KDL Blog ‘Guys Read’ Category

Baseball at KDL

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

It’s hard to believe with all the snow on the ground and frigid temperatures that it is almost time to kickoff baseball season.  Exciting indeed!  Even though Spring Training starts at the end  of February and opening day isn’t until April 1, there is a lot of preparation that should go into the new season and KDL is here ready to help you in your preparation.

We have a wide array of books for kids who are just getting started with the game and are interested in its history, including fabulous books on the Negro Leagues such as We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball.  You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! and You Never Heard of Willie Mayes?! are exceptional biographies about two of the best who ever played. We also have biographies on current players such as Miguel CabreraJustin Verlander or Bryce Harper.

If you are looking for something a bit more in-depth about advanced stats, we have the modern classic Moneyball as well as others such as The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team From Worst to First or Hot Stove Economics: Understanding Baseball’s Second Season.

These and many more baseball books and DVDs are available at all of the KDL branches.  Baseball books are Guys Read Approved!

Moneyball  Baseball    Miguel Cabrera   The Extra 2%


Posted by:

New TrueFlix Learning Resource for Kids

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

TrueFlixWe are pleased to offer a new online resource just for kids — TrueFlix from children’s publisher Scholastic!

TrueFlix uses interactive nonfiction books (called “True Books”) to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content and cultivate 21st-century skills through the inquiry process. All titles are supported with related content and primary sources featuring videos, audio, images and text. This is similar to a related product from Scholastic, BookFlix, but focuses on purely nonfiction content instead of including fictional storybooks.

For example, if you’re a little sick of the local weather, you can watch a video and read a book about Tropical Rain Forests:

Rain Forests

Each book includes a “Read Along” option so the text can be read aloud. Key vocabulary words are also highlighted, and can be clicked on to display definitions:


TrueFlix supports Common Core standards by featuring multiple text types and a cross-curricular, nonfiction focus. There are also related educational resources available, such as lesson plans, project ideas, quizzes, word matches, primary sources and web resources.

You can watch an overview of this new product, or try it out yourself!


Posted by:

Four Fabulous Non-Fiction Titles to Try

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Steve JobsSteve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Celebrate the Macintosh computer’s 30th Anniversary by reading the story of how it all began. Isaacson paints a portrait of a complicated man whose genius propelled both industry and artistry to new–and previously unimaginable—levels.



Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Charlie LeDuff turns his investigative powers to his hometown, studying and evaluating the causes of its decline and its attempts at regeneration. Fascinating!



The Gardner Heist

The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser

One museum, two thieves and the Boston underworld–the story behind the lost Gardner masterpieces worth $500 million and the art detective who swore to get them back. Also participate in the East Grand Rapids branch’s live Skype chat with the author on March 20. (Registration required).



My Korean Deli

My Korean Deli: How I Risked My Career and Mortgaged My Future for a Convenience Store by Ben Howe

This sweet and funny tale of a preppy editor buying a Brooklyn deli with his Korean in-laws is about family, culture clash and the quest for authentic experiences. This title is also available as an eAudiobook with wonderful narration by Bronson Pinchot.



Posted by:

Interview with Local Author Gary Schmidt

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Gary Schmidt loves being a professor of English at Calvin College here in Grand Rapids. He’s been asked to give up his “day job” to write full-time, but refuses as he enjoys interacting with students too much. Having twice received a prestigious Newbery Honor Award from the American Library Association is quite an accomplishment for an author, but Professor Schmidt takes it all in stride. We discovered this information about Professor Schmidt during an interview conducted by two of our librarians here at Kent District Library, Morgan Doane and Vanessa Walstra.

The interview was conducted for a new program here at KDL, the Teen Writing Workshop. The first meeting of this wonderful opportunity for local teens to be mentored and inspired by West Michigan authors happens this Saturday, January 25, 3:00 PM at the East Grand Rapids branch.

Please watch the interview below and be inspired… you might be the next Newbery Award winner.


Posted by:

New Teen Booklists: Movies & SF

Monday, January 20th, 2014

If you love going to the movies, you might find the next two booklists relevant. If you like Ender’s Game (as a book or movie) by Orson Scott Card, we have recommendations for books that are similar.  KDL also has a large collection of graphic novels featuring Comics that Inspired the Movies. And don’t forget to checkout these great Fantasy Books for Teens.

A Confusion of Princes        Cowboys & Aliens        Scepter of the Ancients


Posted by:

Great New Teen Booklists for Guys Read

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Looking for some great books to read after the holiday season? Look no further:

readyplayerone              chains              levithan


Posted by:

HAPPINESS Is a Cozy Read on a Chilly Day

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

The following titles relate to Englishman George Mallory and his quest to conquer Mount Everest. Cozy up with these chilly tales of adventure and daring on the high peaks.


Paths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer (2009)

This real-life mountaineering mystery recounts the story of Mallory and his attempts to scale the heights.



Above All Things by Tanis Rideout (2013)

A tale inspired by Mallory’s life and mysterious fate traces the experiences of his wife, Ruth, who in 1924 maintains a hopeful vigil in war-ravaged England during his fateful third expedition to reach the summit.


The Abominable by Dan Simmons (2013)

Four climbers travel to Mount Everest in 1924 in an attempt to recover the body of a missing adventurer, but find themselves being pursued by someone or something.



Last Hours on Everest: The Gripping Story of Mallory & Irvine’s Fatal Ascent by Graham Hoyland (2013) NONFICTION

This detailed reconstruction of what happened to the two English climbing legends, who disappeared in 1924 into the myths of history, follows the author, the 15th Englishman to climb Everest, as he uses the evidence he gathered to find their bodies and discover whether they actually climbed the mountain.


Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis (2011)

The definitive story of the British adventurers who survived the trenches of World War I and went on to risk their lives climbing Mount Everest.



The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest by National Geographic (2011) DVD

George Mallory was obsessed with becoming the first person to conquer the untouched Mount Everest. He was last seen 800 feet below the summit in 1924, before the clouds rolled in and he disappeared into legend. His death stunned the world. Seventy years later, climber Conrad Anker’s life became intertwined with Mallory’s when he found his frozen body with all his belongings intact.


Posted by:

eBooks Are for Kids Too!

Monday, December 30th, 2013

KDL has lots of eBooks for kids, and now we have a site just for them! This new section of KDL’s digital collection is dedicated to kids, letting them easily browse for and borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks appropriate for their age and reading level. Check it out: http://ebooks.kdl.org/Kids.



Posted by:

KD aLe: Books & Brews @ the Library

Friday, December 27th, 2013


January and February: We’re putting the “pub” in public library!


Rockford Brewing

Rockford Brewing Co. Tour
Get a “backstage pass” and see how Rockford Brewing Co. makes its signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan’s Irish Stout and Hoplust IPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing.

Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Co., 12 E. Bridge St.
Wednesdays, January 15 and February 19, 6:30 PM

NOTE: All tours are limited to those age 18 and older. Please note that high turnout numbers have resulted in some people having to wait for a tour. Relax, have a beer!

Beervangelist cover

Books & Brews with “Beervangelist” Fred Bueltmann
Fred Bueltmann, part-owner of New Holland Brewing Co., will talk about his book, Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy. Adults will get to sip a few of Fred’s favorites.
Pre-registration is required for those age 21 and older who want to taste, and participant spots are limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Thursday, January 30, 6:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Thursday, February 13, 6:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch

Click here to register for either (or both!) of the events above. NOTE: As of January 16, both of Fred’s events are at capacity, though you are welcome to be added to the waiting list.


Home Brewing 101
Join the GR Makers as they lead a lively presentation on the ins and outs of brewing beer at home. Learn what ingredients and equipment you need to homebrew a pint that will rival anything you can get at the store.

Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 PM – Grandville branch
Monday, February 17, 6:30 PM – Cascade Township branch
Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 PM – Alpine Township branch


Schmohz logo

Schmohz Brewery Tour
Get a “backstage pass” and see how Schmohz Brewery makes its signature beers such as Hopknocker Imperial IPA, Treasure Chest ESB and Bonecrusher Stout. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing.

Tour and talk will be held at Schmohz Brewery, 2600 Patterson Ave. SE.
Wednesday, February 5, 7:30 PM


Looking for books about beer? Check out our “Books about BrewsPinterest board for a wide variety of titles available from KDL!

Follow Kent District Library’s board Books about Brews on Pinterest.


Posted by:

Who’s Up for a Pirate Festival?

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Climb aboard, mateys, and celebrate Guys Read in arrrbsolute style! Performers from the Michigan Pirate Festival will lead activities, including a treasure hunt, while swashbucklerss of all ages enjoy music by the steel drum band, Travel Strike. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cascade Library. Costumed participants welcome. For all ages.

Marrrrk yer calendarrrs for Thursday, January 2, 3:00–5:00 PM at the Cascade Township branch.

Photo courtesy of Michigan Pirate Festival.
Photo courtesy of Michigan Pirate Festival

Posted by: