Archive for August, 2012

“Stay Loose – Read With A MOOSE!”

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Each year the Michigan Reads! program, sponsored by Target, chooses one great kids book and encourages families, caregivers, teachers, and librarians to read it together with all Michigan kids from birth through grade school age. The choice for 2012 is Moose on the Loose by Kathy-Jo Wargin, a 2009 book from Sleeping Bear Press. Share your love for reading with a child and help them develop vocabulary, imagination, oral skills and a lifelong love of reading. What could possibly happen when you have a Moose on the Loose????

Michigan Reads!                                                             Target


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MeLCat Unavailable Tuesday, August 28

Monday, August 27th, 2012

MeLCat, the service that allows KDL cardholders to request items from libraries around the state, will be unavailable starting at 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 28 to perform a software upgrade. Searching, placing requests, and renewing MeLCat items will not be possible during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

UPDATE: As of 12:30 PM, MeLCat is back to full operation. Thanks for your patience! 

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Explore with Curious George

Monday, August 27th, 2012

If your child is full of questions (and aren’t they all?), make sure they don’t miss out on all the educational fun at Curiosity Day with Curious George! The Man with the Yellow Hat will guide inquisitive kids through a variety of games and activities designed to pique their curiosity. Children ages 6 and younger will receive kid-friendly information on a host of topics – animals, cooking, stories, art and more!

Thursday, September 13, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township branch
Tuesday, September 18, 10:00 AM – Alpine Township branch
Tuesday, September 18, 10:00 AM – Kentwood branch
Wednesday, September 19, 10:00 AM – Kentwood branch
Tuesday, September 25, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Sunday, October 7, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Saturday, October 20, 10:00 AM – Krause Memorial branch
Monday, November 5, 10:30 AM – Alto branch
Wednesday, November 7, 10:00 AM – Gaines Township branch
Monday, November 12, 7:00 PM – Walker branch
Monday, November 19, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Tuesday, November 20, 6:30 PM – Englehardt branch
Monday, November 26, 6:30 PM – Byron Township branch
Tuesday, November 27, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM – Grandville branch
Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 PM – Comstock Park branch
Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 PM – Wyoming branch

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More Food for Less Money

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Tired of paying full price for groceries? Sick of opening up the pantry and having no idea what to make for dinner with such slim pickings? We’ve got a program for you!

This fall, Kent District Library presents Creating a Stockpile & Bulk Cooking Tips at several branches. Sarah Jehnzen, from Sarah’s Deals and the WOTV 4 Women crew, will share ideas for creating a stockpile of food while trimming your grocery budget. You will also learn tips for cooking foods in bulk to take advantage of quantity pricing. Sarah feeds her family of four for $40 a week, so you know she is a frugal food expert!

Tuesday, September 4, 6:30 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Saturday, September 22, 2:00 PM – Gaines Township branch
Monday, October 15, 6:30 PM – Comstock Park branch
Thursday, October 18, 6:00 PM – Wyoming branch
Tuesday, October 23, 6:30 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Thursday, November 8, 6:30 PM – Byron Township branch


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Experience Summer @ KDL – Traveling!

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Summer vacation means family trips!

Did you have the best time ever at Robot Camp?

Or, did you survive a grueling feat of endurance — days of backseat sibling bickering, everyone coated with the slick sheen of Rover slobber — only to find the Corn Palace is closed due to a freak weevil infestation?  

Whether you desire a keepsake for treasured family memories or a merit badge for survival, get your Experience Summer @  KDL Traveler Badge!

Stayed home? No fear, there’s still plenty of ways to earn your Traveler Badge:

  • Read about a place that you’d like to visit
    Some suggestions:

  • Make a map of your neighborhood
  • Explore someplace that you have never been before – a park, a neighborhood, a museum, etc.
  • Tell or write a story about a trip that you have taken
  • Be creative – choose your own option!

In the words of Clark Griswold, “This is no longer a vacation. It’s a quest. It’s a quest for fun. I’m gonna have fun and you’re gonna have fun.”

For more ideas for summer fun, check out our Experience Summer @ KDL program!


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Medieval Fiction Recommendations

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Travel back to a time of siege warfare, Viking raids, clashing kingdoms and scheming plots to gain the throne! If you have a love for all things medieval, you will enjoy many of the books on our new Medieval Fiction booklist. This booklist has a wide range of stories set in different locations and time periods, sure to thrill.

My personal favorite is Outlaw by Angus Donald; it is a fresh telling on the classic tale of Robin Hood but with a new twist to the morals and character of Robin Hood.



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KDL Top Ten – 8/24/2012

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Check out all the great titles available on KDL’s eBook site! To see the 10 most checked-out eBooks at KDL this month, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

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Get Your Kids Moving — at the Library!

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

It’s been in the news a lot recently: the national University of Michigan poll of parents that ranked “not enough exercise” as the No. 1 health concern for children.

“A major culprit in the declining activity levels for kids and adults is the growing time spent watching TV, on the computer and playing video games. With all the temptations for sedentary activities, it can take a conscious decision to get moving,” a source was quoted as saying in an article on mLive.

Well, your friends at KDL are here to help. We’ve recently published our fall Kaleidoscope, which includes a slew of free programs aimed at getting your kids moving. We’ve also got — surprise! — tons of books and videos that can help make exercising fun!


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From the Director: Write, Vote, Win!

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Are you ready to write, Michigan?

Kent District Library is partnering with Schuler Books & Music and the Grand Rapids Public Library to host the Write Michigan short story contest beginning September 4. The contest is aimed at showcasing budding writing talent across the state. We’re so excited to offer people this opportunity to share their work with Michigan and the world.

The popularity of television shows such as “American Idol,” which combine expert opinion with viewer voting, got us thinking about how this concept could be applied to a library contest. We also thought about West Michigan’s very own ArtPrize contest, which has sparked unprecedented public enthusiasm for visual art. Could the same be done in the literary arts? It’s time to find out.

While I encourage you to read the full contest details at, here’s a quick overview: writers of all ages are invited to submit an original, unpublished short story on any topic. A group of judges will determine a number of finalists in two categories: youth (age 17 and younger) and adult (age 18 and older). Then the public voting begins.

The stories with the most votes at the end will win cash prizes. But that’s not all: the stories from the top 10 to 12 finalists will be published by Schuler’s Chapbook Press. Additionally, the contest includes short story writing workshops and an awards ceremony.

To aid in your wordsmithery, KDL is offering a short story writing workshop with Ludington-area author George Dila from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday, September 15 at the East Grand Rapids branch. Come ready to write!

Libraries and bookstores love to get people excited about literature. Write Michigan is our way of taking that goal to the next level with the hope that one day soon it will be your stories flying off our shelves. So, get writing… and get discovered!


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Kentwood Leader Posthumously Awarded “Heart of a Champion”

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Richard L. Root, former mayor of the city of Kentwood, is being recognized posthumously as the recipient of the Michigan Library Association’s inaugural Heart of a Champion award.

Richard Root served the city of Kentwood for 33 years, first as city commissioner, then as mayor.  As a strong library supporter, Richard was almost single-handedly responsible for the successful passage of a millage in 2008 to build the new Kentwood branch of KDL.  He secured the city commissioners’  support of the new library project, organized the millage campaign committee and invited citizens to his home to discuss how to galvanize voters around the exciting prospect of a new library in the community.  Richard also met with the media, businesses, groups, and individuals about the need for a new library; securing key endorsements and campaign funding. Following months of campaigning, Richard was proud to hold the victory celebration in his home after the citizens of Kentwood passed the millage by 68%. “A library is not just for reading anymore,” said Mayor Richard Root at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Kentwood library. “It is a living and breathing arm of the community.”

For his efforts in building a new library in the City of Kentwood and for his unwavering support for the value of the public library in the Kentwood community, Richard Root has been awarded the 2012 Heart of a Champion award. After a nearly four-year battle with cancer, Richard Root died on June 8, 2012.  Efforts are currently underway to rename the Kentwood branch of KDL after Richard Root.


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