Archive for February, 2013

Book Bash Prep: The Freezing Cold Edition

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Hot tubbing? Naaaah. This looks waaaaaay more fun…

Book bash warehouseKDL staffers were in our  Service Center warehouse (unheated, open to receive trucks) this morning, braving sub-zero temperatures while sorting 15 carts of books to be added to our inaugural Book Bash in April.

Book Bash will include a giant warehouse book and media sale (over 100,000 items), local author book fair, children’s book swap, Fill-a-Bag sale, children’s activities, refreshment area, Zumba classes and more.  The Book Bash is expected to draw more than 5,000 visitors during the two-day event, with an additional 1,000 visitors at the preview night. Preview night will include free refreshments, prize drawings, local celebrities and, of course, first choice of all the books.

Preview Night: Friday, April 26, 5:30 – 8:30 PM (must have a ticket to enter)

 Regular Sale: Saturday, April 27, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 Fill-a-Bag Sale Day: Sunday, April 28, 1:00 to 4:00 PM

The event is free to the community. Proceeds will go to support the Summer Reading Program and other programs of Kent District Library. Contact Development Director Linda Krombeen (at or 616-784-2092) if you have any questions or would like to be involved — volunteers get first dibs on sale items during preview night.

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Kent County Teen Film Festival Winners!

Monday, February 4th, 2013

This past Saturday’s seventh annual Kent County Teen Film Festival was a huge success!  More than 170 filmgoers braved the winter weather to cheer on their favorite teen films.

This year’s winners are:

• People’s Choice Award: The Mission (Directed by Jagienka Timek and Corrah VanWingen)
• Best Feature Short: The Mission (Directed by Jagienka Timek and Corrah VanWingen)
• Best Documentary Short: Finding Paradise (Directed by Emily Livermore)
• Best Commercial Short: Danny Rade (Directed by Danny Anderson, Zach Bingel, Nolan Darby and Mike Robert)
• Best Director: Emily Livermore (Finding Paradise)
• Best Screenplay: Jagienka Timek and Corrah VanWingen (The Mission)
• Best Actor: Kris DeYoung (Conflicted)
• Best Actress: Jagienka Timek and Corrah VanWingen (The Mission)

Congratulations to all our winners, and a big round of applause to all our teen filmmakers!

Be sure to like Kent County Teen Film Festival on Facebook to keep up to date with festival news, and to watch the winning movies.

And remember—it’s never too early to start filming for 2014!

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Patron Story: the DeHollander Family

Monday, February 4th, 2013

BranchesByron Township branch patron Aimee DeHollander’s sons love their library. They also love to play chess. When it came to bringing the two together, Aimee learned that sometimes all you have to do is ask.

Read the DeHollander family’s story here.


(Do you have a KDL story to share? Let us know!)


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The New Health Care Law and You

Monday, February 4th, 2013


This program has been CANCELLED due to weather conditions.

The Plainfield branch will host a free presentation on Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 PM for anyone interested in learning about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The information will be presented by Lisa Ross, consumer outreach coordinator for the state of Michigan. You must register before attending this free event. Please stop by the Plainfield branch to sign up, or you can contact the library by e-mailing or calling 647-3939.

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Celebrate Children’s Authors & Illustrators Week

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Children’s Authors & Illustrators Week is February 3–9. Warm up on these cold winter days with some good children’s stories, plus great illustrations to match!


Extra Yarn, written by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen

With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.





King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson,
written and illustrated by Kenneth Kraegel

On his sixth birthday, Henry Alfred Grummerson, a descendant of King Arthur and would-be knight, sets out for adventure, but neither dragon, nor cyclops, nor griffin, nor leviathan is willing to engage in a real battle.



Those Darn Squirrels,
written by Adam Rubin; illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

When grumpy Old Man Fookwire builds feeders to try to keep birds — the only creatures he likes — from leaving for the winter, he finds himself in a battle with clever, crafty squirrels who want a share of the abundant food.





Knuffle Bunny Free, written and illustrated by Mo Willems

This 2005 Caldecott Honor Book uses a combination of muted black-and-white photographs and expressive illustrations and tells a brilliantly true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy’s in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong.



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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Groundhog Puppet

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Playing with puppets is a great way to encourage conversation and build vocabulary. Here is a simple puppet to make in honor of Groundhog Day.


  • Paper
  • Markers or crayons
  • Scissors
  • Bright light (or a flashlight)
  • Tape
  • Empty cereal box


Draw a picture of a groundhog on a piece of cardboard. Color the groundhog and cut it out with a pair of scissors. Tape the picture of the groundhog to a wooden craft stick or a drinking straw.To use the puppet as a shadow puppet, aim a bright light at an empty wall and hold the puppet about a foot from the wall so that puppet casts a shadow image onto the wall. Talk about the tradition of Groundhog Day and about light and shadows. Have fun casting shadows on the wall with other objects from around the house.



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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Free Computer & Technology Classes

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Our spring 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 Sharing, Saving and Ordering
  • Gadgets: Get Appy with Your iPad
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Blogs, Wikis, Social Networking & More
  • Internet: Create Your Own Website or Blog
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Internet Basics & More
  • Internet: Online Genealogy Research I & II
  • Internet: Online Resources for Book Lovers
  • Job Seekers: Career Transitions Workshops: Developing Your Personal Brand
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Job Seekers: Career Transitions Workshops: Résumés, Online Profiles, Cover Letters & More
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Job Seekers: Career Transitions Workshops: LinkedIn Bookcamp
    (pre-registration not required if you bring your own laptop)
  • Job Seekers: Career Transitions Workshops: Networking (pre-registration not required)
  • Job Seekers: Career Transitions Workshops: Behavioral Interviewing (pre-registration not required)
  • Job Seekers: Job & Career Accelerator
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I, II & III
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)

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

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

  • March classes: Registration begins Monday, February 4 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, February 11 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • April classes: Registration begins Monday, March 4 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, March 11 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • May classes: Registration begins Monday, April 1 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, April 8 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.

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KDL Top Ten – 2/1/2013

Friday, February 1st, 2013

View the 10 most checked-out titles in Children’s Fiction at KDL this week — click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!  And tell us — What are some of your favorite children’s books and why?

Top Ten Children's Fiction 2-1-2013

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Write Michigan: And the Winners Are…

Friday, February 1st, 2013

WriteMichigan-RGBYou can write, Michigan!

Nearly 600 Michigan writers entered the inaugural Write Michigan short story contest, and after a volunteer crew of some 80 preliminary judges whittled those entries to a list of top 10 finalists, you voted for your favorites.

Click here to see a complete list of winners!

Also, mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 19, when winners will gather at the Grand Rapids Public Library for an awards ceremony and the kickoff sale of the collection of their work, published by Schuler Books & Music’s Chapbook Press.

Congratulations to the winners, and until next year!

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Win Tickets to Disney on Ice!

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Disney on Ice - 100 yearsWe are excited to offer you the chance to win tickets to 100 Years of Magic, presented by Disney on Ice! Stop by your local branch by February 15 and register to win by filling out an entry form (one entry per person please). Each of our 18 branches will be giving away a family four pack of ticket vouchers to the opening night performance taking place at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 28 at the Van Andel Arena. Winners will also receive a Disney prize pack!

Join the celebration as 65 of Disney’s unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories come to life in 100 Years of Magic! Join the one and only Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio and all the Disney Princesses in a skating spectacular you’ll remember forever.

The show visits Grand Rapids from February 28 – March 3 for seven performances at the Van Andel Arena. Tickets can be purchased at the Van Andel Arena box office, Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to win a free evening of family fun! Good luck!


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