May 2013


In This Issue
Director's Letter
Summer Reading: We Need You!
Something For Moms-to-Be
Teen Crew 4 U
It Feels So Good to Give
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

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From the Director:
Thrilled Just to be Nominated -- Really!



Exciting news: KDL has been named a finalist for the Excellence in Business award from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. The EPIC Awards (Entrepreneurial, Progressive, Innovative and Collaborative) recognize those who support community, demonstrate growth, show innovation and have worked as mentors and collaborators. Award recipients will be announced on Wednesday, May 15. 

We're thrilled just to be nominated. Why? We're committed to making every effort to operate like a well-run business and get the greatest return on investment for our taxpayers. That the Chamber recognizes our efforts is a huge vote of confidence.


We strive to make our collection and programming valuable and relevant to your lives, have been and will continue to be dedicated to being a vital partner in the community, and, awards or not, will continue to play a significant role in lifting Kent County by making this a better place to live. 


Lance Werner, KDL Director


Summer Reading @ KDL:
Programs and Prizes for Everyone!  
The school year is winding down, and that means we are gearing up for Summer Reading @ KDL. With programs for kids, teens and adults, we are inviting the whole family to get Grounded in Happiness @ KDL. And if discovering some great books isn't enough of an incentive to participate, we have also got some awesome prizes up for grabs, including gift cards to nearly 20 different stores, a John Ball Zoo membership, iPads, a NOOK eReader and more!
Summer Reading @ KDL kicks off on Saturday, June 1. Stop by your local branch to sign up, and don't forget to pick up a program guide while you're there. Our summer line-up includes dinosaurs, magic, animals, food and music, just to name a few!
Dig into reading, dig into fun!
KDL: A Great Place to Gestate
Join us for one or more sessions of Your Happy Pregnancy, a three-part series led by chiropractor Dr. Jessica Avery Karns. And pick up a library card for the little one while you're there -- it's one of the best things you can do for your new baby.


Prepping Your Body to Make a Superbaby
Saturday, May 4, 10:30 AM - Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Saturday, May 11, 2:00 PM - East Grand Rapids branch


Congratulations, You're Pregnant! Let's Make This a Great Experience!
Saturday, May 18, 10:30 AM - Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Saturday, May 25, 2:00 PM - East Grand Rapids branch


The Bundle of Joy is Here: What to Do for Baby and for Momma
Saturday, June 1, 10:30 AM - Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Saturday, June 8, 2:00 PM - East Grand Rapids branch


Teen Crew:

All the Cool Kids Are Doing It

Planning to spend your summer chillaxin' with your friends, interspersed with a few fun activities, some music and food? Teen Crew lets you do all that, and your parents will even like it!


Branches are now taking applications for volunteer Teen Crew members, who get to do stuff like sign kids up for -- and sometimes plan and even run -- youth and teen programs and activities. Crew members get a cool T-shirt, a pizza party at the end of the year and may earn school community service credits.
"Plus you get to hang out at the coolest place ever all summer long," said Greg Lewis, a teen parapro at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch, who is pretty cool himself, for an old guy.


You Do a Good Thing;
We Do Good Things
Research has shown how important it is for children to stay mentally engaged over the summer, and KDL works hard to provide programming, activities and a mountain of books, eBooks and magazines to keep minds of all ages active.
KDL offers the most popular summer reading program in Michigan, and we need your help to keep it great! Your gift ensures that we can continue providing programs and materials that make Summer Reading @ KDL a success.
Please consider a gift in support of our summer reading program by
We're so grateful for your support, and hope you will also take part in our summer reading program this year. You won't be disappointed!

Photo of the Month

Writers Conference-palooza


Nearly 200 people showed up at the Cascade Township branch on April 20 for a day of breakout sessions on book publishing and marketing.

See you next year!


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


Check out our online Staff Picks booklist.


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