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Mountains, Madness, Rivers & Risk-Filled Reads

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Looking for a little adventure? These nonfiction titles are set in South America and feature explorers and plenty of adventure. So sit back and enjoy these daring tales from the comfort of your hammock.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams

Traces the author’s re-creation of Hiram Bingham III’s discovery of an ancient Andes Mountains cloud city, and describes the author’s struggles with rudimentary survival tools, plus his experiences at the sides of local guides.

 

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon.

 

River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana’s Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon by Buddy Levy

Chronicles the efforts of conquistador Francisco Orellana, a lieutenant of Gonzalo Pizarro, to locate the fabled El Dorado, and traces how Orellana became the first European to discover and navigate the Amazon.

 

The Unconquered by Scott Wallace

A National Geographic writer describes his harrowing journey with 34 others into the depths of the Amazon rain forest in an attempt to track one of the last uncontacted tribes on the planet, the “People of the Arrow,” a group of deft archers who defend themselves with a vengeance.

 

 


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Youth Author Spotlight: Tim Federle

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Tim Federle

Tim Federle is a new author in the world of children’s books. He is fantastic and I believe one of the few authors that really understands what it is like to be a 12-year-old boy with big dreams!

Tim’s debut novel for kids, Better Nate Than Ever — described as “Judy Blume as seen through a Stephen Sondheim lens” by Huffington Post — was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2013, a Slate.com Favorite Book of the Year, and a Best Book of the Year by both Amazon and Publishers Weekly.

Nate is a chubby, enthusiastic eighth-grader who sports a jutting underbite and an acne-spotted nose, and dreams of performing in a Broadway musical. He concocts a plan with his fabulous friend, Libby, to run away to New York and audition for the role of a lifetime as Elliot in the musical version of “E.T.” Nate embarks on this journey with nothing but a box of chocolate donuts, his mother’s debit card and a not-so-convincing fake I.D. This is a book of clever witticisms, a sudden desire to eat free chips and salsa and happy endings.

The sequel, Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, follows Nate Foster’s further adventures on-stage and off. It was named a Best Book of 2014 (So Far) by Amazon, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus.

 


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Experience Summer Online

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

This summer KDL patrons have been learning new skills, visiting area parks, downloading e-books, and much more for Experience Summer Online. You still have time to join them in a wide variety of activities for chances to win prizes — just complete some simple and fun activities by Saturday, August 9. Check out these pictures of KDL patrons experiencing summer:

Learning How to Knit Morning Stories Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival4th of July on Reed's Lake

 


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KDL Top Ten — Sports Outdoor

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Go hiking, paddling and camping with this week’s Top Ten.  These are 10 of the most popular titles in our Sports Outdoor collection.  And if you’re looking for more open-air fun, try our Experience Summer Online: Get Outside and Play challenges!

Top Ten Sports Outdoor 07-25-2014

 


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James Patterson Readalikes

Friday, July 18th, 2014

While you’re waiting for the #1 bestseller Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis, why not check out a book by these other popular suspense authors:

Rules of Prey by John SandfordLike Patterson, John Sandford writes hard-edged mystery suspense with strong language and graphically-portrayed violence. In Rules of Prey, Police Lt. Lucas Davenport find himself tracking a cunning serial killer who has created a terrifying game out of the murder of young women.

For a face-paced read alike with psychologicalThe Devil's Teardrop by Jeffery Deaver overtones, Jeffery Deaver‘s suspenseful book, The Devil’s Teardrop, will keep the pages turning. On New Year’s Eve 1999, Washington D. C. officials receive a threat. Unless they comply with his demands, an assassin will commit one terrorist attack in the city every four hours.

Suspense author Ridley Pearson’s books tend to be more thought-provoking than face-paced, but they share that same bleak outlook, series detectives, serial killers, graphic violence, and psychological insights that many readers of Patterson enjoy. In The Risk Agent two very different private investigators, Grace Chu and John Knox, must work together to find the kidnapped employee of an American company amid the chaos of Shanghai, China.

Sworn to Silence by Linda CastilloFor a more rural and romantic suspense novel with a similar bleak outlook, try Linda Castillo’s Amish Crime Thriller Series featuring police chief Kate Burkholder. In the first book, Sworn to Silence, Kate returns to her Ohio hometown only to find a serial killer from her past has struck again — only this time it’s up to her to stop him.

Jonathan Kellerman is called a “master of the psychological thriller” by People magazine. In Bones, Kellerman once again pulls his readers into a suspenseful, plot-twisting tale of serial murder and the unlikely duo who bring the killer to justice: Alex Delaware, a child psychologist, and Milo Sturgis, LAPD homicide detective.

 

 


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Read a Good Local Indie Title Lately?

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Mind Your Own BusinessKDL’s Local Indie collection highlights independently published works by local authors & artists. It’s a great way to discover new writers, musicians & filmmakers right in your own back yard.

I recently read Mind Your Own Business by local restaurateur Tommy Brann. He shares anecdotes and advice from more than 40 years in the business. Co-author Brian Van Ochten offers a “side dish” of personal insights in between each chapter.

Brann started out in his father’s restaurant & worked his way up the ladder from dishwasher to busboy to bartender. At age 19 he borrowed money from his dad & purchased his own restaurant, which eventually became a locally renowned chain. Now run by Tommy’s sons, the restaurants continue to be popular with Grand Rapids-area residents.

This book should resonate with anyone who has lived in West Michigan for any length of time. The anecdotes are interesting (and often amusing) and the advice provides basic, down-to-earth guidance and encouragement for anyone starting, or wanting to start, their own business.

Currently the Local Indie collection is housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood Branches, but all of the items may be borrowed system-wide. Try it — you’ll like it!!

 


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More Ways to Experience Summer!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Have you already completed your 30 days of reading for this summer? Don’t worry — there is much more to do, read and experience! With KDL’s Experience Summer Online anyone can complete activities, read books and attend library programs for more chances to win prizes. This is the perfect program for those who finish the traditional program early or just want some more fun summer reading options. Go to Experience Summer Online to get started!

Ignite Happiness: Summer Reading @ KDL

Ignite Happiness: Summer Reading @ KDL

 


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Go! Go! Go! Stop!”

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Go Go Go StopGo! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper

When Little Green rolls into town and says his first word, “go,” the construction site really gets moving! What happens when all the vehicles go, go, go at the same time? Who will say a word to slow things down? This bright and cheerful picture book shows the power of a single word and illustrates what it means to work cooperatively. Point to and name the letters in the words “go” and “stop” as they are repeated in the story, and ask your child to do the same. What would happen if vehicles on the street didn’t obey these signals? Play a game of “Stop and Go” together outside and take turns being the “traffic signal.” Talking and playing both build vocabulary and are great ways to get your child ready to read!

– Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield 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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KDL Top Ten — Juvenile Fiction

Friday, June 27th, 2014

This week’s Top Ten looks at the 10 most popular books in our Juvenile Fiction collection! Did any of your favorite books or characters make the list? If so, which ones are the best and why? If not, what books do you think other kids will love?

KDL Top Ten Juvenile Fiction 06-27-2014

And for more fantastic reads and activities sign up for Summer Reading @ KDL!

 


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Da Na Na Na Na Na Na Na… Batman

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

 

 

Tim Burton’s rendition of Batman was released on June 23, 1989 starring Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as the Joker. The movie was a huge success, making $100 million in the first 10 days — a summer blockbuster that year. It was so successful they decided to make a sequel called Batman Returns.

KDL has the DVD version of Tim Burton’s Batman and many other Batman-related books and materials including the newer Batman DVDs starring Christian Bale, such as Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises. So if you are like me and you just cannot get enough Batman, be sure to place a couple holds.

 


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