November 2012

In This Issue
Director's Letter
Save $$ on Griffins Tickets
Write, Vote, Win
Volunteers Needed!
Patron Story: Kiri and Alexei Salazar
Photo of the Month: Curious George

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Krause Memorial (Rockford)

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Sand Lake/Nelson Township

Spencer Township

Tyrone Township


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From the Director:
The Kids Are Alright




Some may be surprised by the findings of a recent study that found the younger generation is reading as much or more than adults and is more likely to be using their libraries. And while they embrace eBooks, that generation does not want the technology to replace traditional print books.
At KDL, this is not news to us; it's an assurance that our programs and resources aimed at young people are sought after, that we're more relevant than ever to their needs and that they consider their libraries "their" spaces.
What are we doing at KDL? We've revamped many of the teen and children's sections of our branches to make them more welcoming and exclusive to those age groups, we continue to see a strong use of databases not found on the Internet for school research and we have the largest selection of eBooks of any library system in Michigan that is available only to our cardholders.

KDL also has seen record-breaking numbers of children and teens who take part in our summer reading programs, which have the highest participation of any single library system in the state.
All of this is because of you, our KDL cardholders. You have told us what you want from your library -- how you want us to invest your tax dollars -- and we have listened. We plan to keep listening, and evolving, as what you need and want from your library evolves.

Lance Werner, Director

Kent District Library


Your KDL Card = Griffs Tix For Less
The Red Wings may not be playing but the Grand Rapids Griffins have hit the ice in a big way! Use your Kent District Library card to get a great deal on Griffins hockey tickets.


For every Sunday and Wednesday home game during the Grand Rapids Griffins' 2012-13 regular season, present your KDL card at the Van Andel Arena box office on the night of the game, or at The Zone anytime during the store's regular business hours, to save $7 off the price of a Lower Level Faceoff ticket (regularly $18 in advance and $20 day of game). Limit four tickets per card per person, subject to availability. (Offer excludes Dec. 30 outdoor game at Comerica Park.)


Check out the Griffins' schedule and plan a fun night out for a great deal! Go Griffins!

Write Michigan: Time's Running Out
Write Michigan 2012The November 30 deadline is fast approaching to submit your entry to the Write Michigan short story contest.
Here's a quick overview: writers of all ages are invited to submit an original, unpublished short story on any topic. A group of judges will determine a number of finalists in two categories: youth (age 17 and younger) and adult (age 18 and older).
Then the public voting begins. The stories with the most votes at the end will win cash prizes. But that's not all: the top 10 to 12 finalists will be published by Schuler Books & Music's Chapbook Press. ________________________________________________________________

Book Bash Volunteers Needed


Raise your hand if you love KDL's summer reading program. Keep it up if you would like to help us raise much-needed dollars to keep this program strong and growing. We're planning our first Book Bash and we need your help! 
Book Bash -- to be held April 27 and 28 -- will include a giant warehouse book and media sale (more than 100,000 items), children's book swap, collectible book sale, children's activities, refreshment area, bookmobile and more.

Many hands are needed for this great event. Those age 18 and older are encouraged to sign up, either on your own or as part of your school, church or civic group. Committees include decoration, PR, parking, sponsorships, table organization, food, programs, security and moreCommittee meetings are under way, and volunteers should plan on meeting monthly between now and the end of April. Volunteers get a T-shirt and special access to the pre-sale event the evening of April 26 (first dibs on sale items!).


To volunteer or for more information please contact Development Director Linda Krombeen at (616) 784-2092 or


Stories Rooted in the KDL CommunityBranches stories logo


Kiri Salazar has been bringing her son, Alexei, to the KDL Walker branch since he was about a year old, sometimes every day. Typically, his first stop is either the train in KDLville or the shelves that hold Dora the Explorer books.

But it wasn't until about a year ago that Kiri knew for certain that her son, now 8, could read. Alexei has autism and has for only the past year used special software on a computer tablet to communicate.


Read Kiri and Alexei's story here.


Photo of the Month

Show Me the Monkey



Curious George has been a huge hit at several branches this fall so far.

Here he greets a pint-sized East Grand Rapids branch patron.


KDL Staff Picks: Let us help you find something good to read!  


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