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Go Wild with these Youth Booklists!

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

    Mr Tiger Goes Wild    dragons love tacos     belly up

Are you ready to read this summer? Go wild with Mr. Tiger (but avoid swimming in a fountain without your top hat), make tacos for lunch and feed them to imaginary dragons (leave out the jalapeños!) and help solve the case of the murdered hippo! Check out these fantastic youth booklists that invite your child to read, play, laugh and discover.

 


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Hey Buddy, Take a Hike

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

north country trailGiven that West Michigan (specifically, the city of Lowell) serves as the headquarters for the 4,600-mile, seven-state North Country Scenic Trail, it seemed fitting that we team up with that organization of hiking enthusiasts for a series of programs in June.

The National Park Service Presents the North County Trail
The series kicks off with a presentation on the trail’s history and features by Mark Weaver, National Park Service Superintendent of the trail.
Monday, June 9, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch
Monday, June 16, 6:30 PM – Englehardt Branch

Trail Hiking 101
Chuck Hayden, of the West Michigan Chapter of the North Country Trail Association, will tell you everything you need to know about boots, poles, safety and etiquette to begin your trail-hiking journey.
Tuesday, June 17, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch

The North Country Trail and the Kitchen Sink
Author and Ludington Daily News columnist Joan Young, the first woman to complete the North Country Trail, will share tales of her experiences.
Tuesday, June 24, 7:00 PM at the Cascade Township Branch

 


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Memorial Day Suggested Reading

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Memorial Day is observed each year to remember the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces. KDL has prepared a list of recent books, both nonfiction and fiction, that have to do with the impact of war on those who served, and on their loved ones whose lives have been changed by separation and loss. Check out the list here.

Fearless         Wake          Bringing Mulligan Home          A Star For Mrs. Blake

Other lists of recommended reading having to do with wars are also available. Check out the booklists for American Wars of Manifest Destiny, World War I and World War II. Many books are also available for downloading to your eReader or tablet by visiting ebooks.kdl.org, and doing a search for an individual book or a keyword search for “war” or “soldiers.”

In honor of Memorial Day, Kent District Library will be closed on Monday, May 26.

 


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Meet the Author: Josh Malerman

Monday, May 12th, 2014

BirdBoxJosh Malerman (who, mark my words, will soon be bestselling author Josh Malerman) will be at Schuler Books & Music on 28th Street in Kentwood at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 16. Go. Please, go.

From time to time I sneak into our assistant director’s office and borrow a few of her LibraryReads hopefuls. That’s how I got ahold of Bird Box.

It was several months ago, but I haven’t stopped thinking about this post-apocalyptic, stark and terrifying-in-broad-daylight novel by Detroit’s Malerman (also the lead singer of rock band The High Strung). The clipped dialogue and short, tight sentences matched the book’s “frantic in a sort of hopeless way, really” pace. It’s crazy-original, and just wicked, wicked good fiction.

Universal Pictures has already optioned the movie rights — of course they have, and it has the potential to be a terrific flick. But to get the full effect, read the book.

Need more convincing before you go to Schuler on Friday? Here’s a recent article.

 


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Exciting New Youth Book Lists

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

           

Get your child ready to write with great picture books that inspire writing. Have your child hold a crayon and scribble a picture just like Harold in the classic book, Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.

Enjoy historical fiction? Imagine a trip to space with the book Racing the Moon by Alan Armstrong.

Connect your child with the perfect book this spring with these exciting book lists!

 


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New Teen eBook / eAudiobook Site

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Good news for Teens (or those of us whose teen years may be behind us but who still enjoy reading Teen books :) ) — our OverDrive eBook & eAudiobook site now includes a Teen eReading Room that collects all Teen titles into one place! If you enjoy reading teen materials and don’t want to wade through steamy adult romances or books aimed at the toddler crowd, just go right to ebooks.kdl.org/teens to find your favorites (including the newly-added Hunger Games series!)

 

Teen OverDrive Site

 

Like our Kids eReading Room, the Teen site allows you to easily browse by subject (genre), collection (eBook or eAudiobook) or level (including ATOS and Lexile reading levels that are used by many schools). Try it out today!

Happy Downloading!

 


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Hunger Games eBooks Now Available!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

At long last, this crazy-popular series has been released in eBook format.  Click here to check out or place a hold on a copy today — we know you’ll think it was worth the wait!

The Hunger Games           Catching Fire           Mockingjay

In addition, Scholastic has made many other popular titles from classic series like Goosebumps and The Baby-Sitters Club available for public libraries. Visit our eBook site today to check them out!

 


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Two Titles to Get Your Blood Boiling

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Looking to add a little rage to your life? Take your blood pressure medication and check out these new titles.

The Divide                  Flash Boys

Veteran Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi is your tour guide into The Divide — the bizarro-America where a joint in a man’s pocket lands him in Rikers but money laundering $850 million for a drug cartel earns not a single day in prison. Taibbi traces the history of Too Big to Jail and criminalization of poverty. Taibbi’s biting wit and fierce insight is at full strength in his latest work.

“Stock market’s rigged,” declared Michael Lewis in his 60 Minutes interview. In Flash Boys, Lewis shines a light on the dark world of high-frequency trading (HFT) — buying and selling stock at rates 100 times faster than the blink of an eye. The story focuses on Brad Katsuyama, an investor at a Canadian Bank who wonders why it seems like the market reads his mind. Why does the price spike immediately before he buys shares? The answer is that HFTs are front-running, beating investors to the punch and selling them inflated stock. Master storyteller Lewis makes financial reporting a thrilling page-turner.

 


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New Fantasy Series at KDL

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Emperor's BladesNeed a new fantasy series to get you hooked?  Have you waited long enough for the new George R.R. Martin novel?  Try these new series of fantasy and adventure!

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley is the first book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series.  When the emperor of Annur is assassinated by an unknown enemy, his daughter and two sons work to reveal the assassin and survive the new world.

Star Wars author Drew Karpyshyn’s new novel is Children of Fire.  This epic fantasy focuses on three magical talismans that were lost and a protective magical barrier that is fading with time.

Stormdancer

Speaking of George R.R. Martin, fans of the Song of Ice and Fire series will enjoy Scottish author Anthony Ryan’s debut novel, Blood Song.  The first in the Raven’s Song trilogy, Blood Song is about Vaeliln Al Sorna who has trained his whole life to be a warrior in the Brothers of the Sixth Order.

Australian fantasy author Jay Kristoff’s The Lotus War series is not as new as the others on this list, but is just as imaginative.  Check out Stormdancer and Kinslayer for novels of Japanese-influenced steampunk fantasy.

 

 

 

 


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Game of Thrones Is Back!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Game of Thrones started back up on TV — are you watching it?  If you are a fan, we have many materials to help get your Thrones fix.

We have the Song of Ice and Fire series, the book series the TV show is based on.  If you are behind in the TV show or want a refresher on what happened last season, we also have HBO’s Game of Thrones available for checkout.

A Game of Thrones     A Clash of Kings     Game of Thrones

While you are waiting for the next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, we have some good options that we think you’ll like.  Try The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen, His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novak or The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

The False Prince     His Majesty's Dragon     The Name of the Wind

We also have some great titles to supplement the Game of Thrones universe.  If you like to cook, check out A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Companion Cookbook to Game of Thrones. For the Tyrion Lannister fans, you’ve got to check out The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister. Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones would be a great companion for anyone watching the TV show.

A Fesst of Ice & Fire     The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister     Inside Game of Thrones

 


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