Posted by: Ali
Posted by: Ali
Spread the word! As part of the Write Michigan Short Story Contest, we are offering Short Story Workshops for teens grades 6-12. Delve into the world of creative writing by exploring different techniques and short story ideas. If you plan on entering the Write Michigan Contest, you definitely want to attend one of these workshops! Pre-registration is required so sign up today! Register online or by calling 616-784-2007. We hope to see you there!
Saturday, October 4, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Thursday, October 16, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, October 18, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 8, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 3:30 – 5:30 PM, Wyoming Branch
Posted by: Katie
The National Book Foundation has announced the 2014 nonfiction nominees for the National Book Award.
Follow this link to see all four nominee lists (fiction, nonfiction, poetry & young people’s literature).
Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
John Demos, The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic
Anand Gopal, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes
Nigel Hamilton, The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941 – 1942
Walter Isaacson, The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
John Lahr, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
Evan Osnos, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New
Ronald C. Rosbottom, When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944
Matthew Stewart, Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic
Edward O. Wilson, The Meaning of Human Existence
Posted by: Penni
Check out one of these new chapter books for middle grade readers. The stories are unique and guy approved!
A basketball story written in verse, The Crossover deals with the family and school life of a 14-year-old boy, as well as the pressure on the court when your dad is an ex-pro.
Mysterious creatures appear in a small town, wreaking havoc on the citizens and forcing everyone to defend themselves. Can one 11-year-old hold the key to saving life as they know it?
One book is causing its readers to commit crimes and see visions. A father and son detective team needs to find answers, and uncovers an entire crime organization in the process.
In a bleak, dystopian world, one boy is offered a hopeful future in an institution for children. He quickly realizes the sinister side of this place, yet escape seems impossible.
Posted by: Liz
If you have an amazing voice — or even if you don’t! — these books will get everyone singing together. What a great way to keep young readers active and connected to the story. From oldies but goodies, like Over in the Meadow, to the new and groovy Pete the Cat, everyone is sure to be entertained.
Posted by: Holly
Transitioning from one activity to the next can be difficult for young children. Music is an excellent way to make these transitions easier. Singing the same song for a regularly repeated activity helps children know what’s expected of them and what’s coming next.
Singing a short song during every diaper change helps babies understand that this “down time” is temporary and will be over when the song ends. It’s a great way to prevent wiggles and frustration at the changing table.
Singing a clean-up song while putting away signals to children that play time is over, and that they are expected to pick up toys. Songs can ease many transitions such as saying goodbye to family after a vacation visit or getting ready to send older siblings off to school.
Try singing the following song on the way to school or library programs:
Off to Class We Go
(Sung to the tune of “A-Hunting We Will Go”)
Off to class we go,
It’s off to class we go,
We’ll sing some songs and read along,
With everyone we know.
Off to class we go,
It’s off to class we go,
We learn our ABCs and more,
With everyone we know.
Try adapting this song to different activities such as “off to work we go” or “off to sleep we go” “…sing a song and read along, because I love you so.”
— Sara M. at KDL’s Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.
Posted by: Shelley
You already know that your local KDL staff provide great recommendations when you’re looking for your next favorite book. Now library staff across the nation have connected to offer LibraryReads, a nationwide “Top 10″ list of favorite titles each month! Check out these upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you (including one recommended by KDL’s own Vanessa Walstra!).
- A Sudden Light: A Novel by Garth Stein
“Garth Stein has given us a masterpiece. This beautiful story takes readers on a thrilling exploration of a family estate brimming with generations of riveting Riddell family ghosts and secrets. This is a true exploratory novel, taking readers through secret passageways, hidden rooms, and darkened corridors that engage all of the senses.”
—Whitney Gayle, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT
- Leaving Time: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
“Leaving Time is a love story—love between mother and child, love between soulmates, and love between elephants. The story is told from a variety of narrators, all of whom are broken and lost. Jenna is searching for answers to the disappearance of her mother, and seeks the help of a retired police detective and a psychic. Alice, Jenna’s mom, disappeared after a tragic accident at the elephant sanctuary, and her work with the elephants is fascinating and touching. The book is an ode to motherhood in all its forms—the good, bad and the ugly—and it is brilliant.”
—Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
- As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden
“Even if you don’t have a crush on Cary Elwes, you’ll enjoy this vivid behind-the-scenes account of the making of The Princess Bride. His stories, especially those involving Andre the Giant, will leave you in stitches. Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, and others also recount their experiences. An amusing account of a group of performers who came together to make a heartfelt film that is loved by many.”
—Emily Weiss, Bedford Public Library, Bedford, IN
- Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming
“This memoir focuses on Cumming’s reaction to being told that his father was not, in fact, his father. An appearance on the UK’s Who Do You Think You Are was meant to reveal the mystery behind what happened to Cumming’s maternal grandfather. Instead, his father’s admission leads Cumming to resolve long-held memories of verbal abuse. Cumming is extremely open, allowing readers to share in his pain and understand his relationships.”
—Tracy Babiasz, Alachua County Library District, Newberry, FL
- Some Luck: A Novel by Jane Smiley
“Smiley’s latest is a love song to American farms and the people who keep them. This glorious and heartfelt novel chronicles the lives of an Iowan farm family over 30 years, beginning in 1920. Family members are born, grow, change, and die. Readers follow their triumphs and crushing losses and, along the way, learn about the evolution of farming and society in the United States. Definitely one of the best novels of 2014.”
—Laurie Van Court, Douglas County Libraries, Parker, CO
- The Boy Who Drew Monsters: A Novel by Keith Donohue
“Emotionally scarred by a near-drowning experience, young Jack Keenan spends all his time indoors, fanatically preoccupied with drawing strange things. While Jack’s parents chalk his drawings up to the imagination, Nick, Jack’s only friend, notices mysterious things happen whenever Jack picks up a pencil. This detailed coming-of-age tale with a twist offers unique insights into boyhood friendships and the complexities of adult relationships.”
—Courtney Block, Charlestown Clark County Public Library, Charlestown, IN
- The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
“In this well-crafted debut novel, Joe Talbert has finally left home, but not without guilt over leaving his autistic brother in the care of his unreliable mother. A college assignment gets the young man entangled in a cold case, racing to clear the name of a Vietnam veteran. Characters with layers of suppressed memories and emotions only add to the suspenseful plot. Looking forward to more from this Minnesotan author!”
—Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
- Reunion: A Novel by Hannah Pittard
“When Kate learns that her estranged father has committed suicide, she and her siblings travel to Atlanta to bury him and work out years of resentment. Life seems overwhelming to Kate as she battles with infidelity, divorce, and a massive debt. It’s only when she takes a good look at herself that she begins to heal the rift in her family. Unfolding like a saga, this short book packs a punch.”
—Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ
- Malice: A Mystery by Keigo Higashino
“Detective Kaga is investigating the murder of best-selling author Kunihiko Hidaka. Hidaka’s wife and best friend both have rock-solid alibis, but Kaga discovers that the friendship might not have been what it seemed. A classic cat-and-mouse game with twists that keep the pages turning.”
—Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA
- Murder at the Brightwell: A Mystery by Ashley Weaver
“Lovers of Agatha Christie and Jacqueline Winspear will enjoy this elegant murder mystery set on holiday at the English seaside What starts out as a lark, intended to make Amory Ames’s misbehaving-but-oh-so-delicious husband jealous, turns into a dangerous and deadly game of whodunit for Amory and her friends. Love, jealousy, and revenge are tangled together in this smart and sophisticated British mystery reminiscent of the genre’s golden age.”
—Vanessa Walstra, Kent District Library, East Grand Rapids, MI
See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!
Posted by: Sheri
During the month of August, over 2,000 school items were collected at KDL branches for School Supply Santa. Thank you so much for your generosity during this most recent KDL Gives Back initiative! Local children were able to head back to school with all the items they need to succeed, thanks to your support!
“I want to thank KDL for promoting, supporting and collecting school supplies,” said Denise Kooiker, who runs School Supply Santa. “They played such a huge role in the program this year!”
Posted by: Katie
This week’s Top Ten list features 10 of the most popular Easy Readers at KDL right now. Stop in and grab entertaining books for your beginning reader today!
Posted by: Ali
Want to brush up on your job-hunting skills? We can help with a series of free Career Transitions Workshops occurring this fall! The series is presented in partnership with Career Transitions Center West Michigan. Registration is required. Please click the links below or call 616-784-2007 to register.
LinkedIn Boot Camp
Optimize your use of the professional networking website LinkedIn and develop your networking experience.
Thursday, September 25, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, October 23, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, November 20, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Walker Branch
Developing Your Personal Brand
Learn how to identify, develop and market your innate talents to best be able to “sell what you do well,” whether it’s through verbal or written communications.
Wednesday, October 8, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Communicating Your Brand
Learn how to best share your personal brand by focusing on elevator pitches, résumés and online profiles, with emphasis on aligning your message with your professional value in the marketplace.
Wednesday, October 15, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
A lot of getting connected to job opportunities is about who you know. Explore strategies and techniques needed to build and nurture effective relationships with contacts.
Wednesday, October 22, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Create a positive and lasting impression. Learn essential techniques of how to ace interviews in today’s job market and how to negotiate terms of employment.
Wednesday, October 29, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Posted by: Katie