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Local Indie Spotlight: Tanya Eby

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Tanya EbyI read local author Tanya Eby’s book Tunnel Vision and Other Stories from the Edge at the same time I was reading a collection of stories by an unnamed famous late author nearly everyone in the world loves and will probably love for all time. (I have never gotten that feeling of loveyness for this particular author, but nonetheless was in the midst of giving it another shot because, even though I’m not one to go with the proverbial crowd, I am willing to concede that sometimes the reader just has to be ready for that particular author. Like Mists of Avalon. First time I read it: nada. Second time: magic.)

And do you know what I did? I put that much-beloved author’s book down – for a second time – and picked Tanya Eby’s book back up and finished that one. That’s how good she is: Short stories that are original, whose dialogue purrs like a newborn Himalayan and should stand the test of time right alongside ol’ whatshisname.

Tanya’s book 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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New Adult Booklists

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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Looking for something new to read during Spring Break? Check out some of the new adult booklists available through KDL:

For these lists and more, check out the KDL Recommends section under Books and More.

 


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New eNewsletter Just for Writers

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

chapter oneAttention writers: Want to know about the way cool writing programs we offer before they happen?
How about KDL resources for wordsmiths?

We will soon be launching an eNewsletter just for you writer types. Interested? It will include the latest on upcoming author visits, writing programs, library resources for writers and other stuff we think is cool. Subscribers also will get first crack at registering for our annual Writers Conference, which is becoming, well, quite a thing.

We won’t send it more than once a month, and probably more like once a season. To subscribe, click here and choose “eNews for Writers.” The first issue will be launched from the mother ship on Monday, April 14. Write on, everybody.

 


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Game of Thrones Is Back!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Game of Thrones started back up on TV — are you watching it?  If you are a fan, we have many materials to help get your Thrones fix.

We have the Song of Ice and Fire series, the book series the TV show is based on.  If you are behind in the TV show or want a refresher on what happened last season, we also have HBO’s Game of Thrones available for checkout.

A Game of Thrones     A Clash of Kings     Game of Thrones

While you are waiting for the next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, we have some good options that we think you’ll like.  Try The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen, His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novak or The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

The False Prince     His Majesty's Dragon     The Name of the Wind

We also have some great titles to supplement the Game of Thrones universe.  If you like to cook, check out A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Companion Cookbook to Game of Thrones. For the Tyrion Lannister fans, you’ve got to check out The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister. Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones would be a great companion for anyone watching the TV show.

A Fesst of Ice & Fire     The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister     Inside Game of Thrones

 


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Rhyme Time SmallDoes music make you smarter? According to many researchers, it does!  Children involved in music groups reap many benefits. Music helps children identify emotion and it can stimulate creativity. Experiences with musical instruments can improve motor and reasoning skills.

Rhyme Time at KDL is a great way for children to experience music. Kids and caregivers move and groove together with action rhymes, songs, games and hands-on musical activities. Rhyme Time is a great opportunity to learn new songs, explore music games and activities, and get hands on experience with basic musical instruments.

– Sara M. at KDL’s Sand Lake/Nelson 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 on WGVU Radio — Giant Warehouse Book Sale

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Cheryl at 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 Byron Township Branch Manager Cheryl Garrison talk about our upcoming Book Bash Giant Warehouse Book Sale.

Friday, April 25, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
(Special time for teachers only from 3:00 – 5:00 PM)
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 27, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Held at the KDL Service Center, 814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park.

Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 


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KDL Top Ten — Most Popular Items

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Check out what everyone else is reading and watching! Click on the link to the Top Ten list to find the hottest items at KDL right now:

Top Ten Most Popular 04-04-2014

And if you’re away from home this spring break, stop by our eBooks & Downloads page to discover all the fantastic books, movies, magazines and music KDL’s digital collection has to offer!

 


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Sneaky Good Binge Watch

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Top of the Lake Spring Break is finally here, hooray!  Typically Spring Break can be spent outside frolicking and enjoying the nice spring weather.  Unfortunately, as we all are aware, we live in Michigan and that might not be an option this year thanks to Mother Nature.  Which means it is perfect time to stay indoors, put your feet up, relax, and binge watch something from your friendly KDL branch.  You could catch-up on shows that have run their course like Breaking Bad or The Sopranos.  Or if you want to be in the loop for shows that are nearing their finale, Mad Men or Californication would be excellent choices.  But if you want something sneaky good that didn’t get much hype, I would highly recommend Top of the Lake.

Top of the Lake is a show filmed and set in beautiful New Zealand and follows a detective who is investigating the disappearance of a 12-year-old girl.  The detective is played by Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss (who was nominated for an Emmy) and gives a truly outstanding performance as a very strong female lead in an environment dominated by male testosterone.  The series explores many themes throughout and takes great care to develop each character within their own experience.  The series is very unexpected and thankfully stays far away from the cliches of police procedurals found too often on TV.  Top of the Lake is a great show you will be sad ends after only six superb episodes.

 


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Don’t Miss Your Holds — Freeze them!

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Hooray!  It’s almost Spring Break!  But are you worried that leaving town will result in missing that book or movie you’ve been waiting for?  Head into vacation worry-free by freezing your holds before you leave and unfreezing them when you return.

To Freeze Your Holds:

  1. Log into your library account.
  2. Look for the Freeze column to the right of the titles you have on hold. Check this box for all the titles you want to freeze. (Note that you can’t freeze a hold that is already in transit or ready for pickup.)

    Freeze
  3. Click the Update List button at the bottom of the screen update
  4. When you return from vacation, just log into your account, un-check the box in the Freeze column, then click Update List again to “un-freeze” your holds.

Have a great trip!

 


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Giant Warehouse Book Sale April 25–27

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

24Time to mark your calendar for our third annual Book Bash Giant Warehouse Book Sale, featuring more than 20,000 gently-used books and other items that will be available for just 50 cents to $1 each. Sunday is Bag Day — $5 buys as many items as you can fit in a bag. All proceeds support Summer Reading @ KDL and other branch programs. Held at the KDL Service Center, 814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park.

Friday, April 25, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
(Special time for teachers only from 3:00 – 5:00 PM)
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 27, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 


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