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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Great News for DVD Watchers!

January 2nd, 2015

DVDs2015 brings good news for all our patrons who check out DVDs from their local KDL branch! Previously, fines on certain DVDs were $1.00 a day. Fines for all DVDs are now 15 cents a day. Also, we have heard from many of you that you can’t get through a TV series DVD in just 1 week. We understand! We have now extended the loan period for DVDs of TV series to 3 weeks.

Happy New Year!

 

 


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10 New Year’s Tech Resolutions

December 31st, 2014

Clean your machine
Perform electronic housekeeping regularly with a PC optimization program such as CCleaner, available both as a free download and a premium tool with more advanced features. Your computer will run faster and be more secure online. Find more info and download links at http://www.piriform.com

De-clutter your desktop
A clear desktop reduces distraction and improves productivity. Remove shortcuts, put files into folders organized in your Documents and delete unused icons. Then upload a new wallpaper for the desktop background.

Update your softwarecalvin-and-hobbes-New-Years-Resolution

Whether it is your Windows OS, Java, Adobe or your anti-virus program, it is critical to keep each updated. Many programs can be configured to update automatically, but some will require manual installation depending on your settings. When in doubt as to the validity of that nagging message popping up on your desktop with an update reminder, use ya search engine to find the company offering the update and check their website for update news.

Install an anti-virus
Simply stated, no computer should go online without anti-virus protection — period. There are so many options ranging from free to affordable (considering the consequences). For comparative info on the major programs available, see the article from PC magazine: http://www.pcmag.com

Achieve zero in-box
Stay sane with an in-box that is empty. Impossible, you say? Not so. With determination and tips from Mashable you can achieve inbox nirvana: http://mashable.com

Delete old accounts
It’s hard to know how many online accounts and services each of us has created by now, but it’s probably somewhere in the neighborhood of “too many.” It would be great to cut the clutter by just deleting the ones you don’t use. But companies don’t make it easy, burying the account deactivation pages from view and requiring a litany of frustrating steps to get there. Check out this website for assistance: http://justdelete.me

Use a password manager
Keepass, a free password manager, can be installed locally on your computer to store passwords, generate new passwords and even easily transfer passwords via drag-n-drop. No more excuses to not use unique, strong and different passwords for each of your accounts.  http://keepass.info

Back it up
Computers don’t last forever, and we don’t realize that until our PC or laptop breaks and we lose some important data. To avoid that, make a habit out of backing up your hard drive manually, or using the many free back-up tools online: http://www.consumerreports.org

Install tracking devices on your gadgets
How often have you lost your keys, misplaced your phone or had your laptop swiped while your back was turned? With advances in GPS, Bluetooth and other technologies, more and more devices that help you find lost or misplaced items are coming to market. For a list of some of the more popular tracker-based solutions, go to http://www.pcmag.com

Disconnect
A Swedish study reported in Forbes Magazine concluded that “Regularly using a computer late at night is associated not only with sleep disorders but also with stress and depressive symptoms in both men and women.” So make the effort to turn your devices off and read a book! http://www.forbes.com

 


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Holiday Closing — New Year’s Day

December 29th, 2014

Kent District Library will be closed Thursday, January 1 for the New Year’s holiday. In addition, all branches will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve). We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, January 2. For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy New Year!
Happy New Year

 

 


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Early Lit Bits: Games & Activities

December 28th, 2014

Mom, I’m Bored!

Traveling over the holidays? Kids bored because of too many snow days in a row?

Print some fun scavenger hunt cards from our PLAY-GROW-READ! website. Use them on the road, outdoors or inside the house on a cold winter day.

Make these fun felt socks. Keep them in a zippered plastic bag in your carry-on luggage or purse and play a fun matching game if you get stuck at the airport over the holidays.


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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New Adult Booklists

December 23rd, 2014

The holidays are approaching and winter seems to be here. Sounds like a good time to find a new read from the latest KDL booklists. Check out the links below:

To see these booklists as well as many other recommended reads, be sure to check out the KDL Recommends section on our website.
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KDL Gives Back: WOW!

December 22nd, 2014

vetsdonationOur delivery last week of two vehicles filled with some 750 hygiene items, snacks and other goodies to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans – plus $457 through our staff jean days and 500 letters to vets written by adults and children — marked the end of our 18-month KDL Gives Back initiative to reach out to agencies in Kent County that need help.

Here’s a breakdown of the total impact of that effort:

Thank you to our employees and to our patrons who participated!

 


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Gaming Tournaments: Sign Up Today!

December 21st, 2014

mario-kart-wii-1Get your gaming skills ready and join us for some intense action! Many will enter, only the best will be crowned champions.

Mario Kart Tournament for Kids and Teens

Join us for a Wii gaming tournament for grades K-12 featuring Mario Kart, prizes and snacks. Champions will be crowned in two separate divisions. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library. Pre-registration is required. 
Saturday, December 27, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

 

Teen Halo Tournament
Calling all teens! Think you have what it takes to compete in our Halo 4 multiplayer tournament? Sign up with a partner and battle the best of the best in this first-person shooter competition. The last team standing wins the prize! Pre-registration is required.
Saturday, February 14, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch

 


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