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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

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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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One eBook, No Holds

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Pedigree to Die ForJoin millions of readers around the world reading one eBook. As part of Overdrive’s Big Library Read program, we are pleased to offer our patrons unlimited access to the eBook A Pedigree to Die For by Laurien Berenson June 3 through 18. No matter how many KDL patrons are reading this eBook, we will have a copy available for you to download — no holds, no waitlists!

Book Description: When her uncle, a kennel owner, dies of an apparent heart attack, Melanie Travis is talked into investigating. She learns that the only clue is a missing pedigreed poodle, a situation that has Melanie hounding Connecticut’s elite.

We encourage you to join this global “library book club!”



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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute — The Sounds of the Season

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Baby Einstein Baby BachSpring gives us gentle breezes and gusting winds. It’s a great time of the year to talk about sounds and music in nature.

Talk about the songs birds sing, and point out the way the wind blows the trees. Ask children to sway like a tree when they listen to music. Use scarves and ribbons to wave through the air like a kite in the wind.

Listen to the sound of the wind as it blows. Try to mimic the whistling sound by blowing over a bottle top. Have children try too. To improve this skill, have children practice blowing lots of bubbles.

Orchestral instruments often imitate sounds from nature in classical music. Which parts of the music sound like rain and wind? Do the bass drums sound like thunder?

Enjoy KDL’s collection of classical children’s music and talk about how weather is depicted in the music with children.

–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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Movie Night?

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Check out these favorites from the staff at the Krause Memorial Branch in Rockford:

Blast from the Past

After being raised in a bomb shelter for 35 years by his parents, Adam emerges into the modern world of Los Angeles.





Gone with the Wind

Scarlett O’Hara, the daughter of a wealthy southern plantation owner, must learn to adapt when the Civil War hits the South. Of course, Rhett Butler does not make things any easier.





Imitation of Life

In the search for success as an actress, Lora neglects her daughter, while the daughter of her black housekeeper repudiates her mother by trying to pass for white.





Rear Window

While watching his neighbors through the windows of the building next door, a wheelchair-bound photographer becomes convinced one of them has been murdered. Is it just his imagination? Or a case of a room with a view… to die for?




The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

When his job, along with that of his coworker, are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.




Despicable Me 2

Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. An all-new comedy adventure featuring the return of former super-villain Gru, his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions, and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.





Metro Man constantly thwarts Megamind’s plans to conquer Metro City — until the day he actually defeats Metro Man. Suddenly the fate of Metro City is threatened when a new villain arrives and chaos runs rampant, leaving everyone to wonder if the world’s biggest “mind” can actually save the day?




The Silence of the Lambs

When FBI agent Clarice Starling is assigned a case involving a monstrous serial killer, she seeks counsel from an imprisoned cannibalistic psychiatrist, Dr. Hannibal Lector, whose fascination with the young woman is as great as his hunger for murder.





Toy Story

Woody is a pull-string cowboy doll and is the leader of the toys until the latest, greatest action figure, Buzz Lightyear, enters the picture. When the toy rivals are separated from their owner, they learn to put aside their differences and work as a team to get back home to the boy they love.





When the distribution price of newspapers rises in 1899 New York, the newsboys organize a strike led by Jack “Cowboy” Kelly and David Jacobs.





The Sound of Music

As Nazism takes over Austria, a governess and a widowed father fall in love and escape the country with his large family of musically-talented children.





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New Adult Booklists

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

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Looking for a good read to kick off the summer? Check out some of the new booklists we’ve put together:

For these booklists and more, be sure to check out the KDL Recommends page.


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KDL Top Ten — Children’s Picture Books

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Summer Reading @ KDL is underway!  This week’s Top Ten shows off 10 of our most popular Children’s Picture Books:

Top Ten Children's Picture Books 06-06-2014

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New Teen Booklists

Thursday, June 5th, 2014
KDL’s summer reading program has started, so be sure to check out all of our great bookmarks for reading ideas!  New for June is a list of mostly fiction Teen books dealing with bullying. And the other new list is Teen Summer Squeeze, featuring books with a little bit of romance or friendships.


period8       deadends       mylifenext       aristotleanddante


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Summer Reading @ KDL Starts Today!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Ignite-Orange_jpgIgnite Happiness! Today is the first day of Summer Reading @ KDL, so stop by your local branch and sign up for a summer of reading, programs and prizes! With separate programs for babies, kids, teens and adults, the whole family can get in on the fun.

Don’t forget to check out all the FREE programs and activities listed in the KDL Events Calendar!

We would love to hear from you. Leave us a comment and let us know what books you would like to read this summer, what programs you plan to attend or your favorite thing about our summer reading program.

*** A huge thank you goes out to Consumers Energy for sponsoring Summer Reading @ KDL!

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