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Write Michigan Short Story Contest 


 

Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music announce the fourth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, the competition that drew over 700 Michigan writers in its third year.

Stories can be submitted at www.writemichigan.org from September 1 through November 30. Writers of all ages can enter, with separate categories for Youth (11 and under), Teens (12-17) and Adults (18 and up).

Details include a 3,000-word maximum length; $10 entry fee for ages 18 and above, free for 17 and under; Michigan residents only; all entries must be submitted online.

Winners are chosen by public vote for the Readers’ Choice award and by a panel of judges for the Judges’ Choice award. Voters and judges choose winners from the top ten semi-finalists. The top honor in each category receives a $250 cash prize. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.

“Write Michigan is a wonderful opportunity for authors of all ages to get published,” said Heidi Nagel, Communications Manager at Kent District Library. “The young winners are especially excited to see their stories in print.”

Winners will be honored during an Awards Ceremony taking place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at KDL’s Cascade Township Branch. Adam Schuitema, author of the novel Haymaker and the short-story collection Freshwater Boys, will present the keynote. The ceremony is sponsored by Meijer.

Kent District Library is offering writing events for teens and adults. Details can be found at www.writemichigan.org/events.

For more information, please visit www.writemichigan.org.

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Changes coming to Kent District Library


 

By Judy Reed

Residents in the Cedar Springs and surrounding area may be glad to hear that as of September 17, they can have two “home” libraries where they can pick up books they’ve put on hold.

In 2010, members of the Lakeland Library Cooperative, an organization consisting of 41 libraries (81 if you count all branches), of which Kent District Library and the Cedar Springs Public Library are both members, voted that patrons had to go to their “home” library (where they paid their taxes) to pick up holds. This decision, along with some others relating to non-print materials and new books, was made due to cuts in revenue across Michigan.

However, Kent District Library is making a big change come this fall that opens up the opportunity for a patron to have a “home away from home” library as well. Currently, all the materials available at Kent District Library, Cedar Springs Public Library, and the other 38 Lakeland Cooperative members (excluding Grand Rapids) are available for viewing in the Lakeland Catalog. But, on Thursday, September 17, Kent District Library will launch an exclusive new KDL catalog, much as Grand Rapids did in 2008.

With the passing of a new millage of 1.28 mills, Kent District Library decided it was time to make a KDL specific catalog (Symphony) that would give KDL cardholders easier access to KDL materials. Having their materials mixed in with the holdings of 38 other libraries in the Lakeland-shared catalog was sometimes confusing and required extra steps to hold eMaterials.

“For the library to make the significant service improvements our customers want and that the library promised to them during the 2014 millage campaign, KDL needs to offer an improved catalog experience,” says Lance Werner, KDL Executive Director.  The new catalog allows KDL to offer better customer service to KDL patrons, such as integrated access to the library’s significant digital collection, an improved searching experience, and more user-friendly policies, including increasing the number of holds allowed on physical items from 15 to 25 and allowing customers to renew material up to three times if there are no holds.

While KDL will still be a member of the Lakeland Coop, other Lakeland Coop patrons, such as those who are Cedar Springs Library members, will no longer see the materials available at KDL when perusing the Coop’s catalog, much the same way they can’t see Grand Rapids. The catalogs are not integrated.

KDL, however, is offering a compromise. They have offered that on or after September 17, all libraries in the Lakeland Coop can choose one of their 18 branches as their KDL “home away from home.” They can then enter the KDL catalog through their website, kdl.org, place up to 15 holds on print materials and pick them up at their new KDL Home Library. New books, audio, music, dvds, blue-ray, and video games cannot be placed on hold, but can be checked out when a non-KDL patron visits a KDL library. Due to licensing restrictions, digital items are limited to KDL members.

The Cedar Springs Library is also offering to KDL patrons the same privilege. Their patrons may enter the Lakeland Library Catalog though the Cedar Springs Library website, cedarspringslibrary.org, and order books to be sent to their Cedar Springs Library “Home away from home.”

“This arrangement will make a lot of people happy,” said Cedar Springs Public Library Director Donna Clark. She explained that many patrons who used both Cedar Springs and KDL were not happy with the 2010 vote to choose a home library. Now they will be able to pick up materials at both places.

However, until September 17, there will be some service interruptions. One to be aware of is that after July 31, non-KDL patrons will not be able to place holds on KDL materials, and KDL members will not be able to place a hold on materials in the shared Lakeland catalog. That can resume on or after September 17, once their catalog goes live, and patrons of the Cedar Springs Public Library and the other Coop libraries physically visit a KDL location and make it their home library.  For more information, visit www.kdl.org.

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Summer Reading at KDL Returns to Kent District Library


 

Last year, Kent District Library had the busiest summer reading program of any public library system in Michigan with 29,291 participants. This year’s Summer Reading at KDL program runs from Monday, June 1 to Saturday, August 8. With reading activities and prizes for babies, kids, teens and adults, Summer Reading @ KDL offers something for everyone.

KDL is also offering an exciting line-up of free summer programs, including Hooper Heroes, Jibber Jams, Magic to the Rescue, DIY Spa, Cupcake Wars, De-stressing Techniques at your Fingertips and so much more!

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. Kent District Library’s summer reading program is an important step in helping to prevent what’s known as summer reading loss by providing programs and activities that encourage learning while children and teens are away from school. It’s a great way for families to Celebrate Heroes this summer.

Sign up for Summer Reading at KDL starting June 1 at any of KDL’s 18 branch locations. For more information, call 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org.

 

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Library name change


 

According to the Kent District Library, the branch located at 88 Eighth Street, in Sand Lake, will now be known as the Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch of the Kent District Library, instead of the Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch.

Craig Buno, Branch Manager for the Nelson Township/Sand Lake branch, said that the name change is to create consistency. “When I first started here in June, I noticed that the sign outside says Nelson Township / Sand Lake Branch, along with several other signs throughout the building that were purchased when the building was built,” explained Buno. “In order to create consistency, KDL had to update many of its publications and notices.”

They also have new hours: Monday and Wednesday 12-8 p.m.; Tuesday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday 1 to 5 p.m.

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First graders get library cards


Craig Bruno (right), Branch Manager of the KDL Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library, with one of the prize winners from the first grade library card drive. Courtesy photo.

Craig Bruno (right), Branch Manager of the KDL Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library, with Cedar Trails student Aiden Contreras, 7, one of the prize winners from the first grade library card drive. Courtesy photo.

March is reading month! The Cedar Springs Public Library and KDL’s Spencer Township and Sand Lake Branches kicked off the month with a showing of the movie, Paddington, based on the books by Michael Bond. All first graders from Cedar Trails, Creative Technologies Academy and Algoma Christian Academy were invited to get a library card before March as a part of the 15th Annual First Grade Library Card Roundup, a collaborative partnership between the Cedar Springs Public Library and Kent District Library. The program was actually started by library board member, Michael Metzger, in 2000, after getting the idea from an inspiring magazine article.

In all 216 first graders and family members turned out for the evening events. All the first grade students got to view the movie for free, and any first grade student, who showed his/her library card, received a free bag of popcorn. Several books, posters and gift certificates were handed out as raffle prizes to the newest library patrons, thanks to donations by the libraries and local, children’s author, Amanda Litz. Kindergarteners can look forward to their invitation to this very special event next year!

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Write Michigan short story contest 


ENT-Write-Michigan-KidsBookSigningThe third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, the competition that drew nearly 900 Michigan writers in its second year, is back.

The contest is presented by the Kent District Library, Schuler Books and Music, and Herrick District Library.

Stories can be submitted at www.writemichigan.org through November 30. Writers of all ages can enter, with separate categories for Youth (11 and under), Teens (12-17) and Adults (18 and up). Details include a 3,000-word maximum length; $10 entry fee for ages 18 and above, free for 17 and under; Michigan residents only; all entries must be submitted online. Winners are chosen by public vote for the Readers’ Choice award and by a panel of judges for the Judges’ Choice award. Voters and judges choose winners from the top ten semi-finalists. The top honor in each category receives a $250 cash prize. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.
“Write Michigan is a wonderful opportunity for authors of all ages to get published,” said Heidi Nagel, Communications Manager at Kent District Library. “The young winners are especially excited to see their stories in print.”

Winners will be honored during an Awards Ceremony taking place on Saturday, March 21 at Schuler Books & Music. Susan Dennard, author of the young adult Something Strange and Deadly series, will present the keynote.

Participating libraries are offering writing workshops for adults, teens and children. Details can be found at www.writemichigan.org/events.html.

For more information, visit www.writemichigan.org.

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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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Kent City area students win library art contest


N-Art-Library1Kent District Library’s Tyrone Township branch, in conjunction with Kent City Elementary, Algoma Christian School, and the Kent City DDA, are proud to announce the winners of this year’s Summer Reading Art Contest. Area students were encouraged to submit art based on the theme of “Reading and Libraries.” While there were a number of great entries, two students were awarded the top honors.
This year’s winning entries were created by Hunter Pitts, a fifth-grader at Algoma Christian School, and Kylie Brown, a third-grader at Kent City Elementary.
“This was a really great, creative opportunity for Kent City Elementary students,” said Sara Goodrich, Kent City Elementary art teacher.
N-Art-library2“We think that Hunter and Kylie have done a great job conveying the theme of reading and libraries and have done so in a very creative and colorful way. They are definitely two very talented artists,” added Eric DeHaan, Tyrone Township Branch Manager.
The winning art is currently displayed on banners in front of the Tyrone Township branch library, located at 43 S. Main Street, Kent City.
Both avid readers, Kylie enjoys the American Girl Doll and Rainbow Magic series, and Hunter is currently enjoying the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Congratulations to Kylie and Hunter!

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Kent District Library Named Star Library by Library Journal


For the second year in a row, Kent District Library has been recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries, as rated by the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service, a national rating of public libraries. KDL was one of only three libraries in Michigan to receive this honor. Ann Arbor District Library and Benzie Shores District Library also were ranked as Star Libraries.
Library Journal ranked 7,513 public libraries and identified 262 star performers. Libraries were ranked and given scores based on their circulation, visits, program attendance and public internet terminal use. The top libraries in each category, organized by ranges of operating expenditures, are recognized as a Star Library.
“We are thrilled that Kent District Library has received this accolade and appreciate the support that our patrons and communities have shown over the years,” said Lance Werner, KDL’s Director.
Library Journal is the oldest and most respected publication covering the library field.
For more information, call 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org.

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 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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