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New in Teen Sci-Fi

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Check out these amazing new releases, including the beginning of an exciting new series.

 The Dream ThievesThe Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been awakened, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after. Book 2 in The Raven Cycle.

Champion by Marie LuChampion

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them.

allegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth

Told from a riveting dual perspective. The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties and painful memories. But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind.

The Eye of Minds by James DashnerThe Eye of Minds

An all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure from the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists and gaming beyond your wildest dreams… and your worst nightmares.


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It’s a Long Way to the Top If You Want to Rock n’ Roll

Monday, April 15th, 2013

If you have a band, this is where you can start your journey!

The Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch is looking for a few good teen bands to perform at the third annual…

What: Summer Reading kickoff event and rock & roll extravaganza

When: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Where: Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch amphitheater

Click here to access the online application form


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Got Poetry?

Monday, January 7th, 2013

bullwinkleThe Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch is offering a Teen Poetry Workshop every Thursday at 6:00 PM. Beginning January 10, local poetry group Through the 3rd Eye will host the workshops for young people in grades 6–12. The workshops will focus on giving participants time and space to develop and share their poetry. Members of the Through the 3rd Eye editorial board will be on hand each session to provide feedback, guidance, encouragement and inspiration. Participants will also have an opportunity to share their poetry with an audience (should they desire) in April, and to enter their works in the KDL Teen Poetry Contest! See you there!!!



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New Releases in Teen Series

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Some of the hottest authors in teen literature have just released new series titles. All of these books have recently had their film rights purchased, so look for them to be made into movies.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Evie O’Neill has always had the power to tell a person’s secrets by holding an object they own. This gets her in big trouble, but she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic to be sent to New York City to live with her Uncle Will. Soon, a series of brutal, occult-based murders occur, leaving the city terrified. The Diviners follows Evie and a group of young New Yorkers with mysterious powers who play a dramatic role as a terrible evil rises. Bray paints an accurate portrayal of prohibition-era New York City, gives us characters we truly care about, and weaves a tale that grips readers to the edge of their seats. Libba Bray is the author of the highly-acclaimed Gemma Doyle trilogy as well as Beauty Queens, a 2012 Thumbs Up finalist.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

The long-awaited and highly anticipated sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone is here! Days of Blood and Starlight finds Karou coming to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people. As the book begins, Karou is the target of an international media frenzy as reporters attempt to uncover any information about “the girl on the bridge” and her relationship to the angels spotted in Prague. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand-new canvas.


The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger. Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, has talents of his own and is convinced an ancient Welsh king may be buried in the Virginia countryside. When Blue and Gansey join together, they discover their talents are a dangerous mix. A harrowing tale of friendship and adventure from Maggie Steifvater (author of the Shiver Trilogy and The Scorpio Races), The Raven Boys is the first installment in “The Raven Cycle,” a four-book set.


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Got Music? We Want Your Band!

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

The Kentwood Branch is looking for a few good teen bands to perform at the 2nd annual…

What: Summer Reading kickoff event and rock & roll extravaganza

When: Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Where: Kentwood Library Amphitheatre


“I know, It’s Only Rock and Roll (but I like it),” and

“It’s Been a Long Time Since We Rock and Rolled” and

“Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” so


Click here to access the online application form and get ready to BRING IT!!!



“There’s Gonna Be Some Rockin’.” All genres welcome

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May I Have the Envelope Please?

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Despite the sub zero wind chill, a near-capacity crowd was on hand for the screening of the 6th Annual KDL Teen Film Festival. Afterwards, the judges and the people chose the winners in the categories listed below….

Best Actress — Lauren DeWitt in “The Usual”

Best Actor — Jack Mennenga in “Opportunities”

Best Director — Brian Lach for “The Usual”

Best Screenplay — Hannah Mennenga for “Opportunities”

Best Documentary — Brian Wachacha Sanchez for “Through the Eyes of the Young”

Best Film — “Opportunities”

People’s Choice — “Opportunities”

Congratulations to all of the participants. The films will be up on the KDL website in early spring.

Stayed tuned for information regarding next’s year’s festival!

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Teen Film Festival This Saturday

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012


Join us this Saturday, February 11, at Celebration! Cinema North as fourteen films vie for the highly coveted Star Award in various categories. The festivities begin at 10:30 AM sharp and are free and open to the public!!


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Teen Film Festival Finalists Announced!

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Here are your finalists! These films will be shown at Celebration! Cinema North on Saturday, February 11, beginning at 10:30 AM. Come out and support these fine teen filmmakers and for the first time, vote for your favorite film. This is a free event!!

Stereotypical News Show: Turner Slaughter/Mollie Bornert

HaHa Meijers: Sisely Vongphasouk/Kendal Hefner

The 39 Clues: Cole Zimmerman

Jimothy – A Documentary: Miles Ferguson/Ryan Lynn

Through the Eyes of the Young: Brian Wachacha Sanchez

 Opportunities: Hannah Mennega

Basketball is Life: Matt Grinage/Aubrey Keith

Romeo and His Seven Wives: Caroline Whyte

The Usual: Brian Lach

The Real Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Adam Luchies

Pocket Sword: Nathan Crawford

Max and His Talking Friends: Matt Yaple

Recycling Project: Cassandra Smigiel/Alexis Winters

Gerascophobia: Taylor Thewes


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Teen Film Contest Submission Deadline

Friday, December 9th, 2011

The submission deadline for the 6th Annual KDL Teen Filmmaking Contest is one month away! Entries must be recieved by 8:00 PM on Monday, January 9, 2012, and must be submitted with a release form. The Film Festival will be held at Celebration! Cinema North on Saturday, February 11, 2012.



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Teen Film Contest Call for Submissions

Thursday, December 1st, 2011


All Kent County teens, grades 6-12, are invited to enter KDL’s 6th Annual Teen Filmmaking Contest. Selected films from the contest will be screened Saturday, February 12,  from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Celebration! Cinema North. Prizes will be awarded for the best film in various categories. Additional information, rules and all necessary forms can be found here.

All submissions must be in by January 9, 2012.

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