October 2013


In This Issue
Director's Letter
Short Story Contest
Mo Willems -- YAY!
Contest Just for Teens
ISO Twitter Fanatics
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
Our fall program guide is here!
FREE Downloads


eBooks, magazines and music -- download them today at KDL.org.

Featured Online Resource


New Readers' Advisory database for kids!

Library Stuff To Do


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From the Director:
Libraries: Always in Front of Change


The expertise of libraries hinges on our ability to help you find resources that entertain, educate and inform


The latest example at KDL: we're midway into The Affordable Care Act and You, free informational programs presented by Priority Health at several of our branches. If you're wondering whether you qualify for the Healthcare Marketplace, how it may affect your family or when to apply, don't miss this opportunity to learn more. The aim is to provide straightforward information about the new law.


Our partnership with Priority Health on this effort is just weeks old and already has become a model for other libraries. At the Michigan Library Association's annual meeting later this month, librarians from around the state will learn, based on what KDL is doing right now, how they can better position themselves to help their patrons find answers. It's what we do, and what we are passionate about.


Lance Werner, KDL Director


    Statewide Writing Contest: 
The Deadline Approacheth
November 30 is the deadline to submit for the second annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. Winners in all age categories receive cash prizes and publication in an anthology published by Chapbook Press.
See the Write Michigan website for complete details.
Teens: One more writing workshop will be held from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 12 at the Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. Click here to register, or call 616-784-2007.
Be One of Mo's Pals
Share your love for award-winning children's author Mo Willems
through books, crafts & games. We will even write him a letter!

Wednesday, October 2, 10:00 AM - Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Thursday, October 3, 10:30 AM - Englehardt branch
Sunday, October 6, 2:00 PM - East Grand Rapids branch
Saturday, October 12, 10:00 AM - Krause Memorial branch
Saturday, October 26, 10:30 AM - Alto branch
Tuesday, November 5, 10:30 AM - Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Thursday, November 7, 6:30 PM - Caledonia Township branch
Monday, November 11, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM - Plainfield Township branch
Wednesday, November 13, 10:00 AM - Gaines Township branch
Wednesday, November 13, 10:00 AM - Plainfield Township branch
Thursday, November 14, 10:00 AM - Plainfield Township branch
Monday, November 18, 7:00 PM - Walker branch
Thursday, November 21, 10:00 AM - Walker branch
Thursday, November 21, 10:30 AM - Wyoming branch
Thursday, November 21, 6:30 PM - Spencer Township branch
Monday, November 25, 6:30 PM - Byron Township branch

For maps to all 18 KDL branches, click here.


Teens: Share Your Story and Win

Branches stories logoDid you meet your BFF while volunteering on KDL's Teen Crew? Have the library's online test-taking resources helped you ACE the ACT? Still remember when you got your first KDL card? Tell us your library story by October 14 and you'll be entered for a chance to win a $25 Schuler Books & Music gift card as our way of saying "Wow. Hey. Thanks. You are so awesome. Love you right back." You also might have your story shared on our Branches - Tell Us Your Story page.


To enter, click here.

Calling Our Twitter Followers: 
KDL is looking for three book-loving Twitter fanatics for a brief, easy but fun and creative top-secret mission in January and February. Contact @lkrombeen for details.

Photo of the Month



"For children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."
-- Fred (Mister) Rogers


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

Check out our online Staff Picks booklist.


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