Experience Summer Online: See Your Community

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31 Responses to “Experience Summer Online: See Your Community”

  1. Craig KDL Staff Says:

    There are so many great communities around Kent county, what events and activities are you hoping to experience this summer? I want to explore some of the parks that I have not been to yet.

  2. Josh Says:

    We went to the Movie in the Park (Raiders of the Lost Ark) this weekend in Dowtown GR, and it was a lot of fun. They had some techincal issues causing the movie to not start until after 11, so we left a bit before it started, but there was fun stuff to do with lots of great food and activities. We will likely try again later this summer for one of the other movies once they work out the kinks.

  3. Shelby Brownell Says:

    Visited a different library today. Noticed some fun looking children’s storytimes- I think we might try to attend one next week.

  4. Craig KDL Staff Says:

    Josh that sounds like a lot of fun for everyone, and a good film choice for the whole family to enjoy. Bummer that they were having technical difficulties I’m sure they will have the kinks worked out in time for the next show.

    Shelby, it is always interesting to visit a new library location and see what new treasures lay within its doors. I will often visit local libraries when I’m on vacation to see what libraries in different locations are like, they all have their own charm in one way or another.

  5. Andrea Says:

    This summer my family and I went to Festival of the Arts in Downtown Grand Rapids. We got to see many different performances and it was fun.

  6. Sadie Says:

    So far this summer me and my family went to a different library. We went to the East Grand Rapids one. I enjoyed its size and the view of the lake, but I liked the variety of books at the Grandville Library instead.

  7. Diana DeYoung Says:

    I also went to Festival of the Arts! It is a great experience, and I got to be face painted like a clown!

  8. sarah Says:

    I visited the east grand rapids library and completed this here.

  9. Craig KDL Staff Says:

    So it sounds like Festival of the Arts was a big hit all around, I have heard great things about it from several people. The weather has been really nice out lately and I was able to visit the beach and read a book in the sand, my favorite summertime pastime.

    East Grand Rapids is a lovely branch to visit with an amazing view of Reeds Lake. Each library will reflect the interests of the community it serves. So where one library might have a lot of nonfiction another might have more inspirational fiction on their shelf. Each KDL is unique in its own way.

  10. Amy Says:

    We went to the Kentwood Library instead of our ‘home’ branch of Gaines Township. We also went to Festival of the Arts and are headed to the Children’s Museum!

  11. Kip, KDL Staff Says:

    Amy, thanks for trying out one of our other branches. I love visiting libraries whereever I go. It can be a really fun and interesting experience.

  12. Leah Threatt Says:

    I went to the Children’s museum. It was fun. They have so many things to do.
    I could spend hours there. Oh wait I did! 🙂

  13. Craig KDL Staff Says:

    Leah, the children’s museum is a great place to spend a day at. I love the giant bubble that you can make and stand inside of.

  14. Craig KDL Staff Says:

    There has to be lots of cool stuff going on for the July 4th weekend. What fun things did you do to celebrate the holiday? Watch fireworks or visit a parade or carnival? I was in the Sand Lake Parade yesterday it was a very long parade with lots of spectators and the weather was so nice.

  15. ben Says:

    This summer I went to a lot of Local First businesses on the Local Treasure Hunt. A few of the places I visited were: The Cheese Lady, Nantucket Bakery, Go Nuts and the Fulton Street Market. My favorite place was Nantucket Bakery because it smelled so good in there!

  16. Paula Says:

    My kids and I participated in the Local First Treasure Hunt. They had so much fun finding the code words and we discovered some local gems we hadn’t visited before.

  17. Kip, KDL Says:

    Hi Ben and Paula,

    The Local First Treasure Hunt sounds amazingly fun and it sounds like you found some great local spots. Great job!

  18. Lisa Says:

    My daughter and I picked strawberries and cherries at Ed Dunneback and Girls Farm – fun!

  19. Craig KDL Staff Says:


    That sounds like a great mother daughter day trip, it sounds like a lot of fun.

  20. Jessica Says:

    We went to a fair at Kollen Park earlier this month and also checked out the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Our boys loved the Lego exhibit! We went to our local Byron Twp. library branch today and we’re planning to visit the Grandville Library sometime in the next couple of weeks, too.

  21. Jamerson Says:

    Today we went to the East Grand Rapids Library instead of our home library of Cascade. It was fun to play with their toys and check-out their activities. Riding the elevator down to the children’s section was fun, too.

  22. Craig KDL Staff Says:

    Jessica and Jamerson,
    I’m glad that you have both been able to check out a different KDL branch over the summer. It is always fun to visit a new library and see how they are laid out what different types of materials they have to offer.

  23. logan Says:

    I went to the Childrens Museum. There is so much to do there! I love making bubbles and all the hands on activities.

  24. Kris Says:

    We alternate between the cascade branch (home) and east Grand Rapids branch for different kid activities. I’m sure other branches have fun children’s areas too, though

  25. Kip, KDL Says:

    You guys are finding some great ways to see your communities. Visiting museums and libraries are two of my favorite activities, so well done! Remember that you can see all of KDL’s programs for all 18 branches by going to http://www.kdl.org/events

  26. Wendy Says:

    I love visiting different libraries. This summer we visited the Cascade branch several times and attended a reception that was held at the Kentwood branch. Our home branch is Wyoming.

  27. Craig KDL Staff Says:

    Wendy, visiting different libraries is an awesome way to see different communities. Enjoy your new home branch, Wyoming is a really awesome branch to visit. I myself have only visited 16 of the 18 KDL branches but I hope to visit all of them soon.

  28. Lorelei Says:

    This summer I visited my local branch (Krause in Rockford) at least 3 or 4 times a week. I also visited Plainfield, Alpine, Walker, Grandville, Kentwood and Cascade. I love libraries!!!

  29. Kip, KDL Says:

    Way to visit a bunch of our libraries! They are all unique, so it is always fun to see them all. Have a great rest of your summer.

  30. Morgan Says:

    My local library is Krause Memorial. But I went to Kentwood. It is a big library compared to my local library. I really liked the view of the field of flowers.

  31. Craig KDL Staff Says:

    Morgan, nice job on checking out a new library. Did you get to see any airplanes landing? Kentwood has a great view of the airplanes heading towards the airport.

    I hope lots of people were able to visit a new or different library this summer.

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