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LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites 2014 Staff Picks

Sunday, November 23rd, 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 favorite titles of 2013–2014 that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. The Storied Life of A. J. FikryLibraryReadsFavoriteThe Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin
    “A middle-aged bookseller mourning his lost wife, a feisty publisher’s rep, and a charmingly precocious abandoned child come together on a small island off the New England coast in this utterly delightful novel of love and second chances.”
    Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
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  3. The Rosie ProjectThe Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion
    “Don Tillman, a brilliant geneticist, thinks that having women fill out a six-page, double-sided questionnaire before a date is logical and reasonable. Rosie Jarman, an impetuous barmaid, thinks Don should loosen up and learn to live a little. Follow the unlikely pair in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good story of unexpected joys, discovery and love.”
    Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
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  5. All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
    “Set during World War II Europe, this novel is sobering without being sentimental. The tension builds as the alternating, parallel stories of Werner and Marie-Laure unfold, and their paths cross. I highly recommend this beautiful and compelling story.”
    Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN
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  7. FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    “At turns funny, sweet, smart, and sad, Fangirl traces Cath’s journey to independence as she begins college, struggles to have an identity separate from her twin sister, find her voice and passion as a writer and fall in love, maybe, for the first time. As sharp and emotionally resonant as Rowell’s previous novel, Eleanor & Park.”
    Stephanie Chase, Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro, OR
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  9. The GoldfinchThe Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt
    “Fans of The Secret History will rediscover the Tartt they loved back in 1992. Readers who love the novelist for her richly developed, dark, multi-layered characters and thoroughly researched topics will not be disappointed. Tartt pulls together many threads of a story across a long span of pages and into a complete masterpiece.”
    Kim Dorman, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
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  11. We Were LiarsWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
    “This brilliant and heartbreaking novel tells the story of a prestigious family living on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Full of love, lies, secrets, no shortage of family dysfunction, and a shocking twist that you won’t see coming. Though this book is written for teens, it shouldn’t be overlooked by anyone looking for a fantastic read.”
    Susan Balla, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
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  13. Station ElevenStation Eleven: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel
    “An actor playing King Lear dies onstage just before a cataclysmic event changes the future of everyone on Earth. What will be valued and what will be discarded? Will art have a place in a world that has lost so much? What will make life worth living? These are just some of the issues explored in this beautifully written dystopian novel. Recommended for fans of David Mitchell, John Scalzi and Kate Atkinson.”
    Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC
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  15. 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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  17. LandlineLandline 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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  19. LongbournLongbourn by Jo Baker
    “Using Pride and Prejudice’s familiar setting and characters, Baker tells a very different story of family, love and self-discovery. Bold and intelligent, Sarah is an orphaned housemaid whose days are filled with hard, body-punishing work. Baker doesn’t sugar-coat. A beautiful, uplifting novel full of mystery, hope and romance. Highly recommended for Austen fans and historical fiction readers.”
    Jenifer May, Secaucus Public Library, Secaucus, NJ

 

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

 


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Yes, We’re Open!

Wednesday, November 19th, 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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Herbal Holiday Gifts Program Canceled

Monday, November 17th, 2014

SeedLibraryLogoThe Herbal Holiday Gifts programs scheduled for 6:30 PM tonight at the Grandville Branch and 6:30 PM tomorrow night at the Wyoming Branch have been canceled by the presenter. The program at 6:30 PM on Thursday, November 20 at the Spencer Township Branch is still scheduled at this point. We hope to work with the presenter to reschedule, and if so, will contact those on the registration lists. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

 


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Chris Van Allsburg Visit

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The Misadventures of Sweetie PieEach 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 East Grand Rapids Branch staff Holly Goulet and Vanessa Walstra talk about an upcoming visit by award-winning author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg and some great holiday reads. Enjoy!

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• Find out more about Chris Van Allsburg’s visit

• Get a ticket to the book signing

• Request The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie by Chris Van Allsburg

• Request Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

• Request The Princess Bride

• Request As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

• Request The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

• Request The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

• Request Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

 


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NaNoWriMo 2014

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

NaNoWriMoNo, that title isn’t just a bunch of gibberish — it’s “National Novel Writing Month,” held in November every year. If you’ve ever dreamed of writing your own novel, what better time to start than now?

Your goal: Write a 50,000-word novel by midnight, November 30. Sound impossible? Don’t worry — NaNoWriMo is all about enthusiasm and perseverance, not high quality writing. Just let go, lower your expectations, and let the words flow.

Sound interesting? Check out the official NaNoWriMo site for more information or to sign up.

Need some help to get started? There’s a Grand Rapids area forum so you can find other writers and NaNoWriMo events near you. Or check our Events Calendar for Writers’ Groups and NaNoWriMo “Come Write-In” programs scheduled at KDL branches.

And if you say “no way!” to writing 50,000-word novel in just 1 month, why not start with a 3000-word (or less) short story instead? Our Write Michigan Short Story contest deadline is November 30, and you could win a cash prize and be published!

(Hey teens — NaNoWriMo also has a Young Writers Program just for you!)

Happy writing!


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Winter 2014-2015 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 December classes:

  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Career Transitions Workshop: LinkedIn Boot Camp
  • 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):

  • December classes: Registration begins Monday, November 3 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, November 10 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • January classes: Registration begins Monday, December 1 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, December 8 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • February classes: Registration begins Monday, January 5 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, January 12 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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November LibraryReads Staff Picks

Saturday, October 11th, 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. Us: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteUs: A Novel by David Nicholls
    “Every once in a while you stumble upon a book that makes you wish you could meet the characters in real life. This is the case with Us, the poignant story of a middle-of-the-road British family spiraling out of control, and one man’s attempt to win back their love. Quirky, delightful and unpredictable, the novel delves into what makes a marriage, and what tears it apart.”
    Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
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  3. Never Judge a Lady by Her CoverNever Judge a Lady by Her Cover: The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean
    “Having lost her innocence in a teenage love affair, Lady Georgiana is a social pariah. Trying to save the tatters of her reputation, she must marry and marry well. By night, she is Anna, the most powerful madame in London, and a powerful seductress in her own right. Will Georgiana succeed in re-entering society, or will her past catch up with her once and for all?”
    Emily Peros, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO
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  5. Lives in RuinsLives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble
    by Marilyn Johnson
    “Johnson takes a fascinating look at the field of archeology, profiling a number of archaeologists at work. She visits sites as diverse as an army base, Rhode Island, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Peru, but the best part of this book is learning about the archaeologists and their passions. A fun, interesting read that may cause an uptick in field school applications.”
    Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA
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  7. The Burning RoomThe Burning Room by Michael Connelly
    “In this page-turning procedural, the veteran Harry Bosch is paired with a rising star in the cold case department. Bosch may be nearing the end of his service in the LAPD, but he still has many tricks of the trade to pass along to his young partner, who has a personal stake in one of their investigations. Another great entry in the Bosch series.”
    Elizabeth Eastin, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, NY
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  9. Mortal HeartMortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
    “Annith has been forbidden from leaving the convent of St. Mortain, so she breaks the rules to find out why. On her journey, she meets someone unexpected: the leader of the Hellequin, a group of dead souls repenting for their past wrongs and trying to track down those who are left wandering the earth in order to help them cross over. This is the best of all three books!”
    Hannah Berry, Aurora Public Library, Aurora, IL
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  11. The Ship of BridesThe Ship of Brides: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
    “Moyes presents a different take on the war bride novel, telling the story of four Australian women who must travel to their husbands in England at the end of World War II. It is a difficult journey under the best circumstances, but for the 650 brides making the trip, it is almost unbearable. These four are the last of the brides to be shipped out on an aircraft carrier.”
    Ilene Lefkowitz, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ
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  13. The ForgersThe Forgers by Bradford Morrow
    “Narrator Will and Adam Diehl have something in common: they are both forgers, able to produce and sell authentic-looking inscriptions of Arthur Conan Doyle and Henry James’ books. When Adam is found bludgeoned and missing his hands, Will is inevitably drawn into the murder investigation. The clues and horror mount until realization bursts upon the reader at the end.”
    Nancy Russell, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
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  15. In the Company of Sherlock HolmesIn the Company of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon
    edited by Leslie S. Klinger and Laurie R. King
    “A unique, engaging collection of short stories written in honor of Sherlock Holmes. It’s wonderful reading all of the different styles with twists on the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tales, such as a Facebook-type narrative and a story written from the point of view of a horse. Sherlock aficionados will appreciate the whispers of the great detective on every page.”
    Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
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  17. Jane and the Twelve Days of ChristmasJane and the Twelve Days of Christmas: Being a Jane Austen Mystery
    by Stephanie Barron
    “Jane, her sister Cassandra, and her mother are spending Christmas with her brother’s family at Steventon Parsonage. They’re invited to visit the Vyne, where the weather and then a murder (or two) keep them houseguests. Jane’s personality and all of those around her shine throughout this story. I’m now planning to start back at the beginning of the series.”
    Kim Storbeck, Timberland Regional Library, Tumwater, WA
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  19. Mermaids in ParadiseMermaids in Paradise: A Novel by Lydia Millet
    “This delightful book starts out as almost chick-lit, turns into a fantasy adventure, then leads into an underdog heist. The tone reminds me of Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens, with just enough absurdity in a tropical location to keep you on your toes. Protagonist Deb’s husband, Chip, is a total babe (in a nerdy way) and her BFF, Gina, is the best kind of snarky. A highly entertaining read!”
    Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA

 

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

 


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Fall 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 November classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Using It and Loving It!
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Create Your Own Website or Blog
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics & More
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Career Transitions Workshop: LinkedIn Boot Camp
  • Job Seekers: Job & Career Accelerator
  • 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):

  • November classes: Registration begins Monday, October 6 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, October 13 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Write Michigan Contest

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Michelle 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 Assistant Director Michelle Boisvenue-Fox talk about the 3rd Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. Enjoy!

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Program Cancellation: Harvesting & Saving Garden Seeds

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

SeedLibraryLogoThe Harvesting and Saving Garden Seeds program scheduled to take place at the East Grand Rapids Branch tonight at 6:30 PM has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience and invite you to join us next week instead when this program will be offered at the Plainfield Township Branch on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30 PM.

 

 

 


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