Archive for October, 2013

Free Computer & Technology Classes

Monday, October 7th, 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 November classes:

  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Sharing, Saving and Ordering
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Gadgets: Get Appy with Your iPad
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Email Workshop
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Internet Basics & More
  • Internet: Online Resources for Book Lovers
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I, II & III
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Microsoft Office Workshop
  • 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)
  • Job Seekers: Job & Career Accelerator
  • 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):

  • 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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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Wearable Nature Collections

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Wearable Nature CollectionsPlay-Grow-Read

Fall is an excellent time to take a nature walk. Instead of bringing a basket or bag in which to collect natural objects, make a simple tape bracelet.


Wide, sticky tape such as duct tape

Found objects such as leaves, seed pods, pine needles and small stones

To Make:

After dressing for the outdoors, make a bracelet by wrapping tape loosely around a child’s wrist with the sticky side facing out. Take a walk outside and look for items to stick onto the bracelet. Talk about all the interesting things found during the walk. Talking with adults helps children develop vocabulary and language skills that will help them learn to read when they begin school.

Other Ideas: 

Make a scrapbook of found objects and label the items. Make a window hanging by taping a piece of clear contact paper to a window with the sticky side facing out. Stick found objects from outdoor walks to the contact paper.
-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

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Band BooksEach 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 our upcoming Band Books Concert Series.


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Calling All Wikipedia Editors

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

WikipediaDo you edit a page on Wikipedia? Want to meet up with other editors and share tips, tricks and techniques? Plan to attend our Wikipedia Editors Meet-Up taking place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 19 at the East Grand Rapids branch. Join Bettina Cousineau, a Wikipedia educator and editor who is currently developing an online course for new Wikipedia editors, and other editors to help create the encyclopedia for everyone. Please bring your own laptop, or indicate at registration if you require borrowing one of ours.

Registration for this computer class is requested. To register, call 616-784-2007 or visit your local KDL branch. Please provide your library card number at time of registration.

This program is for teens and adults. We hope to see you there!


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KDL Top Ten – 10/4/2013

Friday, October 4th, 2013

October is National Mystery Month! Inspect this week’s Top Ten list to discover the most popular Mysteries right now at KDL!

How about you — what’s your favorite mystery, suspense novel or thriller?

Top Ten Adult Mystery 10-4-2013

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Author Tom Clancy Dies at Age 66

Friday, October 4th, 2013


Author Tom Clancy died unexpectedly on Tuesday at the age of 66.  He was born in 1947 and read naval history instead of the standard children’s literature.  He attempted to join the Army R.O.T.C. but was told he was nearsighted.  The accuracy of his descriptions of submarines and weaponry came from his readings of technical manuals and interviews with experts.

Tom Clancy published his first book, The Hunt of Red October, in 1984.  This book was the first work of fiction published through the Naval Institute Press in Annapolis. Clancy approached them after being rejected by major publishers.  The paperback book was picked up by Berkley Publishing.  He went on to publish many other books featuring Jack Ryan, with the final one, Command Authority, to be published December 3.  A number of Clancy books became blockbuster movies, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger.



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From the Director: The Affordable Care Act

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Lance WernerThe expertise of libraries hinges on our ability to help you find resources that entertain, educate and inform.

The latest example at KDL: we’re midway into The Affordable Care Act and You, free informational programs presented by Priority Health, at several of our branches. If you’re wondering whether you qualify for the Healthcare Marketplace, how it may affect your family or when to apply, the aim is to provide straightforward information about the new law.

Our partnership with Priority Health on this effort is just weeks old and already has become a model for other libraries. At the Michigan Library Association’s annual meeting later this month, librarians from around the state will learn, based on what KDL is doing right now, how they can better position themselves to help their patrons find answers. It’s what we do, and what we are passionate about.

Lance Werner, KDL Director


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Gothic Horror

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Debut author April Genevieve Tucholke’s spine-tingling tale of gothic horror, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, centers on a compelling romance between Violet and River, a mysterious seventeen-year-old stranger renting the guest house behind the rotting seaside mansion where Violet lives. But when eerie, grim events begin to happen, Violet recalls her grandmother’s frequent warnings about the devil and wonders if River is evil.

Kate Morton’s The Forgotten Garden tells the story of an abandoned child leaving her adoptive parents in Australia and traveling to England to find her real identity–a quest that ultimately leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family.

Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt is another gothic tale featuring Death as a character.  When Lord Death comes to claim sixteen-year-old Keturah while she is lost in the King’s Forest, she charms him with her story and is granted a twenty-four hour reprieve in which to seek her one true love.

The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson is sure to leave you feeling haunted.  Drawn to an older man, Eve embarks on a whirlwind romance that soon offers a new life and a new home–Les Genevriers, an old house in a charming hamlet amid the fragrant lavender fields of Provence. Their relationship becomes strained, as Dom grows quiet and distant and Eve feels a haunting presence. The more reluctant Dom is to tell her about his past, the more Eve is drawn to it–and to the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful ex-wife.

Craving more? Browse our Dark Dungeons and Underground Crypts Gothic Tales booklist.




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Breaking Blue

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Breaking Bad

Having “Breaking Bad” withdrawal symptoms? You can watch past seasons available on DVD, and download the perfect ending song through Freegal on KDL’s website.





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Hunger Games Program: Round 2

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

hunger-games-catching-fireIf you are a teen who loves The Hunger Games series, you don’t want to miss out on this program! Catching Fire will take place at several KDL branches this fall. Head to the library’s arena for games, crafts and science. The library will be “ever in your favor!”

Thursday, October 3, 3:00 PM – Grandville branch
Saturday, November 2, 2:00 PM – Byron Township branch
Saturday, November 9, 2:00 PM – Gaines Township branch
Tuesday, November 12, 3:30 PM – Wyoming branch
Saturday, November 16, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Thursday, November 21, 2:30 PM – Comstock Park branch
Saturday, November 23, 10:00 AM – Krause Memorial branch
Saturday, November 23, 2:00 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Wednesday, November 27, 3:30 PM – Cascade Township branch

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



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