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Grand River, Great Reads!

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The namesake of our area, the Grand River, has been getting a lot of attention lately. Many groups and coalitions are in the midst of a planning process to restore the river to its original habitat and to rejuvenate the public areas surrounding it. This is an effort that affects more than just downtown GR, as these are spaces visited by people from the whole county and beyond. KDL residents interested in the Grand River might find the following books valuable:

Our Grand Journey by Jeff Alexander and Howard Meyerson

A contemporary paddle excursion along the whole length of the Grand River exploring its nature, people and communities.

 

 

The Grand (Rivers of Michigan Series) by Kit Lane

A look at the Grand River and how it’s been used throughout history, from Native Americans to modern kayakers.

 

 

 

The Story of Grand River by C. Donald Chrysler

A brief history of Michigan’s longest river published in celebration of the nation’s bicentennial.

 

 

 

 

 

And for those who simply love river stories of any kind, there are a number of classic great reads which feature a river as their focal point, so find a comfy seat and enjoy the cruise!

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

Classic Twain… join Huck and Jim as they escape down the Mississippi River.

 

 

 

The African Queen by C.S. Forester

C.S. Forester’s tale of adventure up the Ulanga River, made more famous by Bogart and Hepburn.

 

 

 

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s classic detective, investigates not one, but two murders while sailing down the Nile.

 

 

Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose.

Award winning historian Stephen Ambrose relays the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition, a non-fiction account that reads like fiction.

 

 

 


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Books that Bring You Home for the Holidays

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

It’s time to read your way into the holiday spirit! Check out Library Journal’s Christmas Literary Escapes, written by our very own Melissa DeWild, Collection Development Manager at KDL. These holiday tales will have you wanting to pack up and visit a small town (or island) for Christmas. The settings are full of charm even when there’s a murderer on the loose, so settle in for another snowy season of crime and family get-togethers.

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KDL on WGVU — Chris Van Allsburg Visit

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The Misadventures of Sweetie PieEach 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 East Grand Rapids Branch staff Holly Goulet and Vanessa Walstra talk about an upcoming visit by award-winning author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg and some great holiday reads. Enjoy!

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• Find out more about Chris Van Allsburg’s visit

• Get a ticket to the book signing

• Request The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie by Chris Van Allsburg

• Request Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

• Request The Princess Bride

• Request As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

• Request The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

• Request The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

• Request Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

 


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NaNoWriMo 2014

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

NaNoWriMoNo, that title isn’t just a bunch of gibberish — it’s “National Novel Writing Month,” held in November every year. If you’ve ever dreamed of writing your own novel, what better time to start than now?

Your goal: Write a 50,000-word novel by midnight, November 30. Sound impossible? Don’t worry — NaNoWriMo is all about enthusiasm and perseverance, not high quality writing. Just let go, lower your expectations, and let the words flow.

Sound interesting? Check out the official NaNoWriMo site for more information or to sign up.

Need some help to get started? There’s a Grand Rapids area forum so you can find other writers and NaNoWriMo events near you. Or check our Events Calendar for Writers’ Groups and NaNoWriMo “Come Write-In” programs scheduled at KDL branches.

And if you say “no way!” to writing 50,000-word novel in just 1 month, why not start with a 3000-word (or less) short story instead? Our Write Michigan Short Story contest deadline is November 30, and you could win a cash prize and be published!

(Hey teens — NaNoWriMo also has a Young Writers Program just for you!)

Happy writing!


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Meet the Author… and His Furry Friend

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Tuesday Tucks Me InJoin us for a visit with author Luis Carlos Montalván and his service dog Tuesday as they talk about animal assisted therapy, the human/animal bond and their own heartwarming story. The duo will be at the Plainfield Township Branch at 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 22, and at the Cascade Township Branch at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 23. People of all ages are invited to attend.

Montalván’s book, Tuesday Tucks Me In, is narrated by Tuesday and shares a day in the life of this service dog extraordinaire and tail-wagging ambassador for all things positive and uplifting in the world.

 

 


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Chris Van Allsburg Coming to EGR

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Van AllsburgChris Van Allsburg, Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book author and illustrator, will be visiting his hometown in celebration of his new book release, The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.  The East Grand Rapids Branch, 746 Lakeside Dr. SE, in collaboration with Grand Rapids Ballet and Schuler’s Books & Music, will host a book release celebration at 6:00 PM on Monday, November 24.

Don’t miss out on the Nutcracker-themed crafts, costumed dancers, treats from Jersey Junction, Sweeti-licious Bakery and more — as we celebrate the release of The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.

The event is FREE and open to the public; the book signing will be ticketed.

Tickets are free with purchase of The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie from schulerbooks.com. Each ticketholder may have the author sign up to three copies of newly purchased titles, and one copy of any Van Allsburg book from their personal library. All book orders and accompanying book-signing tickets will be available for pick up at the event.

“It’s going to be a huge thrill for kids to be able to meet the author of their favorite books,” said Holly Goulet, a youth paraprofessional at the East Grand Rapids Branch, “We’re especially lucky to have him at this branch given his ties with the community.”

To pre-purchase books and get a book-signing ticket online, go to http://www.schulerbooks.com/product/chris-vanallsburg-sweetie-pie or visit Schuler Books & Music at their Grand Rapids location (2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids). Books will be available for purchase during the November 24 event. Due to anticipated demand, it cannot be guaranteed that books purchased the day of the event will be signed.

 


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — Little Green Peas

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors by Keith Baker

Keith Baker’s third concept book is sure to be a hit with your preschooler.  Baker’s previous books, LMNO Peas and 1-2-3 Peas, illustrate numbers and letters with the help of a fun-loving group of little peas.  This installment finds the peas exploring colors in large, two-page illustrations, perfect for sharing with a group.  Encourage them to repeat the phrase “little green peas” as it occurs after each new color.  In one-on-one reading, have your child point to and name the different activities the peas are doing.  Can you find the ladybug and paper airplane hidden in each scene? Ask which color is your child’s favorite.  Talking together about the pictures and asking questions are great ways to help get your child ready to read!

— Elizabeth 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 — Horror

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Oh, the Horror! This week’s Top Ten unearths the most popular and fearsome books at KDL this month. Be afraid… but click on the list:

KDL Top Ten Horror 10-31-2014

 


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Seed Saving and KDL

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Are you are gardener who saves seeds, or just interested in learning more?  Did you know that KDL has its own Seed Library of heirloom seeds? Drop by any of our 13 participating locations to learn more about borrowing and donating seeds to the KDL Seed Library.  Or, check out these books on saving seeds!

KDL Recommends Seed Saving

 


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Don’t Forget to Submit Your Story!

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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The deadline for submitting an entry to the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest is November 30… so get writing! Opportunities like this don’t come around every day, so don’t miss out on this chance to get published and win money! With categories for youth, teens and adults, the entire family can participate.

See www.writemichigan.org for complete details.

 


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