Archive for June, 2012

If You Like Ken Follett…

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

If you have managed to get through some of Ken Follett’s wonderful but long novels, you might be interested in some other books that are similar.  KDL has put together a booklist featuring some other great authors like Jeffrey Archer, Bernard Cornwell and Olen Steinhauer.  These would be great “avoiding the heat” reading material.

KDL also offers a personalized book recommendation service that can help you find your next book to read!


Posted by:

Grandville Branch Closing at 3:00 PM

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The Grandville branch will be closing at 3:00 PM today (Friday, June 29), due to no air conditioning. They hope to reopen at their normally scheduled time of 9:30 AM tomorrow.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Posted by:

KDL Top Ten – 6/29/2012

Friday, June 29th, 2012

To see the 10 most popular juvenile audiobooks at KDL this month, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

Posted by:

Restore Your Spirit with Summer Reading @ KDL

Friday, June 29th, 2012

This entire century is beyond fast-paced, not just in the summertime. Most of the time we don’t know if were coming or going. I am sure, you, the reader, would agree that our plates are way too full.  The “running ailment” has a cure. The cure will have an effect of stopping time, giving the reader a chance to take a deep sigh of relief as they relax.

Find a cozy spot, have a cup o’ joe and grab an inspirational novel to read. No violence, no cursing, none of the madness of this crazy world we live in.  Restore your spirit. Transcend the rut you may find yourself in.

From Amish tales to mysteries, take a moment to check out these inspirational titles at KDL.

Or check out one of these great websites for more suggested titles:

Posted by:

Catalog Maintenance Tonight

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The Encore catalog ( will be unavailable this evening as the Lakeland Library Cooperative performs maintenance on the server. Downtime will begin at 5:00 PM and will last for about 2 hours.

However, the “Classic” catalog ( will still be available, as will patron account information ( You can also contact our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 for assistance until 8:00 PM.

Thanks for your patience!


UPDATE: The server maintenance is complete and the Encore catalog is back up and running again. Thanks for your patience!



Posted by:

Early Lit Bits: Music Minute — “Shape Song Swingalong”

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

The book Shape Song Swingalong by SteveSongs uses a catchy song to introduce the concept that you can draw anything with four basic shapes.  As you read the book, listen to the song on the included enhanced CD.  You can also follow up by watching the video animation.  This interactive title is a great way to get your youngster excited about singing and reading.

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.


Posted by:

EGR Jeanie B! Concert Location Change

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Due to the extreme heat forecast for tomorrow, the East Grand Rapids branch’s Jeanie B! concert will be held East Grand Rapids Middle School (2425 Lake Dr. SE) instead of at John Collins Park.

Jeanie B! delivers a dance party that gets young and old up on their feet and singing along. Bring your dancing shoes and come prepared to have some fun!

Thursday, June 28, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch (held at East Grand Rapids Middle School, 2425 Lake Dr. SE)
Thursday, June 28, 7:00 PM – Grandville branch (part of the Summer Family Night Series)

Posted by:

Remembering Nora Ephron

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

The Washington Post has confirmed the death of Nora Ephron.  She died today from complications of a long bout of leukemia.  She was responsible for such movies as Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally.  Her sense of humor was wonderful and shined in such books as I Feel Bad About My Neck and I Remember Nothing.  Her audiobooks are fantastic, as she did the reading and really put her inflection in the words.

Her works come highly recommended!  Kent District Library has a wonderful collection of Nora’s books and movies for your perusal.  Follow this link to see a list of titles.

Posted by:

Wyoming Branch Program Cancellation

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Due to extreme temperatures forecast for Thursday, the June 28 John Ball Traveling Zoo program scheduled for 6:30 PM at the Wyoming branch has been canceled. We will post an update if the program is rescheduled.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bring the kids to the library on Thursday — the Wyoming branch’s indoor KDLville children’s play space means you and kids can stay cool while it’s hot hot hot outside!

Posted by:

Earn an Artist Badge!

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Artist Badge

Earn an Artist badge during Summer Reading @ KDL!  As part of the Experience Summer program this year, KDL is asking participants to branch out into new areas of learning and experience. 

There are numerous ways the Artist badge can be earned. You can read a biography of an artist or attend an art-related event at one of our branches.  You can go to a local art museum or visit an art gallery or art exhibit. You can enjoy art programming for families at the Grand Rapids Art Museum during Saturday All Day with the Arts. Present your KDL library card from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM every Saturday through August to receive $3 admission for each person in your group. (GRAM is also free of charge every Tuesday from 1:00 – 5:00 PM). Finally, you could do some original artwork of your own and show it to any one of our librarians–and as a librarian who has studied and done visual art, I’d really like to see these! You only have to do one of the suggested activities to earn the badge.

Other badges include Animal Lover, Dreamer, Entertainment, Foodie, Multicultural, Nature Lover, Reader, Sports Fan, and Traveler.

Once you’ve earned all ten badges associated with this program, you may print out your “Experience Summer @ KDL” certificate.

Posted by: