January 15: Meet 5 Michigan Authors

January 10th, 2015

The second of our new seasonal Michigan Authors Nights will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday, January 15 at the Cascade Township Branch. The authors will sign, sell and read from their masterpieces, and also take questions about the writing and publishing process. We debuted this event in October with books on faith and baseball, Michigan wine, a pot-dealing teenage detective and a memoir of escape from war-torn Czechoslovakia. The evening was fast-paced, fascinating and fun.

You never know, your next favorite author could live in your neighborhood.

Here’s the January line-up:

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Write Michigan Voting Begins!

January 9th, 2015

WriteMichigan-blackThe finalists in our third-annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest have been selected; now it’s your turn to vote.

Vote for your favorite story among the semifinalists at writemichigan.org. You may vote for up to one adult, one teen and one youth entry per week between now and Saturday, January 31.

Readers’ Choice and Judges’ Choice winners will be announced on February 2. The awards ceremony featuring Susan Dennard, author of the Something Strange and Deadly series, will take place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 21 at Schuler Books (2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512).

All finalists’ stories will be included in a collection published by Schuler Books & Music.

 


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KDL Branches to Open at Noon Today, Jan.9

January 9th, 2015

Due to hazardous road conditions, KDL branches with regular morning hours will open at 12:00 PM today. This morning’s storytime programs are cancelled. Please be safe and we hope to see you at KDL this afternoon!


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KDL Closing at 5:00 PM Thursday, Jan. 8

January 8th, 2015

Due to severe weather and travel conditions, all KDL branches will close at 5:00 PM today (Thursday, January 8). All evening programs are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Program Cancellations

January 8th, 2015

Sled DogsDue to the impending winter storm, the Mush! sled dog program scheduled tonight at the Spencer Township Branch has been rescheduled to next Thursday, January 15, at 6:00 PM. As of right now, all other programs taking place tonight will be held as scheduled, but we will update this post if there are any other program cancellations.

UPDATE: The Gluten-Free Lifestyle program scheduled tonight at the Walker Branch has also been cancelled due to the weather. This program has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 26, at 6:30 PM.

UPDATE: All KDL branches will close at 5:00 PM tonight and all evening programs are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 


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Gone Girl is Back!

January 7th, 2015

Gone GirlGillian Flynn’s Gone Girl was the book that friends told their friends to read in 2012 and 2013. Now the book is flying off the shelves again, because the movie just finished a successful run in theaters and the DVD is coming out this month. The book is well-written, descriptive, psychological and full of thrilling plot twists. It centers around a wife who is missing and the husband who is under a cloud of suspicion.

The movie stars Ben Affleck and is directed by David Fincher. As far as movie adaptations go, it is a very good summary of the book, and the author wrote the screenplay.

 

 

 


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Civic Theatre Pass Giveaway: The Mousetrap

January 6th, 2015

1mouseStarting 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 The Mousetrap on Thursday, January 15 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 rehearsal night only.

Snowed in and stranded house guests become suspects as Detective Sergeant Trotter investigates a series of murders. The longest-running show in history, it is no mystery why The Mousetrap is a theatre classic!

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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New (More!) Branch Hours Start Today!

January 5th, 2015

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At the request of KDL customers and our municipal partners, and thanks to the generosity of KDL voters, the library will be delivering on our millage promise of offering more convenient hours at all our locations. Starting Monday, January 5, KDL is offering a total of 56.5 more open hours spread across 15 branch locations. The remaining three KDL branches — Alpine, Caledonia and Spencer townships — got additional hours in September. Click here to see new hours as of today.


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

January 5th, 2015

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 February 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: Gadget Petting Zoo
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Create Your Own Website or Blog
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Online Research: Genealogy Research I & II
  • Online Research: Genealogy — FamilySearch.org
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis
  • Microsoft Office Workshop
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I & II
  • Job Seekers: Job & Career Accelerator
  • 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):

  • 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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Early Lit Bits: KDLville Spotlight

January 3rd, 2015

Parents often ask where we get some of the cool toys that we feature in our KDLville areas.

We love these magnetic boards from Lakeshore Learning. Holding the stylus helps children develop fine motor skills. And the best part? No loose pieces to pick up or step on!


 

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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