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The eBook Everyone is Reading!

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Anatomy of a MisfitJoin millions of readers around the world reading one eBook. As part of Overdrive’s Big Library Read program, we are pleased to offer our patrons unlimited access to the eBook Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes now through October 28. No matter how many KDL patrons are reading or listening to this book, we will have a copy available for you to download — no holds, no waitlists!

In this Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower tale, narrator Anika Dragomir is the third most popular girl at Pound High School. But inside, she knows she’s a freak; she can’t stop thinking about former loner Logan McDonough, who showed up on the first day of tenth grade hotter, bolder, and more mysterious than ever. Logan is fascinating, troubled and off-limits. The Pound High queen bee will make Anika’s life hell if she’s seen with him. So Anika must choose — ignore her feelings and keep her social status? Or follow her heart and risk becoming a pariah. Which will she pick? And what will she think of her choice when an unimaginable tragedy strikes, changing her forever? An absolutely original new voice in YA in a story that will start important conversations — and tear at your heart.

We encourage you to join this global “library book club!” Download the book today!

 


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Fun with Scarves

Fall is a great time to incorporate scarves into music play. The flowing movement of the scarves simulates the movement of leaves floating down from the trees. Trying singing the following song together:

Autumn Leaves (to the tune of “London Bridge”)
Autumn leaves are falling down,
falling down, falling down.
Autumn leaves are falling down,
to the ground.

Red and yellow, orange and brown,
orange and brown, orange and brown.
Red and yellow, orange and brown,
on the ground.

With a scarf in each hand, children can practice swinging their arms in time to the rhythm or act out motions.

Scarves are a good way to combine music with movement.

Give children a dance challenge. Can you dance with the scarf on your head? Your knee? Continue to add body parts as children dance to the music.

Looking for good music to use with scarves? Try “Shake Your Scarves” from The Second Line: Scarf Activity Songs by Johnette Downing or “The Airplane Song” from Laurie Berkner’s Whaddaya Think of That!

— 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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November LibraryReads Staff Picks

Saturday, October 11th, 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 upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. Us: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteUs: A Novel by David Nicholls
    “Every once in a while you stumble upon a book that makes you wish you could meet the characters in real life. This is the case with Us, the poignant story of a middle-of-the-road British family spiraling out of control, and one man’s attempt to win back their love. Quirky, delightful and unpredictable, the novel delves into what makes a marriage, and what tears it apart.”
    Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
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  3. Never Judge a Lady by Her CoverNever Judge a Lady by Her Cover: The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean
    “Having lost her innocence in a teenage love affair, Lady Georgiana is a social pariah. Trying to save the tatters of her reputation, she must marry and marry well. By night, she is Anna, the most powerful madame in London, and a powerful seductress in her own right. Will Georgiana succeed in re-entering society, or will her past catch up with her once and for all?”
    Emily Peros, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO
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  5. Lives in RuinsLives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble
    by Marilyn Johnson
    “Johnson takes a fascinating look at the field of archeology, profiling a number of archaeologists at work. She visits sites as diverse as an army base, Rhode Island, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Peru, but the best part of this book is learning about the archaeologists and their passions. A fun, interesting read that may cause an uptick in field school applications.”
    Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA
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  7. The Burning RoomThe Burning Room by Michael Connelly
    “In this page-turning procedural, the veteran Harry Bosch is paired with a rising star in the cold case department. Bosch may be nearing the end of his service in the LAPD, but he still has many tricks of the trade to pass along to his young partner, who has a personal stake in one of their investigations. Another great entry in the Bosch series.”
    Elizabeth Eastin, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, NY
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  9. Mortal HeartMortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
    “Annith has been forbidden from leaving the convent of St. Mortain, so she breaks the rules to find out why. On her journey, she meets someone unexpected: the leader of the Hellequin, a group of dead souls repenting for their past wrongs and trying to track down those who are left wandering the earth in order to help them cross over. This is the best of all three books!”
    Hannah Berry, Aurora Public Library, Aurora, IL
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  11. The Ship of BridesThe Ship of Brides: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
    “Moyes presents a different take on the war bride novel, telling the story of four Australian women who must travel to their husbands in England at the end of World War II. It is a difficult journey under the best circumstances, but for the 650 brides making the trip, it is almost unbearable. These four are the last of the brides to be shipped out on an aircraft carrier.”
    Ilene Lefkowitz, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ
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  13. The ForgersThe Forgers by Bradford Morrow
    “Narrator Will and Adam Diehl have something in common: they are both forgers, able to produce and sell authentic-looking inscriptions of Arthur Conan Doyle and Henry James’ books. When Adam is found bludgeoned and missing his hands, Will is inevitably drawn into the murder investigation. The clues and horror mount until realization bursts upon the reader at the end.”
    Nancy Russell, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
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  15. In the Company of Sherlock HolmesIn the Company of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon
    edited by Leslie S. Klinger and Laurie R. King
    “A unique, engaging collection of short stories written in honor of Sherlock Holmes. It’s wonderful reading all of the different styles with twists on the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tales, such as a Facebook-type narrative and a story written from the point of view of a horse. Sherlock aficionados will appreciate the whispers of the great detective on every page.”
    Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
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  17. Jane and the Twelve Days of ChristmasJane and the Twelve Days of Christmas: Being a Jane Austen Mystery
    by Stephanie Barron
    “Jane, her sister Cassandra, and her mother are spending Christmas with her brother’s family at Steventon Parsonage. They’re invited to visit the Vyne, where the weather and then a murder (or two) keep them houseguests. Jane’s personality and all of those around her shine throughout this story. I’m now planning to start back at the beginning of the series.”
    Kim Storbeck, Timberland Regional Library, Tumwater, WA
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  19. Mermaids in ParadiseMermaids in Paradise: A Novel by Lydia Millet
    “This delightful book starts out as almost chick-lit, turns into a fantasy adventure, then leads into an underdog heist. The tone reminds me of Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens, with just enough absurdity in a tropical location to keep you on your toes. Protagonist Deb’s husband, Chip, is a total babe (in a nerdy way) and her BFF, Gina, is the best kind of snarky. A highly entertaining read!”
    Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA

 

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

 


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Ominous Beginnings…

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

It’s late at night. The howling wind is scraping the tree tips across your window; shadows are casting gloomy figures that are crawling up your walls. You do the only reasonable thing a young adult would do — beeline it straight for your bed and pull the covers up over your worried, albeit excited adrenaline-filled, head. It’s that time of year again where we all feel a little more uneasy about what’s around the corner. But isn’t it the best! Invite that rush of excitement under that tented blanket of apprehension with one of the following book titles. Here I give you some of the most ominous beginning sentences from teen books…

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“Here is the boy, drowning.”

More Than This by Patrick Ness

 

“My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die.”

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

 

7824322“They took me in my nightgown.”

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

 

“You stop fearing the Devil when you’re holding his hand.”

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

 

“As my bare feet sank into the wet earth, I tried not to think about the dead bodies buried beneath me.”

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

 

24770“The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.”

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

 


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KDL Top Ten — Teen Science Fiction

Friday, October 10th, 2014

View 10 of the most popular Teen Science Fiction titles right now at KDL – click on the link to the Top Ten List!

KDL Top Ten Teen Science Fiction Copy 10-10-2014

Celebrate Teen Read Week, October 12–18!

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2015 Book Lover’s Calendars For Sale

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Book Lover's calendarBook Lover’s Calendars are here!

Are you an avid reader or do you have friends who like to read? Looking for the perfect teacher or hostess gift? Stumped about what to buy the person who has everything?

Here’s the perfect solution! Buy everyone a 2015 Book Lover’s Calendar, and pick one up for yourself as well. Packed with hundreds of great reads, Book Lover’s is the calendar that keeps you reading.

Sponsored by the KDL Alliance of Friends, the 2015 Book Lover’s Page-a-Day Calendar is available for purchase at any KDL branch. Proceeds help support the Kent District Library’s projects and programs.

Calendars are only $7.00!

 


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Write Michigan Contest

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Michelle 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 Assistant Director Michelle Boisvenue-Fox talk about the 3rd Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 

 

 

 

 

 


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KDL Top Ten — Adult Mystery

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

October is Mystery Month! Examine this week’s Top Ten list to discover the most popular Mysteries right now at KDL:

KDL Top Ten Adult Mystery


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October 16: Meet Four Michigan Authors

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Front coverIn our continued efforts to promote home-grown writing talent, we’re introducing seasonal Michigan Authors Nights at four of our branches, where up to five authors with books published in the past 12 months will be able to sign, read and sell their masterpieces.

The inaugural event will be held at our East Grand Rapids Branch (in the City Commission chambers) on Thursday, October 16 from 6:00–8:00 PM. Our first line-up is:

 


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Countablock”

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Countablock by Christopher Franceschelli

Christopher Franceschelli, author of Alphablock, now explores numbers in this fun new counting book. Bright illustrations and thick board pages that are die cut into the shapes of numbers make this count book stand out. Two pages are devoted to each number: the first gives a number of objects and the second shows what those objects become. One acorn becomes one oak tree and two snowmen become two puddles on a sunny day. After number ten, the book starts counting by tens and eventually reaches one hundred. Have fun introducing young children to the names of numbers or counting by tens with older children as you share this book.

— Anjie Gleisner at KDL’s Walker 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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