Cheers to the Winner!

January 21st, 2016

Ladies and gentlemen,

A tip of the hat to you all! When we asked for your finest home brews, we were not expecting the inundation of creativity and deliciousness you sent in! 24 entries were dropped off to Gravel Bottom Brewing (their largest home brew competition to date!) for a blind tasting that spanned two days, with 10 judges including Angela Steil, the world’s youngest cicerone!


“We were very impressed by the creativity of all the submissions. With beers inspired by all sorts of great books, from Lord of the Rings to 50 Shades of Grey and everything in between, judging was a very entertaining experience, of course it doesn’t hurt that the beer quality was great as well.  We are very thankful for all who participated, both as brewers, but also as judges.  With such strong competition this year, I can’t wait to see what next year brings!” commented KDaLe organizer Joshua Bernstein.

Beers were judged on their aroma, appearance, flavor, mouth feel and inspiration. It was a tough couple of days but someone had to be declared the winner. With perfect scores across the board, we are pleased to announce that David Beerens and Nick Rodammer’s James and the Giant Peach Gose won first place and will be brewed at Gravel Bottom Brewing!


James and the Giant Peach Gose will be released at the KDaLe Wrap-Up Party on February 24th at Gravel Bottom Brewing. We invite you all to come and try the winning beer and celebrate the success of another KDaLe season with food, music and of course, great beers.

1st Place – James and the Giant Peach Gose brewed by David Beerens and Nick Rodammer

2nd Place – Winnie the Brew “Hunny” Saison brewed by John Britt
“Nailed the theme, beautiful looking beer.”

3rd Place – Mort, Short for Mortimer Stout brewed by Jacob Peacock
“A well-written description paired with a solid brew. Pleasant nose!”

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who entered! We look forward to seeing you on the 24th.

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KDL Welcomes New Board Member

January 20th, 2016

Andy ErleweinThere’s a new face on KDL’s Board of Trustees.

Andrew Erlewein now represents the City of Rockford and Cannon, Algoma, Courtland and Grattan Townships. His term runs through December 31, 2019.

Andrew has a background in actuarial and computer science. He is an Assistant Vice President at Aon Risk Services, serving the risk management needs of industrial clients. He lives in Rockford with his wife, 2 children and puppy.

“My family and I have been active Kent District Library patrons since moving to Rockford, and I look forward to contributing my talents to the future success of the KDL,” said Andrew. “I especially would like to reach out to the Kent County citizens who may not realize what benefits the library has to offer them.”



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Visit Us at the Kids and Family Expo

January 18th, 2016

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Stop by and say hi to us at the Kids and Family Expo, taking place from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, January 23 at the DeVos Place. It’s sure to be a great time for the whole family! Our booth will feature a KDLville interactive play space for the younger children and KDL Lab Experience for older kids. We’d love to share with you about all the exciting things taking place at KDL. Cabin fever will be here in West Michigan, and this expo will encourage you to come play and enjoy some family bonding, move with physical activities, learn and explore with creative mind activities and lead healthier lives. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children 3-15 and free for children 2 and under.

We hope to see you there!

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January 14th, 2016

Every so often we sadly say goodbye to someone who is a part of the soundtrack of our lives whom we have never met. RIP David Bowie. Thank you.

Kent District Library would like to share his music and literature with our patrons. Download free David Bowie music using our Freegal app or Hoopla app. Be sure to also click on Classic Rock Artists to obtain a listing of musicians found in both Freegal and Hoopla.

KDL has an outstanding collection of David Bowie’s CDs and a good selection books, both ebooks and print available for your perusal. Click here to get you started.

Stop by the information desk at your library branch or call our Patron Services department at 616-784-2007 for assistance with downloading Freegal and Hoopla apps, downloading ebooks or searching our online catalog for books.

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ALA 2016 Youth Media Award Winners

January 13th, 2016

On Monday in Boston, the ALA announced the 2016 Youth Media Award Winners!laststoponmarketst

John Newbery Medal for the most Outstanding contribution to Children’s literature:

Winner: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
Honor Books:

findingwinnieRandolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

Winner: Finding Winnie illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Honor Books:

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for bonegapyoung adults:

Winner: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Honor Books:

For a complete listing of all the awards, click here.



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Win Tickets to Disney on Ice!

January 11th, 2016

Disney on IceWe are excited to offer you the chance to win a family four-pack of ticket vouchers to Let’s Celebrate, presented by Disney on Ice! It’s easy to enter. Leave us a comment on this blog post and tell us your favorite KDL program you have attended. If you’ve never been to a KDL program, that’s OK too. Let us know of a program that KDL could offer that you would attend. Please submit your comment by 9:00 AM on Monday, January 25. Two lucky winners will be contacted by email.

Disney on Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate will be playing at the Van Andel Arena February 11-14. Vouchers can be redeemed at the box office for tickets to any of the following shows:
Thursday, February 11, 7:00 PM
Friday, February 12, 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 13, 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM or 7:00 PM
Sunday, February 14, 1:00 PM or 5:00 PM

Good luck!

***Our lucky winners have been chosen and contacted! If you would like to purchase tickets, you can do so using this link:

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New Adult Booklist: Vegan Comfort Food

January 10th, 2016

Check out some new recipes for the new year! This booklist features all sorts of delicious recipes, and they are all vegan. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite, or reinvent an old standard!

Robin Robertson's Vegan Without Borders: Easy Everyday Meals from Around the World       Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed      Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker: 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free Recipes

Check out all of our booklists over at KDL Recommends!

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Star Wars Fever

January 8th, 2016

Star Wars is back in the spotlight because the long-awaited movie “The Force Awakens” is now in theaters and it is getting favorable reviews. This movie is “Episode VII” in the series and follows some characters (such as Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford) about 30 years after “Episode VI” (which is 1983’s “Return of the Jedi”).

It is important to know the sequence of the Star Wars movies, as it can be confusing to beginners. The first Star Wars movie from 1977 was called “Star Wars” but is also called “Episode IV: A New Hope.” That’s right, the first movie was the fourth in the storyline, and the prequels (the beginning of the story) came out starting in 1999! The movies were released in this order: 4-5-6-1-2-3 and now 7. Click here to see and place holds on KDL’s copies of Star Wars movies.

Note to beginners: While much science-fiction takes place in the future, Star Wars takes place “long ago, in a galaxy far away.”

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New DVDs for the new year

January 6th, 2016


On vacation over the holidays last month, I was able to spend some extra time watching new DVD arrivals. Three of them in particular caught my attention and my fancy.  First off is a new documentary (recommended by a library patron—thanks!) titled “1971: the year a few ordinary citizens took on the FBI”.  In a brief running time of 79 minutes, this movie packs a punch, showing how history can be changed by seemingly minor events. In that year, a group of anti-war protestors broke into a small FBI office in Media, PA. Their goal was to find out what kind of files the agency, then under the authority of J. Edgar Hoover, was keeping on dissenters and draft resisters. Their find was stunning, and the film, through suspenseful re-enactments and powerful interviews, gives us the scoop on this bit of hidden history. Was the break-in right?  The filmmakers, though undoubtedly having an opinion on the matter, nevertheless let the viewer decide.  “Faust” is a film based on the great German poem by Goethe, directed by a Russian, Alexander Sokurov.  Employing a technique that avoids frequent camera cuts and favors a flowing take instead, Sokurov draws us in with an atmosphere of gloom, decay and the Devil, 18th-century style.  Faust, a scientist and “seeker of truth”, meets the Devil in a pawn shop, and soon finds himself spiraling out of control as the evil one draws him in through Faust’s desire for a young woman, Gretchen. Murder, mysterious events and desire make this a fascinating film. (“Faust” is not rated, but is the equivalent of an R rating.) Finally, there is “Closer to the Moon”, an English-language production about an obscure chapter in Romanian history that took place at the height of the Cold War.  A bank robbery takes place but it is filmed in broad daylight. No one worries about it at first since there was a director and a cameraman there, and besides, it’s Romania, where crime (supposedly) doesn’t happen.  Or does it? Based on a real event that took place in 1959, “Closer” maintains an appropriately light (and ironic) tone in the face of the rather serious implications of people dealing with life under a repressive regime, and risking their lives in the process.  Thoroughly enjoyable, my only complaint about “Closer to the Moon” is the fact that sometimes British accents are employed when it would’ve been much more believable to hear Romanian accents instead.  (This film is also not rated; equivalent of an R, for a few brief scenes.)

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Teen Film Festival: Submission Deadline Approaching

January 5th, 2016

TeenFilmFestivalLogoThe deadline for submissions in the Kent County Teen Film Festival is Friday, January 22. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to see your film on the big screen and win amazing prizes!

Selected films will be screened from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 27 at Celebration! Cinema North (2121 Celebration Dr. NE). Click here for more information, including contest rules. The Kent County Teen Film Festival is sponsored by Compucraft and Kent District Library.

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