Archive for April, 2014

Hunger Games eBooks Now Available!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

At long last, this crazy-popular series has been released in eBook format.  Click here to check out or place a hold on a copy today — we know you’ll think it was worth the wait!

The Hunger Games           Catching Fire           Mockingjay

In addition, Scholastic has made many other popular titles from classic series like Goosebumps and The Baby-Sitters Club available for public libraries. Visit our eBook site today to check them out!


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KDL Director Honored by Alma Mater

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

KDL Director Lance Werner was honored recently as the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Wayne State University’s School of Library and Information Science.

Lance Werner, Sandy Yee, &  Stephen Bajjaly

KDL Director Lance Werner, center, with Sandy Yee, Dean of the Wayne State University Library System; and Stephen Bajjaly, Associate Dean.

The award, given annually since 1989, is presented to a graduate who has “made outstanding contributions to the library and information science field (and) recognizes those who have achieved distinction in the profession based on job performance, service, publications or other relevant professional activity.”

As one nominator described Werner, “[He] is a leader who truly embodies the mission of Wayne State University to excel in an increasingly complex and global society.”

Under Werner’s directorship, KDL earned Library Journal’s Star Library status three years in a row, was awarded the Excellence in Business award from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and earned Library of Michigan Foundation’s Citation of Excellence for superior customer service, among other accolades.

A 2004 graduate of Wayne State, Werner has been director of KDL — the second largest library system in Michigan — since 2011. Previously, he was the director of the Capital Area District Library (Lansing, MI) and the Library Law Specialist at the Library of Michigan. During his tenure at KDL, he has helped the library grow the largest and most popular eBook and eAudiobook collection of any library in Michigan.

Werner currently serves on the State Bar Committee for Libraries, Legal Research and Legal Publication and is vice president of the Lakeland Library Cooperative Board of Trustees. He is also the immediate past president of the Michigan Library Association. Additionally, he serves on the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Committee for Workforce and Education.


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Nest”

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

NestNest by Jorey Hurley

Robins are a welcome sign of spring, and this simple picture book is a wonderful way to explore these birds with your child. Hurley writes just one word per two-page illustration, taking the reader from nest, to egg, to flight, then back to nest again. Talk with your child about what robins do each season as you read together. What things do you like to do in spring, summer, fall and winter? Identify the letters you see on each page and talk about the season each picture portrays. Look out your window and see if you spy a robin. Talking together is a great way to increase vocabulary and gets your child ready to read!

–Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield 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 Top Ten — Home DIY

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Get handy with this week’s Top Ten.  These are 10 of the most popular titles in KDL’s Home DIY section this month:

Top Ten Home DIY 04-25-2014

And if you like this list, but can’t get to the library, visit KDL’s downloadable magazine service Zinio.  There you’ll find popular DIY magazines like Family Handyman to give you some step-by-step home improvement inspiration.



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New Adult Booklists

Friday, April 25th, 2014

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Spring is finally here and KDL has put together some great new booklists for your enjoyment:


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Walker Branch Closing Early on 4/26

Thursday, April 24th, 2014


The Walker Branch will close early on Saturday, April 26 for carpet cleaning. The branch will close at 3:00 PM instead of 5:00 PM. The branch will reopen on Monday, April 28 at 9:30 AM. We apologize for any inconvenience!


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Teen Books to Movies

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

If you’ve tried to get a copy of Divergent recently, you know that there are tons of holds. So here is your chance to get ahead of the game on the books that are being released as movies this year:

faultinourstars    giver    mazerunner    mockingjay


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KDL by the Numbers

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

2013AnnualReportStatsDid you know…

  • On a typical day in 2013, over 8,000 people visited KDL branches, checking out over 16,000 items
  • Our staff also answered almost 2,500 questions every day!
  • Over 400,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks were downloaded in 2013 – a circulation figure that outpaced 12 of our 18 branches!

For these statistics and more, check out the 2013 Fact Book and Annual Report. The Fact Book is a full publication of KDL information from the past year, while the Annual Report is a shortened “Cliff’s Notes” brochure version. Check them out not only for the hard numbers, but also for a nice summary of all the KDL programs, resources, initiatives and achievements from last year, as well as a financial breakdown of revenue and expenditures.


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Learn4Life Is Now Gale Courses

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014


Gale CoursesThere’s been a name change for one of our popular online resources: Learn4Life has been renamed Gale Courses. 

Besides the name and logo, nothing else has changed — Gale Courses still features over 300 instructor-led online courses focused on professional development, technology skills and personal enrichment. New sessions start every month, and each 6-week course offers well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with fellow students in a lively discussion area.

These are the types of classes that may cost hundreds of dollars to take from a for-profit company, but they are available for free with your KDL card! For more information, please see our original announcement.

(Currently enrolled students should experience no disruption in classes due to this re-branding. If you have any questions, please contact


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Contest Extended: Share Your Story & Win

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

online courseHave you taken computer classes offered at KDL? Have those classes helped you improve your tech savvy, polish your job skills, create a film or enriched your life, your outlook, your very being in some other way? Tell us how and you could win a $25 Schuler Books & Music gift card and see your story on our Branches Patron Stories page.

To enter, fill out the form here by Friday, May 2. Contest open to teens and adults.



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