Archive for September, 2013

Book Review: The Daughters of Mars

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

The Daughters of MarsThomas Keneally is a marvelously prolific Australian writer perhaps best known as the author of Schindler’s List.

The Daughters of Mars is his 29th book, and quite possibly his best.

Naomi and Sally Durance are young sisters working as nurses in Australia.  When World War I breaks out, they join a volunteer corps of military nurses, stationed first on a hospital ship in the Mediterranean, then on the front lines in France.  Their patients include young men suffering from horrific wounds, virulent disease, trench foot and the effects of chlorine and mustard gas.

The novel examines the morality of war, the changing roles of women in an increasingly complex world, the dawn of modern medicine and the new science of psychology.  The writing is muscular, the story compelling and unforgettable.



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Battle Those Beyblades

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

beybladeDon’t miss out on all the spinning action! Children ages 6 and older are invited to test their skills and have fun competing in KDL’s Beyblade Battles. Bring your own Beyblades and arenas, or train and compete using our equipment. There is sure to be a dizzying amount of excitement!

Mondays, September 23, October 21 and November 18, 4:30 PM – Cascade Township branch
Wednesdays, September 25 and October 23, 6:30 PM – Englehardt branch
Saturdays, September 28 and October 26, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Wednesday, October 9, 6:30 PM – Grandville branch
Thursday, October 17, 6:00 PM – Tyrone Township branch
Saturday, November 16, 10:30 AM – Tyrone Township branch
Wednesday, November 27, 1:00 PM – Englehardt branch

For maps to all KDL branches, click here.

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KDL Top Ten – 9/20/2013

Friday, September 20th, 2013

View 10 of the most popular Art books this month at KDL – click on the link to the KDL Top Ten list!

Top Ten Art 09-20-2013

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Star Wars Reads: At a Branch Near You

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Courtesy Broward Palm Beach New TimesMay the force be with you as we celebrate Star Wars and reading. Join us for crafts, games and activities that are out of this galaxy! Come dressed as your favorite character to add to the fun. Guys Read Approved.

For links to maps to all our branches, click here.

Saturday, September 21, 10:00 AM – Krause Memorial branch
Saturday, September 28, 10:30 AM – Tyrone Township branch
Saturday, October 5, 10:30 AM – Alpine Township branch
Saturday, October 5, 2:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Sunday, October 6, 2:00 PM – Cascade Township branch
Saturday, October 12, 1:00 PM – Walker branch
Saturday, October 19, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Saturday, October 19, 2:00 PM – Wyoming branch
Saturday, October 26, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park branch
Saturday, November 2, 1:00 PM – Grandville branch
Tuesday, November 5, 6:30 PM – Englehardt branch
Saturday, November 9, 10:00 AM – Plainfield Township branch
Saturday, November 9, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Saturday, November 16, 10:00 AM – Gaines Township branch
Saturday, November 16, 2:00 PM – Byron Township branch

(Photo courtesy of Broward Palm Beach New Times)

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OverDrive App and iOS 7

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

OverDrive Media Console

UPDATE (9-24-13): OverDrive has released an app update to address the issues caused by iOS 7. Please install the update and let us know if you continue to experience problems.

If you are a user of KDL’s free eBooks on an iOS device (such as a iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch), please read this important update:

  • When an existing user of the OverDrive Media Console (OMC) app for iOS upgrades to iOS 7 (released yesterday), the app will fail when trying to open a DRM-protected eBook. (Those who download the app after installing iOS 7 are not affected by this issue) 
  • OverDrive is working to resolve this issue, but in the meantime, try deauthorizing and reauthorizing the app with your Adobe ID (found in the “Settings” menu). 
  • If this does not work, deleting and reinstalling the app should resolve the issue. Please note that this will clear your bookshelf, history and app settings. 

Please see for complete details.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and trust that OverDrive will have this problem fixed shortly. If you need any additional help with our digital collection, please call us at 616-784-2007 or fill out our Support Request Form.


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Free Classes for Parents & Caregivers

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Parents and caregivers are invited to participate in Early Childhood Essentials classes at KDL this fall. If you have young children or if you work in childcare and need professional development hours, this series is for you. Note: classes are for adults and childcare is not provided.

Classes are filling up fast, so sign up today! Register online by clicking on the class you would like to attend in the list below, or call our Patron Services department at 616-784-2007.

Ready to Read
Thursday, September 19, 6:30 PM – Byron Township branch

Mini Day of Learning
Saturday, September 21, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Saturday, September 28, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch

Getting Ready to Write
Monday, September 23, 6:00 PM – Kentwood branch

Parachute Play
Thursday, October 3, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township branch

Planning a Month of Meals
Monday, October 14, 6:00 PM – Wyoming branch

Feeding Wars — Stop the Struggles
Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Monday, November 18, 6:00 PM –Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch

Communicating in Color
Thursday, October 17, 6:30 PM – Byron Township branch

Talking to Kids About Race
Monday, October 21, 6:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch

Make Time for Math
Tuesday, October 22, 6:30 PM – Caledonia Township branch

Intro to Bullying Prevention
Monday, October 28, 6:00 PM – Wyoming branch
Tuesday, November 5, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial branch
Thursday, November 7, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township branch

RELAX — Alternatives to Anger
Tuesday, October 29, 6:30 PM – Caledonia Township branch

Discovering Play
Monday, November 11, 6:00 PM – Wyoming branch

Keeping Our Kids Safe from Bullies
Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial branch

Communicating with Parents
Thursday, November 14, 6:30 PM – Byron Township branch

Bullying: Moving from Bystanders to Allies
Tuesday, November 19, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial branch

Learning about Developmental Disabilities
Monday, November 25, 6:00 PM – Wyoming branch

Click here for a map and addresses for all KDL branches.


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“Get Outside!” at the Grandville Branch

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Make plans to be at the Grandville branch on Saturday afternoon for an exciting program for all ages! Get Outside! Outdoor Adventures in Michigan will take place at 1:00 PM on September 21. You will have the opportunity to see Birds of Prey from the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, play some outdoor games with Cabela’s and meet a local adventure author. Have fun learning a variety of outdoor skills such as geocaching, survival skills, outdoor cooking and more!

Josh Bernstein, Teen Librarian, recently promoted the event on FOX 17. Watch the interview to learn more:



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Band Books @ the Library

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

musicDiscover a world of musical genres through Band Books @ the Library!

Enjoy a variety of music at a variety of our library branches at our Band Books at the Library Concert Series. Each Sunday, October 13 through November 3, a different KDL branch will host a different type of musical group. We’ve got polka, techno, classical and indie! Enjoy your favorite but don’t forget to try something new.

Polka with the Stan Mroz Orchestra
Sunday, October 13, 2:00 PM – Cascade Township branch
Sponsored by the Friends of the Cascade Library

DJ Techno Dance Party
Sunday, October 20, 2:00 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Sponsored by the Friends of the Plainfield Library

Ash Grove String Quartet
Sunday, October 27, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Sponsored by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library

B-Side Growlers
Sunday, November 3, 2:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Library

We are also offering Music Makers as part of our Band Books series. Kids of all ages are invited to connect with musical happiness by making their very own musical instrument out of provided household materials.

Thursday, September 26, 6:30 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Saturday, October 5, 2:00 PM – Gaines Township branch
Monday, October 7, 10:30 AM – Alto branch
Thursday, October 10, 6:30 PM – Spencer Township branch
Monday, October 14, 6:30 PM – Byron Township branch
Sunday, October 27, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Saturday, November 9, 2:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Wednesday, November 13, 6:30 PM – Sand Lake branch
Friday, November 22, 1:00 PM – Englehardt branch
Saturday, November 23, 10:30 AM – Alpine Township branch

Click here for a map and addresses for all the branches.


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A College Student’s Library Story

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

gsuriHow many times have you heard (or even said), “Everything students need is on the Internet for free and at your fingertips.” Here’s Gurdit Suri, a longtime KDL cardholder and current university student, who sees it differently:

“I am a 19-year-old college student at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a proud 17-year veteran user of the KDL Cascade Township branch. When it came to applying for volunteering positions, finding good books to read, learning about different languages, applying for summer internships, gaining admission to colleges, finding ACT preparatory books, writing research papers and learning about different global travel opportunities, the library has always been the invisible hand helping me reach my goals.

“Sure, the Internet is available. Yes, it is instantaneous. And of course, it has millions upon millions of results. But when it comes to trying to achieve my goals and accomplish the tasks that I am blessed to have had the opportunity to do, I have found that where the Internet gives me answers, the library has given me understanding.

“Whether it was a teen librarian who found me a book specially made for students trying to increase their ACT score, or a reference desk assistant who remembered me the next time I walked in and referred to me a book that might help me with the research paper I was working on, or the head librarian who was able to find a scholarship opportunity that fit me perfectly, my local library has been priceless.

“I would not have been awarded the scholarships I received, gotten in the 99th percentile for ACT testing scores in the country, received the awards for academic papers I have written, gotten admission into the third best business school in the country or been able to cost-effectively travel to the places I have been had it not been for the resources and people at my local library: the one true search engine to the answers I want, without fail.”

— G.S. Suri


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Who Loves Puppies and Kittens?

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

You do! Yes you do!

Look at those faces. Look. At. Those. Faces.

From Tuesday, September 17 to Wednesday, October 23, several KDL branches will host mobile pet adoptions and programs on pets, kids and safety. Click on the links for details!

Also, during the month of October, all 18 Kent District Library branches will accept donated items for the Humane Society of West Michigan. Wish list items can be found here. Throw another roll of paper towels (or bag of cat treats or bottle of glass cleaner) in your grocery cart and make a furry creature smile.

This effort is part of KDL’s Happiness Project, an 18-month campaign to promote happy, healthy, helpful attitudes in our branches and our communities.



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