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Read a Good Local Indie Title Lately?

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Mind Your Own BusinessKDL’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 Mind Your Own Business by local restaurateur Tommy Brann. He shares anecdotes and advice from more than 40 years in the business. Co-author Brian Van Ochten offers a “side dish” of personal insights in between each chapter.

Brann started out in his father’s restaurant & worked his way up the ladder from dishwasher to busboy to bartender. At age 19 he borrowed money from his dad & purchased his own restaurant, which eventually became a locally renowned chain. Now run by Tommy’s sons, the restaurants continue to be popular with Grand Rapids-area residents.

This book should resonate with anyone who has lived in West Michigan for any length of time. The anecdotes are interesting (and often amusing) and the advice provides basic, down-to-earth guidance and encouragement for anyone starting, or wanting to start, their own business.

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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Video Love Bomb: Amanda

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Amanda, a voracious user of KDL’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped materials and services, says listening to audiobooks has helped her own writing tremendously:

Drop a library love bomb: Upload a short video of your own to KDL’s Facebook page!

 


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More Ways to Experience Summer!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Have you already completed your 30 days of reading for this summer? Don’t worry – there is much more to do, read and experience! With KDL’s Experience Summer Online anyone can complete activities, read books and attend library programs for more chances to win prizes. This is the perfect program for those who finish the traditional program early or just want some more fun summer reading options. Go to Experience Summer Online to get started!

Ignite Happiness: Summer Reading @ KDL

Ignite Happiness: Summer Reading @ KDL

 


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Author Walter Dean Myers Has Died at Age 76

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Well-known young adult author Walter Dean Myers died Tuesday after a brief illness.  He is the author of more than 100 books for children and teens and has been praised for his realistic writing of African American youth usually in an urban setting.  Walter Dean Myers was the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton award for Lifetime Achievement.  His books also received a number of literary awards including Monster which won the Printz award and Scorpions and Somewhere in the Darkness which both won the Newbery Honor award in 1989 and 1993 respectively.

“I write books for the troubled boy I once was and for the boy who lives inside me still.”

 


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KDL Top Ten — Freegal Downloads

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Top Ten Freegal Downloads 07-05-2014Liberate some new tunes for your holiday weekend playlist using KDL’s Freegal Music site. Download DRM-free MP3 files for millions of songs (KDL cardholders get 3 free per week!). And while you’re visiting, check out “My Library Top 10.”

For help getting started, visit our eBooks & Downloads Help and FAQs page.

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New Teen Booklists

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
Still looking for that perfect read to ignite your summer reading? Check out some of these great booklists!
burningblue    steampunk     spawater    lastdragonslayer

 


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Holiday Closing — Independence Day

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

All Kent District Library branches will be closed Friday, July 4 for Independence Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Saturday, July 5. For additional 2014 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy 4th of July!

 

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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Go! Go! Go! Stop!”

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Go Go Go StopGo! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper

When Little Green rolls into town and says his first word, “go,” the construction site really gets moving! What happens when all the vehicles go, go, go at the same time? Who will say a word to slow things down? This bright and cheerful picture book shows the power of a single word and illustrates what it means to work cooperatively. Point to and name the letters in the words “go” and “stop” as they are repeated in the story, and ask your child to do the same. What would happen if vehicles on the street didn’t obey these signals? Play a game of “Stop and Go” together outside and take turns being the “traffic signal.” Talking and playing both build vocabulary and are great ways to get your child ready to read!

– 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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KDL Top Ten — Juvenile Fiction

Friday, June 27th, 2014

This week’s Top Ten looks at the 10 most popular books in our Juvenile Fiction collection! Did any of your favorite books or characters make the list? If so, which ones are the best and why? If not, what books do you think other kids will love?

KDL Top Ten Juvenile Fiction 06-27-2014

And for more fantastic reads and activities sign up for Summer Reading @ KDL!

 


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New Teen Booklists for Summer Reading

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Looking for something new or different to read this summer?  Check out some of these great new booklists.

Love John Green’s books but waiting for your hold? Try these If You Like John Green suggestions. Another popular series this summer is Divergent by Veronica Roth. If you have read all three books in the series and are looking for more, try If You Like Divergent or Dystopian Fiction for Teens booklists. Still not the right list?  How about Action & Suspense books.

All these lists have some great suggestions to really Ignite Your Summer Reading!

nicknorah     deliruim    houseofscorpion    steelheart

 


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