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KDL Top Ten — Canning and Preserving

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Top Ten Cooking Can 06-20-2014

This week’s Top Ten gives you a taste of KDL’s hottest books on canning and preserving. Our COOKING CAN Nonfiction section is full of wonderful resources for all experience levels. And if you’re interested in this booklist, don’t miss one of our classes on The Art and Science of Canning!

 


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Great Books on WWII and the Holocaust

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

If you enjoy history, check out these great books at KDL:

 

50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany by Steven Pressman

Based on the acclaimed HBO documentary, the astonishing true story of how one American couple, Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, transported 50 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Austria to America in 1939.

 

The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg

A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now holds Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans—especially Jews like Jacob and his family—are treated like dogs.

 

Hidden Like Anne Frank: True Stories of Survival by Marcel Prins and Peter Henk Steenhuis

Fourteen unforgettable true stories of children hidden away during World War II.

 

 

 


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Ignite Happiness: Summer Reading Booklists for Children

Monday, June 16th, 2014

 the thing about luck sophie scott goes south see me dig 

Ignite happiness this summer with these amazing booklists. The librarians of KDL work hard to connect young readers with the right books to ignite a love of reading that will last a lifetime. Check out these booklists for children of all ages.


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Author and Illustrator Eric Hill Has Died at Age 86

Monday, June 16th, 2014

erichillWell-known author and illustrator of the Spot the Dog series Eric Hill died last week at the age of 86.  Eric Hill started drawing as a teenager and went on to draw comic strips and worked as a designer.  He started making up puppy stories for his young son, publishing his first Where’s Spot? book in 1980.

The series has continued to grow over the years and has been translated into 60 languages.  Spot also has his own animated series.

Check out all Eric Hill’s books here!

 


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KDL Top Ten — Juvenile Audiobooks on CD

Friday, June 13th, 2014

June is Audiobook Month!  To see 10 of the most popular Juvenile Audiobooks on CD at KDL this week, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

Top Ten Juvenile Audiobooks on CD 06-13-2014

 


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Whovian Reads for Teens

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Doctor Who fans – need to escape this summer? Feed your need for travel and adventure by exploring new worlds within the pages of these excellent readalikes, or check out our “If You Like Doctor Who” book list for more great titles.

NobodyNobody
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
SF TEEN BARNES
Fifteen-year-old Claire Ryan has always felt invisible, always lived beyond people’s notice, which causes trouble when she instantly connects with seventeen-year-old Nix, who really can become invisible and has been sent to assassinate her.

 

BZRKBZRK
Michael Grant
BZRK Series
SF TEEN GRANT
In the near future, the conjoined Armstrong twins, under the guise of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, plot to create their own version of utopia using nanobots, while a guerrilla group known as BZRK develops a DNA-based bot that can stop the others, but at risk of the host’s brain.

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar ChildrenMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series
HORROR TEEN RIGGS
After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.

 

VariantVariant
Robison Wells
Variant Series
SF TEEN WELLS
After years in foster homes, seventeen-year-old Benson Fisher applies to New Mexico’s Maxfield Academy in hopes of securing a brighter future, but instead he finds that the school is a prison and no one is what he or she seems.

 

Of course a favorite Whovian pastime is creating fan art and fan fiction.  The exhilaration of adventures in space, time and a blue police box open the imagination to endless possibilities.  What’s the most interesting way you’ve celebrated the Doctor’s adventures?

Share your ideas with us at our Experience Summer Online: Be Creative blog.

 


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Chatting with Michigan Author Kristina Riggle

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Kristina Riggle was delightful yesterday afternoon, answering questions on KDL’s Goodreads Discussion Board. The local author of five novels (including her latest, The Whole Golden World) talked about her novels, her writing process, and about submissions she reviews as a fiction editor for Literary Mama

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

           


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25th Anniversary Book Discussion

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

war and peace

Join us for a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Rockford Friday Afternoon Book Discussion Group by reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.

The most famous and perhaps greatest novel of all time, Tolstoy’s War and Peace tells the story of five families struggling for survival during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. Both an intimate study of individual passions and an epic history of Russia and its people, War and Peace is nothing more or less than a complete portrait of human existence.

The group will be meeting at the Krause Memorial Branch to discuss the book on Friday, September 19, at 1:30 PM, and all are invited.

 

 

 

 


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July LibraryReads Staff Picks

Tuesday, June 10th, 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. LandlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell
    Landline explores the delicate balance women make between work and family, considering the tradeoffs and pain. Rowell has a special gift for offering incredible insights into ordinary life. Never heavy-handed, Rowell’s writing is delivered with humor and grace. I finish all of her books wanting to laugh and cry at the same time — they are that moving. Landline captured my heart.”
    Andrea Larson, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL
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  3. One Plus OneOne Plus One: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
    “A single mom, her math genius daughter, her eye-shadow-wearing stepson, a wealthy computer geek and a smelly dog all get into a car… it sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it’s actually another charming novel from Jojo Moyes. It’s more of a traditional romance than Me Before You, but will also appeal to fans of quirky, hard-working characters. A quick read and perfect for summer.”
    Emily Wichman, Clermont County Public Library, Milford, OH
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  5. The Black HourThe Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day
    “This first novel about two broken people is a psychological thriller like the best of Alfred Hitchcock. Amelia Emmet is a professor desperately trying to recover from a gunshot wound, and Nathaniel Barber is a student struggling to come to grips with his mother’s death and a lost love. Their journey, told in alternating chapters, is riveting and full of surprising discoveries. Highly recommended.”
    Mattie Gustafson, Newport Public Library, Newport, RI
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  7. The Queen of the TearlingThe Queen of the Tearling: A Novel by Erika Johansen
    “The first of a trilogy, this book is so much more than just another fantasy. Yes, there is magic, a princess and a really bad queen, but there is also an apocalyptic twist that makes readers hungry for the next installment. This book caught me from the first page and kept me guessing till the last. A great read!”
    Cindy Stevens, Pioneer Library System, Norman, OK
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  9. Close Your Eyes, Hold HandsClose Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian
    “Thousands of lives are irrevocably changed by a nuclear disaster in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. When her parents are blamed, Emily becomes homeless and her situation, desperate. Told retrospectively, Emily’s story is devastating to read, but her passionate interest in Emily Dickinson comes with flashes of brilliance and a growing acceptance of her past.”
    Kim Storbeck, Timberland Regional Library, Tumwater, WA
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  11. World of TroubleWorld of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III by Ben Winters
    “Still the last policeman, Detective Hank Palace tirelessly pulls together clues from crime scenes and interrogates witnesses to find his missing sister. Winters paints a believable picture of a world awaiting its end thanks to an asteroid on a collision course. A great series for mystery and science fiction lovers, as well as anyone looking for a pre-apocalyptic tale without a single zombie.”
    Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA
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  13. CaliforniaCalifornia: A Novel by Edan Lepucki
    “Driven away from the violence of cities and a crumbling society, Cal and Frida live an isolated existence, struggling to survive on what they grow and forage. When an unplanned pregnancy pushes the couple to search for other people, they discover an unexpected community. This well-written debut is great for apocalyptic fiction fans and fans of realistic, character-driven fiction.”
    Sara Kennedy, Delaware County District Library, Delaware, OH
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  15. DollbabyDollbaby: A Novel by Laura Lane McNeal
    “In this coming-of-age story set in the Civil Rights era, Ibby is dropped off at the home of her eccentric grandmother in New Orleans after the death of her beloved father. Filled with colorful characters, family secrets and lots of New Orleans tidbits, this book will appeal to fans of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt.”
    Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA
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  17. The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper LeeThe Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills
    “A warm and engaging telling of the life story of Harper Lee. Like no other biography, this book offers insights directly from Lee’s point of view as shared with the journalist she and her sister embraced in friendship late in their lives. Informative and delightful!”
    Jan Fisher, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
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  19. Dry Bones in the ValleyDry Bones in the Valley: A Novel by Tom Bouman
    “A body has been found in an elderly recluse’s field, neighbors are fighting over fracking, and meth labs and heroin dealers have settled deep in the woods of Officer Henry Farrell’s Wild Thyme Township. Bouman’s prose reveals not only the beauty of northeastern Pennsylvania, but also abject poverty and despair. A startling debut rich in setting and character with an intricate plot that will stay with readers after the last page.”
    Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

 

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

 


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KDL on WGVU — Summer Reading

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

KrisLynnWGVUEach 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 Youth Services staff Kris Siegel and Lynn Goldberg talk about Summer Reading @ KDL and all the great programs happening this summer! Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 

 

 


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