Celebrate National Library Week!

National Library Week


National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide — and the perfect time to discover how you can join the circle of knowledge @ your library. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

Julie Andrews for our Libraries

Learn more and watch these National Library Week videos!


The Kent District Library encourages you to celebrate National Library Week and discover all of the treasures your local KDL branch library has to offer!

What does the library mean to you? Let us know in the comment section below!


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5 Responses to “Celebrate National Library Week!”

  1. Karen Halstedt Says:

    The Kent District Library has been a part of my life for over 50 years. I lived across the street from the old Paris Twp. library in Kentwood when I was a child and used a wagon to bring books home to read not only to myself but to my stuffed animals and my dogs. After I had children we visited the Wyoming branch faithfully and my 2nd son took after me. We brought home books by the bags full (he’s in the Army now and still a reader).

    Now I am pretty much housebound and I use the internet exclusively to request books and my husband is such a trooper in always picking them up and dropping them off for me on pretty much a weekly basis. I can’t wait for the next Winter reading program to start (just forget the snooowww).

    Thank you so much for providing such enjoyment for me over the years. I don’t know what I would do without such a fantastic library system. I can armchair travel, solve mysteries, and further enhance my favorite hobbies of quilting and knitting through the vast selection.

  2. edehaan Says:

    Thanks for the comment, Karen. It makes us proud to know that we’ve been such a positive resource for you. We hope you continue to enjoy all of the services we have to offer.

    And be sure to let us know if there is anything we can do to improve.

  3. Anne M. Kimble Says:

    I remember the big blue book mobile. I spent hours sitting on the floor trying to decide which books to take home. I’ve had a library card my whole life. I can’t think of a better gift for any child. My nephew, Adam, has come to love the library as much as I have. The first time he used his own card he took out a handful of books. He loves going to the website to see what’s new and putting things on whole. The library holds hope, laughs, help and an endless number of sources for people. Someone once wrote that it is better to have books and no money than money and no books. I still agree with that today. Thank-you.

  4. Jen@BigBinder Says:

    I have always loved the library. I didn’t grow up in Grand Rapids, but my small local library was a place I could go and learn about anything I developed an interest in. I remember learning how to use the card catalog (oh yes, I’m old – this was before computerization). I also remember accidentally forgetting to turn my library books in on time. I had my own card at an early age and was so upset I had a fine that I used my Tooth Fairy money to pay it off.
    Now, I am so fortunate to have the resources of KDL. The programming is wonderful and it makes it so easy to encourage my children to be ‘library lovers’ too.

  5. Jenna Says:

    I, too, have been a library patron since my early childhood. My small town library card used to have a metal plate in it that you put into a machine to stamp the dates when we wanted to check out books. When I got my first bike, I required it to have a basket on the front AND a rack on the back for carrying all my books.

    Now my kids, 2, 3 & 4 yrs old, are just as much lovers of the library as I am. I am especially thankful for online capabilities–such as renewals (oops–late again?) ordering resources from other libraries, as well as requesting purchases. I’ve been able to get, use, request, and encourage others to use the library system to help save money as well as get involved in the community and take advantage of one of the best resources around to help keep you literate and pass that gift on to your children.