New Booklist: It Happened in Michigan

April 8th, 2015

Who knew so much happened in Michigan! If you’re looking for something new to read, why not try something set in our beautiful, unique state? Check out this list of both fiction and nonfiction set in Michigan, featuring the great titles pictured here and many more!

The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man             Motor City Burning: A Novel               If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Tigers: Stories from the Detroit Tigers' Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box

Other new adult booklists:

Left-Brain Candy

Blinding Me with Science

Find other great booklists over in KDL Recommends.


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

April 6th, 2015

Spring 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 May 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)
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics and More
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Office Workshop
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • 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):

  • May classes: Registration begins Monday, April 6 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, April 13 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

April 6th, 2015

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

The popularity of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and its movie has lead to the revival of an old genre in teen literature: Sick Lit. As the story goes, beautiful but terminally ill teens find The Meaning of Life, True Love and other Very Important Things  before shuffling off this mortal coil.

This is not one of those books.

First, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (MEDG) is hilarious. Antihero Greg Gains and his bawdy friend Earl have some of the most hilarious exchanges in teen lit. Second, MEDG defies every Sick Lit stereotype. The narrator befriends Rachel, the dying girl, only because his mom guilts him into it. Greg doesn’t fall in love with Rachel or vice versa. Earl is a bad best friend. No one delivers a monologue that sounds like a PhD. philosophy thesis. No one achieves existential transcendence.

But MEDG is much more than an anti-Fault in our Stars. By shunning the Sick Lit script and easy characterizations, author Jesse Andrew delivers an honest sketch of teens on the edge of the next (or final) stage of life.

 


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Michigan Authors Night

April 3rd, 2015

Show your support for authors from our area and discover your next favorite writer. The next of our seasonal Michigan Authors Nights will be held at our Kentwood Branch on Thursday, April 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Our line-up is:

Nonfiction author Lisa Rose Hammond
J.R. Roper, youth fantasy author
(Work by the authors above are part of KDL’s Local Indie collection)

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Book Bash is Coming Soon!

April 2nd, 2015

BookBash-KDL_jpgBook Bash is right around the corner! We hope you plan to attend our Giant Warehouse Book Sale, featuring more than 20,000 gently-used books and other items that will be available for just 50 cents to $1 each. Sunday is Bag Day — $6 buys as many items as you can fit in a bag. All proceeds support Summer Reading @ KDL and other branch programs. Held at the KDL Service Center, 814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park.

Friday, April 24, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 25, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 26, 1:00 – 4:00 PM (Bag Sale)


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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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