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.
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Kent District Library appoints new director The Kent District Library (KDL) is pleased to announce the selection of Lance Werner to serve as new director of the KDL in Kent County. Werner currently serves as director of the Capital Area District Library in Lansing, 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,” stated 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 KDL 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. 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.
The Kent District Library (KDL) has teamed up with the Great Start Parent Coalition and ACCESS Food Pantries to help families with young children in need. They are collecting one of the most basic necessities for infants and toddlers: diapers. Until June 30, seven KDL branches will have collection boxes available for diapers to be donated to families in need. Unopened packages of disposable diapers in any size can be dropped off at these KDL branch locations: Cascade Township, East Grand Rapids, Byron Township, Kentwood, Krause Memorial (Rockford), Comstock Park, and Alpine Township. The goal of this countywide diaper drive is to collect 50,000 diapers for young children in Kent County. According to the Great Start Collaborative, one of every five babies born in Kent County is born into poverty. An adequate supply of diapers for a young child can cost more than $75 per month, and programs such as W.I.C. and food stamps do not cover these costs. When families can’t afford an adequate supply of diapers, children are often made to spend long periods of time in the same diaper, which leads to increased health risks. Cloth diapers are a challenge, because many childcare centers only accept disposable diapers, and many coin-operated laundry facilities won’t allow the washing of cloth diapers for health reasons. Please help make a difference for the youngest citizens of our community. For more information, please call (616) 784-2007.
The Kent District Library (KDL) 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 14 to Saturday, August 7. This summer, the library will encourage kids to “make a splash” and teens to “make waves” with lots of free programs. Enjoy arts and crafts, music, movies, theatre, carnivals and more. When they sign up for the Summer Reading Club, 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 12 can participate for the chance to win great prizes, like a gift certificate to the mall. This summer will be full of fun for all ages. Programs will include carnivals, pet shows, magic shows, puppet shows, jewelry-making, lawn games, book discussions and so much more! Sign up for Summer Reading Club starting June 14 at any of the KDL’s 18 branch locations, including Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. For more information, call (616) 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org.
The Kent District Library will again offer its “Let It Snow” adult book club beginning December 1. The program offers prizes and more for readers and runs through March 31, 2010. Sign up at your local branch to receive a bingo card with squares representing various kinds of books. Play bingo while you read, and enter to win prizes such as gift cards. Winners of two bingos receive an ice scraper and all completed bingo cards will be entered into the final drawing Wednesday, March 31 for a $50 gift card to the Gilmore Group restaurants. For more info call (616) 784-2007 or online at www.kdl.org.