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Experience Summer Online

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

This summer KDL patrons have been learning new skills, visiting area parks, downloading e-books, and much more for Experience Summer Online. You still have time to join them in a wide variety of activities for chances to win prizes — just complete some simple and fun activities by Saturday, August 9. Check out these pictures of KDL patrons experiencing summer:

Learning How to Knit Morning Stories Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival4th of July on Reed's Lake


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More Ways to Experience Summer!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Have you already completed your 30 days of reading for this summer? Don’t worry — there is much more to do, read and experience! With KDL’s Experience Summer Online anyone can complete activities, read books and attend library programs for more chances to win prizes. This is the perfect program for those who finish the traditional program early or just want some more fun summer reading options. Go to Experience Summer Online to get started!

Ignite Happiness: Summer Reading @ KDL

Ignite Happiness: Summer Reading @ KDL


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New Fantasy Series at KDL

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Emperor's BladesNeed 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.





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Summer Reading on Your Own Terms

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Summer Reading @ KDL is in full swing, but don’t forget to Experience Summer Online. Be entered for great prizes by completing categories such as Get Outside, Play or Go Digital. Check out the possibilities and join in by performing activities, attending library programs and reading. For inspiration, here are some fellow KDL patrons who experienced summer on their own terms!

Holding a ChickenA birdfeeder made out of a juice bottle.Cool driveway artA visit to the GRAM!


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The Novel World of James Bond

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

If you watched Skyfall and need more James Bond in your life, what do you do now?  There are plenty of great options to immerse you in the James Bond Universe, like reading the original novels by Ian Fleming. Fleming’s first book, Casino Royale, is a good place to start and it was also the first Daniel Craig film as Bond. There are 12 original novels by Fleming plus some short stories, though some authors have taken the series further, including Jeffery Deaver who wrote Carte Blanche: 007.

There are also Bond books for teens, like Charles Higson’s Young Bond series that begins with SilverFin. In SilverFin, a 14-year old James is fighting evil villains in the 1930s.  Another good choice is the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, which is heavily inspired by James Bond. In Stormbreaker, Alex’s uncle dies a mysterious death, leaving Alex to discover the truth and become a superspy himself.

If you are looking for similar action-filled novels with a bit of the James Bond aesthetic, try out Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt books and Ted Bell’s Alex Hawke novels.  There is plenty to watch and read for any Bond fan while waiting for the next movie installment.


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Swish! Teen Basketball Books

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

The game of basketball is going full force for fans, whether you follow high school, college or the NBA. Earlier this year a great new book was released by Paul Volponi, The Final Four. Volponi follows four players trying to win a March Madness tournament game between the touted Michigan squad and the underdog Troy Titans. You find out how each player became a college star along with exciting play-by-play action.

Similar fiction on basketball includes Walter Dean Myers’ Game and Matt de la Peña’s Ball Don’t Lie, where you learn why their characters are in love with the game.

If you are more into mysteries or crave books about college basketball, national sportswriter John Feinstein’s sports mysteries include Last Shot. Two eighth-grade reporters win a contest that allows them to cover the Final Four, where they discover that the game might be rigged.

And for manga and graphic novel fans there’s Slam Dunk, a furious comic series from Japan featuring two rival basketball players.


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Meet the Author Events with Mark Crilley

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Author and Illustrator Mark Crilley will visit the Cascade Township and East Grand Rapids branches in March.  The Michigan author is the creator of Akiko, Miki Falls and other great books and graphic novels. 

Mark was raised in Detroit and while teaching English in Japan, he created Akiko in 1992. He went on to publish many Akiko comics and several novelizations of Akiko for young readers.  Mark has also published the Billy Clikk series, the Miki Falls manga series and the new graphic novel, Brody’s Ghost

Make sure to come see Mark Crilley at one of his two stops at KDL branches!

Cascade Township Branch: Thursday, March 8, 5:00 to 6:00 PM.  Mark will host an interactive program featuring his books for school-age and teen audiences. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cascade Library and Forest Hills Northern Trails School.

East Grand Rapids Branch: Monday, March 12, 3:30 to 4:30 PM.  Teens, come for a cartooning workshop with Mark!  Sponsored by EGR Middle School and the Friends of the EGR Library.

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Super Smash Bros. Tournament

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The next round in the KDL Wii Tournament Series is taking place at the Cascade Branch on Saturday, April 10 from 12:30pm to 5:00pm.  The tournament, for teens in grades 6-12, is the always exciting Super Smash Bros. Brawl!  So plan to join us for this awesome tournament.



 Here are a few of the guidelines:

  • It will be single player, with most battles consisting of 4 players.
  • The battles will be 3-minute timed battles.
  • There will be a few prelim battles before the top participants are placed in the tournament bracket.
  • Wiimotes and nunchucks will be provided, but if you wish to use a classic remote or Gamecube controller you may bring one with you.
  • Some but not all of the characters and levels have been unlocked on the systems, but if any are unlocked throughout the tournament game play they may be used.
  • Items will be set to random throughout the event.
  • There will of course be prizes for the winner and runner-up as well as refreshments for all.

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    Teen Film Contest Deadline Extended!

    Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

    filmmaking contestBeen too busy to get your film ready for our contest?  No worries!  The new deadline for the 3rd Annual Filmmaking Contest is Tuesday, February 3rd.  Go to our contest page to see the rules and get an entry form.  Submissions must be turned in to the East Grand Rapids Branch by February 3rd.  Happy filmmaking!

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    3rd Annual KDL Teen Filmmaking Contest

    Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

    Are you ready to make an award winning film?  Do you feel like the next Steven Spielberg?  All Kent County teens are invited to take part in this contest and to submit your films by Monday, January 19, 2009.  See the contest rules and print out an entry form.

    A special screening of these films will be at the KDL Teen Film Festival at the East Grand Rapids Branch on Saturday, February 7 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

     So, fire up your cameras and join the fun!

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