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New Adult Nonfiction Titles for October

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Welcome to the first day of autumn!  Even though it still feels like summer outside, the crisp fall days will be here soon enough.  When the weather turns cold, there’s nothing better than curling up in a cozy chair with a blanket and a good book.  Check out the new list of nonfiction titles for October and you will have plenty of books to enjoy this fall.  You’ll see that bestselling fiction authors Anne Rice and James Patterson have books on this list.  Happy reading!

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New Nonfiction Books for September

Friday, August 29th, 2008

The Labor Day weekend is here, marking the unofficial end of summer.  I hope you have enjoyed your summer reading!  If you’re looking for something new to read, check out the list of nonfiction books for September.  As I mentioned in my earlier post, there are a lot of books hitting the shelf next month.  Make sure to place your holds today.  Happy reading everyone!

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LARPer Documentaries at Kent District Library

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

If, like me, you have never heard of LARPing (Live Action Role-Playing) then you should check out Darkon or Monster Camp

Darkon follows the real-life adventures of an unusual group of weekend ‘warrior knights,’ fantasy role-playing gamers whose live action battleground is modern-day Baltimore, Maryland, re-imagined as a make-believe medieval world named Darkon. 





Monster Camp features NERO Seattle, a gaming community with thousands of members.  The gamers dress and act out the role of their favorite character from the game World of Warcraft.  





Any thoughts about LARPing?  Do you know any LARPers? 

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What to Watch Until TWILIGHT Hits Theaters

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Hey, Twilight fans! Have you already finished Breaking Dawn?  I am sure that you are eagerly awaiting Twilight’s appearance on the big screen December 12th…make sure you visiit to see all the trailers and the (fabulous) movie poster.  To help pass the 2,856 hours left until the movie opens, here are a few DVDs that may appeal to Twilighters:

Blood and Chocolate stars Vivian Gandillon (Agnes Bruckner), a girl who’s forced to face her lupine tendencies in order to discover how capable of loving Aiden she really is. Based on a book by Annette Curtis Clause, the film chronicles the lives of the remaining loup garou who are an extended Romanian family waiting for their pack leader, Gabriel, to select his new mate. His desire for Vivian means trouble when her wish to be with Aiden results in her revealing too much about the clan’s secretive lifestyle.  





 The Covenant  The descendants of the founding families of Ipswich, Massachusetts, Caleb, Reid, Sims, and Pogue, are teenagers who have it all. This includes witch-like powers they inherited from their ancestors. At the age of 18, which Caleb will hit first, they will “ascend” into their mature powers. The catch is that every time they use their powers, it ages them. On the eve of Caleb’s ascension, the group finds that someone else has been using their powers to cause trouble. Now, the four must find out who it is and put a stop to it before people start getting hurt.




 The Lost Boys [note: this is an R-Rated film] was released in 1987 and features Corey Feldman, Jami Gertz, Corey Haim, Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Dianne Wiest.  When Sam, Michael, and their mother move to Santa Clara, California, strange things begin to happen.  The local gang may be more than meets the eye.  A new twist on the familiar vampire story.




The Messengers stars Kristen Stewart, who will play Bella in Twilight.  A troubled family moves into an old farmhouse where a triple homicide has occured. Only Ben, the little toddler of the family, can see the supernatural prescences in the house, and he appears more delighted with them than afraid. When his teenage sister, Jess, also starts encountering unusual occurences – this time of an apparantly non-benevolent nature – she also begins noticing Ben’s unusual behavior as well and realizes that he too is experiencing something out of the ordinary. The hardest part for Jess is getting anybody else to take her seriously.


What are you looking forward to seeing in Twilight the movie? Any thoughts about the actors that will be playing your favorite Twilight characters? 

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Be Prepared for an Emergency

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

If you have read Life As We Knew It or are a fan of the sadly short-lived television series Jericho, then you may have already stockpiled enough bottled water and canned food for your neighborhood. If not, maybe it’s time to give some thought about what you would do in an emergency or even worse, a natural or man-made disaster. Here are a few questions to consider:

  • Is your family prepared to live without access to grocery store shelves for an extended period of time? 
  • What happens if you don’t have access to clean water? 
  • Do you know how to shut off the gas and electric service to your house?
  • Can you evacuate your household in ten minutes with enough food, water and supplies to last three days?

If, like me, you can’t answer yes to any of these questions, check out Just in Case by Kathy Harrison. Ms. Harrison helps the reader prepare for both the big events, like a flood or terrorist attack, and smaller emergencies, like the loss of power or car trouble. There is also a lot of information about becoming more self-sufficient in general by growing and storing your own food supply. Even if you are only able to implement one or two ideas from this book, you will be better prepared to face the unexpected. I’m curious — is there anyone out there that can provide three days’ worth of food and water for their family WITHOUT going to the store today? Do you have an emergency plan in place? 

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Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America by Thomas L. Friedman has a scheduled publication date of September 9, 2008.  The popular author of The World is Flat proposes a national strategy to address key issues in climate change and energy shortages, identifying the factors that have contributed to current circumstances while outlining an American-led revolution of clean technology solutions.  This book has been ordered by KDL, so you can now place your holds through LakeNet.  Don’t delay, as this will be one of the hot books in September!  

If you can’t get enough of the “Green Revolution”, check out the documentary by Thomas L. Friedman Green: The New Red, White & Blue.  Join Friedman as he visits the front lines of a green revolution that is just taking shape — from the offices of Internet giant Google to a new Wal-Mart prototype green superstore. Then, learn why it makes good business sense to go green. On this environmentally friendly adventure, watch Friedman find solutions to global warming as America embraces the idea that green is the new red, white and blue.  

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New Nonfiction for August

Friday, July 25th, 2008

If you’re looking for some great books to get through the dog days of summer, check out the list of new adult nonfiction books that will be released next month.  Make sure to place your holds today!
Many big nonfiction titles are scheduled to be released in September.  Watch for more news on the latest Thomas Friedman book — it’s sure to be popular, so check back soon for further updates.
Now grab a glass of lemonde and settle back in your lawn chair with a good book.  Happy summer reading everyone!


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It’s Officially Summer — Time for Camp!

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Do you have fond memories of camp?  Or maybe it’s a horror story of mosquito bites, outhouses and sweltering nights in a tent — okay, those are my memories of Girl Scout camp back in the good old days. Whatever the case may be, why not check out these memoirs and a documentary of summer camp?  It will bring you back to the time when summer meant CAMP! 

Camp Camp: Where Fantasy Island Meets Lord of the Flies by Roger Bennett & Jules Shell Through a zany compendium of letters written home, top-ten lists, photographs, stories, inter-bunk notes, and other camp ephemera, the authors of Bar Mitzvah Disco shed new light on the phenomenon of summer camp and the experiences that transformed the lives — and hormones — of an entire generation.





Cabin Pressure: One Man’s Desperate Attempt to Recapture His Youth as a Camp Counselor Traces the author’s “farewell to childhood” summer spent working at a beloved Maine boys’ camp throughout the eight weeks leading up to his marriage, a period fraught with adolescent antics, swimming lessons, and memories about the writer’s own youth.





Summercamp! Featuring original music from the Flaming Lips, this entertaining documentary follows the antics and adventures of the campers and counselors at Swift Nature Camp in Wisconsin.





Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp  Follows the coming-of-age years of the author, whose life profoundly changed in her twelfth year when she spent a summer at a weight-loss camp, a personal journey that shaped her subsequent philosophies about body image and self-acceptance.

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New Adult Nonfiction Titles for July

Friday, June 20th, 2008

July is just around the corner, and there’s a whole list of new adult nonfiction books coming out next month in Recommended Reading. Make sure to place your holds today.  Enjoy some great summer reading! 

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New Nonfiction DVDs at Kent District Library

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

If you’ve never browsed the nonfiction DVD selection at your local KDL branch, you are missing out on a great source of entertainment and information.  Please ask a KDL staff member for assistance in finding the nonfiction DVDs at your local branch. 

Here are a few titles that are new to the KDL collection:

Man vs. Wild Collection 1, featuring Bear Grylls  With little more than the clothes on his back, survival expert Bear Grylls goes toe-to-toe with some of Earth’s toughest, most remote environments in each edge-of-your-seat episode of Man vs. Wild. Grylls faces sweltering desert temperatures, icy, raging rivers and hungry predators as he fights for survival using techniques he learned as a British Special Forces soldier. You’ll never look at the great outdoors the same way again!





Car of the Future  How will the car of the future be powered? Will it run on hydrogen, batteries, ethanol, or some as-yet undiscovered technology? Find out as NOVA takes a look at the latest and greatest in the automotive industry. NPR’s “Car Talk” brothers, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, take viewers on a roller-coaster ride into the world of cars – examining new technologies and ideas about America’s most common form of transportation.





The 11th Hour  This environmental documentary resides at the polar opposite of escapist summer fare. Its mission: to firmly confront viewers about the indelible human footprint that humans have left on this planet and the catastrophic effects of environmental neglect and abuse.





My Kid Could Paint That  Official Selection of the 2007 Toronto Film Festival and the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.  This film documents the rise and fall of four-year-old artist Marla Olmstead.  Rumors that the young girl’s father might be doing the painting led to a backlash against the Olmstead family.  The film follows Marla and her parents over the course of a year. DVD special features provide some startling new material that may answer the questions raised in the original film. 

Do you have a favorite documentary?  Please post your comments here. 

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