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Chatting with D.E. Johnson

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

D.E. Johnson was fascinating, informative and funny, answering questions on KDL’s Goodreads Discussion Board. The Michigan author of four historical mystery novels (including his latest, Detroit Shuffle) talked about Detroit after the turn of the twentieth century and about his writing. He also disclosed a little about the next series of mysteries that he is working on!

Check out the chat transcript on our KDL Goodreads Group page.

 

D. E. Johnson           Detroit Shuffle


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August LibraryReads Staff Picks

Tuesday, July 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. One KickLibraryReadsFavoriteOne Kick: A Novel by Chelsea Cain
    “Kick Lannigan survived being kidnapped as a child. Now, at twenty-one, determined never to be a victim again, she has reinvented herself. Martial arts and weapons handling are just a few of the skills she has learned over the years. Kick catches the attention of John Bishop, a mystery man with access to unlimited funds, and together they go after a cabal of child pornographers. A read-in-one-sitting, edge-of-your-seat thriller.”
    Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ
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  3. Lucky UsLucky Us: A Novel by Amy Bloom
    “Is a family the people you are born to, or the people who you find along the way? That’s what Bloom explores in this novel set in pre- and post-WWII Ohio, Los Angeles, New York and Germany. The story follows resourceful Eva, who was abandoned by her mother at an early age, and her sister Iris, an aspiring actress who tries to find love at a time when her kind of love must be secretive. Every character is beautifully drawn, warm, and believable.”
    Kathryn Hassert, Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, Chester Springs, PA
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  5. Heroes Are My WeaknessHeroes Are My Weakness: A Novel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    “Any Susan Elizabeth Phillips novel is going to make it onto my must-read list, but this one is particularly wonderful, and here’s why: she creates, then cheerfully destroys, the romance cliche of the brooding hero with a dark secret who lives in a crumbling mansion and captivates a plucky heroine. The hero is a horror novelist, and the heroine a failed actress-turned-puppeteer. This warm, witty, comedy-drama is a perfect summer read.”
    Donna Matturri, Pickerington Public Library, Pickerington, OH
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  7. Lock InLock In by John Scalzi
    “There’s been a good run of fantasy and science fiction books this year. Joining the list of great fantastical reads is John Scalzi’s Lock In. Scalzi is best known for his military SF (especially the Old Man’s War series), so his latest is a change of pace. A blending of SF and police procedural that hits every note just right.”
    Jane Jorgenson, Madison Public Library, Madison, WI
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  9. The MiniaturistThe Miniaturist: A Novel by Jessie Burton
    “A dollhouse whose figures and furnishings foretell life events, mysterious notes, family secrets and the powerful guild and church of 1686 Amsterdam. All these elements combine for an engaging story of a young bride’s struggle to be the ‘architect of her own fortune.’”
    Elizabeth Angelastro, Manlius Library, Manlius, NY
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  11. Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
    “A horrible act of violence occurs at the Pirriwee Public School’s trivia night fundraiser for parents, but what happened and who was involved? The novel begins six months before that fateful evening and lets us in on the lives of single mother Jane, divorcee Madeline, and Celeste, who secretly suffers from domestic abuse. Big Little Lies is another page-turning read from Moriarty that had me gasping with surprise at the end.”
    Lora Bruggeman, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL
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  13. The Truth about LeoThe Truth about Leo by Katie MacAlister
    “I always adore Katie MacAlister! Her sense of humor is outstanding, and her heroines have real bodies. This is another installment in the delightful historical Noble series, and it doesn’t disappoint. Fans of humor with their romance are sure to enjoy this regency romp.”
    Jessica C. Williams, Westlake Porter Public Library, Westlake, OH
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  15. An Unwilling AccompliceAn Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd
    “Bess Crawford, a courageous World War I battlefield nurse, is faced with another complex mystery. A patient about to receive a high honor from the King manages to disappear on Bess’s watch, sending her life into a tailspin. In order to clear her name, she must find the missing patient and find out why he is now accused of murder. Intelligent and fantastic, just like the others in this series!”
    Monicah Fratena, La Porte County Public Library, La Porte, IN
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  17. The Magician's LandThe Magician’s Land: A Novel by Lev Grossman
    “Even if you haven’t read the first two books in the wonderful Magicians Trilogy, you will enjoy the escapades of Quentin Coldwater. Now 30 years old, Quentin finds himself back at Brakebills, experiencing school from the teacher’s side of the desk. But his adventures are far from over! Although I’m not generally a fantasy reader, I’ve been rooting for Quentin ever since I first picked up this series and am sad to see it end.”
    Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN
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  19. The Story HourThe Story Hour: A Novel by Thrity Umrigar
    “Another beautifully written novel by Thrity Umrigar. A relationship develops between Maggie, a psychologist, and Lakshmi, a troubled Indian woman. As their stories develop, it is hard to figure out which woman does more to impact the other’s life. Highly recommended.”
    Ellen Firer, Merrick Library, Merrick, NY

 

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

 


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KDL on WGVU Radio — LBPH

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Shelley @ WGVUEach 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 LBPH Librarian Shelley Roossien talk about the Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped. Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 

 

 


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And the Share Your Story Winner Is…

Monday, July 14th, 2014

sharestory graphicWow. Just, wow! More than 60 people entered our Share Your Library Story contest and boy, were their stories compelling. A family from Kenya who felt welcomed into their new community via visits to their KDL branch, a school library volunteer who uses KDL resources to serve students better and a number of Storytime families who gave shout-outs to their favorite librarians… just to name a few. We look forward to contacting some of those people and sharing their full library stories with you soon.

And oh, the randomly selected winner of the gift card from Schuler Books & Music is Kelly Mansfield of Caledonia!

Cardholders can always share their library stories with us by filling out the brief form here.

 

 


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Down by the BaySummer is here and it’s time to move music outdoors! Explore the wonderful world around you and find music everywhere. Find a cool spot under a shady tree and listen to the wind blow through the leaves, the birds singing or the sounds of traffic. Do rhythm activities by tapping sticks on fences, garbage cans or sandbox toys. See if children can follow your lead when you count out a rhythm. Call and response songs are a great way to stimulate imagination and practice working with patterns. Try a few rounds of “Down By the Bay,” changing up the rhyme at the end to create silly and entertaining lyrics.  Children repeat each line until the final rhyme.

“Down by the bay (repeat)
Where the watermelons grow (repeat)
Back to my home (repeat)
I dare not go (repeat)
For if I do (repeat)
My mother will say (repeat)
Did you ever see a duck driving a truck
Down by the bay?”

Alternate the underlined words with other rhyming pairs such as a dog chasing a frog or a moose sipping some juice. Use the sights and sounds around you to make up the next line. Challenge your child to come up with sillier or more difficult rhymes. Having fun with words and sounds through singing is a great way to add to your child’s vocabulary and get them ready for reading.

–Sara M. at KDL’s Sand Lake/Nelson Township 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 — Grilling

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Top Ten Cooking Grill 07-11-2014

This week’s Top Ten is good enough to eat! Savor 10 of the most popular books in our COOKING GRILL nonfiction section.


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Read a Good Local Indie Title Lately?

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Mind Your Own BusinessKDL’s Local Indie collection highlights independently published works by local authors & artists. It’s a great way to discover new writers, musicians & filmmakers right in your own back yard.

I recently read Mind Your Own Business by local restaurateur Tommy Brann. He shares anecdotes and advice from more than 40 years in the business. Co-author Brian Van Ochten offers a “side dish” of personal insights in between each chapter.

Brann started out in his father’s restaurant & worked his way up the ladder from dishwasher to busboy to bartender. At age 19 he borrowed money from his dad & purchased his own restaurant, which eventually became a locally renowned chain. Now run by Tommy’s sons, the restaurants continue to be popular with Grand Rapids-area residents.

This book should resonate with anyone who has lived in West Michigan for any length of time. The anecdotes are interesting (and often amusing) and the advice provides basic, down-to-earth guidance and encouragement for anyone starting, or wanting to start, their own business.

Currently the Local Indie collection is housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood Branches, but all of the items may be borrowed system-wide. Try it – you’ll like it!!

 


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Video Love Bomb: Amanda

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Amanda, a voracious user of KDL’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped materials and services, says listening to audiobooks has helped her own writing tremendously:

Drop a library love bomb: Upload a short video of your own to KDL’s Facebook page!

 


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More Ways to Experience Summer!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Have you already completed your 30 days of reading for this summer? Don’t worry – there is much more to do, read and experience! With KDL’s Experience Summer Online anyone can complete activities, read books and attend library programs for more chances to win prizes. This is the perfect program for those who finish the traditional program early or just want some more fun summer reading options. Go to Experience Summer Online to get started!

Ignite Happiness: Summer Reading @ KDL

Ignite Happiness: Summer Reading @ KDL

 


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Author Walter Dean Myers Has Died at Age 76

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Well-known young adult author Walter Dean Myers died Tuesday after a brief illness.  He is the author of more than 100 books for children and teens and has been praised for his realistic writing of African American youth usually in an urban setting.  Walter Dean Myers was the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton award for Lifetime Achievement.  His books also received a number of literary awards including Monster which won the Printz award and Scorpions and Somewhere in the Darkness which both won the Newbery Honor award in 1989 and 1993 respectively.

“I write books for the troubled boy I once was and for the boy who lives inside me still.”

 


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