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Ultimate Beach Reads

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

While it still may be too cold to go in the water past your ankles, we have you covered for shoreline entertainment! Our Summer Reading List is out with ideas for everyone from the future rock star to the history buff.

If page-turning, “whodunit?!” reads are your style, this list of courtroom dramas will fill your beach bag. The only thing more engrossing than these fictional tales are the nonfictional stories on the list of underdogs saving the day against all odds.

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For the graphic novel enthusiasts out there, KDL’s summer choices will keep you company under the beach umbrella. Brush up on your Batman and Superman lore before the next blockbuster hits the theaters!

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They always seem to be from the wrong side of the tracks, don’t they? These teen romance novels share the giddy rush of first love, the power of friendships and the crushing blow of breakups.

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If you are eagerly awaiting the release of Go Set a Watchman, the sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird, bide your time with these societal reflective pieces focusing on racism, relationships and civil rights.

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Always dreamed of trading in your briefcase for a guitar case? Lose yourself in these rock icon biographies, you can almost hear the crowds chanting your name!

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Hot Teen Reads for Summer

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

School’s out for summer, which means you can finally read what you want! Instead of reading Harry Potter or The Hunger Games for the billionth time, try one of these.

red queenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard
SF TEEN AVEYARD
In a world divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities–Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard–a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.
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saint anythingSaint Anything by Sarah Dessen
TEEN DESSEN
Sydney’s charismatic older brother, Peyton, has always been the center of attention in the family but when he is sent to jail, Sydney struggles to find her place at home and the world until she meets the Chathams, including gentle, protective Mac, who makes her feel seen for the first time.
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to all the boys i've loved beforeTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
ROM TEEN HAN
Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hat box until one day those letters are accidentally sent.
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city of savagesCity of Savages by Lee Kelly
SF TEEN KELLY
After the Red Allies turn New York City into a POW camp, two sisters must decipher the past in order to protect the future.
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under a painted skyUnder a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
HIST TEEN LEE
In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American, and Annamae, an African American slave, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California.
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a court of thorns and rosesA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
SF TEEN MAAS
Feyre is captured by Tamlin, a High Lord of the faeries. As her feelings toward him transform from hostility to a fiery passion, the threats against the faerie lands grow. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose Tamlin forever.
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the winner's curseThe Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
SF TEEN RUTOSKI
An aristocratic girl who is a member of a warmongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart.
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we should hang out sometimeWe Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story by Josh Sundquist
BIOGRAPHY TEEN SUNDQUIST
The Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker documents his coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor and his efforts to investigate past dates gone wrong to discover why he was still single.
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5 Books to Read Before the Movies Come Out

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

It’s going to be a good year for books on the big screen! 2016 will see a flood on novels turned into movies spanning all ages and genres according to Movie Insider.

Chick Lit becomes a Chick Flick when How to Be Single by Liz how to be singleTuccillo hits the silver screen in February.

Jane Austen’s classic gets a monster makeover in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the parody created by Seth Grahame-Smith due in February.  ppz

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs has Eva Green as the title character and bills Dame Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson among the cast. Look for the film in early March.  mphfpc

The final installment of the Divergent series, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, will be split into two movies, the first estimated to be released in mid-March.

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April will get a little wilder when The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling hits the big screen again. With actors like Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o reportedly voicing animals, this children’s film is sure to appeal to adults as well. jb


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Teen Hero books

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

The Summer Reading theme is all about celebrating heroes so inpowerless addition to the all the great reading choices available, here is another NEWLY released book to check out:

Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs is about a teenager named Kenna who works in a secret lab for actual superheroes.  Not only that, her father was a hero who was killed by a villain.  But unfortunately, Kenna doesn’t have any powers of her own.  Then one night when Kenna is working in the lab, a group of villains break in and change Kenna’s perspective for ever!

I really liked the humor and the twists of this story.  Luckily for me, there is the first in a series!


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Book Club in a Bag – Check It Out

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Were you aware that the Kent District Library has over 200 Book Club in a Bag titles available for your book group? The bags come with 12 to 14 copies of each title, along with questions specific to each title to help stimulate your group’s discussion. The titles in this collection are hand-picked and are all appropriate for a book discussion, but here are a few of particular interest. Titles may be reserved by contacting Ali Kuchta at 616-784-2016 x2179 or akuchta@kdl.org.

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Spare, luminous, and poetic, Stoner is the story of a man’s lifelong passionate love affair with literature. Readers may take wildly different views of the protagonist, making this overlooked classic a great book for discussion.

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One day Harold steps out to take a letter to the postbox, and keeps walking. And walking. What starts out as a simple trip to the postbox turns into a spiritual journey of self-discovery, and the adventures he has along the way and the people he encounters make for a great story.  Groups will find much to discuss in this ultimately redemptive adventure.

Individual readers and groups alike will find much to love in this epistolary novel set on the Isle of Guernsey during the German occupation, when the island was completely cut off from the United Kingdom for duration of the war.

 


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Summer Reading Starts Today!

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Celebrate HeroesCelebrate Heroes! Today is the first day of Summer Reading at KDL, so stop by your local branch and sign up for a summer of reading, programs and prizes! With separate programs for babies, kids, teens and adults, the whole family can get in on the fun.

Don’t forget to check out all the FREE programs and activities listed in the KDL Events Calendar!

A huge thank you goes out to Consumers Energy for sponsoring Summer Reading at KDL!


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“Last days in Vietnam”

Friday, May 29th, 2015

 

 

The Vietnam war—or “conflict”, as some call it—continues to be one of the most controversial wars this country has fought, and there’s no doubt of its historical resonance when our most recent fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan is repeatedly compared to it, for better or worse. The topic of the war divides people still, but a new documentary, “Last days in Vietnam” is sure to bridge at least some of the divide, if only because it steers clear of the causes of that conflict and instead focusses on the heroics of those who were there at the end, in 1975, when the Communist Vietcong forces reached Saigon, the capital of what was then South Vietnam.  Nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary, “Last days” is a stirring, gripping retelling of the panic, fear, indecision and heroism that gripped Saigon as its fall became imminent. As the film makes clear, the unwillingness of Congress to send more money to the anti-Communist south played a large role in the inability of the South Vietnamese to defend themselves any further from the Vietcong. Was there a certain war-weariness that gripped them as well? Possibly. Whatever the case, the film shows us how the Americans still on the ground (and at sea) stepped up to the plate and did what they could for the thousands of South Vietnamese who, because they had allied themselves with the U.S., knew their lives were in mortal danger if they were caught by the invaders. Rushing and overwhelming the U.S. Embassy, the Vietnamese were ferried by helicopter and boat out of the country—an operation that involved continuous flying for some pilots of over 18 hours. “Last days” is one of those films where one is tempted to utter that “truth is stranger than fiction”—so dramatic are some of the stories told here. I highly recommend watching the longer (120 min.) version of this moving and revelatory documentary.

 


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Teen Poetry Contest: 11 Exceptional Entries

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

PoetryKDL’s 12th annual Teen Poetry Contest was a great success thanks to all the talented teen poets out there. This year, about 150 poems were submitted. Library staff reviewed the poems and narrowed down the entries, submitting them to Poet G.F. Korreck for final analysis. Eleven exceptional poems were selected.

Congratulations to the recognized poets!

  • 5 Years and Counting by Marla Soto
  • Admiral’s Arch by Jonathan Boakes
  • Director’s Cut by Allison Davey
  • Exposed by Brianne Kerr
  • her by Gabby Jansma-Skinner
  • Little Green Drug by Syd Langeweg
  • Penelope by Melissa Soto
  • Return to Where I’m From by Echo Oliver
  • Summer Nights by Rachel Heywood
  • twenty five over fifty five by Joseph Felkers
  • Broccoli by Sydney Vo

We would like to extend a special thanks to our judge, G.F. Korreck. We appreciate his expertise and his willingness to judge our contest this year.

Korreck said:

“I am not comfortable with the term “winner,” especially when it comes to reading poetry. There are so many ways to read a poem, so many ways it can touch someone. The proof, the value of any poem is to what degree it engages a reader, whether it challenges, makes the reader perhaps a bit uncomfortable, enlightens, stirs, awakens. It wasn’t easy selecting 11 poems. All had merit. I was impressed by the range of topics and the ambitious efforts of the writers.”


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Plan Your Summer Travels

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Summer vacation will be here soon, and many of us will be hitting the road (or the air) for destinations near and far. Did you know that KDL regularly adds updated versions of popular travel guides to its collection? You can check out DK, Fodor’s, Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, Moon, Rick Steves, and other popular guide series. Many of these guides are available in an ebook version as well.

Another way to travel is by “armchair.” Travel memoirs are one of the most popular non-fiction genres. You can take a trip to France, the Amazon jungle, or Antarctica from the comfort of your home. It’s almost as good as being there! For a few suggestions to get you started click here. And finally, try reading a novel set in a far-away location to get the feel of living and traveling abroad. Check out of few of these suggestions.

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New Adult Booklist: Magical Realism

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Looking for a read with a just a hint of the fantastical and still grounded in the reality we know? Something with the tiniest bit of magic, but no magic wands or elves or epic journeys into the heart of evil? Check this booklist featuring Magical Realism featuring these titles and more:

Get in Trouble: Stories       The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac: A Novel       She Weeps Each Time You're Born: A Novel

Look for something a different? Check out other booklists over at KDL Recommends.

Other new booklists:

It’s the End of the World as We Know It!


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