Free Computer Classes for Adults

November 3rd, 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 December classes:

  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Online Security
  • 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):

  • December classes: Registration begins Monday, November 3 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, November 10 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • 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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Civic Theatre Pass Giveaway: Mary Poppins!

November 3rd, 2014

1maryNOTE: As of November 6, ALL passes are gone.

Supercalifragalistic expiali … boo-yah!

Starting today until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Gaines Township (opens at noon) and Krause Memorial (Rockford) (opens at 9:30 AM) branches for the dress rehearsal of Mary Poppins on Thursday, November 13 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 616-784-2007.

 

 

 


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — Little Green Peas

November 2nd, 2014

Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors by Keith Baker

Keith Baker’s third concept book is sure to be a hit with your preschooler.  Baker’s previous books, LMNO Peas and 1-2-3 Peas, illustrate numbers and letters with the help of a fun-loving group of little peas.  This installment finds the peas exploring colors in large, two-page illustrations, perfect for sharing with a group.  Encourage them to repeat the phrase “little green peas” as it occurs after each new color.  In one-on-one reading, have your child point to and name the different activities the peas are doing.  Can you find the ladybug and paper airplane hidden in each scene? Ask which color is your child’s favorite.  Talking together about the pictures and asking questions are great ways to help get your child ready to read!

— Elizabeth W.  at KDL’s Plainfield 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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Two Ways to Connect with a Vet

November 1st, 2014

thankyouShow your support for our veterans by writing a letter of appreciation anytime in November. Templates are available at all KDL branches. Letters will be distributed to veterans through the local Department of Veterans Affairs.

Also during the month of November, KDL Gives Back will sponsor a collection of wish-list items in support of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Items needed include new batteries, new-release DVDs, men’s and women’s personal care items and individually wrapped candy bars and snacks. Drop items off at any KDL branch.

 

 

 

 


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KDL Top Ten — Horror

October 31st, 2014

Oh, the Horror! This week’s Top Ten unearths the most popular and fearsome books at KDL this month. Be afraid… but click on the list:

KDL Top Ten Horror 10-31-2014

 


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Seed Saving and KDL

October 31st, 2014

Are you are gardener who saves seeds, or just interested in learning more?  Did you know that KDL has its own Seed Library of heirloom seeds? Drop by any of our 13 participating locations to learn more about borrowing and donating seeds to the KDL Seed Library.  Or, check out these books on saving seeds!

KDL Recommends Seed Saving

 


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Don’t Forget to Submit Your Story!

October 30th, 2014

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The deadline for submitting an entry to the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest is November 30… so get writing! Opportunities like this don’t come around every day, so don’t miss out on this chance to get published and win money! With categories for youth, teens and adults, the entire family can participate.

See www.writemichigan.org for complete details.

 


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Watch Basketball, Support KDL

October 29th, 2014

Grand Rapids DriveThere’s a new basketball team in town! We have partnered with the Grand Rapids Drive to give you an opportunity to watch some exciting basketball while also supporting Kent District Library. Purchase tickets to any of the Drive’s home games using this link, and 20% of the sale will be donated to KDL. Tickets are $10 each and home games will be played at the DeltaPlex Arena. Check out the 2014–2015 home game schedule. All home games start at 7:00 PM.

Go Drive!

 


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Hear From a Holocaust Survivor

October 28th, 2014

MartinYou are invited to hear Martin Lowenberg present My Experiences as a Youngster in the Holocaust taking place at 6:30 PM on Monday, November 10. Because we expect a large turnout, this program will take place at Mill Creek Middle School (100 Betty Street NE in Comstock Park). Martin has been a Holocaust educator for more than 25 years. He will share his experience as a Jewish child growing up in Germany under Hitler, his survival in several different concentration camps and eventual liberation into Sweden. Despite it all, his is a story of hope and faith.

This program is part of a Live and Learn Lecture series presented by the Comstock Park Branch in partnership with the Comstock Park Community Outreach Group.

 


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Picture Book Biographies

October 28th, 2014

I can’t think of a better way to learn about history and people of interest! Load up on fun facts about artists, inventors and other amazing people with our Picture Book Biographies booklist.

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