August 2013


In This Issue
Director's Letter
Teen Film Festival -- aaaand go!
Meet the Author
Short Story Contest - You Ready?
Why I Contribute to KDL
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
More free summer programs
through August
FREE Downloads


eBooks, magazines and music -- download them today at

Library Stuff To Do


Check our online event calendar 

for a complete list of events and activities for all ages. Search by branch, age group and more.

Like us on Facebook RSS_icon Follow us on Twitter View our videos on YouTube View our photos on Flickr Find us on Pinterest Find us on Goodreads

Computer Classes
& Technology Programs

Registration starts August 5
From the Director:
We Know What You Want to Read
Before You Know What You Want to Read



When news broke that debut detective novel, The Cuckoo's Calling, was written not by newcomer Robert Galbraith but by Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, bookstores and libraries raced to get copies.


Those of us who had paid close attention to the reviews earlier this year and who weighed those along with our patrons' preferences breathed a small sigh of relief when we confirmed we did order copies.


We always try to anticipate what you want to read, watch and listen to, and purchase materials before they are released so they'll be available the very day they go on sale in bookstores. We know you've come to expect that from us. Of course, KDL has ordered several more copies of The Cuckoo's Calling, because now that the book's true author is known, the wait list is crazy long. 


Another thing we're good at: being your source for unknown authors who really are making their debut. For some people, paying retail price to read any author, let alone someone they have never read, is not an option. Here, everyone has equal access to all our materials. Let KDL introduce you to your next favorite author.


Lance Werner, KDL Director


Teen Film Festival Logo  Teen Film Festival:
      Calling All Creative Types  
Kent County teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter the
Kent County Teen Film Festival. Prizes will be awarded and top films will be shown in February on the big screen at Celebration! Cinema North (2121 Celebration Dr. NE). Application and submission deadline for films: Friday, January 17, 2014.
To aid you in your cinematic endeavors, we're offering the following events (pre-registration is required):


Filming and Video Editing Workshop

-- Saturday, November 16, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM (pizza lunch provided -- woot!)

Wyoming branch

Love Cheryl Strayed's Wild?
Meet the Author of Another Trail Read
Jennifer Pharr Davis, the 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, has trekked over 12,000 miles on six continents and holds the overall record for hiking the Appalachian Trail. Her message is not about records or numbers, but her belief that trails are there for everyone at every phase of life -- and that they are a metaphor for life.
Jennifer will be at the Englehardt branch in Lowell at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, August 21, to sell and sign copies of her new book, Called Again.
Sponsored by the West Michigan Chapter of the North Country Trail, Friends of the Englehardt Library, Lowell Community Wellness and Main Street Inn.


Make a Long Story Short 
(no really... you should make one!)

We're gearing up for the second annual Write Michigan short story contest, presented by KDL, Capital Area District Libraries, Pooh's Corner and Schuler Books & Music.


Submissions will be accepted Tuesday, September 3 through Saturday, November 30, and a group of judges will select a list of semi-finalists. Public voting will be held in January for all three age groups: youth, teen and adult. Once the celebrity judges make their picks, the winners receive cash prizes and publication in a print anthology.


See next month's eNewsletter for more details on the contest, plus upcoming writing workshops for teens and adults. 

Why I Contribute:
CompuCraft owner Bill Smith

Bill Smith, owner and president of 29-year-old Grand Rapids-based CompuCraft Inc., said his company is happy to make a donation that supports KDL computer classes and the Kent County Teen Film Festival. Why?
"Part of the culture at CompuCraft is always keeping an eye on what's happening with local organizations," Bill said. "When you support them, the community stays healthy. And when the community stays healthy, ultimately, your business and your own employees stay healthy."

Photo of the Month

Fiddlers ReStrung

When teen fiddlers visited the East Grand Rapids branch
in July, pint-sized patrons couldn't resist taking to the stage!


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


Check out our online Staff Picks booklist.


KDL logo-tag