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July LibraryReads Staff Picks

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014


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. LandlineLibraryReadsFavoriteLandline by Rainbow Rowell
    Landline explores the delicate balance women make between work and family, considering the tradeoffs and pain. Rowell has a special gift for offering incredible insights into ordinary life. Never heavy-handed, Rowell’s writing is delivered with humor and grace. I finish all of her books wanting to laugh and cry at the same time — they are that moving. Landline captured my heart.”
    Andrea Larson, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL
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  3. One Plus OneOne Plus One: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
    “A single mom, her math genius daughter, her eye-shadow-wearing stepson, a wealthy computer geek and a smelly dog all get into a car… it sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it’s actually another charming novel from Jojo Moyes. It’s more of a traditional romance than Me Before You, but will also appeal to fans of quirky, hard-working characters. A quick read and perfect for summer.”
    Emily Wichman, Clermont County Public Library, Milford, OH
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  5. The Black HourThe Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day
    “This first novel about two broken people is a psychological thriller like the best of Alfred Hitchcock. Amelia Emmet is a professor desperately trying to recover from a gunshot wound, and Nathaniel Barber is a student struggling to come to grips with his mother’s death and a lost love. Their journey, told in alternating chapters, is riveting and full of surprising discoveries. Highly recommended.”
    Mattie Gustafson, Newport Public Library, Newport, RI
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  7. The Queen of the TearlingThe Queen of the Tearling: A Novel by Erika Johansen
    “The first of a trilogy, this book is so much more than just another fantasy. Yes, there is magic, a princess and a really bad queen, but there is also an apocalyptic twist that makes readers hungry for the next installment. This book caught me from the first page and kept me guessing till the last. A great read!”
    Cindy Stevens, Pioneer Library System, Norman, OK
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  9. Close Your Eyes, Hold HandsClose Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian
    “Thousands of lives are irrevocably changed by a nuclear disaster in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. When her parents are blamed, Emily becomes homeless and her situation, desperate. Told retrospectively, Emily’s story is devastating to read, but her passionate interest in Emily Dickinson comes with flashes of brilliance and a growing acceptance of her past.”
    Kim Storbeck, Timberland Regional Library, Tumwater, WA
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  11. World of TroubleWorld of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III by Ben Winters
    “Still the last policeman, Detective Hank Palace tirelessly pulls together clues from crime scenes and interrogates witnesses to find his missing sister. Winters paints a believable picture of a world awaiting its end thanks to an asteroid on a collision course. A great series for mystery and science fiction lovers, as well as anyone looking for a pre-apocalyptic tale without a single zombie.”
    Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA
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  13. CaliforniaCalifornia: A Novel by Edan Lepucki
    “Driven away from the violence of cities and a crumbling society, Cal and Frida live an isolated existence, struggling to survive on what they grow and forage. When an unplanned pregnancy pushes the couple to search for other people, they discover an unexpected community. This well-written debut is great for apocalyptic fiction fans and fans of realistic, character-driven fiction.”
    Sara Kennedy, Delaware County District Library, Delaware, OH
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  15. DollbabyDollbaby: A Novel by Laura Lane McNeal
    “In this coming-of-age story set in the Civil Rights era, Ibby is dropped off at the home of her eccentric grandmother in New Orleans after the death of her beloved father. Filled with colorful characters, family secrets and lots of New Orleans tidbits, this book will appeal to fans of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt.”
    Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA
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  17. The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper LeeThe Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills
    “A warm and engaging telling of the life story of Harper Lee. Like no other biography, this book offers insights directly from Lee’s point of view as shared with the journalist she and her sister embraced in friendship late in their lives. Informative and delightful!”
    Jan Fisher, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
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  19. Dry Bones in the ValleyDry Bones in the Valley: A Novel by Tom Bouman
    “A body has been found in an elderly recluse’s field, neighbors are fighting over fracking, and meth labs and heroin dealers have settled deep in the woods of Officer Henry Farrell’s Wild Thyme Township. Bouman’s prose reveals not only the beauty of northeastern Pennsylvania, but also abject poverty and despair. A startling debut rich in setting and character with an intricate plot that will stay with readers after the last page.”
    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 — Summer Reading

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

KrisLynnWGVUEach 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 Youth Services staff Kris Siegel and Lynn Goldberg talk about Summer Reading @ KDL and all the great programs happening this summer! Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 

 

 


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KDL Staff in the News

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Did you see KDL employee Tammy Schneider on the news last night? Both WOOD TV8 and FOX 17 featured a story on how she saved her son from choking just days after receiving CPR training. All KDL employees recently completed training in basic first aid, CPR and how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) machine. We also have AED machines installed in all 18 branch buildings and the Service Center. We hope we never have to use them, but thanks to KDL’s training, we’re prepared if necessary. Way to go, Tammy!

 

 


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Free Computer Classes

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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 July classes:

  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing Fun
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Sharing, Saving and Ordering
  • Internet: Digital Audiobook and Music Marketing
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Online Research: Genealogy Research I & II
  • Online Research: Genealogy — FamilySearch.org
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • 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):

  • July classes: Registration begins Monday, June 2 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, June 9 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • August classes: Registration begins Monday, July 7 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, July 14 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Updated eBook Site

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Those of you who use KDL’s eBook site may have noticed that things look a little different now! OverDrive has updated the layout of our site with the following new features:

  • The layout of the homepage has been updated to feature smaller, more mobile-friendly images:

     

    OverDrive Homepage

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  • This layout update also reduces user clicks by adding the ability to borrow, sample, share, add to Wish List, and see title details all directly from the cover image:

OverDrive Book Details

 

Please let us know if you have any questions about this latest update.

Happy Downloading!

 


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Holiday Closing — Memorial Day

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
    • All Kent District Library branches will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 27.

 

    • All KDL branches will be closed on Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Sunday hours will resume on Sunday, September 7.

 

  • For additional 2014 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

 

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day

 


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June LibraryReads Staff Picks

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014


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. Elizabeth Is MissingLibraryReadsFavoriteElizabeth Is Missing: A Novel by Emma Healey
    “Maude sinks into a confusing world in this gripping psychological mystery written in the voice of an aging woman with Alzheimer’s. She can’t remember what she’s doing or where she is, but she is obsessed with one thought—her good friend Elizabeth is missing. Book groups will enjoy this satisfying and entertaining read!”
    Mary Campanelli, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
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  3. China DollsChina Dolls: A Novel by Lisa See
    “Set in 1938 San Francisco, this book follows the lives of three young women up through WWII. Grace travels to California seeking stardom, where she meets Helen, a young woman from Chinatown, and the two find jobs as nightclub dancers. While auditioning, they cross paths with Ruby, and the book alternates between all three viewpoints. Lisa See is one of my favorite authors, and her newest title doesn’t disappoint.”
    Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
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  5. The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard StreetThe Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street: A Novel by Susan Jane Gilman
    “In the tenements of old New York, a young Russian Jewish immigrant woman is taken in by an Italian family who sells ice. Through sheer persistence and strong will, she manages to build an ice cream empire. Lillian Dunkle is a complex character who will both make you cheer even as you are dismayed. Have ice cream on hand when you read this book!”
    Marika Zemke, Commerce Township Public Library, Commerce Twp, MI
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  7.  I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without YouI Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You: A Novel by Courtney Maum
    “Set mainly in Paris, this love story for grown-ups tells the story of a decent man who almost ruins his life and then goes to great lengths to restore his marriage. If your path to a happy marriage has been straight-forward, you may not appreciate this book—but it’s perfect for the rest of us!”
    Laurel Best, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Huntsville, AL
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  9. The MatchmakerThe Matchmaker: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
    “Set in romantic Nantucket, Hilderbrand’s newest novel is a heartwarming and moving story about the power of love. Dabney Kimball Beech, long denied her own true love, is determined to match up those closest to her before it is too late. This captivating book had me weeping through the last few chapters. A beautifully written and heartbreaking story!”
    Jill Kaufman, Desloge Public Library, Desloge, MO
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  11. Summer House with Swimming PoolSummer House with Swimming Pool: A Novel by Herman Koch
    “A deliciously nasty study in sociopathy, veiled in the alluring sheen of European upper class lifestyles and sensibilities. Summer House with Swimming Pool will grip you with an uneasy dread and won’t let you stop turning the pages until the riveting end. Fair warning: you will never look at your family doctor the same way again.”
    Kristin Cole, The Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA
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  13. The Lobster KingsThe Lobster Kings: A Novel by Alexi Zentner
    “This well-crafted story truly captures the beauty and brutality of living by the sea. The characters show what it’s like to have saltwater in your veins and commitment to family and community. Zentner depicts a way of life that is fast disappearing. Perfect for summer reading.”
    Lisa Marie Joyce, Portland Public Library & South Portland Public Library, Portland, ME
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  15. The Hurricane SistersThe Hurricane Sisters: A Novel by Dorothea Benton Frank
    “Having just completed my annual trek to the Carolina Lowcountry, compliments of Dorothea Benton Frank, I’m happy to report that a good time was had by all. It was, as ever, a pleasure to meet her new characters, travel down Highway 17 (llama optional), sit back with a glass of wine and take in the beautiful sunsets and ocean breeze, all without leaving the comfort of my easy chair.”
    Yvonne Jefferson, Pittsylvania County Public Library, Dry Fork, VA
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  17. The QuickThe Quick: A Novel by Lauren Owen
    “This book starts out slowly, with an unconventional Victorian-era romance and builds to an unexpected development by the end of part one. Owen continues the slow boil of suspense with a curiously-enticing plot, centering on members of an exclusive London gentleman’s club who are testing the boundaries of their own organization. For those who enjoy historical fiction with a twist.”
    Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library, St. Peters, MO
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  19. RoguesRogues edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
    “This anthology is worth reading for the Rothfuss’s story alone! ‘The Lightning Tree’ follows Bast spending a day outside the tavern, which left me anxious for Kingkiller Book 3 to come out. Other stand-outs are stories by Garth Nix, Cherie Priest and Connie Willis. Rogues should enjoy a large audience of Martin fans and is a good entry point to the other contributing authors’ works.”
    Keith Hayes, West Regional Library, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC

 

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

 


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Catalog Maintenance Tonight

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

LakeNetUPDATE: The server maintenance has been completed and access to the online catalog has been restored. Thanks for your patience!

The online catalog will be unavailable tonight as the Lakeland Library Cooperative performs routine maintenance on the server. Downtime will begin around 9:15 PM and will last 30-90 minutes.

Library services that will NOT be available during this time include:

Thank you for your patience!

 


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Free Computer Classes

Monday, May 5th, 2014

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 June 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)
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics & More
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis
  • 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):

  • June classes: Registration begins Monday, May 5 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, May 12 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • July classes: Registration begins Monday, June 2 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, June 9 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • August classes: Registration begins Monday, July 7 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, July 14 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Macmillan eAudiobooks Now Available in MP3

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Macmillan AudioGood news for eAudiobook lovers — Macmillan audiobook titles are now available in MP3 format! This means that these eAudiobooks can now be downloaded directly to a much wider variety of devices, including Mac, iPhone and Android.

Popular Macmillan Audio authors include:

Visit http://ebooks.kdl.org and download one today!

 


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