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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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    KDL Teens are on Facebook

    Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

    FacebookDo you want to recieve updates on teen programs from Kent District Library?    Would you like to join our online community?  Are you a big fan of KDL already?  Are you reading this blog?  If you have answered yes to any of these, join us on our new Facebook page.  Become a “fan” of Kent District Library to see what is happening for teens at our libraries.

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    Help Us Plan the Teen Summer Reading Club for 2009!

    Monday, September 15th, 2008

    Teen SRCThis summer’s reading club just ended, but we are busy planning for next year.  We have a list of ideas for programs and would love to hear what you think.  The theme for ’09 is Express Yourself @ Your Library

     Here is a list of ideas:

    Altered Books

    Artist Trading Cards

    Bleached T-Shirts

    Coffee Tasting/Coffee House program

    Cooking Class


    Duct Tape Crafts


    Graffiti Art

    Hip-hip Dance

    Ice Cream Social

    Lawn Games

    Pizza Tasting and Creation

    Stained Glass Art

    Teen Summer Carnival

    Tie-Dye T-Shirts


    Vote on your favorites or give us some new ideas by commenting to this post.  Thanks everyone!

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    Brisingr Party at the Cascade Branch

    Thursday, September 11th, 2008

    BrisingrFans of Christopher Paolini’s Eragon and Eldest are invited to celebrate the release of Brisingr with awesome games and crafts!  Try your hand at making soap, braiding leather bracelets and creating some dragons. Also join us for a chance to win a copy of the new book!  The event will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 20 at the Cascade Township Branch at 2870 Jacksmith Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI.

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    Thumbs Up! Award Winners Announced

    Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

    Thumbs Up! Award

    The Thumbs Up! Award is chosen each year by Michigan librarians and teens. The winner for 2008 is Evolution, Me, & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande.

    One of the honor books and teen vote winner is Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson. The other honor books are Don’t Call Me Ishmael by Michael Gerard Bauer, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and Freak Show by James St. James.

    Check out lists of past winners and our bookmark highlighting the Top Twenty books.  The chance to vote for the next Thumbs Up! Award will be in early 2009, so get ready to choose your favorites from this year!

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    Teen Design a Deck Winners Announced

    Monday, August 18th, 2008

    Check out the designs for our three Teen Design a Deck Contest winners, which have been posted here.


    Thanks to everyone who entered some awesome designs and congratulations to our winners!

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    Teen Skateboard Extravaganza

    Monday, July 28th, 2008

    Skateboard Extravaganza

    Calling all skateboarders!  The Skateboarding Extravaganza is Saturday, August 2nd at 6pm at Modern Skate and Surf in Centerpointe Mall, 3665 28th Street SE in Grand Rapids.

    Watch a professional skater and his skate team demonstrate some cool moves and get an autograph or two!

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    New Great Book I’ve Read

    Monday, March 31st, 2008

    Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

    I finished Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica George over the weekend and it was great.  The novel is based on a Finnish folktalk of a common girl and her wolf who have to travel east of the sun and west of the moon to find a Goblin castle and free her prince.  Place a hold on it here and tell me what you think!

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