July 2013


In This Issue
Director's Letter
In Full Swing: Summer Reading
Just for Teens
Show Your KDL Card & Save $$
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


This Season's Events
 KDL Kaleidoscope Program Guide  


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


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From the Director:
Wanted: Mountaintop Shouters
Experience not necessary; enthusiasm a plus



A new federal report released last week issues a call to action that should be on everyone's to-do list: Those who see the benefit of libraries and museums to early learning would do well to shout it from the highest mountaintop and to their friends, co-workers, family members and the policymakers whose decisions impact the very existence of both.


Both our president and our governor have stressed in recent months the need for a renewed commitment to early childhood education and to collaboration among those of us who provide those resources.


At KDL, we're all over that, 12 months a year. If you know someone who might not realize all the services today's libraries offer, bring them to any KDL branch and let us show them how public libraries impact millions of families every year.


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 goes until August 10. 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!
There's also an online component to our Summer Reading program if you're into experiencing summer on your own terms and want to qualify for even more prize drawings.
 KDL + Teens + Summer = Good Times
Click on the links below to see what's happening for teens through August at one or more KDL branches. No way, you say? Way, my friend. Very much way indeed.
* Take apart electronics and put them back together -- or not. And don't get in trouble for doing it.
* Make your own marble magnets using most any weird thing you can think of.
* Learn skills for post-apocalyptic survival.
* Make and taste-test quesadillas. Muy delicioso.
* Check out the local underground music scene, have snacks with the bands and get a private concert!
For more events just for teens, check out our Kaleidoscope program guide.


One More Way We Love You Right Back

Look for the image at right at the following local businesses and show your KDL card to receive special discounts. Let them know you appreciate all the perks of having a KDL card!
  • Clique Coffee Bar, 1600 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, 10% off all orders
  • Creekside Garden Center, 4015 Fruit Ridge Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, 10% off all merchandise (not in conjunction with other discounts)
  • Grand Rapids Griffins, Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, $7 off the price of a Lower Level Faceoff ticket for all Sunday and Wednesday home games
  • PJ's Pizza, 3836 52nd St. SE, Kentwood, 10% off all orders
  • Quaker Steak & Lube, 4515 28th St., Kentwood, 15% off all orders

Photo of the Month



Teens flocked to the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch in June for what's fast becoming the premiere Kent County event for young people.
See you next year!


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

Staff Picks

Check out our online Staff Picks booklist.


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