Archive for July, 2013

Recipes: Where Are the Pictures? I Need Pictures!

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

I love to find new recipes to try, but the ones that really catch my eye usually have a picture.  There are some cookbooks that have mostly pictures, but you still have to hunt to find them.  Plus, a lot of the tried-and-true websites don’t have pictures either since they are user-based.  Yes, you can find great recipes, but I need a picture!

This is where Pinterest can help out.  Say you are looking for a new vegetarian recipe.  Just type “vegetarian recipe” in the search box, and all you see are pictures!  Need a chocolate dessert?  (This one will make you drool a bit.)  Just do a quick search, and you have a ton of recipes to browse!  Creating an account is fast and easy and you can save them all to a board in Pinterest rather than printing everything and not being able to find the one you are looking for when you need it.

Happy pinning!


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Share Your Thoughts

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

KDL High ResYou may have recently received an email from us about filling out an online survey. We are conducting this survey, with the help of EMC Research, about the ways our patrons use their local library branch and their opinions about the library’s collection, services and overall performance. The data we collect will be kept confidential and will only be used to better understand the needs of our patrons.

If you have been randomly chosen to take this scientific opinion survey, we would greatly appreciate your participation. Your opinions will help us continue to offer the best service possible and be one of the most respected library systems in the country.


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We Never Imagined Buying One of These…

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Unanticipated (but humbling) expense of the year: a trophy case for our Service Center lobby, packed already with our Library Journal STAR Library awards, Michigan Quality Council recognition, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business EPIC Award and national awards for promotion of our eBook collection, the Write Michigan Short Story Contest and our Local Indie @ KDL collection.

We could not have done it without our dedicated, enthusiastic staff and our undeniably enthusiastic cardholders, who are never shy about letting us know what they would like their libraries to do for them and how we are doing meeting those expectations. Yay everyone!

Trophy Case

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KDL on WGVU Radio

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Each month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Communications Manager Heidi Nagel talk about Summer Reading @ KDL and all the great resources and programs for teens happening at the library, including:


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Download WGVU7-5-13.mp3



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Englehardt Branch: Extended Hours Saturday

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

This Saturday, July 13, the Englehardt branch will be open additional hours to serve those attending the Riverwalk Festival in Lowell. Instead of closing at 1:30 PM, the branch will be open from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

KDL is proud to be able to support this special community request. Stop by, cool off and enjoy all the library has to offer!


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The Fun is Not Over Yet!

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Experience SummerIf your kids haven’t signed up for Summer Reading @ KDL yet, no worries! The program only takes thirty days to complete (if the child does a reading activity every day), so if they get signed up by Friday, they still have time to earn an amazing assortment of coupons and goodies. Teens and adults get a prize entry for every four books they read, so stop by your local branch and get registered. Summer Reading @ KDL runs through August 10, so time is ticking!

If your kids have already completed their reading log, the fun is not over yet! Check out Experience Summer Online @ KDL. Have loads of fun while earning more chances to win!


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Contest: Share Your Story and Win!

Monday, July 8th, 2013

BranchesHow has KDL helped bring your family together?

We hear stories all the time — about the Kentwood grandfather who bonded with his granddaughter when her brother faced a life-threatening illness, the Belmont mother who has taken her young children on virtual trips around the world through books and programs, and the Caledonia mom who loves that she can provide her daughter with “a constantly changing library of books at home without having to purchase a single one.” Now we want to hear from you.

What’s your story? Tell us by 5:00 PM on Monday, July 22 by filling out the form here. All those who submit a story will be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card to Schuler Books & Music. (Notes in the comments section are welcome, but will not be considered for the prize). Entries also may be shared on KDL’s Share Your Story page.


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Winning Artwork on Display in Kent City

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

KTC - Artwork 1KTC - Artwork 2Kent District Library welcomes the opportunity to partner with local schools and organizations. The Tyrone Township branch recently teamed up with Kent City Elementary, Algoma Christian School and the Kent City DDA to present a Summer Reading Art Contest. Area students submitted art based on the theme “Reading and Libraries,” and two entries received the top prize and are displayed on banners outside of the Tyrone Township branch.

Congratulations to Hunter and Kylie, the winning artists!




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Local Indie Spotlight: J. Scott

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

LocalIndieMy overall impression after listing to Unconventional Vol. 1 is that the production of the album is very high-end and the beats are creative and catchy. It is not your traditional rap CD, which might help explain the title of the album, where the rapper is typically bragging about fast cars or money. Instead, this CD gives great insight into who J. Scott is and the trials and tribulations he’s had growing up and that he currently faces with fatherhood. His voice reminds me a lot of Obie Trice, but J. Scott doesn’t deliver his rhyme style in the same way. He has lots of great samples that were used in crafting the beats and is well worth a listen. Any fan of local hip hop and rap should give the album a chance and have a listen to it.

J. Scott’s CD is part of the Local Indie @ KDL collection, housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branches. It was created to give independent authors, filmmakers and musicians the opportunity to be added to our shelves and to be featured by staff in order to increase viewers, readers and listeners.

Click here to browse our Local Indie @ KDL collection.



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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Popsicle Stick Puzzles

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Popsicle Stick PuzzlesPlay-Grow-Read

Summer is the time for popsicles! Rinse off those wooden popsicle sticks (or buy wooden craft sticks) to create your own picture puzzles. Puzzles can be stored in sandwich bags to take along on summer vacations. Solving puzzles allows children to develop fine motor skills and concentration skills such as matching and sorting. It also helps develop language skills as children listen, follow instructions and talk about what they are doing.


  • Wooden Popsicle Sticks (or craft sticks)
  • Glue
  • Pictures cut from a magazine or printed from a computer
  • Scissors

To Make:

Cut the picture into narrow strips the width of Popsicle sticks and glue a section of the picture onto each stick. Store dried sticks in a baggie or plastic container.

To Use:

Put the sticks together to reform the picture.

Other Ideas:

Print off large letters from a computer and make letter puzzles. Make puzzles for items of differing colors and scramble the puzzle pieces together so that children need to sort colors apart and then complete each color puzzle. Try writing the name of a color on the end of several wooden sticks. Make sleeves out of felt in corresponding colors. Have children “put the popsicle on the stick” and match the color of each sleeve with the color name written on each stick.

-Anjie G.



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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