April 2013


In This Issue
Director's Letter
Countdown to Book Bash
Writers Conference April 20
Bosnian Cultural Celebration
An Ode to Our Teen Poetry Contest
Photo of the Month

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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

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Literacy: A Great Cause!
From the Director:
So Much More Than Books 



Like everyone who works at KDL, I find myself frequently talking about our services when I'm not at work.


I was recently talking with another parent who told me his family loves KDL's free programs, especially those during the summer and other school breaks. He said he wished, though, that we had more in the way of educational resources to help his kids with school.


Like so many library users, his family was only dipping a toe into the vast pool of what KDL offers. I took advantage of that opportunity to share with him the Parents & Kids page on our website, with its recommended reading lists, learning-focused games (available on mobile devices) and online reference resources, where his kids can search thousands of college and graduate schools, identify scholarships, take online practice tests and use test prep eBooks.


Do you know about everything KDL can do for your children? Is there a service you need from your library? We're always interested to hear your suggestions.


Lance Werner, KDL Director


Book Sale & More 
Book Bash -- to be held Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 -- will include a giant warehouse book and media sale (more than 100,000 items), a local author's book fair, children's book swap, collectible book sale, children's activities, refreshment area and more.  


Volunteers are still needed before and during Book Bash, and will also get to attend our invitation-only preview sale the evening of April 26. Interested? Contact Development Director Linda Krombeen at 616-784-2092 or lkrombeen@kdl.org.

Tom Clancy? Pfft.
You Can So Out-Write That Guy

Register now for our second annual Michigan writers conference aimed at encouraging & supporting our state's emerging literary talent.

This free half-day event at the Cascade Township branch's Wisner Center on Saturday, April 20 features local publishing insiders and authors who will lead sessions on:  

- How to market your book

- Out-of-the-box ways to make money as a writer

- Traditional and self-publishing
- Children's books
- Successful readings and book signings
- Why copyediting and book design are crucial

All genres and skill levels are welcome. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. To register, click here, ask for assistance at any branch or call Patron Services at 616-784-2007. Breakout session signups begin at 8:30 AM. For a complete agenda and further details, click here.

Get Some Culture 

A couple years ago, a patron at our Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch was looking to connect with those from her native homeland and make sure she kept some of their traditions alive in their new home. Since then, that branch has hosted regular Bosnian Storytimes for families to meet, connect and strengthen ties, and for those interested in learning about a new culture.
The public is invited the an all-ages Bosnian Cultural Celebration at the branch on Sunday, April 28 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM with crafts, refreshments and a performance by Bosnian Folk Preporod, a youth dance troupe. See you there!


Teens: Time to Bust a Rhyme
The calendar in April will attest


Up to ten teens a-rhyming

Will earn prizes for poetic timing,


$50 in Schuler Books gift cards

For stanzas o'er which you labored hard,


Rules and entry forms available here

Or at the KDL branch you hold most dear,


Poems better than this one accepted April one through thirty,

Your mom might read them, so nothing dirty.


Photo of the Month

The Elephant in the Room


Kate L. gets a sneak peek at (about half of the) sale items for 

Book Bash to be held on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28.


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


Check out our online Staff Picks booklist.


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