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Read the first chapter of Breaking Dawn!

Monday, June 2nd, 2008


 Stephenie Meyer fans click here to read the first chapter of Breaking Dawn. The book is due out August 2, 2008 and will be the fourth book in the Twilight saga.

Haven’t read the first three yet? Check them out here.

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Teen Summer Reading Club

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008


Beginning June 9, the fun begins at your local Kent District Library branch as Teen Summer Reading Club officially kicks off with the Metamorphosis @ Your Library theme.

Call or stop into your branch and pick up a program guide (or check out our online event calender) to find out when you can expect to see a Wii Event or Skateboarding Design Contest program in your library.

Other fun things to look forward to this summer – cooking classes, craft programs and gaming, gaming, gaming. (Can you say Guitar Hero???)

Speaking of gaming, don’t forget about the end-of-summer Wii Tournament at the Wyoming branch! This time around we will be playing Super Smash Brothers Brawl. Prizes are awarded and snacks will be provided. Think you can win? See you there – August 1 & 2!

 You can sign-up online here.


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2008 Teen Poetry Contest Winners

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

The ten winners of KDL’s annual poetry contest were announced at the Poetry Slam on May 16 at the Plainfield Branch.

 They are, in no particular order:

Brianne Stephens, “My Midnight Mate”

Dylan Baker, “Remains”

Grace Feenstra, “In the Trash Can”

Joanna Chen, “The 400M”

Samantha Yope, “Stream of Consciousness”

Emily Oxford, “Legacy”

Jessica Slater, “Homeless Man”

Angel Wang, “Sense of Spring”

Taylor Mallay, “Short Time”

Congratulations to the winners. Thanks to all who entered. Look for the contest to happen again next April!

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Teen Tech Week March 2-8

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Are you stumped about what “new” thing you can do for Teen Tech Week this year? Why not try downloading an eBook or eAudiobook from KDL’s eLibrary? There are many Teen titles available for download and you can transfer them straight to your mp3 player. Some titles can even be burned onto CD.

Or how about a really fun activity? The following instructions are for an online activity called “CD Cover Meme”. They take you through step-by-step to creating your very own CD cover.

1. Go to the Wikipedia Random Article page. The name of the article will be the name of your band.

2. Go to the Random Quotes page from The name of your album is taken from the last four words of the final quotation on the page.

3.  Go to the Interesting Photos from the Last Seven Days page from flickr. The third image will be used as your album artwork.

4. Use Photoshop or an online photo editing program like Picnik or Splashup to create your album cover.

Here is my finished product:

Album Cover

Post a link to your album cover in the comments section!  See what other people have done by searching the flickr tag cdcovermeme.

Enjoy Teen Tech Week! If you don’t choose one of the 2 above activities, let us know what you are going to do instead!

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New Booklist – Love Stinks

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Check out the Love Stinks booklist here.

Tell us what you think…Are there any great ‘love stinks’ teen books that we forgot?

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Videogame Survey

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

As many of you know, KDL has a collection of ps2 games at our branches for you to check out. We have been carrying these games for over a year now and they are really popular (and free!)

If you’d like to see some of the games we offer, check our catalog here.

Since these games are so popular we decided to survey our patrons to see if there are other types of games you would like us to carry in our branches.

Stop in at your local branch to fill out a survey or tell us your answers here in the comments section.

  • What video game system(s) do you own?
  • Should KDL offer other types of games in addition to ps2?
  • If so, what kinds?
  • What specific titles are your favorites?
  • Any other comments/suggestions?

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What would YOU read for?

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

The Teen Services Committee of KDL is already gearing up for Summer Reading Club this year. We need your input before we go out and purchase our big prizes.

SO…the question is, what would you read for? We typically purchase gift certificates for the branches to raffle off for SRC. All you have to do to get a raffle ticket is read 4 items (books, audiobooks, magazines). Every raffle ticket you enter into the drawings gives you a better chance of being a big winner!

Give us suggestions for what type of items you would like to see us raffle off. If you like gift certificates, tell us which stores. If you like event tickets, tell us which kind. If you want movie passes, tell us where you watch movies.

If you have any other great suggestions, feel free to list them here!

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All branches closing at 2pm 2/6/08

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

All Kent District Library branches will be closing at 2pm today (2/6/08) due to the weather.

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Best Books for Young Adults announced

Friday, January 18th, 2008


The Young Adult Library Association (YALSA) has announced its list of Best Books for Young Adults. To access a list of the top 10 with book covers and catalog links visit

This list as well as many other award lists can be found via the American Library Association’s website at

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Socialnetworking for readers…

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Are you into social networking? Do you have a myspace and facebook account already? And are you also into reading? Well, there are a few social networking websites you might like to hear about!

First, there is This site allows you to catalog your books and tag them. You can add friends, find people with similar book tastes and join book discussions. You can add 200 books for free or pay $10 per year or $25 for a lifetime subscription.

Second, there is Some people prefer goodreads because it is free no matter how many books you catalog. It also allows you to catalog and tag your books as well as add friends and get book recommendations.

Both sites are very similar and allow you to keep track of what you are currently reading, what you would like to read, and what you have read in the past. You can make “bookshelves” to categorize your books with, as well.

Facebook has some book cataloging applications as well. The first one is called “Books” and basically offers a visual listing of your own personal library. The “Visual Bookshelf” application is similar in that it shows the covers of your library on your facebook page. In addition, you can quickly see what your friends are reading (if they have also added the application).  The “Books iRead” application is another option available on facebook. It gives an easy to use rating and review system that is visible on your Profile. Of these three, Visual Bookshelf has the most users at 39,242 active users as of December 11, 2007.

Myspace has some interesting book groups available as well as featured books with reviews.

So, if you are a reader and would like a new way to save your reading lists, have fun with one of these new sites or applications. And, as always if you’d like to find a book in our catalog go to and type what you are looking for into the top right corner search field.

Morgan Doane @ Walker

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