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Spring 2015 KDL Kaleidoscope

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

The Spring 2015 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope program guide is now available online, and printed copies will be available soon at your local branch library. You’ll find all you need to know about spring programs and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations.

It’s sure to be an exciting season at KDL, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Check out the KDL Kaleidoscope today!

 


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March LibraryReads Staff Picks

Friday, February 13th, 2015


You already know that your local KDL staff provide great recommendations when you’re looking for your next favorite book. Now library staff across the nation have connected to offer LibraryReads, a nationwide “Top 10″ list of favorite titles each month! Check out these upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel LibraryReadsFavoriteThe Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel
    by Rachel Joyce
    “Miss Queenie Hennessy, who we met in Joyce’s first book, is in a hospice ruminating over her abundant life experiences. I loved the poignant passages and wise words peppered throughout. Readers of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry will enjoy this book. There’s no fast-paced plot or exciting twists — it’s just a simple, sweet story of a life well-lived.”
    Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA
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  3. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the LusitaniaDead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
    “In cinematic terms, this dramatic page-turner is Das Boot meets Titanic. Larson has a wonderful way of creating a very readable, accessible story of a time, place, and event. We get three sides of the global story — the U-boat commander, British Admiralty and President Wilson — but what really elevates this book are the affecting stories of individual crew and passengers.”
    Robert Schnell, Queens Library, Jamaica, NY
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  5. PrudencePrudence by Gail Carriger
    “I was hoping we’d be seeing Prudence in her own series. Baby P — Rue to you — is all grown up and absolutely delightful. First-time readers will think it’s a wonderful book on its own merits. However, it becomes spectacular when we get to revisit some of the beloved characters from the Parasol Protectorate. Gail Carriger is always a delight!”
    Lisa Sprague, Enfield Public Library, Enfield, CT
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  7. The Witch of Painted SorrowsThe Witch of Painted Sorrows by M. J. Rose
    “Rose weaves a passionate tale of sensuality, heartbreak and despair, exposing readers to a side of Paris that is as haunting as its main characters. The melding of time and generations transform Sandrine and La Lune into a single force to be reckoned with. The unexpected ending will leave readers wanting more.”
    Marianne Colton, Lockport Public Library, Lockport, NY
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  9. Cat Out of HellCat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss
    “Cats don’t live nine lives. They survive eight deaths. There’s something special about Roger, the cat, and it’s not that he can talk. Truss spins readers through a hauntingly, portentous tale. When my cat’s tail thrums, I’ll forever wonder what devilment will follow.”
    Ann Williams, Tippecanoe County Public Library, Lafayette, IN
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  11. Vanishing GirlsVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
    “Reminiscent of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, this book begs for a re-read after you finish it. Nick, the main character, is recovering from a devastating trauma. Her family life is turned upside down, and a longtime childhood friendship is strained due to her sister’s exploits. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read multi-layered stories.”
    Sybil Thompson, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland, OH
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  13. Delicious Foods: A NovelDelicious Foods: A Novel by James Hannaham
    “How can you not be immediately intrigued by a novel that opens with a teenage boy driving from Louisiana to Minnesota after both his hands have just been cut off at the wrist? When you read this novel, you’re dropped right into a world — darkly funny and audaciously bold.”
    Meghan Hall, Timberland Regional Library, Lacey, WA
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  15. The Fifth Gospel: A NovelThe Fifth Gospel: A Novel by Ian Caldwell
    “A murder on Vatican property begins this tale of religion, politics, and family. Two brothers, both priests, struggle to make sense of their friend’s murder. When one is accused, the other must go to extreme lengths to prove his brother’s innocence. Caldwell’s second novel is a book to savor. This is a heart-wrenching book you will want to read more than once.”
    Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ
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  17. The Pocket Wife: A NovelThe Pocket Wife: A Novel by Susan Crawford
    “Dana is a ‘pocket wife’ because her lawyer husband barely gives her the time of day. One afternoon, she drunkenly argues with her neighbor Celia, takes a nap, then wakes to find Celia dead. Could she have murdered Celia? Dana, suffering from manic episodes, tries to solve her friend’s murder before she loses all self-control. Highly recommended for fans of Gone Girl.”
    Katelyn Boyer, Fergus Falls Public Library, Fergus Falls, MN
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  19. Where All Light Tends to GoWhere All Light Tends to Go by David Joy
    “This beautifully written novel juxtaposes the glory of the Appalachians against the despair of everyday life. Jacob McNeely recognizes his family’s brutality, but Maggie, the love of his life, gives him hope. Achingly told, the visceral prose will stay with readers long past the conclusion. Fans of the Southern fiction of Ron Rash and Wiley Cash will fall in love with this new voice.”
    Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

 

See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!

 


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Genre Derby

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Linda at WGVUEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Development Manager Linda Krombeen talk about our Genre Derby, where your donations to your favorite genre “horse” help to purchase more books in that genre.

Enjoy!

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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Spring 2015 Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our March classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More!
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Using It and Loving It!
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing Fun
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics and More
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required and will begin the month before the scheduled classes on the first Monday of each month for KDL cardholders and the second Monday for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available):

  • March classes: Registration begins Monday, February 2 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, February 9 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • April classes: Registration begins Monday, March 2 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, March 9 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • May classes: Registration begins Monday, April 6 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, April 13 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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KDL Branches to Open at Noon Today

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Due to hazardous road conditions, KDL branches with regular morning hours will open at 12:00 PM today (Thursday, January 29). All morning programs are cancelled. Please be safe and we hope to see you at KDL this afternoon!

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New ScienceFlix Learning Resource for Kids

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

ScienceFlixWe are pleased to offer a new online resource just for kids — ScienceFlix from children’s publisher Scholastic!

You may already be familiar with two related products from Scholastic: BookFlix, which pairs fictional video storybooks with nonfiction eBooks, and TrueFlix, which uses interactive nonfiction books to help hone literacy skills and build subject-area knowledge. ScienceFlix focuses in on engaging subject-area science, technology and engineering content for students in grades 4-9.

ScienceFlix

Each of the 30 multimedia units are aligned to science curriculum standards and feature:

  • Engaging videos to build background knowledge and introduce vocabulary
  • Articles written at three reading levels to ensure comprehension and build content knowledge
  • Project and experiment ideas
  • News stories with study guides
  • Careers section to inspire budding scientists
  • Multimedia including interactive timelines, slideshows, videos and more
  • Editorially vetted and safe links to websites on related content for further learning

There are also Teacher Resources available, such as lesson plans, project ideas, quizzes, videos and media galleries.

Try it out today!

 


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New Zinio Magazines Available

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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Our Zinio digital magazine service now has even more of your favorite titles! We’ve added subscriptions to the following new magazines that you can download and enjoy for FREE on your computer or mobile device:

 

Allrecipes Better Homes and Gardens The Economist HGTV Magazine

The New Yorker Parents Vanity Fair Vanity Fair

Click here to view a complete list of all titles offered through Zinio.

 

Happy Downloading!

 


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February LibraryReads Staff Picks

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015


You already know that your local KDL staff provide great recommendations when you’re looking for your next favorite book. Now library staff across the nation have connected to offer LibraryReads, a nationwide “Top 10″ list of favorite titles each month! Check out these upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. A Spool of Blue Thread: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteA Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel by Anne Tyler
    “In this book, we come to know three generations of Whitshanks — a family with secrets and memories that are sometimes different than what others observe. The book’s timeline moves back and forth with overlapping stories, just like thread on a spool. Most readers will find themselves in the story. Once again, Tyler has written an enchanting tale.”
    Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
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  3. A Touch of Stardust: A NovelA Touch of Stardust: A Novel by Kate Alcott
    “With the background of the making of Gone with the Wind, this is a delightful read that combines historical events with the fictional career of an aspiring screenwriter. Julie is a wide-eyed Indiana girl who, through a series of lucky breaks, advances from studio go-fer and assistant to Carole Lombard to contract writer at MGM. A fun, engaging page-turner!”
    Lois Gross, Hoboken Public Library, Hoboken, NJ
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  5. My Sunshine AwayMy Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
    “A crime against a 15-year-old girl is examined through the eyes of one of her friends—a friend who admits to being a possible suspect in the crime. This is a wonderful debut novel full of suspense, angst, loyalty, deceit, and most of all, love.”
    Alison Nadvornik, Worthington Libraries, Columbus, OH
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  7. The Secrets of Sir Richard KenworthyThe Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn
    “At a dreaded music recital, a cellist catches Sir Richard Kenworthy’s eye, and he determines to marry her. Iris Smythe-Smith is a smart cookie and rightly suspicious of Sir Richard’s motives when he comes courting, but finds herself falling for his charm. Things seem to be working out well until Iris finds out what a big secret Richard is keeping.”
    Sharon Redfern, Rockville Public Library, Vernon, CT
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  9. Half the WorldHalf the World by Joe Abercrombie
    “Fifteen-year-old Thorn, determined to become a king’s soldier, is fighting not just physical opponents, but her world’s social mores. Girls are supposed to desire nothing more than a wealthy husband. Period. Thorn’s struggles to achieve her dream make for a riveting read. Second in a series, this book reads very well as a standalone.”
    Cynthia Hunt, Amarillo Public Library, Amarillo, TX
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  11. Finding Jake: A NovelFinding Jake: A Novel by Bryan Reardon
    “Stay-at-home dad Simon Connelly receives the call every parent dreads: there’s been a shooting at his children’s school. Through flashbacks and present-day narratives, he mines his memory for clues to what may have happened. This is a refreshing take on the well trodden “bad kid” novels, and an excellent thriller to recommend to all who liked Defending Jacob or We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
    Alissa Williams, Pekin Public Library, Pekin, IL
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  13. A Darker Shade of MagicA Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
    “Fantasy fans should enjoy this atmospheric novel, where London is the link between parallel universes, and magician Kell is one of two Travelers who can move between them. Now something sinister is disturbing their equilibrium, and Kell must try to unravel the plot with only feisty street thief Delilah Bard as an ally.”
    Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
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  15. A Murder of MagpiesA Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders
    “Loved this mystery! The acerbic narrator is 40-year-old British book publishing editor Samantha, whose best author goes missing after writing a tell-all book about a famous French fashion designer who died under suspicious circumstances. Very funny, and great secondary characters as well.”
    Ann-Marie Anderson, Tigard Public Library, Tigard, OR
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  17. The Siege Winter: A NovelThe Siege Winter: A Novel by Ariana Franklin & Samantha Norman
    “I couldn’t have been more excited when I learned Franklin wrote a new book. This wonderfully written novel takes place during King Stephen and Empress Matilda’s tumultuous civil conflict to claim England, no matter what cost to themselves or their subjects. The story conveys the brutality of the period without sacrificing the complex nature of the time and the people.”
    Elizabeth Carroll, Madison Public Library, Madison, WI
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  19. Dreaming Spies: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock HolmesDreaming Spies: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
    by Laurie R. King
    “Considering that King is one of the finest mystery authors writing today, it’s no surprise that the latest in the Russell/Holmes series is an engaging read. Intrigue follows the duo as they board a liner bound for Japan and meet up with a known blackmailer and a young Japanese woman who is not all that she seems. Great historical research and rich atmosphere!”
    Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI

 

See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!

 


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Rescheduled Date for Gluten-Free Lifestyle Program

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Gluten Free LifestyleThe Gluten-Free Lifestyle program that was cancelled due to weather conditions last week at the Walker Branch has been rescheduled. It will now be held on Thursday, February 26 at 6:30 PM. The complete schedule for this program is below:

Tuesday, January 13, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Wednesday, January 14, 6:30 PM – Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Monday, January 19, 6:30 PM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, February 12, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, February 17, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township Branch
Thursday, February 26, 6:30 PM – Walker Branch

No registration required. We hope you can join us!

 

 


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KDL on Air — KD aLe

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Morgan Amy WGVUEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Morgan Jarema (KDL Communications Assistant) and Amy Sherman (host of Great American Brew Trail) talk about our popular KD aLe series of beer making and tasting programs.

• See the complete schedule of KD aLe events
• Request Great American Brew Trail on DVD

Enjoy!

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Morgan & Amy also recently talked about KD aLe on the Behind the Mitten podcast with John Gonzalez
(KD aLe information begins at 20:31):

 

(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)
 


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