KDL Welcomes New Finance Manager

Kent District Library is pleased to welcome Emily Whalen as Finance Manager. Whalen will provide general management and oversight of the Finance Department staff, processes and procedures.  “I feel so grateful to be back in a position that has a bigger purpose and such an important impact on our community,” Whalen said. “I have a history of serving the community in both professional and…
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City of Grandville Celebrates New Grandville Community Commons and Library Expansion

The new Grandville Community Commons and expanded branch of Kent District Library will be officially dedicated on October 8 at 9:30 AM with a ribbon cutting and recognition of this important community gathering and learning space. The ceremony features comments by State Rep. Mark Huizenga, Grandville Mayor Steve Maas and library officials. Self-guided tours of…
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KDL Welcomes New Manager

Kent District Library is pleased to welcome Kurt Lardie as the Regional Manager II at the Englehardt and Alto Branches. Lardie will provide direct and indirect supervision of all branch staff. He will be responsible for day-to-day circulation operations and implementation of policy and procedural changes. "I am excited to be joining the KDL family…
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Kent District Library Names Darius Quinn as Library Champion

Kent District Library is pleased to announce that Darius Quinn is the recipient of the Library Champion Award. The annual award honors individuals and organizations for their advocacy and support of KDL. Quinn is recognized for his work in helping KDL move towards ensuring their library services better reflect the diverse needs of the community…
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KDL Announces 10th Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest

Kent District Library, Schuler Books and three other libraries from across Michigan announce the tenth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest®, which drew almost 1,000 Michigan writers last year. Writers of all ages are invited to enter, with separate categories for youth, teens, adults and Spanish language (12 and younger). Winning entries will be published…
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Lance Werner Appointed to the Library of Michigan Board of Trustees

Kent District Library Executive Director Lance Werner was recently appointed to the Library of Michigan Board of Trustees by Speaker of the House Jason Wentworth. He was selected to serve on the Board as a representative from a public library.  The Board of Trustees is appointed to make recommendations to the Michigan Department of Education…
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Kent District Library Accepting Music Submissions from Local Talent

Calling all local musicians! Kent District Library is now accepting submissions to KDL Vibes, our upcoming streaming platform that features music from West Michigan musicians.  KDL Vibes will offer an online collection that showcases and shares current local music for free. Musicians who would like to have their music selected to be featured in the…
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“Reading Bells” Installed at Plainfield Twp. Branch of Kent District Library

The Plainfield Twp. Branch of Kent District Library has a new addition ― “Reading Bells.” This colorful, interactive work-of-art was generously donated by Art and Jo-Ann Spalding in memory of their son Douglas. The Spalding family loved the idea of having the bells outside the Plainfield Twp. Branch. Historically, bells have been used to draw…
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Kent District Library Presents Seventh Annual Literary Libations Fundraiser

Literary greats will grace Grand Rapids for the seventh annual Literary Libations Gala Fundraiser hosted by Kent District Library. The event will take place from 6:00 – 9:00 PM on Thursday, September 16 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Four notable authors will take to the stage or screen for a memorable night of…
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