Book Club in a Bag

December 10th, 2014

Book Club in a BagDid you know that we offer a Book Club in a Bag program, which allows book groups to check out a bag of everything they need for their book discussion? Learn more, including current available titles, by clicking here.

If you have used our Book Club in a Bag service, we need your help. Please take this short survey by December 15. You will be entered to win a copy of Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder or a set of Lit W!t trivia cards. Thanks so much!

 

 


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Author Kent Haruf Died Over The Weekend

December 6th, 2014

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Author Kent Haruf died Sunday at the age of 71.  His last novel, “Our Souls at Night,” will be published next year.  Kent Haruf wrote novels set in the quiet fictional town of Holt, Colorado. This includes Plainsong, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.

 


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Author P.D. James Died Last Week

December 5th, 2014

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Well-known author P.D. James died last week Thursday at her home in England at the age of 94.  P.D. James wrote mysteries beloved by many readers, including her last book Death Comes to Pemberley in 2013 which paid homage to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

 


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Wimpy Kid Readalikes

December 4th, 2014

Did you recently finish the Wimpy Kid journey? After checking out the movie, you might be up for a new adventure with other quirky characters! Searching for comic-style comedies? You don’t have to look far for Wimpy Kid Readalikes – we’ve collected them here, just for you.

Try out some of these less-than-superheroes in this comic collection! If you can’t stop giggling, you might think you’ve found the next best thing since Greg Heffley…

Here are a few finds you might enjoy next:

 

bignateBig Nate, Mr. Popularity by Lincoln Peirce

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Big Nate is Mr. Popularity! Nate’s decided to run for office! Will he triumph over the more popular kids? With Francis’s help, he might just have a winning chance!

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bigfatzombiefishMy Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: The SeaQuel by Mo O’Hara

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After Tom rescued Frankie the goldfish from his big brother Mark’s toxic science experiment, Frankie somehow became a big fat zombie goldfish with dangerous hypnotic powers.

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mylifeasajokeMy Life as a Joke by Janet Tashjian

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Derek Fallon discovers all the angst that comes with being twelve—he just wants to feel grown up, but life gets in the way with a series of mishaps that make him look like a baby.

link to catalog

 

 

 

loserlistThe Loser List #4: Take Me to Your Loser by H.N. Kowitt

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Danny Shine is trying to avoid wrestling Bruiser Pekarsky in gym. That’s why he goes to the info session about running for class president. To his surprise, he finds that he might actually have to step up and lead the 7th grade and find out that sometimes, even when you win, you lose!

link to catalog

 

Whether you’re just waiting for the next book in the Wimpy Kid series or looking for something a little different to tickle your funny bone, these titles might have you laughing your socks off the whole way home!

 


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Winter Adult Programs

December 3rd, 2014

Beat the winter blahs with these programs taking place at your local KDL branch!

Trash Into Treasure
Learn the chalk and clay painting techniques that can give old stuff new life. Instructors Sue and Carol from Full Circle Design Studio guide you through the process of refinishing old picture frames. Please wear appropriate clothing and prepare to be inspired. All materials will be supplied including frames. Click here to see locations, dates and times. Pre-registration is required.

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Explore beginning steps of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns with certified teachers Marjorie Goosen. Supplies will be provided and no art training is necessary for this easy-to-learn and fun method of relaxation. Pre-registration is required. Click here to see locations, dates and times.

Gluten-Free Lifestyle
For those who have been diagnosed with celiac disease, advised to go gluten-free or just want to learn more, chef Terri Rees will share tips, techniques, substitutes and recipes. Click here to see locations, dates and times. No registration required.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
Over 35 years of published research supports the mental and physical benefits of mindfulness meditation. Instructors from the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness will introduce you to the theory and lead you through several foundational practices. A guided meditation CD and handouts will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Click here to see locations, dates and times.

 


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Happy “Giving Tuesday”

December 2nd, 2014

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You have enjoyed (survived?) Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Did you know that today is Giving Tuesday? Today might be a great day to make a donation to Kent District Library online or by mail. Gifts of any size are so appreciated! KDL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and your donation is tax deductible.

Your gifts to Kent District Library support the programs, services and collections provided to the people of our community. Check out this list of some of the items your donations provide.

A huge thank you goes out to all our generous donors!

 


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KDL Lab Programs Featured on Fox17 Morning Mix

December 1st, 2014

Learn more about our upcoming KDL Lab programs! Check out this segment from FOX 17’s brand new show, Morning Mix:
 

 

Lab programs at the Kent District Library

 


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

December 1st, 2014

Winter 2014-2015 Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our January classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More!
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Using It and Loving It!
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Where’s My Stuff?
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Sharing, Saving and Ordering
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. Kindle Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Gadgets: Get Appy with Your iPad
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Internet Basics
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Online Research: Resources for Book Lovers
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Career Transitions Workshop: LinkedIn Boot Camp
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required and will begin the month before the scheduled classes on the first Monday of each month for KDL cardholders and the second Monday for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available):

  • January classes: Registration begins Monday, December 1 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, December 8 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • February classes: Registration begins Monday, January 5 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, January 12 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Shop Online, Help the Library

December 1st, 2014

Online Shopping

Happy Cyber Monday, everyone!

While you’re busily hunting for those Christmas shopping deals online, don’t forget that you can help KDL with each purchase. Just click on the icon below, or go to http://www.kdl.org/books_and_more/go/purchase_books, then use the links on that page to continue on to Amazon.com and Schuler Books & Music’s websites. By using the links on that page, a percentage of the cost of the purchases made during your shopping session will be returned to the library.

For additional shopping options, check out GoodSearch’s GoodShop program, which includes over 700 online stores. Just enter “Kent District Library” as your charity, then use their links to your favorite online shopping sites. A percentage of your purchases will go to the library.

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These are just two of the ways KDL is creating additional revenue in order to continue providing quality library service to our customers. If you’re interesting in finding out how you can contribute to the library, please visit www.kdl.org/donate. We appreciate your support!


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Win Tickets to a GR Drive Basketball Game

November 30th, 2014

Grand Rapids DriveThere is a new basketball team in town, the Grand Rapids Drive, and we are thrilled to provide you with a chance to see some exciting action on the court! Stop by any KDL branch location by December 12 and complete an entry form for your chance to win two tickets to the game at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 7 at the DeltaPlex Arena.

Want to increase your chance of winning tickets? Leave us a comment on this post and tell us why you want to go to a GR Drive game. We will randomly select one commenter to win two tickets.

Good luck to all!

 


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