David Sedaris Winner Selected

sedarissm** UPDATE: Wow, thanks for the library love bombs! We wish we had tickets for each and every one of you. The (random number-generated) winner of the pair of tickets is Shelly, who wrote on March 28 that she enjoys long walks with audiobooks. Have a great time, Shelly!


Love David Sedaris? Know anyone who does?

Here’s your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Sedaris, best-selling author and National Public Radio humorist, in person at 7:00 PM on Sunday, April 14 at the DeVos Performance Hall downtown.

All you have to do is sign up for KDL’s monthly eNewsletter and leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you love most about the library. Enter by March 31. Already receive our eNewsletter? Great! Just leave your comment below! And so it will be done. You will be entered.

* Tickets courtesy SMG/Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place & DeVos Performance Hall


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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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49 Responses to “David Sedaris Winner Selected”

  1. Bonnie Conley Says:

    As a busy working woman, I love the electronic access to the library for checking out all the great book selections across all the branches. The convenience of reserving and renewing online is fabulous!

  2. Mandy VanHaitsma Says:

    I can’t say enough about the wonderful resource that KDL is in our community, and personally for this family. My kids love going to the library, and we are there twice a week for new books, movies and music.

  3. Kim Gulliford Says:

    We love all of the different options at the KDL. Great books, free activities & always a fun place to visit. I also like the instant check in service that’s available!Thanks for all you do.

  4. Pam Spring Says:

    I use KDL for so many things! When our family goes on vacation we get books on cd and music to listen to in the car. We download free magazines. I have used KDL resources for business research. But my favorite is still checking out a great read to enjoy fireside in winter or in a hammock in the summer.

  5. Nic Stover Says:

    The KDL is not just great for the books you can take out, it’s a wonderful place to go and hide out and read or do research. Plus, it’s a great place for an instant office. I travel all over the county so whenever I need to settle into a quiet place to get some work done, KDL is my choice.

  6. leslie bosscher Says:

    KDL has amazing children’s programs, an elaborate selection of books, music, movies, ebooks, magazines, resources, etc. KDL is an automatic stop for our kids on our way out of town. They can choose reading material and movies to keep them occupied. I love the quiet browsing and the user friendly website.

  7. Rachael Says:

    I love inter-library loan–I can get almost any book I am looking for.

  8. Rachael Says:

    The library staff is always very helpful and I’ve really enjoyed the movies and documentaries available on the DVD

  9. Pam Says:

    I love being able to request books online and receive notifications when they are in. I also make good use of downloading audio books!

  10. Alex Says:

    I love the self checkout and how easy it is to request materials from other locations.

  11. Lindsay Says:

    I love the e-book lending library!

  12. Nancy Says:

    I love the access to audiobooks and e-books. I also love I can create lists online of books I want to read, but don’t have time for quite yet. This helps so I won’t forget about them!

  13. Wendy Says:

    I love the books, the smiling librarians in the Kentwood Branch as I walk in and the grand variety I have access to.

  14. Magda Says:

    I love the online book request and e-book library!

  15. Sheila McHugh Says:

    I’m an ESL (English as a Second Language) and reserve rooms at the library for my teaching sessions. I also use the ESL books and love the vast variety of not every kind of book and DVD I can reserve and pick up at my convenience – for FREE! I’m planning a trip to Yellowstone this summer and have used the library’s resources for that purpose. I LOVE KDL!

  16. Amy West Says:

    As an avid reader (more than two a week, and sometimes as many as four), I simply could not afford to buy the books that I read. I have found that the library has afforded me a way to broaden my perspective and enrich my life, all at no charge! I take advantage of both the e- and traditional books, and being able to check out a book while sitting at one’s computer, and accessing the selection and starting to read it in about a minute, is simply wonderful. Requesting items makes popular selections accessible in a reasonable amount of time, and the “What’s Next Database” and “Future Book/DVD/CD Releases” are favorite sites on your website.

  17. Carol Says:

    I love that we can request books from other libraries. This was absolutely wonderful when I was home schooling. Thanks.

  18. Laura Lewakowski Says:

    Where else can I read and listen to an unlimited number of books for FREE??? I feel sorry for people who tell me they actually pay for books to load on their tablets. I try not to be pretentious when I say I’ve never ever paid for a book. I mean really? Get a library card!! Its so easy!

  19. Barry Adams Says:

    Plainfield Library is my library of choice. It’s the gateway to a world of fun and knowledge.

  20. Laura Aiken Says:

    KDL has been a life saver when money was tight it was our entertainment. When things got better it was our home improvement store. When things got really good it was our travel agent.

    Now it is our dependable friend to keep us where company wherever our journey takes us. (Plus it helped my kids develop a love for reading.)

  21. Jennifer Says:

    I like to keep an eye on the future book releases list. It helps me plan ahead. 🙂

  22. Cathy Winick Says:

    I like the bookstore and book sales.

  23. Kelley Says:

    We love the terrific children’s section. I also love how easy it is to reserve/hold books…my kids love to do this too!

  24. Star Says:

    I LOVE how you you can request almost anything and have it delivered to your home library. Also love the Friends book sales! I always find wonderful things at those!

  25. John williamson Says:

    I like the comic books. Great comic books. I also really really like the locations that store the DVDs on shelves with the spines out so you can read them without flipping through.

  26. Jamie Says:

    I love the self checkout and the fact that you can place a hold on books online and collect them at your nearest branch!

  27. Margaret Cartwright Says:

    I love i can browse the catalog in the middle of the night (when i get home from work) place a hold and pick up my book when it comes in. While it appears i will always love print books best, but i am so thankful the library has kept up with electronic media. It sure has been a blessing for me. (And my Kindle, too – ‘course i have one!)

  28. Pat Tucker Says:

    I love the library for all of the new things I discover and the wonderful programs, book sales, self check out. It is my favorite destination to walk to and hang out. I would love tickets to David Sedaris! I discovered him on books on tape at the library years ago and enjoyed so many lol moments!

  29. Sasha Hettich Says:

    I love the library because of the great free opportunities it provides for my young daughter, such as babytime play and storytimes! It is a great way to meet other parents and for my baby to socialize. And of course I love the used book sales and reading, too 🙂

  30. George Pawlowski Says:

    I love that KDL is a PUBLIC library–all can use it, free of charge.
    It’s a communion for readers, and an important democratic institution.

  31. Diane Says:

    I love KDL. While I am officially an owner of a GR library card, I live closer to KDL branches. This makes me infinitely happy, because not only are the children’s areas wonderful, the book selections are enough to get me there about three times a week. In short, I cannot live without my KDL fix.

  32. Kim Says:

    I love the large selection that the KDL libraries have. Also enjoy the many programs that are available. My family often visits the Waker KDL and the staff is always very friendly and helpful.

  33. Daniel Says:

    I love that I can request books from other libraries and pick them up at the library near our house, I love the ‘Recommend a Purchase’ form, I love the vast number of titles available (both ebooks and print), I love OverDrive/Freegal/Zinio/Mango… there’s a lot to love here!

  34. Katherine Says:

    I like Freegal as well as the broad selection of fiction and non fiction in the print collection.

  35. Pamela Says:

    Pamela says: I love the Cascade used book store and all of the great sales!

  36. Lynn Says:

    I love the librarians! The ones at my favorite library (Wyoming)are always incredibly helpful and I love chatting with them! It’s nice to strike up a conversation about a book I plan to check out because it makes me even more anxious to start and I love talking about my thoughts on a book when I return it!

  37. Joe Says:

    I love downloading ebooks and taking my kids to toddler time in Grandville!

  38. Janelle Says:

    The public library is a great place to find new things to read and watch, as well as study. I also love David Sedaris’ work and hope to get the tickets 🙂

  39. Shelly Says:

    Long walks are even better with a good audiobook.

  40. Marni Says:

    I love the inter-library loan. What a great resource!

  41. Jess Says:

    My kids would say Wyoming Branch storytime. Me? I love that I can “order” a book on-line and easily pick it up at our local branch any time.

  42. Kathy Says:

    Even though so much of life has gone digital, the library will always be a place of serenity for me. The staff is always so helpful, check out is a breeze and I love ordering books online to pick up and settle into a comfy corner. It is truly a respite in my busy life! Thank you KDL!

  43. Elizabeth Says:

    I love the children’s section! It is such a great place for kids (and parents).

  44. Debra Says:

    I love the library. It is for me a place of quiet reflection and a place of inspiration. Whether I am looking for entertainment, information, or an educational experience, the library has something for me. The librarians are always friendly and when you get to know them, they are good resources in directing you to materials you might like to check out. Thank you.

  45. Kathy Barnett Says:

    I love the inter-library loan system, which gives me access to so many books and DVDs. I enjoy reading magazines and newspapers at the East Grand Rapids branch. I also enjoy on-line access to data bases and magazines, including Consumers Reports.

  46. Linda Pepper Says:

    We have the KDL addiction. I have three amazing grand children who love to read, they love your audio-book selection and the Play-Away stories. Oh yes, so does grandma. It’s so nice to see how comfortable they are using the library at their young ages, their excitement on our visits. I know they will continue their library relationship into adult-hood. I want to add a big thank you for all the wonderful information events, music and games you offer to the community. A second thank you to the wonderful staff members.

  47. Ariana Says:

    My very favorite thing about the library is hearing what children say in/around the library. My favorite quote to date was from a little girl who was walking towards the library with a crate full of books. “That’s a lot of books,” I said to her. “No it isn’t,” she said.

  48. David Says:

    Interlibrary book loans.

  49. Becky Says:

    I love how I always feel at home when I’m at the library, like visiting with old friends.