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Illustrator Margaret Bloy Graham Has Died at 94

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Margaret-Bloy-Graham-300x225Margaret Bloy Graham, the illustrator of Harry the Dirty Dog (written by her ex-husband Gene Zion) and many other books, died last week at the age of 94.

Harry the Dirty Dog was first published in 1956 and is still popular today.  Harry is considered the “canine Dennis the Menace.”  Although best known as an illustrator, Margaret Bloy Graham also wrote and illustrated her own books, including Be Nice to Spiders and Benjy, another dog series.

 

 

 

 


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Local Indie Spotlight: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Release Your Shrouds by Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys

This Michigan band plays bluegrass, except when it’s folk or it’s country or even a little jazzy. They describe their music as “eclectic Americana from the heart of America’s third coast.” Whatever you call it, this CD is a great listen! Lindsay Lou is the lead vocalist and the Flatbellys include Joshua Rilko, Mark Lavengood and PJ George on guitar, mandolin, dobro and more. With their third album, Ionia, in the works, check out this rootsy, harmonizing treat beforehand. You’ll likely pre-order the new release once you do!

Release Your Shrouds 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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Teen Science Fiction Books

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

In solidarity of my son’s semester long course on science fiction cinderbooks, here are some of my favorite, recent (besides Firefight) science fiction books.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer:  What I really love about this series is that the author takes Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel and totally gives them a science fiction make-over!  And yes, these would be great books for guys too (ignore the shoe) because there is no simpering princess.  Cinder is actually part alien, part cyborg and is in way over her head.  Scarlet just wants to find out what happened to her grandmother but runs into a whole organization of wolves.  And Cress is just a lost girl who happens to be a genius hacker.  I’m excited to see where the next book takes the characters!

stupidperfectworldStupid Perfect World by Scott Westerfeld is actually a short story eBook, but I am hoping it might expand to more.  In this future world, kids are required to take a Scarcity class that teaches them about how things use to be.  For a final project, everyone in the class most pick an ancient hardship that is no longer in existence, like getting a cold or not using advanced transportation.  Maria decides to experience hormones as a teenager by stopping her hormone treatment and Kieran picks sleeping 8 hours a night, because really, it couldn’t be that bad, right?

 

 

 


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Teen Titles on the Big Screen

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

It happens every time – when a new movie comes out that was based on a book, everyone rushes to get a copy to read. Why not avoid the crowds by reading the books in advance?

Take a look at some of the awesome teen titles that have sold their movie rights and prepare for the satisfaction of saying, “I liked that book before it was a movie.”


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
(Release date: October 14, 2016)

 


Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
(In development, no published release date)

 


Paper Towns by John Green
(Release date: June 19, 2015)

 


Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
(Release date: March 4, 2016)

 


Legend by Marie Lu
(In development, expected release date 2016)

 


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Playing with Pinterest

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Pinterest, for the uninitiated, is like a virtual bulletin board.  When you find something online that you want to save, you can “pin” it and save it for later.  As a social media tool, it allows you to visually discover, collect, share and store pictures and websites that interest you.  Best of all, you can share your “pins” with your friends, and collect ideas from their boards.

I admit, I find myself browsing Pinterest quite often.  More than once I’ve looked up from my computer and realized that I had spent two hours staring at pins of luxurious vacation places I could never afford.  But after a while, I decided to focus on using Pinterest with a purpose–not just to plan imaginary trips.

When I started to browse with a purpose in mind, I found Pinterest helped me discover ideas for educating and entertaining my children.  Suddenly, instead of looking for faraway places to vacation, I was searching for DIY activities for my toddler.  I found a way to construct my own geoboard.  I followed a collection of great read-alouds that I knew my children would all enjoy.  There were early literacy activities to help my preschooler, and great recipes to feed my family.

DIY Geoboard

DIY Geoboard

My virtual bulletin board was growing, my kids were busy creating with shapes and colors, and dinner was in the crockpot!


Follow Kent District Library on Pinterest and engage with our community of ideas.  You’ll be amazed at what you discover.

 


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Coming Next Week: Genre Derby, a Second Lap

Monday, January 26th, 2015

GenreDerbyLogoIt’s almost time to pony up!

Every horse wins during Genre Derby, KDL’s social media-driven crowdfunding effort to put more print and digital books in your hands and on your screens. Last year, the inaugural event allowed us to buy more than 400 new titles. Vote for your favorite genre starting next week!

 

 


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“Seventh Son” Movie Premiere: Win Tickets!

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Seventh Son MovieDid you hear that we are presenting a Seventh Son Movie Premiere at 6:30 PM on Friday, February 6 at Celebration! Cinema North? It’s going to be awesome!

Here’s your chance to win a pair of tickets. Leave us a comment on this blog post by Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM and let us know your favorite book of all time. You will automatically be entered to win.

We also a heard a rumor that Joseph Delaney, the author of the book this movie is based on, may do a pre-recorded Q&A to air at the event. What question would you have for him? Leave us a comment with your question and you will also be entered to win.

If you don’t win tickets, make sure to buy them for $15 each. You don’t want to miss out on this amazing night of fun, flicks and food! The movie is rated PG-13 and this event is for tweens, teens and their families. We hope to see you there!

 

*Thank you to everyone who commented. Our winners are Chad Bulthuis, Asia Nguyen, and Amy Dyk.

 


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Early Lit Bits: Games and Activities

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Play-Grow-ReadSave money and stir up some fun at the same time by making your own Slimey Putty and Moon Sand with these printable craft recipe cards featured on KDL’s Play-Grow-Read site.

 


 

This article originally appeared in 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.

 


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Not Just A Pretty Face

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Did you know your favorite celebrity may have written a novel or two?

Here’s a list of popular people usually seen on the cover of People magazine with a published fiction book on their credits. If you know of any more, feel free to add them in the comments…

Click on the image to go to the KDL catalog and place a hold on one of their books.

Ethan HawkeLauren ConradJames Franco

Ethan Hawke                              Lauren Conrad                        James Franco

Tyra BanksHugh-LaurieMolly-Ringwald

Tyra Banks                                       Hugh Laurie                         Molly Ringwald

Damon_WayansNicole-Richie

Damon Wayans, Sr.                           Nichole Richie


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“Seventh Son” Movie Premiere

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Seventh Son MovieWalk the red carpet at Celebration! Cinema North (2121 Celebration Dr. NE)! Purchase tickets today to attend the premiere of Seventh Son, the amazing movie based on Joseph Delaney’s “Last Apprentice” series. The event will take place at 6:30 PM on Friday, February 6. Tickets are $15 and include movie admission, popcorn and a drink. We are throwing in cupcakes and some awesome prize drawings!

There’s more! A green-screen will be set up and guests can have their picture taken in a scene related to the movie. They’ll even be able to take home a 5×7 print. Also, Joseph Delaney himself will welcome our guests via a pre-recorded message shown on the big screen.

Purchase tickets at celebrationcinema.com/KDL. The movie is rated PG-13 and this event is for tweens, teens and their families. We hope to see you there!


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