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Movies Based on Children’s Books!

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Many movies will be released next year.  I especially love movies that are based on books.  Here are a few that we I am excited about!

The Jungle Book, starring Scarlett Johansson and Iris Elba, will be released on April 15, 2016.  This movie is based on The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling.

Next up is Alice Through the Looking Glass, which stars Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway.  This movie, released on May 27, 2016, is based on Lewis Carroll’s book by the same name.

Finally, The BFG, starring Rebecca Hall and Mark Rylance.  This movie is based on the book The BFG by Roald Dahl.

Wouldn’t it be fun to read (or re-read) these books and then see the movies?  Come into any of our 18 branches, and we will help you get your hands on the books!

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Holiday Closing — New Year’s Day

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Kent District Library will be closed Friday, Jan. 1 for the New Year’s holiday. In addition, all branches will close at 5:00 PM on New Year’s Eve this Thursday, Dec. 31. We will resume normal operating hours on Saturday, Jan. 2. For additional 2016 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy New Year!

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Civic Theatre Passes: Barefoot In The Park

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

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Starting NOW until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Cascade Twp. and Plainfield branches for the dress rehearsal of Barefoot In The Park on Thursday, January 14 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 admissions 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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KDL Closing at 12:00 PM Monday, Dec. 28

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Due to the prediction of severe weather and travel conditions, all KDL branches will close at 12:00 PM today (Monday, December 28). All afternoon and evening programs are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please remember that our digital collection is always available. Ebooks, eaudiobooks, music, movies and even comics are available to stream or download at www.kdl.org/downloads.


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The Future of Football

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Concussion Movie PosterOn Christmas Day, Will Smith’s new film, Concussion, premiers in theaters.  Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a pathologist whose discoveries of brain damage in retired football players has become the forefront of the concussion controversy.

KDL carries many resources on this topic including the newly released companion book to the film written by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

Omalu’s story was also told in Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru’s League of Denial.  The reporters examine recent discoveries concerning head trauma and the reaction of the NFL.  The book also became a PBS Frontline special, League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis.

Why Football MattersEarlier this year, two writers penned books on both sides of the debate.  Mark Edmundson’s Why Football Matters details his positive experiences with football.  Edmundson believes that the sport taught him self-discipline and teamwork and was a necessary part of his growth as a young man.  The counterpoint is Steve Almond’s Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto.  Almond writes from a fan’s perspective and how he became troubled following a sport that arguably advocates for violence and greed.

A lighter, but no less entertaining perspective of football is covered in The Last Season: A Father, a Son, and a Lifetime of College Football.  Stuart Stevens writes about his relationship with football and his 95-year old father as they attend a full season of Ole Miss football games together.

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New Zinio Magazines Available

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015


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:


American Girl Magazine AppleMagazine Architectural Digest Billboard Magazine

High Five Mother Earth Living Seventeen Star Magazine

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


Happy Downloading!


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Holiday Break Boredom Busters

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Happy HolidaysStaying in town for holiday break? We can help keep your kids and teens happy, busy and entertained! Between Star Wars: KDL Awakens the FORCE, Ugly Sweater Cupcake Wars, KDL Lab programs and so much more, there won’t be any time for boredom. Click here for a complete list of our programs taking place December 21 – January 3.

With your bank account a bit depleted after all that holiday shopping, don’t worry about spending money keeping your kids busy… all KDL programs are free!

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Holiday closing — Christmas Eve & Day

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

The Kent District Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays Thursday and Friday December 24–25. We will resume normal operating hours on Saturday, December 26. For additional holiday closing information, please view our 2015 Holiday Closings and 2016 Holiday Closings pages.


We appreciate your patronage and wish you Happy Holidays!


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January LibraryReads Staff Picks

Saturday, December 19th, 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 My Name Is Lucy Barton: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteMy Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
    “Set in the mid-1980s, Lucy Barton, hospitalized for nine weeks, is surprised when her estranged mother shows up at her bedside. Her mother talks of local gossip, but underneath the banalities, Lucy senses the love that cannot be expressed. This is the story that Lucy must write about, the one story that has shaped her entire life. A beautiful lyrical story of a mother and daughter and the love they share.”
    Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

  3. The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
    “Sara arrives in the small town of Broken Wheel to visit her pen pal Amy, only to discover Amy has just died. The tale of how she brings the love of books and reading that she shared with Amy to the residents of Broken Wheel is just a lovely read. Any book lover will enjoy Sara’s story and that of the friends she makes in Broken Wheel. If ever a town needed a bookstore, it is Broken Wheel; the healing power of books and reading is made evident by this heartwarming book.”
    Barbara Clark-Greene, Groton Public Library, Groton, CT

  5. The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A NovelThe Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin
    “Benjamin transports readers to 1960s Manhattan. This story gives us the chance to spy on Truman Capote’s close friendship with Babe Paley and his society “swans,” and the betrayal and scandal that drove them apart. I loved the description of the Black and White Ball.”
    Emily Weiss, Bedford Public Library, Bedford, NH

  7. Ashley Bell: A NovelAshley Bell: A Novel by Dean Koontz
    “This is a thrilling novel that caught me by surprise. Bibi Blair was diagnosed with brain cancer and astounds her doctor by being cured the day after her diagnosis. Why was she saved? A girl named Ashley Bell can provide the answers she seeks. Reality and dreams mix together in this unique narrative. Readers will be compelled to rush through to get to the ending.”
    Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA

  9. American Housewife: StoriesAmerican Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis
    “In a series of short stories, Helen Ellis picks up the rock of American domesticity and shows us what’s underneath. While it’s not always pretty, it is pretty hilarious, in the darkest, most twisted of ways. The ladies in these stories seem to be living lives that are enviable in the extreme, but then slowly, the layers are pulled away, and the truth is revealed.”
    Jennifer Dayton, Darien Library, Darien, CT

  11. The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in BritainThe Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson
    “A slightly more curmudgeonly Bill Bryson recreates his beloved formula of travel writing and social commentary. This book is a lovely reminder of all the amazing natural beauty and historically significant sites found in the United Kingdom. Even though Bryson extols the virtues of his adopted homeland, he never lets up on the eccentricities and stupidity he encounters. Bryson’s still laugh-out loud funny and this book won’t disappoint.”
    Susannah Connor, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ

  13. The Things We Keep: A NovelThe Things We Keep: A Novel by Sally Hepworth
    “A sweet story of love and loss set in a residential care facility. Two of its youngest residents, a man and a woman both diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, fall in love. Their story is intertwined with the stories of other residents and employees at the facility, including a recently widowed cook and her seven-year-old daughter. A moving and improbably uplifting tale.”
    Elizabeth Eastin, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, NY

  15. Ornaments of Death: A Josie Prescott Antiques MysteryOrnaments of Death: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery by Jane K. Cleland
    “The Josie Prescott mystery series—featuring likable characters and fascinating facts about antiques—continues to please in this latest entry. Josie is dealing with her annual Christmas party while trying to unravel the mystery of a missing relative and the disappearance of two valuable seventeenth-century miniatures. A nicely twisted mystery in a fun and festive setting.”
    Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

  17. Even Dogs in the WildEven Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin
    “Readers rejoice! John Rebus has come out of retirement. Siobhan Clarke and Malcolm Fox are working an important case and ask for his help. Then an attempt is made on the life of his longtime nemesis, Big Ger Cafferty. Are the cases connected? A top notch entry in a beloved series.”
    Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Raleigh, NC

  19. What She Knew: A NovelWhat She Knew: A Novel by Gilly Macmillan
    “Rachel Jenner is out for a walk with her son Ben when, after allowing him to run ahead to a swing, he vanishes. The investigation focuses on Rachel due to her recent divorce, and as a result, Rachel becomes undone. This is a psychological thriller full of suspense that will have you guessing until the very end. When all is revealed, the characters and action of the crime will stay with you long after you read the final page. I recommend this book to every fan of the genre.”
    Annice Sevett, Willmar Public Library, Willmar, MN


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


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Holiday Movies on Hoopla

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Are you in the mood for a holiday movie, but either haven’t borrowed one from the library or nothing on TV catches your eye? Have no fear, Hoopla is here, with a wonderful selection of holiday movies for both adults and kids! They’re all free, and there are no overdue fees.  You just need to access Hoopla through KDL, sign in with your email & password (or create one), and check out the videos that you wish to watch, up to 12 each month. Simple directions are here.


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