Archive for April, 2012

KDL on WGVU Radio

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

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 Communications Assistants Morgan Jarema & Katie Zuidema talk about the Celebrate the Mitten author series and the upcoming Giant Warehouse Book Sale.


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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)



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Meet the Michigan Author: Roger Meyer

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

If you miss meeting this Michigan author, well, that’s just scary.

Kentwood author Roger Meyer will visit the Cascade Township branch at 1:00 PM on Thursday, April 19 to read from, talk about and sign and sell copies of his writing.

Meyer’s accounts of folklore-type ghost stories are featured in his book Ghostly Tales of Lake Huron. The retired aerospace engineer also is author of Ghostly Tales of the Connecticut Shoreline, published in February, and Ghostly Tales of the Manistee National Forest, due out this summer.

Meyer’s articles and photographs have been published in some 70 magazines, on a variety of topics ranging from wildflowers to wilderness survival to weather prediciton. He shares a humorous bit of advice for aspiring non-fiction authors at

Meyer’s appearance is part of KDL’s Celebrate the Mitten author series, which includes more than a dozen published authors from around the state appearing at various branches through May, and an author showcase from 1:00 to 4:00 PM April 21 at the Kentwood branch.

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Early Lit Bits: KDLville Early Literacy Play Spaces

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

This past year, the Krause Memorial branch opened a KDLville early literacy play space. Although Krause has for years offered a variety of activities for children to do in the library, our revamped play space now features a writing center, a puppet stage, a play kitchen, a dress-up area, and a wide variety of small hands-on activities that allow children to learn through play and develop language and social skills. Kids have been especially fond of our train table, our doll house, our Lego play sets, our puppet stage stocked with Folkmanis puppets, and our dramatic play kitchen and diner. 

At the writing center this past month, kids have been writing and “mailing” letters to Katie L., telling her what they love best about the library. We are featuring these letters on our bulletin board! It’s a delight to see our play space so well-loved and used. KDLville has been a huge success at Krause, and we love seeing many families coming here every week. We are hoping that our space will continue to be an essential part of the lives of people in the Rockford community.


This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


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Got Music? We Want Your Band!

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

The Kentwood Branch is looking for a few good teen bands to perform at the 2nd annual…

What: Summer Reading kickoff event and rock & roll extravaganza

When: Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Where: Kentwood Library Amphitheatre


“I know, It’s Only Rock and Roll (but I like it),” and

“It’s Been a Long Time Since We Rock and Rolled” and

“Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” so


Click here to access the online application form and get ready to BRING IT!!!



“There’s Gonna Be Some Rockin’.” All genres welcome

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Encore Catalog Unavailable

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

The Encore catalog ( is currently unavailable due to server maintenance. However, you can still access the “classic” view of the catalog at, and account information is still available at

UPDATE: The Encore catalog is functioning properly again. Thanks for your patience!

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Meet the Author: Sue Merrell

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Former Grand Rapids Press entertainment and theater writer Sue Merrell will be at her home library, the Grandville branch, at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 17 to read from, sell and sign copies of her book and to discuss memoir-writing.

Merrell’s memoir, Laughing for a Living, includes recollections from her conversations with stage and screen stars from Bette Midler to James Earl Jones to Cary Grant, as well as other stories from her reporting experiences. Her previous book, Great News Town, is a fictional mystery thriller inspired by a serial killer who terrorized Joliet, Illinois, when Merrell was assistant city editor there. The sequel to Great News Town is expected to hit bookstores this year.

Merrell’s appearance is part of KDL’s Celebrate the Mitten author series, which includes more than a dozen published authors from around the state appearing at various branches through May, and an author showcase from 1:00 to 4:00 PM April 21 at the Kentwood branch.

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It’s National Library Workers Day!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Today is National Library Workers Day!

If a KDL staff member has gone above and beyond the call of duty to really make a positive impact in your life, make sure to let them know how much you appreciate them. You could stop at the library to express your gratitude, leave a comment on this blog post (and I’ll make sure they see it), or fill out a “Submit a Star” form on the American Library Association website.



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Children’s Books Galore!

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Looking to stock up your little one’s book shelf just in time for summer reading? Are you a teacher who wants to add some new selections to your classroom library? Our Giant Warehouse Book Sale is the place to be!

The sale will include several tables filled with children’s books at great prices! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to buy awesome books and support a good cause. All proceeds will go to the KDL Fund to support our early literacy  efforts. On Sunday, $2 buys as many items as you can fit into a bag.

The sale will take place at  KDL’s Service Center in Comstock Park (814 West River Center Dr., one block north of the Fifth Third Ball Park, behind Wendy’s).


Friday, April 27, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, April 28, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, April 29, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

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Celebrate National Library Week!

Monday, April 9th, 2012


April 8 – 14 is National Library Week, and we want you to know that you belong @ your library. No matter how old you are, where you come from or how much money is in your bank account, you are welcome here.

Libraries have historically served as our nation’s great equalizers of knowledge. The strength of libraries has always been the diversity of their collections and commitment to serving all people. This National Library Week, join us by celebrating the place where we all belong. It’s a great time to stop in and check out our collection of books, movies and more, or attend one of our many programs.


Author Brad Meltzer shares how libraries have impacted him:


Has the library been a “place of belonging” for you? We would love to hear about it! Leave us a comment or share your story here.


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Titanic Anniversary

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

The Titanic sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912.  However, the tragic story continues to fascinate us all.  Take a look at our Titanic booklist for books and movies on the subject.



Also, check out the trailer for the new ABC Titanic mini-series:


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