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LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites 2014 Staff Picks

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014


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 favorite titles of 2013–2014 that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. The Storied Life of A. J. FikryLibraryReadsFavoriteThe Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin
    “A middle-aged bookseller mourning his lost wife, a feisty publisher’s rep, and a charmingly precocious abandoned child come together on a small island off the New England coast in this utterly delightful novel of love and second chances.”
    Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
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  3. The Rosie ProjectThe Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion
    “Don Tillman, a brilliant geneticist, thinks that having women fill out a six-page, double-sided questionnaire before a date is logical and reasonable. Rosie Jarman, an impetuous barmaid, thinks Don should loosen up and learn to live a little. Follow the unlikely pair in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good story of unexpected joys, discovery and love.”
    Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
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  5. All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
    “Set during World War II Europe, this novel is sobering without being sentimental. The tension builds as the alternating, parallel stories of Werner and Marie-Laure unfold, and their paths cross. I highly recommend this beautiful and compelling story.”
    Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN
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  7. FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    “At turns funny, sweet, smart, and sad, Fangirl traces Cath’s journey to independence as she begins college, struggles to have an identity separate from her twin sister, find her voice and passion as a writer and fall in love, maybe, for the first time. As sharp and emotionally resonant as Rowell’s previous novel, Eleanor & Park.”
    Stephanie Chase, Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro, OR
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  9. The GoldfinchThe Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt
    “Fans of The Secret History will rediscover the Tartt they loved back in 1992. Readers who love the novelist for her richly developed, dark, multi-layered characters and thoroughly researched topics will not be disappointed. Tartt pulls together many threads of a story across a long span of pages and into a complete masterpiece.”
    Kim Dorman, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
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  11. We Were LiarsWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
    “This brilliant and heartbreaking novel tells the story of a prestigious family living on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Full of love, lies, secrets, no shortage of family dysfunction, and a shocking twist that you won’t see coming. Though this book is written for teens, it shouldn’t be overlooked by anyone looking for a fantastic read.”
    Susan Balla, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
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  13. Station ElevenStation Eleven: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel
    “An actor playing King Lear dies onstage just before a cataclysmic event changes the future of everyone on Earth. What will be valued and what will be discarded? Will art have a place in a world that has lost so much? What will make life worth living? These are just some of the issues explored in this beautifully written dystopian novel. Recommended for fans of David Mitchell, John Scalzi and Kate Atkinson.”
    Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC
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  15. One Plus OneOne Plus One: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
    “A single mom, her math genius daughter, her eye-shadow-wearing stepson, a wealthy computer geek and a smelly dog all get into a car… it sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it’s actually another charming novel from Jojo Moyes. It’s more of a traditional romance than Me Before You, but will also appeal to fans of quirky, hard-working characters. A quick read and perfect for summer.”
    Emily Wichman, Clermont County Public Library, Milford, OH
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  17. LandlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell
    Landline explores the delicate balance women make between work and family, considering the tradeoffs and pain. Rowell has a special gift for offering incredible insights into ordinary life. Never heavy-handed, Rowell’s writing is delivered with humor and grace. I finish all of her books wanting to laugh and cry at the same time — they are that moving. Landline captured my heart.”
    Andrea Larson, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL
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  19. LongbournLongbourn by Jo Baker
    “Using Pride and Prejudice’s familiar setting and characters, Baker tells a very different story of family, love and self-discovery. Bold and intelligent, Sarah is an orphaned housemaid whose days are filled with hard, body-punishing work. Baker doesn’t sugar-coat. A beautiful, uplifting novel full of mystery, hope and romance. Highly recommended for Austen fans and historical fiction readers.”
    Jenifer May, Secaucus Public Library, Secaucus, NJ

 

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

 


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Mark your Calendar: Winter Book Sales

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

BooksGet a great deal on some great books. Shop our upcoming book sales, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Walker Branch
Thursday, December 4, 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday, December 5, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, December 6, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Plainfield Township Branch
Saturday, December 6, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, December 7, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, December 13 – Saturday, December 20, during open hours

Plainfield Township Branch
Friday, January 9, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, January 10, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 11, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Monday, January 12, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Wyoming Branch
Saturday, January 24, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Friends of the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library Craft and Book Sale
Visit the group’s booth at the Resurrection Lutheran Church (180 Northland Dr. in Sand Lake). Purchase books, crafts and raffle tickets to win the Friends’ quilt, which will be on display.
Saturday, December 6, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 


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LinkedIn Boot Camp Canceled

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Tonight’s LinkedIn Boot Camp scheduled for 6:00 PM at the Grandville Branch has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience and will try to reschedule with the presenter. Drive safe, everyone.


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Celebrate the Season!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

SNowflakeCelebrate the holiday season with KDL! We are offering all kinds of exciting programs for children, families and adults this winter.  Don’t miss out on all the free fun! Please click on the program title for dates, times and locations.

3D Paper Snowflakes
Make a six-pointed star for any occasion, whether it’s the holidays, a baby shower, graduation or just something pretty for your home. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. For adults.

Gingerbread Lane
Stroll down Gingerbread Lane and enjoy tasty gingerbread stories. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. For all ages.

The Reindeer Are Coming!
Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the library. Dress warmly and don’t forget the camera! For all ages.

Mush!
Tun-Dra Kennels owners will talk about sled dogs, mushing equipment and the Iditarod. Families can meet the dogs and watch a demonstration outside, weather permitting. For all ages.

Countdown to Happy “Noon” Year!
We’re giving kids an exciting way to ring in 2015 with a countdown, noisemakers, goodies and fun — at an hour that won’t keep them up way past their bedtimes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For all ages.

Winter Snow Party
Celebrate winter wonderland indoors with crafts, games and activities! For ages 6 and younger.

 


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Yes, We’re Open!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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It’s another snow day for lots of kids in the area,
but KDL branches remain OPEN!
All programs will take place as scheduled.

Please drive carefully if you choose to visit us today.


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KDL CLOSED TUESDAY NOVEMBER 18

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Due to weather and road conditions, all branches of KDL and the Service Center will be closed today, Tuesday, November 18. All programs are cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 


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Deadline for Write Michigan is Approaching!

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Write Michigan 2014The deadline for submitting an entry to the second 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, teen and adult, the entire family can participate.

See www.writemichigan.org for complete details.


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Beekeeping Program Canceled

Monday, November 17th, 2014

The Beekeeping program scheduled for 6:30 PM tonight at the Comstock Park Branch has been canceled due to the weather. We hope to work with the presenter to reschedule. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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Herbal Holiday Gifts Program Canceled

Monday, November 17th, 2014

SeedLibraryLogoThe Herbal Holiday Gifts programs scheduled for 6:30 PM tonight at the Grandville Branch and 6:30 PM tomorrow night at the Wyoming Branch have been canceled by the presenter. The program at 6:30 PM on Thursday, November 20 at the Spencer Township Branch is still scheduled at this point. We hope to work with the presenter to reschedule, and if so, will contact those on the registration lists. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

 


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KD aLe: We’re Pouring a Second Round

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

KD Ale logo WEBIt’s back: our wildly hop-ular beer making and tasting series, and this time we’ve got more tastings, more programs and more local breweries and brew gurus to prime your palate for local craft beer.

A complete listing of events is below. Those that require registration are indicated as such in bold green lettering. Last year, events filled fast and the waiting lists went all the way around the building (virtually, of course), so sign up early! Click here to register for in-branch tastings.

 

Home Brewing 101
Edward Long from Siciliano’s Market and local home brewer Matt Ross outline the basics, including ingredients, equipment, process and everything else you need to get started.

Siciliano's MarketMonday, December 8, 6:30 PM, Sand Lake/ Nelson Twp. Branch
Thursday, January 15, 6:00 PM, Byron Twp. Branch
Tuesday, January 20, 6:00 PM, Caledonia Twp. Branch
Thursday, January 22, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Tuesday, January 27, 6:30 PM, Tyrone Twp. Branch
Wednesday, February 11, 6:00 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, February 19, 6:30 PM, Comstock Park Branch

 

Rockford Brewing CompanyRockford Brewing Company Tour
See how they make their signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan’s Irish Stout and Paradigm MPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Company, 12 E. Bridge St. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Tuesday, January 6, 6:30 PM, Rockford Brewing Company
Tuesday, February 10, 6:30 PM, Rockford Brewing Company

 

Great American Brew TrailBeer Sampling with the Great American Brew Trail’s Amy Sherman
The energetic host of the popular television series will screen and discuss one of her favorite episodes and lead a tasting of four of the brewery’s signature beers. Pre-registration is required. Participants must be 21 or older to attend and each attendee must register separately. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Tuesday, January 13, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
(featuring Brewery Vivant) *NOTE: As of Monday, December 8, 2014, registration is full for this event, but please sign onto the waiting list in case of cancellations.
Tuesday, February 3, 6:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
(featuring Crankers Brewery)

 

Schmohz BrewerySchmohz Brewery Tour
Learn how they make their signature beers such as Hopknocker Imperial IPA, Treasure Chest ESB and Bonecrusher Stout. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Schmohz Brewery, 2600 Patterson Ave. SE. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Wednesday, January 21, 7:00 PM, Schmohz Brewery

 

Pauly'sBeer Tasting with Pauly’s
Pauly’s brew guru Stacey Faba will share tastes of four of her favorite Michigan craft beers. She’ll explain how not to be intimidated by those mile-long brewery beer lists — and how in the world you choose. Pre-registration is required. Participants must be 21 or older and each attendee must register separately.

Wednesday, January 28, 6:00 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch

 

Osgood BrewingOsgood Brewing Tour
Get a “backstage pass” and see how they produce signature beers such as Sol Seeker Wheat, Journey IPA and Best Day Ever Double IPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Osgood Brewing, 4051 Chicago Dr. SW in Grandville. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Wednesday, January 28, 6:30 PM, Osgood Brewing
Thursday, February 12, 6:30 PM, Osgood Brewing

 

Gravel Bottom BreweryWrap-up Party and Beer Release with Gravel Bottom Brewery
Learn all about how Gravel Bottom brews their beers, including KD aLe, which will be tapped for the first time that very night. Peruse their homebrew supply store and watch a homebrew demonstration. Don’t forget to show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting. Tour and talk will be held at the Gravel Bottom Brewery, 418 Ada Dr. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Wednesday, February 25, 6:30 PM, Gravel Bottom Brewery

 


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