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I’ve seen Mockingjay Part ll, Now What?

Friday, November 27th, 2015

With the release of Mockingjay Part 2 last week, we began to wonder, what cool Teen books will have movie versions in 2016? Here are a few we are anxiously anticipating …

5TH WAVE The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Yancey’s exciting and suspenseful tale of an Alien Invasion comes to life! Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Grace Moretz) is desperately trying to protect her younger brother from a series of alien attacks that have decimated Earth. She receives help from a young man, but fears he may be one of the aliens. Set for release January 15, 2016, check out the trailer…..



A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness                       MONSTER

Conor is dealing with school bullies, nightmares, and his mother’s terminal illness. He begins visiting a tree monster (Liam Neeson) every night in an effort to confront his fears, which are not necessarily what Conor may have expected. Felicity Jones is Conor’s mum and Sigourney Weaver his grandma. Expected release date: October 14, 2016. Here’s a sneak preview…..


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children MISS P

I am probably looking forward to this one the most! Great book, stellar cast (Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Asa Butterfield and more) and, are you ready for this? DIRECTED BY TIM BURTON! All I want for Christmas 2016 is a ticket to the show. Release date: December 25, 2016.


Here are a few more we’re excited for..

The BFG by Roald Dahl

WHOA! Stephen Spielberg directs in an unanimated take on Dahl’s 1982 classic featuring a giant shunned by other giants because he refuses to eat little boys and girls.  Release date: July 1, 2016.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling   Screenplay by J.K. Rowling!!!! The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. Word on the street is this is the first in a trilogy. Release date: November 18, 2016.

Let it Snow by John Green

Release date: December 9, 2016.

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Omne Trium Perfectum

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

It’s been said  that everything good comes in threes. Here are three new reads that live up to that claim, and are the perfect companion on a cold, snowy day.


glorybGlory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
A.S. King (Please Ignore Vera Dietz, Reality Boy) adds another masterpiece to her collection. In this epic tale about freedom, feminism and destiny, King tells the story of a girl coping with devastating loss, a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and the present needs her even more. Glory is graduating from high school and has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only 4 years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will go the same way. Then something happens (you’ll have to read it to find out what), and Glory undergoes a transformation where she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions — and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying: A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do anything to make sure this one doesn’t come into existence.


Wild Rover No More: Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky bloody jackFaber (Bloody Jack Adventures) by L.A. Meyer
We first met Mary “Jacky” Faber in 2002. Since then she has taken us on a rollicking, adventurous trip spanning the early-1800s globe. In this 12th and final installment of Bloody Jack Adventures, Jacky is accused of treason and must flee Boston while her friends attempt to clear her name. Of course, that means more wild adventures for our fun-loving heroine, who manages to secure a job as a governess… and run away with the circus. This highly anticipated grand finale should leave fans feeling quite satisfied.


bllbBlue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
As Blue Sargent and Gansey grow close, the prophecy (if you kiss your true love, he will die) looms ever larger. Picking up where The Dream Thieves left off, the Raven Boys grow closer to their goal of finding the Welsh king Glendower and the rewards he promises to whomever wakes him. Blue and the Raven Boys begin a series of descents into caverns where they expect to find the sleeping Glendower and possibly Blue’s mother, who has been missing. What they find are horrors, surprises and the realization that their individual strengths and collective bonds may just be unstoppable. This mesmerizing third installment spins a web of intrigue and magic that will leave the reader hungering for the conclusion.



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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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