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KDL Top Ten — Juvenile Humor & Joke Books

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Looking for a good joke?  We have jest the thing for you!  View 10 of the most popular titles in Juvenile Humor at KDL:Top Ten Juvenile Humor 02-28-2014


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Guys Read for Teen booklists

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

For February, KDL has two new Guys Read booklists for teens.  The first one is a general list with a variety of books including Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer and Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman.  The other list is related to science fiction and space.  This includes great titles like Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill and Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan.

artemisfowl   sonofthemob   blackholesun   glow


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Suspense-Filled Mystery Series for Middle Readers

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

1416938869_01_MZZZZZZZBenjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School by Andrew Clements

In this five-book series, Benjamin and his two friends set out to prevent their school from being torn down and replaced by a theme park. Since the school is located on a prime piece of land, a company is planning to build the park, and is very determined to see the project completed. In each book, the suspense increases as Benjamin and his friends locate clues. They must work together to figure out what each clue means while desperately trying to solve the mystery before the construction company can build the park; all of this creates a suspenseful and thrilling adventure.

This is a series that appeals to middle readers who enjoy mystery, suspense, adventure and real-life issues in their books. These titles will appeal to reluctant readers. Fans of the author will relish more great titles to read.

The titles in the series are:

Book 1: We the Children

Book 2: Fear Itself

Book 3: The Whites of the Eyes

Book 4: In Harm’s Way

Book 5: We Hold These Truths (conclusion of the series)

 


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Future Teen Fiction Releases

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Did you know that each month KDL compiles a list of teen fiction that will be released in future months? This list includes many popular authors, and it is a great way to keep an eye out for exciting new fiction. Holds may be placed on all of the titles, so watch the list so you can place a hold for your favorite author right away.

This month’s list includes new books by Lauren Oliver, Erin Hunter and Joseph Delaney. You could even plan ahead for summer, with new releases in June from Lisi Harrison, Lisa McMann and Sara Shepard.

Are you anticipating the release of the next book in your favorite series? Note that you are able to place a hold for the third book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series (Dreams of Gods & Monsters will be released on April 8) as well as the sixth book in The Mortal Instruments series (City of Heavenly Fire will be released on May 27).

Place your holds today, and watch for a new Future Fiction list in the beginning of March.

City of Heavenly Fire        Dreams of Gods & Monsters        The First Battle        Panic


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Know a Teen Who Hates Reading?

Monday, February 17th, 2014

At KDL, we believe that teens who don’t like to read just haven’t found the right book yet.  Fortunately, we can help with that. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released its yearly Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list, and here is a link to their Top Ten titles. KDL has them all, so check one out today.

Proxy                    How to Speak Dog                   The Testing

 


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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%

 


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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:

Climate

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!

 


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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

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.

 

 


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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.

 


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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

 


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