Archive for May, 2012

Guys Read on WZZM

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Thanks to our friends at WZZM-13 for featuring our Guys Read initiative on their morning show today! Watch the clip below, and then head over to our Guys Read page to see all the great booklists, programs and more that KDL offers to get guys reading!

Kent District Library Encouraging Boys to Read More


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KDL Helps Fight Breast Cancer

Monday, May 7th, 2012

On Saturday, May 5, a team of KDL staff, friends and family participated in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in downtown Grand Rapids.

The KDL team raised almost $1,900 to help fight breast cancer!

Thanks to everyone who supported our team!

 


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Meet the Authors: Byron & Wilson

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Kick off road-trip season with some award-winning coastal Mitten inspiration!

Three-time Michigan Notable Book honorees, authors M. Christine Byron & Thomas R. Wilson, will give a presentation at 6:30 PM on Monday, May 14 at the Gaines Township branch on their new book, Vintage Views Along the West Michigan Pike: From Sand Trails to US-31. The book tells the story of the 400-mile meandering ribbon of mostly coastal road’s early beginning as serpentine sand trails and rutted dirt pathways, and its transformation to US-31 used by today’s traveler.

Byron and Wilson’s visit is part of of KDL’s Celebrate the Mitten author series, which includes more than a dozen published authors from around the state appearing at various branches from March through May.


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KDL on WGVU Radio

Sunday, May 6th, 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 Circulation Managers Gayle Poertner & Pat Rosloniec talk about Read Off Your Fines Week (May 7-13).

Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 

 


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Meet Captain Awesome!

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Do you like superheroes?  Are you looking for a new series that’s fast and easy to read?  Look no further, because KDL has just added four action-packed Captain Awesome titles for your reading pleasure!  The first in the series, Captain Awesome to the Rescue is already on our shelves, but we have three–count ‘em–THREE other titles on order for you to place holds on!  Check out this video book trailer — MI-TEE!

So do you want to find out how Eugene plans to save his hometown from evil (right after he finds out where his mom packed his superhero cape, that is…)?  Click on the book cover below to have your copy sent to your favorite KDL branch!

 


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Musical Nostalgia, With Pirates! Jeanette and Eddy Sing!

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

I am nowhere near in age to the generation that grew up hearing Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, but for those who are—and maybe even some who aren’t—you might enjoy the new-on-DVD copy of “Naughty Marietta.”

First released in 1935, this historical musical features MacDonald as a French princess who is being forced into a marriage she doesn’t want and who, by a bit of trickery, gets herself on a boat full of mail-order brides headed for New Orleans. The ladies make it across the ocean safely, but just as they are about to land, a band of pirates stop them with some very bad intentions. Fortunately—and I don’t think I’m spoiling much here—Nelson Eddy and his band of singing mercenaries swoop in, singing “Tramp, tramp, tramp.”  This, of course, is the beginning of romance, but it has a ways to go before everything turns out all right. The royal authorities from France soon appear (how this happens so quickly in that era is never explained, but remember, it’s a musical…), so Marietta has to run and hide some more, with the help of Eddy, who is still waiting for his affections to be reciprocated.

I’ve always liked musicals, and while this wouldn’t be at the top of my list, it is certainly an enjoyable film.  The music is more operatic than, say, jazzy—despite its New Orleans setting—and the singing is top-notch.  The ending is full of “frontier” optimism, a perfect way to wrap up a “riches-to-rags” story like this. (Rated G)

 


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Calling All Teen Volunteers

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Do you like helping out and meeting new people? Do you want volunteer experience and the satisfaction of knowing that you helped promote reading and literacy in your community? 

KDL is looking for volunteers to sign up for the Teen Crew this summer. If you are a teen entering grades 6 to 12 in the fall and you are self-motivated and reliable, the library might be the place for you. As a volunteer you will have the chance to help our staff with various duties including children’s programs, putting books away, signing-up people for the summer reading program, crafts and much more! Stop by your local KDL branch to pick up a teen crew application today; spaces fill quickly for this great opportunity.

 


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KDL Top Ten – 5/04/2012

Friday, May 4th, 2012

The evidence is clear, Mysteries abound at Kent District Library!  To view 10 of the most popular Adult Mystery titles at KDL this year, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

 


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Computer Classes & Hot Tech Topics

Friday, May 4th, 2012

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

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Digital Photos: Creating Digital Photo Slideshows
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing Fun
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Sharing, Saving and Ordering
  • Internet: Internet Basics
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Blogs, Wikis, Social Networking & More
  • Internet: Create Your Own Website or Blog
  • Internet: Online Genealogy Research
  • Job Seekers: Job & Career Accelerator
  • Microsoft Word I, II & III
  • Microsoft Excel I & II
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Speak to a Geek (no registration required)

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

Unless otherwise noted, registration is required and will begin the month before the scheduled classes on the first Monday of each month for KDL patrons and the second Monday for non-KDL patrons (if space is still available):

  • June classes: Registration begins Monday, May 7 for KDL cardholders (Monday, May 14 for all others)
  • July classes: Registration begins Monday, June 4 for KDL cardholders (Monday, June 11 for all others)
  • August classes: Registration begins Monday, July 2 for KDL cardholders (Monday, July 9 for all others)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.

 


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Meet the Michigan Author: Lisa Orchard

Friday, May 4th, 2012

A small Michigan town plus a few plucky teens with spy sensibilities equals a riveting YA mystery!

Rockford author Lisa Orchard will be at the Krause Memorial branch at 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 12 to read from her debut novel, The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer, a suspenseful thriller about young girls and the choices they make. The setting of the book is Harrisburg, a small town in Michigan, much like the town where Orchard grew up. Many of her characters’ adventures stem from her own exploits as a young teen. She’s working on a second novel that stars the same quirky teens, and hopes to turn Super Spies into a series.

Orchard’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 from March through May.


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