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2013 ALA Youth Book Awards

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The American Library Association announced yesterday the yearly awards for youth books and media for 2013. The complete list can be found on the ALA site. The book awards were as follows:


The 2013 Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature was awarded to The One and Only Ivan, written by Katherine Applegate (it should be noted that Katherine grew up in Grand Rapids!). Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage



The 2013 Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children was awarded to This Is Not My Hat, illustrated and written by Jon Klassen. Five Caldecott Honor Books also were named: Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds; Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett; Green, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; One Cool Friend, illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo and Sleep Like a Tiger, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue.


Lastly, the 2013 Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults was awarded to In Darkness, written by Nick Lake. Four Printz Honor Books also were named: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Dodger by Terry Pratchett, and The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna.




Be sure to look for these books at your local KDL branch!

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Staff Picks for Teens

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Looking for a great read this winter season? Check out KDL’s new Staff Picks for Teens booklist! Chock full of drama, fantasy and adventures into the past, here are a couple favorites enjoyed by KDL staff members:
Staff Teen Picks



The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.






The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Carrie Ryan

Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.






The Scorpio Races
Maggie Stiefvater

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.



Full Booklist



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State Census News for Genealogy Buffs

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

State census records often prove to be an invaluable resource for anyone researching their family history. Many states, (including Michigan), periodically conduct their own internal censuses between the years of the decennial U.S. Census. While not all manuscript records have survived, state census records that still exist are incredibly useful for genealogists.

Michigan conducted many censuses following its admission as a state. The 1884 and 1894 records are the most complete.

Up until this point, the records were only available through microfilm or the occasional print index. Last month the Archives of Michigan released over 62,000 records from the 1884 and 1894 censuses on its website. All the records are searchable and accessible for free to either copy or print. The combination of both censuses helps fill a gap in the federal record due to the unavailability of the 1890 U.S. Census (mostly destroyed in a 1921 fire). They are also a great complement to website’s already heavily-used collection of Michigan Death Records, 1897-1920. Happy researching!


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