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New Teen Booklists

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Take a look at these new teen booklists and find your next great read!

City of Thieves: A Novel    Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist    The Book of Jonas


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Two for Tuesday – Spy Thrillers

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013


2 Thrilling International Spy Stories

The Geneva Trap
by Stella Rimington
The latest suspenseful spy thriller from the former head of MI5. When a Russian intelligence officer insists on speaking to no one but her about cyber sabotage that has brought down a U.S. communications satellite, MI5 agent Liz Carlyle learns of a plot to hack into the West’s military and begins a race against time to stop a mole who would reignite the Cold War.


The English Girl by Daniel Silva
Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon. When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems…and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.


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KDL on WGVU Radio

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Each month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Cascade Township Branch Youth Paraprofessional Tricia Kannegieter talk about all the fun holiday events taking place this month, as well as the downloadable materials KDL offers.

Click on the links below for complete schedules and details!


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The League!

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

As the NFL season heads into the final quarter of its 2013 season, there is a good possibility your fantasy football season is over. Unless you are the lucky few whose roster wasn’t stricken by injury or bad luck, you are probably facing a consolation playoff or four weeks of football with no fantasy, a bleak few weeks to be sure. But fear not, when the rest of your league is enjoying the playoffs (who wants to play in the playoffs anyway… right?) you could be reveling in your fantasy shortcomings by enjoying the silly shenanigans of the guys and gals of the outrageous and raunchy FX TV show, The League.

If you think the players in your league were a bit off-kilter, wait until you meet these gems. Willing to get divorced in order to make the fantasy draft or even hosting the draft in the delivery room so the mother-to-be can make her first round pick (and not have her husband screw it up), these characters are unforgettable, and will make the personalities in your league seem a bit more… normal. So, forget your fantasy failures and check out The League, the TV series I am personally calling the funniest on TV!



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Spellingcity.com Gets Great Reviews

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Spelling City

 and its free companion app are getting high marks from kids, parents and teachers. With the help of Spellingcity.com, kids can practice spelling words from customized lists designed to target their skill level. In addition, kids can choose the “teach me” tab to hear words spelled letter by letter or listen to words in context. Spellingcity.com offers lessons on compound words, analogies and sound-alike words that are helpful for kids and adults who are learning English for the first time. But the best news is that reluctant students will find the games and activities fun and engaging. They won’t even know they are studying spelling! Check out the “hangmouse game” for fun. Want a short preview? Here’s how to get started:

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Great Winter Events for Families

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Click on the links below to see where and when each winter-themed program will be held:

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Polar Express Party

All aboard! Hop on the Polar Express and enjoy a magical storytime train ride. Play games, make a reindeer ornament, enjoy an edible train and more at this cozy holiday party. Sponsored by Karl Orthodontics.

Gingerbread Lane

Enjoy tasty gingerbread stories and make a simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. Sponsored by Karl Orthodontics.

The Reindeer Are Coming!

Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the library. Dress warmly, and don’t forget the camera!

Winter Blast

Join us at the library for winter-inspired fun. Crafts, snacks & more.


Tun-Dra Kennels owners will talk about sled dogs, mushing equipment and the Iditarod. Families can meet the dogs and watch a demonstration outside, weather permitting.



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New in Teen Sci-Fi

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Check out these amazing new releases, including the beginning of an exciting new series.

 The Dream ThievesThe Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been awakened, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after. Book 2 in The Raven Cycle.

Champion by Marie LuChampion

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them.

allegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth

Told from a riveting dual perspective. The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties and painful memories. But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind.

The Eye of Minds by James DashnerThe Eye of Minds

An all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure from the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists and gaming beyond your wildest dreams… and your worst nightmares.


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2013 Thumbs Up! Award Winner

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen The votes have been tallied and a winner has been announced!  The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen received the top Thumbs Up! award for 2013. This is a phenomenal book dealing with bullying and loss.  Henry’s family is shattered after his brother Jesse leaves the house with a hunting rifle. The book is about Henry coming to terms with everything that happened to his brother and his family and how he slowly lets people into his life. This book already has received numerous awards including the 2013 Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year. A great read for a reluctant middle or high-school reader!

There were three additional books chosen for honor nominations:  Every Day by David Levithan, How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller and The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde.

Every Day       How to Lead a Life of Crime       The Last Dragonslayer

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The Kennedy Assassination

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

The 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination coincides with the release of several new books on the topic. Five Days in November and The Kennedy Detail are both written by Secret Service agents who were on JFK’s detail. End of Days by James L. Swanson presents an hour-by-hour account of the day Kennedy was killed, while A Simple Act of Murder by former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman examines the evidence and witness testimonies to sort out the myths and misinformation about the murder.

If fiction is more your style, The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter follows Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger as he exposes the mastermind behind a third bullet that mysteriously exploded. And in Top Down by Jim Lehrer, a young reporter endeavors to determine the day’s outcome if the security bubbletop from John F. Kennedy’s parade car had been in place. There’s also the alternate history book 11/22/63 by Stephen King, in which high-school English teacher Jake Epping is enlisted by a friend to travel back in time to prevent Kennedy’s assassination.

Finally, on DVD try Parkland, the true story behind that tragic day told from the vantage point of individuals who are forced to make split-second decisions after this incomprehensible event (based on the book by Vincent Bugliosi). Or The Day Kennedy Died, in which the minute-by-minute story of the death of a president is told through rarely seen film and photographs shot on the tragic day.

For more books on JFK’s assassination, check out our online booklist.


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Local Indie Spotlight: Recoil Volume 1

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

RecoilFans of The Onion will enjoy this satirical collection of fake newspaper articles. Recoil is based in West Michigan; the entertainment magazine has been published monthly since 2001. It is full of imaginative and witty articles, ranging from worldwide headlines, editorial, sports, health, music, science and business. Just looking at some of the titles of the articles will give you a good feel for the book, such as “Report: 78 percent of angry teens too lazy to run away from home,” or “Man strains back applying back pain cream.” Not only does it have “news” articles, it also has spoof guides such as airplane etiquette, or the recoil guide to writing a screenplay. It also includes horoscopes, self-help sections and advice columns. This is well worth a browse and will most likely bring a smile to your face and probably even a chuckle or two.

Recoil: News Satire You Can Trust, Volume 1 is part of the Local Indie @ KDL collection, housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branches. It was created to give independent authors, filmmakers and musicians the opportunity to be added to our shelves and to be featured by staff in order to increase viewers, readers and listeners.

Click here to browse our Local Indie @ KDL collection.

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