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


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 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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Can Your KDL Card Boost Your Career?

October 27th, 2014

Mansfield1A few years ago Kelly Mansfield visited her local branch of Kent District Library, and when she went to check out some books, learned her library card had expired. That’s not likely to happen again. Besides being an avid reader and mother to two avid readers-in-the-making, Kelly has discovered a resource available only with her library card that has actually boosted her career.

Read about how by clicking here…

What’s your library story? Share it here and you could be featured on our website.






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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Acorn Boxes

October 26th, 2014

Acorn Boxes

Autumn walks turn up special little treasures. We often come home with our pockets full of acorns, pebbles and maple tree wings. Appreciate nature’s tiny gifts by making a special acorn box to house small objects collected on walks. Use two small sections of a paper egg carton to form the top and bottom of the box. Paint the top egg cup brown and the bottom beige. Cut a ½” slit in the bottom of the brown cup and pull a ribbon loop through to form a handle.  Knot the ribbon on the inside of the cup.  Now place your little treasures in the other cup (the bottom of the box) and glue the top on. Children may want others to guess what’s in the box or simply keep the secret as a reminder of time spent outside in the fall. You can find this craft and others like it at All Free Kids Crafts.

— Dana D. at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) 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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Whooo Loves Books?

October 25th, 2014

Bulletin Board


Reading is a hoot when you come to Tyrone Township Branch and check out our favorite owl-inspired books.
We enjoyed:


I’m Not Cute by Jonathan Allen,
a book about a cute owl who just wants to be big and strong.

I'm Not Cute By Jonathan Allen


Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood,
a bright book that explores the word of colors.

Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood


Owl Moon by Jan Yolen,
a book full of beautiful watercolor illustrations about a father and daughter searching for owls in the night.

Owl Moon

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