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“Strange, Spooky, Wicked Michigan” at Plainfield

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

programThe “Strange, Spooky, Wicked Michigan” program originally scheduled for Oct. 14 at the Plainfield Township Branch, 2650 5 Mile Rd. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, has been rescheduled. It’s now taking place Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Listen as researcher Amberrose Hammond shares video and audio clips of her investigations into Michigan’s more mysterious stories. Halloween may be over by then but that doesn’t mean the thrills and chills have to stop!

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November LibraryReads Staff Picks

Monday, October 26th, 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. The Japanese Lover: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteThe Japanese Lover: A Novel by Isabel Allende
    “Irina is a young Moldavian immigrant with a troubled past. She works at an assisted living home where she meets Alma, a Holocaust survivor. Alma falls in love with Ichi, a young Japanese gardener, who survived Topaz, the Japanese internment camp. Despite man’s inhumanity to man, love, art and beauty can exist, as evidenced in their beautiful love story.”
    Ellen Firer, Merrick Library, Merrick, NY

  3. The Improbability of Love: A NovelThe Improbability of Love: A Novel by Hannah Rothschild
    “The engaging, totally unexpected story of Annie, a lonely young woman who wanders into a junk shop and buys a painting. The painting turns out to have a long and storied past, with powerful people searching high and low for it. Unpredictable and fascinating; I loved the peek into the cutthroat art world and watching Annie blossom as she discovers her true calling.”
    Heather Bistyga, Anderson County Library, Anderson, SC

  5. Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect LivingLittle Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living by Jason Gay
    “This was a quick, enjoyable read that offers a refreshing perspective on some of the trivialities we all find ourselves caught up in. I enjoyed the tone and humor throughout. A standout for me was Gay’s list of recommendations for his child’s future baseball team. His open letter to this imagined future team envisions a team that can just let kids be kids. My only disappointment with this book was that there wasn’t more of it—it seemed to end all too soon.”
    Lindley Homol, Chesterfield County Public Library, Chesterfield, VA

  7. Crimson ShoreCrimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
    In the latest installment in the Special Agent Pendergast series, Pendergast and Constance Greene investigate a theft of a wine cellar in an ancient village on the coast north of Salem, only to discover during their investigation the entombed remains of a tortured man. “I always thoroughly enjoy the Pendergast novels, and the interaction between Pendergast and Constance in this book was very intriguing.”
    Shari Brophy, Timberland Regional Library, Tumwater, WA

  9. The Muralist: A NovelThe Muralist: A Novel by B. A. Shapiro
    “This art-filled story following the young life and disappearance of Alizee Benoit is heartbreaking and thoughtful. Not only does the novel give an entertaining education on the WPA and abstract artists, but it also gives eerily relevant commentary on refugees and the cold-heartedness of government. Alizee’s story will pull you along as you try to grasp how this bright light of the art community vanished.”
    Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA

  11. The Girl with Ghost EyesThe Girl with Ghost Eyes by M. H. Boroson
    “In San Francisco during the late 1800s, a young Chinese widow tries to keep her father alive, and win a place in his heart she doesn’t realize she already owns. This story is filled with wonderful detail from Chinese folklore and mythology, and plenty of action as two tongs battle to control Chinatown. The very best fantasy employs strong characters who are real people with real problems. I enjoyed every page.”
    Janet Martin, Southern Pines Public Library, Southern Pines, NC

  13. Along the Infinite SeaAlong the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams
    “When Pepper Schuyler—on the run from a powerful politician and desperate to protect her unborn child—sells her newly restored classic car to an enigmatic and very wealthy woman, she not only finds unexpected refuge but also tantalizing hints of a mystery. With vivid European settings, colorful characters and intricate plotting that skillfully weaves past and present together, Along The Infinite Sea is a treat for fans of Beatriz Williams.”
    Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

  15. A Likely Story: A Library Lover's MysteryA Likely Story: A Library Lover’s Mystery by Jenn McKinlay
    A Likely Story is just as addictive as the rest of the Library Lover’s mysteries! McKinlay has written some of the most authentic library characters that I’ve come across in the cozy mystery genre. I can’t wait to find out what the employees and patrons of Briar Creek Public Library (especially Sully) are up to next!”
    Michelle Ross, Kanawha County Public Library, Charleston, WV

  17. Dear Mr. YouDear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker
    “Parker has created a unique and poetic memoir through a series of letters—some of appreciation, some of apology, some simply of acknowledgement—to the men in her life. Ranging from a taxi driver to a grandfather she never knew, each man has left an imprint and shaped her into the person she has become. Full of feeling, growth, and self-discovery, Parker’s book has left me longing to write my own letters.”
    PJ Gardiner, Wake County Public Libraries, Raleigh, NC

  19. A Wild Swan: And Other TalesA Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham
    “These are fairy tales that have slightly more insight, for the discerning adult. “The Wild Swans” was actually my favorite when I was young, next to “The Little Mermaid.” These are a continuation of what happens after those stories end and are set, in some instances, in the modern world. Packed with humor, this is an easy gift for those who like to be read to at night or feel too old for idealistic fairy tales.”
    Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA


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


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Sunday Afternoon Live – Free Concerts for Adults

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Heat up the cool autumn weather with the sizzling sounds of local Grand Rapids bands Vox Vidorra and Afro Zuma at two concerts to be held at the Cascade Township branch.

Vox Vidorra, an Indie Rock/Soul group featuring the soaring vocalsVoxVidorraPublicityPhoto
of lead singer and lyricist Molly Bouwsma-Schultz will hit the stage on Sunday, October 25 at 2:00 PM at the Cascade Township branch. With songs inspired by experiences in Grand Rapids and social themes like religion, racism and oppression, Vox Vidorra aims to move their audience to action.

Hailing from Michigan with a worldly sound originating in Nigeria, Afro Zuma, is a 14- piece collaboration of jazz, rock and funk artists. Giving high energy performances in the West African musical style of Afrobeat, this group is sure to get you grooving. Join the fun on Sunday, November 22 at 2:00 PM at the Cascade Township branch.

AfroZumaPublicityPhotoThank you to sponsors Tassell-Wisner-Bottrall Foundation, Cascade Charter Township, Friends of the Cascade Library, David & Michelle Bottrall and the Cascade Township Downtown Development Authority for providing this entertainment to the public. Tickets are not necessary for the concerts, for more information please visit www.kdl.org or call (616)784-2007.



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KDL Anywhere, Anytime with KDLCast

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

KDL Cast WEB TRANSPARENTTake us on the road with you! Kent District Library’s podcast, KDLCast, is up and running and ready to entertain you. Bringing in professionals once a month, KDL covers topics to enhance your life from exploring the back roads of Michigan to advice on incorporating gluten-free meals in your diet. Join the fun and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Happy listening!

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October LibraryReads Staff Picks

Thursday, October 15th, 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. City on Fire: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteCity on Fire: A Novel by Garth Risk Hallberg
    “WOW! An excellently executed work with intricate plot lines and fascinating characters. It’s a story of how the stories of many different people of New York City in the late seventies crash into each other like waves on rocks. This work may encapsulate the whole of New York City, as it has wealth, love, filth, passion, aimless angst, and the myriad of other aspects of humanity swirling in that amazing city.”
    Racine Zackula, Wichita Public Library, Wichita, KS

  3. After You: A NovelAfter You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
    “I loved Me Before You and thought it ended in the perfect place, but any doubts I had about continuing the story were quickly erased when I started this sequel. Jojo Moyes is a master at tugging on your heartstrings. I laughed, I cried, and I nearly threw my Kindle against the wall at one point. Give this to anyone in your life who has experienced a tragic loss. With a box of tissues.”
    Joseph Jones, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland, OH

  5. A Banquet of Consequences: A Lynley NovelA Banquet of Consequences: A Lynley Novel by Elizabeth George
    “Still reeling from a previous fall from grace, police detective Barbara Havers has a chance to redeem her standing—if she can unravel the very twisted threads that led to the murder of a prominent English feminist. Meanwhile, her superior officer Thomas Lynley pursues a love interest even as he keeps a sharp lookout for any slip-ups by Havers. This is the strongest addition to the series in years.”
    Starr Smith, Fairfax County Public Library, Falls Church, VA

  7. Slade House: A NovelSlade House: A Novel by David Mitchell
    “Every nine years, Slade House appears in a little alley in London, and every nine years, someone disappears into it, never to be seen again. Fans of The Bone Clocks will inhale this compact, six-part work that draws on Mitchell’s established mythology and reintroduces a familiar character or two. New readers, however, won’t be lost. Literary fiction, fantasy, and a dose of horror combine here to make a deeply satisfying book.”
    Jenny Arch, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

  9. The Heart Goes Last: A NovelThe Heart Goes Last: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
    “The premise of Atwood’s latest is interesting, grounded strongly in current social and economic issues. The writing is as elegant and beautiful, as always with Atwood. I recommend this book because it is a wonderful and thought-provoking novel. People who have enjoyed other Atwood works should definitely take a look at this one.”
    Lauren Mitchell, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ

  11. The Secret Chord: A NovelThe Secret Chord: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
    “Brooks does it again, in this fascinating and richly detailed fictionalized account of the life and times of King David. We see David as he might actually have been: a charismatic leader of men, both brutal and conflicted. This is perfect for historical fiction readers who enjoy lots of detail and believable characters. It transports you to the times and places inhabited by David.”
    Marilee Cogswell, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA

  13. Welcome to Night Vale: A NovelWelcome to Night Vale: A Novel by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor
    From the creators of the popular podcast about a nameless town where the supernatural and strange are commonplace comes a new mystery novel. “This is classic Night Vale in written form. It’s an absolute must for Night Vale fans, and will possibly provide an introduction for those who haven’t found this snarky little podcast yet.”
    Debra Franklin, York County Public Library, Rock Hill, SC

  15. In Bitter ChillIn Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward
    “Great new mystery set in the atmospheric Peak District of England. When a woman’s suicide is found to be related to an unsolved case of a missing girl, the police must reinvestigate a long cold case. I hope this book will be the first in a new series!”
    Pamela Wiggins, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC

  17. Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMAThen Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA
    by Roberta Kaplan with Lisa Dickey
    “The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional life led by her client. This is a heartwarming and inspiring account of one widow’s pursuit of justice and dignity.”
    Darren Nelson, Sno-Isle Libraries, Marysville, WA

  19. We Were BrothersWe Were Brothers by Barry Moser
    “Moser’s deeply personal memoir of his volatile relationship with his brother in the segregated south is thoughtful and beautifully written. Strong differences of opinions divided the brothers. Late in life, reconciliation came, but only after years of heartache. There is much to ponder from this work, which is timely given current racial tensions.”
    PJ Gardiner, Wake County Public Libraries, Raleigh, NC


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


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A.S. King Visits THIS WEEK!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

In preparation for our October 15th author visit from A.S. King – yes friends, that is in TWO DAYS! – I thought it would be a good time to reminisce about some of my favorite A.S. King books. She is one of my favorite go-to authors when I am in need of a book that will shake my reading list up a bit.

If you have not read King, I suggest going with one of two books: Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future or Ask the Passengers. Both of these books ease you into Kings writing style; greeting you with depth of character and an unusual story that does an impeccable job presenting real life teen issues in a unique and powerful way. These change-of-pace books are sure to add great variety to any readers list.

17453303Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future

 Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities–but not for Glory, who has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way…until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions–and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying.

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Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother’s pushiness and her father’s lack of interest tell her they’re the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. They’re the only people who won’t judge her when she asks them her most personal questions . . . like what it means that she’s falling in love with a girl. As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect the lives of strangers–and her own–for the better.

 If you are ready to jump right into a King book then I suggest Reality Boy:

17332968Reality Boy

A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child “star” struggling to break free of his anger. Gerald Faust started feeling angry even before his mother invited a reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth–which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle–and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education at school. No one cares that Gerald has tried to learn to control himself; they’re all just waiting for him to snap. And he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that…until he chooses to create possibilities for himself that he never knew he deserved.

Great news! If you are an avid King reader you’re in luck! Her new novel I Crawl Through It was released late September of this year to great review thus far!

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Four teenagers are on the verge of exploding. The anxieties they face at every turn have nearly pushed them to the point of surrender: senseless high-stakes testing, the lingering damage of past trauma, the buried grief and guilt of tragic loss. They are desperate to cope, but no one is listening. So they will lie. They will split in two. They will turn inside out. They will even build an invisible helicopter to fly themselves far away…but nothing releases the pressure. Because, as they discover, the only way to truly escape their world is to fly right into it.

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Rick Riordan’s The Sword of Summer is Here!

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Rick Riordan, the popular author of The Lightning Thief, and the Red Pyramid has just released the first book in a highly anticipated new series.

Sword of Summer, book one of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, follows Magnus Chase as he goes from being homeless on the streets of Boston to discovering he is the son of a Norse god.

Sword of Summer

Watch the book trailer here!

Happy reading!


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Two eBooks, No Wait!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

BigLibrary ReadJoin millions of readers around the world reading one eBook. As part of Overdrive’s Big Library Read program, we are pleased to offer our patrons unlimited access to the eBooks The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley and In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters now through October 21. No matter how many KDL patrons are reading or listening to this book, we will have a copy available for you to download — no holds, no waitlists!

Click here to learn more about the featured titles.

We encourage you to join this global “library book club!” Download The Door in the Hedge or In the Shadow of Blackbirds today.


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Call for Teen Film Festival Entries

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

TeenFilmFestivalLogoEntries are now being accepted for the Kent County Teen Film Festival! Teen filmmakers, get your cameras rolling and don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to see your film on the big screen and win amazing prizes!

The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 22, 2016. Selected films will be screened from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 27 at Celebration! Cinema North (2121 Celebration Dr. NE). Click here for more information, including contest rules. The Kent County Teen Film Festival is sponsored by Compucraft and Kent District Library.

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Meet the Author: Emily St. John Mandel

Monday, October 5th, 2015

EmilyStJohnMandel1SMALLWe are so excited that Emily St. John Mandel, author of the Great Michigan Read book Station Eleven, will be visiting the Cascade Township Branch at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 6.  Guests will enjoy a light breakfast and a chat with the author. Registration is required and spots are limited, so sign up today by clicking here or calling 784-2007. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Cascade Library.

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