Bending Toward Justice

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated just 53 years ago in Memphis, TN at the age of 39. In his short time on our planet, he became the most well-known civil rights figure in the United States. On Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK Jr.) Day, we celebrate the Reverend Doctor's birthday (January 15) and legacy…
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Semi-finalists named in Write Michigan Short Story Contest

Kent District Library and Schuler Books are proud to announce the semi-finalists in the ninth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. About 950 Michigan writers from all over the state entered the contest. Winners will be chosen by public voting at www.writemichigan.org through January 31 for the $500 Readers’ Choice award, and by a panel…
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Short story ‘stokage’

As I finish reviewing a batch of short stories written by young authors (age 11 and younger) that were entered into the Write Michigan Short Story Competition, a LOT of thoughts are going through my mind. First, comes the a sense of being greatly impressed by young writers. They so clearly love to write and…
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Get to Know KDL: Angela at Alpine

Meet Angela. She's a Branch Librarian at the Alpine Township Branch. She runs the Alpine Avenue Book Club, which has been an amazing lifeline during quarantine.  "Librarianship has looked a little different this year, so it’s great to connect with patrons and talk about life and books via Book Club," Angela said. "It’s also been…
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Preparing for our New Branch!

By Elizabeth Guarino-Kozlowicz, Manager of Library Collections In late January, KDL will open the doors of its 20th branch, the Amy Van Andel Library and Community Center. The Collection Development and Collections Services departments of KDL have had the honor and privilege to build the collection for our newest branch from the ground up. “It’s…
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Donate now to support programming and outreach at KDL

From Meet Up and Eat Up, which addressed childhood hunger and provided Summer Wonder activity bags for children, to virtual visits at foster homes and senior centers to home delivery of Wi-Fi hotspots, Kent District Library has provided greatly-needed resources, programs and services during the COVID-19 pandemic. On behalf of KDL, thank you for your…
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HR Best Practices: Checking out KDL’s check-in process

Performance management systems can be uncomfortable for many people, creating anxiety for managers and their people. In this Library Leadership Podcast, Brian Mortimore, Director of Human Resources for Organizational Development at Kent District Library tells how the library’s approach fosters consistency while taking the edge off from performance reviews. In addition to the podcast, you…
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