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New Teen Booklists for August

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Looking to add a little Horror in your life?  Browse our new teen Horror booklist, find your next spooky read just in time for Halloween.

We also have fiction for teens featuring LGBTQ characters.




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I’m Being Followed by a Moonbeam… of HAPPINESS

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Saunter into these quaint reads about twilight gardens and moonbeams. And view the Perseids, a prolific meteor shower ocurring from mid-July to mid-August.

The English Garden at Night by Linda Rutenberg (Nonfiction)

Linda Rutenberg’s photographs are taken after midnight, cre­ating a vision of  stillness and mystery, a soliloquy of shadow and light emanating from leaves and  flowers, hedgerows and trees. To create this magical book, Rutenberg laid claim to the enchanted domain of some of this country’s most beauti­ful gardens.

Twilight Garden by Lia Leendertz (Nonfiction)

Gardening expert Lia Leendertz shows that it is possible to create a nighttime paradise whether you have a small backyard terrace or a large plot of land. She includes case studies of formal gardens and detailed horticultural descriptions of night-friendly plant species and varieties. Following her lead, you’ll be able to transform your own private space into a moonlit paradise.

Slow Moon Rising by Eva Marie Everson

Cedar Key has long been a place of rest, healing and release in the Claybourne family. But it might also be the birthplace of a lie that is poisoning the family from within. Join the strong Claybourne women–Anise, Kimberly, Jayme-Leigh, Heather and Ami–as they each confront the truth. Their unique paths will lead them through heartbreak, misunderstandings and pain. But their journeys will also bring reconciliation and renewed love in their own lives.

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (Teen)

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?



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New Teen Booklists

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Still can’t get enough Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins?  Look no further!  Browse our updated If You Like “The Hunger Games” booklist.

And, if you still need a Hunger Games-esque book, try our new Girls with Knives booklist.  Books about teenage girls who must fight to survive or even save the world!



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2013 Andrew Carnegie Award Winners

Friday, July 5th, 2013

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year.

Congratulations to Richard Ford and Timothy Egan, 2013 winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction! Richard Ford won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for his novel Canada. Timothy Egan won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction for his book, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis.

Canada            Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

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Flutter Away with a HAPPY Read

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

July is such a wonderful month… the butterflies are back!  Set your heart aflutter with these tempting butterfly-themed titles for the whole family.

For Adults: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

  • Tired of living on a failing farm and suffering oppressive poverty, bored housewife Dellarobia Turnbow, on the way to meet a potential lover, is detoured by a miraculous event on the Appalachian mountainside that ignites a media and religious firestorm, changing her life forever.

For Teens: Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett 

  • In 1980s Australia, nearly 14-year-old Ariella “Plum” Coyle fears the disapproval of her friends, feels inferior to her older brothers and hates her awkward, adolescent body. But when her glamorous neighbor befriends her, Plum starts to become what she wants to be–until she discovers her neighbor’s ulterior motive.

For Kids: Touch a Butterfly: Wildlife Gardening with Kids by April Pulley Sayre 

  • Turn your garden into a hummingbird hotspot, a haven for butterflies and a thriving ecosystem that will delight and inspire the young and young-at-heart.

For the Family: Attend the Butterfly Bonanza held at multiple KDL branches.

  • Michigan Butterflies of Jenison is on tap to teach about the beautiful Monarch butterfly. You’ll see up close how they develop from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly and why they are a big part of the Michigan wildlife scene.


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Teen Summer Reading 2013: Beneath the Surface

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Not only do we have awesome prizes for teen Summer Reading @ KDL, but we have some great booklists too!

Dig into some great reads with these recommended titles:

 Best New Teen Books


Buried Truths

Twenty Boy Summer / Sarah Ockler


Great Books for Tweens


Underground Resistance


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Sports, History and Inspirational Fiction for Teens

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Dig into these new booklists for teens featuring sport, historical and inspirational fiction. Bring one of these titles to the beach or on vacation.

Sports Stories

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane

Eighth-grader Molly’s ability to throw a knuckleball earns her a spot on the baseball team, which not only helps her feel connected to her recently deceased father, who loved baseball, but in other aspects of her life as well.


Just a Bit of History

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

In this odyssey-like adventure, two boys undertake an incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets and extraordinary encounters.


Inspirational Fiction

Like Moonlight at Low Tide by Nicole Quigley

Sometimes the current is the only thing that saves you. Melissa Keiser returns to Anna Maria Island, Florida, where she had been the target of middle school bullies, to find some changes, but that relationships—with the boy she still has a crush on, a new friend and her brother—have consequences.




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To the Lighthouse… of HAPPINESS

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

With summer in full swing, here are a few titles that will bring you safe passage to Happy reading.  Follow the light, to these enlightened lighthouse-themed titles.


The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman tells the story of Tom, a World War I veteran  who takes his new bride to a lighthouse posting off Australia’s western coast. Deeply in love and captivated by their island home, they long for a child. When a boat washes up on shore carrying a dead man and a live baby girl, they bury the man and raise the child as their own. But Tom is haunted by their choice, and the possibility of the child’s other relatives, until he makes a fateful decision. Stedman’s lyrical writing evokes the island’s charm and utter isolation, as well as Tom’s heartbreaking dilemma.


The Edge of the Earth by Trudy Schwarz  follows Trudy Schroeder, raised in middle-class Midwestern comfort and frustrated by the tidy life plan laid out for her. When Trudy escapes to a lighthouse off the coast of California, she discovers the unpredictable beauty of a world entirely different from her own.




Lighthouse Bay by Kimberely Freeman, set in 1901, a ship sinks off the coast of Lighthouse Bay in Australia. The only survivor is Isabella Winterbourne–escaping her loveless marriage and the devastating loss of her son. One hundred years later, Libby Slater leaves her life in Paris to return to her hometown of Lighthouse Bay.  In this adventurous love story spanning centuries, both Isabella and Libby must learn that letting go of the past is the only way to move into the future.



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New Teen Booklists

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Hey teens!  Are you looking for a little adventure?  Check out our Adventure booklist, get a jump on your summer adventure.

If You Like Beautiful Creatures booklist provides great suggestions for readers who love the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

If you can’t wait for that awesome summer movie, look no further!  Read the book before you watch the movie in our Books into Movies booklist.



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Your HAPPY Baby!

Monday, May 6th, 2013

We provide FREE activities that promote early literacy while putting a smile on your face.

Early Lit Bits

Subscribe to our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

Find playgrowreadgreat early literacy activities and information on our Play-Grow-Read! website.  After all, books are for babies too!

Join one of our Babytime groups, which will delight and stimulate your baby with songs, a story and playtime. Get to know other families and help your baby develop listening and language skills.

Get out of the house and head to KDLville, early-literacy play spaces in each KDL branch.

Your Happy Pregnancy is a three-part series led by chiropractor Dr. Jessica Avery Karns. And pick up a library card for the little one while you’re there — it’s one of the best things you can do for your new baby.

Prepping Your Body to Make a Superbaby  pregnant

Congratulations, You’re Pregnant!  Let’s Make This a Great Experience!

The Bundle of Joy is Here: What to do for Baby and for Momma



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