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New KDL Board Member: Lee Cook

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Lee Cook (3)Kent District Library welcomes its newest board trustee, Lee Cook, whose first meeting will be in February. We’re so lucky to benefit from his expertise and passion for libraries.

Lee lives in Grandville with his wife, Mary, who is the school librarian at Grand View Elementary.  They have three children: two attend the University of Michigan and one is a freshman at Grandville High School. They are members of First Reformed Church of Grandville, where Lee serves as Vice President of Consistory. Lee is also currently serving on the Grandville City Council, Kent County Dispatch Authority and Grandville Library Board. He is retired from the family business, Cook Funeral Home, and serves as a consultant for another family business, Byron Center Manor. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master’s in Business Administration.

 


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Library Beer Party: Details Here!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

DSCF2689KDL Director Lance Werner and Englehardt Branch Manager Josh Bernstein recently told FOX-17’s Morning Mix team all about the KD aLe beer making and tasting series and the wrap-up party at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, February 25 at Gravel Bottom Brewery in Ada. As part of the festivities, Gravel Bottom will tap a limited-edition keg-a-roony of KD aLe, a Scotch Ale made just for us (and YOU are invited)!

Tune into FOX 17’s Morning Mix between 9:00 and 9:15 AM on Monday, February 9 for the complete scoop from Lance and Josh.

 


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Coming Next Week: Genre Derby, a Second Lap

Monday, January 26th, 2015

GenreDerbyLogoIt’s almost time to pony up!

Every horse wins during Genre Derby, KDL’s social media-driven crowdfunding effort to put more print and digital books in your hands and on your screens. Last year, the inaugural event allowed us to buy more than 400 new titles. Vote for your favorite genre starting next week!

 

 


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“Seventh Son” Movie Premiere: Win Tickets!

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Seventh Son MovieDid you hear that we are presenting a Seventh Son Movie Premiere at 6:30 PM on Friday, February 6 at Celebration! Cinema North? It’s going to be awesome!

Here’s your chance to win a pair of tickets. Leave us a comment on this blog post by Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM and let us know your favorite book of all time. You will automatically be entered to win.

We also a heard a rumor that Joseph Delaney, the author of the book this movie is based on, may do a pre-recorded Q&A to air at the event. What question would you have for him? Leave us a comment with your question and you will also be entered to win.

If you don’t win tickets, make sure to buy them for $15 each. You don’t want to miss out on this amazing night of fun, flicks and food! The movie is rated PG-13 and this event is for tweens, teens and their families. We hope to see you there!

 

*Thank you to everyone who commented. Our winners are Chad Bulthuis, Asia Nguyen, and Peggy Schmidt.

 


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New ScienceFlix Learning Resource for Kids

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

ScienceFlixWe are pleased to offer a new online resource just for kids — ScienceFlix from children’s publisher Scholastic!

You may already be familiar with two related products from Scholastic: BookFlix, which pairs fictional video storybooks with nonfiction eBooks, and TrueFlix, which uses interactive nonfiction books to help hone literacy skills and build subject-area knowledge. ScienceFlix focuses in on engaging subject-area science, technology and engineering content for students in grades 4-9.

ScienceFlix

Each of the 30 multimedia units are aligned to science curriculum standards and feature:

  • Engaging videos to build background knowledge and introduce vocabulary
  • Articles written at three reading levels to ensure comprehension and build content knowledge
  • Project and experiment ideas
  • News stories with study guides
  • Careers section to inspire budding scientists
  • Multimedia including interactive timelines, slideshows, videos and more
  • Editorially vetted and safe links to websites on related content for further learning

There are also Teacher Resources available, such as lesson plans, project ideas, quizzes, videos and media galleries.

Try it out today!

 


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“Seventh Son” Movie Premiere

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Seventh Son MovieWalk the red carpet at Celebration! Cinema North (2121 Celebration Dr. NE)! Purchase tickets today to attend the premiere of Seventh Son, the amazing movie based on Joseph Delaney’s “Last Apprentice” series. The event will take place at 6:30 PM on Friday, February 6. Tickets are $15 and include movie admission, popcorn and a drink. We are throwing in cupcakes and some awesome prize drawings!

There’s more! A green-screen will be set up and guests can have their picture taken in a scene related to the movie. They’ll even be able to take home a 5×7 print. Also, Joseph Delaney himself will welcome our guests via a pre-recorded message shown on the big screen.

Purchase tickets at celebrationcinema.com/KDL. The movie is rated PG-13 and this event is for tweens, teens and their families. We hope to see you there!


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2015 Oscar Nominations

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

oscar.jpgThe 2015 Oscar nominations have finally been announced and to the surprise of nobody here at KDL, there are quite a few nominations based on books.  In fact, six of the eight best picture nominations are either based on books or are book related:

The two other best picture nominations are Boyhood and Selma.

What did you think of the best picture nominations?  Which movies were snubbed?

Click here for a listing of all of the Oscar nominations.

 


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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: Sign Up Today!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

1KB4KWe are thrilled to present 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KB4K) at all 18 KDL branches! Every child in your family can participate, from infant up to Kindergarten.

Does reading 1,000 books seem totally overwhelming? We promise, it’s not as hard as you think! It’s simple, fun and we’ll help you get there!
3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books
1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 books

Visit your local branch to get signed up. Your kids will have a great time earning their stickers and adding their name to our Wall of Fame! They can even earn their very own canvas book bag!

Visit the 1KB4K webpage to learn more. Check out these benefits of reading to your child.

 


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New Zinio Magazines Available

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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Our Zinio digital magazine service now has even more of your favorite titles! We’ve added subscriptions to the following new magazines that you can download and enjoy for FREE on your computer or mobile device:

 

Allrecipes Better Homes and Gardens The Economist HGTV Magazine

The New Yorker Parents Vanity Fair Vanity Fair

Click here to view a complete list of all titles offered through Zinio.

 

Happy Downloading!

 


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February LibraryReads Staff Picks

Wednesday, January 14th, 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. A Spool of Blue Thread: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteA Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel by Anne Tyler
    “In this book, we come to know three generations of Whitshanks — a family with secrets and memories that are sometimes different than what others observe. The book’s timeline moves back and forth with overlapping stories, just like thread on a spool. Most readers will find themselves in the story. Once again, Tyler has written an enchanting tale.”
    Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
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  3. A Touch of Stardust: A NovelA Touch of Stardust: A Novel by Kate Alcott
    “With the background of the making of Gone with the Wind, this is a delightful read that combines historical events with the fictional career of an aspiring screenwriter. Julie is a wide-eyed Indiana girl who, through a series of lucky breaks, advances from studio go-fer and assistant to Carole Lombard to contract writer at MGM. A fun, engaging page-turner!”
    Lois Gross, Hoboken Public Library, Hoboken, NJ
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  5. My Sunshine AwayMy Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
    “A crime against a 15-year-old girl is examined through the eyes of one of her friends—a friend who admits to being a possible suspect in the crime. This is a wonderful debut novel full of suspense, angst, loyalty, deceit, and most of all, love.”
    Alison Nadvornik, Worthington Libraries, Columbus, OH
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  7. The Secrets of Sir Richard KenworthyThe Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn
    “At a dreaded music recital, a cellist catches Sir Richard Kenworthy’s eye, and he determines to marry her. Iris Smythe-Smith is a smart cookie and rightly suspicious of Sir Richard’s motives when he comes courting, but finds herself falling for his charm. Things seem to be working out well until Iris finds out what a big secret Richard is keeping.”
    Sharon Redfern, Rockville Public Library, Vernon, CT
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  9. Half the WorldHalf the World by Joe Abercrombie
    “Fifteen-year-old Thorn, determined to become a king’s soldier, is fighting not just physical opponents, but her world’s social mores. Girls are supposed to desire nothing more than a wealthy husband. Period. Thorn’s struggles to achieve her dream make for a riveting read. Second in a series, this book reads very well as a standalone.”
    Cynthia Hunt, Amarillo Public Library, Amarillo, TX
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  11. Finding Jake: A NovelFinding Jake: A Novel by Bryan Reardon
    “Stay-at-home dad Simon Connelly receives the call every parent dreads: there’s been a shooting at his children’s school. Through flashbacks and present-day narratives, he mines his memory for clues to what may have happened. This is a refreshing take on the well trodden “bad kid” novels, and an excellent thriller to recommend to all who liked Defending Jacob or We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
    Alissa Williams, Pekin Public Library, Pekin, IL
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  13. A Darker Shade of MagicA Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
    “Fantasy fans should enjoy this atmospheric novel, where London is the link between parallel universes, and magician Kell is one of two Travelers who can move between them. Now something sinister is disturbing their equilibrium, and Kell must try to unravel the plot with only feisty street thief Delilah Bard as an ally.”
    Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
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  15. A Murder of MagpiesA Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders
    “Loved this mystery! The acerbic narrator is 40-year-old British book publishing editor Samantha, whose best author goes missing after writing a tell-all book about a famous French fashion designer who died under suspicious circumstances. Very funny, and great secondary characters as well.”
    Ann-Marie Anderson, Tigard Public Library, Tigard, OR
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  17. The Siege Winter: A NovelThe Siege Winter: A Novel by Ariana Franklin & Samantha Norman
    “I couldn’t have been more excited when I learned Franklin wrote a new book. This wonderfully written novel takes place during King Stephen and Empress Matilda’s tumultuous civil conflict to claim England, no matter what cost to themselves or their subjects. The story conveys the brutality of the period without sacrificing the complex nature of the time and the people.”
    Elizabeth Carroll, Madison Public Library, Madison, WI
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  19. Dreaming Spies: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock HolmesDreaming Spies: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
    by Laurie R. King
    “Considering that King is one of the finest mystery authors writing today, it’s no surprise that the latest in the Russell/Holmes series is an engaging read. Intrigue follows the duo as they board a liner bound for Japan and meet up with a known blackmailer and a young Japanese woman who is not all that she seems. Great historical research and rich atmosphere!”
    Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI

 

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

 


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