Today the Library of Michigan awarded Kent District Library a certificate of completion for meeting the Excellent Level requirements of the Quality Services Audit Checklist (QSAC). QSAC defines the Excellent standard by “Excellent quality measures call for the highest level of service obtainable. They are an achievement for any library and require funding and commitment to superb service in all areas of library management and service.” Out of 61 QSAC certified Michigan libraries, two have been awarded Excellent levels, Kent District Library and Orion Township Public Library. “We’re thrilled to be one of two libraries in the state of Michigan to receive this honor. We work hard to provide outstanding service for our communities, earning this award is a result of the collaborative effort between our board, administration and library staff. Building off this momentum we plan to only improve further,” said Liz Breed, Director of Branch Services and Operations. To be considered in the Excellent category according to QSAC, libraries must fulfill all the Excellent Core Quality Measures as well as 1-2 Excellent Elective Quality Measures. Libraries are graded in seven areas of achievement; Human Resources, Governance/Administration, Services, Collection Development, Technology, Facilities and Equipment, and Public Relations. QSAC measures and certifications are on a three-year update and renewal schedule to ensure the measures and libraries stay on top of quality service. The Library of Michigan works with volunteer librarians every three years to revise the measures based on participating libraries’ experiences and new trends in library services, programs and technology. For more information on the audit checklist, visit www.michigan.gov/qsac. 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. Kent District Library Awarded Library of Michigan Certification for Meeting ‘Excellent Level’ of Quality Service
Young children love to count. Kids ages 6 and under are invited to Kent District Library’s (KDL) Around the World—Easy as 1, 2, 3 program. Come explore new cultures with stories, songs and crafts that celebrate counting around the world. Activities include painting with watercolors, hopscotch, bowling, a parachute game, and much more! The Krause Memorial branch of the KDL will offer this program at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 13. This free program is part of KDL’s Summer Reading Club—a season of reading, learning and fun at the library. People of all ages can sign up at any KDL branch June 13 through August 6. This year, KDL offers Baby Bingo for babies 18 months and younger, One World, Many Stories for kids 18 months through fifth grade, You are Here for teens grades 6-12, and Novel Destinations for adults. Everyone has the chance to win great prizes including gift cards, an iPod, and even a Nook Color eReader! Krause Memorial Library is located at 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. For more information, visit www.kdl.org.
The Kent District Library (KDL) 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 fifth 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. 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 KDL 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. The Krause Memorial Library branch is located at 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. For more information, please call (616) 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. KDL serves 362,312 people in all areas of Kent County except the City of Grand Rapids, Cedar Springs, Sparta, and Solon Township.
The staff at the Krause Memorial Library all wore black in honor of Patricia Rosloniec’s last day on Friday, May 15. Pat has worked at the KDL library for 11 years, part of which has been as the circulation manager. Rosloniec has transferred to the Cascade library branch where she will manage their circulation.
The Kent District Library invites children and teens 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 8 to Saturday, August 15. Children in grades five and under, both readers and pre-readers, can set and accomplish their own reading goals to win prizes and enter a drawing for a brand new bicycle. Teens in grades six through twelve can participate for the chance to win great prizes, like a new iPod. Programs will include carnivals, pet shows, magic shows, Ham It Up Theatre, puppet shows, creative cooking, lawn games, book discussions and so much more. For more information, contact your local Kent District Library branch or visit us online at www.kdl.org.