Archive for March, 2012

Branches – A New KDL Story

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Before last week, Margaret Squires had gone bowling once in her life, “but I went down the alley with the ball, so that was the end of that,” said the Heather Hills Retirement Community resident.

Now, courtesy of KDL’s Cascade Township branch, Margaret needs two fingers to count how many times she’s given the tenpins a whirl. And this time, no slippery lanes or goofy rental shoes were required. Read the full story here…

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What To Do If Your Email Has Been Hacked

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

All your friends receive a very odd email from you informing them that you took an unexpected vacation to the UK but were robbed and cannot pay the hotel bill.  Or there is a link to a website with little else in the email.  This means your email has been hacked!

The first thing to do is to NOT Panic!  Just because one of your online accounts was compromised, that doesn’t mean they will be able to access everything.  (But if you use that email address and the same password to log into other sites, it might be a good idea to change all the passwords, just to be safe.)  The next thing you need to do is change your password.  Make sure that your new password has some random punctuation and numbers.  If all your contacts have been deleted, try contacting your friends through another email or Facebook, letting everyone know that you are NOT stuck in the UK and that you need them to email you so you can recreate your contact list.

In order to prevent being hacked, make sure you are logging out of your email at the library and don’t access your email from an unsecured WiFi site.  It is also important to do regular backups of your computer to help prevent permanent loss.

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March Madness

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

In the Henry James classic The Portrait of a Lady, a charactor says “summer afternoon, summer afternoon… the two most beautiful worlds in the English language.” Some would disagree and vote March Madness as their two favorite instead!

If you are one of those, you might be interested in When March Went Mad: The Game that Transformed Basketball by Seth Davis. To say this is about  the 1979 championship game may not mean much, but to say it is about Magic vs. Bird will bring instant recognition.

Tragedy also is something that lingers in the brain. The DVD Guru of Go revisits the shock of Loyola Marymount’s Hank Gathers’ death due to heart disease, something that has again come to the forefront of many here in West Michigan. Interested in the problems of integration in college basketball? Try Glory Road (both the book and the DVD) or Forty Minutes of Hell by Rus Bradburd. 

Several other books on NCAA basketball are available, including those from such notable writers as John Feinstein and John Wooden, a coach of life as well as basketball.

“Bracketology” is not just a word for adults, but for younger fans as well. In teen fiction, take a look at John Feinstein’s The Last Shot, the first title in his sports mystery series, and Paul Volponi’s The Final FourLooking to start the youngest fan off right? Take home Basketball in the Big Ten Conference by Gabriel Kaufman.

Now, let the Madness begin!


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KDL Top Ten – 3/9/2012

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Need a giggle? Take home a book from Kent District Library’s humor collection! To view 10 of the most popular Nonfiction Humor titles at KDL, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

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Grandville Reads — Feed Your Mind!

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Mark your calendar for these great events at the Grandville branch in March and April during Grandville Reads, a community-wide effort to hit the books and feed your mind!

Special events include:

Pint-Sized Artists Exhibit – March–April
Celebrate the artistic stylings of  locally-grown kids by stopping by and enjoying the garden creations made by our Grandville preschoolers and inspired by The Curious Garden by Peter Brown.

Edible Art: Make It! Take It! – Saturday, March 17, 12:00 PM
Come see the edible book entries where some have taken the term “playing with your food” to highly creative extremes! Create jewelry, stamp art, pasta pets and more, all from edible materials. Sponsored by Family Fare of Grandville. Best for ages 3 and older.

Incredible Edible Book Challenge – Saturday, March 17, 12:00 PM
Grab your favorite book and head for the kitchen! Individuals, families and groups are encouraged to create an entry made from edible materials that is related to a book title of their choice. All ages are encouraged to enter. Get ideas online by Googling “edible books.” Entries will be judged and prizes awarded. Pre-registration is requested. Forms and more detailed information are available at the branch or here. Sponsored by Family Fare of Grandville. 

Battle of the Books Tournament – Saturday, April 14, 10:00 AM
Are you ready to battle? Battle of the Books is a competitive reading event.  This tournament will be held at Grandville Middle School, 3535 Wilson Ave. SW, and is sponsored by Grandville Family Fare and the Grandville Education Foundation. Registration is required and participation is limited. All teams must pre-register at the branch or by filling out this form. For grades 5-8. Public is welcome to attend.

Teen Book Discussion – Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 PM
Teen librarian Josh Bernstein leads teens in a discussion and related activities centering around the book Chew on This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson. 

Meet the Author: Elisha Cooper – Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 PM
Award-winning children’s author Elisha Cooper will be available to sign his books. Elisha is the author and illustrator of Farm, one of our Grandville Reads youth selections. Copies of his books will be available for purchase.

Focus on Food: Local, Sustainable, Delicious! – Thursday, April 26, 6:30 PM
Join Jaye Beeler, author of the new book, Tasting and Touring Michigan’s Homegrown Food: A Culinary Road Trip, and Anja Mast, co-owner of Trillium Haven Farms, as they explore the joys of Michigan’s rich culinary bounty. These two foodies will discuss the sustainable food movement and share easy and practical ways to incorporate more local foods into your daily routine. Enjoy taste samples from the area. Copies of Jaye’s book, photographed by Dianne Carroll Burdick, will be available for purchase. Registration is required.

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Luck O’ the Irish

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Here’s Cead Mile Failte to friend and to rover
That’s a greeting as Irish as Irish could be.
It means “You are welcome” a thousand times over
Wherever you come from, whosoever you be!

Be sure to wear your luckiest green apparel when you attend the library’s celebration of all things Irish at the branches listed below. This family program will feature stories, crafts and games for all ages.

Thursday, March 15, 10:30 AM – Englehardt branch
Saturday, March 17, 11:00 AM – Tyrone Township branch
Saturday, March 17, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Saturday, March 17, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Saturday, March 17, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park branch
Saturday, March 17, 2:00 PM – Gaines Township branch

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LaughFest – KDL Shares the Humor!

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Kent District Library celebrates LaughFest along with the West Michigan community by sharing humorous book lists for young and old!  If you see a book that catches your fancy, you may request it with your KDL card. Stop by your local library branch or call 616-784-2007 for assistance.

March 8 – March 18
This is the second year for LaughFest,  the well-received Gilda’s Club “Festival of Laughter.” Many nationally-known, popular comedians, such as Whoopi Goldberg, will ply their trade at Grand Rapids venues. There will also be plenty of local talent supporting the cause. “LaughFest provides a way to raise awareness and funds for a very important cause — supporting children, adults, families and friends as they find their smile and laughter in the midst of a cancer or grief journey. All proceeds from LaughFest benefit the programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.” (Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids)
Gilda Radner, one of the great American comediennes from the 1970s and 1980s is the club’s namesake. She gained fame as one of the charter members of the “Not Ready for Prime-time Players” on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. She passed away from the disease in 1989.

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Guys Read Book Clubs

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Guys ReadResearch shows that boys are having trouble reading and lag behind girls in reading scores in every grade. At KDL, we are on a mission to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers. Bring your boys in grades 3-5  to our Guys Read Book Club and we will help them find materials they want to read. We will discuss great books and do cool activities. This program will be loads of fun… we promise!

These clubs are a part of the exciting Guys Read initiative taking place at KDL.

Tuesdays, March 13, April 24 and May 8, 4:30 PM – Cascade Township branch
Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 PM – Grandville branch
Thursday, April 19, 3:30 PM – East Grand Rapids branch

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Calling All Scouts: A Reading Extravaganza

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Earn your book-reading badge at an event that’s all about scouts! Celebrate Reading Month with stories, crafts, games and a scavenger hunt starting at 6:30 PM on Monday, March 12 at the Wyoming branch. For all scouts and their leaders. Registration is required; please call 616-784-2007 to sign up.


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Donate Diapers for Those in Need

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Did you know that an adequate supply of disposable diapers can cost up to $75 per month and safety net programs, such as W.I.C. and food stamps, do NOT cover the cost of diapers?  We have teamed up with the Great Start Parent Coalition and local food pantries to help families who cannot afford diapers for their little ones. Seven KDL branches will be drop off sites for the annual Great Start Diaper Drive taking place through May 15. Unopened packages of disposable diapers in any size can be dropped off at these KDL branch locations:

The next time you are out running errands, consider purchasing a package of diapers and dropping it off in one of our collection boxes. We can all play a part in keeping the babies in our area happy and healthy!


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