Archive for March, 2013

Teen Mario Kart Tournament

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

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Looking for something fun to do over spring break? Then come to the Mario Kart teen video game tournament! It’s on Saturday, April 6, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Cascade Township branch.

Get your gaming skills ready and join us for some intense Mario Kart action! Many will enter, only the best will be crowned champions. This tournament features great prizes and snacks.  Plus former Cascade favorite Kip will be there to host it, so don’t miss out.  Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. For teens grades 6-12. Click here to register now. Or register in your local branch or by calling us at 616-784-2007.


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KDL Top Ten – 3/22/2013

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Looking for something local to do this spring break? Explore Michigan with travel books from KDL. From the scenic Grand River in our own backyard, to wild destinations for family adventure, have fun discovering everything Michigan has to offer!

Click on the link to this week’s Top Ten List to view 10 of the most popular Michigan Travel titles at KDL!

Top Ten 3-22-2013 Michigan Travel

Do you have a favorite nearby destination for family fun?  Please share your ideas below!

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KDL Gives Back: Hygiene Items Score!!

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

KDL Gives BackIn February, KDL put out a call to staff and patrons at all our branches to donate travel-sized hygiene products to be distributed to the nearly 2,900 kids in the Kent Intermediate School District who are experiencing homelessness.

And boy, did you answer that call. Yesterday we delivered two van loads — 54 boxes and bags — of items to a very grateful KISD.

As a result of your generosity, more than 5,000 items were collected.  An additional 130 pre-made hygiene kits as well as  sidewalk chalk, coloring books and Play-Doh were purchased with funds employees donated during an employee in-service in January.

Casey Gordon, special populations consultant at KISD, said he was amazed by the donation. “We have had so many requests for hygiene items and kits lately that this will solve an immediate need for our homeless students,” he said. “The extra items will be so appreciated — not only will the hygiene kits go directly to students who need them, but the coloring books, sidewalk chalk and Play-Doh will be amazing gifts for our students — so many of them don’t have toys or activities that they can take with them and this will be perfect.”

You did a good thing, KDL peeps. A good good thing.

Another KDL Gives Back opportunity is coming up in April: All branches will be collecting juice box donations for Kids Food Basket.


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Alex Award Winners Booklist

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.

Wondering who the current winners are?  Check out our Alex Award Winners booklist and find your next interesting read.

Tell the Wolves I'm Home: A Novel       Ready Player One       Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel



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Sing the Cold Away

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

 As the cold and flu season lingers on, it might be worthwhile to just start singing!

A study that began in 2009 concluded that singing can create a positive effect on people’s health. The study found that singing can improve lung capacity, improve mood, reduce stress, influence the immune system and create a positive perception in socializing. With that in mind, it might be worthwhile to look at KDL’s Freegal database — where you can download three titles a week — and begin singing along with your favorite artists. You can also watch target=”_blank”>YouTube videos that can create smiles and laughter with the smallest of voices!

Another action to “just feel good” would be to share singing with others. As the month of March has been labeled “Sing to your Child Month,” any type of silly songs would be sure to amuse youngsters.  With a variety of silly CDs available, singing in March could really blow the blues away! And if you think you might need extra coaching, try some new reading material, such as “The Music Instinct.”

With the benefits of laughing, making noise, interacting with the young and enjoying the whispers of spring air, singing can really hit the right notes with you!



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KDL Featured on eightWest

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Check out this great segment from WOOD TV’s eightWest! Anjie Gleisner, youth librarian at the Walker branch, shares some of the exciting programs taking place at the library, including our Find Your Happiness Library Card Campaign. Enjoy!


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eBook Users – Share Your Opinion & Win an iPad!

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Take a survey - Enter to win an iPadThose of you who download eBooks and eAudiobooks from KDL have probably noticed that our eBook website recently underwent a makeover as OverDrive upgraded it to their new “Next Generation experience.”

Now that you’ve had a chance to use the site for a while, OverDrive wants to know what you think. Share your thoughts by taking their survey, and they will reward one lucky winner with an iPad!

The survey runs through April 30, and the data will be used to enhance library services in the future.

Good luck!


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Plan Your “Staycation” at KDL!

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

With spring break coming up, you may be wondering what to do that week.  Some people will go onSpring Break vacation, while others will be planning a “staycation!”  Why not include Kent District Library in your plans?  The library has a great collection of books, DVDs, music, audiobooks, magazines, and much more!  Have an eReader? Check out our online collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks.  Did you know that we also have magazines and music available?  Spend some time exploring!

Peanuts cartoonNot only does KDL have lots of items available to check out, but we also have lots of fun activities happening during the week of spring break!  Stop at the library and build yourself a new house at one of our Family Building Bricks Parties!  Go to the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch and see a movie, or enjoy everything Star Wars at the East Grand Rapids branch.  If magic is more your style, the Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch will have Stormy the Magician poof in for a visit!  Some teens will enjoy Minecraft building or Mario Kart racing, while others may want to enter our poetry competition. School-age kids have their own Wii gaming party, as well as Beyblade Battles and a Science in the Stacks program.  Preschoolers can join in the fun with a Garden-themed Storytime, and all ages will enjoy our Drop-in crafts.  

For more information, including dates, times and branches, please check out our Spring Kaleidoscope, found here or stop by one of our 18 branches for a paper copy.

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More eAudiobooks Now Available in MP3

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Books on Tape & Listening Library
Good news for eAudiobook lovers — titles from popular audiobook publishers Books on Tape and Listening Library are now available in MP3 format! This means that these eAudiobooks can now be downloaded directly to a much wider variety of devices, including Mac, iPhone and Android.

Popular authors from these publishers include:


Visit and download one today!


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Tom Rademacher at KDL Plainfield Branch

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Tom Rademacher, author and Grand Rapids Press columnist, will be speaking at the Plainfield Township branch on Tuesday, April 16 at 12:30 PM. The cost for this event is $6.50 and will include a catered lunch. Prepayment is required by Monday, April 8. This event is sponsored by the Plainfield Friends of the Library. Registration is required; call 784-2007 for information on how to register. The Plainfield Township branch is located at 2650 5-Mile Rd. NE. Please join us for this fun and informative event!


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