KDL Blog ‘Guys Read’ Category

A Book of Mystery, Friendship, and Talent

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

 

mysterious benedict society“Are you brave?”…the main character of The Mysterious Benedict Society (an upper elementary – teen book), Reynie, must answer this question at the beginning of the book.  After much thought, his answer is “I hope so.”

And, thus begins Reynie’s discovery of how brave he is.  Reynie is not alone, however.  He is one of four children, of various ages, who pass the test and are asked to serve on a very dangerous and very important mission.  Each person holds a unique talent, a strength that only he/she possesses.  And working together, with help from their talents, they hope to accomplish their mission.  These talents are not all immediately known.  The children have never met before.  Will they succeed?

Of course, the answer can be found in reading The Mysterious Benedict Society, as well as the two other books in the series:  The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous JourneyThe Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma.  You can also check-out the webpage here.

These books are similar to AND different from the Harry Potter series, Ron Dahl books, and Blue Balliett books.  The kids discover their talents, work together, and fight injustice.  The kids are in a real world, dealing with real people, and dealing with themselves as growing young adults.  These books are appropriate for very young readers with higher reading levels, as well as middle schoolers (and I would argue that older teens and adults would enjoy the books as well …I certainly did!)

Place a hold here.

 


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Xbox One, PS4, or Wii U?

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Starting this summer, KDL patrons can check out Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the Wii U games for all ages! In addition, KDL will continue to purchase popular games for our PS3 and Xbox 360 collections – now including those rated T for Teen and M for Mature.

Check your local KDL branch to see which games are on the shelf today. To search the online catalog, include the title or partial title and the game system as a Keyword (e.g. “LEGO Jurassic World xbox 360″). You can even place holds on games that have yet to be released! Here are several titles to anticipate:

Godzilla – To be released on July 14Godzilla 2015

Available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, players control Godzilla as he wreaks havoc throughout the world, battling other monsters, destroying specific city targets, and harnessing “G-Energy” to grow to massive new heights. Rated T for Teen.

F1 2015 – To be released on July 21Formula 1 2015

In this newest addition to the Formula One racing series, players can enjoy quick races or follow the entire racing circuit on real-world tracks. Rated E for Everyone.

Metal Gear VMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – To be released on Sept. 1

Continuing the story begun in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeros (request a copy from KDL today), this open world action-adventure follows Venom Snake as he travels Afghanistan during the Soviet War taking revenge on his enemies. Rated M for Mature.


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How to Cure a Book Hangover

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

What do you do when the book you couldn’t wait to start reading, is now the book you are dreading finishing? The book that for a short time in your life completely consumed everything you were doing? cant look

Try as you might to limit how much you read per day, portioning it chapter by chapter, so that you don’t binge read and finish it too quickly, the book always comes to a close.

And now you’re stuck, how do you move on from such a book? How do you find something comparable with the characters and places you’ve fallen in love with?

You my friend now have a book hangover. sad

Think of our KDL librarians as your cool glass of water and two aspirins. They’ve been there, they know the signs and symptoms. They have survived even the worst book hangovers and lived to tell the tale, which makes them the perfect go-to when you are suffering.

Coping mechanisms can include, though not limited to, the following:

Reading everything else that author has ever published. That widely panned first novel isn’t looking so bad now.

Reading about the topics and locations mentioned in the book. If Wild was your undoing, here is a list of all the books Sheryl mentioned during her journey.

HPTry cooking meals inspired by the story. Gallons of butterbeer were consumed when the Harry Potter series ended, a rather sickly sweet way to drown your sorrows.

And the easiest way to get over your book hangover is to check out the recommended reads by our staff. They have composed hundreds of lists to help you through this trying time. Lists are based off of similar authors, genres, “If You Liked…” and staff favorites.

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With these helpful tips you’ll be back on your feet in no time! That is until your recovery book ends…in which case we’ll be seeing you soon.

 


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DC Comics and Vertigo Join hoopla!

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

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Fan boys and fan girls rejoice, DC Comics and Vertigo have joined hoopla! Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and more are now available, for free for all Kent District Library card holders.

Readers can instantly borrow up to twelve titles a month, there are no late fees, no holds and the titles automatically return themselves.


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Come Play Giant Games With Us!

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Giant GamesGet your competitive juices flowing and join us for Giant Games! Kids ages 6 and up will have a blast playing giant-sized games like Bananagrams, Jenga and Connect 4.

Schedule

Wednesday, June 24, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, June 30, 2:00 PM – Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 PM – Englehardt Branch (Lowell)
Wednesday, July 8, 11:00 AM – Caledonia Township Branch
Wednesday, July 8, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial Branch
Thursday, July 9, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, July 22, 6:30 PM – Alpine Township Branch
Tuesday, August 4, 10:00 AM – Plainfield Township Branch
Tuesday, August 4, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch

Branch locations can be found here.


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Celebrating Manga Superheroes

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Are you a lover of Japanese manga? Summer Reading 2015 is all about celebrating heroes! There is no better way for a manga lover to start out this summer by checking out our Manga Superheroes summer reading list. Here are just a few selections from that list that come recommended by KDL staff:

Bleach

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Tite Kubo

GRAPHIC TEEN BLEACH

Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but this ability doesn’t change his life nearly as much as his close encounter with Rukia Kuchiki. While fighting an evil spirit, Rukia lends Ichigo some of her powers so that he can save his family. But much to her surprise, Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper himself.

 

Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail

Hiro Mashima

GRAPHIC TEEN FAIRY

Across the Fiore kingdom, wizards join guilds and make their pay by filling magical needs—but one guild has a reputation as the roughest, rowdiest, most dangerous of all: Fairy Tail! When four young Fairy Tail members unite, their bond is forged by a power found in neither muscle nor magic and grows stronger with every mission.

 

Full Metal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist Hiromu Arakawa

GRAPHIC TEEN FULLMETAL

As young boys, Edward & Alphonse Elric dabbled in alchemy to try to resurrect their dead mother. As a result, Ed lost one arm and one leg, while Al lost his entire body and had his spirit sealed into a suit of armor. Now, they are searching for the fabled Philosopher’s Stone to restore what they’ve lost.

 

InuYasha

Inuyasha Rumiko Takahashi

GRAPHIC TEEN INUYASHA

Transported back to Japan’s feudal era, high school student Kagome accidentally releases the feral half-demon dog boy Inuyasha from his imprisonment for stealing the Jewel of Four Souls.

 

Also check out these websites for some great anime as well:

Funimation.com

Crunchyroll.com

Hulu.com

 

 


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Just Book It – Trips Inspired by Tales

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

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Do you have wanderlust coursing through your veins? Plan your summer trip by drawing inspiration from your favorite travel books! Trace the paths worn down by literary greats, walk in the footsteps of the most famous travelers, or just sit back for a day of armchair travel in the comfort of your own home.

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 If hitting the open road and cruising down highways with the wind in your hair sounds like the ideal trip, check out these classic stories by road warriors like John Steinbeck, Tom Wolfe and Robert M. Pirsig.

 

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For the adventure lovers who want to undertake a Herculean task, these tales of people circumnavigating the globe on bikes, battling the elements on rafts and circling Australia in kayaks are sure to motivate the most wild hearted.

 

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With the recent success of the book-turned-movie “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, and the unforgettable “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert and the countless soul-searching travel stories it inspired, women’s travel books are a hot topic this summer. For tips on traveling alone, these books will have you covered from Albuquerque to Zimbabwe.

Happy trails and don’t forget the sunscreen!


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Summer Reading Featured on WOTV 4

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Summer Reading at KDL is in full swing! Maranda from WOTV  visited the Byron Township Branch to promote all the excitement. Check out this fun segment!


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Ultimate Beach Reads

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

While it still may be too cold to go in the water past your ankles, we have you covered for shoreline entertainment! Our Summer Reading List is out with ideas for everyone from the future rock star to the history buff.

If page-turning, “whodunit?!” reads are your style, this list of courtroom dramas will fill your beach bag. The only thing more engrossing than these fictional tales are the nonfictional stories on the list of underdogs saving the day against all odds.

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For the graphic novel enthusiasts out there, KDL’s summer choices will keep you company under the beach umbrella. Brush up on your Batman and Superman lore before the next blockbuster hits the theaters!

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They always seem to be from the wrong side of the tracks, don’t they? These teen romance novels share the giddy rush of first love, the power of friendships and the crushing blow of breakups.

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If you are eagerly awaiting the release of Go Set a Watchman, the sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird, bide your time with these societal reflective pieces focusing on racism, relationships and civil rights.

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Always dreamed of trading in your briefcase for a guitar case? Lose yourself in these rock icon biographies, you can almost hear the crowds chanting your name!

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Animals at the Library? Absolutely!

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

RabbitThis summer we are featuring a lot of creatures at our programs. Don’t miss out on all the furry and feathered fun! Below is a list of our animal-related programs. Click each link for more information including dates, times and locations.

Ruff Readers
Ruff Readers is a unique read-aloud program in partnership with West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Inc. that pairs kids with a trained therapy dog and their handler. Kids read their favorite book and the pooches curl up, listen and enjoy. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. Kids will be given a 15-minute slot as they arrive. Sponsored by BISSELL. For ages 6 and older.

Farm on the Go
The Critter Barn of Zeeland brings a little of the farm to the city in a program featuring the cutest barnyard animals around for you to touch and pet. For families.

Nature’s Superheroes
Nature has its own cast of Superheroes! Learn how plants and animals use their superpowers to preserve our super environment. Explore through hands-on activities, games and animal observations with Nature on the GO! For families.

Pet Show
Is your pet a star? Every critter’s a winner in this unique show designed to put the spotlight on your furry, scaly or feathered friend. All acts must pre-register. Visit the library for more details. For all ages.

Amazing Backyard Animals
Join Kalamazoo Nature Center’s ace reporter as he brings you the latest scoop on your neighborhood’s wildlife. For ages 6 and older.

Hope to see you there!


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