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My Town: In Library Derby, Every Horse Wins
My Town: In Library Derby, Every Horse Wins
-----NEWS RELEASE----KENT COUNTY, Mich. –Kent District Library is kicking off its second annual Genre Derby, an online crowdfunding effort aimed at reducing wait times for print and digital books by growing the library system’s collection of its most popular items. And every horse in this race wins; all money collected for a specific genre will be spent on materials in that genre only.
 The inaugural event allowed KDL to purchase more than 400 new titles, and got a boost when bestselling authors Jodi Picoult and Karen Kingsbury posted about the contest on their social media channels. Both authors also donated toward the contest. In Genre Derby, each of KDL’s eight adult fiction genres is represented by a horse. During the derby, bettors can nudge their favorite horse past the others by donating toward the purchase of books (print and digital) in their genre of choice. The Derby will continue through the end of February. Kent District Library is a public library system operating 18 branch libraries. KDL serves nearly 400,000 residents of 27 governmental units, comprising most of Kent County, Michigan. KDL is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by millage dollars and private donations.