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Teen Halo Tournament

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Picture2If you think you have what it takes to be the best, sign up with a partner to compete in our Halo 4 multiplayer tournament. All the fun will take place from 1:00 – 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 25 at the Grandville Branch. The last team standing wins the prize! Pre-registration is required. For teens grades 6-12.

We hope to see you there!

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Local Indie Spotlight: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Release Your Shrouds by Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys

This Michigan band plays bluegrass, except when it’s folk or it’s country or even a little jazzy. They describe their music as “eclectic Americana from the heart of America’s third coast.” Whatever you call it, this CD is a great listen! Lindsay Lou is the lead vocalist and the Flatbellys include Joshua Rilko, Mark Lavengood and PJ George on guitar, mandolin, dobro and more. With their third album, Ionia, in the works, check out this rootsy, harmonizing treat beforehand. You’ll likely pre-order the new release once you do!

Release Your Shrouds is part of the Local Indie @ KDL collection, housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branches. It was created to give independent authors, filmmakers and musicians the opportunity to be added to our shelves and to be featured by staff in order to increase viewers, readers and listeners.

Click here to browse our Local Indie @ KDL collection.

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Don’t Miss Your Holds — Freeze them!

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Hooray!  It’s almost Spring Break!  But are you worried that leaving town will result in missing that book or movie you’ve been waiting for?  Head into vacation worry-free by freezing your holds before you leave and unfreezing them when you return.

To Freeze Your Holds:

  1. Log into your library account.
  2. Look for the Freeze column to the right of the titles you have on hold. Check this box for all the titles you want to freeze. (Note that you can’t freeze a hold that is already in transit or ready for pickup.)

  3. Click the Update List button at the bottom of the screen update
  4. When you return from vacation, just log into your account, un-check the box in the Freeze column, then click Update List again to “un-freeze” your holds.

Have a great trip!


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Memorable Memoirs

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

A popular publishing trend these days is the memoir — a book that gives us a peek into someone’s life.  While a biography generally covers the entire span of its subject’s life, a memoir covers a “slice of life” and is written by the person who experienced it.  It’s often an intense period in their life — early motherhood, illness, the death of a loved one.  There’s been some criticism that too many undeserving memoirs are being published, but for those of us who like to read them we now have plenty to choose from!  Here are a few to try:

The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows by Brian Castner tells of his three tours of duty in Iraq as a bomb disposal expert.  When he returned home to his wife and family, he began a struggle with a no less insidious foe, an unshakable feeling of fear and confusion and survivor’s guilt that he terms “The Crazy.”  His thrilling, heartbreaking, stunningly honest book will hook you from the first chapter.

Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment by Katrina Kenison offers observations on life, making changes, and embarking on spiritual journeys as she experiences and accepts a new reality of living alone after her children have grown and moved out.

The Great Northern Express:  A Writer’s Journey Home by Howard Frank Mosher documents the author’s road trip across twenty-first-century America, where he shared personal encounters with homeless people, country performers, and readers and writers from all walks of life.

The Still Point of the Turning World by Emily Rapp is a wrenching account about her son Ronan, who was diagnosed at nine months old with Tay-Sachs disease, a rare and always-fatal degenerative disorder. Ronan was not expected to live beyond the age of three. He would be permanently stalled at a developmental level of six months. Rapp and her husband were forced to re-evaluate everything they thought they knew about parenting.

The Long Walk   Magical Journey   The Great Northern Express   Still Point of the Turning World

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Life after Friday Night Lights

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

It’s hard to say good-bye to the cast of Friday Night Lights if you’ve watched all five seasons of the addicting television drama set in the football town of Dillon, Texas. To ease yourself back from the end of the series, you can try some of these suggestions for Panther fans. 

Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger was originally a book about the Permian Panthers of Odessa — read the true stories behind the series. Eagle Blue is another true-life story about a high school basketball team.

And don’t forget that there was a movie before the television series, with Billy Bob Thornton playing Coach — it will take you back to Dillon for a little bit longer. 

If you’re interested in another compelling television series, give Heroes a try. 

The movie Post-Grad stars Zach Gilford in a Matt Saracen-esque role. 

Want to read instead? There are some good football novels out there too: Playing for Pizza, Knights of the Hill Country, and Payback Time

And, for something different, Explosions in the Sky created music for both the movie and the television series. Give one of their CDs a listen. Hope this helps you! 

“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!”


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Incredible Edible Book Challenge

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Grab your favorite book and head for the kitchen!  In conjunction with the community reading event Grandville Reads, the Grandville branch is holding an Incredible Edible Book Challenge

What is an edible book?  An edible book can look like a book, pun on a title, refer to a character, or just have something to do with books — but it must be edible.

Everyone can participate:  the young, the old, the professional and non-professional, families, groups.  You can get ideas online by googling “edible books.”  The contest will be held on Saturday, March 17 at the Grandville branch.

  • 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM:  Drop off edible book entries to library
  • 12:00 – 4:00 PM:  Judging and viewing
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM:  Pick up entries

 Winners in 3 categories will receive a $20 gift card:

  • Funniest
  • Best connection to the featured book
  • Originality/creativity

All details available at

Special thanks to our sponsor Family Fare Supermarkets.

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