submitted or plan to submit something, you may be contacted by one of our Communications Specialists to be featured on our website and other media.

Thanks again for sharing your stories, and keep them coming!

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Goodreads — You Gotta Love It

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

When you’re a librarian people are always asking you, “Have you read anything good lately?” My response is always a blank stare as I begin mumbling, my mind struggling wildly to remember a title. “Um, oh yeah, lots of good books lately…. I’ve found a lot of great reads…. Just read such a good one last week….” Finally I have to admit I can’t remember anything I did the day or week before. I tell them to check my Goodreads account at

Goodreads is the best! For years I had been writing down titles as I read them on scraps of paper that I crammed in a drawer somewhere. When I found Goodreads, I began recording my books there, even categorized them onto shelves like a good librarian. I have “the best of” each year back into the ‘90s. I have a “best nonfiction” shelf, “great graphics” shelf, “all time favs” and now that I’ve gotten so many great recommendations from KDL teen librarians, I’m starting a “teen” shelf. I can also add titles to my “to read” list, and then rank them by average ratings. It’s so much fun!

What’s even better is that you can subscribe to your friends’ accounts, and get emails when they add titles they’re currently reading and see how they have rated the ones they’ve just finished. And you can compare your whole list next to their whole list and see what you have in common, and if your ratings are similar!
If you consider yourself a reader, you like lists, you like sharing great books, and you don’t mind typing on a computer, try it, you’ll like it. It’s my life line.

Any other Goodreads users out there? Or do you have another favorite online tool for recording your books? Let us know!

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KDL Top Eleven – 11/11/2011

Friday, November 11th, 2011

To view the 11 hottest titles in cookbooks at KDL this year, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!



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Computer Classes and Hot Tech Topics

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Whether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Our winter schedule begins soon, offering the following classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Computer Help Time (No registration required)
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Sharing and Ordering
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing Fun
  • Digital Photos: Creating Digital Photo Movies
  • Hot Tech Topic: Gadget Petting Zoo (No registration required)
  • Hot Tech Topic: Get Appy with Your iPad (No registration required)
  • Hot Tech Topic: Get Appy with Your Android Tablet (No registration required)
  • Hot Tech Topic: Internet / Beyond the Basics (No registration required)
  • Internet: Internet Basics
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Blogs, Wikis, Social Networking & More
  • Internet: Online Genealogy Research
  • Job Seekers: Office Programs for the Job Seeker
  • Job Seekers: Job & Career Accelerator
  • Job Seekers: Linked-In Bootcamp
  • Microsoft Word I, II & III
  • Microsoft Excel I & II
  • Microsoft PowerPoint

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar.

Registration is required and begins Monday, November 14 at 9:30am for KDL cardholders and Monday, November 21 for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available).

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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