A Few Charming Graphic Novels

March 4th, 2015

Ever since I was captivated by the graphic novel Blankets by Craig Thompson, I read a few graphic novels every once in a while to shuffle up my reading list. Here are a few titles that you may have overlooked, but I think you might enjoy!

Here by Richard McGuireMinimal reading required in Here by Richard McGuire. Flipping through these pages is much like observing works of art. A living room corner remains a constant image throughout the entire book, while additional images are spliced in and overlapped to show different points in time in the living room. There are subtle hints of cultural commentary, a history lesson, and a narrative that mainly relies on the reader’s interpretation of the imagery.

The Property by Rutu Modan follows Regina Segal and her granddaughter Mica to Warsaw where they hope to reclaim family property. There are some fierce characters in this book! There are also many upsets on this trip with family drama and backstabbing, but as stubborn as Grandma Regina is, there is no way she’ll end up losing out.

What do we hold onto? What do we let go? In Bad Houses by Sara Bad Houses by Sara Ryan and Carla Speed McNeilRyan and Carla Speed McNeil, a mixture of stories intertwine to reveal multiple perspectives on what is valuable in life. In this coming-of-age tale, there is family troubles, hoarding, and materialistic significance. Amusing at times, painful at others, this graphic novel provides readers with a compelling story and complex characters.


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Author Mal Peet Died at Age 67

March 4th, 2015

malpeetAward winning British author Mal Peet died Monday at the age of 67.  Mal Peet won the Guardian children’s fiction prize for his 2009 book Exposure.  He also won the Carnegie medal in 2005 for his second book, Tamar, which is a fabulous fiction story set between modern day and World War II occupied Netherlands.

 


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Anime Party for Teens

March 3rd, 2015

AnimeTeen Anime fans are invited to an Anime Party, taking place at several KDL branches this spring. Come show off your costume, eat some Pocky and enjoy Anime-themed crafts. Don’t miss out on all the fun!

Thursday, March 12, 3:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, March 19, 3:30 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Saturday, April 4, 2:00 PM, Gaines Twp. Branch
Thursday, April 16, 5:00 PM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Saturday, May 9, 1:00 PM, Grandville Branch

 


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KDL Photo Contest: Enter Today Through April 18

March 2nd, 2015

Celebrate KDL Photo Contest Logo WEB (2)Attention shutterbugs! Send in your favorite shots taken during one of our library programs or inside one of our branches. Winning photos will be featured in an upcoming Celebrate KDL 2016 Calendar that will be sold to raise funds for library programs.

For more information and to submit your digital photo, visit www.kdl.org/photocontest. Sponsored by Kent District Library and the Alliance of Friends. For all ages.

Monday, March 2 – Saturday, April 18: Submissions accepted

Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 24: Public voting on semi-finalists’ photos

Monday, June 1: Winners announced

 


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

March 2nd, 2015

Spring 2015 Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our April classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More!
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing Fun
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Sharing, Saving and Ordering
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. iPad Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics and More
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Office Workshop
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required and will begin the month before the scheduled classes on the first Monday of each month for KDL cardholders and the second Monday for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available):

  • April classes: Registration begins Monday, March 2 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, March 9 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • May classes: Registration begins Monday, April 6 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, April 13 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Early Lit Bits: KDLville Spotlight

March 1st, 2015

There’s always something new in KDLville!

Changing activities often keeps our early literacy play areas fresh and interesting for our regular visitors, but some favorite activities are available year round. This beloved Thomas the Tank Engine train table is a regular fixture at the Walker 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.

 


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Parents of Teens: Read This!

February 27th, 2015

successful teensParents of teens, we get it. This is a stressful time in your teen’s life… and yours too. You wonder if they will be ready to leave the nest and soar. This spring, we are offering two programs for teens that will help you (and them) feel more confident in their future success.

Conquering the ACT
Each ACT subject has unique characteristics that draw upon various skills. Learn those characteristics and gain confidence in your ability to apply specific approaches for effective test-taking. This class includes an overview of what the ACT is and how it’s used by colleges, strategies for approaching its different subjects, practice problems in each subject area and test-taking tips. Parents and other adults are encouraged to attend with their teen. Presented by the Grand Rapids Learning Foundation.  Pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, March 11, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 PM, Grandville Branch
Wednesday, March 25, 6:00 PM, Wyoming Branch

 

Just Hired! A Job Search Workshop for Teens
If you’re looking for a job, this fun, interactive workshop is just the thing for you! You’ll learn how to fill out applications, prepare for interviews and communicate your strengths to future employers. Pre-registration is required. For teens ages 14 to 18.

Thursday, March 19, 6:00 PM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Wednesday, April 22, 6:00 PM, Wyoming Branch

Branch locations can be found here.


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Survival Adventures

February 26th, 2015

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in the Special Forces? Do you think you would like to chase storms? Try reading the Can You Survive interactive adventures books. This junior level series, written by various authors, offers readers the chance to choose what happens next in the story. Take care when making your choices as they could lead you to safety or doom! With titles like Can You Survive the Desert?, Can You Survive Being Lost at Sea? and Can You Survive Antarctica?, there is sure to be a storyline that will pique your interest. Place a hold or stop in and check one out today!

  


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Teen Mysteries

February 25th, 2015

allfalldownSometimes it can be harder to find teen mysteries, so I was pleased when Ally Carter released the start of a new mystery series, All Fall Down.  Her Gallagher Girls series kept on getting better with each book and All Fall Down was a great start.

Grace is an army brat and also the granddaughter of a very powerful ambassador, where she spent summers running around the embassy. But now that Grace’s mother has died, her father sends her to live with her grandfather, and Grace isn’t willing to let the mystery of her mother’s death be classified as a tragic accident.

ghostflowerMichele Jaffe has written a number of mysteries as well, but I recently read Ghost Flower and really enjoyed it!

Runaway Eve likes to keep a low profile, but she gets drawn into a scheme to impersonate an heiress that had gone missing so the cousins can split the inheritance.  But not everything is as it seems at first, and Eve is starting to to question everything about herself and the family she is drawn into.

 

 


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Spencer Twp. Branch Closing at 5:30 PM Feb. 24

February 24th, 2015

Spencer Township BranchDue to dangerous local driving conditions, the Spencer Township Branch will be closing at 5:30 PM tonight (Tuesday, February 24). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Currently, all other KDL branches will remain open for normal hours tonight.

 

 

 

 


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