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First graders and families celebrate


N-Library-card1Almost 250 first-graders were at the Kent Theatre Monday and Tuesday to celebrate March is Reading month and their brand new library cards.

The Cedar Springs Public Library launched its 16th Annual First Grade Library Card Roundup last month, in partnership with the Kent District Library, Cedar Trails, Creative Technologies Academy, and Algoma Christian School.

“The program is largely successful due to the classroom visits by Children’s parapros Shannon Vanderhyde, of Cedar Springs Library, and Sara Magnusen, of KDL, and the great cooperation and support by each first grade classroom teacher,” said Cedar Springs Library Director Donna Clark.

First graders and their families were invited to celebrate “March is Reading Month” by getting a library card and thereby gaining access to hundreds of thousands of books and other materials available at the 81 libraries and branch libraries in the 8 counties served by the Lakeland Library Cooperative.

N-Library-card2Free movie passes to see “Nut Job” at the Kent Theatre were issued to all 320 first graders, paid for by the Cedar Springs Public Library via a grant from a local Cedar Springs sponsor. Students showing a library card also got a free popcorn to eat during the show, compliments of the Kent Theatre. About 246 came to the movie and almost every single child/family had a library card.

Just before the movie started, local children’s author Amanda Litz hosted a drawing to give away 6 of her books, one of which was just released that afternoon. To find out more about Amanda, her books, her new bookstore located at 25 S. Main, and the events she has planned, go to her website at www.travelerstrunkpublishing.com

The library card program was originated in 1998 by Mike Metzger, a former library board member.

 

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First graders get library cards


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March is reading month—which means it’s time for all first graders to get a chance to sign up for their very first library card.

Cedar Springs Public Library and KDL’s Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library team up to visit kids at school and get them excited about this new privilege.

Shannon Vanderhyde, Youth parapro at Cedar Springs, and Sara Magnuson, youth parapro at Sand Lake/Nelson Township, recently visited 11 first grade classrooms at Cedar Trails Elementary, and one at Creative Technologies Academy to hand out the envelopes with information on what to do. Algoma Christian will also receive a visit this year.

N-Library-cards2-webThe cards are good at any library in Michigan.

To celebrate, all first graders get to attend a movie March 3 and 4 at The Kent Theatre for free, with other family members welcome for $3 each. The movie is “The Nut Job.” Doors open at 5:30 with the movie starting at 6:30. A child’s library card or family library card entitles the first-grader to a free small popcorn that night. Just present your card at the concession stand.

 

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Quilt raffle at Sand Lake/Nelson Library


ENT-Quilt-at-Sand-Lake-Library-webFive dedicated community volunteers put their heads, needles, and thread together for over 40 hours to make a beautiful quilt for the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library to use as a fundraiser.

The quilt was pieced together by Sharon Hula, Sharon Jones, Lois Williams and Janet Boezwinkle. Long arm quilting was done by Quilting by Carol of Rockford Michigan. This quilt demonstrates the passion these volunteers have for the library and its services.

“We hope that the community likes it as much as we do,” says Glenda Middleton, Library Branch Manager. “These women decided to offer it to the library as a way to raise money for the many services and operations we offer. The colors are so vibrant and cheerful that I imagine many people will love it.”

The quilt is a perfect-sized couch quilt at 68 x 110 inches. It is extra long and great for a nap or comfortable enough for two to stay warm and read a good book (from your library). The value of the quilt is $285.00.

Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $1 each or 6 for $5 at the library, 88 Eighth Street, Sand Lake. The drawing will be held December 21st at 3 p.m. at the library. Need not be present to win.

For more information, contact the KDL Sand Lake/Nelson Library at (616) 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org.

 

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Kent District Library to offer new eBook collection


In a bold response to the eBook revolution, Kent District Library will develop an exclusive OverDrive eBook Collection.  This collection, scheduled to be available this fall, will provide KDL cardholders access to over 14,000 new eBooks and eAudiobooks.  With the announcement that library eBooks will be accessible using the Amazon Kindle later this year, KDL has taken a proactive step to increase the availability and quantity of its digital media to meet the anticipated demand.

KDL eBook downloads increased 193 percent from 2009 to 2010. Year-to-date 2011 statistics reveal that KDL patrons have downloaded more eBooks thus far in 2011 than in 2009 and 2010 combined. The unprecedented increase in use of eBooks and eAudiobooks signifies a major shift in how library users access materials. As ownership of eBook readers, tablets, smartphones, and other such devices increases, Kent District Library aims to remain relevant by providing digital materials to meet patron expectations.

Currently, KDL patrons can access eBooks and eAudiobooks through the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, but must compete with patrons from 24 other libraries for a limited number of digital titles. With this change, KDL will provide cardholders with convenient access to eBooks and eAudiobooks directly from the KDL website.

States KDL Library Director, Lance Werner, “Moving to an exclusive eBook collection for our patrons continues KDL’s long tradition of being a library leader and will result in the development of a premier digital collection, unsurpassed by any public library in Michigan.”

For more information, please call 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org.

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Summer reading club returns to KDL


The Kent District Library invites the whole family to sign up for the Summer Reading Club and spend some time reading this summer! This year’s Summer Reading Club runs from Monday, June 13 to Saturday, August 6.
With new activities for babies and adults, KDL’s Summer Reading Club really does offer something for everyone! There’s Baby Bingo for babies 0-18 months, One World, Many Stories for kids 18 months through 5th grade, You are Here for teens grades 6-12, and Novel Destinations for adults. Meet your reading goals and enter to win great prizes such as gift certificates, a new bicycle, and even a Barnes & Noble Nook Color eReader.
KDL is also offering an exciting line-up of summer programs, including Animal Crackers Petting Zoo, Master Arts Street Theatre, Zumba Dance Party with Aimee, Summer Carnivals, and so much more!
Not only is KDL’s Summer Reading Club a great way to have fun this summer, but it’s also an important step in helping to prevent what’s known as summer reading loss. Studies show that “students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer vacation.” The Kent District Library aims to help prevent summer reading loss by providing programs and activities that encourage learning while children and teens are away from school. By developing these habits now and making learning fun, we hope to help people succeed in school and in life.
Sign up for KDL’s Summer Reading Club starting June 13 at any of KDL’s 18 branch locations.
For more information, please call 784-2007 or visit http://www.kdl.orgwww.kdl.org.

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KDL appoints new director


The Kent District Library is pleased to announce the selection of Lance Werner to serve as new Director of the Kent District Library in Kent County, MI. Werner currently serves as Director of the Capital Area District Library in Lansing, MI, and previously worked as Library Law Specialist at the Library of Michigan. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, a J.D. from Michigan State University, and an M.L.I.S. from Wayne State University.
“I am extremely excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Director of the Kent District Library, one of Michigan’s premier public library systems,” states Werner. “Public libraries are needed now more than ever and the Kent District Library is committed to providing the best service possible.”
Werner begins his appointment as Kent District Library Director on Monday, May 2, 2011.
Kent District Library is a millage-supported system encompassing 18 branch libraries in 26 governmental units throughout Kent County, Michigan. KDL serves 362,312 people in all areas of Kent County except the Cities of Grand Rapids and Cedar Springs, Village of Sparta, and Solon and Sparta Townships.

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Kent District Library presents Winter Reading Road Trip


Jumpstart your winter reading and sign up for Kent District Library’s Winter Reading Road Trip. Read books, complete challenges and sign up to win prizes as you travel through KDL-land. Visit any KDL branch and pick up a map that will guide you on your journey. The Road Trip is for adults and runs from December 1 to March 19.
With every book you read and every challenge you  complete, you get closer to winning a prize in our weekly Reading Raffle for gift certificates to local businesses. Complete the entire road map and turn it in for the final drawing on Saturday, March 19, 2011. Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to area restaurants.
For more information, visit any KDL branch, call 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org.

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