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Experience Summer Online

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

This summer KDL patrons have been learning new skills, visiting area parks, downloading e-books, and much more for Experience Summer Online. You still have time to join them in a wide variety of activities for chances to win prizes — just complete some simple and fun activities by Saturday, August 9. Check out these pictures of KDL patrons experiencing summer:

Learning How to Knit Morning Stories Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival4th of July on Reed's Lake

 


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Franco-American Noir

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Two Men in Manhattan” is French film noir, which is a wonderful confluence, since the term noir — in honor of a particular kind of American movie – was given to us by French film critics in the first place. In this case, director Jean-Pierre Melville pulls off a rather fascinating bit of movie-making: he combines an American setting and style — New York noir, in the 50s — with a very French post-war theme. To explain that too much might spoil the movie for the viewer, though. You’ll have to watch it to find out.

The story concerns a disappearance — a classic mystery set-up — of a French UN official. But instead of the police doing the investigating, it’s French reporters who are on the trail, one a womanizing photographer, the other (played by the director himself) more of a straight arrow. Together they journey through an unsavory world of New York vice, and more rarified theaters and recording studios, always missing their man, but continuing to pick up clues. According to the DVD’s extra — an interview between film critics Jonathan Rosenbaum and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky — only the exterior shots were done in New York itself, while the rest was done in France, on sound stages. This makes for an interesting contrast, given that many movies of this type at that time were done on numerous on-site locations. Additionally, the powerful jazz score used in the film is a great accompaniment to the editing, which pulls us from place to place throughout the city, conveying the disorientation that these foreigners must sometimes feel in their adopted city. As the reporters continue their prowl throughout the December night, they eventually get their scoop, though not without some depressing revelations, brought to them partially through their own ambiguous choices — a plot twist doubtless important to this story of darkness both literal and figurative.

(This film is not rated, but does have some brief nudity in it. Dialogue is primarily in French, with some English as well.)

 


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Zoom, Zoom, Baby!”

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Zoom, Zoom, Baby!Zoom, Zoom, Baby!

Karen Katz has done it again! She has written another thoroughly enjoyable board book, Zoom, Zoom Baby! Lift the flap to see if baby is in the boat, or the bus. Where is baby? Your toddler will love peeking to see if baby is riding the train or flying the plane. Where is baby? Check out this book and find out!

–Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch


 

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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Youth Coping Booklists

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Happy and Healthy      7 Habits      Saying Goodbye to Uncle Joe

Life can be tough, even for kids. Scratch that, especially for kids. As a parent, it can be hard to know how to talk to your children about the more difficult aspects of life.

Whether your child is battling cancer, grieving the loss of a loved one or just learning how to live a happy, healthy life, KDL has an appropriate coping or self-help book for the subject matter.

Check out these coping and self-help booklists, specially created for kids and teens:

If you found these helpful, browse our other booklists here!


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KDL Top Ten — Sports Outdoor

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Go hiking, paddling and camping with this week’s Top Ten.  These are 10 of the most popular titles in our Sports Outdoor collection.  And if you’re looking for more open-air fun, try our Experience Summer Online: Get Outside and Play challenges!

Top Ten Sports Outdoor 07-25-2014

 


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July Teen Booklist: Tune In

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

This month there is only one new teen booklist and it features Books with a Music Theme. One of my favorite books is included on the list: Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. I am not a big music fan at all, but I loved the characters and the storyline of this book! Piper is deaf; having her be a manager of a band might be strange, but she is willing to working hard and prove herself. But it is not easy to manage five very different personalities and look for a venue for them to play.

Below are a few of my other favorites from the list:
fiveflavors      audreywait      beattheband      areyouexperienced

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KDL on WGVU Radio — Local Indie Fest

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Pete @ WGVUEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Pete Lewandoski, Adult Services Librarian at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch talk about the Local Indie collection and the upcoming Local Indie Fest (Wednesday, August 20, 4:00–7:00 PM at the Kentwood Branch).  Enjoy!

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Top Ten — eBooks

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Pack light for your next vacation, and still bring along a ton of reading material! Check out a virtual suitcase full of books from KDL’s eBook site.  And to see what others are downloading, take a look at this week’s Top Ten list.  These are the 10 most popular eBooks at KDL right now:

Top Ten eBooks 07-18-2014

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James Patterson Readalikes

Friday, July 18th, 2014

While you’re waiting for the #1 bestseller Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis, why not check out a book by these other popular suspense authors:

Rules of Prey by John SandfordLike Patterson, John Sandford writes hard-edged mystery suspense with strong language and graphically-portrayed violence. In Rules of Prey, Police Lt. Lucas Davenport find himself tracking a cunning serial killer who has created a terrifying game out of the murder of young women.

For a face-paced read alike with psychologicalThe Devil's Teardrop by Jeffery Deaver overtones, Jeffery Deaver‘s suspenseful book, The Devil’s Teardrop, will keep the pages turning. On New Year’s Eve 1999, Washington D. C. officials receive a threat. Unless they comply with his demands, an assassin will commit one terrorist attack in the city every four hours.

Suspense author Ridley Pearson’s books tend to be more thought-provoking than face-paced, but they share that same bleak outlook, series detectives, serial killers, graphic violence, and psychological insights that many readers of Patterson enjoy. In The Risk Agent two very different private investigators, Grace Chu and John Knox, must work together to find the kidnapped employee of an American company amid the chaos of Shanghai, China.

Sworn to Silence by Linda CastilloFor a more rural and romantic suspense novel with a similar bleak outlook, try Linda Castillo’s Amish Crime Thriller Series featuring police chief Kate Burkholder. In the first book, Sworn to Silence, Kate returns to her Ohio hometown only to find a serial killer from her past has struck again — only this time it’s up to her to stop him.

Jonathan Kellerman is called a “master of the psychological thriller” by People magazine. In Bones, Kellerman once again pulls his readers into a suspenseful, plot-twisting tale of serial murder and the unlikely duo who bring the killer to justice: Alex Delaware, a child psychologist, and Milo Sturgis, LAPD homicide detective.

 

 


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An Absorbing Local Indie Read

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

polish doctorKDL’s Local Indie collection highlights independently published works by local authors & artists. It’s a great way to discover new writers, musicians & filmmakers right in your own back yard.

I recently read A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps: My Mother’s Memories of Imprisonment, Immigration, and a Life Remade by Barbara Rylko-Bauer.  It is the true story of a young Polish Roman Catholic doctor, Jadwiga Lenartowicz Rylko, known as Jadzia, arrested by the Nazis in January 1944. She was detained as a suspected member of the resistance, though her only crime was listening to the news on the radio.

Written by Jadzia’s daughter, the book tells of her fifteen months in concentration camps, ending with a forty-two day death march. During part of her time as a prisoner, she doctored the Jewish laborers in the camps. After being liberated, Jadzia attempted to return to life as a doctor, first in Germany and later in the United States. Reading a non-Jewish account of imprisonment was compelling, though the narrative of Jadzia’s childhood, education, marriage and later life is as interesting as reading about her time in the concentration camps, especially her reactions to various things her daughter asks her in interviews for the book.

Bonus: Rylko-Bauer will be speaking about her book at KDL’s East Grand Rapids branch on October 7 at 7:00 PM.

Currently the Local Indie collection is housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood Branches, but all of the items may be borrowed system-wide. Try it – you’ll like it!

 


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