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Letter from Lance

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Dear KDL Friends and Family,

The progress and programs put in place to address KDL's three core areas of focus are phenomenal and poised to go much further. Here are highlights:

1. If you have kids in grades K-3, sign them up for Mission: Read at any KDL branch to help them pass the new Read By Grade Three law. Mission: Read was launched by Partners in Reading Success, a collaboration of all public libraries in Kent County plus the Literacy Center of West Michigan and Kent Intermediate School District. Mission: Read boosts reading skills and love for reading, helps parents find the right books for children and helps parents better understand their child’s Individualized Reading Improvement Plan. Learn more at MissionRead.org. (KDL Core focus addressed: Improve 3rd grade reading proficiency to help kids succeed in school and beyond.)

2. Do you know an adult who doesn't have a high school diploma? The new KDL Career Online High School (COHS) gives them a second chance! It's free and has a unique job-skills focus. Email cohs@kdl.org for more information. (KDL Core focus addressed: Increase program opportunities for adults and senior citizens to create lifeline learning options.)

3. Every student in Kent County will receive a library card through the KDL Library Card Challenge! So far, 13,532 students have received library cards and more are in process. (KDL Core focus addressed: Enhance children’s learning through unique opportunities to make reading and learning fun, with a positive impact on school achievement.)

If you're interested in learning more about these or numerous other programs, call me or our Patron Services Team at 616-784-2007.

Lance Werner
Executive Director