New Adult Booklists!

September 3rd, 2014

Adult Booklists logo-page-0Plenty of places to find a great book to read this fall:

To view other booklists prepared by Kent District Library, be sure to check out the KDL Recommends section of our website.

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Movie and Discussion Time!

September 3rd, 2014

The Plainfield Township Branch would like to invite all interested adults to come to a special screening of the film “Friday Night Lights” on Saturday, October 4, with pizza served at 12:30 PM and the film beginning at 1:00 PM. After our viewing, we will hold a discussion of the film and some of the themes explored. The movie, originally released in 2004, is based on the nonfiction book by H.G. Bissinger that was published in 1990. The story centers on a small town in Texas where high school football is the reigning passion, and the players are the heroes of the town. Here is a description:

Odessa is an oil town in the western part of Texas that is home to the Permian High School Panthers, the football team with the best winning record. The city’s economy is in a tailspin, but football is the one thing that brings all the people of Odessa together, and on Friday nights, as many as 20,000 people fill Permian’s football stadium to watch Coach Gary Gaines lead the team to victory. And in Odessa, a football victory is prized above all else. The players ponder the fact that a championship season can be as much a burden as a triumph.

The movie also spawned a popular television series, which ran for five seasons.

Though we will be discussing the movie and not the book (or the TV series), we encourage anyone attending to read the book ahead of time if they’d like and bring whatever questions or comments they’ve gleaned from it to our discussion.

 


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

September 2nd, 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 October 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)
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics & More
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Online Research: Genealogy Research I & II
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I & II
  • 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):

  • October classes: Registration begins Tuesday, September 2 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, September 8 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • 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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Write Michigan Contest Kicks Off Today!

September 2nd, 2014

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Short story writers, grab your laptops for the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, presented by Kent District Library, Herrick District Library and Schuler Books & Music. Entries are accepted now through Sunday, 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 adults, teens and children.

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

We can’t wait to read your story!


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You Decide Who Runs the Race!

September 1st, 2014

Genre DerbyWhat are your favorite reads at KDL? KDL’s Genre Derby, our online campaign to raise money for collections, will be returning in February, and we need you to vote on which genres make it to the starting gate. Fill out this short survey and the genres with the most votes will make the cut.

Last year, the Genre Derby raised over $6,000 for collections at KDL! Romance received the most donations, but every genre was a winner.

 

 


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review – “Thank You, Octopus”

August 31st, 2014

Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell

Bedtime ahoy! In this silly story, we find that Octopus might not be the best choice for getting his little buddy ready for bed. Octopus helps brush teeth with a paint brush and attempts to rock (and roll) Buddy to sleep. The action takes place on a boat and colorful, quirky illustrations carry the nautical theme throughout the book. Invite your child to respond as you read together. They will likely be repeating, “No thank you, Octopus” by the end of the story. Talk about the pictures and ask your child what Octopus should really be doing at bedtime. Can you think of a funny way to change one of your bedtime routines? Reading a bedtime story each night and talking together are fantastic ways to get your child ready to read!

— Liz 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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KDL Top Ten — Football

August 29th, 2014

Snap up books on all your favorite football teams and players in our SPORTS FOOTBALL collection. To get you started, here’s a highlight reel showcasing 10 of the most checked-out titles in this section:

KDL Top Ten Football 8-29-2014


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Thankful for You Days!

August 29th, 2014

COM thankfulThe KDL Happiness Project has been such a success that we want to celebrate with those who make us most happy—you! Help us celebrate with treats, fun, entertainment and surprises at each of our 18 branches.

Thursday, September 4, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Thursday, September 4, 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Alto Branch
Saturday, September 27, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, October 11, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Spencer Township Branch
Saturday, October 11, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Alpine Township Branch
Saturday, October 18, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Gaines Township Branch
Sunday, October 19, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch
Tuesday, October 21, 4:00 – 8:00 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, October 23, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Walker Branch
Saturday, October 25, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Saturday, October 25, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Saturday, October 25, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 15, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Tyrone Township Branch
Wednesday, November 19, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Comstock Park Branch
Friday, November 21, 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Grandville Branch
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Plainfield Township Branch
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Saturday, November 29, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Byron Township Branch

 


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Holiday Closing — Labor Day

August 28th, 2014

The Kent District Library will be closed Monday, September 1 for Labor Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, September 2. For additional 2014 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

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

 

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Civic Theatre Pass Giveaway: NOW

August 28th, 2014

1boatStarting 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 Boatwright on Thursday, September 11, 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. All questions go to www.grct.org.

By Bo Wilson. Original Play and World Debut. Grieving his wife, a retired man begins to build a boat to sail the seas in search of peace and quiet. Plans are put on hold when an unexpected friendship is formed with his neighbor’s son. A story of life, loss, dreams and friendship. AACT New Playfest Winner, first time on Civic Theatre stage.

 

 

 

 


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