Crowdfunding Expert to Motivate Local Innovators

September 1st, 2015

Calling all creative types with a dream to spearhead! Crowdfunding and Kickstarter expert Richard A. Bliss will take center stage at the Cascade Township Branch of Kent District Library to share industry tips on the dos and don’ts of marketing and funding creative projects. Good Richard A Bliss

KDL is proud to present this 20-year veteran of Silicon Valley, with extensive experience in content marketing, social media coaching and game publishing, to our local aspiring creatives. Game developers, designers, artists, musicians, film directors, writers, anyone in the creative field, is invited to attend the session.

In partnership with the 2015 GrandCon Gaming & Comic Arts Convention, Bliss will present the fundamentals of building a crowd and launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects. Kickstarter boasts nearly 90,000 successfully funded projects with over $1 billion in pledges since its launch in 2009. Kickstarter is notably known for surpassing the money necessary to create the fan favorite Veronica Mars movie in just ten hours.

Join the informational session on Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 PM at the Cascade Township Branch, 2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE Grand Rapids 49546. Pre-registration is not required.

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Write Michigan Contest Kicks Off Today!

September 1st, 2015


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

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

We can’t wait to read your story!

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Sequel to The Young Elites to be Released Soon

August 28th, 2015

Rose SocietyI pledge myself to the Rose Society until the end of my days, to use my eyes to see all that happens, my tongue to woo others to our side, my ears to hear every secret, my hands to crush my enemies. I will do everything in my power to destroy all who stand in my way. –The Rose Society Official Initiation Pledge, by Adelina Amouteru

The sequel to New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu’s The Young Elites continues the story of anti-heroine Adelina Amouteru, who survived the blood fever which left her scarred and considered a malfetto, or an abomination by her father and the rest of society. After leaving home, she meets and joins a group of Young Elites, malfettos with special powers, who call themselves the Dagger Society.

At the end of The Young Elites, Adelina is betrayed by those she once trusted and kicked out of the Dagger Society. In The Rose Society, Adelina flees with her sister to start her own society of elites. But Adelina’s powers are growing beyond her control, and she’s struggling to cling to any good left inside of her.

Want to know more about what to expect from The Rose Society? Lu is answering fan questions on her Facebook page.

The Rose Society comes out October 13th. Place your hold here.

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Great Classes for Parents and Caregivers

August 26th, 2015

ECEParents and caregivers of children are invited to participate in free Early Childhood Essentials classes at KDL this fall. If you have young children or work in child care and need professional development hours, this series is for you. All of the presenters are certified and vetted through program sponsor Great Start to Quality. The classes are for adults, and child care is not provided.

Registration is required and participation is limited. Sign up today by clicking on the links below or calling our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007. If you register and then are unable to attend, please call and let us know, as many sessions have waiting lists.

Designing Learning Opportunities
Thursday, September 3, 6:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch

Exploring Humor in Children’s Books
Monday, September 14, 6:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Monday, November 2, 6:30 PM, Wyoming Branch

Injury Prevention
Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Twp. Branch
Monday, October 5, 6:30 PM, Wyoming Branch

Growing Scientists
Thursday, September 17, 6:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch

Positive Discipline
Monday, September 21, 6:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Twp. Branch

Mini Day of Learning; Challenging Behaviors
Part I: How Might I fit Into Behavior Issues?
Part II: Tips and Tools for Creating Great Days for ALL!
Saturday, September 26, 10:00 AM, Part I, Cascade Twp. Branch
Saturday, September 26, 12:00 PM, Part II, Cascade Twp. Branch

Let’s Solve Problems the Pre-school Way!
Monday, September 28, 6:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Saturday, October 10, 10:00 AM, East Grand Rapids Branch

Mini Day of Learning; About Learning
Part I:
Designing Learning Opportunities for Young Children
Part II: Growing Scientists
Saturday, October 3, 10:00 AM, Part I, Caledonia Twp. Branch
Saturday, October 3, 12:00 PM, Part II, Caledonia Twp. Branch
Saturday, November 14, 9:00 AM, Part I, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 14, 11:00 AM, Part II, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Understanding Communication Styles
Thursday, November 12, 6:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch

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KDL Uncorked Serves another Round of Favorites to Patrons

August 24th, 2015

Returning this fall after a fruitful inaugural year, “KDL Uncorked” dishes out a variety of programs for wine and hard cider enthusiasts. This season patrons can look forward to free wine making and tasting programs held at various KDL branches and discounted winery tours and tastings. KDLUncorkedLogo_Print

New to the roster this year is wine entertainer Allie Merrick, director and co-host of the video series My Wine Words. “Don’t judge a book by its cover or a bottle by its label. When it comes to words and wine, translating tones and textures is key to discovering the depth and dimension of what you read or sip. I look forward to sharing with lovers of literature an experience where what’s poured will be paired with pages of novels and prose,” said Merrick.

Steve Siciliano, owner of Siciliano’s Market in Northwest Grand Rapids, will lead Winemaking 101 classes at several KDL branches. Jason Lummen, owner and creator of The People’s Cider Co. welcomes patrons to come and learn about the art of dry cider making, inspired by the European cider drinking culture.

As with the KD aLe beer series, KDL Uncorked includes a pair of off-site events, a buy-one get-one wine and cider tasting at Kayla Rea Cellars in Rockford and a tour and discount tastings at Cascade Winery.

To register for any of the KDL Uncorked tasting events, go to or call (616) 784-2007.

List of Events:

KDL Uncorked: Wine Tasting & Tour at Cascade Winery Wine crafters and owners Rose & Bob Bonga invite you for an educational tour of the Cascade Winery. Enjoy a variety of seasonal wines for 50 cents per taste. Participants must be age 21 or older. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.
Wednesday, September 16, 6:00 PM, 4665 Broadmoor Ave. SE, Grand Rapids

KDL Uncorked: Winemaking 101 Join wine aficionado Steve Siciliano, owner of Siciliano’s Market, as he talks about the ins and outs of making wine at home. Learn about the basic equipment and procedures needed for making wine from concentrated kits, as well as with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Monday, September 21, 6:00 PM, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch Thursday, September 24, 6:00 PM, Walker Branch
Tuesday, October 13, 6:00 PM, Tyrone Township Branch
Tuesday, October 27, 6:00 PM, Caledonia Township Branch
Monday, November 16, 6:00 PM, Englehardt/Lowell Branch

KDL Uncorked: Wine Tasting at Kayla Rae Cellars Enjoy buy-one-get-one tastings and a presentation by winery owner Karen Grossman on how current wine and cider selections were developed, created and refined. Participants must be 21 or older. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.
Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 PM, 31 Courtland St. NE Rockford
Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 PM, 31 Courtland St. NE Rockford

KDL Uncorked: The People’s Cider Co. Tour and Tasting Discover a fresh take on craft beverages in West Michigan. Jason Lummen, owner and creator of The People’s Cider Co., will give a tour and provide free tastings of their Traditional Barrel Aged Ciders. Tastings are free and $4 half pints will be available for purchase. For adults ages 21 and older.
Tuesday, October 20, 6:00 PM, 600 Maryland Ave NE, Suite B Grand Rapids

KDL Uncorked: Wine & Words with Allie Merrick A perfect pairing of bottles and books. Join Allie Merrick, co-host of My Wine Words, as she pairs wine with literary works. Read and sip between the lines in a unique wine experience. Pre-Registration is required. For adults ages 21 and older.
Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, November 19, 6:00 PM, Kentwood/Richard L. Root Branch

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Civic Theatre Passes: The Great Gatsby

August 24th, 2015

gatsbyStarting NOW until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Comstock Park and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branches for the dress rehearsal of The Great Gatsby on Thursday, September 10 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 admissions 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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Back to School Books for Teens

August 23rd, 2015

sophomoresotheroxymSurprise sequel and in time for back to school!  Sophomores and Other Oxymorons by David Lubar, is the followup book to Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie.  Scott Hudson survived last year despite his mother being pregnant but now he has a little brother and a bunch of new challenges at school.

orbitingjupiterAnd coming in October, Gary Schmidt has a new book, “Orbiting Jupiter“.  12-year old Jack has always been an only child so it is a new experience when his parents bring 14-year old Joseph to the family farm.  Joseph spent time in juvie and just wants to see his daughter Jupiter but he also has to deal with a new school and a family life very different than his own.




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Laugh a Little. Laugh a Lot!

August 19th, 2015

In need of a good laugh?  Try these new nonfiction humorous titles.  They’re guaranteed to get you in the right mood for back to school season.

Modern Romance (2015) by Aziz Anzari: The acclaimed comedian teams up with a New York University sociologist to explore the nature of modern relationships, evaluating how technology is shaping contemporary relationships and considering the differences between courtships of the past and present. 

Why Not Me? (2015) by Mindy Kaling: The star of The Mindy Project and author of the best-selling Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? presents a second collection of uproarious essays, observations, fears and advice on everything from prisoner fan mail to celebrity interactions.  

Yes Please (2014) by Amy Poehler: The actress best known for her work on Parks and Recreation and Saturday Night Live reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood, and her relationship with Tina Fey.

Sick in the Head (2015) by Judd Apatow: Presents a collection of conversations with some of today’s most popular comedians, drawing on the author’s teenage radio hosting days to include pieces from the early years, and including interviews with such names as Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, and Sandra Bernhard. 

Gumption (2015) by Nick Offerman:  The star of Parks and Recreation  and author of Paddle Your Own Canoe pays tribute to inspiring mischief makers, from George Washington to Willie Nelson, while expounding on such topics as religion, handcrafting, and meat. 

Furiously Happy (2015) by Jenny Lawson: A #1 New York Times best-selling author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened presents a memoir about the most compelling theme in her work: living with severe depression and mental illness and taxidermied roadkill raccoons.

Not That Kind of Girl (2014) by Lena Dunham: The creator and star of HBO’s Girls documents her coming-of-age in and out of the spotlight, recounting her experiences with everything from dieting and embarrassing sex to dirty old men and performing in less-than-ideal conditions.

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Take a Sneak Peek at KDL’s New Catalog!

August 17th, 2015

With one month until our September 17 launch of the new, exclusive KDL catalog, we thought a status update and a sneak peek may be in order. As you can see from this photo taken in KDL’s learning lab, we’ve been very busy training our staff on the new setup. TrainingLab_Photo1-smaller

We apologize for the temporary inability to access interlibrary loan services while we migrate to our new system. By October 1, KDL cardholders can use MeLCat, the statewide resource sharing system, to request items KDL does not own. There will be a direct link to MeLCat from the KDL catalog and it is an easy electronic process to request books. By going directly to MeLCat from the KDL catalog, we will offer our customers access to much larger library collections around the state. Over 400 of Michigan’s public, school, college and university libraries participate in MeLCat, including 39 of the 41 Lakeland Library Cooperative member libraries.

The new catalog will be a significant improvement for KDL cardholders; offering a better search experience, easier access our digital collection and more customer-friendly policies, like increased allowable holds and the ability to avoid overdue fines by renewing material (that does not have holds) up to three times.

Change can be a struggle, but we think within a short time, you will come to love the enhanced features of the new catalog, while still enjoying the ability to interlibrary loan material. Please bear with us through this process as we work on increasing and improving our services to you. For more information on the new KDL catalog, please see our previous blog post and read through our Frequently Asked Questions.

Here’s a sneak peek of the new KDL catalog …

Results for Title Search for “girl on the train”

Here’s a quick look at a fictional, demonstration patron’s Holds when logged into her account…

Sample display of customer holds in the new KDL catalog

Sample display of customer holds in the new KDL catalog

And here’s how Digital Checkouts will display for this demonstration library patron…

A library patron account will show both "Digital Checkouts" and "Library Checkouts" in the new KDL catalog

A library patron account will show both “Digital Checkouts” and “Library Checkouts” in the new KDL catalog

Here’s how “Library Checkouts” will display…

A library patron account will show both "Library Checkouts" and "Digital Checkouts" in the new KDL catalog

A library patron account will show both “Library Checkouts” and “Digital Checkouts” in the new KDL catalog

We hope you enjoyed this sneak peek of KDL catalog! Stay tuned for more information on our September 17 launch!

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September LibraryReads Staff Picks

August 14th, 2015

You already know that your local KDL staff provide great recommendations when you’re looking for your next favorite book. Now library staff across the nation have connected to offer LibraryReads, a nationwide “Top 10” list of favorite titles each month! Check out these upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. The Art of Crash Landing: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteThe Art of Crash Landing: A Novel by Melissa DeCarlo
    “At once tragic and hilarious, this book is a roller coaster of a read. You’ll find yourself rooting for the snarky and impulsive but ultimately lovable Mattie. At the heart of this tale is a beautifully unraveled mystery that has led Mattie to her current circumstances, ultimately bringing her to her first real home.”
    Patricia Kline-Millard, Bedford Public Library, Bedford, NH

  3. Make Me: A Jack Reacher NovelMake Me: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
    “Jack Reacher is back. Jack gets off a train at an isolated town. Soon, he is learning much more about the town, and its residents are learning not to mess around with Jack Reacher. Readers new to this series will find this book a good starting point, and fans will be pleased to see Jack again.”
    Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA

  5. House of Thieves: A NovelHouse of Thieves: A Novel by Charles Belfoure
    “Belfoure’s intriguing novel is set in Gilded Age New York City. John Cross, head of the family, finds an unexpected talent for planning robberies, while his wife and children also discover their inner criminals. The historical details and setting evoke old New York. I enjoyed every minute of their escapades.”
    Barbara Clark-Greene, Groton Public Library, Groton, CT

  7. Fates and Furies: A NovelFates and Furies: A Novel by Lauren Groff
    Fates and Furies is a modern portrait of marriage. Lotto Satterwhite is the center, the hub around which all the characters revolve in the first half of the book. In the second half of the book, the lens turns to Lotto’s wife Mathilde, and her side of the lopsided partnership gives us a totally different view. Groff is a master of language. It’s not a gentle read. But it’s magnificent.”
    Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN

  9. Did You Ever Have A FamilyDid You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg
    “Clegg’s devastatingly beautiful fiction debut is the portrait of a community in the aftermath of a tragedy. June Reid, the broken woman at the epicenter of the novel, is struggling with a loss so profound that she is unable to see beyond her grief, unaware that it has touched many people. Clegg tells their stories with heartbreaking sensitivity and insight.”
    Mary Coe, Fairfield Woods Branch Library, Fairfield, CT

  11. The Gates of EvangelineThe Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young
    “Journalist Charlie Cates goes to gloomy, swampy Louisiana to write a book about the disappearance of a young child. Her research uncovers family secrets, lies, and clandestine affairs. This first book in a new series is incredibly suspenseful, with a vivid setting, a supernatural tinge, and an intricate plot that keeps you guessing until the end.”
    Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ

  13. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible ThingsFuriously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
    “Lawson’s hilarious memoir is a romp between absurdity and despondency. Passages alternate from ridiculously funny stories of her life to episodes of her sometimes debilitating depression. Lawson embraces living life, rather than merely surviving it. Why be just happy when you can be furiously so? Recommended to fans of David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley.”
    PJ Gardiner, Wake County Public Libraries, Raleigh, NC

  15. This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison
    “Harriet Chance receives word that her recently deceased husband, Bernard, has won an Alaskan cruise. Deciding to go on the trip, she is given a letter from her close friend Mildred, with instructions not to open it until she is on the cruise. The contents of this letter shatter Harriet and she begins to reevaluate her life and her relationships.”
    Arleen Talley, Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation, Annapolis, MD

  17. Girl Waits with GunGirl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
    “When the Kopp sisters and their buggy are injured by Henry Kaufmann’s car, Constance Kopp at first just wants him to pay the damages. As she pursues justice, she meets another of Kaufmann’s victims, the young woman Lucy. Stewart creates fully developed characters, including the heroine, Constance, who is fiercely independent as she faces down her fears. The time period and setting are important parts of the story as well, providing a glimpse of 1914 New Jersey.”
    Maggie Holmes, Richards Memorial Library, North Attleboro, MA

  19. The Scribe: A NovelThe Scribe: A Novel by Matthew Guinn
    “A shunned detective is pulled back to Atlanta to solve some brutal murders that seem to be the work of a serial killer. Political intrigue, a fascinating time in this country’s history, and a good old-fashioned murder mystery make this one fascinating read. This book asks the question: when a man has had everything taken away, will he still fight for what is right?”
    Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX


See for more information and find your next great read!


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