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 http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!


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A Book of Mystery, Friendship, and Talent

August 12th, 2015


mysterious benedict society“Are you brave?”…the main character of The Mysterious Benedict Society (an upper elementary – teen book), Reynie, must answer this question at the beginning of the book.  After much thought, his answer is “I hope so.”

And, thus begins Reynie’s discovery of how brave he is.  Reynie is not alone, however.  He is one of four children, of various ages, who pass the test and are asked to serve on a very dangerous and very important mission.  Each person holds a unique talent, a strength that only he/she possesses.  And working together, with help from their talents, they hope to accomplish their mission.  These talents are not all immediately known.  The children have never met before.  Will they succeed?

Of course, the answer can be found in reading The Mysterious Benedict Society, as well as the two other books in the series:  The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous JourneyThe Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma.  You can also check-out the webpage here.

These books are similar to AND different from the Harry Potter series, Ron Dahl books, and Blue Balliett books.  The kids discover their talents, work together, and fight injustice.  The kids are in a real world, dealing with real people, and dealing with themselves as growing young adults.  These books are appropriate for very young readers with higher reading levels, as well as middle schoolers (and I would argue that older teens and adults would enjoy the books as well …I certainly did!)

Place a hold here.


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Herbs from Garden to Pantry program canceled

August 11th, 2015

Tonight’s Herbs from Garden to Pantry with Connie Hanson program scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Kentwood Branch has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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KDL on WGVU Radio — Literary Libations

August 10th, 2015

linda_krombeenEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Development Manager Linda Krombeen talk about Literary Libations, the library’s gala fundraiser.

The event, which takes place on Sept. 10 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, features four bestselling authors: Laura Lippman, Paula McLain, Christopher Moore, and Ron Rash. There will be a cocktail hour and an opportunity to meet the authors followed by dinner with author presentations. This event raises money to support Kent District Library programs and services.

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

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The Animals Take Control

August 7th, 2015

enslaved_by_ducks August is the time for the Kent County Youth Fair held in Lowell. Fairs bring to mind carnival rides, corn dogs and of course animals.  If you enjoy books about animals, you might want to try Lowell author Bob Tarte. You can learn how someone goes from being a non-pet person to having a major focus of life of caring for and feeding an expanding mixed menagerie.

Enslaved by Ducks was followed by Fowl Weatherand most recently, Kitty CorneredHumor is the most prominent feature of these books, but the sadness of pet care/loss and life’s struggles as well, round out the stories.  To learn more about Tarte, visit his website.  Happy Fair Week!

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KDL Stands Strong on STEAM Programming

August 6th, 2015

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The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment, examined 510,000 students representing 65 countries across the globe in math, science and reading. Falling far behind countries like China, Japan, South Korea and Canada, the United States ranked 36th in math, 28th in science, and 24th in reading.

ChartGoThe KDL LAB Experience, launched in 2014, supplements students’ educations with hands-on project based learning. KDL LAB Experience aims to encourage the curiosity and love of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) for students and life-long learners of all ages.

take_it_apartWith student-driven programs based on each component of STEAM, our projects are selected to align with school’s curricula and funded by private donations. The KDL LAB Experience offers a unique opportunity to give students an outlet to relate what they learn in school to a KDL LAB project and see firsthand how the concepts are applied in real life and why it matters.

Carefully selected learning tools and activities allow for exposure to new technology, like the 3Doodler and Makey Makey kits, as well as fostering the child’s ability to troubleshoot, analyze and problem solve. KDL LAB promotes creativity, collaboration, and unstructured time to explore.

ce-logoThanks to the generous support of Consumer’s Energy, we’ve been able to offer six KDL LAB Experience programs and has five new programs slated for this fall. For those who can’t wait for the new programs to start, check out our book list for project inspiration you can do at home.




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ALERT: Partial Power Outage at Grandville Branch

August 3rd, 2015

The Grandville Branch is currently experiencing a partial power outage but has still opened. Because of the partial power outage, not all of its lights will be on and only five public computers will be available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

UPDATE: Full power has been restored and the branch will Tuesday morning as usual at 9:30 a.m. Thanks for your patience!

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Shop to Support Your Library with a Macy’s Pass

August 3rd, 2015


Great goods, great deals, great cause! Shop to support your local library on Aug. 29, Macy’s Shop for a Cause Day, and save up to 30 percent on merchandise from the retailer. Purchase your shopping pass at any Kent District Library branch for $5 to use for discounts and deals at Macy’s. One hundred percent of the proceeds support KDL programming in your community. Buy a pass for yourself and one for a friend — this is a shopping spree you can feel good about!

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Consider Donating to School Supply Santa

August 1st, 2015

School SuppliesIt’s time to start thinking about back-to-school shopping, but some local families don’t have the resources to purchase even the basic school supplies. Would you be willing to help meet this need?

During the month of August, all 18 KDL branches will collect school supplies in support of School Supply Santa, a local organization that collects and distributes school supplies for students in need. Requested supplies include backpacks, notebooks, crayons, markers, rulers, glues sticks, pencils, etc…. basically anything you would buy your own children to prepare them for school.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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