Archive for September, 2013

Summer May Be Over, But…

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

We recently completed an extremely successful Summer Reading program at KDL, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to rest on our laurels. Our Summer Programming Workgroup was hard at work this morning already planning programs for Summer 2014… and boy are they going to be good!

Summer Workgroup
It’s not easy planning the busiest summer reading program of any public library in the state, but it sure is worth it!


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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

steelheartIf you are very lucky and read a LOT, a book comes along that really grabs your attention and makes you beg for the next one!  Well, Brandon Sanderson’s soon to be released Steelheart is one of those books for me.  From the opening bank scene to the Reckoner’s hideout to the final battle, this book delivers the action, friendship, mystery and fight to the death!

Ordinary people started developing superpowers after Calamity came to the skies, but that type of power brought out the worst and the average person suffered under the iron fists.  David witnessed his father’s murder when Steelheart exerted his power over the city, destroying all other Epics who challenged him.  But David has devoted the last ten years of his life to studying the local Epics, especially Steelheart and now he wants to join the Reckoners, the only resistance group willing to take down Epics.

What he discovers will change the course of his life and his city forever.


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Write Michigan: What Goes Around…

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Riggle_2011For Kentwood-based novelist Kristina Riggle, being tasked to write the foreword of the second annual Write Michigan short story contest anthology and deliver the keynote address at the awards gala in March brings back memories of the start of her own writing career.

Kristina started entering the annual Grand Rapids Press and Festival of the Arts short story contest in middle school. As an East Kentwood High School sophomore in 1990, the then-15-year-old won first place in her age group.

“I was blown away” she recalled. “I have loved writing since I can remember. It was probably the first time where I thought ‘Wow, I could seriously do this for a living someday.’ All the positive support from people who didn’t even know me made a huge difference. To get so much attention for something you already love to do, that’s gold.”

For Riggle, whose fifth novel will be published in the fall, it’s all about encouraging new writing talent.

“I was supported so much in my writing,” she said. “I’m so excited to be part of paying that forward.

Speaking of writing support, there’s still time to register for free writing workshops for teens and adults. Details can be found here.


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Write Michigan Segment on FOX 17

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Recently Director Lance Werner promoted the Write Michigan Short Story Contest on FOX 17. Take a minute and watch the brief segment to learn more about this exciting opportunity to win cash prizes and get published!


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Lowell Ledger Archives Now Online

Monday, September 9th, 2013

If it happened in or near Lowell, it probably was noted in the Lowell Ledger or its predecessor newspapers. Now, more than 100 years of news archives are online and available to anyone, anywhere, 24/7.

KDL’s Friends of the Englehardt Library received a $6,000 grant from the Lowell Area Community Fund to digitize the Ledger’s 88-reel microfilm collection, which spans from 1870 to December 2012. The collection is available through KDL’s website – – and through the Lowell Area Historical Museum website –

“It’s going to be such a great tool,” said Pat Allchin, executive director of the Lowell Area Historical Museum. “For even me, to go to the (microfilm) files is very cumbersome. And a lot of people don’t like to come to the museum to do research because of our steep staircase (to the second-floor archives). This makes it so much easier for everyone.”

The microfilm format also made it difficult for people to locate particular names or events unless they know the approximate date the information was originally published. With the new technology, the issues are in a searchable format, making it easier than ever for local genealogists and history enthusiasts to locate information quickly and efficiently.

To help researchers better use and search the new technology, a series of free classes will be offered at the Englehardt branch: the first is scheduled for 6:00 PM on Monday, October 21 (pre-registration is required — call 616-784-2007 to register). The museum also offers time for residents to get assistance with genealogy research from 5:00 to 8:00 PM the second Thursday of each month and during open hours, when staff time permits.

Issues of the Ledger published after 2012 will be added to the online digital collection between six months and one year after publication. The direct link to the digitized Ledger is

New library books were once front page news.
New library books were once front-page news


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Kids Adore Author Mo Willems?

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Mo WillemsShare your love for award-winning children’s author Mo Willems through books, crafts and games. We will even write him a letter! Guys Read Approved. Programs at the branches below. Click here for links to maps to all our branches.

Tuesday, September 10, 10:00 AM – Cascade Township branch
Wednesday, September 11, 10:00 AM – Cascade Township branch
Tuesday, September 24, 6:30 PM – Comstock Park branch
Wednesday, September 25, 10:30 AM – Comstock Park branch
Tuesday, October 1, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Wednesday, October 2, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Thursday, October 3, 10:30 AM – Englehardt branch
Sunday, October 6, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Saturday, October 12, 10:00 AM – Krause Memorial branch
Saturday, October 26, 10:30 AM – Alto branch
Tuesday, November 5, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Thursday, November 7, 6:30 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Monday, November 11, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Wednesday, November 13, 10:00 AM – Gaines Township branch
Wednesday, November 13, 10:00 AM – Plainfield Township branch
Thursday, November 14, 10:00 AM – Plainfield Township branch
Monday, November 18, 7:00 PM – Walker branch
Thursday, November 21, 10:00 AM – Walker branch
Thursday, November 21, 10:30 AM – Wyoming branch
Thursday, November 21, 6:30 PM – Spencer Township branch
Monday, November 25, 6:30 PM – Byron Township branch


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Get Outside! Outdoor Adventures in MI

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Bring your family the to Grandville branch for an outdoor adventure on Saturday, September 21 at 1:00 PM.  You’ll get a chance to

If you enjoy the outdoors you wont want to miss this BIG event for all ages!


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Swat-a-Letter

Saturday, September 7th, 2013


Learning letters and words can be hard work for young children. Make it fun by constructing a simple letter game where they can play with an item that they are not normally allowed to touch. Purchase a cheap flyswatter and let children have a swat-a-thon.  (Don’t forget to hide your real flyswatter before playing this game. Eww!)


  • New, clean plastic flyswatter
  • Paper or cardboard
  • Markers or crayons
  • Scissors


Cut circles from the paper and write a large letter on each circle with a crayon or marker. Place the circles on the floor. Have a child swat the letters he or she recognizes with the flyswatter and say the name of the letter out loud at the same time. (If more than one child is present, have children take turns with the swatter to prevent hands from being swatted by accident.)

Other Ideas:  This is a fun way to practice both uppercase and lower case letters and letter sounds. For older children, write sight words on the circles and have children swat the words as they read them out loud. Try pasting pictures of real bugs on the circles and having children identify the bugs as they swat them.

–Anjie G. at KDL’s Walker branch



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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KDL on WGVU Radio

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Michelle on 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 Assistant Director Michelle Boisvenue-Fox talk about the 2nd annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest.


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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)


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From the Director: The Card with the Best Rewards

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Lance WernerWhether your child is in elementary or secondary school, or you’re attending college or technical school, your No. 1 back-to-school supply should be a KDL card. We offer access to important educational resources — not just books, but online databases filled with credible information that teachers and professors favor — and librarians to help you find, evaluate and use that information.

A new study of undergraduates found that nearly 40 percent of those surveyed began their research process with a search engine, and more than half those students cited the overwhelming amount of information as contributing to their feeling of lack of preparation.

Author Neil Gaiman said it best: “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers; a librarian can bring you back the right one.” Getting information is easy, but getting the right information takes practice. We’ve had 77 years of practice.


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