June 2013


In This Issue
Director's Letter
Summer Reading for All Ages
Kentwoodpalooza Is Coming!
Adult Summer Programs
What Book Bash Bought
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  


Pick up a copy of KDL's signature seasonal event publication at your local KDL branch.


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From the Director:
Summer Break Dilemma Solved



As a parent, I know the dilemma: you want to get your kids outdoors and active in the summer, but you
also don't want their literacy skills to backslide. We have solutions.


The Experience Summer @ KDL component of our summer reading programs for children and teens actually reward them for outdoor, cultural and even play activities.


And when it's too hot or rainy to play outside: KDLville early literacy play spaces at all 18 branches offer rotating activities including dress-up, art tables, a puppet stage and market stand, where learning and creativity are the focus. They'll be having so much fun they won't realize they're sharpening their literacy skills. 


Lance Werner, KDL Director


Summer Reading @ KDL:
Lots to Do -- Inside and Outside the Library  
With programs for kids, teens and adults, the whole family can get
Grounded in Happiness @ KDL this summer. And if discovering some great books isn't enough incentive to participate, we also have awesome prizes up for grabs, including gift cards to nearly 20 different stores, a John Ball Zoo membership, iPod shuffles and a NOOK eReader.
Summer Reading @ KDL kicked 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!
Music by Teens, for Teens
Kentwoodpalooza, summer's hottest event for Kent County teens, happens from 4:00 to 9:00 PM on Wednesday, June 19 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch.
This free event celebrating the end of the school year and the beginning of Summer Reading @ KDL includes live music, food and prizes.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library.


Adults: Book your Summer @ KDL

Check out our exciting line-up of programs for adults at our branches this summer. Click on each event title for dates, times, locations and the program's description.
Fundraising Score! Everybody Wins!  
For KDL Fund Board members, the best part of supporting the library with your gifts is seeing that money spent on programming and materials that will allow KDL to offer you even more materials and programming.
The nearly $32,000 in proceeds from our most recent fundraiser, Book Bash, are being spent onsummer reading programs, KDLville toys in every branch, Teen Film Festival workshops and additional Write Michigan short story contest workshops this fall. In addition, the KDL Fund Board is providing $10,000 from the donations received from our annual appeals to enlarge our eBook collection.
As for next year's Book Bash, mark your calendar for the weekend of April 25, 26 and 27, 2014, for what has become Kent County's best giant book sale ever.
Click here to make a gift to KDL that will expand and enhance programming and collections for all.

Photo of the Month

Bosnian Cultural Celebration


More than 100 people attended the Bosnian Cultural Celebration on April 28 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch to learn about this Eastern European culture that has a growing presence in the city.


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


Check out our online Staff Picks booklist.


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