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Write Michigan Short Story Workshop: It Lives! Revision and Re-Vision!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

WriteMichiganShortStoryWorkshopItLivesDo you have a short story that you would like to enter in the 3rd Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest? Are you feeling stuck and are not sure what you can do to improve your story? You’re in luck!

KDL is bringing author Caitlin Horrocks, New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice honoree to the Plainfield Township Branch on Saturday, September 27 and the East Grand Rapids Branch on Wednesday, November 12 (note date change) to teach a short story workshop for adults that focuses on revision. At the workshop she will outline strategies for successful revision on many levels, from ruthless line editing to wholesale re-envisioning of stalled or stale stories. There will be readings, discussion and exercises to make problematic pieces more promising. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.

For more information on the 3rd Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest please visit



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Are You a Fan of True Crime?

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Are you fascinated by true crime stories? Whether classics like In Cold Blood by Truman Capote intrigue you or more recent true crime stories like A Death in Italy: The Definitive Account of the Amanda Knox Case by John Follain are more your style, there is something for everyone in this genre. True crime stories can be frightening, strange,\ and mysterious all at once. If you are looking for your next true crime story, check out our new True Crime booklist.

See the True Crime book display at the Plainfield Township branch that was created by Laura, one of our adult librarians:

True Crime Display

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Staff Picks from the Plainfield Twp. Branch

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The Plainfield Township Branch’s Information Staff is eager to share their voracious reading habits with you, the reading public. Here are a few of our picks:


Chihuahua of the Baskervilles by Esri Allbritten

MYS Allbritten (2011)

When the owner of a small-dog clothing catalog reports sightings of a canine ghost who some believe to be a former retail mascot, the eccentric staff of a low-budget paranormal magazine visit Colorado’s Manitou Springs to investigate. (Gigi Chihuahua Mystery #1)
Candida, Adult Services




Unforgivable: A Novel by Phillippe Djian

Djian (2010)

Novelist Francis has not written a word in over 12 years since his first wife and daughter died in a tragic accident which he and is other daughter witnessed.  Twelve years later his surviving daughter, now a famous actress, has vanished and Francis’ second marriage is falling apart. Francis employs an old friend and her son to help him find his daughter and check up on his second wife, but things go from bad to worse.
Dave, Adult Services



Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan

MYS Dolan (2009)
In the aftermath of a magazine publisher’s untimely murder, detective Elizabeth Waishkey wonders if David Loogan, a man with a violent past who was having an affair with the victim’s wife, is responsible for the crime or a helpful ally.
Maggie, Adult Services





The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Teen Green (2012)

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
— Lynn, Youth Services 




Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

SF Teen Spotswood (2012)

Cate lives in an alternate New England of 1900, where witches are arrested and taken to the madhouse, and a group called the Brotherhood dominates and controls society. Since promising her dying mother that she’d keep her sisters safe, she has managed to keep secret that she and her younger sisters are witches. When a pretty, young governess with a secret arrives from the Sisterhood, everything changes. (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1)
— Susan, Youth Services                                                                                                                    



Jefferson’s Sons: A Founding Father’s Secret Children by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

HIST J Bradley (2011)       

A fictionalized yet historical look at the last twenty years of Thomas Jefferson’s life at Monticello; primarily through the eyes of three of his slaves, two of whom were his sons by his slave, Sally Hemings. 
— Laura, Adult Services   




Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin

HIST J Yelchin (2011) 

In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, 10-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs. (Horn Book’s Best Fiction Books of 2011)
— David, Adult Services




Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead

E Stead (2012)

Bear, with the help of his animal friends, remembers the story he had hoped to tell before the onset of winter.
— Liz, Youth Services


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