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Local Indie Spotlight: Tanya Eby

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Tanya EbyI read local author Tanya Eby’s book Tunnel Vision and Other Stories from the Edge at the same time I was reading a collection of stories by an unnamed famous late author nearly everyone in the world loves and will probably love for all time. (I have never gotten that feeling of loveyness for this particular author, but nonetheless was in the midst of giving it another shot because, even though I’m not one to go with the proverbial crowd, I am willing to concede that sometimes the reader just has to be ready for that particular author. Like Mists of Avalon. First time I read it: nada. Second time: magic.)

And do you know what I did? I put that much-beloved author’s book down – for a second time – and picked Tanya Eby’s book back up and finished that one. That’s how good she is: Short stories that are original, whose dialogue purrs like a newborn Himalayan and should stand the test of time right alongside ol’ whatshisname.

Tanya’s book is part of the Local Indie @ KDL collection, housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branches. It was created to give independent authors, filmmakers and musicians the opportunity to be added to our shelves and to be featured by staff in order to increase viewers, readers and listeners.

Click here to browse our Local Indie @ KDL collection.

 


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New eNewsletter Just for Writers

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

chapter oneAttention writers: Want to know about the way cool writing programs we offer before they happen?
How about KDL resources for wordsmiths?

We will soon be launching an eNewsletter just for you writer types. Interested? It will include the latest on upcoming author visits, writing programs, library resources for writers and other stuff we think is cool. Subscribers also will get first crack at registering for our annual Writers Conference, which is becoming, well, quite a thing.

We won’t send it more than once a month, and probably more like once a season. To subscribe, click here and choose “eNews for Writers.” The first issue will be launched from the mother ship on Monday, April 14. Write on, everybody.

 


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Teen Poets: It’s Rhyme Time

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

TeenPoetryContest2014The calendar in April once again will attest
KDL’s 11th Annual Teen Poetry Contest.
Up to 10 teens who are chosen as best for their rhyming
Will earn such cool prizes for poetic timing.
Rules and entry forms are available here
Or at the KDL branch you hold most dear.
Poems better than this one accepted April 1 through 30
Your grandma might read them, so hey, nothing dirty.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Online Courses for Aspiring Authors

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Learn4LifeDid you miss KDL’s annual writers conference last weekend? Still looking to learn about author-ly stuff? Check this out:

Learn4Life features over 300 instructor-led online courses focused on professional development, technology skills and personal enrichment. New sessions start every month, and each 6-week course offers well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with fellow students in a lively discussion area.

These types of classes can cost hundreds of dollars to take from a for-profit company, but they are available for free with your KDL card. Here are just some of the wide range of courses available:

Two lessons are released each week during the 6-week class session, and each lesson is estimated to take 2 hours to complete. A certificate of completion is available at the end of each course, which may be accepted as proof of continuing education by some workplaces or institutions. There is no penalty for not finishing a course, and there are no limits on how many you can sign up to take. See all offerings here. The next sessions begin April 16.

Watch a guided tour video or try it out yourself – just select the Reference Resources tab > Research Databases > the Online Learning category > Learn4Life.

 


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Three Programs Kids Will Love

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

plunkard10Check out these upcoming programs for families at various KDL branches:

Create a Gift Kids’ Crafting: Make a springtime gift for Mom, Dad or another loved one. Add a homemade card and try your hand at gift wrapping.

Superheroes Away: Come dressed as your favorite caped crusader and have fun playing games and creating your own comic book.

Tom Plunkard: Beyond Magic — Show and Workshop: Prepare to be amazed, then get tips right from Tom on doing your own amazing tricks.

 


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Giant Warehouse Book Sale April 25–27

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

24Time to mark your calendar for our third annual Book Bash Giant Warehouse Book Sale, featuring more than 20,000 gently-used books and other items that will be available for just 50 cents to $1 each. Sunday is Bag Day — $5 buys as many items as you can fit in a bag. All proceeds support Summer Reading @ KDL and other branch programs. Held at the KDL Service Center, 814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park.

Friday, April 25, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
(Special time for teachers only from 3:00 – 5:00 PM)
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 27, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 


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Like Children’s Musicals? See One for FREE

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Junie B JonesFrom today until they are gone, KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Plainfield Township and Wyoming branches for the dress rehearsal of Junie B. Jones on Thursday, April 17, 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (30 N. Division Ave.) All dress rehearsals are general seating and vouchers must be redeemed for an admission ticket (redeem on dress night only). Vouchers do not guarantee a seat as dress rehearsals also include open admission sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM.

We have 75 vouchers total. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Go!

To help you get in the mood for the show, look here for Junie B. Jones materials to check out at KDL.

P.S: If you do get vouchers and find you cannot use them, please return them to any KDL branch, as there is always high demand.grct logo

 

 

 


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Teens: Cosplay and Anime Programs

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Cosplay AnimeCosplay Costume Workshop
Meet up with other fans and begin designing your cosplay look. Supplies and equipment will be provided to help you rock the runway at JAFAX or the KDL Anime Festival.

Saturday, March 15, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch
Tuesday, March 18, 3:30 PM – Wyoming Branch
Thursday, March 20, 3:30 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch

 

Anime Festival
Come in costume and participate in our cosplay pageant for prizes, or just enjoy celebrating all things anime with your favorite shows, Japanese snacks, crafts and games.

Saturday, May 10, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch

For a list of branch locations and maps, click here.

 


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Free Writer’s Conference: Are You Registered?

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

What: Third annual Celebrate the Mitten Writers Conference
When: Saturday, March 29, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Cascade Township Branch
Cost: Free
Lots more info here!

Time to register is running out for KDL’s popular conference for writers. Published authors including — but not limited to — novelists Kristina Riggle and Aric Davis and publishing insiders from Christian publishing giant Baker Books, literary agent and editor Credo Communications and self-published authors’ helper PublishSavvy, just to name a few, will share their experiences and tips on how to take your writing to the next level, book marketing and social media, query letters and book proposals, and more. All genres and skill levels are welcome. Separate pre-registration is required for morning and afternoon sessions and participant spots are limited. Co-sponsored by Baker Books, Credo Communications, Publish Savvy and Pot-Boilers. To register, call 616-784-2007 or click on the links below.

Register early; spots for this event go very quickly and walk-ins cannot be accommodated!

9:00 AM – 12:45 PM — Morning Session (geared to not-yet published writers, but all are welcome)

9:00 – 9:30 AM — Welcome and Introductions

  1. 9:45 – 10:30 AM — Five Things Aspiring Writers Should Know (Because There’s Not Enough Time for 10) — author and editor Shelly Beach and author Kristina Riggle
  2. 10:40 – 11:20 AM — Traditional, Self-Publish or Can I Do Both? — Shannon Janeczek, owner of  Publish Savvy; author and micropublisher Don Pearson, novelist Aric Davis
  3. 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM — You Can Do This: An Editor’s Manifesto — How to Stay Motivated and Keep Moving toward Publication Chad Allen, editorial director, Baker Books

30 minutes to network/sell books/trade business cards

12:45 – 1:45 PM – Lunch on your own

1:45 – 5:00 PM — Afternoon Session (geared to published authors, but all are welcome)

1:45 – 2:00 PM: Welcome and Introductions

  1. 2:00 – 2:45 PM — Social Media & Book Marketing Tips, Tricks and Gaffes — Children’s Author Sandy Carlson; Shannon Janeczek, Publish Savvy
  2. 2:55 – 3:40 PM — Query Letters & Book Proposals: What are They? Do I Need Them? — Shelly Beach, novelist Aric Davis
  3. 3:45 – 4:30 PM — Taking Your Writing to the Next Level literary agent and copy editor Ann Byle, science fiction author Jim Hines

30 minutes to network/sell books/trade business cards

 


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Upcoming Meet-the-Author Events

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Meet a war veteran and his service dog.
Reminisce about Michigan roadtrips.
Hear stories of Detroit crime fiction.
Learn about the immigrant experience through a young boy’s journey.
Read about (and meet) a divorced Northern Michigan mom who dreams of keeping her farm and writing for a living.
Listen to the fascinating history of East Grand Rapids’ Ramona Park.
Meet local poets and hear their work — and just for teens: attend a poetry workshop.

More than a dozen authors will visit various KDL branches this spring. Click here to see the complete list, plus locations, dates and times.

Until Tuesday     Enrique's Journay     Bootstrapper

 


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