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A Great Read-Aloud Book

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

herecomestheeastercatLooking for a great book to read aloud to the kids?  Give Here Comes the Easter Cat, written by Deborah Underwood, a try!  It reads like an interview between yourself and a cat, who wants more than anything to be the Easter Bunny.  The cat answers the questions asked by showing pictures.  You will fall in love with this adorable book! 

 

 

 

 


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Congrats, Write Michigan Contest Winners!

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

WriteMichigan-blackKent District Library, Schuler Books & Music and Herrick District Library announce the winners of the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. More than 700 writers from across the state entered the contest: 215 adults, 426 teens and 104 in the youth category.

Winners were chosen by public voting at www.writemichigan.org for the $250 Readers’ Choice award, and by a panel of judges for the $250 Judges’ Choice and $100 Judges’ Choice Runner-up awards. They will be honored at an awards ceremony at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 21 at Schuler Books & Music, 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids. Susan Dennard, author of the young adult series, Something Strange and Deadly, will present the keynote and write the Foreword for the 2015 Write Michigan Anthology, to be published by Chapbook Press.

Read the winning entries here.

ADULT
Judges’ Choice Winner: Fred Thornburg, Owosso
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Kellie VanHorn, Grand Rapids
Readers’ Choice Winner: Ed McKenna, South Lyon
Published Finalists: Kenton Smalley, Shepherd; Troy VanKoevering, Allendale

TEEN
Judges’ Choice Winner: Katrina Haaksma, Comstock Park
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Elle Waldron, Grand Rapids
Readers’ Choice Winner: Mia Parks, Rockford
Published Finalists: Shelby Herschleb, Ada; Catherine Jordan, Grand Rapids; Ashely Nelson, Wyoming

YOUTH
Judges’ Choice Winner: Ayesha Jeddy, Grand Rapids
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Beckett Butler, Grand Rapids
Readers’ Choice Winner: Rachel Lee, Okemos
Published Finalists: Anika Deshpande, Grand Rapids; Graham Ezinga, Byron Center; Ana Wittung, Grand Rapids

Sponsors of the 2014–15 Write Michigan contest include Aquinas College’s Contemporary Writers Series, Meijer and mLive / The Grand Rapids Press.


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Author Colleen McCullough Dies at Age 77

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Author Colleen McCullough, well-known author of The Thorn Birds, died Thursday. She was 77. The Thorn Birds, an Australian saga published in 1977, went on to sell 30 million copies worldwide and inspired a popular 1983 mini-series.

Colleen McCullough published 25 books, including a fictional series set in Ancient Rome that drew some well-known readers. Her final book, Bittersweet, was about four sisters and set in the 1920s. She was dictating a sequel, which isn’t complete, when she died.

 


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ALA 2015 Youth Media Award Winners

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

This is my favorite time of the year, at least for book award announcements!  The ALA Youth Media Award Winners were announced on Monday during the ALA conference in Chicago.  So crossoverwithout further ado, here are the winners:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:giveyouthesun

For a complete listing of all the current and past award winners visit ALA.org.

 


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Genre Derby: Aaaand They’re Off!

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

GenreDerbyLogoTime to pony up in the race where every horse wins!

In Genre Derby, eight of KDL’s adult fiction and nonfiction genres (selected by you!) are represented by a horse. During the derby, nudge your favorite horse past the others by donating toward the purchase of books (print and digital) in your genre of choice. The Derby will continue through the end of February.

 

 

Genre Derby - Fiction

“Jodi PiCOLT” representing Adult Fiction

 

Genre Derby - Classics

“Ernest HemingNEIGH” representing Classics

 

Genrey Derby - Mystery

“STEED Larsson” representing Mystery

 

Genre Derby - Science Fiction Fantasy

“Orson TROT Card” representing
Science Fiction / Fantasy

 

Genre Derby - Biography

“Winston CHURCHILL DOWNS” representing Biography

 

Genre Derby - Cooking

“Betty TROTTER” representing Cooking

 

Genre Derby - Crafts

“Martha STIRRUP” representing Crafts

 

Genre Derby - History

“HALTER Cronkite” representing History

 

 


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Illustrator Margaret Bloy Graham Has Died at 94

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Margaret-Bloy-Graham-300x225Margaret Bloy Graham, the illustrator of Harry the Dirty Dog (written by her ex-husband Gene Zion) and many other books, died last week at the age of 94.

Harry the Dirty Dog was first published in 1956 and is still popular today.  Harry is considered the “canine Dennis the Menace.”  Although best known as an illustrator, Margaret Bloy Graham also wrote and illustrated her own books, including Be Nice to Spiders and Benjy, another dog series.

 

 

 

 


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Local Indie Spotlight: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Release Your Shrouds by Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys

This Michigan band plays bluegrass, except when it’s folk or it’s country or even a little jazzy. They describe their music as “eclectic Americana from the heart of America’s third coast.” Whatever you call it, this CD is a great listen! Lindsay Lou is the lead vocalist and the Flatbellys include Joshua Rilko, Mark Lavengood and PJ George on guitar, mandolin, dobro and more. With their third album, Ionia, in the works, check out this rootsy, harmonizing treat beforehand. You’ll likely pre-order the new release once you do!

Release Your Shrouds is part of the Local Indie @ KDL collection, housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branches. It was created to give independent authors, filmmakers and musicians the opportunity to be added to our shelves and to be featured by staff in order to increase viewers, readers and listeners.

Click here to browse our Local Indie @ KDL collection.


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Teen Science Fiction Books

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

In solidarity of my son’s semester long course on science fiction cinderbooks, here are some of my favorite, recent (besides Firefight) science fiction books.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer:  What I really love about this series is that the author takes Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel and totally gives them a science fiction make-over!  And yes, these would be great books for guys too (ignore the shoe) because there is no simpering princess.  Cinder is actually part alien, part cyborg and is in way over her head.  Scarlet just wants to find out what happened to her grandmother but runs into a whole organization of wolves.  And Cress is just a lost girl who happens to be a genius hacker.  I’m excited to see where the next book takes the characters!

stupidperfectworldStupid Perfect World by Scott Westerfeld is actually a short story eBook, but I am hoping it might expand to more.  In this future world, kids are required to take a Scarcity class that teaches them about how things use to be.  For a final project, everyone in the class most pick an ancient hardship that is no longer in existence, like getting a cold or not using advanced transportation.  Maria decides to experience hormones as a teenager by stopping her hormone treatment and Kieran picks sleeping 8 hours a night, because really, it couldn’t be that bad, right?

 

 

 


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Teen Titles on the Big Screen

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

It happens every time – when a new movie comes out that was based on a book, everyone rushes to get a copy to read. Why not avoid the crowds by reading the books in advance?

Take a look at some of the awesome teen titles that have sold their movie rights and prepare for the satisfaction of saying, “I liked that book before it was a movie.”


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
(Release date: October 14, 2016)

 


Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
(In development, no published release date)

 


Paper Towns by John Green
(Release date: June 19, 2015)

 


Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
(Release date: March 4, 2016)

 


Legend by Marie Lu
(In development, expected release date 2016)

 


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Playing with Pinterest

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Pinterest, for the uninitiated, is like a virtual bulletin board.  When you find something online that you want to save, you can “pin” it and save it for later.  As a social media tool, it allows you to visually discover, collect, share and store pictures and websites that interest you.  Best of all, you can share your “pins” with your friends, and collect ideas from their boards.

I admit, I find myself browsing Pinterest quite often.  More than once I’ve looked up from my computer and realized that I had spent two hours staring at pins of luxurious vacation places I could never afford.  But after a while, I decided to focus on using Pinterest with a purpose–not just to plan imaginary trips.

When I started to browse with a purpose in mind, I found Pinterest helped me discover ideas for educating and entertaining my children.  Suddenly, instead of looking for faraway places to vacation, I was searching for DIY activities for my toddler.  I found a way to construct my own geoboard.  I followed a collection of great read-alouds that I knew my children would all enjoy.  There were early literacy activities to help my preschooler, and great recipes to feed my family.

DIY Geoboard

DIY Geoboard

My virtual bulletin board was growing, my kids were busy creating with shapes and colors, and dinner was in the crockpot!


Follow Kent District Library on Pinterest and engage with our community of ideas.  You’ll be amazed at what you discover.

 


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