You are Invited to a Superhero Party

June 4th, 2015

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Celebrate Heroes! Make plans to attend an Up, Up and Away! Superhero Party taking place at several KDL branches this summer.  Leap over tall buildings, perform amazing feats of strength and be the star of your own comic book! Wear your own superhero costume or create one at our super fun superhero party. Don’t miss out on all the fun!

Schedule
Tuesday, June 9, 6:30 PM – Englehardt Branch (Lowell)
Wednesday, June 10, 10:00 AM – Tyrone Township Branch
Wednesday, June 17, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial Branch (Rockford)
Thursday, June 18, 10:00 AM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, June 18, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Tuesday, June 30, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, July 2, 1:30 PM – Alto Branch
Thursday, July 2, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Wednesday, July 15, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, July 22, 6:30 PM – Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch
Wednesday, July 29, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, August 4, 2:00 PM – Byron Township Branch

 


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Library Outreach Extends to Farmers Market with New Summer Series

June 3rd, 2015

You can now add library card to your farmers market shopping list! Five area farmers markets will play host to the new Kent District Library outreach efforts aiming to register and educate patrons on digital library services and the Summer Reading Program. By providing hotspots with free WiFi accessible to the public, we are hoping to sign people up who may live far from their KDL branch.

ada farmers marketInterns on site will be available to deliver information on eBooks and online courses offered through the library catalog.

 “KDL made a millage promise to increase its community engagement by bringing services outside the library,” said Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, Assistant Director of Kent District Library. “Farmers Markets allow us the ability of setting up a pop up library in a booth.  At the library booth, people can sign up for a library card if they live in our service area.  They can learn about our digital collections–eBooks, eMusic, eAudiobooks, eMovies, eMagazines and eComic books.  And more importantly, people of all ages can sign up for the summer reading program.”

The five farmers markets involved are Ada, Byron Center, Lowell, Rockford and Wyoming. The program will run in Ada on Tuesdays, alternating between Wyoming and Lowell on Thursdays and alternating between Byron Center and Rockford on Saturdays from the first week of June through the end of August.

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“What we really want is for people to learn about library services and find something for themselves,” said Boisvenue-Fox. “Our digital collection is ideal for people to use at their convenience. They don’t have to come into a branch for these things.”

 


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Animals at the Library? Absolutely!

June 3rd, 2015

RabbitThis summer we are featuring a lot of creatures at our programs. Don’t miss out on all the furry and feathered fun! Below is a list of our animal-related programs. Click each link for more information including dates, times and locations.

Ruff Readers
Ruff Readers is a unique read-aloud program in partnership with West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Inc. that pairs kids with a trained therapy dog and their handler. Kids read their favorite book and the pooches curl up, listen and enjoy. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. Kids will be given a 15-minute slot as they arrive. Sponsored by BISSELL. For ages 6 and older.

Farm on the Go
The Critter Barn of Zeeland brings a little of the farm to the city in a program featuring the cutest barnyard animals around for you to touch and pet. For families.

Nature’s Superheroes
Nature has its own cast of Superheroes! Learn how plants and animals use their superpowers to preserve our super environment. Explore through hands-on activities, games and animal observations with Nature on the GO! For families.

Pet Show
Is your pet a star? Every critter’s a winner in this unique show designed to put the spotlight on your furry, scaly or feathered friend. All acts must pre-register. Visit the library for more details. For all ages.

Amazing Backyard Animals
Join Kalamazoo Nature Center’s ace reporter as he brings you the latest scoop on your neighborhood’s wildlife. For ages 6 and older.

Hope to see you there!


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Kicking Off Summer With Kentwoodpalooza!

June 2nd, 2015

Come join us in celebrating the end of the school year and beginning of summer at the 5th annual Kentwoodpalooza on Wednesday, June 17 from 3:00 to 9:00 PM at Kent District Library’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch.

New KDLkentwoodpalooza-9017“I am really excited about this year’s lineup. This Kentwoodpalooza will be the most musically eclectic yet, featuring a cross section of genres from rock to country to jazz to Latin,” said event organizer Greg Lewis, a teen librarian at the branch. “The City of Kentwood and area businesses have been very supportive, and since KDL has embraced this, we have people coming from all over.”

The festival-style event supported this year by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library, will have live music from local teen bands, poetry readings, painting and free food.

KDLkentwoodpalooza-9075“Now that we’ve been doing this a few years, Kentwoodpalooza is becoming known as a summer event area teens look forward to – performers too,” Lewis said. “This is a great opportunity for teens to show what they can do and to learn from some of the area’s most well-known performers and artists.”

Schedule:
3:00PM – Luc James Studio Showcase
3:30PM – Plaid Day (Country/Pop)
4:00PM – Uproar (Jazz)
4:45PM – Flight of Niko (Indie)
5:30PM – Every Breaking Wave (Rock/Pop)
6:00PM – Queso Quest (Latin Funky Fusion Jam)
6:30 PM – Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony 7:30PM – Big Dudee Roo (Grunge Folk Rock)


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Summer Reading Starts Today!

June 1st, 2015

Celebrate HeroesCelebrate Heroes! Today is the first day of Summer Reading at KDL, so stop by your local branch and sign up for a summer of reading, programs and prizes! With separate programs for babies, kids, teens and adults, the whole family can get in on the fun.

Don’t forget to check out all the FREE programs and activities listed in the KDL Events Calendar!

A huge thank you goes out to Consumers Energy for sponsoring Summer Reading at KDL!


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“Last days in Vietnam”

May 29th, 2015

 

 

The Vietnam war—or “conflict”, as some call it—continues to be one of the most controversial wars this country has fought, and there’s no doubt of its historical resonance when our most recent fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan is repeatedly compared to it, for better or worse. The topic of the war divides people still, but a new documentary, “Last days in Vietnam” is sure to bridge at least some of the divide, if only because it steers clear of the causes of that conflict and instead focusses on the heroics of those who were there at the end, in 1975, when the Communist Vietcong forces reached Saigon, the capital of what was then South Vietnam.  Nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary, “Last days” is a stirring, gripping retelling of the panic, fear, indecision and heroism that gripped Saigon as its fall became imminent. As the film makes clear, the unwillingness of Congress to send more money to the anti-Communist south played a large role in the inability of the South Vietnamese to defend themselves any further from the Vietcong. Was there a certain war-weariness that gripped them as well? Possibly. Whatever the case, the film shows us how the Americans still on the ground (and at sea) stepped up to the plate and did what they could for the thousands of South Vietnamese who, because they had allied themselves with the U.S., knew their lives were in mortal danger if they were caught by the invaders. Rushing and overwhelming the U.S. Embassy, the Vietnamese were ferried by helicopter and boat out of the country—an operation that involved continuous flying for some pilots of over 18 hours. “Last days” is one of those films where one is tempted to utter that “truth is stranger than fiction”—so dramatic are some of the stories told here. I highly recommend watching the longer (120 min.) version of this moving and revelatory documentary.

 


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KDL Librarian Receives Award

May 28th, 2015

MonicaMonica Walen, Youth Specialist at the East Grand Rapids Branch, recently accepted the 2015 Golden Apple Award from the Kent Reading Council. Walen was honored for her extraordinary effort and innovation in promoting literacy in Kent County. “I work with such amazing teachers throughout the school district,” said Monica. “I’m just so thankful that they’ve opened up their classrooms to me and allowed me to share my love of literature with their students.”

When not conducting programs and helping patrons at the East Grand Rapids Branch, Monica spends her work hours doing weekly Harry Potter read-alouds at Wealthy Elementary, book-talking in the elementary schools and middle school, and working on the Kent County Teen Film Festival.

Congratulations Monica!


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Teen Poetry Contest: 11 Exceptional Entries

May 27th, 2015

PoetryKDL’s 12th annual Teen Poetry Contest was a great success thanks to all the talented teen poets out there. This year, about 150 poems were submitted. Library staff reviewed the poems and narrowed down the entries, submitting them to Poet G.F. Korreck for final analysis. Eleven exceptional poems were selected.

Congratulations to the recognized poets!

  • 5 Years and Counting by Marla Soto
  • Admiral’s Arch by Jonathan Boakes
  • Director’s Cut by Allison Davey
  • Exposed by Brianne Kerr
  • her by Gabby Jansma-Skinner
  • Little Green Drug by Syd Langeweg
  • Penelope by Melissa Soto
  • Return to Where I’m From by Echo Oliver
  • Summer Nights by Rachel Heywood
  • twenty five over fifty five by Joseph Felkers
  • Broccoli by Sydney Vo

We would like to extend a special thanks to our judge, G.F. Korreck. We appreciate his expertise and his willingness to judge our contest this year.

Korreck said:

“I am not comfortable with the term “winner,” especially when it comes to reading poetry. There are so many ways to read a poem, so many ways it can touch someone. The proof, the value of any poem is to what degree it engages a reader, whether it challenges, makes the reader perhaps a bit uncomfortable, enlightens, stirs, awakens. It wasn’t easy selecting 11 poems. All had merit. I was impressed by the range of topics and the ambitious efforts of the writers.”


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Saturday KDL Caffeinated Tour

May 21st, 2015

KDL CaffeinatedKDL Caffeinated wraps up with an immersive coffee experience Saturday, May 23 at 3 PM.  Experts at Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters will demonstrate the roasting process and brew some great coffee.  Learn how to make your own perfect cup of coffee in the unique atmosphere of a 100-year-old brick factory building.

The demonstrations will be held at Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters at 1111 Godfrey Avenue in Grand Rapids.

Construction Note: Due to road construction on Hall Street, patrons coming from 131 should exit west on Hall Street.  Turn left (south) onto Grandville Avenue. Then turn right(west) onto Liberty Street. Turn right (north) onto Godfrey Avenue. At the corner of Godfrey Avenue and Hall Street, you will see a five-story brick building. Turn left onto Hall Street to access the parking lot behind the building.


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Holiday Closing — Memorial Day

May 21st, 2015
  • All Kent District Library branches will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 26.
  • All KDL branches will be closed on Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Sunday hours will resume on Sunday, September 13.
  • For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day

 


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