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Wimpy Kid Readalikes

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Did you recently finish the Wimpy Kid journey? After checking out the movie, you might be up for a new adventure with other quirky characters! Searching for comic-style comedies? You don’t have to look far for Wimpy Kid Readalikes – we’ve collected them here, just for you.

Try out some of these less-than-superheroes in this comic collection! If you can’t stop giggling, you might think you’ve found the next best thing since Greg Heffley…

Here are a few finds you might enjoy next:

 

bignateBig Nate, Mr. Popularity by Lincoln Peirce

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Big Nate is Mr. Popularity! Nate’s decided to run for office! Will he triumph over the more popular kids? With Francis’s help, he might just have a winning chance!

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bigfatzombiefishMy Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: The SeaQuel by Mo O’Hara

SF JE O’HARA

After Tom rescued Frankie the goldfish from his big brother Mark’s toxic science experiment, Frankie somehow became a big fat zombie goldfish with dangerous hypnotic powers.

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mylifeasajokeMy Life as a Joke by Janet Tashjian

J TASHJIAN

Derek Fallon discovers all the angst that comes with being twelve—he just wants to feel grown up, but life gets in the way with a series of mishaps that make him look like a baby.

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loserlistThe Loser List #4: Take Me to Your Loser by H.N. Kowitt

J KOWITT

Danny Shine is trying to avoid wrestling Bruiser Pekarsky in gym. That’s why he goes to the info session about running for class president. To his surprise, he finds that he might actually have to step up and lead the 7th grade and find out that sometimes, even when you win, you lose!

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Whether you’re just waiting for the next book in the Wimpy Kid series or looking for something a little different to tickle your funny bone, these titles might have you laughing your socks off the whole way home!

 


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Omne Trium Perfectum

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

It’s been said  that everything good comes in threes. Here are three new reads that live up to that claim, and are the perfect companion on a cold, snowy day.

 

glorybGlory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
A.S. King (Please Ignore Vera Dietz, Reality Boy) adds another masterpiece to her collection. In this epic tale about freedom, feminism and destiny, King tells the story of a girl coping with devastating loss, a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and the present needs her even more. Glory is graduating from high school and has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only 4 years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will go the same way. Then something happens (you’ll have to read it to find out what), and Glory undergoes a transformation where she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions — and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying: A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do anything to make sure this one doesn’t come into existence.

 

Wild Rover No More: Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky bloody jackFaber (Bloody Jack Adventures) by L.A. Meyer
We first met Mary “Jacky” Faber in 2002. Since then she has taken us on a rollicking, adventurous trip spanning the early-1800s globe. In this 12th and final installment of Bloody Jack Adventures, Jacky is accused of treason and must flee Boston while her friends attempt to clear her name. Of course, that means more wild adventures for our fun-loving heroine, who manages to secure a job as a governess… and run away with the circus. This highly anticipated grand finale should leave fans feeling quite satisfied.

 

bllbBlue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
As Blue Sargent and Gansey grow close, the prophecy (if you kiss your true love, he will die) looms ever larger. Picking up where The Dream Thieves left off, the Raven Boys grow closer to their goal of finding the Welsh king Glendower and the rewards he promises to whomever wakes him. Blue and the Raven Boys begin a series of descents into caverns where they expect to find the sleeping Glendower and possibly Blue’s mother, who has been missing. What they find are horrors, surprises and the realization that their individual strengths and collective bonds may just be unstoppable. This mesmerizing third installment spins a web of intrigue and magic that will leave the reader hungering for the conclusion.

 

 


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KDL Top Ten — Adult Inspirational Fiction

Friday, November 28th, 2014

If you love Inspirational fiction, find your next divine read here! These are 10 of the most popular titles in KDL’s Inspirational collection this month:

KDL Top Ten Inspirational 11-28-2014

 


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Holiday Closing — Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Kent District Library will be closed Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, November 28. For additional holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving


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Late Opening Monday, December 1

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

All Kent District Library branches with open hours will open at 1:00 PM on Monday, December 1 in order to allow our staff to attend professional development in the morning. While we regret any temporary inconvenience this may cause, KDL’s commitment to staff training is one of the reasons we are able to provide you with such great service!

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Winter 2014-15 KDL Kaleidoscope

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The Winter 2014-15 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope program guide is now available online, and printed copies will be available soon at your local branch library. You’ll find all you need to know about winter programs and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations.

It’s sure to be an exciting season at KDL, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Check out the KDL Kaleidoscope today!

Winter 2015 Kaleidoscope

 


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LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites 2014 Staff Picks

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014


You already know that your local KDL staff provide great recommendations when you’re looking for your next favorite book. Now library staff across the nation have connected to offer LibraryReads, a nationwide “Top 10″ list of favorite titles each month! Check out these favorite titles of 2013–2014 that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. The Storied Life of A. J. FikryLibraryReadsFavoriteThe Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin
    “A middle-aged bookseller mourning his lost wife, a feisty publisher’s rep, and a charmingly precocious abandoned child come together on a small island off the New England coast in this utterly delightful novel of love and second chances.”
    Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
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  3. The Rosie ProjectThe Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion
    “Don Tillman, a brilliant geneticist, thinks that having women fill out a six-page, double-sided questionnaire before a date is logical and reasonable. Rosie Jarman, an impetuous barmaid, thinks Don should loosen up and learn to live a little. Follow the unlikely pair in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good story of unexpected joys, discovery and love.”
    Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
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  5. All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
    “Set during World War II Europe, this novel is sobering without being sentimental. The tension builds as the alternating, parallel stories of Werner and Marie-Laure unfold, and their paths cross. I highly recommend this beautiful and compelling story.”
    Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN
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  7. FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    “At turns funny, sweet, smart, and sad, Fangirl traces Cath’s journey to independence as she begins college, struggles to have an identity separate from her twin sister, find her voice and passion as a writer and fall in love, maybe, for the first time. As sharp and emotionally resonant as Rowell’s previous novel, Eleanor & Park.”
    Stephanie Chase, Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro, OR
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  9. The GoldfinchThe Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt
    “Fans of The Secret History will rediscover the Tartt they loved back in 1992. Readers who love the novelist for her richly developed, dark, multi-layered characters and thoroughly researched topics will not be disappointed. Tartt pulls together many threads of a story across a long span of pages and into a complete masterpiece.”
    Kim Dorman, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
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  11. We Were LiarsWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
    “This brilliant and heartbreaking novel tells the story of a prestigious family living on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Full of love, lies, secrets, no shortage of family dysfunction, and a shocking twist that you won’t see coming. Though this book is written for teens, it shouldn’t be overlooked by anyone looking for a fantastic read.”
    Susan Balla, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
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  13. Station ElevenStation Eleven: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel
    “An actor playing King Lear dies onstage just before a cataclysmic event changes the future of everyone on Earth. What will be valued and what will be discarded? Will art have a place in a world that has lost so much? What will make life worth living? These are just some of the issues explored in this beautifully written dystopian novel. Recommended for fans of David Mitchell, John Scalzi and Kate Atkinson.”
    Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC
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  15. One Plus OneOne Plus One: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
    “A single mom, her math genius daughter, her eye-shadow-wearing stepson, a wealthy computer geek and a smelly dog all get into a car… it sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it’s actually another charming novel from Jojo Moyes. It’s more of a traditional romance than Me Before You, but will also appeal to fans of quirky, hard-working characters. A quick read and perfect for summer.”
    Emily Wichman, Clermont County Public Library, Milford, OH
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  17. LandlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell
    Landline explores the delicate balance women make between work and family, considering the tradeoffs and pain. Rowell has a special gift for offering incredible insights into ordinary life. Never heavy-handed, Rowell’s writing is delivered with humor and grace. I finish all of her books wanting to laugh and cry at the same time — they are that moving. Landline captured my heart.”
    Andrea Larson, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL
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  19. LongbournLongbourn by Jo Baker
    “Using Pride and Prejudice’s familiar setting and characters, Baker tells a very different story of family, love and self-discovery. Bold and intelligent, Sarah is an orphaned housemaid whose days are filled with hard, body-punishing work. Baker doesn’t sugar-coat. A beautiful, uplifting novel full of mystery, hope and romance. Highly recommended for Austen fans and historical fiction readers.”
    Jenifer May, Secaucus Public Library, Secaucus, NJ

 

See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!

 


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“Catch” a Good Read This Winter!

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

With the first snow here and flu season in full swing, “catch” a few of these reads about people dealing with various infectious diseases:

The Dog Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

Surviving a pandemic disease that has killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar before hearing a random radio transmission that compels him to risk his life to seek out other survivors.

 

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The sudden death of a Hollywood actor during a production of “King Lear” beginning of the world’s dissolution in a story told at various past and future times from the perspectives of the actor and four of his associates.

 


Spillover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen

Examines the emergence and causes of new diseases all over the world, describing a process called spillover where illness originates in wild animals before being passed to humans, and discusses the potential for the next huge pandemic.

 

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The Viral Storm: the Dawn of a New Pandemic Age by Nathan Wolfe

Dynamic young Stanford biologist Nathan Wolfe reveals the surprising origins of the world’s most deadly viruses, such as HIV, and how we can overcome catastrophic pandemics.

 

 


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Mark your Calendar: Winter Book Sales

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

BooksGet a great deal on some great books. Shop our upcoming book sales, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Walker Branch
Thursday, December 4, 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday, December 5, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, December 6, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Plainfield Township Branch
Saturday, December 6, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, December 7, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, December 13 – Saturday, December 20, during open hours

Plainfield Township Branch
Friday, January 9, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, January 10, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 11, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Monday, January 12, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Wyoming Branch
Saturday, January 24, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Friends of the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library Craft and Book Sale
Visit the group’s booth at the Resurrection Lutheran Church (180 Northland Dr. in Sand Lake). Purchase books, crafts and raffle tickets to win the Friends’ quilt, which will be on display.
Saturday, December 6, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 


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Yes, We’re Open!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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It’s another snow day for lots of kids in the area,
but KDL branches remain OPEN!
All programs will take place as scheduled.

Please drive carefully if you choose to visit us today.


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