Kent District Library

Kent District Library Awarded Library of Michigan certification for meeting ‘Excellent Level’ of Quality Service

July 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

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 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  

Teens invited to submit entries for Kent County teen film festival

October 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

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, Grand Rapids Public Library and Celebration! Cinema have teamed up to present the Kent County Teen Film Festival. The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Celebration! Cinema North and is free and open to the public. Entries will be judged by a panel during the Festival and prizes will be awarded in various categories including best film, best actor/actress, best director and more. “We know that Kent County teens have amazing artistic skills, whether it be acting, directing, editing or composing original music,” said Monica Walen, Youth Librarian at the Wyoming 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!” Applications and film submissions are due Monday, January 7, 2013. They can be mailed to or dropped off at one of the following locations: Kentwood Branch
Kent District Library
Attn: Greg Lewis
4950 Breton SE
Kentwood, MI 49508 Main Library
Grand Rapids Public Library
Attn: Amisha Harijan
111 Library St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Festival rules and further information can be found at Questions about the Festival can be emailed to Celebration! Cinema North is located at 2121 Celebration Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. Kent District Library is a millage-supported system encompassing 18 branch libraries in 26 governmental units throughout Kent County, Michigan. KDL serves 395,660 people in all areas of Kent County except the cities of Grand Rapids and Cedar Springs, the village of Sparta, and Solon and Sparta townships. • • •

Reading Rocks receives national recognition at Library of Congress

July 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Reading Rocks in Rockford reading festival is just entering its fourth year, but this toddler has already gained many accolades for helping spread the message of how important reading is. The Rockford Rotary Club, Rockford Public Schools and the Kent District Library (KDL) have joined impressive forces to promote the joy of reading for all ages during this annual event. Sue Bodenner, along with Ryan Kelley, fellow Rotarians, co-organize the event. The one-day annual literacy event is a wonderful way for families to share the joy of reading with fun activities, published authors, a parade, entertainment and writing workshops. But the event also carries a deeper goal: to enable those less fortunate to receive the building blocks to a better education through reading. Reading Rocks has accomplished that goal in a big way. It has been designated as one of two recipients of a $2,500 award from the Pearson Foundation for the wonderful project. Reading Rocks competed against hundreds of programs for this prestigious recognition. They will also receive 1,000 books from We Give Books to a nonprofit organization of Reading Rocks’ choosing. “The Pearson Foundation award is an unexpected blessing that comes from one good thing after another happening between the Rockford Rotary and members of the Rockford Public Schools who are also connected to the Kent Reading Council, a local chapter of the International Reading Association,” said Kathy Munger, member of the Reading Rocks steering committee. “The application focused on the description of the Reading Rocks in Rockford reading festival and included a literacy vision for the future,” said Kelley. “Promoting the joy of reading is the mission statement of the festival, and we’re grateful to the Foundation for realizing the benefits in motivating children and adults to read for enjoyment.” Bodenner and Munger, received a congratulatory letter in July. Representatives of the Pearson Foundation congratulated them and stated, “Literacy transforms the lives of individuals and strengthens the health of a community. Your work to promote literacy is invaluable, and Rotary International and IRA are honored that you have shared your hard work and dedication.” The award will be presented September 7 in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress by Pearson Foundation for National Literacy Day. Please watch for next week’s […]

Reading Rocks festival recognized by Governor Snyder

September 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

Governor Rick Snyder is a fan of Reading Rocks in Rockford, a Rockford Rotary festival, which just completed its second year. He sent an award of recognition for the reading festival, applauding the effort to promote literacy and the fun of reading in a day-long event with authors, celebrity readers, mascots, games, prizes, acting and more. Pictured is organizer and Rockford Rotary President Sue Bodenner with State Representative Peter MacGregor and Kent District Library’s new director Lance Wener.

Kent District presents Around the World—Easy as 1, 2, 3

June 9, 2011 // 0 Comments

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  

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