Every month when the KDL Board of Trustees meets, they get a packet full of information about what the library is up to. These pages are bursting with exciting KDL news -- programs we're doing, organizations we're partnering with, services we provide, communities we've served -- so we thought we'd start sharing nuggets from these packets. Here are a few of the gems from the March 2017 board packet.
♦ Our Englehardt staff members in Lowell are prepping for their branch's 20th anniversary at its river walk location. Come celebrate Saturday, May 13 from 1-3 p.m.! The festivities will feature a new entryway beautification project sponsored by the Friends of the Library and a deck sponsored by the Lowell Rotary Club.
♦ GRKids interviewed Sarah Fox, a youth librarian at our Kentwood Branch, about many of our early literacy resources for the article"Kent District Library is a Treasure Trove of Resources for Parents." This treasure trove includes Early Lit Bits (an eNewsletter devoted to early literacy exercises for little ones), our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program and our KDLville activity centers at all our branches.
♦ Sand Lake Elementary students have been learning about paper circuits and creating LED flashlights out of paper as a result of visits from Sara Magnuson, a youth librarian at our Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch. These visits promote our KDL Lab spaces.
♦ To better serve their community, the staff at our Tyrone Township branch are learning Spanish together using a combination of Spanish picture books and easy readers as well as the Mango Languages app (a language-learning website that KDL offers) and Duolingo app.
♦ For the past five years, KDL has organized Write Michigan, a statewide short story writing contest. The winning stories in the latest Write Michigan contest have been published in an anthology now available for purchase from Schuler Books.
♦ At the Kent County Teen Film Festival on Feb. 25, the theater was filled with to capacity -- we may need to move up a theater size next year! Photos of the winners are available on the festival's Facebook page.
The People's Choice winner by Celeste Frank (who's pictured, above) is a must-see:
And here's a playlist of all 25 finalist films: