Attention Rainbow Rowell fans!

September 21st, 2015

carry onAttention Rainbow Rowell fans – her new book is almost here! If you’ve enjoyed reading Eleanor & Park or Fangirl, check out her latest title, Carry On. It will be available October 6 and tells the story of Simon Snow, the worst chosen one who’s even been chosen. At least, that’s what his roommate, Baz, says – and Baz might be evil and a vampire, but he’s usually right about these things. The book starts just as Baz goes missing. Simon is determined to find him, of course. (Simon is determined about a lot of things: getting his girlfriend back, making it through his last year of magic school, saving the world.)

You might recognize Simon and Baz from Rowell’s book Fangirl. But if you don’t, don’t worry about it; this is a standalone adventure. As Rainbow says, “I guess this is my first book you could call an adventure. It’s also a mystery and–more than anything–a love story.”

Put a copy of Carry On on hold here. If you haven’t read Eleanor & Park or Fangirl, yet, I highly suggest both. Click on the titles to place a hold in our new online catalog today!

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What is your PIN in the new catalog?

September 17th, 2015


This morning we made the big switch to our new catalog. Have you had a chance to log in and kick the tires yet? We have a brief How to Use the New Library Catalog to help you get started.

To log in, click either “Log In” or “My Account.” Enter your library card number, found on the back of your library card, and your PIN. Your PIN will be the last four digits of the phone number associated with your account.

You may have changed your PIN at some point so that it was different from your phone number but that change did not transfer over to the new system. Instead, the system defaults to the last four digits of your phone number. But never fear, you can still update your PIN to something different using the Change PIN page.

If you have any problems still accessing your account, give us a call at 616-784-2007. We’ll be happy to help.


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New Reference Resource: Value Line

September 14th, 2015

We are pleased to announce that KDL patrons now have access to Value Line Research Center. This resource allows you to search investment-related data, news and analysis.  Value Line covers 3,500 stocks across 100 industries and represents 90% of the market capitalization of all stocks traded in U.S. markets.

We hope you enjoy this new resource. Try it out today!

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“Oh, Calamity”

September 11th, 2015

Big Little Lies is one of those books that kept me up too late at night, on the couch too long when there were dishes to do, and speculating about the characters at work. It is a thriller that tells the story of three women: Madeline, Celeste, and Jane. Each of the women are very different, yet their lives are intertwined in the most complicated and unexpected ways. The author, Liane Moriarty, did a fantastic job writing a story that keeps readers on the edge of their seats; I was sucked into the story immediately.

Big Little Lies

Madeline is passionate, spunky, and a force to be reckoned with. Her ex-husband and his new wife’s daughter is in the same Kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest child. On top of that, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. Celeste is a beautiful woman with a seemingly perfect marriage. Her twin boys are starting school but she is finally realizing that the flaws in her marriage are more severe than she has allowed herself to believe. Jane is a young, single mother who just moved into town. Although her son, Ziggy, seems to be sweet and quiet, Jane harbors secret doubts about him. Each of these women tell themselves, and others, many dangerous little (and sometimes not so little) lies throughout the book.

One of Madeline’s favorite things to say is “Oh, Calamity” and as the book continues, more characters begin to pick up this ridiculous, but often fitting, saying. In chapter one, the reader finds out that someone dies during a fundraising trivia night at the school. Was it a murder, an accident, an action fueled by lies, or just good parents gone bad? Chapter two travels back in time six months and documents the drama leading up to that fateful night. There are many hints that are integrated into the story but the final reveal will still have readers gasping in disbelief.

Although I found some of the drama to be over the top and a little bit petty to be occurring between grown adults, the book was hugely entertaining. Moriarty writes in a light-hearted manner but still manages to include many tough issues, including single parenthood, domestic abuse, and bullying, in the story. Even though this book is almost 500 pages, it’s one that you won’t be able to put down until the last page is turned and the final lie is revealed; you might just find yourself saying, “Oh, Calamity” out loud.

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Writers Conference: Register Now!

September 11th, 2015

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Attention writers and authors: it’s time to sign up for our Writers Conference: Craft Edition, taking place on Saturday, October 24 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. This conference, for teens and adults,  features Michigan authors and publishing insiders sharing their insight on the craft of writing – from capturing your audience, to constructing scenes to editing. All genres of writers and skill levels are welcome and pre-registration is required.

9:30 – 12:30 PM – Conference (Register here)
2:00 – 3:30 PM – Workshop (Register here)

Need a nudge to register? Read this article on why you should attend a writers conference.

We hope to see you there!

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Cool Programs for Teens!

September 10th, 2015

Super Smash Bros.Teens, take a break from your homework and visit KDL for one (or all!) of these awesome programs! Please click the program title for dates, times and locations or to register.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U Tournament
Get your Smash on! Battle up to 8 players in this Wii U tournament. You are welcome to bring your own controller. We will play with stock characters only. No uploads. Pre-registration is required.

Teen Halo Tournament
Calling all teens! Think you have what it takes to compete in our Halo 4 multiplayer tournament? Bring 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.

Hot Jobs of 2020
The job you may have someday probably doesn’t even exist yet! Technology and innovation are changing the workplace like never before. Join us as we talk through the Hot Jobs of 2020 and how you can set yourself up for success by utilizing career exploration resources while still in high school. Pre-registration is required. 

KDL Anime Festival
Come in costume and participate in our cosplay pageant, or just hang out and celebrate all things anime. Snacks, crafts, games and your favorite shows! Costumes and weapon props must be family-friendly.

Meet the Author: A.S. King
KDL is proud to present A.S. King, the extraordinary writer of provocative teen novels. Join us for what promises to be an evening to remember, as she talks about her life as an author and discusses her latest title As I Crawl Through It. Books will be available for purchase and Ms. King will be signing after her talk. Sponsored by Consumers Energy and the Friends of the Cascade Library.

Teen Film Workshops
These workshops are sure to give you the skills you need to create an outstanding film for our Teen Film Festival.

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School Supply Santa Update: WOW!

September 9th, 2015

School Supply SantaDuring the month of August, thousands of school items were collected at KDL branches for School Supply Santa. Thank you so much for your generosity during this most recent KDL Gives Back initiative! Local children were able to head back to school with all the items they need to succeed, thanks to your support!

“I want to thank KDL for promoting, supporting and collecting school supplies,” said Denise Kooiker, who runs School Supply Santa. “You played such a huge role in the program this year!”

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Fun With Grandkids: A Program Series

September 9th, 2015

Fun with GrandkidsThis fall, we are inviting grandparents and grandchildren to come together for some fun bonding time at the library! Don’t miss out on our Fun With Grandkids events. Please click program titles for a list of dates, times and locations and to register if required.

Fun with Grandkids: DIY Spa
Create everything you need for your own intergenerational spa day! Make your own pampering products–foot scrub, bath salts, body glitter and lip balm–to take home! Pre-registration is required. For kids ages 6 to 96.

Fun With Grandkids: Let’s Play! Nostalgic Gaming for Ages 6 to 96
Experience games of yesteryear in this program designed for grandparents, grandkids and appreciators of old-fashioned fun. Enjoy nostalgic games like Checkers, Shooting Marbles, Jacks, Old Maid and Pick-Up Sticks. You may even get to shout “Bingo!” Best enjoyed by kids ages 6 and up and their parents and/or grandparents.

Fun with Grandkids: Zentangle
Grandparents connect with younger friends or family members through the fascinating world of Zentangle. Whether you’re looking to form beautiful structured images or want to spend time learning a new skill, this easy-to-learn method can bring out the artist in everyone. Engage your creativity and sense of fun through the fascinating world of Zentangle! Pre-registration is required and participation spots are limited. Open to children ages eight and above and adults of any age.

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Reminder About KDL’s New Catalog: Holds & Reading History

September 9th, 2015

With just 8 days left before we launch our exclusive new KDL catalog, here’s just a quick reminder about a few temporary service disruptions.

  • No holds may be placed after 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 12. Fill up your hold queue now and when the new KDL catalog goes live on September 17, you can go to town and place up to 25 holds!
  • Users of the Reading History and My Lists services in the LLC catalog who want to retain their information will need to download their data before September 14. Here are the instructions:
  • From Monday, September 14 through Wednesday, September 16:
    • Library users will be able to check material out at KDL locations, but returned material will not be checked in. Overdue fines will not accrue on KDL material for these dates.
    • KDL items that are currently checked-out cannot be renewed during this time.
    • KDL will not issue new library cards during this time.

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.

For more information on the new KDL catalog, please see our sneak peak at KDL’s New Catalog, the blog post announcing the new KDL Catalog and read through our Frequently Asked Questions.

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KDL Introduces Boomer Social Club

September 8th, 2015

In order to offer interesting and useful programs for patrons of all ages, Kent District Library now offers  the Boomer Social Club programs spanning from nostalgic recreation to improving physical and mental health to protecting seniors from financial exploitation.

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Current programs include:

Avoid the Scam – Some deals seem too good to be real, and many of them are! Get tips from the Kent County Sheriff’s department on how to avoid getting scammed through the mail or online. While senior citizens are especially encouraged to attend, this program is recommended for all adults.
Monday, September 21, 10:00 AM Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, September 22, 6:00 PM Tyrone Township Branch
Monday, November 16, 6:30 PM Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch

Celebrating Life in the Laughter Lane – As part of our Boomer Social Club, senior comedienne Judy Schreur will show you a humorous look at the power of laughter: why we need to laugh, what makes us laugh and how to make others laugh. This workshop will motivate you to look at the positive and good things in your life.
Wednesday, September 23, 1:00 PM Grandville Branch
Monday, November 2, 1:00 PM Plainfield Township Branch

Matter of Balance – Learn how to manage fears of falling and improve your balance. This 8-week series of classes at the Englehardt (Lowell) Branch will help you stay healthy and independent by learning how to re-think fall prevention in order to limit fears as well as incorporate strength and flexibility classes to improve balance. This award winning program is provided in partnership with Senior Neighbors. Registration for the entire series is required.
Thursdays, September 10-October 29 1:00 PM Englehardt (Lowell) Branch

Boomer Social Club also holds social gatherings with speed dating, trivia and games.
Wednesday, September 30, 1:30 PM Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, October 21, 1:30 PM Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch

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