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Short Story Workshops: Teens Only!

Friday, September 19th, 2014

WriteMichigan-blackSpread the word! As part of the Write Michigan Short Story Contest, we are offering Short Story Workshops for teens grades 6-12. Delve into the world of creative writing by exploring different techniques and short story ideas. If you plan on entering the Write Michigan Contest, you definitely want to attend one of these workshops! Pre-registration is required so sign up today! Register online or by calling 616-784-2007. We hope to see you there!

Schedule:

Saturday, October 4, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Thursday, October 16, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, October 18, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 8, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 3:30 – 5:30 PM, Wyoming Branch


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2014 National Book Awards

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The National Book Foundation has announced the 2014 nonfiction nominees for the National Book Award.
Follow this link to see all four nominee lists (fiction, nonfiction, poetry & young people’s literature).

2014 Nonfiction

Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? 

John Demos, The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic

Anand Gopal, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes
(Macmillan/Holt)

Nigel Hamilton, The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941 – 1942

Walter Isaacson, The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

John Lahr, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

Evan Osnos, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New

Ronald C. Rosbottom, When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944

Matthew Stewart, Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic

Edward O. Wilson, The Meaning of Human Existence

 


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October LibraryReads Staff Picks

Saturday, September 13th, 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 upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you (including one recommended by KDL’s own Vanessa Walstra!).

  1. A Sudden LightLibraryReadsFavoriteA Sudden Light: A Novel by Garth Stein
    “Garth Stein has given us a masterpiece. This beautiful story takes readers on a thrilling exploration of a family estate brimming with generations of riveting Riddell family ghosts and secrets. This is a true exploratory novel, taking readers through secret passageways, hidden rooms, and darkened corridors that engage all of the senses.”
    Whitney Gayle, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT
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  3. Leaving TimeLeaving Time: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
    Leaving Time is a love story—love between mother and child, love between soulmates, and love between elephants. The story is told from a variety of narrators, all of whom are broken and lost. Jenna is searching for answers to the disappearance of her mother, and seeks the help of a retired police detective and a psychic. Alice, Jenna’s mom, disappeared after a tragic accident at the elephant sanctuary, and her work with the elephants is fascinating and touching. The book is an ode to motherhood in all its forms—the good, bad and the ugly—and it is brilliant.”
    Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
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  5. As You WishAs You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
    by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden
    “Even if you don’t have a crush on Cary Elwes, you’ll enjoy this vivid behind-the-scenes account of the making of The Princess Bride. His stories, especially those involving Andre the Giant, will leave you in stitches. Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, and others also recount their experiences. An amusing account of a group of performers who came together to make a heartfelt film that is loved by many.”
    Emily Weiss, Bedford Public Library, Bedford, IN
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  7. Not My Father's SonNot My Father’s Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming
    “This memoir focuses on Cumming’s reaction to being told that his father was not, in fact, his father. An appearance on the UK’s Who Do You Think You Are was meant to reveal the mystery behind what happened to Cumming’s maternal grandfather. Instead, his father’s admission leads Cumming to resolve long-held memories of verbal abuse. Cumming is extremely open, allowing readers to share in his pain and understand his relationships.”
    Tracy Babiasz, Alachua County Library District, Newberry, FL
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  9. Some LuckSome Luck: A Novel by Jane Smiley
    “Smiley’s latest is a love song to American farms and the people who keep them. This glorious and heartfelt novel chronicles the lives of an Iowan farm family over 30 years, beginning in 1920. Family members are born, grow, change, and die. Readers follow their triumphs and crushing losses and, along the way, learn about the evolution of farming and society in the United States. Definitely one of the best novels of 2014.”
    Laurie Van Court, Douglas County Libraries, Parker, CO
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  11. The Boy Who Drew MonstersThe Boy Who Drew Monsters: A Novel by Keith Donohue
    “Emotionally scarred by a near-drowning experience, young Jack Keenan spends all his time indoors, fanatically preoccupied with drawing strange things. While Jack’s parents chalk his drawings up to the imagination, Nick, Jack’s only friend, notices mysterious things happen whenever Jack picks up a pencil. This detailed coming-of-age tale with a twist offers unique insights into boyhood friendships and the complexities of adult relationships.”
    Courtney Block, Charlestown Clark County Public Library, Charlestown, IN
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  13. The Life We BuryThe Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
    “In this well-crafted debut novel, Joe Talbert has finally left home, but not without guilt over leaving his autistic brother in the care of his unreliable mother. A college assignment gets the young man entangled in a cold case, racing to clear the name of a Vietnam veteran. Characters with layers of suppressed memories and emotions only add to the suspenseful plot. Looking forward to more from this Minnesotan author!”
    Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
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  15. ReunionReunion: A Novel by Hannah Pittard
    “When Kate learns that her estranged father has committed suicide, she and her siblings travel to Atlanta to bury him and work out years of resentment. Life seems overwhelming to Kate as she battles with infidelity, divorce, and a massive debt. It’s only when she takes a good look at herself that she begins to heal the rift in her family. Unfolding like a saga, this short book packs a punch.”
    Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ
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  17. MaliceMalice: A Mystery by Keigo Higashino
    “Detective Kaga is investigating the murder of best-selling author Kunihiko Hidaka. Hidaka’s wife and best friend both have rock-solid alibis, but Kaga discovers that the friendship might not have been what it seemed. A classic cat-and-mouse game with twists that keep the pages turning.”
    Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA
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  19. Murder at the BrightwellMurder at the Brightwell: A Mystery by Ashley Weaver
    “Lovers of Agatha Christie and Jacqueline Winspear will enjoy this elegant murder mystery set on holiday at the English seaside What starts out as a lark, intended to make Amory Ames’s misbehaving-but-oh-so-delicious husband jealous, turns into a dangerous and deadly game of whodunit for Amory and her friends. Love, jealousy, and revenge are tangled together in this smart and sophisticated British mystery reminiscent of the genre’s golden age.”
    Vanessa Walstra, Kent District Library, East Grand Rapids, MI

 

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

 


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Thank You for Your Generosity!

Friday, September 12th, 2014

During the month of August, over 2,000 school items were collected at KDL branches for School Supply Santa. Thank you so much for your generosity during this most recent KDL Gives Back initiative! Local children were able to head back to school with all the items they need to succeed, thanks to your support!

“I want to thank KDL for promoting, supporting and collecting school supplies,” said Denise Kooiker, who runs School Supply Santa. “They played such a huge role in the program this year!”

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KDL Top Ten — Easy Readers

Friday, September 12th, 2014

This week’s Top Ten list features 10 of the most popular Easy Readers at KDL right now. Stop in and grab entertaining books for your beginning reader today!

KDL Top Ten Easy Readers 9-12-2014


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Workshops for Job Seekers

Friday, September 12th, 2014

job successWant to brush up on your job-hunting skills? We can help with a series of free Career Transitions Workshops occurring this fall! The series is presented in partnership with Career Transitions Center West Michigan. Registration is required. Please click the links below or call 616-784-2007 to register.

LinkedIn Boot Camp
Optimize your use of the professional networking website LinkedIn and develop your networking experience.
Thursday, September 25, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, October 23, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, November 20, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Walker Branch

Developing Your Personal Brand

Learn how to identify, develop and market your innate talents to best be able to “sell what you do well,” whether it’s through verbal or written communications.
Wednesday, October 8, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Communicating Your Brand
Learn how to best share your personal brand by focusing on elevator pitches, résumés and online profiles, with emphasis on aligning your message with your professional value in the marketplace.
Wednesday, October 15, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Networking
A lot of getting connected to job opportunities is about who you know.  Explore strategies and techniques needed to build and nurture effective relationships with contacts.
Wednesday, October 22, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Behavioral Interviewing
Create a positive and lasting impression. Learn essential techniques of how to ace interviews in today’s job market and how to negotiate terms of employment.
Wednesday, October 29, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

 


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Celebrate the Season with Fall Programs

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Kent District Library is celebrating the fall season with a couple of programs that are sure to get the entire family into the spirit of autumn.  We hope you will join us for some fall fun!

Fall Mixed Up
Leaves float up and squirrels fly south! Celebrate this topsy-turvy season with zany stories, songs and activities centered around the book Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka. For ages 6 and younger.

Thursday, September 18, 10:00 AM – Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, September 27, 10:30 AM – Gaines Township Branch
Saturday, September 27, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Sunday, September 28, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Tuesday, September 30, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Tuesday, October 7, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Tuesday, October 7, 1:00 PM – Byron Township Branch
Monday, October 13, 9:45 AM, 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM – Plainfield Township Branch
Wednesday, October 15, 9:45 AM – Plainfield Township Branch
Thursday, October 16, 9:45 AM – Plainfield Township Branch
Thursday, October 23, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, October 27, 9:45 and 10:30 AM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, October 28, 10:00 AM – Alpine Township Branch
Wednesday, October 29, 10:00 AM – Walker Branch
Wednesday, November 5, 10:00 AM – Tyrone Township Branch
Monday, November 10, 10:30 AM – Alto Branch
Tuesday, November 11, 6:30 PM – Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, November 12, 10:30 AM – Comstock Park Branch

 

Awesome Autumn Adventure
Celebrate the season with autumn crafts, pumpkin decorating, games and bountiful farmyard fun! Please bring your own pumpkin. For all ages.

Wednesday, October 15, 10:00 AM – Walker Branch
Saturday, October 18, 10:30 AM – Gaines Township Branch
Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, October 23, 6:30 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, October 25, 10:30 AM – Alto Branch
Saturday, October 25, 2:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Sunday, October 26, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Monday, October 27, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 PM – Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, October 29, 10:30 AM – Comstock Park Branch
Thursday, October 30, 10:00 AM – Englehardt (Lowell) Branch

 

Branch locations can be found here.

 


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KDL on WGVU Radio — KDL Uncorked

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

KDL Uncorked WGVUEach 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 Communications Assistant Morgan Jarema and Stacey Faba from Pauly’s in Lowell talk about KDL Uncorked, a series of free winemaking and tasting programs held at various KDL branches, as well as discounted winery tours and tastings. Enjoy!

 

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 


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KDL Top Ten — Most Popular Items

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Tell us: What’s the best book you’ve read or movie you’ve watched this summer? And while you’re here, take a look at this week’s Top Ten! These are ten of the most popular items right now at KDL:

KDL Top Ten Most Popular 9-5-2014


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Classes for Parents and Caregivers

Friday, September 5th, 2014

ECE classesParents and caregivers of children are invited to participate in free Early Childhood Essentials classes at KDL this fall. If you have young children or work in child care and need professional development hours, this series is for you. All of the presenters are certified and vetted through Great Start. The classes are for adults, and child care is not provided.

Registration is required and participation is limited. Sign up today by clicking on the links below or calling our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007. If you register and then are unable to attend, please call and let us know, as many sessions have waiting lists.

Schedule:
Communicating with Respect
Thursday, September 11, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch

Appropriate Technology with Young Children
Saturday, September 13, 10:00 AM, Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, November 8, 10:00 AM, Caledonia Township Branch

Selective Screen Time
Saturday, September 13, 11:30 AM, Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, November 8, 11:30 AM, Caledonia Township Branch

Moral Development and Fostering Goodness
Monday, September 15, 6:00 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, September 18, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, October 7, 6:30 PM, Walker Branch

Getting Ready to Write For 3–5-Year-Olds
Monday, September 22, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Journaling with Young Children
Saturday, September 27, 10:00 AM, East Grand Rapids Branch

Sugar Shock
Monday, September 29, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch

Let’s Go Outside!
Tuesday, September 30, 6:30 PM, Caledonia Township Branch

Stress Less with Mindfulness
Thursday, October 2, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch

Money and Economic Skills for Preschoolers
Monday, October 6, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, November 3, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch

Picky Eating
Thursday, October 16, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch

Visualizing and Verbalizing Daily Experiences
Monday, October 20, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch

Discipline with Fewer Tears
Monday, November 10, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, November 13, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 PM, Walker Branch

 

Branch locations can be found here.

 


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