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Scary Reads for School-Age Boys

Friday, October 18th, 2013


So, do you think you’re brave enough to handle some extra spooky reads just in time for Halloween? If so, check out these great picks for boys (and possibly brave young girls as well):


The Haunted Playground by Shaun Tan

Gavin is obsessed with hunting for treasure with his metal detector. He finds the perfect spot–a huge, sandy playground. Then he meets a bunch of kids who have a mysterious treasure hunt of their own. Gavin gets the feeling they want him to stay . . . forever.






The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried—some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Only Thomas Ward is left. He’s the last hope, the last apprentice.

This is the first book in the fantastic Last Apprentice series.




The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.




Monsters (The Unexplained) by Judith Herbst

Explores such “”monsters”” as the Yeti, zombies, and the Loch Ness monster, debunking many of these fantastic stories. But what creatures might yet be lurking out there just waiting to be discovered? A great read for curious minds.





Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah and James Howe

BEWARE THE HARE! Is he or isn’t he a vampire?
Before it’s too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household — a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits…and fangs! A horrific (yet humorous) read.
The first book in the Bunnicula series.





Of course, for a sure bet you can always try the ever-popular Goosebumps or American / Michigan Chillers series:



Enjoy these books and many more by visiting your local KDL branch library today!


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Great Reads for Guys @ KDL!

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Have a reluctant young reader at home? Someone who claims he just doesn’t like to read? If the answer is yes, you should know about KDL’s Guys Read initiative. It’s all about getting boys interested in reading (and even talking about it). With great programs like book discussions and celebrations along with a wide variety of reading materials including books, magazines and graphic novels, there are plenty of ways to get your young one interested in reading. Here are a few suggestions to help get your guy excited about reading:

And if you feel like a “supernatural” read this Halloween season, give the Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie, Books of Elsewhere or the ever-popular American Chillers series a try.



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KDL Walker Branch Closing Early Friday

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

In observance of the funeral taking place for Officer Slot in the Walker City Complex, KDL’s Walker branch will be closing at 3:00pm on Friday, October 21.

We offer our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Officer Slot.

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A New Chapter in eBooks @ KDL

Friday, August 19th, 2011

eBooks eAudiobooks


Today marks the launch of KDL’s brand new online eBook/eAudiobook resource and we’re excited to share the news! “So, what does this mean?” you may ask. Well, this means that our KDL cardholders will have improved access to high-demand eBooks and eAudiobooks, including bestsellers and other popular titles. It’s just part of our commitment to provide a new level of convenience to our library users.

We’re confident that this change will result in a better user experience for our eBook/eAudiobook users, however, there are a few things to note along with this change:

We are very excited to offer this service to our KDL patrons and hope you’ll take the time to explore the new site. If you’re looking for a hands-on way to learn more about library eBooks and compatible eBook devices, we invite you to check out our OverDrive Digital Bookmobile events taking place next week on August 22 and 23 at our Grandville and Wyoming branch locations.

No late fees, 24/7 access, compatible with a variety of devices and FREE,
KDL’s eBooks and eAudiobooks provide unparalleled convenience to fit your busy lifestyle.
Check one out today!

Please note: We are experiencing intermittent problems with the updated system. If you are having difficulty accessing your account or viewing account information, please continue to check back or call 784-2007 for assistance. Thank you for your patience and we hope to be back on track soon!

The site should be working smoothly again. If you experience any lingering issues, please report them using our Support Request Form. Thanks for your patience as we worked out a few initial kinks with the new system!


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Try Mango and Win

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Have you tried Mango Languages? If you haven’t, then now is a great time to check it out. If you have, then let us know. Tell us how you use Mango Languages and be entered to win a free Mango coffee mug. Just leave your feedback in the comments section below, along with a valid email address, and you’re automatically entered to win. The contest runs through August 31.

Mango Languages is a free online language learning system that teaches practical conversation skills for real communication. It’s a fast, easy, and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. Basic courses are offered for 35 foreign and 15 ESL languages, with most offering  more in-depth Complete courses as well. You can even use Mango on your mobile device!

Learn a new language with Mango!

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Online Card Registration Now Available

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011


Are you new to the Kent District Library service area? Do you need to replace a missing or damaged KDL library card? If so, we’ve made it easier than ever to get started. Just complete our new online registration form, identify your local KDL branch location, and your card will be ready and waiting for you at the branch specified. Choose from the classic KDL blue-water card or represent your favorite elephant with the Katie L. card. Whichever you choose, your KDL library card will provide you with access to a wealth of Information, Ideas, and Excitement!

What do you plan to do with your library card?


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Krause & Gaines Branches Opening Late

Friday, June 10th, 2011

The Krause Memorial branch of KDL will open at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 11, in order to accomodate the Rockford Start of Summer Celebration. KDL’s Gaines Township branch will open at 12:00pm the same day in order to accomodate their Cutlerville Days celebration.

Thank you.   


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It’s National Library Week!

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

April 10–16 is National Library Week, and KDL invites you to Create your own story @ your library. Every day, people use the library to enhance their career, learn something new, or find something great to read, watch, or listen to. Every day, people take advantage of library services that educate, entertain, and enlighten. Regardless of your interests, these are the things that help create the story of you. From a wide selection of books, movies, and music, to events and programs for all ages, the library can help you create your own story.

Author John Grisham on the value of libraries.

If you have a library story to share, we would love to hear it.
Please post in the comment section below or send via our My KDL Story webpage.

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Help Michigan Libraries!

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

In an economy where knowledge is the key to success, libraries offer equal access to the tools and resources needed to excel. As we transition from a manufacturing economy to a knowledge-based economy, libraries are, and should continue to be, a critical partner in this effort. With the governor’s proposed 40% reduction in state aid to libraries for the 2011–2012 budget, libraries across the state face significant challenges. Since 2000, libraries have already witnessed a 76% drop in funding from the state, and these further reductions may result in the elimination of a number of heavily utilized services.

While we understand that the current economy has impacted everyone, and that we must all do more with less, these proposed cuts will have an unprecedented effect on library services within our state — from reduced access to library materials to the elimination of popular online resources. We encourage all library supporters to learn more by visiting our library advocacy webpage. Find out how you can voice your support of libraries to your local legislators.

We thank you for your support.



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Spencer Twp. Branch Delayed Opening

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Due to a power outage, the Kent District Library’s Spencer Twp. branch will be opening today, March 23, at 2pm (one-hour delay).

Thank you.

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