Share Your Story and Win!

Hundreds of KDL cardholders have shared their library stories this year, from a grandfather who connected with his granddaughter at the Kentwood branch while his grandson faced a life-threatening illness to a mother who bonds with her non-verbal autistic son at the Walker branch using Dora the Explorer books. We’re so moved by and appreciative of what you have shared.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, we’re asking you to tell us why you’re thankful for your library. And as our way of saying thanks to you for sharing, those who submit a story by filling out the form here by Wednesday, November 21 will be entered into a drawing for a Sony eReader.

The winner will be announced on Monday, December 3, and his or her story will be published on our Branches Patron Story page.


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Written by Morgan J.

Morgan J.

Morgan J. is a KDL communications assistant. She spends summers as a “hood ornament” of sorts while her husband captains their old, cedar-sided pontoon down the Flat River. In the wintertime she counts the days until she’ll have her toes in the water again.

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4 Responses to “Share Your Story and Win!”

  1. Maria Farrell Says:


    My name is Maria and the library has been one of the greatest gifts for my family in the past few months. In June we moved down here from Traverse City area because of my husband’s job loss. We had to leave everything behind and move into my parent’s home. The library has been a place where I can bring my kids somewhere that doesn’t cost us anything. We have a family of 7 with one on the way, four boys and a girl, ages 11,10,9,5,and 3. They can rent video games for their wii, movies, stories on tape and of course books! The library we go to has a children’s area where they can come in and play, use a children’s computer to learn and find books. This has given us a chance to let our children still do the things they love to do without us spending money we don’t have. There are quite a few times a week we take a trip to the library, which is right around the corner from my parents. Also the books are great, you have such a wide variety of books and us being able to order books from other KDL libraries help too. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and this year our family has thought about thanksgiving the most. This is definately a blessing for our family and we needed that the most right now.

    God Bless,
    The Farrell Family

  2. Molly Says:


    I’m thankful for my library because it has truly been a sanity saver over the last two years. I work full time and am also a doctoral student at Michigan State University. Living in Grand Rapids, I am far away from the comfort of MSU’s library. Studying and writing in coffee shops can be distracting and costly. I have loved using the private study rooms available at the Kentwood branch of KDL because they are free, secure, and quiet. Throughout the last two years, I have spent quite a lot of time in there and know that I wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without the resources made available to me there. Additionally, I just discovered all of the extra perks of being a KDL cardholder including free magazines through Zinio, eBooks, and music downloads through Freegal. I encourage everyone I know to check out KDL because it’s so much more than people even realize!


  3. Linette Kamrad Says:

    HI I have a few reasons why the library is important to my faily and I.
    We frequent the Kentwood Library during the week for storytime, I usually bring at least 4 sometimes 6 daycare kids with me..They just love storytime and have learned alot for Ms Dana..Every wk there is something new for them to learn and they have learned to sit and listen and learn..I also use the lobrary for c.d.s, movies and books for my 9 year old daugther. So she can pick out new books to read that she likes and I kow then that she will read them..
    Linette K.

  4. Morgan J. Says:

    Thanks for responding, all! Remember, in order to be entered to win the eReader, you MUST fill out a response form as indicated in the blog post.

    — Morgan J., KDL