Patron Story: Kristin Buursma

October 9th, 2014

Buursma2Kristin Buursma is always looking for opportunities to help her three-year-old business stand out and thrive. The Belmont resident and owner of Northlight Nannies found just the thing recently at Kent District Library: free Early Childhood Essentials classes.

Read Kristin’s story here.

 

 

 

 


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2015 Book Lover’s Calendars For Sale

October 8th, 2014

Book Lover's calendarBook Lover’s Calendars are here!

Are you an avid reader or do you have friends who like to read? Looking for the perfect teacher or hostess gift? Stumped about what to buy the person who has everything?

Here’s the perfect solution! Buy everyone a 2015 Book Lover’s Calendar, and pick one up for yourself as well. Packed with hundreds of great reads, Book Lover’s is the calendar that keeps you reading.

Sponsored by the KDL Alliance of Friends, the 2015 Book Lover’s Page-a-Day Calendar is available for purchase at any KDL branch. Proceeds help support the Kent District Library’s projects and programs.

Calendars are only $7.00!

 


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Zombie Program Just for Teens

October 7th, 2014

ZombieHarvestBrainsSave your brains! Teens grades 6-12 are invited to the Harvest Brains program taking place at several KDL branches this fall. Attendees will build a survival bag, practice their aim, and learn what it takes to stay alive during a zombie apocalypse. Don’t miss out on all the fun!

SCHEDULE:
Thursday, October 16, 2:30 PM – Comstock Park Branch
Saturday, October 18, 10:30 AM – Alto Branch
Wednesday, October 22, 3:30 PM – Gaines Township Branch
Thursday, October 23, 6:30 PM – Tyrone Township Branch
Saturday, October 25, 1:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, October 25, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Thursday, October 30, 3:30 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, October 30, 6:30 PM – Grandville Branch

Branch locations can be found here.

 


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

October 6th, 2014

Fall 2014 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 November classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Using It and Loving It!
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Create Your Own Website or Blog
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics & More
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Career Transitions Workshop: LinkedIn Boot Camp
  • Job Seekers: Job & Career Accelerator
  • 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):

  • November classes: Registration begins Monday, October 6 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, October 13 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Early Lit Bits: App Review – iWriteWords

October 5th, 2014

iWriteWords is a colorful and educational app that helps to teach kids letters, numbers and simple words. Use a finger to drag the crab character along a letter or number and follow the numbered dots to make the shape. When done correctly, you will hear the letter name. Drag the letter or tilt your device to drop the letter into the corner. When spelling words, a related picture will appear. The cute illustrations and easy-to-use format will engage a child while also helping children to recognize letters and their names. It also will help them begin to learn how to form letters, which aids in preparing them to be ready to write. Try other features as you change the letter size, practice with upper and lower case letters or tap the tune of the alphabet song. Sing, talk and read together as you try out this app available from the Apple app store. The Lite version is free, and the full version is $2.99.

– Julie R. at KDL’s Caledonia Township Branch

 


 

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

 


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Write Michigan Contest

October 4th, 2014

Michelle at WGVUEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Assistant Director Michelle Boisvenue-Fox talk about the 3rd Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. Enjoy!

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Download WGVU10-2-14.mp3

(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 

 

 

 

 

 


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KDL Top Ten — Adult Mystery

October 3rd, 2014

October is Mystery Month! Examine this week’s Top Ten list to discover the most popular Mysteries right now at KDL:

KDL Top Ten Adult Mystery


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New Database: Grand Rapids Press

October 3rd, 2014

Grand Rapids PressDo you want to read current or past articles from the Grand Rapids Press? We are making that easy for you! We now offer online access to the Grand Rapids Press from 2000–present on our Reference Resources page under Newspapers. All you need is your KDL library card.

Happy reading!

 


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October 16: Meet Four Michigan Authors

October 2nd, 2014

Front coverIn our continued efforts to promote home-grown writing talent, we’re introducing seasonal Michigan Authors Nights at four of our branches, where up to five authors with books published in the past 12 months will be able to sign, read and sell their masterpieces.

The inaugural event will be held at our East Grand Rapids Branch (in the City Commission chambers) on Thursday, October 16 from 6:00–8:00 PM. Our first line-up is:

 


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Save Money on Griffins Tickets

October 1st, 2014

griffins_logoHockey season is here! Use your Kent District Library card to get a great deal on Grand Rapids Griffins hockey tickets.

For every Sunday and Wednesday home game (excluding Dec. 31) during the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 2014-15 regular season, present your Kent District Library card at the Van Andel Arena box office on the night of the game or at The Zone anytime during the store’s regular business hours to purchase either an Upper Level ticket for $14 (regularly $16 advance and $19 day of game) or a Lower Level Faceoff ticket for $18 (regularly $20 in advance and $23 day of game). Limit four tickets per card per person, subject to availability.

Check out the Griffins’ schedule and plan a fun night out for a great deal!

Go Griffins!


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