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Books that Bring You Home for the Holidays

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

It’s time to read your way into the holiday spirit! Check out Library Journal’s Christmas Literary Escapes, written by our very own Melissa DeWild, Collection Development Manager at KDL. These holiday tales will have you wanting to pack up and visit a small town (or island) for Christmas. The settings are full of charm even when there’s a murderer on the loose, so settle in for another snowy season of crime and family get-togethers.

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KDL on WGVU — Chris Van Allsburg Visit

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The Misadventures of Sweetie PieEach 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 East Grand Rapids Branch staff Holly Goulet and Vanessa Walstra talk about an upcoming visit by award-winning author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg and some great holiday reads. Enjoy!

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• Find out more about Chris Van Allsburg’s visit

• Get a ticket to the book signing

• Request The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie by Chris Van Allsburg

• Request Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

• Request The Princess Bride

• Request As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

• Request The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

• Request The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

• Request Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

 


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NaNoWriMo 2014

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

NaNoWriMoNo, that title isn’t just a bunch of gibberish — it’s “National Novel Writing Month,” held in November every year. If you’ve ever dreamed of writing your own novel, what better time to start than now?

Your goal: Write a 50,000-word novel by midnight, November 30. Sound impossible? Don’t worry — NaNoWriMo is all about enthusiasm and perseverance, not high quality writing. Just let go, lower your expectations, and let the words flow.

Sound interesting? Check out the official NaNoWriMo site for more information or to sign up.

Need some help to get started? There’s a Grand Rapids area forum so you can find other writers and NaNoWriMo events near you. Or check our Events Calendar for Writers’ Groups and NaNoWriMo “Come Write-In” programs scheduled at KDL branches.

And if you say “no way!” to writing 50,000-word novel in just 1 month, why not start with a 3000-word (or less) short story instead? Our Write Michigan Short Story contest deadline is November 30, and you could win a cash prize and be published!

(Hey teens — NaNoWriMo also has a Young Writers Program just for you!)

Happy writing!


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Meet the Author… and His Furry Friend

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Tuesday Tucks Me InJoin us for a visit with author Luis Carlos Montalván and his service dog Tuesday as they talk about animal assisted therapy, the human/animal bond and their own heartwarming story. The duo will be at the Plainfield Township Branch at 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 22, and at the Cascade Township Branch at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 23. People of all ages are invited to attend.

Montalván’s book, Tuesday Tucks Me In, is narrated by Tuesday and shares a day in the life of this service dog extraordinaire and tail-wagging ambassador for all things positive and uplifting in the world.

 

 


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Chris Van Allsburg Coming to EGR

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Van AllsburgChris Van Allsburg, Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book author and illustrator, will be visiting his hometown in celebration of his new book release, The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.  The East Grand Rapids Branch, 746 Lakeside Dr. SE, in collaboration with Grand Rapids Ballet and Schuler’s Books & Music, will host a book release celebration at 6:00 PM on Monday, November 24.

Don’t miss out on the Nutcracker-themed crafts, costumed dancers, treats from Jersey Junction, Sweeti-licious Bakery and more — as we celebrate the release of The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.

The event is FREE and open to the public; the book signing will be ticketed.

Tickets are free with purchase of The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie from schulerbooks.com. Each ticketholder may have the author sign up to three copies of newly purchased titles, and one copy of any Van Allsburg book from their personal library. All book orders and accompanying book-signing tickets will be available for pick up at the event.

“It’s going to be a huge thrill for kids to be able to meet the author of their favorite books,” said Holly Goulet, a youth paraprofessional at the East Grand Rapids Branch, “We’re especially lucky to have him at this branch given his ties with the community.”

To pre-purchase books and get a book-signing ticket online, go to http://www.schulerbooks.com/product/chris-vanallsburg-sweetie-pie or visit Schuler Books & Music at their Grand Rapids location (2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids). Books will be available for purchase during the November 24 event. Due to anticipated demand, it cannot be guaranteed that books purchased the day of the event will be signed.

 


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Winter 2014-2015 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 December classes:

  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Career Transitions Workshop: LinkedIn Boot Camp
  • 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):

  • December classes: Registration begins Monday, November 3 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, November 10 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • January classes: Registration begins Monday, December 1 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, December 8 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • February classes: Registration begins Monday, January 5 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, January 12 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Civic Theatre Pass Giveaway: Mary Poppins!

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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Starting today until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Gaines Township (opens at noon) and Krause Memorial (Rockford) (opens at 9:30 AM) branches for the dress rehearsal of Mary Poppins on Thursday, November 13 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 616-784-2007.

 

 

 


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Two Ways to Connect with a Vet

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

thankyouShow your support for our veterans by writing a letter of appreciation anytime in November. Templates are available at all KDL branches. Letters will be distributed to veterans through the local Department of Veterans Affairs.

Also during the month of November, KDL Gives Back will sponsor a collection of wish-list items in support of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Items needed include new batteries, new-release DVDs, men’s and women’s personal care items and individually wrapped candy bars and snacks. Drop items off at any KDL branch.

 

 

 

 


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KDL Top Ten — Horror

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Oh, the Horror! This week’s Top Ten unearths the most popular and fearsome books at KDL this month. Be afraid… but click on the list:

KDL Top Ten Horror 10-31-2014

 


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Don’t Forget to Submit Your Story!

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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The deadline for submitting an entry to the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest is November 30… so get writing! Opportunities like this don’t come around every day, so don’t miss out on this chance to get published and win money! With categories for youth, teens and adults, the entire family can participate.

See www.writemichigan.org for complete details.

 


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