Archive for August, 2012

Holiday Closing — Labor Day

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The Kent District Library will be closed Monday, September 3 for Labor Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, September 4. For additional 2012 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Labor Day!



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KDL Top Ten – 8/31/2012

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Take a gander at what everyone else in KDL is reading!  Click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List.  These are the 10 most checked-out books in Adult Nonfiction this month!

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Kids, Astronauts and Aliens… Oh My!

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Join us for some galactic games, stellar stories and alien activities during Out of This World Parties at various branches. Come dressed as an astronaut or space creature and enjoy the fun!

Monday, September 17, 4:15 PM – Cascade Township branch
Saturday, September 29, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Sunday, October 21, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Saturday, October 27, 10:30 AM – Alto branch
Thursday, November 1, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Wednesday, November 14, 10:30 AM – Comstock Park branch
Thursday, November 29, 10:30 AM – Englehardt branch


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Magazines & Newspapers FREE Online

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Yesterday mLive featured an article about Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett making headlines in current issues of Forbes magazine, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

But what if you don’t subscribe to those publications? It’s OK, KDL cardholder, you do — through us!

KDL cardholders can access the above publications and more — for FREE — via the research databases section of our website. While you’re there, check out what else is offered there for free with your KDL account number.

We’re also working to become the first public library in Michigan to offer free eSubscriptions to some 75 popular magazines and hope to launch that feature soon on our downloads page.

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Fall 2012 KDL Kaleidoscope

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

The Fall 2012 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope is now available at your local branch library. Or check it out online. You’ll find all you need to know about fall programs and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations.

It’s sure to be an exciting fall at KDL, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Check out the KDL Kaleidoscope today!


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Get a Tattoo, KDL Gets $1!

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

When your mom sees it, tell her you got it for a good cause. And that it didn’t hurt at all.

On Saturday, September 8, Schuler Books & Music, 2660 28th St. SE, will donate $1 to the KDL Fund for every temporary glitter tattoo purchased during the store’s 30th anniversary celebration, starting at 2:00 PM.

While you’re there, stick around for live children’s music with Duke Otherwise, anoutlandishly fun,” family-friendly performer.

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Could Books “Come to Life” at the Library?

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

At select branches through October, KDL will host a series aimed at connecting you with area experts on topics such as healthy living, hobbies, DIY and budgeting. Guest speakers include Rachel Ruiz from WOOD-TV8’s eightWest, On-the-Town magazine editor Joanne Bailey-Boorsma, a Civil War re-enactor, a digital photographer and a genealogy search whiz, among others.

Saturday, September 8, 1:00–3:00 PM – West Michigan Events PreviewKentwood branch
Saturday, September 22, 1:00–3:00 PM – HobbiesWyoming branch
Thursday, October 4, 5:30–7:30 PM – Living Smart and Being FrugalPlainfield Township branch
Sunday, October 14, 2:00–4:00 PM – Family MattersEast Grand Rapids branch
Saturday, October 20, 1:00–3:00 PM – Moving HealthyGrandville branch

See our event calendar for more details. We hope to see you there! 


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Fiesta Fun

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Celebrate the harvest at an afternoon of fun for the whole family from 1:30 to 3:30 PM on Sunday, September 9 with games, balloons, crafts and more!

¡Celebra la cosecha con juegos, globos, artes y más en una tarde de diversión para toda la familia!

The party will take place at the soccer fields in the Alpine Sports Complex, 1850 Alpine Church Road (corner of Alpine Church Road and Baumhoff).

Domingo, 9 de septiembre, desde las 1:30 hasta las 3:30 de la tarde en el Alpine Complex. 


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Early Lit Bits: KDLville Early Literacy Play Spaces — Tyrone Township Branch

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Tyrone Township’s KDLville is a hands-on early literacy play center designed to stimulate the mind and encourage a love of reading and learning. Check out our many activity bins featuring a variety of fun and educational toys and playsets. Experience dramatic play with our deluxe kitchen center and dress-up area. Build something new at our Lego table or create a work of art on our magnetic easel. We also have a wide variety of board books to enjoy with your little one. With these activities and more, you’re sure to have a great time with your little one at KDLville in Tyrone Township.


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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Give Your Career a Boost!

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Want to brush up on your job-hunting skills? We can help with a series of Career Transitions Workshops occuring this fall! The five-part series will take place at the Kentwood branch in September, the East Grand Rapids branch in October and the Wyoming branch in November.

Developing Your Personal Brand is aimed at helping you identify — and thus develop and market — your innate talents and describe your key functional, technical and behavioral competencies to set the foundation for effective verbal and written communications.

Wednesday, September 5, 6:00 PM – Kentwood branch
Wednesday, October 3, 6:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Wednesday, November 7, 6:00 PM – Wyoming branch

Communicating Your Brand includes information about elevator pitches (getting your message across in the time it takes to ride an elevator a few floors), as well as résumés and online profiles, with emphasis on aligning your message with your professional value in the marketplace.

Wednesday, September 12, 6:00 PM – Kentwood branch
Wednesday, October 10, 6:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Wednesday, November 14, 6:00 PM – Wyoming branch

Networking is aimed at helping you explore strategies and techniques in building and nurturing effective relationships with contacts.

Wednesday, September 19, 6:00 PM – Kentwood branch
Wednesday, October 17, 6:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Wednesday, November 21, 6:00 PM – Wyoming branch

LinkedIn Bootcamp will give you tips on optimizing your use of LinkedIn in developing your professional networking experience.

Thursday, September 20, 6:00 PM – Kentwood branch
Tuesday, October 16, 6:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Tuesday, November 27, 6:00 PM – Wyoming branch

Behavioral Interviewing & Effective Negotiating Strategies will teach you how to create a positive and lasting impression. Learn essential techniques of effective interviewing in today’s job market and strategies to effectively negotiate terms of employment. 

Wednesday, September 26, 6:00 PM – Kentwood branch
Wednesday, October 24, 6:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch 
Wednesday, November 28, 6:00 PM – Wyoming branch

Registration is required, and participants can attend one or all events. Please call 616-784-2007 or click on the links above to sign up.


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