Archive for February, 2012

Catalog & Online Patron Account Issues

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

The Lakeland Library Cooperative performed a maintenance update on the online catalog and patron account information systems earlier today. Everything is back up and running again; however, response time for catalog searching and account information lookup may be still be slow.

If you prefer, you can contact our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 until 8:00 PM tonight and a staff member can assist you with holds or account information over the phone.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience.

UPDATE (2-22-12): Everything should be functioning normally again. If you are still unable to access your account, please contact us at 616-784-2007 for assistance. Thank you for your patience.

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Gadget Petting Zoos

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Get your hands on the latest downloadable devices such as the Nook, iPad and more! We are offering many Gadget Petting Zoos this month, some for teens and some for adults. During these one-hour presentations, explore and learn how you can use these devices to download free music, eBooks and eAudiobooks from our digital collection. We hope to see you there!

Teen Gadget Petting Zoo Schedule (for grades 6-12)

Saturday, March 3, 11:00 AM – Alto branch
Tuesday, March 6, 4:00 PM – Gaines Township branch
Wedensday, March 7, 6:00 PM – Grandville branch
Thursday, March 8, 3:30 PM – Wyoming branch
Thursday, March 8, 5:00 PM – Cascade Township branch
Thursday, March 15, 3:00 PM – Comstock Park branch
Tuesday, March 20, 3:30 PM – Byron Township branch

Gadget Petting Zoo Schedule (for adults)

Thursday, March 1, 6:00 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Thursday, March 1, 6:00 PM – Krause Memorial branch
Saturday, March 3, 11:00 AM – Alto branch
Wednesday, March 7, 6:00 PM – Grandville branch
Thursday, March 8, 6:00 PM – Cascade Township branch

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Everyone Gathers to Read @ EGR Branch

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Please join us in a month-long, community-wide celebration of reading and the arts at the East Grand Rapids branch of Kent District Library!

Read a copy of Toni Morrison’s Little Cloud and Lady Wind (available at the library) and enjoy performers, crafts and other activities related to the book on Sundays throughout March:

Sounds of the Earth, featuring Tree of Life Cultural Arts Studio: Drum and Dance
Date: Sunday, 3/4/2012, 2:00 pm
Enjoy the performers!  For all ages.

Food of the Earth: Literary Herb Gardens with Margaux Drake
Date: Sunday, 3/11/2012,  2:00 pm
Learn how to start an herb garden from seed with a literary twist! Join Margaux Drake, advanced master gardener and master naturalist, as she teaches how to plant an herb garden indoors in the winter that can be transplanted outdoors in the spring. Fresh herbs not only add wonderful flavor to meals but they also have healing powers and can help maintain good health. You will not want to miss this herb class!  For all ages.  (REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THIS FREE CLASS)

Animals of the Earth
Sunday, 3/18/2012, 2:00 pm
Featuring live animals. For all ages.

Art of the Earth
Date: Sunday, March 25, 2:00 pm
Local students will be featured in our ArtWalk event.  The music of Thistle Head, local Celtic musicians, will entertain upstairs by the fireplace.  Food from local Gaslight Village restaurants will be sure to please!  For all ages.

All of our Sunday activities are free.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of East Grand Rapids

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KDL Earns Major Statewide Designation

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Pardon our horn tooting, but we’re proud to share news that the Library of Michigan has awarded Kent District Library its “Excellent” level designation of the Quality Services Audit Checklist. To earn the three-year certification, KDL demonstrated its competence in seven categories of achievement including human resources; governance/administration; services; collection development; technology; facilities and equipment; and public relations/marketing.

KDL is only the third library system in the state to currently be designated with “excellent” status besides Charlevoix Public Library and West Bloomfield Township Public Library.

To learn more about this designation, click here.

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High Tea and Skype with Nicola Upson

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Join us at the East Grand Rapids Branch at 11:30 AM on Thursday, February 23 for high tea to be followed by an “across the pond” Skype book discussion with British author,  Nicola Upson, author of the Josephine Tey mystery An Expert in Murder.  We will explore this whodunit and compare it with one of Tey’s own classic titles, The Daughter of Time.

Ms. Upson’s book is the first title in her critically acclaimed “new series which features crime writer Josephine Tey as its lead character.”


We would like you to be part of this special program.  Both books are being held at the EGR Library information desk. Registration is required and participation is limited.

Sponsored by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library.  This is a free event.

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Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

I was lucky enough to get an early look at this sequel to Finnikin of the Rock and I totally loved it!  Froi of the Exiles is set one year after the end of Finnikin and it follows one of the secondary characters.

Froi was found on the streets, so he doesn’t know anything about his background. He is sent on an important undercover mission into the neighboring kingdom of Charyn by the leaders of Lumatere to bring justice for the murders and invasion of the past eighteen years. But Froi does not find it easy to carry out his goal. The kingdom of Charyn has not been living in peace these past eighteen years. The story unfolds as Froi uncovers secrets and meets unexpected allies.

Froi of the Exiles is coming out in a month, so be sure to check out Finnikin of the Rock now!

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Spring Early Childhood Essentials Classes

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Parents and caregivers of children are invited to participate in the Early Childhood Essentials classes at KDL this spring. 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. 

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

Workshops will include:

Register online by clicking on the class you would like to attend in the list above, or call our Patron Services department at 616-784-2007.

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KDL Top Ten – 2/17/2012

Friday, February 17th, 2012

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



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Win Tickets to Disney on Ice!

Friday, February 17th, 2012

We are excited to offer you the chance to win tickets to Mickey and Minnie’s Magical Journey, presented by Disney on Ice! Stop by your local branch before March 9 and register to win by filling out an entry form (one entry per person please). Each of our 18 branches will be giving away a family four pack of ticket vouchers to the opening night performance taking place at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 22 at the Van Andel Arena. One lucky winner will even win VIP tickets and a Disney prize pack!

Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy have their bags all packed for a journey that will transport audiences straight from their seats into the magical worlds of best friends Lilo and Stitch as they hula in Hawaii; Simba and Nala as they explore the African Pride Lands; Ariel and Sebastian as they experience an aquatic adventure in their undersea kingdom; and Peter Pan and Tinker Bell as they soar through the starry skies. You’ll be captivated by the music, beauty and laughter in a journey so magical, you’ll never want to go home.

This ice spectacular visits Grand Rapids from March 22 – 25 for six performances at the Van Andel Arena. Tickets can be purchased at the Van Andel Arena box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to win a free evening of family fun! Good luck!


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Place Your Hold on “The Serpent’s Shadow” Today!

Friday, February 17th, 2012

The exciting conclusion to Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles won’t hit library shelves until May 1st, but you can reserve your copy now. If you prefer the audio version, click here!

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