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March LibraryReads Staff Picks

Wednesday, February 12th, 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 (including one recommended by KDL’s own Melissa DeWild!)

  1. The Weight of BloodLibraryReadsFavoriteThe Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
    The Dane family has been keeping secrets in the Ozark town of Henbane for years. An outsider steals the heart of one of the Dane brothers, and the secrets threaten to unravel. When sixteen-year-old Lucy’s friend is found murdered after being missing for a year, Lucy begins to ask questions — the answers to which may destroy her family. Atmospheric and visceral, McHugh’s story is vividly and effectively told.”
    —Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ
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  3. The AccidentThe Accident by Chris Pavone
    Kudos to Pavone for coming through with another captivating international suspense novel. How ironic that I couldn’t put down a book about Isabel, a literary agent who stays up all night to finish an unsolicited manuscript that’s so explosive, some will kill to keep it from being published. During the 24 hours that Isabel is on the run, readers will be on the edge of their seats. Be prepared to lose some sleep!”
    —Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
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  5. The Divorce PapersThe Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger
    “When Sophie, a loveable 29-year-old lawyer, gets roped into working on a divorce case, her life takes an unexpected turn. Though this gives her a new perspective on life, it also forces her to confront some unresolved childhood issues. Except for a few tearful, poignant moments, I had a smile on my face for the entire book. Engaging and humorous, this debut epistolary novel has become a favorite read.”
    —Jennifer Asimakopoulos, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL
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  7. The Outcast DeadThe Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths
    “After the bones of the notorious Mother Hook are possibly uncovered in Norfolk, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway finds herself on TV. Was Mother Hook truly guilty of child murder? This is just one strand in a mystery that revolves around children and the people who care for them. One of the most addictive mystery series being written today.”
    —Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC
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  9. PanicPanic by Lauren Oliver
    “A deadly high-stakes game of Panic takes place in modern-day small town America, and Oliver does a wonderful job making all of it seem real. I loved that the book didn’t take place in a post-apocalyptic future like so many titles do nowadays. Oliver is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!”
    —Carol Brumfield, Timberland Regional Library, Tumwater, WA
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  11. A Circle of WivesA Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante
    “When prominent plastic surgeon Dr. John Taylor is found dead, the police investigation uncovers his secret polygamous life. As the narration alternates between Taylor’s three wives and a young female detective, the story explores the characters’ motivations and relationships. Part psychological thriller and part literary mystery, the end result is wholly captivating reading.”
    —Melissa DeWild, Kent District Library, Comstock Park, MI
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  13. GeminiGemini by Carol Cassella
    “After an unidentified hit-and-run victim is received in ICU, Dr. Charlotte Reese struggles to keep her alive, questioning how far medical technology should go to do so. Meanwhile, in an alternate story, teens Bo and Raney explore their budding friendship and attraction. Book groups will devour this compulsively readable novel with thought-provoking themes. Perfect for readers of Jodi Picoult and Chris Bohjalian.”
    —Robin Beerbower, Salem Public Library, Salem, OR
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  15. Precious ThingPrecious Thing by Colette McBeth
    “Clara and Rachel have been friends since high school. Life has intervened and they’ve grown apart, so when Clara invites Rachel for drinks to catch up, it’s a chance to reconnect. But before that can happen, Rachel is called to cover a missing girl story, and the missing girl is Clara. Was she abducted, murdered or did she simply leave on her own? In the vein of Gone Girl and The Husband’s Secret, this is a fast read that is sure to entertain.”
    —Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
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  17. Kill FeeKill Fee: A Stevens and Windermere Novel by Owen Laukkanen
    “In the third book in this series, Carla Windermere and Kirk Stevens find themselves reunited when people around the country seem to be dying from contract hits. Young war veterans, under the influence of a mysterious man, are turning into emotionless killers. Stevens and Windermere try piecing together who’s behind the crimes, but keep falling one step behind. Reminiscent of Thomas Perry’s novels, and fast-paced.”
    —Lora Bruggeman, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL
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  19. Show Your Work!Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
     by Austin Kleon
    Show Your Work! is a wonderful follow-up to Austin Kleon’s first book, Steal Like an Artist. Utilizing the same fun, graphic novel-ish type of format, Kleon gives practical recommendations about using the Internet and social media to create a community. I particularly appreciate his advice to concentrate on process, not on product, and the rest will follow. A must-read for anyone involved in the creative process.”
    —Rebekka Hanson, Madison Library District, Rexburg, ID

 

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

 


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Take FREE Online Courses Through KDL

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Learn4Life

 

We have another awesome new resource now available to KDL patrons

Learn4LifeLearn4Life features over 300 instructor-led online courses focused on professional development, technology skills and personal enrichment. New sessions start every month, and each 6-week course offers well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with fellow students in a lively discussion area.

These are the types of classes that may cost hundreds of dollars to take from a for-profit company, but they are available for free with your KDL library card! Here are just some of the wide range of courses available:

See a complete list of courses here!

2 lessons are released each week during the 6-week class session, and each lesson is estimated to take 2 hours to complete. A certificate of completion is available at the end of each course, which may be accepted as proof of continuing education by some workplaces or institutions. There is no penalty for not finishing a course, and there are no limits on how many you can sign up to take.

You can watch a guided tour video of this new product or try it out yourself. If you see a course that interests you, there’s still time to enroll for the February session, which starts on February 19.

 

 


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Early Childhood Essentials

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Morgan on 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 Youth Specialist Morgan Doane talk about our free Early Childhood Essentials classes for parents & caregivers.

Upcoming classes include:

• Inexpensive Green Early Literacy Activities
• Getting Ready to Write, 0 – 3 Year Olds
• Getting Ready to Write, 3 – 5 Year Olds
• Finding Balance in Everyday Life
• Discovering Play
• and more!

Sessions offers one hour of professional development. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited — click on the links above or call 616-784-2007 to register. (Adults only please; child care is not provided.)

Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 


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Sand Lake Branch Temporarily Closed

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

UPDATE: The Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch has reopened for business. DTE has been on site and given the all clear for patrons and staff to re-enter the building.

The Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch is temporarily closed due to a reported gas smell. They will remain closed as the gas company investigates. We apologize for any inconvenience but we want to make sure our employees and customers are safe.

Sand Lake Branch


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New TrueFlix Learning Resource for Kids

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

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

TrueFlix uses interactive nonfiction books (called “True Books”) to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content and cultivate 21st-century skills through the inquiry process. All titles are supported with related content and primary sources featuring videos, audio, images and text. This is similar to a related product from Scholastic, BookFlix, but focuses on purely nonfiction content instead of including fictional storybooks.

For example, if you’re a little sick of the local weather, you can watch a video and read a book about Tropical Rain Forests:

Rain Forests

Each book includes a “Read Along” option so the text can be read aloud. Key vocabulary words are also highlighted, and can be clicked on to display definitions:

Climate

TrueFlix supports Common Core standards by featuring multiple text types and a cross-curricular, nonfiction focus. There are also related educational resources available, such as lesson plans, project ideas, quizzes, word matches, primary sources and web resources.

You can watch an overview of this new product, or try it out yourself!

 


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Free Computer Classes and Job Seeker Workshops

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Spring 2014 Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes and workshops for job seekers 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)
  • Gadgets: BYO eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.com
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics & More
  • Internet: Online Genealogy Research I & II
  • Internet: Online Resources for Book Lovers
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: The Lowell Ledger Online — Explore Your Local History
  • Internet: Wikipedia Editors Meet-Up
  • Internet: Wikipedia, the Encyclopedia for Everyone!
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Developing Your Personal Brand (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Communicating Your Brand (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Networking (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: LinkedIn Bookcamp (pre-registration not required if you bring your own laptop)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Behavioral Interviewing (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 3 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, February 10 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • April classes: Registration begins Monday, March 3 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, March 10 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • May classes: Registration begins Monday, April 7 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, April 14 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Byron Twp. Branch Closed Due to Power Outage

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The Byron Township Branch is currently closed due to a partial power outage. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to re-open the branch when power is restored.

UPDATE: Power has been restored and the branch is now open. Thanks for your patience!

Byron Township Branch


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Yes, We’re Open!

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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It’s another snow day for lots of kids in the area,
but KDL branches remain OPEN!
All programs will take place as scheduled.

Please drive carefully if you choose to visit us today.


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KDL Closing at 5:00 PM Tuesday, Jan. 28

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Due to severe weather and travel conditions, KDL branches will close at 5:00 PM today (Tuesday, January 28). All evening programs are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Yes, We’re Open!

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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It’s another snow day for lots of kids in the area,
but KDL branches remain OPEN!
All programs will take place as scheduled.

Please drive carefully if you choose to visit us today.

UPDATE: Due to severe weather and travel conditions,
KDL branches will be closing at 5:00 PM today (Tuesday, January 28).


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