Kent District Library Reaches Record-Breaking One Million Digital Book Checkouts in 2022

Kent District Library (KDL) announced today that it reached a record-breaking one million digital book checkouts in 2022. This milestone illustrates the continued growth and importance of library lending of ebooks, audiobooks and other digital content as well as the library’s success in serving all members of the community. KDL is #54 of all standalone public libraries, one…
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Save Money with Your KDL Library Card

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to save money this year, it’s the perfect time to visit your local Kent District Library branch. “People are increasingly finding that many of the things they pay hard-earned dollars for are already available at the library --- magazines such as Consumer Reports, training from LinkedIn Learning…
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Kent District Library Named Five-Star Library by Library Journal

Kent District Library has been recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries, as rated by the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. KDL received the highest score, a five-star rating. KDL was compared to other libraries with similar annual expenditures and received the top honor due to the extent that KDL patrons use the library. Scores…
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New Manager at the Cascade and Caledonia Twp. Branches

Kent District Library is pleased to welcome Ashley Smolinski as Regional Manager II at the Cascade and Caledonia Twp. Branches. Smolinski will provide direct and indirect supervision of all branch staff. She will be responsible for day-to-day circulation operations and implementation of policy and procedural changes. "I look forward to working closely with the teams…
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KDL Executive Director Elected as Lakeland Library Cooperative Board President

Kent District Library’s Executive Director Lance Werner has been elected as President of the Lakeland Library Cooperative’s nine-member library board. Werner will serve a one-year term that may be renewed for a two-year limit.  The directory for the Cooperative Library Board includes:  Lance Werner, President (Kent District Library) Dale Parus, Vice President (Ionia Community Library) Karen McKinnon, Treasurer (Leighton Township…
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Kent District Library Names First KDL Literacy Champions

Kent District Library is pleased to award Glasmiri Jaglowski and the Literacy Center of West Michigan with the first Literacy Champion Awards. Jaglowski, a nurse technician at Mary Free Bed Hospital, received the individual award, and The Literacy Center of West Michigan received the organization award. They both received $1,000, a crystal trophy and two…
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Communities by Design Series Presented by Kent District Library and World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

Kent District Library and World Affairs Council of Western Michigan are pleased to present Communities by Design, a programming series for municipal leaders, planners, visionaries and residents who cherish a home community that is equitable, just and sustainable.  Our community is experiencing a renaissance of municipal development with long-range visions of vibrancy, growth and enrichment…
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New Regional Manager I at Cascade and Caledonia Twp. Branches

Kent District Library is pleased to announce Lulu Brown's promotion to the Regional Manager I position at the Cascade Twp. and Caledonia Twp. Branches. Brown will provide direct and indirect supervision of all branch staff. She will be responsible for ensuring efficient and effective delivery of library services and will serve as a community liaison…
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