Archive for August, 2013

The Latest Wimpy Kid Title and Cover Art Revealed!

Friday, August 9th, 2013

It’s official! The name of the eighth title in the super-popular Wimpy Kid series is — drumroll please — Hard Luck!  It won’t be released until November 5, but you can place a hold on your copy today.

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Final Episodes of Breaking Bad are Finally Here!

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

The final eight episodes of AMC’s highly rated and critically acclaimed Breaking Bad premier this Sunday. Don’t be left in the Albuquerque dust when everyone else is talking about what happens to Walter “Heisenberg” White. Catch up with all of the past seasons with DVDs from KDL.


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Return Your eBooks Early?

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

eReadersDo you ever wonder how to return an eBook before its due date? Perhaps you just don’t have time to read it now, or you want to allow the next person to be able to read it. Fortunately, there are simple steps to return most eBooks early! Find directions here, and see directions for some of the most common devices below:

Kindle/Kindle App:

  1. Sign into “Manage Your Kindle” account here.
  2. Select the Actions button next to the eBook you want to return.
  3. Click Return This Book.
  4. Click Yes to verify that you want to return the eBook.
  5. If you also wish to delete the eBook from your Kindle Library list, select the Actions button again and click Delete from Library.


  1. Connect your reader to your computer. Open Adobe Digital Editions.
  2. Select Library (in the upper left corner). The Adobe Digital Editions library is displayed.
  3. Right-click (control-click for Mac) on the title you’d like to return.
  4. Click Return Borrowed Item.
  5. Click Return to verify that you want to return the eBook.

Tablet App:

  1. From the bookshelf, tap the + button next to the title you want to return.
  2. Tap Return / Delete to display the return options.
  3. Tap Return then Delete to return the title back to the library.
    (Selecting Delete only will delete the title from your device, but you will still have it checked out.)

MP3 eAudiobook:

  1. Follow directions here. (Returns of eAudiobooks are currently available for MP3-formatted titles only. WMA eAudiobooks cannot be returned before the lending period is up.)

Thanks for checking out eBooks from! Please contact us if you have any questions about downloading KDL eBooks.


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KDL on WGVU Radio

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Monica & Andy at WGVUEach 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 Monica (Wyoming branch) and Andy (Service Center) talk about the upcoming Kent County Teen Film Festival.


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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)


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How to Find Your Next Favorite Author

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

The Cuckoo's CallingWhen news broke that debut detective novel The Cuckoo’s Calling was written not by newcomer Robert Galbraith but by Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, bookstores and libraries raced to line up for copies.

Those of us who had paid close attention to the reviews earlier this year and who weighed those along with our patrons’ preferences breathed a small sigh of relief when we confirmed we did order copies.

We always try to anticipate what you want to read, watch and listen to and purchase materials before they are released so they’ll be available the very day they go on sale in bookstores. We know you’ve come to expect that from us. Of course, KDL has ordered several more copies of The Cuckoo’s Calling, because now that the book’s true author is known, the wait list is crazy long.

Another thing we’re good at: being your source for unknown authors who truly are making their debut. For some people, paying retail price to read any author, let alone someone they have never read, is not an option. Here, everyone has equal access to all our materials. Let KDL introduce you to your next favorite author.


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Don’t Forget to Turn in Your Reading Logs!

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Summer Reading @ KDL KidsPoster wraps up this Saturday, August 10. If you participated in the reading program, don’t forget to turn in your logs sometime this week. A huge thank you to everyone who made Summer Reading @ KDL such a great success. Once the stats have been calculated, we will make sure to share the numbers with you.

If you have any summer success stories to share, we would love to hear them! Make sure to leave us a comment.




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Free Computer & Technology Classes

Monday, August 5th, 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! Registration opens today for our September classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Digital Photos: Creating Digital Photo Movies
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing Fun
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Sharing, Saving and Ordering
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Blogs, Wikis, Social Networking & More
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Internet Basics & More
  • Internet: Online Genealogy Research I & II
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Parent Tips for Homework Help
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I, II & III
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Developing Your Personal Brand (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Communicating Your Brand (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Networking (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Behavioral Interviewing (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: LinkedIn Boot Camp (pre-registration not required if you provide your own laptop)
  • 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):

  • September classes: Registration begins Monday, August 5 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, August 12 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • October classes: Registration begins Tuesday, September 3 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, September 9 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • November classes: Registration begins Monday, October 7 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, October 14 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.

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A Book For Your Bookshelf

Sunday, August 4th, 2013


Not surprising since I work at a library and love books, I enjoy looking at bookcases.  So when this great new book came across my desk, I had to check it out.  A book dedicated to bookshelves, 305 unique book holders for the lover of books to peruse!  Although I will never actually have one of these in my own house, it is amazing to look at the many great ideas in the book.

If that isn’t enough, make sure to check on Pinterest for even more great examples!

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KDL Top Ten – 08/02/2013

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

This week’s Top Ten list features ten of the most popular Easy Reader books this month at KDL!  Stop in and grab some books for your beginning reader today!

Top Ten Easy Readers 8-02-2013


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I’m Being Followed by a Moonbeam… of HAPPINESS

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Saunter into these quaint reads about twilight gardens and moonbeams. And view the Perseids, a prolific meteor shower ocurring from mid-July to mid-August.

The English Garden at Night by Linda Rutenberg (Nonfiction)

Linda Rutenberg’s photographs are taken after midnight, cre­ating a vision of  stillness and mystery, a soliloquy of shadow and light emanating from leaves and  flowers, hedgerows and trees. To create this magical book, Rutenberg laid claim to the enchanted domain of some of this country’s most beauti­ful gardens.

Twilight Garden by Lia Leendertz (Nonfiction)

Gardening expert Lia Leendertz shows that it is possible to create a nighttime paradise whether you have a small backyard terrace or a large plot of land. She includes case studies of formal gardens and detailed horticultural descriptions of night-friendly plant species and varieties. Following her lead, you’ll be able to transform your own private space into a moonlit paradise.

Slow Moon Rising by Eva Marie Everson

Cedar Key has long been a place of rest, healing and release in the Claybourne family. But it might also be the birthplace of a lie that is poisoning the family from within. Join the strong Claybourne women–Anise, Kimberly, Jayme-Leigh, Heather and Ami–as they each confront the truth. Their unique paths will lead them through heartbreak, misunderstandings and pain. But their journeys will also bring reconciliation and renewed love in their own lives.

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (Teen)

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?



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