Fun With Grandkids: A Program Series

September 9th, 2015

Fun with GrandkidsThis fall, we are inviting grandparents and grandchildren to come together for some fun bonding time at the library! Don’t miss out on our Fun With Grandkids events. Please click program titles for a list of dates, times and locations and to register if required.

Fun with Grandkids: DIY Spa
Create everything you need for your own intergenerational spa day! Make your own pampering products–foot scrub, bath salts, body glitter and lip balm–to take home! Pre-registration is required. For kids ages 6 to 96.

Fun With Grandkids: Let’s Play! Nostalgic Gaming for Ages 6 to 96
Experience games of yesteryear in this program designed for grandparents, grandkids and appreciators of old-fashioned fun. Enjoy nostalgic games like Checkers, Shooting Marbles, Jacks, Old Maid and Pick-Up Sticks. You may even get to shout “Bingo!” Best enjoyed by kids ages 6 and up and their parents and/or grandparents.

Fun with Grandkids: Zentangle
Grandparents connect with younger friends or family members through the fascinating world of Zentangle. Whether you’re looking to form beautiful structured images or want to spend time learning a new skill, this easy-to-learn method can bring out the artist in everyone. Engage your creativity and sense of fun through the fascinating world of Zentangle! Pre-registration is required and participation spots are limited. Open to children ages eight and above and adults of any age.

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Reminder About KDL’s New Catalog: Holds & Reading History

September 9th, 2015

With just 8 days left before we launch our exclusive new KDL catalog, here’s just a quick reminder about a few temporary service disruptions.

  • No holds may be placed after 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 12. Fill up your hold queue now and when the new KDL catalog goes live on September 17, you can go to town and place up to 25 holds!
  • Users of the Reading History and My Lists services in the LLC catalog who want to retain their information will need to download their data before September 14. Here are the instructions:
  • From Monday, September 14 through Wednesday, September 16:
    • Library users will be able to check material out at KDL locations, but returned material will not be checked in. Overdue fines will not accrue on KDL material for these dates.
    • KDL items that are currently checked-out cannot be renewed during this time.
    • KDL will not issue new library cards during this time.

The new catalog will be a significant improvement for KDL cardholders; offering a better search experience, easier access our digital collection and more customer-friendly policies, like increased allowable holds and the ability to avoid overdue fines by renewing material (that does not have holds) up to three times.

For more information on the new KDL catalog, please see our sneak peak at KDL’s New Catalog, the blog post announcing the new KDL Catalog and read through our Frequently Asked Questions.

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KDL Introduces Boomer Social Club

September 8th, 2015

In order to offer interesting and useful programs for patrons of all ages, Kent District Library now offers  the Boomer Social Club programs spanning from nostalgic recreation to improving physical and mental health to protecting seniors from financial exploitation.

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Current programs include:

Avoid the Scam – Some deals seem too good to be real, and many of them are! Get tips from the Kent County Sheriff’s department on how to avoid getting scammed through the mail or online. While senior citizens are especially encouraged to attend, this program is recommended for all adults.
Monday, September 21, 10:00 AM Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, September 22, 6:00 PM Tyrone Township Branch
Monday, November 16, 6:30 PM Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch

Celebrating Life in the Laughter Lane – As part of our Boomer Social Club, senior comedienne Judy Schreur will show you a humorous look at the power of laughter: why we need to laugh, what makes us laugh and how to make others laugh. This workshop will motivate you to look at the positive and good things in your life.
Wednesday, September 23, 1:00 PM Grandville Branch
Monday, November 2, 1:00 PM Plainfield Township Branch

Matter of Balance – Learn how to manage fears of falling and improve your balance. This 8-week series of classes at the Englehardt (Lowell) Branch will help you stay healthy and independent by learning how to re-think fall prevention in order to limit fears as well as incorporate strength and flexibility classes to improve balance. This award winning program is provided in partnership with Senior Neighbors. Registration for the entire series is required.
Thursdays, September 10-October 29 1:00 PM Englehardt (Lowell) Branch

Boomer Social Club also holds social gatherings with speed dating, trivia and games.
Wednesday, September 30, 1:30 PM Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, October 21, 1:30 PM Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch

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New Adult Booklist: Medieval Fiction

September 8th, 2015

Are you a fan of historical fiction?  If you dream of castles, knights and ladies in fine dresses, of Vikings, or classical Japan, then this list of Medieval Fiction may be for you!

A Burnable Book: A Novel               Sisters of Heart and Snow            The Whale Road

Check out our other great lists over at KDL Recommends!


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You crushed this year’s Summer Reading

September 5th, 2015

Here’s a look at this year’s Summer Reading numbers compared to last year’s:

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We offered 17 percent more programs this year and you liked them, you really liked them: Attendance skyrocketed by 41 percent. Overall, our total number of participants, which includes kids, teens, and adults who logged their summer reading, blew away last year’s numbers by 13 percent.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Summer Reading Club! We hope you found some good stories, got some sun and enjoyed a visit or two (or twenty) to our branches. Keep reading!


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Back to School Reads

September 4th, 2015

It’s almost time for new pencil cases, school zone enforcement, and that all-important decision: what to wear on the first day of school. Here are a few new school-related books:

Rosie Goes to Preschool

In Rosie Goes to Preschool by Karen Katz, helpful preschooler Rosie takes children through a day of preschool, providing reassurance and information.

ABC School's For Me!

Susan B. Katz has a new school-related book called ABC School’s For Me!. Familiar classroom activities are described for each letter of the alphabet in a rhyming text.

School Days Around the WorldIn School Days Around the World , author Margriet Ruurs shares the experiences of children from thirteen different schools around the world. Kids can see what it would be like to attend a school in Alaska, Kenya, Shanghai, and more.

Maple and Willow ApartMaple & Willow Apart by Lori Nichols portrays what might happen when an older sibling enters school, leaving behind a younger playmate. Maple enters kindergarten and leaves little sister Willow behind. At first, Maple is happy to tell Willow all about her adventures at school, but when she finds that Willow is creating her own adventures, she is a bit jealous.

My Humongous Hamster Goes to School

The amusing My Humongous Hamster Goes to School by Lorna Freytag tells of a pet hamster that grows to gigantic size after eating  all of the lunches in the room. Photo collages show the enormous hamster participating in everyday school activities such as art class, recess, and lunch.



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Win Passes to GrandCon!

September 3rd, 2015

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Attention all gaming enthusiasts! The GrandCon Gaming Convention is coming to the Crowne Plaza Hotel (5700 28th St.) September 25-27. Here’s your chance to win two full-conference passes. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post with your answer to this  gaming question: Name two tabletop games with a fictional place as the title.

Submit your answer by Sunday, September 13 to be entered into a random drawing. Two lucky winners will each win two 3-day gamer badges. Winners will be notified by email.

Good luck!


*** Congratulations to our lucky winners, Nicholas and David!

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Holiday Closing — Labor Day

September 2nd, 2015

The Kent District Library will be closed Monday, September 7 for Labor Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, September 8. For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Labor Day!



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Crowdfunding Expert to Motivate Local Innovators

September 1st, 2015

Calling all creative types with a dream to spearhead! Crowdfunding and Kickstarter expert Richard A. Bliss will take center stage at the Cascade Township Branch of Kent District Library to share industry tips on the dos and don’ts of marketing and funding creative projects. Good Richard A Bliss

KDL is proud to present this 20-year veteran of Silicon Valley, with extensive experience in content marketing, social media coaching and game publishing, to our local aspiring creatives. Game developers, designers, artists, musicians, film directors, writers, anyone in the creative field, is invited to attend the session.

In partnership with the 2015 GrandCon Gaming & Comic Arts Convention, Bliss will present the fundamentals of building a crowd and launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects. Kickstarter boasts nearly 90,000 successfully funded projects with over $1 billion in pledges since its launch in 2009. Kickstarter is notably known for surpassing the money necessary to create the fan favorite Veronica Mars movie in just ten hours.

Join the informational session on Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 PM at the Cascade Township Branch, 2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE Grand Rapids 49546. Pre-registration is not required.

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Write Michigan Contest Kicks Off Today!

September 1st, 2015


Write MichiganShort story writers, grab your laptops for the fourth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, presented by Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music. Entries are accepted now through Monday, November 30. Writers of all ages can enter, with cash prizes awarded for Readers’ Choice and Judges’ Choice. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.

Enhance your writing skills by attending one of the short story workshops being offered for teens and adults.

Learn more, including complete contest guidelines, by visiting the Write Michigan website.

We can’t wait to read your story!

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