January 2013


In This Issue
Director's Letter
Time To Vote!
Happiness Project
New Tablet/eReader?
Volunteers Still Needed!
Photo of the Month

KDL Locations

Alpine Township


Byron Township

Caledonia Township 

Cascade Township

Comstock Park

East Grand Rapids

Englehardt (Lowell) 

Gaines Township


Kentwood (Richard L. Root)
Krause Memorial (Rockford)

Plainfield Township

Sand Lake/Nelson Township

Spencer Township

Tyrone Township


Wyoming & LBPH

Map of all KDL branches


KDL Kaleidoscope


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From the Director:
Lights, Camera, Libraries




Is Kent County home to the next Kathryn Bigelow? Martin Scorsese? It's time to find out.


Area teens have entered their work in the Kent County Teen Film Festival, which will be held Saturday, February 2, at Celebration Cinema! North. The screening is open to the public.


To help all entries get a fair shot at making silver screen magic, teens got another boost last month with the unveiling of new film editing suites at the Cascade Township branch, thanks to a grant from Best Buy Children's Foundation. And once their films have premiered, we have shelf space for them through our new Local Indie @ KDL initiative, which starts this month.


KDL is co-sponsoring the festival because we're committed to supporting the creativity of young people. It's a natural fit. Please show your support by attending the February 2 showing! 



Lance Werner, Director

Kent District Library

Spread the Word: Write Michigan

Public Voting Is January 11-31

Nearly 600 Michigan writers entered the inaugural Write Michigan short story contest, and we've been reading feverishly to whittle those entries to a dozen finalists. Starting January 11, it's up to you to vote for your favorite.


Winners will be announced on February 1, and prizes include cash and publication. Get voting, and tell your friends!

KDL: Your Happy Place
Introducing our 18-month campaign aimed at promoting happy, healthy and helpful attitudes and actions to staff and patrons at all our 18 branches. The effort, modeled after Gretchen Rubin's book The Happiness Project, includes programs for all ages and community involvement projects.
Winter programs, themed "A Happier, Healthier You @ KDL," include a teddy bear clinic at various branches, "happy dance" parties for kids, and for adults there are programs on simple, organized living; detox yoga; the new health care law; and vegan desserts.
The first community involvement project is a drive at all our branches for small-size hygiene products, which will be distributed in cooperation with the Kent Intermediate School District to children in Kent County who are experiencing homelessness.
You can find out about system-wide Happiness Project programming by asking at a branch or perusing our Kaleidoscope seasonal program guide.

 We Know How To Work Those Things!
We Can Show You How!


Get a shiny new tablet or eReader for the holidays? KDL offers one-stop downloading for all your needs. 


Need some help with that new techno toy? Check out our schedule of eReader and Tablet Users Groups and sessions of Speak to a Geek here.

Be Part of Something BIG

Gaggles of book lovers have volunteered to lend a hand at our inaugural Book Bash planned for April 27 and 28 -- won't you join us?


Book Bash will include a giant warehouse book and media sale (more than 100,000 items), children's activities and book swap, collectible book sale, local author book fair, refreshment area and more. Those age 15 and older who volunteer get a T-shirt and special access to the pre-sale event the evening of April 26.


Our biggest wish this month? We're looking for a grand poo-bah of parking to coordinate volunteers to help bash-goers navigate the lot.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Development Director Linda Krombeen at (616) 784-2092 or lkrombeen@kdl.org

Photo of the Month


Officials from the city of Kentwood and KDL unveil artwork

honoring late Mayor Richard L. Root,

for whom the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch recently was renamed.


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


Check out our online Staff Picks booklist.


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