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Kent District Library Homebrew Competition: Book-Inspired Brewing


Kent District Library is proud to present the second annual “Book-Inspired Brewing” home brew contest as part of the KDaLe series. In collaboration with Gravel Bottom Brewing and Railtown Brewing, KDL is calling on home brewers to enter this unique competition: creating a beer inspired by their favorite title or author.  The winning beer will be brewed in a professional brewery, Gravel Bottom Brewing, and will be released at the KDaLe Wrap-Up Party scheduled for April 15. The winner’s name will be engraved on the KDaLe homebrew trophy and the top three finalists will receive a home brewer’s prize basket.

The deadline to sign up is January 7, 2017; 50 submissions will be accepted. Entrants must deliver three 12-ounce bottles of their brew to Gravel Bottom Brewing by February 15, 2017. They must also include the recipe and a brief statement about how the beer fits the theme of “Book-Inspired Brewing.” In addition to being judged on flavor, aroma, mouth-feel and appearance, your beer will be rated based on how well it fits the theme and the story behind it.

Primary judging will be done with a panel of Gravel Bottom, Railtown and KDL staff, along with local home brewers and other industry professionals. Secondary judging will be done by professional brewers and local cicerones. Winners will be announced on February 24.

For more information or to register, please visit http://www.kdl.org/events/kdale.

Kent District Library is a public library system operating 18 branch libraries. KDL serves nearly 400,000 residents of 27 governmental units, comprising most of Kent County, Michigan. KDL is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by millage dollars and private donations.

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KDL hires new Director of Branch Services & Operations

Lindsey Dorfman is the new Director of Branch Services & Operations for KDL.

Lindsey Dorfman is the new Director of Branch Services & Operations for KDL.

Kent District Library has announced the selection of Lindsey Dorfman to serve as the new Director of Branch Services & Operations. Dorfman will oversee the happenings at all 18 KDL branches.

Dorfman has worked in libraries for over 18 years. Her first library job was as a student reference assistant at Western Michigan University’s Waldo Library. She has also worked as the Manager of Youth Services at the Forest Park Public Library just outside Chicago, as the Director of Youth Services at the Lisle Library District in the Chicagoland suburbs, and as Director of the Allegan District Library in West Michigan. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Western Michigan University and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Wayne State University.

“My top professional priority is to establish and ensure outstanding and meaningful library services through innovative programing, authentic interactions and engaging customer service, said Dorfman. “I am excited to use my energy and expertise to help KDL enhance lives and transform communities by connecting people to the library services they need and value!”

Kent District Library is a public library system operating 18 branch libraries. KDL serves nearly 400,000 residents of 27 governmental units, comprising most of Kent County, Michigan. KDL is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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Summer reading returns to KDL


KENT COUNTY—Last year, Kent District Library had the most popular summer reading program of any public library system in Michigan, with 33,269 participants. This year’s Summer Reading at KDL program, sponsored by Consumers Energy, runs from Monday, June 6 to Saturday, August 13. With reading activities and prizes for kids, teens and adults, Summer Reading @ KDL offers something for everyone. Participants can sign up at kdl.READsquared.com or fill out a paper registration at any KDL branch.

KDL is also offering an exciting line-up of free summer programs, including The Village Puppeteers, Magic with Tim Plunkard, DIY Spa for Teens, Adding Color to Your Garden 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 Be Strong this summer.

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

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Kent District Library now offers online video games


Kent District Library is pleased to offer OnePlay, a digital gaming service that allows patrons to instantly download and play unlimited Android and PC games for free with their KDL library card. OnePlay includes over 2,000 games from more than 75 publishers. The collection contains over 1,500 PC titles and more than 500 Android titles.
Patrons can download the games they want to their computer or device and play them whenever and wherever they are—no holds, no waiting. An Internet connection is required to download and activate the game, but games can be played while offline.
Kent District Library is the first library in Michigan and one of the first nationwide to offer this service.

“KDL is thrilled to expand our virtual offerings to videogames through OnePlay,” said KDL’s Executive Director Lance Werner. “OnePlay will enable library users to access videogames anywhere and we feel that it will be very attractive to our teenage card holders. Most importantly, it’s fun and that is what KDL is all about!”
Patrons can visit KDL’s Downloads page at http://www.kdl.org/downloads to get started.

Kent District Library is a public library system operating 18 branch libraries. KDL serves nearly 400,000 residents of 27 governmental units, comprising most of Kent County, Michigan. KDL is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by millage dollars and private donations.

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Kent District Library Director Receives award

Lance Werner, Director of Kent District Library

Lance Werner, Director of Kent District Library

Kent County, MI—Lance Werner, Director of Kent District Library, has been named a “Mover and Shaker” in the library industry by the national publication, Library Journal.

In its March 15, 2016 issue, Library Journal named 54 outstanding professionals committed to providing excellent service and shaping the future of libraries. Werner was selected in the category Change Agents because of his commitment to the profession and push to further the modern conveniences libraries can offer their patrons.

Library Journal honored Werner because of his ability to garner unlikely support for big ideas and his success in bridging the digital divide. Under Werner’s direction, KDL has developed the most robust standalone eBook collection in the states (88,891 eBooks and e Audiobooks) and became the first public library in Michigan to offer eMagazines, eMovies and eComics.

“This year’s class of 54 joins a group of talented professionals who are committed, passionate and invigorated—each alone and all together transforming the library world and the communities it impacts for the better,” said Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director of Library Journal and School Library Journal.

Werner has been Director of Kent District Library since May 2011. He previously served as Director of the Capital Area District Library in Lansing, Mich. and as a 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.

The 2016 Movers & Shakers were selected by the editors of Library Journal, the profession’s leading trade magazine. Each of the Movers & Shakers will be prominently featured in the March 15 issue of Library Journal and celebrated at a special reception in June during the American Library Association’s annual conference in Orlando, Fla. The print feature’s companion website is sponsored by OCLC and available at www.libraryjournal.com/movers2016.

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Kids celebrate reading month

Mike Metzger, who started the first library card roundup in 1997, was on hand to help celebrate this year’s event at the Kent Theatre. Here he poses with two Cedar Trails students. Movie-goers wait in line for popcorn at the library card  celebration at the Kent Theatre.

Movie-goers wait in line for popcorn at the library card celebration at the Kent Theatre.

Mike Metzger, who started the first library card roundup in 1997, was on hand to help celebrate this year’s event at the Kent Theatre. Here he poses with two Cedar Trails students.

Mike Metzger, who started the first library card roundup in 1997, was on hand to help celebrate this year’s event at the Kent Theatre. Here he poses with two Cedar Trails students.

It was  19 years ago—in 1997—that Mike Metzger had the idea to get first graders in the Cedar Springs Public School district to sign up for a library card. And every year since, the Cedar Springs Public Library has partnered with Kent District Library to reach out and get the job done.

This year the Cedar Springs Library partnered with both the Nelson/Sand Lake Library and the Spencer Township Library in sending home about 300 letters to the area first graders and in paying a share of the cost to get them in free to a movie at the Kent Theatre as part of the celebration.

Each year the Kent Theatre holds a special movie night on a Monday and Tuesday for the first graders and their families as part of the celebration, and they provide free popcorn to first graders. This year they showed “Norm of the North.” About 268 attended.

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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

Blood Drive for Lizzie August

Mar. 10: Donate blood in honor of Elizabeth August. Lizzie was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 4 in 2009 and during her treatments she has received 13 red blood and 29 platelet transfusions along with 2 bone marrow transplants. She is now 11 and in remission. There are so many more who need our help. Come donate blood to honor her journey and the journeys of all the young children fighting their own battles. Creative Technologies Academy, 350 Pine St., Cedar Springs on Thursday, March 10th from 1 to 6:45 pm. To schedule an call Jennifer August at 616-799-0559. Come donate blood and register with Delete Blood Cancer to be part of the bone marrow donor registry. American Red Cross, 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org. #10

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Mar. 13: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, March 13th at 6 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). The message will be shared by Pinky Hosford who has an amazing testimony to share, Music will be shared by Gospel Singers, Larry, Deb, George and Ray, traditional country and gospel singers. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #10

Job Seekers Workshop

Mar. 14, 28, Apr. 11, 25: Kent District Library and Michigan Works! Present free Workshops for Job Seekers. Workshops are on Mondays from 1 0 3 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch.  March 14th: Resume Development Workshop, March 28th: Interviewing Workshop, April 11th: Brand: You!, April 25th: Communications Skills. For more information, please visit www.kdl.org/events or call KDL at 616-784-2007 or 877-243-2466 (toll free). #9,10p

Dinner at the Legion

Mar. 14: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a roast beef and onion dinner on Monday, March 14th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, veggies, roll, drink and dessert. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #10p

Michigan Blood Drive

Mar. 15: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church will host a blood drive on Tuesday, March 15th from 12:30 pm until 7 pm. Is your blood really red or is it green enough to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as Irish? Find out. Attempt to donate and you could also potentially help three people in need. The Blood Center thanks all the people that attempt to donate. #10

Dinner at East Nelson UMC

Mar. 16: East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd., is hosting a Ham Dinner on Wednesday, March 16th from 5 to7 pm. The menu will include: ham, cabbage, red potatoes, carrots, relish tray, rolls, homemade desserts. Everyone is invited. Donations accepted. #10

Fish Fry

Mar. 18: Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave., is hosting a Fish Fry on Friday, March 18th from 4:30 to 7 pm. Battered fried fish, baked potato or fresh-cut French fries, cole slaw, coffee and punch, dessert. 3 pieces – $9, 2 pieces – $7, 1 piece – $5. Eat in or carry out. 616-866-4298. #10,11p

Annual En Gedi Auction

Mar. 18: Come Be Refreshed! Friday, March 18th with the High School cafeteria doors opening at 6 pm. This year’s event has many great items for you to choose from to include furniture, MSU football and basketball tickets, private golf session by MSU Coach Casey Lubahn, hotel stays, fine dining certificates, tools, hand-made dolls, private wild turkey and pheasant hunts, clothing, wood pellets, puzzles, and much more!!!! With a $10 entry donation you can enjoy delicious appetizers while you browse the items on the silent and live auction table. All funds earned on this event will be matched by CS Manufacturing. En Gedi is a Christ-centered non-profit organization providing a FREE after school youth center, special high school and community events with a focus on building family. Donations of services or products (all are appreciated are greatly needed. Contact Sue Wolfe at 696-2246 or SueQ@hughes.net for tickets or for donation pick-ups. #10,11p

Pancake Breakfast 

Mar. 19: The Courtland Fire Department, 7480 – 14 Mile Rd., will be hosting their annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 19th from 8 – 11 am. The fire department will be serving pancakes, eggs, hash browns, sausage, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Adults – $7.00, Children 4-12 – $4.00, 3 and under are free. #10

Quilt Show Library Friends Fundraiser

Mar. 19: Saturday, March 19th from 10 am to 4 pm. Show your quilt! Last Call! Do you have a quilt that you want to show in the 4th Annual Friends of the Library Quilt Show? Call Barb at 616-236-9500 or Louise at 616-696-1376 to still get your quilt in the show. Quilts may be delivered to the Cedar Springs Middle School on Friday, March 18th between 4 and 6 pm or Saturday, March 18th between 7:30 and 9 am. Attendees will vote for their favorite quilts in each of the two categories, general and antique ( at least 50 years old). Admission is $2 per person and in addition to the quilt show there will be trunk shows for Red Button Quilt Co. and Blueberry Backroads, a silent auction, a quilting garage sale and a raffle quilt. Raffle tickets are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library, Luv2Quilt on 14 Mile and at the show. See you there. #10

Mom2Mom Sale

Mar. 19: The Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 S. Third St., Sand Lake is hosting a Mom2Mom sale on Saturday, March 19th from 9 am to 1 pm. For questions regarding the sale, please contact Nichole at 616-263-9662. #10,11p

Roast Beef Dinner

Mar. 20: The Rockford American Legion Post 102 on the corner of Northland Dr. and Rockford Park Dr. (330 Rockford Park Dr.), will be hosting a roast beef dinner on Sunday March 20th and every 3rd Sunday of each month. Open to the public. We will be serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, dessert, coffee and punch. Reasonably priced at $9 for adults, kids age 4 to 12 for $7 and under 4 years are free. Serving from 11am to 3 pm. See ya there and bring the family! #10,11p

Good Friday Walk and Remember

Mar. 25: Walk to each of the Sand Lake Village Churches and listen to the thoughts of characters that experienced the crucifixion first hand. Friday, March 25th from noon to 1:30 pm. Our walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran Church (just south of town on Northland Dr.), with stops at the Full Gospel Church, Downtown Pavilion, Mary Queen of Apostles, and the United Methodist Church. Transportation will be provided back to the Lutheran Church. Children and families are encouraged to join us. #10-12p

HCNC Easter Egg Hunt w/Brunch

Mar. 26: Howard Christensen Nature Center will hold it’s 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt with Brunch on Saturday, March 26th. Brunch will be served from noon to 2 pm. The Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly for all ages at 2 pm. Brunch is $5 per person or $20 per family of 4 or more and includes the Easter Egg Hunt. Easter Egg Hunting only $1 per egg hunter. Members are free. 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, 616-675-3158. www.howardchristiansen.org. #10

CS Community Players Mystery Trivia

Mar. 30: The Cedar Springs Community Players are pleased to announce “Murder at the Kent”, a collection of three one act plays which will be performed at the Kent Theatre on March 30th, 31st, and April 1st.  The plays are Sorry, Wrong Number, Heat Lightning, and The Man who Died Twice.  These short, thrilling plays will delight the mystery lovers and send shivers down the spines of the audience.  And since every good mystery story requires some anticipation, the Players have devised a series of mystery themed trivia to build up the suspense before opening night.  These questions will appear in The Cedar Springs Post each week in the month before the production, starting on March 3rd.  Solve the riddles and bring your answers to one of the performances at the Kent Theatre to be entered to win prizes that night. #10p

Community Night

Apr. 21: Cedar Springs Community Night is April 21st and registration is underway. The deadline for registration is March 25th. Forms are online at www.csaparksandrec.com or you can call 616-696-7320. #10b

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Cedar Springs Brewing Co. a part of KD aLe tour


Kent District Library pours a third round for KD aLe

Josh Bernstein is pretty excited to be able to combine two of his passions: libraries and Michigan beers.

Bernstein, manager of KDL’s Grandville Branch, is part of a small group of library staffers who are helping to order up a third round of the library’s wildly popular KD aLe series.

The accolades the state is getting as craft beer-friendly are wonderful, Bernstein said, “but I would think all the new options would be overwhelming if you didn’t know much about craft beer.”

That’s where librarians come in, he said. “As always, we’re here to help you understand this new culture that’s all around us. That’s what we do. “

KD aLe features home brewing programs and brewery tours and tastings, as well as a beer-themed book club. This season will include those events with partners Rockford Brewing Company, Perrin Brewing Co., Osgood Brewing, RailTown Brewing Company, Cedars Springs Brewing Co., and EB Coffee and Pub. We will end the series with a wrap-up party and home brew release at Gravel Bottom Brewery. All KD aLe events are for adults 21 and older.
Rockford Brewing Company Tour:

Learn how they make their signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan’s Irish Stout and Paradigm MPA. Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Company, 12 E. Bridge St., Rockford.
Tuesday, January 5, 6:30 p.m. and
Tuesday, February 2, 6:30 p.m.

Home Brewing Basics:

Jump into home brewing with expert advice from Chrissy Walker of Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery and Supply. Learn everything you need to know to get started brewing including ingredients and equipment. Tuesday, January 12, 6:30 p.m., Cascade Twp. Branch;
Thursday, January 28, 6:00 p.m., Grandville Branch;
Wednesday, February 3, 6:30 p.m., Englehardt (Lowell) Branch;
Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 p.m., Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch;
Thursday, February 11, 6:30 p.m., Plainfield Twp. Branch;
Tuesday, February 23, 6:00 p.m., Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch.

Home Brewing: Advanced Class:

Matt Michiels of Gravel Bottom Craft Brewing and Supply presents methods for taking your home brew up a notch! Learn more about grains and hops, how to design your own recipe and cleaning tips. Thursday, January 14, 6:30 p.m., Byron Twp. Branch; Tuesday, January 19, 6:30 p.m., Cascade Twp. Branch.

Perrin Brewing Co. Tasting and Talk:

KD aLe welcomes new partner Perrin Brewing Company! Join us at 5910 Comstock Park Drive NW, Comstock Park to discuss how they make their signature beers such as Grapefruit IPA and Perrin Black and to taste what they have on tap. Thursday, January 14, 6:30 p.m.

KD aLe Book Club:

Combine your love of books and brews at the KD aLe Book Club. Enjoy some craft beer from Osgood Brewing while we talk about what we’ve been reading. Expert book recommendations from KDL librarians included. Book club held at Osgood Brewing, 4051 Chicago Dr. SW, Grandville. Thursday, January 21, 7:00 p.m.; Thursday, February 18, 7:00 p.m.

KD aLe Beer Release Party and Tour with RailTown Brewing Company:

Taste the newest KD aLe brewed exclusively for KDL by RailTown Brewing Company. Show your library card for a special deal on beer tasting. Tour and talk will be held at the RailTown Brewing Company, 3555 68th St SE, Caledonia. Wednesday, January 27, 6:30 p.m.

Cedar Springs Brewing Co. Tour: 

Be one of the first to tour the new Cedar Springs Brewery. Taste their traditional German-style beer while touring the brand new facility. Located at 95 N Main, Cedar Springs, Wednesday, January 27, 6:30 p.m.

EB Coffee & Pub Tour:

Owner Justin Nichols will share information on the similarities between brewing coffee and beer. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer and coffee tasting. Tour and talk will be held at EB Coffee and Pub, 8980 N. Rodgers Court Suite D., Caledonia.
Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 p.m.
Osgood Brewing Tour:

Osgood Brewing is hosting a tour and a chance to learn about hops from Pilot Malt House’s Erik May. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting. Osgood Brewing is at 4051 Chicago Dr SW, Grandville.
Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 p.m.

KD aLe Wrap up Party and Winning Home Brew Release:

Join us at Gravel Bottom brewery as we celebrate another successful season of KD aLe. On tap will be the winning brew as developed by our KDL Home Brewing Competition winner as well as a re-release of the Scotch Ale Gravel Bottom brewed as KD aLe last year. Food, beer, music and door prizes and the chance to hang out with cool library people will make this an all-around wonderful evening. 418 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Wednesday, February 24, 6:30 PM

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Teens invited to enter Teen Film Festival


Lights! Camera! Action! Kent County teens in grades 6–12 have a chance to make a movie, win a prize and see their film on the big screen. Kent District Library is pleased to present the Kent County Teen Film Festival. Applications and film submissions are due Friday, January 22, 2016. The Festival will take place from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Celebration! Cinema North and is free and open to the public.
A jury will review all submitted entries and select films to be screened at the Festival. Prizes will be awarded for the best films in various categories.

“We know that Kent County teens have amazing artistic skills, whether it be acting, directing, editing or composing original music,” said Monica Walen, Youth Specialist at the East Grand Rapids Branch of Kent District Library. “The Film Festival is a great way for them to show off their talents to the entire community. Plus, they’ll be able to see their creations on the big screen!”

Festival rules and further information including a link to the entry form can be found at www.kdl.org/teens. Questions about the Festival can be emailed to teenfilmfestival@kdl.org. Celebration! Cinema North is located at 2121 Celebration Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. The Kent County Teen Film Festival is sponsored by CompuCraft and Grand Valley State University Film and Video Production.

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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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