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Give New Life to Old Books

Monday, June 15th, 2015

If spring cleaning left you with a pile of unwanted books, instead of tossing them out, try these crafts to extend their lifespans.

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Say goodbye to fumbling with charging cords on night stands! With a little slicing and dicing, turn a hardcover favorite into a cellphone docking station.

 

 

pic 2If you are drill savvy, turn a stack of oldies into a new lamp base. Word to the wise, this is not for the first time DIY-er.

 

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Perfect for a themed dinner, creating your own table runner from old pages is a conversation starter for sure!

 

 

This novel idea turns hardcover books into planters for small plants. Succulents and cacti are ideal because of how little water they require.

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For those who love repetition, here’s a craft you can do while binge-watching your favorite series. Create a beautiful rose wreath by rolling the pages of old books into buds.

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July LibraryReads Staff Picks

Saturday, June 13th, 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. Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteKitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal
    “This novel is quirky and colorful. The story revolves around chef Eva Thorvald and the people who influence her life and her cooking. With well-drawn characters and mouthwatering descriptions of meals, Kitchens of the Great Midwest will appeal to readers who like vivid storytelling. Foodies will also enjoy this delicious tale.”
    Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ
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  3. Circling the Sun: A NovelCircling the Sun: A Novel by Paula McLain
    “I couldn’t stop reading this fascinating portrayal of Beryl Markham, a complex and strong-willed woman who fought to make her way in the world on her terms. McLain paints a captivating portrait of Africa in the 1920s and the life of expats making their home there. Highly, highly recommended.”
    Halle Eisenman, Beaufort County Library, Hilton Head, SC
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  5. Kiss MeKiss Me by Susan Mallery
    “As always, Ms. Mallery has given us a fantastic read. As soon as I pick up her titles, I can’t put them down until I have finished them. They are feel-good, heartwarming — I need more synonyms. I love seeing all the previous characters, the friendships and families that have formed since Chasing Perfect came out five years ago. Thanks, Ms. Mallery, for another amazing read.”
    Jenelle Klavenga, Marshalltown Public Library, Marshalltown, IA
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  7. Second Chance SummerSecond Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis
    “I loved this book, a perfect start to the newest series by Jill Shalvis. It contains the same humor, heart and heat that we’ve come to expect from this author. It should be on every romance reader’s summer reading list.”
    Carole Tossman, Howard County Library System, Columbia, MD
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  9. Speaking in Bones: A NovelSpeaking in Bones: A Novel by Kathy Reichs
    “This book lives up to the expectations we have for Kathy Reichs. A compelling and dangerous mystery, lots of medical details, and good characterization make this a title that will be easy to recommend!”
    Leslie Johnson, Jefferson County Public Library, Lakewood, CO
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  11. Those GirlsThose Girls by Chevy Stevens
    Those Girls follows the lives of the Campbell sisters. After running away from their alcoholic father, they find themselves caught in a worse situation when they are kidnapped. As events spiral out of control, they manage to escape and create new lives. This is a tale that will captivate readers and show just how strong the bond between family members can be.”
    Annice Sevett, Willmar Public Library, Willmar, Minnesota
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  13. Maybe in Another Life: A Novel Maybe in Another Life: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    ““Hannah Martin has just moved back to LA after ending a relationship. Her best friend, Gabby, takes her out to a bar on her first night home. Enter Ethan, the One Who Got Away, and suddenly, Hannah has to decide if she’ll leave with Ethan or Gabby. We follow Hannah after choosing both options, alternating chapters to explore the consequences of each. A must for anyone who loves a hankie with their books!”
    Tracy Babiasz, Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill, NC
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  15. Crooked Heart: A NovelCrooked Heart: A Novel by Lissa Evans
    Crooked Heart is a rewarding, addictive read. Orphaned ten-year-old bookworm Noel, sent away to rural St. Albans, finds himself under the reluctant guardianship of Vee, aka Mrs. Vera Sledge. Amidst a chaotic background of bombings and uncertain futures, Vee and Noel gradually form a powerful bond. I recommend this darkly humorous, honest, and complex story. It is book club heaven.”
    Janet Schneider, Oceanside Library, Oceanside, NY
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  17. Love Lies Beneath: A NovelLove Lies Beneath: A Novel by Ellen Hopkins
    “An intriguing tale of sex, romance and deception. Tara is a brilliant, sexy forty-something. She’s enjoying being single until Cavin, a handsome doctor, enters her exam room. They have a hot and steamy romance but there is much, much more to this story. Ellen Hopkins commands each word on the page from her prose to verse.”
    Laura Hartwig, Meriden Public Library, Meriden, CT
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  19. Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/DayGood and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown
    “Wow! This is a great looking book. Great for beginners with its details about ingredients and kitchen tools. Best of all, each recipe is made from ingredients that most everyone has; there were only two ingredients in the whole book that I don’t own. This book is just what my doctor ordered, literally. I am a basic cook and like simple and tasty. This book is OUTSTANDING!”
    Nancy Chalk, Charlton Public Library, Charlton, MA

 

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

 


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Summer Reading Featured on WOTV 4

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Summer Reading at KDL is in full swing! Maranda from WOTV  visited the Byron Township Branch to promote all the excitement. Check out this fun segment!


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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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KDL on WGVU Radio — Summer Reading Club 2015

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Each 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 Kristin Siegel, Youth Librarian at our East Grand Rapids Branch, and Lynn Goldberg, Teen Paraprofessional at our Plainfield Township Branch, share the details on the KDL Summer Reading Club and the prizes that children can expect for participating. There’s also plenty of programs for teens and adults. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Heroes.”

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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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