April 21st, 2014
Posted by: Katie
Book Bash is right around the corner! We hope you plan to attend our Giant Warehouse Book Sale, featuring more than 20,000 gently-used books and other items that will be available for just 50 cents to $1 each. Sunday is Bag Day — $5 buys as many items as you can fit in a bag. All proceeds support Summer Reading @ KDL and other branch programs. Held at the KDL Service Center, 814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park.
Friday, April 25, 5:00 – 8:00 PM (Special time for teachers only from 3:00 – 5:00 PM)
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 27, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
April 19th, 2014
Posted by: Ali
Recycled Planters and Watering Can:
Spring is just around the corner. It’s time to garden. Gardening teaches patience, nurturing skills and even builds vocabulary as children learn the names of different vegetables and plants. Repurpose containers from around the house to make fun planters and a simple watering can.
- Seeds (fast-growing seeds such as beans or grass work well)
- Potting soil
- Yogurt cups, coffee pods, old baby shoes, empty eggshells or stale ice cream cones
- A one-gallon milk jug
- Drill with small drill bit (adult use only)
Look around the house for fun containers to use for planting. Any small plastic container will do. Stale flat-bottomed ice cream cones make excellent seedling planters and are completely biodegradable. Simply start a seed by sowing it in a cone filled with soil and plant the whole cone in the ground once the seedling is established. Outgrown shoes and boots also make fun outdoor planters too. Fill a planter with soil and sow the seeds according to the directions on the package. Water gently and set in a sunny window.
Make a simple watering can by drilling several small holes in the cap of a milk jug. Partially fill the jug with water so that it’s not too heavy for children to lift and screw the top on. Encourage children to water the plants and observe the seeds as they sprout and grow.
As the seeds sprout, talk about the different parts of the plant: the root, stem and leaves. Use a ruler to measure the plant every day or take a picture of the plant every day to record its growth.
–Anjie G. at KDL’s 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.
April 18th, 2014
Posted by: Ali
Stir the soul and brighten your day with this week’s Top Ten! These are ten of the most popular Adult Inspirational Fiction titles at KDL this month:
Tell us: What’s your favorite Inspirational title?
April 18th, 2014
Posted by: Beth
Gabriel García Márquez, well-known Colombian author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera,” died Thursday at the age of 87 at his home in Mexico City. His works of fiction were deeply rooted in a Latin American landscape but found universal appeal, with his works being translated into dozens of languages.
García Márquez also received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. “Each new work of his is received by expectant critics and readers as an event of world importance,” the Swedish Academy of Letters said in awarding him the Nobel.
April 17th, 2014
Posted by: Sheri
All Kent District Library branches will be closed Sunday, April 20 for Easter. We will resume normal operating hours on Monday, April 21. For additional 2014 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.
We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Easter!
April 16th, 2014
Posted by: Beth
The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence recently announced the awards shortlist:
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The winners (one for fiction, one for nonfiction) are announced at an event at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference.
April 15th, 2014
Posted by: David
“The Great Beauty,” which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for 2013, has been compared favorably to a classic Italian film, Fellini’s “8 ½,” made decades before, and the comparison shows how well-received this film has been and how Italian film continues to dazzle and intrigue viewers from around the world. Directed and co-written by Paolo Sorrentino, The Great Beauty, like Fellini’s earlier masterpiece, centers on a man (“Jep” played by Toni Servillo) who is trying to find his way in a world that has been good to him (he’s a writer) but that doesn’t seem to be very good itself. Blessed with an apartment in Rome overlooking the Coliseum, he throws lavish parties, sleeps in late, and seemingly has the world as his oyster. To try and describe the plot of this film would be pointless though, since rather than engaging in a traditional narrative arc, Sorrentino gives us an episodic structure showing numerous facets of the world Jep is living in—a world of beautiful women who offer themselves to him, (but that he walks away from), of mentally ill children of friends lost in their own literary worlds, of avant-garde artists and writers and magicians, of a man grieving over his dead wife (and the diary she wrote), of a cardinal alleged to be a great exorcist but who wants to talk about cooking, and, finally, in the closing scenes of the film, a nun (or “future saint” as some call her) who barely talks yet embodies more discipline and insight than almost anyone else in the story.
At 142 minutes, the film takes its time with all these characters and episodes, but the story is helped immensely by the beauty of its cinematography and the feeling that Sorrentino will eventually take us beyond the conventional wisdom that the rich and socially elite of Rome (as elsewhere) are vapid party-goers interested only in the tiny world of their set. That set of people has access to much of the “great beauty,” but whether they appreciate it in its deepest forms or not is another matter, and by the end of the film we can at least say we know some of that beauty exists, some of it in the present, but some of it in the past, living on in memories as simple and humble as that of a first kiss.
(This film is not rated, but does contain some nudity)
April 15th, 2014
Posted by: Kip
Need a new fantasy series to get you hooked? Have you waited long enough for the new George R.R. Martin novel? Try these new series of fantasy and adventure!
The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley is the first book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series. When the emperor of Annur is assassinated by an unknown enemy, his daughter and two sons work to reveal the assassin and survive the new world.
Star Wars author Drew Karpyshyn’s new novel is Children of Fire. This epic fantasy focuses on three magical talismans that were lost and a protective magical barrier that is fading with time.
Speaking of George R.R. Martin, fans of the Song of Ice and Fire series will enjoy Scottish author Anthony Ryan’s debut novel, Blood Song. The first in the Raven’s Song trilogy, Blood Song is about Vaeliln Al Sorna who has trained his whole life to be a warrior in the Brothers of the Sixth Order.
Australian fantasy author Jay Kristoff’s The Lotus War series is not as new as the others on this list, but is just as imaginative. Check out Stormdancer and Kinslayer for novels of Japanese-influenced steampunk fantasy.
April 13th, 2014
Posted by: Katie
That cookbook you were returning to the library that got wedged behind the backseat of your car and forgotten over the winter. The novel you only allowed yourself five pages a day to read because you never wanted it to end. The country-western CD your daughter put in her backpack last spring and found this spring.
Has your love of books and other KDL materials made it difficult to let go of some of your checked-out items by their due date? Put that love to work for you Sunday, April 13 through Saturday, April 26. Cardholders with KDL fines (not just KDL cardholders) are invited to visit a branch, and for every 10 minutes spent reading or listening in the library, $1 in overdue fines will be waived up to a maximum of $10 (does not apply to lost or damaged items or collection fees). You can even read off fines for other people!
** Patrons must do their reading at a KDL branch to receive waived overdue fines. See your local branch for more information.
April 12th, 2014
Posted by: Morgan J.
Please share with all your musician friends! We’re taking applications from bands who want to perform at this year’s Kentwoodpalooza on Thursday, June 12 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. Bands play in rotating sets from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, and we’ll feed and keep you hydrated. Sound like a good time? Click here for the application.
* Applications and demos must be submitted by Saturday, May 3.