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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Month

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

April is Wimpy Kid Month!  Celebrate with us by checking out one of Kinney’s popular titles or grabbing a read alike from this KDL recommended reading list. Want to try something new? We have Wimpy Kid titles as audiobooks, ebooks, and DVDs.

Wimpy Kid

Visit Wimpykid.com for more Wimpy Kid fun.  While you are there, enter for a chance to win a daily drawing, design your own book cover, or even plan a Wimpy Kid party.  Waiting for book 10?  Author Jeff Kinney will reveal all the juicy details of the new book during a live webcast on April 27.  Enjoy!


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Introducing Beanstack: Reading Recommendations for Kids

Monday, April 20th, 2015

beanstackWe are so excited to offer our patrons Beanstack, a resource that offers free personalized recommendations for children’s book and apps! It’s a great way to connect children with books that match their specific age, interests, reading level and background. Sign your children up today and every week you will be sent a book recommendation for each child via email. Recommendations are also available via an online profile that you can access anytime from any mobile device!

Watch this short video to learn more:


 


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KDL at DisArt Festival 2015: Everybody is a Poet!

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

disartVisit the KDL creation station downtown during DisArt on Wednesday, April 22 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM for an interactive poetry huddle.  You’ll learn how to create new works from old book pages using words, pictures or both.
50 Louis St. NW, Grand Rapids, 49503.

 DisArt Festival Changing perceptions about disability, one work of art at a time. For more information visit http://www.disartfestival.org

 


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May LibraryReads Staff Picks

Saturday, April 11th, 2015


You already know that your local KDL staff provide great recommendations when you’re looking for your next favorite book. Now library staff across the nation have connected to offer LibraryReads, a nationwide “Top 10″ list of favorite titles each month! Check out these upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. UprootedLibraryReadsFavoriteUprooted by Naomi Novik
    “A young girl is unexpectedly uprooted from her family and becomes involved in a centuries-old battle with The Wood, a malevolent entity which destroys anyone it touches. Fast-paced, with magic, mystery and romance, Novik’s stand-alone novel is a fairy tale for adults.”
    Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library, St. Peters, MO
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  3. A Court of Thorns and RosesA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
    “The human world is in peril. Feyre, a semi-literate girl, hunts for her family’s survival. After she kills an enormous wolf, a fierce fey shows up at her doorstep seeking retribution. Feyre is led to beautiful eternal springs, but the journey is not without danger. Maas masterfully pulls the reader into this new dark fantasy series which feels like a mix of fairy tales, from Beauty and the Beast to Tam Lin.”
    Jessica C. Williams, Westlake Porter Public Library, Westlake, OH
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  5. A God in Ruins: A NovelA God in Ruins: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
    “In A God in Ruins, we become reacquainted with Teddy Todd, the beloved little brother of Ursula from Atkinson’s last book. As with Life After Life, this novel skims back and forth in time, and we see the last half of the 20th century through Ted’s eyes and the eyes of his loved ones. At times funny and at others heartbreaking, Atkinson revels in the beauty and horror of life in all its messiness.”
    Jennifer Dayton, Darien Library, Darien, CT
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  7. The Water Knife: A NovelThe Water Knife: A Novel by Paolo Bacigalupi
    “Bacigalupi’s novel looks at the possible struggle for water rights in the southwestern United States. Reading Bacigalupi’s novel made me thankful for the current easy access to clean drinking water, yet fearful for our future. A great read for any fan of dystopian fiction.”
    Lindsay Atwood, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ
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  9. The Knockoff: A NovelThe Knockoff: A Novel by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
    The Knockoff is a digital-age mash-up of old-school movies The Women and All About Eve, set in the Devil Wears Prada world of a high fashion magazine. I absolutely loved this fresh, charming, addictive and ultimately heroic story of 40-something cancer survivor Imogen’s quest to rescue and rebuild her career, despite the machinations of a younger tech-wiz rival.”
    Janet Schneider, Bryant Library, Roslyn, NY
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  11. Early Warning: A NovelEarly Warning: A Novel by Jane Smiley
    “In the second book of the Langdon trilogy, the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist follows the next generation of the unforgettable Iowa family introduced in Some Luck. Beginning with the death of the patriarch Walter in 1953, Smiley chronicles the social consciousness in America of the 1960s. The book goes up to events in the 1970s and early 1980s that touch each family member in unforeseen ways.”
    Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ
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  13. Seveneves: A NovelSeveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
    “Stephenson’s back in fine form with this hard science fiction masterpiece, combining the detail of Cryptonomicon with the fast-paced action of Reamde. Fans of Anathem will appreciate Stephenson’s speculation about the possibilities of human evolution. This book is a great follow-up for readers who enjoyed the science of Weir’s The Martian. I heartily recommend Seveneves to SF readers.”
    Keith Hayes, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC
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  15. The Ghost FieldsThe Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths
    “Griffiths has written another strong entry in her excellent Ruth Galloway series. Here, Ruth is called in when a World War II plane is excavated, complete with pilot—but the pilot is in the wrong plane. Strong characters combine with an absorbing puzzle to create a hard-to-put-down mystery.”
    Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
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  17. Our Souls at Night: A NovelOur Souls at Night: A Novel by Kent Haruf
    “Beautiful, elegant and poignant, this novel is a distilled experience of Haruf’s writing. The story of how two elders attempt to poke at the loneliness and isolation that surrounds them will stick with me for a long time to come. I’m amazed at how Haruf says so much with such spare prose. He will be missed.”
    Alison Kastner, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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  19. Little Black Lies: A NovelLittle Black Lies: A Novel by Sharon Bolton
    “Set in the Falkland Islands, this novel grabs you from the opening paragraph. A child is missing, and he’s not the first. The incident sets off a chain of events leading to multiple characters confessing to murder. Accustomed to living in an idyllic community, fear and anger escalate among the locals. Bolton has created a page-turner of a story with a surprise ending.”
    Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ

 

See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!

 


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KDL on WGVU Radio — KDL Caffeinated

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Kip at WGVUEach 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 Kip Odell, Adult Services Librarian at the Grandville Branch, talk about our KDL Caffeinated series of coffee and tea brewing and tasting events, as well as Creative Canvas Painting and Recycled Reads programs. Kip also recommends the book Scary Close by Donald Miller.

Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 

 

 

 


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Teen Halo Tournament

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Picture2If you think you have what it takes to be the best, sign up with a partner to compete in our Halo 4 multiplayer tournament. All the fun will take place from 1:00 – 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 25 at the Grandville Branch. The last team standing wins the prize! Pre-registration is required. For teens grades 6-12.

We hope to see you there!


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Spring 2015 Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our May classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More!
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Using It and Loving It!
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Where’s My Stuff?
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics and More
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Office Workshop
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required and will begin the month before the scheduled classes on the first Monday of each month for KDL cardholders and the second Monday for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available):

  • May classes: Registration begins Monday, April 6 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, April 13 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Michigan Authors Night

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Show your support for authors from our area and discover your next favorite writer. The next of our seasonal Michigan Authors Nights will be held at our Kentwood Branch on Thursday, April 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Our line-up is:

Nonfiction author Lisa Rose Hammond
J.R. Roper, youth fantasy author
(Work by the authors above are part of KDL’s Local Indie collection)

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Book Bash is Coming Soon!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

BookBash-KDL_jpgBook Bash is right around the corner! We hope you plan to attend our Giant Warehouse Book Sale, featuring more than 20,000 gently-used books and other items that will be available for just 50 cents to $1 each. Sunday is Bag Day — $6 buys as many items as you can fit in a bag. All proceeds support Summer Reading @ KDL and other branch programs. Held at the KDL Service Center, 814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park.

Friday, April 24, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 25, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 26, 1:00 – 4:00 PM (Bag Sale)


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Civic Theatre Passes: Alexander and the Terrible…

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

1alexStarting NOW until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Gaines Township and Krause Memorial (Rockford) branches for the dress rehearsal of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (30 N. Division Ave.) All dress rehearsals are general seating and vouchers must be redeemed for an admission ticket on dress night only.

Vouchers do not guarantee a seat, as dress rehearsals include open admission sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM.

Questions? Call KDL Patron Services at 784-2007.


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