Civic Theatre Passes: Alexander and the Terrible…

April 2nd, 2015

1alexStarting NOW until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Gaines Township and Krause Memorial (Rockford) branches for the dress rehearsal of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (30 N. Division Ave.) All dress rehearsals are general seating and vouchers must be redeemed for an admission ticket on dress night only.

Vouchers do not guarantee a seat, as dress rehearsals include open admission sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM.

Questions? Call KDL Patron Services at 784-2007.

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Holiday Closing – Easter Sunday

April 2nd, 2015

All Kent District Library branches will be closed Sunday, April 5 for Easter. We will resume normal operating hours on Monday, April 6. For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Easter!


Happy Easter

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Teen Poetry Contest: Enter Today!

April 1st, 2015

PoetryApril is National Poetry Month, and that means KDL is hosting our 12th annual Word Wise teen poetry contest.

From April 1 to April 30, teens are invited to submit their original poems online or at their local KDL branch.  Winners will receive a $50 gift card to Schuler Books & Music.  The winning poems will be published on the KDL website.  Take some time to check out our teen page for a complete list of rules and an online entry form.

Happy writing!

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Spring Break Fun!

March 29th, 2015

SpringStaying in town for spring break? We can help keep your kids happy, busy and entertained… and we may even sneak in a little education (but they will never know)! Between Celebrate Spring with Butterflies, Fantastic Flying FunGaming Unplugged: Board Game Boredom Busters and much more, there won’t be any time for boredom.

Click here for a complete list of our programs taking place April 3 – 12.

And if you are heading to the sunny south for break, make sure to stop in your local branch and stock up on some great vacation reads.

Wishing everyone a safe and fun spring vacation!

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KDL Director Appointed to Wayne State University Advisory Board

March 26th, 2015

While we are always proud of our dynamic director, today we have special reason for it.Lance small2012

The Advisory Board for the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University has appointed Kent District Library Director Lance Werner to serve on their board.

“I am honored to be appointed to the SLIS Advisory Board. This is a wonderful opportunity to help shape the future of library education in Michigan,” said Werner. “I look forward to working with my alma mater in this capacity.”

The SLIS Advisory Board is made up of 14 members who offer advice and suggestions related to the school’s strategic direction and programmatic initiatives. The Board works to ensure Wayne State University continues to prepare library professionals who are equipped to meet the evolving needs of libraries and information agencies.

That’s our fearless leader. Rocking libraries, and librarians, now and into the future.


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Happy 50th, Sound of Music!

March 26th, 2015

Fifty years ago this month, the Sound of Music was released, and it certainly has aged well. The songs still feel fresh and captivating, the choreography is fun, and the romance…well romance never goes out of style. There is much to say about this great film, its legacy (including this video!), and amazing performers, but its real trademark is how enjoyable it is for all ages. To that point, a 50th anniversary DVD and blu-ray has recently been released! Place your holds now and so long, farewell!

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World War Nonfiction

March 25th, 2015

Ifrozenintimef you are looking for an interesting nonfiction read about World War II, give “Frozen in Time” by Mitchell Zuckoff a try.  This is a very well written book that starts with the crash of an U.S. cargo ship into the Greenland ice cap and includes the subsequent rescue attempts.  But the other portion of the book is a modern attempt to locate and recover the one of the rescue crafts, a U.S. Coast Guard Grummand Duck amphibious craft.  Both stories will have you hoping for a successful rescue despite the harsh weather deadwakeconditions.

2015 marks the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, a luxury ocean liner.  Erik Larson’sDead Wake” is set around that sinking and brings to life some of the key figures and events leading up to that disaster which facilitated the entry of the USA into World War I.  Plus as a bonus, the book has a really great cover!





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Spring Seed Library Programs with Rick Vuyst

March 21st, 2015

flowerland logoGet a Good Swift Kick in the Plants!
Learn the 10 secrets to success from gardening guru Rick Vuyst and experience his contagious passion for gardening as a happy and healthy lifestyle. Also known as “Mr. Green Thumb,” Rick is the host of the popular radio program airing Saturday mornings on NewsRadio WOOD 1300, a frequent guest on WZZM-TV 13, CEO of Flowerland and blogger at
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 6:30 PM, Cascade Twp.
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 12:00 PM, Alpine Twp.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 6:30 PM, Wyoming

Fourteen KDL branches are seed-lending libraries (our Comstock Park Branch recently was added — woo-hoo!). Find out more here.

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Two New Foreign War-Era DVDs

March 20th, 2015

The after-effects of a war can be as powerful and decisive as a war itself—it may be won, but the battle for other things, such as the ideas that spawned it in the first place, may continue to live on and manifest themselves in ways subtle or not so subtle.

Such is the case with two new DVD releases of foreign films, both based on true stories, one from the Czech Republic, the other from Argentina. “Burning Bush” shows how ordinary Czechoslovakians reacted to the trauma of Soviet and Warsaw Pact troops invading their country in August 1968, thus ending the period of greater freedom known as the Prague Spring. The decision of a young man, a college student, to douse himself in gas and set himself on fire—an event apparently meant to mirror the end of political freedom brought about by the Soviet Union—is the opening scene for this long, but nevertheless riveting drama that was originally shown on Czech television. The self-immolation, which takes place in a public square in Prague, naturally sends officials into a panic, knowing as they do that this suicide, like the one done by a Buddhist monk in Vietnam several years earlier, is meant to show the grief of many over having their country invaded. Enter Dagmar, a lawyer, who is asked by the mother of the young man to make sure her son’s name is not dishonored by the lies she knows the government is using against his memory. Dagmar does her best, but her work is also being actively opposed and monitored by a government that can no longer tolerate the freedoms it once allowed. Highly recommended.

The German Doctor” is about Joseph Mengele, that most infamous of Nazi doctors, who escaped along with a number of his compatriots to South America in the immediate aftermath of World War II. The state of Israel is hunting for these men, and Mengele is hiding out in rural Argentina under another name, but he soon ends up in a German school far from the city that is clearly an enclave of Nazi sympathizers. He has also befriended a family, and one of the children, a daughter named Lilith, catches his eye as a potential patient. Lilith is somewhat small for her age (she is 12), and the doctor has a potential solution, a growth hormone he’s been working on. Lilith’s mother is also pregnant, with twins. (Those who know anything about Mengele will find that frightening in itself.) Set in 1960, in a world unto itself (both culturally and geographically), the film has a slow, ominous build-up to a scarily atmospheric ending. Though occasionally lacking in its use of suspense, the film nevertheless delivers a potent dramatization of how long justice can be delayed, and evil lingers on long after it has supposedly been defeated.

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Free Access to

March 18th, 2015

lynda_logo3r-d_144xKDL patrons now have access to, which offers high quality online video tutorials on a huge range of topics! These are available on demand, so you can access them at any time.

Enjoy unlimited access to’s vast library of high-quality, current and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts. More than 3,000 courses are available to help anyone learn business, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

This new resource is listed under the Online Learning category of our Reference Resources page or can be linked to directly at


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