March 2013


In This Issue
Director's Letter
Write Michigan Awards Ceremony
Happiness Project
Get a Library Card!
Got Book?
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
 KDL Kaleidoscope Program Guide  


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From the Director:
KDL: Out Front in Library Innovation


Libraries are known for being forward thinking when it comes to constantly improving equal access to everything we offer.


KDL has taken the lead many times, from our nationally recognized What's Next database used by libraries and book series fans across the country, to our early literacy initiatives that serve as a model for many other library systems, to our Local Indie collection designed specifically to promote self-published work.


Once again, we want to be at the leading edge. KDL and nine other U.S. library systems, including the New York Public Library, are partnering to apply for a grant to embark on a two-year project called "Library Simplified."


It's an effort to explore how libraries can better use new technology, including and especially eBooks, to build new audiences by reducing the barriers to use. We're also going to find out why people don't use the library, and look at how we might alter our policies so they will. And we intend to investigate the often confusing steps needed to download materials to various devices, and brainstorm ways to make it easier.


I'll share more details later this year should the grant be awarded. I know my fingers are crossed.


Lance Werner, KDL Director


Red Carpet Ceremony
and You're Invited!
Nearly 600 Michigan writers entered the inaugural Write Michigan short story contest, and after a panel of preliminary judges whittled those entries to 10 finalists, you voted for your favorites.


Now, mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 PM, when winners will gather for the awards ceremony at the Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St. NE, featuring bestselling humorist and memoirist Wade Rouse. The collection of winning stories, published by Schuler Books & Music's Chapbook Press, will be for sale at the event.
The Library: Your Happy Place 

Our Happiness Project -- an effort to promote happy, healthy, helpful habits throughout Kent County -- continues in March with programs for all ages themed around "Grow Happiness," including Laugh It UpYour Happy Pregnancy and Estate Planning.


Check out our Kaleidoscope spring program brochure for a complete list and schedule.

 Use Your Card, Save Some Cash  

If you know someone who lives in the KDL service area who doesn't have a library card -- a friend, relative, your own child, perhaps -- what's up with that? Let them know that now is the perfect time to sign up for one.

Those who sign up for a library card before March 31 have the chance to win some amazing prizes, including an overnight stay at the JW Marriott, a three-month family membership to the YMCA, gift certificates and more.


Existing KDL cardholders get rewards too!! Show your KDL card at the following businesses to connect with special discounts all year long:


Spring Cleaning?
We'll Take Your Books!

We're constantly making room for new materials in order to keep up with the demand for the latest and greatest books, movies and music. This year, most of those "weeded" items will be for sale at our inaugural Book Bash on April 27-28 at our Service Center, 814 W. River Center Drive NW in Comstock Park.  


We're also happy to take your donations. If you have books, movies or music you'd like to donate in support of continued KDL materials purchases and programming, drop them off by March 30 at any of our 18 branches, any Grand Rapids-area Celebration! Cinema location, East Hills and Orchard Hills athletic clubs or any Lake Michigan Credit Union. Proceeds from the sale will go to fund KDL programs and materials.


Photo of the Month

Well, Hello Linda...


KDL Fund Development Manager Linda Krombeen is having tons of fun preparing for our inaugural Book Bash April 27 and 28.


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


Check out our online Staff Picks booklist.


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