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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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KDL on WGVU Radio — New Resources

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

lynda_logo3r-d_144xEach 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 Collection Development Librarian Tammy Schneider talk about new resources at KDL, including lynda.com and Beanstack. Tammy also recommends the book Noggin by John Corey Whaley.



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Comics and eBooks Through hoopla!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

hooplaExciting news! Our video streaming service, hoopla, is expanding! Beginning today, hoopla now offers free access to eBooks and Comics. Don’t forget to update your hoopla app so you can enjoy these new formats (unless your device has automatic update, of course). Visit the hoopla site and scroll down to view available eBooks and Comics.

Don’t miss out!

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Clean Reads for All Ages

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Probably no surprise here (considering I’m a librarian) but I was a pretty advanced reader at the age of 11. Another shocker for you is that my mom got a little upset when I came home from my local library with a copy of Go Ask Alice, thinking it might have something to do with Alice in Wonderland. If you’re not familiar with Go Ask Alice, it’s a book about drug addiction that’s definitely inappropriate for an 11-year old, and my mom suddenly realized she had to find advanced reader books that were also appropriate for my age.

Finding appropriate books for your high-level readers is a tough thing to do because they don’t want books with immature, baby-ish subject matter, but they also can’t totally comprehend that really serious subject matter. If you need help finding appropriate books that your kids, tweens and even teens will love, this list might be a good place to start. We have lots of good reading suggestions for all ages on there, and even a few recommended websites you can check out for further suggestions.

And don’t forget to drop into one of our locations and ask your friendly librarian for help, too!

Clean Reads Display

Clean Reads currently on display in the teen area of the Caledonia Branch!

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New Juvenile Booklist: Animal Antics

Monday, May 11th, 2015

If you have a young animal lover in your family, be sure to check out our new booklist Animal Antics! Each of these picture books features animals front and center. With a range from funny to sentimental, and even one with no words at all, there may be a new favorite book here for your young reader!

The Very Cranky Bear     My Bibi Always Remembers     Flashlight

Find more booklists for young readers at KDL Recommends for Kids.

Don’t forget, these would be great reads for 1KB4K!

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Author Marcia Brown Dies at the Age of 96

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

marciabrownWell-known children’s author & illustrator Marcia Brown died last month at the age of 96.  Marcia Brown was one of the few illustrators to win three Caldecott medals.  The first one was in 1955 for Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper, which she translated from Charles Perrault’s version.  The second was for Once a Mouse in 1962 and finally Shadow in 1983, translated and adapted from a Blaise Cendrars poem.  She also won six Caldecott Honors and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for contributions to children’s literature.

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June LibraryReads Staff Picks

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

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. Eight Hundred Grapes: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteEight Hundred Grapes: A Novel by Laura Dave
    “Take your time and savor the family dynamics. Enjoy the romantic twists in this tale of a career-minded young woman circling back to her roots at a California winery. The appeal is broader than that of a romance since it delves into the complexities of various relationships — parent to parent, parents and children, even winery and owner. This is an excellent summer read!”
    Joan Hipp, Florham Park Public Library, Florham Park, NJ

  3. The Truth According to Us: A NovelThe Truth According to Us: A Novel by Annie Barrows
    “It is 1938 in a rural West Virginia town and a young woman arrives to write the town’s history. Layla doesn’t really know what to expect from the town, and the town doesn’t know what to make of her. This is the heart of the South, the soul of small towns, where everyone looks out for you and knows your history. Sweet story tailor-made for fans of Billie Letts, Fannie Flagg, Pat Conroy and Harper Lee.”
    Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX

  5. The Book of Speculation: A NovelThe Book of Speculation: A Novel by Erika Swyler
    “A roller coaster of a read! This is the story of a librarian from a splintered family with a tragic past who is gifted a mysterious book that leads him to dive deep into his family’s history, all while his present life seems to be falling to pieces around him. If you loved Morgenstern’s The Night Circus or Kostova’s The Historian, this is a book for you.”
    Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA

  7. The Little Paris Bookshop: A NovelThe Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel by Nina George
    “Quirky and delightful, Nina George’s book focuses on Jean Perdu, owner of the Literary Apothecary, a floating bookshop. When a new tenant in his apartment building sets in motion events that force Jean to re-evaluate his past, he finds himself floating off down the rivers of France in search of lost love, new love, and friends he didn’t know he needed.”
    Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

  9. The Invasion of the Tearling: A NovelThe Invasion of the Tearling: A Novel by Erika Johansen
    “The Mort are coming! Johansen introduces new characters and enticing bits of history, with the second volume of her intriguing tale of fantasy, mystery and royal politics. Kelsea, the new Tearling Queen, has broken the Red Queen’s treaty and prepares to suffer the consequences as her nation is about to be invaded. Readers will be eager for the final volume in the Tearling saga.”
    Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library, St. Peters, MO

  11. In the Unlikely EventIn the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
    “The obvious ‘unlikely events’ of Judy Blume’s latest — the three plane crashes afflicting Elizabeth, NJ in one horrifying winter — set the framework for everyday unlikely events around love, family, friendship, relating all that can go so wrong, and so right, with all three. Readers will enjoy the period detail and relatable characters that feature in this hybrid domestic/disaster tale.”
    Becky Bowen, Kenton County Public Library, Independence, KY

  13. The Rumor: A NovelThe Rumor: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
    “Elin Hilderbrand has done it again! Grace is married to Fast Eddie, a successful real estate broker on the island. They live with their twin teenage daughters in a beautiful house with three manicured acres overlooking the harbor. Financial troubles, affairs or supposed affairs, teenage angst and shady deals kick the rumor mill on the island in high gear. The Rumor is the ideal beach book for this summer!”
    Claudia Silk, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT

  15. The Precipice: A NovelThe Precipice: A Novel by Paul Doiron
    “When two women go missing while hiking a difficult part of the Appalachian Trail, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch helps in trying to determine where the women were last seen. Mike then discovers there is no shortage of people whose behaviors make them suspicious. With a puzzle that keeps the reader guessing, and a main character that you can’t help but empathize with, The Precipice is another home run for Doiron.”
    Lora Bruggeman, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL

  17. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A NovelMy Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
    “From the author of one my favorite books of last year, A Man Called Ove, this book packs a similar emotional punch at the end, but has some significant differences. It is told from the point of view of Elsa, a seven-year-old child who loves Harry Potter, fairy tales, and her grandmother. Once I stopped trying to make the story fit my adult view of the world and entered into Elsa’s world, I had a whale of a time.”
    Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC

  19. Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate ShipPirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson
    “This is the journey of Tracy Bowden, John Chatterton, and John Mattera as they follow a quest to find the sunken pirate ship named the Golden Fleece. I think anyone would be interested in the treasure of a famous buccaneer, Joseph Bannister. Many people, including me, have dreamed of digging up a treasure chest of gold. What could be more fun than traveling along with treasure hunters to find a lost pirate ship?”
    Linda Payne, Lake Placid Memorial Library, Lake Placid, FL


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


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Children’s Book Week

Monday, May 4th, 2015

cbw-logoIt’s Children’s Book Week, a time to celebrate children’s literature.

According the Children’s Book Week website, “Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.”  Celebrate this week by sharing favorite children’s books with your family and friends.  If you’re looking for some new favorites, be sure to check out some booklists created by awesome KDL staff members.

What are some of your favorite children’s books?




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YALSA 2015 Top Ten Teen Books Nominees

Friday, May 1st, 2015

YALSA has announced the nominees for the Top Ten Teen Books. TeensTopTen_logo_web The list of books come from different teen book groups from around the country.  And teens get to decide on the top ten too.  So start reading now and get ready to vote!  Voting will take place between August 15th & October 18th. Below are the nominees:

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“Tanner ’88” and American politics

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015


Though “Tanner ‘88” is not a brand-new release, and first appeared on cable TV (HBO, to be exact) over 25 years ago, the Criterion Collection edition at Kent District Library is new to our collection, and so merits a review in this space. Directed by Robert Altman, and written by Gary Trudeau of “Doonesbury” fame, “Tanner ‘88” strikes just the right tone of satire and seriousness, and there’s no doubt this is due to Altman and Trudeau’s collaboration.  As anyone who has watched even a handful of Altman’s films would know, his approach was almost always one that didn’t shy away from humor, but that at the same time grappled with serious underlying issues. The “issue” in this case is the nature of the system that produces our American president.  Though filmed (on videotape, thus giving it an even more news-like quality) during the 1988 campaign—ancient history for many people nowadays—the series, produced in 11 half-hour episodes, seamlessly melds footage of real candidates—Bruce Babbitt, Bob Dole and Jesse Jackson–with that of Jack Tanner, a fictional Democratic Congressman from Michigan who is running on a liberal political ticket and juggling numerous crises as he begins in snowy New Hampshire and finishes at the August Democratic convention in Atlanta. Using a documentary approach (there’s even a man with a video camera hovering around the main characters), Altman’s world of primaries and politics is rich in layers, particularly in his typical use of multiple conversations on the soundtrack and his revealing look into the back room maneuvers of political campaigns, including the serendipitous origin of Tanner’s campaign TV ad, shot through the top of a glass coffee table. Ending with the Democratic convention gives the series a thrilling but doomed sense of how things work at such events, and wraps it up in a thoroughly believable, though perhaps heightened, way.

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