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Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Every so often we sadly say goodbye to someone who is a part of the soundtrack of our lives whom we have never met. RIP David Bowie. Thank you.

Kent District Library would like to share his music and literature with our patrons. Download free David Bowie music using our Freegal app or Hoopla app. Be sure to also click on Classic Rock Artists to obtain a listing of musicians found in both Freegal and Hoopla.

KDL has an outstanding collection of David Bowie’s CDs and a good selection books, both ebooks and print available for your perusal. Click here to get you started.

Stop by the information desk at your library branch or call our Patron Services department at 616-784-2007 for assistance with downloading Freegal and Hoopla apps, downloading ebooks or searching our online catalog for books.

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ALA 2016 Youth Media Award Winners

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

On Monday in Boston, the ALA announced the 2016 Youth Media Award Winners!laststoponmarketst

John Newbery Medal for the most Outstanding contribution to Children’s literature:

Winner: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
Honor Books:

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

Winner: Finding Winnie illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Honor Books:

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

Winner: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Honor Books:

For a complete listing of all the awards, click here.



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Star Wars Fever

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Star Wars is back in the spotlight because the long-awaited movie “The Force Awakens” is now in theaters and it is getting favorable reviews. This movie is “Episode VII” in the series and follows some characters (such as Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford) about 30 years after “Episode VI” (which is 1983’s “Return of the Jedi”).

It is important to know the sequence of the Star Wars movies, as it can be confusing to beginners. The first Star Wars movie from 1977 was called “Star Wars” but is also called “Episode IV: A New Hope.” That’s right, the first movie was the fourth in the storyline, and the prequels (the beginning of the story) came out starting in 1999! The movies were released in this order: 4-5-6-1-2-3 and now 7. Click here to see and place holds on KDL’s copies of Star Wars movies.

Note to beginners: While much science-fiction takes place in the future, Star Wars takes place “long ago, in a galaxy far away.”

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New DVDs for the new year

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016


On vacation over the holidays last month, I was able to spend some extra time watching new DVD arrivals. Three of them in particular caught my attention and my fancy.  First off is a new documentary (recommended by a library patron—thanks!) titled “1971: the year a few ordinary citizens took on the FBI”.  In a brief running time of 79 minutes, this movie packs a punch, showing how history can be changed by seemingly minor events. In that year, a group of anti-war protestors broke into a small FBI office in Media, PA. Their goal was to find out what kind of files the agency, then under the authority of J. Edgar Hoover, was keeping on dissenters and draft resisters. Their find was stunning, and the film, through suspenseful re-enactments and powerful interviews, gives us the scoop on this bit of hidden history. Was the break-in right?  The filmmakers, though undoubtedly having an opinion on the matter, nevertheless let the viewer decide.  “Faust” is a film based on the great German poem by Goethe, directed by a Russian, Alexander Sokurov.  Employing a technique that avoids frequent camera cuts and favors a flowing take instead, Sokurov draws us in with an atmosphere of gloom, decay and the Devil, 18th-century style.  Faust, a scientist and “seeker of truth”, meets the Devil in a pawn shop, and soon finds himself spiraling out of control as the evil one draws him in through Faust’s desire for a young woman, Gretchen. Murder, mysterious events and desire make this a fascinating film. (“Faust” is not rated, but is the equivalent of an R rating.) Finally, there is “Closer to the Moon”, an English-language production about an obscure chapter in Romanian history that took place at the height of the Cold War.  A bank robbery takes place but it is filmed in broad daylight. No one worries about it at first since there was a director and a cameraman there, and besides, it’s Romania, where crime (supposedly) doesn’t happen.  Or does it? Based on a real event that took place in 1959, “Closer” maintains an appropriately light (and ironic) tone in the face of the rather serious implications of people dealing with life under a repressive regime, and risking their lives in the process.  Thoroughly enjoyable, my only complaint about “Closer to the Moon” is the fact that sometimes British accents are employed when it would’ve been much more believable to hear Romanian accents instead.  (This film is also not rated; equivalent of an R, for a few brief scenes.)

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New Year, New You!

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

The presents have been opened, the carols have been sung and the egg nog and goodies have been consumed. Now it’s time to put 2015 to rest and look forward to a bright future in 2016. As you make your New Year’s Resolutions, we want you to know that KDL is here to help you achieve your goals.

Hoping to learn something new this year? Attend one of our computer classes to brush up your technology skills or learn a new language with Mango, our online language-learning resource.

Are you looking for an easy way to save money? Avoid paying high prices for kid-friendly activities, and visit your local KDL branch for some free fun. Each of our branches offers an area especially for kids. Your little ones will enjoy a huge collection of books, a wide-variety of free programs and special play areas designed to get their imaginations working!

Did you challenge your family to spend less time in front of the television? Reading can be a great substitute! If you need help finding the perfect books, check out our reading lists or our Personalized Picks service. KDL librarians are always happy to assist as well.

No matter what you are hoping to accomplish, KDL most likely has a book, DVD or other resource that can help. We have a huge collection of items about losing weight, eating healthy, saving money, getting organized and more!

Cheers to you being happy and healthy in 2016!

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Natural Remedies and Holistic Studies

Monday, December 28th, 2015

I have a lifelong love of reading non-fiction books and wanted to share some of my recent favorites.  My passion for non-fiction began when my father read to me out loud when I was a child and made me an insatiable reader.  I’ve continued reading non-fiction, so I can keep learning such amazing things!

Currently, I’m reading a lot of books about herbs, aromatherapy, homeopathy and supplements.  For home remedies try Do It Yourself Herbal Medicine and Healing Remedies That Work.  There are also a lot of great books on natural medicines like Scott A. Johnson’s Surviving When Modern Medicine Fails and Cat Ellis’ Preppers Natural Medicine.  For more helpful books try Essential Oils for Health and Herbal Goddess: Discover the Amazing Spirit of 12 Healing Herbs with Teas, Potions, Salves, Food, Yoga and More.

Home Remedies

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Space Related Teen Books

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

If you are looking for some out of this world reads, give these books a try!

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards: “2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix: “Khemri learns the minute he becomes a Prince that princes need to be hard to kill—for they are always in danger. Their greatest threat? Other Princes. Every Prince wants to become Emperor and the surest way to do so is to kill, dishonor, or sideline any potential competitor. There are rules, but as Khemri discovers, rules can be bent and even broken.

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The Future of Football

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Concussion Movie PosterOn Christmas Day, Will Smith’s new film, Concussion, premiers in theaters.  Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a pathologist whose discoveries of brain damage in retired football players has become the forefront of the concussion controversy.

KDL carries many resources on this topic including the newly released companion book to the film written by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

Omalu’s story was also told in Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru’s League of Denial.  The reporters examine recent discoveries concerning head trauma and the reaction of the NFL.  The book also became a PBS Frontline special, League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis.

Why Football MattersEarlier this year, two writers penned books on both sides of the debate.  Mark Edmundson’s Why Football Matters details his positive experiences with football.  Edmundson believes that the sport taught him self-discipline and teamwork and was a necessary part of his growth as a young man.  The counterpoint is Steve Almond’s Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto.  Almond writes from a fan’s perspective and how he became troubled following a sport that arguably advocates for violence and greed.

A lighter, but no less entertaining perspective of football is covered in The Last Season: A Father, a Son, and a Lifetime of College Football.  Stuart Stevens writes about his relationship with football and his 95-year old father as they attend a full season of Ole Miss football games together.

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New Zinio Magazines Available

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015


Our Zinio digital magazine service now has even more of your favorite titles! We’ve added subscriptions to the following new magazines that you can download and enjoy for FREE on your computer or mobile device:


American Girl Magazine AppleMagazine Architectural Digest Billboard Magazine

High Five Mother Earth Living Seventeen Star Magazine

Click here to view a complete list of all titles offered through Zinio.


Happy Downloading!


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Find the Perfect Read!

Monday, December 21st, 2015

lexileOne of KDL’s top priorities is creating young readers, so we love helping kids pick the perfect title to fit their reading needs. Whether your child is reading well beyond grade level, or just discovering all the joys reading has to offer, we offer many resources to guide you in your quest for the perfect book.

From highly trained youth staff, to eye-catching displays, and colorful booklists, we work to provide personal service and recommendations within the branch. We also provide digital booklists under Recommended Reading. And our new KDL Catalog includes many tools to help you no matter where you are!

Book records now include Lexile and Accelerated Reader(AR) levels for most of our youth materials. Both Lexile and AR levels are educational tools used by teachers to make sure children are identifying books that fit their reading abilities. To see the Level for any title, simply click on the title and view the record. AR and Lexile scores will be listed in Program Information. You can search for books at specific reading levels to help your child stay on track and satisfy teacher requirements for reading.


Explore our many children’s materials and get to know our new catalog. Find the perfect resources to help your child become a successful reader at KDL!

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