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Father rescues 6-month-old son from burning home

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) -- Firefighters say a father saved the life of his 6-month-old son by rescuing the boy from their burning home.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Mark Samp was outside the house Wednesday night in the Grand Rapids-area community of Wyoming when he saw smoke. Unable to get into the home through the front door because of fire, Samp broke a window, climbed inside his son's bedroom and got the child out.

They were outside when firefighters arrived on the scene. The newspaper says the father's face was burned, and both suffered smoke inhalation. They were hospitalized for observation.

Wyoming Fire Chief Bob Austin says authorities believe the fire might have been fatal if the father didn't climb inside. The cause was under investigation, but it wasn't considered suspicious.

Who has the tastiest BBQ in Michigan?

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Many of us associate summer with the word barbecue and one man is on the hunt to find the tastiest meat in Michigan.

MLive entertainment reporter John Gonzalez is trying 27 different restaurants in just five days!

One of his stops on Thursday is Dallas Deli, where WZZM took a taste test of our own.

Sam Barnes' BBQ joint is one of four stops Gonzalez will be making Thursday. His other stops are in Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and Holland. He started out in Detroit on Monday.

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Could You Survive the Hunger Games?

Could You Survive the Hunger Games?

Hmm… is there another reason we’re called Kent District Library?

Imagine yourself a tribute, randomly selected to participate in the dystopian world that spawned the Hunger Games. Each tribute team will amass points as they participate in several challenges that determine who will survive. For teens grades 6-12.

Schedule:
Tuesday, June 12, 2:30 PM – Wyoming branch
Tuesday, June 12, 4:00 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Wednesday, June 20, 1:00 PM – Grandville branch

June Hot Titles at KDL

June Hot Titles at KDL

If you want it, we’ve got it! At KDL, we are committed to providing the popular materials you want to read, listen to or view. Look what’s new this month:

Coming Home by Karen Kingsbury
Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
The Storm by Clive Cussler
The Artist (DVD)

Summer Reading at KDL starts today!

Summer Reading at KDL starts today!

Dream Big this summer! Today is the first day of Summer Reading @ KDL, so stop by your local branch and sign up for a summer of reading, programs and prizes! With separate programs for babieskidsteens and adults, the whole family can get in on the fun.

Don’t forget to check out all the FREE programs and activities listed in the KDL Events Calendar!

From the KDL Director: Is Your Library’s Funding Safe?

From the KDL Director: Is Your Library’s Funding Safe?

Libraries and other organizations such as schools, police and fire departments that provide essential tax-supported services have been working with state lawmakers for nearly a year to brainstorm ways to replace the business equipment personal property tax (PPT) if it is eliminated

Replacement is critical because without it, the services Kent County residents rely on will be at the very least irreparably damaged, and in some cases may cease entirely. Kent District Library applauded senators who recognized the value and necessity of our services, and were heartened that a “poison pill” replacement provision was included in a Senate measure that passed on May 10. While this solution is far from perfect, it is better than nothing. The provision provides that if a future legislature fails to restore revenue lost by elimination of the PPT, the PPT will be restored.