KDL Blog ‘Guys Read’ Category

Join the Monstrumologist for Halloween

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Halloween is truly a great holiday. On no other day is it as acceptable to celebrate all things scary. Whether it’s Michael Myers with a knife and hockey mask in Halloween or killer zombies with one thing on their “minds” in Night of the Living Dead, Halloween is a true celebration of all things weird and scary. In that tradition, The Monstrumologist book series by Rick Yancey fits right into the twisted cannon of October 31 thrills and chills.

The Monstrumologist series follows an eccentric scientist named Pellinore Warthrop and his orphaned apprentice, Will Henry, as they study things that go bump in the night — better explained as monsters. These monsters aren’t just your run-of-the-mill friendly-make-you-laugh monsters either; Warthrop and Henry keep readers on the edge of their seats by digging for monsters that devour humans in a few bites and chasing monsters that create nests out of human remains (grossed out yet?). Despite all the blood, gore, toe-curling descriptions of things no longer alive and moments that demand to be read with the lights on, the true story lies with the characters. Pellinore Warthrop is as peculiar and brilliant as they come, (think House but with less regard for living things) and poor Will Henry is thrust into a situation that is almost too unbelievable and dangerous to be true. An odd couple, to be sure, but one that works and will keep readers fully invested until they finish the final book.

The Monstrumologist series is Guys Reads approved.



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Scary Reads for School-Age Boys

Friday, October 18th, 2013


So, do you think you’re brave enough to handle some extra spooky reads just in time for Halloween? If so, check out these great picks for boys (and possibly brave young girls as well):


The Haunted Playground by Shaun Tan

Gavin is obsessed with hunting for treasure with his metal detector. He finds the perfect spot–a huge, sandy playground. Then he meets a bunch of kids who have a mysterious treasure hunt of their own. Gavin gets the feeling they want him to stay . . . forever.






The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried—some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Only Thomas Ward is left. He’s the last hope, the last apprentice.

This is the first book in the fantastic Last Apprentice series.




The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.




Monsters (The Unexplained) by Judith Herbst

Explores such “”monsters”" as the Yeti, zombies, and the Loch Ness monster, debunking many of these fantastic stories. But what creatures might yet be lurking out there just waiting to be discovered? A great read for curious minds.





Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah and James Howe

BEWARE THE HARE! Is he or isn’t he a vampire?
Before it’s too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household — a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits…and fangs! A horrific (yet humorous) read.
The first book in the Bunnicula series.





Of course, for a sure bet you can always try the ever-popular Goosebumps or American / Michigan Chillers series:



Enjoy these books and many more by visiting your local KDL branch library today!


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KDL Top Ten – 10/18/2013

Friday, October 18th, 2013

View 10 of the most popular Teen Graphic Novel series this month at KDL – click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

Top Ten Teen Graphic Novels 10-18-2013

Celebrate Teen Read Week, October 13–19!Teen Read Week YALSA logo

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City of Bones Readalikes

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

If you like City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, then you will want to select your next great read from this booklist. There are plenty of books to choose from. Remember to read the book before you watch the movie, The Mortal Instruments.



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Hunger Games Program: Round 2

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

hunger-games-catching-fireIf you are a teen who loves The Hunger Games series, you don’t want to miss out on this program! Catching Fire will take place at several KDL branches this fall. Head to the library’s arena for games, crafts and science. The library will be “ever in your favor!”

Thursday, October 3, 3:00 PM – Grandville branch
Saturday, November 2, 2:00 PM – Byron Township branch
Saturday, November 9, 2:00 PM – Gaines Township branch
Tuesday, November 12, 3:30 PM – Wyoming branch
Saturday, November 16, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Thursday, November 21, 2:30 PM – Comstock Park branch
Saturday, November 23, 10:00 AM – Krause Memorial branch
Saturday, November 23, 2:00 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Wednesday, November 27, 3:30 PM – Cascade Township branch

Click here for addresses and map locations for all KDL branches.



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Teens: Got the Moves?

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

just danceTeen Video Game Tournament: Just Dance

Get those moves ready and join us for some hip-shaking action!

Many will enter, only the best will be crowned champions. This tournament features great prizes and snacks. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. To register, click here.

Saturday, November 16, 12:00 PMEast Grand Rapids branch

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Connect with a Veteran

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

thank you childShow your support for our military veterans by writing a letter of appreciation October 1 – November 4. Templates are available at all KDL branches. Letters will be distributed to veterans through the Grand Rapids Department of Veterans Affairs. All ages can participate.

You are also invited to attend a Veteran’s Appreciation Open House at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 9 at the Wyoming branch. Teresa Irish, author of A Thousand Letters Home, will share the touching story of her parents’ lives through letters exchanged during World War II. Enjoy refreshments and music by the Wyoming High School honors choir.





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Celebrating Comics and Graphic Novels

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

September 25 marks National Comic Book Day, so in honor of that event, here are some graphic novel recommendations. First up is Avatar: The Last Airbender by Gene Luen Yang. If you watched the movies and want to know what happens next, these are great additions to the story.  Currently there is a trilogy titled The Promise and a second trilogy, The Search, with the last book due out at the end of October.

Next up is for anyone who loves the mythology genre, like Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. George O’Connor’s Olympians series is a great introduction to Greek mythology. So far there are five books, each one featuring a different god: Zeus, Athena, Hera, Hades and Poseidon. The books also feature brief summaries of other gods who were mentioned in the story but don’t have their own book.

The final recommendation is for Eric Shanower’s adaptations of Baum’s Oz books. This book series is a visually pleasing way to experience the wonderful world of Oz. The first Wonderful Wizard of Oz book is the most familiar because of the movies, but this series covers other L. Frank Baum’s Oz books as well.

avatar   olympians   oz


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Battle Those Beyblades

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

beybladeDon’t miss out on all the spinning action! Children ages 6 and older are invited to test their skills and have fun competing in KDL’s Beyblade Battles. Bring your own Beyblades and arenas, or train and compete using our equipment. There is sure to be a dizzying amount of excitement!

Mondays, September 23, October 21 and November 18, 4:30 PM – Cascade Township branch
Wednesdays, September 25 and October 23, 6:30 PM – Englehardt branch
Saturdays, September 28 and October 26, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Wednesday, October 9, 6:30 PM – Grandville branch
Thursday, October 17, 6:00 PM – Tyrone Township branch
Saturday, November 16, 10:30 AM – Tyrone Township branch
Wednesday, November 27, 1:00 PM – Englehardt branch

For maps to all KDL branches, click here.

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Star Wars Reads: At a Branch Near You

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Courtesy Broward Palm Beach New TimesMay the force be with you as we celebrate Star Wars and reading. Join us for crafts, games and activities that are out of this galaxy! Come dressed as your favorite character to add to the fun. Guys Read Approved.

For links to maps to all our branches, click here.

Saturday, September 21, 10:00 AM – Krause Memorial branch
Saturday, September 28, 10:30 AM – Tyrone Township branch
Saturday, October 5, 10:30 AM – Alpine Township branch
Saturday, October 5, 2:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Sunday, October 6, 2:00 PM – Cascade Township branch
Saturday, October 12, 1:00 PM – Walker branch
Saturday, October 19, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Saturday, October 19, 2:00 PM – Wyoming branch
Saturday, October 26, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park branch
Saturday, November 2, 1:00 PM – Grandville branch
Tuesday, November 5, 6:30 PM – Englehardt branch
Saturday, November 9, 10:00 AM – Plainfield Township branch
Saturday, November 9, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Saturday, November 16, 10:00 AM – Gaines Township branch
Saturday, November 16, 2:00 PM – Byron Township branch

(Photo courtesy of Broward Palm Beach New Times)

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