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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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Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Congratulations to the six authors and publishers that made the second-ever shortlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The winners (one for fiction, one for nonfiction) are announced at the ALA Annual Conference.

Fiction Finalists:


Nonfiction Finalists:




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Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales Retold for Teens

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Are you in the mood for a happily ever after sort of story?  Browse our Fairy Tales Retold for Teens booklist to find your next happily ever after ending.




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Victorian Era, Flowers & HAPPINESS

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Following a theme of flowers, the Victorian era and happiness, might I suggest a few activities:

Read: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh and the nonfiction companion A Victorian Flower Dictionary by Mandy Kirby to learn all about the hidden meaning of flowers.

Watch: Cranford or The Young Victoria to get yourself in the Victorian era mindset.

Listen: Try classical music from the following Romantic composers to fully immerse yourself in the Victorian era: Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, or Franz Schubert

Do: Attend the Lily of the Valley is for Happiness program and learn the Victorian language of flowers.  Wendy Batchelder from “Lost Arts” will appear in full Victorian costume to talk about the meaning of flowers while you make a simple tussie mussie to give to someone who makes you happy!  Pre-registration is required.  (For teens and adults)


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