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Gone Girl is Back!

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Gone GirlGillian Flynn’s Gone Girl was the book that friends told their friends to read in 2012 and 2013. Now the book is flying off the shelves again, because the movie just finished a successful run in theaters and the DVD is coming out this month. The book is well-written, descriptive, psychological and full of thrilling plot twists. It centers around a wife who is missing and the husband who is under a cloud of suspicion.

The movie stars Ben Affleck and is directed by David Fincher. As far as movie adaptations go, it is a very good summary of the book, and the author wrote the screenplay.

 

 

 


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New (More!) Branch Hours Start Today!

Monday, January 5th, 2015

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At the request of KDL customers and our municipal partners, and thanks to the generosity of KDL voters, the library will be delivering on our millage promise of offering more convenient hours at all our locations. Starting Monday, January 5, KDL is offering a total of 56.5 more open hours spread across 15 branch locations. The remaining three KDL branches — Alpine, Caledonia and Spencer townships — got additional hours in September. Click here to see new hours as of today.


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Great News for DVD Watchers!

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

DVDs2015 brings good news for all our patrons who check out DVDs from their local KDL branch! Previously, fines on certain DVDs were $1.00 a day. Fines for all DVDs are now 15 cents a day. Also, we have heard from many of you that you can’t get through a TV series DVD in just 1 week. We understand! We have now extended the loan period for DVDs of TV series to 3 weeks.

Happy New Year!

 

 


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Holiday Closing — New Year’s Day

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Kent District Library will be closed Thursday, January 1 for the New Year’s holiday. In addition, all branches will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve). We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, January 2. For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy New Year!
Happy New Year

 

 


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New Adult Booklists

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

The holidays are approaching and winter seems to be here. Sounds like a good time to find a new read from the latest KDL booklists. Check out the links below:

To see these booklists as well as many other recommended reads, be sure to check out the KDL Recommends section on our website.
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Holiday Closing — Christmas Eve & Day

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The Kent District Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays Wednesday & Thursday December 24–25. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, December 26. For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

 

We appreciate your patronage and wish you Happy Holidays!

 

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Children’s Author Norman Bridwell Died Last Friday

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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The well-loved children’s author and illustrator, Norman Bridwell, has died at the age of 86. Of course, Norman Bridwell’s most memorable character is Clifford the Big Red Dog. Clifford was introduced in 1963 and has over 150 titles as well as an animated television series.

There will be two new titles released in 2015, Clifford Goes to Kindergarten and Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah.

 


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Teen Fiction and the New Fairy Tale

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Fairy tales are still around for a reason. They provide us with excellent heroes and heroines, exciting adventure, mystical magic, dastardly villains and maybe a little romance. Plenty of teen fiction writers are up to the challenge of keeping the genre fresh, giving the traditional tale a tempting twist.

Stitching SnowEverybody knows the story of Snow White, but you probably haven’t heard it like this before. R.C. Lewis’ Stitching Snow takes place on the planet Thanda, where the temperatures are always sub-zero. Princess Snow is missing, and the kingdom is near war. Essie, our heroine, is a programmer who controls seven loyal drones that work the local mines, and she’s about to get much closer to the war than she ever thought possible. When a ship crash lands near the mines, questions begin to pile up. Essie’s decisions could lead to peace or tragedy; and it may start with the decision to find her true home.

Cruel BeautyThe twists continue as we head into the ever-popular Beauty and the Beast (a personal favorite). Our beauty in Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty is not your typical “Belle.” For one, Nyx’s father is far from a friend. Nyx has been betrothed to the evil lord Ignifex since birth, a bad bargain by the hands of her father. But she isn’t going down easily. Sure, she’ll marry him—with the goal of ultimately assassinating him. Cruel Beauty flips good and evil on its head. Nyx must kill her Beast in order to save her people, but what of her charming enemy’s secrets? The enchanted castle will claim another victim.

Stolen SongbirdFairy tales also give us wonderful creatures, even if they happen to have human-like qualities. Think you know about trolls? Think again. In Danielle L. Jensen’s Stolen Songbird, the strong-willed Cecile is kidnapped, brought under the mountains and sold to the troll king. To break the curse that a witch placed long ago, Cecile must marry the prince.  When the wedding fails to break the curse, Cecile is stuck in their dreary world, but entranced by their knowledge and the prince’s treasonous plans. Magic and politics collide, and we get a new take on the monster beneath the mountain.

Poisoned AppliesIf you’re looking for a quick fix for your fairy tales, try Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann. This collection takes the fairy tales you know and puts them alongside the life of the modern teenage girl. Much like Grimm’s original tales, it may not be so happily ever after. However, each poignant poem looks at the beauty and the beast: how girls are taught to think about themselves. From funny to dead serious, these bite-sized tales are reminiscent of Laurie Halse Anderson and Ellen Hopkins.

Fairy tales are being rewritten over and over because we love them. There are plenty more literature remixes than listed here, offering dozens of stories from classic to science fiction. Take a fresh look at where your favorite princes and princess stand. Whether good or evil, the magic of the fairy tale has never been more charming.


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New Teen Booklist: Paranormal

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Looking for a new spine-tingling new book to curl up with on a chilly winter night? Perhaps one featuring vampires, werewolves, or even the Grim Reaper? Check out this new booklist featuring great paranormal teen titles, with these books and more!

Croak      Raised by Wolves       Claire de Lune

Check out more booklists in KDL Recommends for Teens!

 


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January LibraryReads Staff Picks

Monday, December 15th, 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. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel LibraryReadsFavoriteAs Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel
    by Alan Bradley
    “After the unexpected recovery of her mother’s body brings the de Luce’s family secrets to light, Flavia’s life is turned upside down. Now on her way to a Canadian boarding school, she must survive her first term — and more importantly, uncover the mystery of a corpse found in her dorm room chimney the night she arrives. A delightful installment in the series!”
    Lizzie Gall, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI
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  3. The Rosie EffectThe Rosie Effect: A Novel by Graeme Simsion
    “Don Tillman and Rosie are back again, and they’ve relocated to New York. Rosie is continuing her studies, while Don is teaching and even adding to his small circle of friends. But when Rosie announces that she is pregnant, Don is once again out of his depth. What follows are crazy situations that could only happen when Don is involved. Funny and heartwarming.”
    Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, CT
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  5. The Magician's Lie: A NovelThe Magician’s Lie: A Novel by Greer Macallister
    “Arden is a famous illusionist whose show involves sawing a man in half, but one night, she grabs an axe instead of a knife and her husband is found dead under the stage. Can Arden, an expert at deception, get away with murder — or is she really innocent? Recommended to anyone who likes historical fiction, strong women characters, and surprisingly twisty plots.”
    Paula Jones, Brockton Public Library, Brockton, MA
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  7. The Girl on the Train: A NovelThe Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
    “Rachel is a washed-up thirty-something who creates a fantasy about the seemingly perfect couple she sees during her daily train ride into London. When the woman goes missing, Rachel manages to insert herself into the investigation of the woman’s disappearance. In the vein of Gone Girl, this dark psychological thriller is fast-paced and features some very unreliable narrators.”
    Andrea Larson, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL
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  9. Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown
    “After reading Red Rising, I was looking forward to seeing more of the politics of this world. Darrow has infiltrated the Golds and works to bring them down from the inside, end their tyranny, and free his people. There’s so much political drama and action. Brown does a wonderful job describing it all through Darrow’s eyes. It’s exhausting, thrilling, and heartwrenching!”
    Nita Gill, Brookings Public Library, Brookings, SD
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  11. The Dress Shop of Dreams: A NovelThe Dress Shop of Dreams: A Novel by Menna van Praag
    “Tidy, romantic, and fine escapism. All the characters here have interesting back stories: Cora is believable as a no-nonsense gal trying to rebuff sweet Walt’s advances, and Etta is someone I’d like to meet in real life. Reminiscent of Love Actually and P.S. I Love You, this cute little book is recommended to readers who want to be charmed by the possibilities of love.”
    Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA
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  13. The Bishop's WifeThe Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
    “As a practicing Mormon, I felt Harrison did a great job of detailing Mormon culture and doctrine without evangelizing. I appreciated that the bishop is a good man, and the bishop’s wife is a woman who has been through her own struggles. The bishop’s wife sometimes can barely keep up with all the drama and mysteries around her. But she does, and does it quite well under the circumstances. This is a rather brave book.”
    Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA
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  15. Vanessa and Her Sister: A NovelVanessa and Her Sister: A Novel by Priya Parmar
    “Told uniquely as part diary, part epistolary novel, Parmar focuses on the relationship of Vanessa (later Bell) and Virginia (later Woolf) Stephens, one filled with unspoken jealousy and a fierceness of love that will ultimately destroy their kinship. This well-researched novel with gorgeous prose brings the characters to life with a unique perspective.”
    Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ
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  17. First FrostFirst Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
    First Frost is a great continuation of the stories of sisters Claire and Sydney, and Sydney’s teenage daughter, Bay. Each of the Waverlys has their own somewhat supernatural gift, and all of them struggle with issues of identity and family. As with Allen’s previous works, this novel will appeal to fans of Alice Hoffman and readers who enjoy family stories that are not overflowing with angst and drama.”
    Lauren Mitchell, Pima County Libraries, Tucson, AZ
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  19. Full Throttle (Black Knights Inc.) Full Throttle (Black Knights Inc.) by Julie Ann Walker
    “Readers can always count on Walker to deliver a suspenseful, action-packed read, and she delivers on all counts. However, it isn’t the heart-pounding adventure that makes this a fabulous story — it’s the characters. Abby and Steady, college friends who were torn apart by a mutual loss, have great chemistry. Walker has created a complete and suspenseful narrative.”
    Vanessa Gempis, Dallas Public Library, Hampton-Illinois Library, Dallas, TX

 

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

 


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