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Thumbs Up 2009 Teen Vote

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

thumbsup.jpgWant to have a voice in picking this year’s Thumbs Up! Award?

“The Thumbs Up! Award was established in 1986 to recognize the excellence in, and to celebrate the uniqueness of, Young Adult Literature. A committee, consisting of Young Adult and Teen Librarians, meets several times during the year to determine the winner. Winners are selected from books published in the U.S. during the previous year.

Beginning in 2001, the Thumbs Up! Committee has included a teen vote. Teens that are 12 to 18 years old are asked to help select the 2009 Thumbs Up! winner. The list of titles has been narrowed to twenty.”

So, now’s your chance.  The list has been narrowed down to the top 20 and now you have until May 30 to read as many of the following books as you want, then submit your vote for the best book of 2008.  Ballots are available at your local KDL branch, or simply send an email with your top choice to

Here are your choices: (click here for an interactive list)

Anderson, Laurie Halse — Chains

Bodeen, S.A. — The Compound

Brothers, Megan — Debbie Harry Sings in French

Collins, Suzanne — The Hunger Games

Connor, Leslie — Waiting for Normal

De La Pena, Matt — Mexican WhiteBoy

Doctorow, Cory — Little Brother

Gaiman, Neil — The Graveyard Book

Galante, Cecilia — The Patron Saint of Butterflies

George, Jessica Day — Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

Goldman, Stephen — Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath

Green, John — Paper Towns

Harmon, Michael — The Last Exit to Normal

Katcher, Brian — Playing with Matches

Krovatin, Christopher — Venemous

Lockhart, E. — The Disreputable History of Frankie Landeau Banks

Scott, Elizabeth — Living Dead Girl

Scott, Elizabeth — Stealing Heaven

Stratton, Allan — Chandra’s War

Zarr, Sarah — Sweethearts


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Best Teen Book of 2008

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

As today is the last day of 2008, I thought it would be the perfect time to find out what you think the best teen book of the year was.  Use the comments to discuss all of your favorite teen books from 2008, and if we get enough responses I will create an official booklist of the choices to put on the teen portion of the website.  To get this started here are a few of my favorites from the year, follow the links to read about each one. 

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


Paper Towns by John Green


My Most Excellent Year, A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluegar


So, what are your favorites?

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Join us on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 12:00-5:00pm for a KDL-wide Nintendo Wii Tournament at the Kentwood Branch! (4700 Kalamazoo Ave. SE)

It’s round 4 of our popular KDL Wii Tournament series, and this time we decided to go back to everyone’s favorite tournament game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl.


In an effort to answer a few questions before they are asked, here are a few details of the game play:

  • 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 28 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.
  • 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.
  • There will of course be prizes for the winner and runner-up as well as refreshments for all.

Let’s Brawl!

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Nintendo Wii Tournament

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Join us next Saturday, October 11, from 1:00 to 6:00, to enjoy round three of KDL’s Wii Tournament Series featuring Mario Kart.  This time you will have to pit your racing skills against opponents from all over Kent County to see who will be crowned the Mario Kart Champion.  There will be snacks, prizes, and lots of Mario Kart.  Open to teens in grades 6 through 12.

The tournament will be hosted at the Grandville Community Room on 3843 Prairie St. (between Barrett Ave. and Ottawa Ave.) in Grandville, which is just a block or two away from the Grandville BranchClick here for directions from the library, or call the Grandville branch at 647-3890 for more info.


For those of you wanting more details, here are a few.  If you have more questions, leave a comment and we will answer you.

  • No characters, courses, or vehicles have been unlocked.  However, if they are unlocked during the course of the tournament you may use them.
  • It will be a single player tournament, with 4 people playing during each race, with the exception of the final two rounds, which will just have two people playing.
  • Everyone will compete in a few preliminary rounds to narrow down the field to a 28-man Tournament.  The scores from the prelims will be recorded and that will determine which 28 participants advance. From there it will be single elimination races, with two of the four players advancing each round until we narrow it down to the end.
  • The amount of preliminary rounds and the amount of races in each round will be dependent on time and the amount of challengers who show, but it will likely be 2 or 3 in both cases.
  • All controller schemes will be allowed.  We will provide Wii Remotes, Nunchucks, and Wheels; if you wish to use a classic controller or GameCube controller you must bring your own.

Let’s Race!

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Amped @ the Amphitheatre

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

The Grandville Branch of the Kent District Library would like to invite you, on July 31 at 6:00pm, to the 5th annual Amped at the Amphitheatre.  If you are a music fan this is the event for you.  Amped is a concert, where you get to watch a number of local teen bands perform live, for free!

Check out our line up of bands for the night!amped-logo-3.jpg


So, if you want to enjoy some great music, and have a wonderful evening stop by the Grandville branch on July 31 at 6:00pm.  See you there!


Amped @ the Amphitheatre 2008 is made possible thanks to our sponsors The Corner Record Shop and Coat of Many Colors. 

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Laurie Halse Anderson Book Trailer Contest!

Friday, June 27th, 2008


It appears that Laurie Halse Anderson, the fabulous author behind Speak, Catalyst, Twisted, and many other young adult novels, is offering a contest on her website.  You will have to click here to get all the rules, but the basic premise is that she is looking for people to create a video trailer for one of her books, either Speak or Twisted specifically.  At the end of the summer she will pick a winner and that person will receive an 8GB iPod touch

So if you’re interested, check out her website for more info on the contest.  If you have not read any of her books yet, or just need a refresher, you can check our catalog for any of her books and have them sent to the library of your choosing.  Good luck.


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New Booklist – Getting Graphic

Friday, June 20th, 2008

pride.jpgNot a fan of superheroes but you still find Graphic Novels intriguing? If so this new list is for you. It includes Graphic Novels about topics such as WW2, Vampires, Epilepsy, and even a tale about a former cast member from MTV’s The Real World. 

This list is a great place to start if you have never read a graphic novel before but it also has some hidden gems for those of you who have read every graphic novel you can get your hands on. So go to the teen booklists and check out Getting Graphic.

 So, what are some of your favorites that you think should make the list?

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Need a good book?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Having trouble finding a good book this summer?  If so, there are a couple of places you can look for some good suggestions.  The first place that you should check would be the Teen Summer Reading Club page.  If you scroll toward the bottom of the page, you will see some book reviews written by teens that have already signed up for the club.

If you don’t see anything there that you want to read, you can always check out some of the Summer Reading Club booklists on the KDL website.  They have booklists for a variety of genres such as mythology, urban lit, best books of 2008, and much more.

After all that, if you are still having trouble don’t forget that you can always stop into your local library and ask a librarian, as we are always here to help you find just the right book.  Good luck and have fun reading!


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Teen Summer Reading Club has begun!

Monday, June 9th, 2008


Summer Reading Club starts today!  If you are entering grades 6 through 12 you can stop in at any of our branches to sign up or sign up right here on our website. 

For those of you who don’t know how Summer Reading works, the point is to read a lot during the summer.  The more you read the better chance you have of winning some prizes.  For every 4 items (books, magazines, graphic novels, audio books, etc…) you read between June 9 and August 2 you can fill out a raffle ticket and enter to win a prize.  The grand prize will be your choice of an IPod or a Rivertown Mall gift certificate.  There are also a bunch of other prizes including gift cards to places like Best Buy, GameStop, Schuler Books and Music, and much more.

So, sign up, read, and enter for a shot to win prizes.  It’s that simple!  We also want to encourage you to use our online form to keep track of the books you read and review them so other people can find a good recommendation. 

If you have any questions feel free to check out our FAQ page or call any one of our branches as we would love to here from you.  Let the reading begin!

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May the Force be with you

Monday, May 19th, 2008

On May 25 there is a special day that you might not know about.  According to Wookieepedia, “The Universal Day of the Jedi is an ‘annual Star Wars fan holiday’, on May 25. It was originally pushed by fans to begin on May 25, 2007, the 30th anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars film. It was created as a geek holiday, similar to that of Hobbit Day or Towel Day.”

Celebration of this most auspicous of holidays can include viewing and or discussion of the movies, reading a Star Wars book, dressing like a Star Wars character, or simply saying “May the Force be with you” to people throughout the day.  A simple search for Star Wars in our library catalog will give you plenty of reading and viewing options if you are interested.  How do you plan to celebrate?


Fun Fact:  According to the Religion News Blog,

“More people claim their religion to be Jedi in England and Wales than those who follow Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism. And the cause has global support.

There are also 70,000 Jedi knights in Australia, 53,000 in New Zealand, and 20,000 in Canada.”

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