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MI Thumbs Up Top Ten Teen Books 2015

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

ThumbsUpAlong with spring comes this exciting book announcement: the Top Ten MI Thumbs Up books!!

And don’t forget that you can help choose the next MI Thumbs Up book by voting.  The poll will remain open until May 31st for Teens between 13 and 18 years old.


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Teen Halo Tournament

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Picture2If you think you have what it takes to be the best, sign up with a partner to compete in our Halo 4 multiplayer tournament. All the fun will take place from 1:00 – 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 25 at the Grandville Branch. The last team standing wins the prize! Pre-registration is required. For teens grades 6-12.

We hope to see you there!


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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

The popularity of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and its movie has lead to the revival of an old genre in teen literature: Sick Lit. As the story goes, beautiful but terminally ill teens find The Meaning of Life, True Love and other Very Important Things  before shuffling off this mortal coil.

This is not one of those books.

First, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (MEDG) is hilarious. Antihero Greg Gains and his bawdy friend Earl have some of the most hilarious exchanges in teen lit. Second, MEDG defies every Sick Lit stereotype. The narrator befriends Rachel, the dying girl, only because his mom guilts him into it. Greg doesn’t fall in love with Rachel or vice versa. Earl is a bad best friend. No one delivers a monologue that sounds like a PhD. philosophy thesis. No one achieves existential transcendence.

But MEDG is much more than an anti-Fault in our Stars. By shunning the Sick Lit script and easy characterizations, author Jesse Andrew delivers an honest sketch of teens on the edge of the next (or final) stage of life.

 


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Civic Theatre Passes: Alexander and the Terrible…

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

1alexStarting NOW until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Gaines Township and Krause Memorial (Rockford) branches for the dress rehearsal of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (30 N. Division Ave.) All dress rehearsals are general seating and vouchers must be redeemed for an admission ticket on dress night only.

Vouchers do not guarantee a seat, as dress rehearsals include open admission sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM.

Questions? Call KDL Patron Services at 784-2007.


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KDL Director Appointed to Wayne State University Advisory Board

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

While we are always proud of our dynamic director, today we have special reason for it.Lance small2012

The Advisory Board for the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University has appointed Kent District Library Director Lance Werner to serve on their board.

“I am honored to be appointed to the SLIS Advisory Board. This is a wonderful opportunity to help shape the future of library education in Michigan,” said Werner. “I look forward to working with my alma mater in this capacity.”

The SLIS Advisory Board is made up of 14 members who offer advice and suggestions related to the school’s strategic direction and programmatic initiatives. The Board works to ensure Wayne State University continues to prepare library professionals who are equipped to meet the evolving needs of libraries and information agencies.

That’s our fearless leader. Rocking libraries, and librarians, now and into the future.

 


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Survival Adventures

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in the Special Forces? Do you think you would like to chase storms? Try reading the Can You Survive interactive adventures books. This junior level series, written by various authors, offers readers the chance to choose what happens next in the story. Take care when making your choices as they could lead you to safety or doom! With titles like Can You Survive the Desert?, Can You Survive Being Lost at Sea? and Can You Survive Antarctica?, there is sure to be a storyline that will pique your interest. Place a hold or stop in and check one out today!

  


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New Adult Booklists

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Did you love Unbroken? Check out these Survival Tales, both historical and current, including these titles and more!

Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World               Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West               Eat, Sleep, Ride: How I Braved Bears, Badlands, and Big Breakfasts in My Quest to Cycle the Tour Divide

Other new booklists:

Goodreads Choice Awards 2014
Go Red for Women

As always, check out all of KDL’s great booklists over at KDL Recommends!

 


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“Seventh Son” Movie Premiere: Win Tickets!

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Seventh Son MovieDid you hear that we are presenting a Seventh Son Movie Premiere at 6:30 PM on Friday, February 6 at Celebration! Cinema North? It’s going to be awesome!

Here’s your chance to win a pair of tickets. Leave us a comment on this blog post by Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM and let us know your favorite book of all time. You will automatically be entered to win.

We also a heard a rumor that Joseph Delaney, the author of the book this movie is based on, may do a pre-recorded Q&A to air at the event. What question would you have for him? Leave us a comment with your question and you will also be entered to win.

If you don’t win tickets, make sure to buy them for $15 each. You don’t want to miss out on this amazing night of fun, flicks and food! The movie is rated PG-13 and this event is for tweens, teens and their families. We hope to see you there!

 

*Thank you to everyone who commented. Our winners are Chad Bulthuis, Asia Nguyen, and Peggy Schmidt.

 


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Not Just A Pretty Face

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Did you know your favorite celebrity may have written a novel or two?

Here’s a list of popular people usually seen on the cover of People magazine with a published fiction book on their credits. If you know of any more, feel free to add them in the comments…

Click on the image to go to the KDL catalog and place a hold on one of their books.

Ethan HawkeLauren ConradJames Franco

Ethan Hawke                              Lauren Conrad                        James Franco

Tyra BanksHugh-LaurieMolly-Ringwald

Tyra Banks                                       Hugh Laurie                         Molly Ringwald

Damon_WayansNicole-Richie

Damon Wayans, Sr.                           Nichole Richie


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“Seventh Son” Movie Premiere

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Seventh Son MovieWalk the red carpet at Celebration! Cinema North (2121 Celebration Dr. NE)! Purchase tickets today to attend the premiere of Seventh Son, the amazing movie based on Joseph Delaney’s “Last Apprentice” series. The event will take place at 6:30 PM on Friday, February 6. Tickets are $15 and include movie admission, popcorn and a drink. We are throwing in cupcakes and some awesome prize drawings!

There’s more! A green-screen will be set up and guests can have their picture taken in a scene related to the movie. They’ll even be able to take home a 5×7 print. Also, Joseph Delaney himself will welcome our guests via a pre-recorded message shown on the big screen.

Purchase tickets at celebrationcinema.com/KDL. The movie is rated PG-13 and this event is for tweens, teens and their families. We hope to see you there!


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