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Great Booklists for Teens and Tweens

Friday, March 28th, 2014

In case you missed any, KDL has a booklist for the Best Teen Books of 2014.  This includes a variety of stand-alones as well as series books, including The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black and This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.  There is also a Great Books for Tweens list which includes Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein.

And not to leave out the artists, KDL has a booklist featuring Drawing Books for Teens which features superhero and manga art!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown       Out of My Mind        How to Draw Superheroes


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Great Reads for Spring Break!

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Cool Books for Teens at Carver County Library

Spring Break is coming soon!!

Get ready by checking out some of the best teen books of 2014!

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Great Cottage Reads

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

cottageThe Cottage and Lakefront Living Show is coming to the DeVos Place March 28–30. Since so many of you will be thinking about your upcoming trips to the lake, we wanted to recommend some books to take along. We have created a list of Books for the Cottage, perfect for reading with your feet in the sand!



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Sonia Nazario Discussion

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Monday night, the members of Kent District Library’s Goodreads Group were privileged to chat online with author Sonia Nazario. Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey, talked about the human face of immigration policy. Visit the group to read her comments. We all look forward to her visit to the Wyoming branch on Monday, March 31 at 6:30 PM.

Sonia Nazario                       Enrique's Journey


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New Teen Booklists For Manga and Graphic Novel Readers

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

If you LOVE Graphic Novels & Manga, look no farther!  KDL has some great booklists for newbies or if you are just looking for something different.  Teen graphic novels are about More Than Just Superheoes.  Check out other great graphic novels like Drama by Raina Telgemeier.  If you enjoy Manga series, check out the Manga series booklist featuring Black Butler and other great series.  And don’t forget that we also have Anime movies for you to enjoy!

drama      blackbutler      fullmetal


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KDL on WJRW — Melissa DeWild

Monday, March 24th, 2014

WJRWRecently, we announced that our Collection Development Manager Melissa DeWild won a national award from Library Journal. This morning, Melissa went on WJRW to talk about her award, career and exciting library projects she is working on.


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Say Hello Like This”

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Say Hello Like ThisSay Hello Like This! by Mary Murphy

Dogs, cats, chickens and even donkeys have their own way of saying “hello” in this colorful picture book. Each page has a half-flap to lift, revealing how animals greet one another in their special way. Ask your child which animal has the funniest hello, and pretend you are that animal. Can you think of an animal not pictured in the book that says hello in a unique way? Playing pretend is a great way to practice language skills and gets your child ready to read!

– Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield 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 Top Ten — Michigan Travel

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Click on this week’s Top Ten list to view 10 of the most popular Michigan Travel books at KDL!

Top Ten Michigan Travel 03-21-2014

Do you have a favorite nearby destination for spring break fun? Please share your ideas with us!

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Sip and Learn about Caffeine

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

As the last chill of snow swirls away in the gust of March winds, many will reach for a cup of coffee to revive them. It is no wonder that March is Caffeine Awareness Month, and that the daily craving enhances the mood and personality of those who endulge in a hot coffee. To understand the influence of this hot beverage on human cravings, what better book to read than Starbucked or The Daily Fix.

Starbucked     The Daily Fix       A Cup of Friendship       Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty

Both of these books will delve into the tale of caffeine, routines,slumps, culture, and the commerce of coffee.

For even more interesting tidbits on coffee, take a grind at who first introduced coffee to the world. Legend has it that goats enjoyed eating the berries, and the caffeine buzz made them dance! If that doesn’t bring a smile to your face, sit back and read A Cup of Friendship or Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty.  All in all, take a moment to enjoy a cup of joe, and welcome spring as it bursts forth this month.


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Take a Trip with Some of My Favorites

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

The best books immerse you in another time and place — and soon you don’t want to leave. Take a trip with six of my favorite titles!

The Forstye Saga                                     Birdsong                              Mrs. Bridge

1. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy (1880s–1920s England)

This beloved trilogy follows three generations of the Forsyte family through the Victorian, Edwardian and WWI eras. Experience their love affairs, greed, passion, jealousy and loyalty against the background of wider societal changes. Then watch the BBC series.

2. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks (1910–1930 France)

A steamy but thwarted love affair leads young Stephen to the trenches of WWI.  Unforgettable.

3. Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell (1930s Kansas)

This lightly mocking (and funny) sympathetic satire depicts the perfect upper-class American wife and mother. But who is she really, and is she happy? No one has any idea. Connell later published Mr. Bridge so her husband could have his say.

Pied Piper                                     What Is the What                                   Doomsday Book

4. Pied Piper by Nevil Shute (1945 France)

The gripping story of an elderly man who is persuaded to escort a group of small children across Nazi-occupied France.

5. What Is the What by Dave Eggers (Sudan and USA)

This epic tale of unbelievable courage and optimism follows the true story of Valentino Achak Deng, a Lost Boy of Sudan who was forced to leave his village at age 7 and walk across the deserts of three countries, eventually gaining refuge in the United States. Expect to be engrossed, and to learn a lot. It’s moving, suspenseful and sometimes unexpectedly funny.

6. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (2048 and 1348 England)

It’s the year 2048, and Kivrin’s studies in history require her to travel to the era she is researching — in this case, 14th-century Europe.  Unfortunately, a little glitch in the system lands her in England on the eve of the Black Plague. This book is our family favorite — fascinating and also hilariously funny.  The author has other time travel books that are almost as awesome.


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