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July LibraryReads Staff Picks

Tuesday, June 10th, 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.

  1. 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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  3. 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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  5. The Black HourThe Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day
    “This first novel about two broken people is a psychological thriller like the best of Alfred Hitchcock. Amelia Emmet is a professor desperately trying to recover from a gunshot wound, and Nathaniel Barber is a student struggling to come to grips with his mother’s death and a lost love. Their journey, told in alternating chapters, is riveting and full of surprising discoveries. Highly recommended.”
    Mattie Gustafson, Newport Public Library, Newport, RI
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  7. The Queen of the TearlingThe Queen of the Tearling: A Novel by Erika Johansen
    “The first of a trilogy, this book is so much more than just another fantasy. Yes, there is magic, a princess and a really bad queen, but there is also an apocalyptic twist that makes readers hungry for the next installment. This book caught me from the first page and kept me guessing till the last. A great read!”
    Cindy Stevens, Pioneer Library System, Norman, OK
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  9. Close Your Eyes, Hold HandsClose Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian
    “Thousands of lives are irrevocably changed by a nuclear disaster in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. When her parents are blamed, Emily becomes homeless and her situation, desperate. Told retrospectively, Emily’s story is devastating to read, but her passionate interest in Emily Dickinson comes with flashes of brilliance and a growing acceptance of her past.”
    Kim Storbeck, Timberland Regional Library, Tumwater, WA
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  11. World of TroubleWorld of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III by Ben Winters
    “Still the last policeman, Detective Hank Palace tirelessly pulls together clues from crime scenes and interrogates witnesses to find his missing sister. Winters paints a believable picture of a world awaiting its end thanks to an asteroid on a collision course. A great series for mystery and science fiction lovers, as well as anyone looking for a pre-apocalyptic tale without a single zombie.”
    Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA
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  13. CaliforniaCalifornia: A Novel by Edan Lepucki
    “Driven away from the violence of cities and a crumbling society, Cal and Frida live an isolated existence, struggling to survive on what they grow and forage. When an unplanned pregnancy pushes the couple to search for other people, they discover an unexpected community. This well-written debut is great for apocalyptic fiction fans and fans of realistic, character-driven fiction.”
    Sara Kennedy, Delaware County District Library, Delaware, OH
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  15. DollbabyDollbaby: A Novel by Laura Lane McNeal
    “In this coming-of-age story set in the Civil Rights era, Ibby is dropped off at the home of her eccentric grandmother in New Orleans after the death of her beloved father. Filled with colorful characters, family secrets and lots of New Orleans tidbits, this book will appeal to fans of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt.”
    Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA
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  17. The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper LeeThe Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills
    “A warm and engaging telling of the life story of Harper Lee. Like no other biography, this book offers insights directly from Lee’s point of view as shared with the journalist she and her sister embraced in friendship late in their lives. Informative and delightful!”
    Jan Fisher, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
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  19. Dry Bones in the ValleyDry Bones in the Valley: A Novel by Tom Bouman
    “A body has been found in an elderly recluse’s field, neighbors are fighting over fracking, and meth labs and heroin dealers have settled deep in the woods of Officer Henry Farrell’s Wild Thyme Township. Bouman’s prose reveals not only the beauty of northeastern Pennsylvania, but also abject poverty and despair. A startling debut rich in setting and character with an intricate plot that will stay with readers after the last page.”
    Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

 

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

 


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KDL on WGVU — Summer Reading

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

KrisLynnWGVUEach 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 Youth Services staff Kris Siegel and Lynn Goldberg talk about Summer Reading @ KDL and all the great programs happening this summer! Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 

 

 


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Enjoy the Sweet Sounds of Summer

Monday, June 9th, 2014

MusicSit back, relax and enjoy some great music. Our program line-up includes several performances that will fill our branches with some sweet summer sounds. The shows are open to all ages and they are all free… it’s music to my ears!

Native American Dancers
Dancing, drumming and stories. Watch traditional Native American stories come alive through a storyteller and dancers, including a hoop dancer.

Tuesday, June 17, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, June 19, 7:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, July 24, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch

 

Music on the Deck
Come and enjoy a summer evening with live music on the library deck.

Tuesday, June 17, 6:30 PM — Phil & JD (Bluegrass/Folk) – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 PM — BrushRidge (Americana) – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 1, 6:30 PM — Paschke Trio – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 8, 6:30 PM — West Michigan Bluegrass Association – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 PM — Southern Ledge (American/Folk) – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 PM — Thornapple Brass – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 29, 6:30 PM — String Players – Caledonia Township Branch

 

City of Kentwood 2014 Summer Concert Series
Bring a blanket for lawn seating or a lawn chair for plaza seating.
Sponsored by DTE Energy, the City of Kentwood and the Kentwood Arts Committee.

Wednesday, June 18, 7:30 PM — Jetty Rae (Folk Pop) – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, June 25, 7:30 PM — Boogie Woogie Babies –  Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, July 16, 7:30 PM — Williams Family (Bluegrass) – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, August 13, 7:30 PM — Kari Lynch Band (Country/Rock) –  Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, August 20, 7:30 PM — Dutch Henry (Americana) – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

 

The Porters in Concert
Put on your dancin’ shoes and swing to the toe-tappin’ sounds of The Porters, a four-piece band that will captivate and entertain even the youngest audience.

Thursday, June 26, 6:30 PM – Wyoming Branch
Tuesday, July 8, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Thursday, July 10, 6:30 PM Rescheduled to Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 PM – Tyrone Township Branch
Wednesday, July 16, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, July 17, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, July 17, 7:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, July 24, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, July 24, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch

 

Carol Johnson in Concert
Join uniquely gifted singer/songwriter Carol Johnson for a lively, upbeat performance of her well-known original songs as well as other familiar tunes. Her participatory singing encourages us to be good to each other, to ourselves and to the earth.

Tuesday, July 8, 10:30 AM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, July 17, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch

 

Branch addresses can be found here.

 


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One eBook, No Holds

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Pedigree to Die ForJoin millions of readers around the world reading one eBook. As part of Overdrive’s Big Library Read program, we are pleased to offer our patrons unlimited access to the eBook A Pedigree to Die For by Laurien Berenson June 3 through 18. No matter how many KDL patrons are reading this eBook, we will have a copy available for you to download — no holds, no waitlists!

Book Description: When her uncle, a kennel owner, dies of an apparent heart attack, Melanie Travis is talked into investigating. She learns that the only clue is a missing pedigreed poodle, a situation that has Melanie hounding Connecticut’s elite.

We encourage you to join this global “library book club!”

 

 


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KDL Top Ten — Children’s Picture Books

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Summer Reading @ KDL is underway!  This week’s Top Ten shows off 10 of our most popular Children’s Picture Books:

Top Ten Children's Picture Books 06-06-2014


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Be Amazed by the Magic!

Friday, June 6th, 2014

magicLibraries can be magical places, especially when you make room amongst the stacks for a magic show that’s fun, funny, educational and entertaining! Since Summer Reading @ KDL isn’t complete without some magic, we have a great line-up of magicians visiting our branches this summer. Families with children of all ages are invited to these programs that are sure to leave them feeling happy and amazed.

Magic with Tom Plunkard
An amazing program filled with live animals and loads of audience participation.

Wednesday, June 11, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, June 11, 6:30 PM – Englehardt Branch
Thursday, June 19, 6:30 PM – Tyrone Township Branch
Thursday, June 26, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch
Wednesday, July 9, 2:00 PM – Gaines Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 1:30 PM – Alto Branch
Thursday, July 10, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township Branch
Thursday, July 17, 6:30 PM – Wyoming Branch
Thursday, July 24, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park Branch

 

Stormy the Magician Presents the Magic of Science
Go on an entertaining adventure into the magic of science and the science of magic.

Wednesday, June 25, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, July 7, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial Branch
Wednesday, July 9, 6:00 PM – Alpine Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch
Thursday, July 24, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Saturday, July 26, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Thursday, July 31, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, July 31, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch

 

Baffling Bill the Magician
POOF! In a brilliant flash, Baffling Bill the magician arrives to amaze with illusion, comedy, audience participation and Gus the Bunny to celebrate summer reading.

Tuesday, July 15, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, July 24, 7:00 PM – Grandville Branch

 

Click here for branch locations.

 


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KDL Staff in the News

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Did you see KDL employee Tammy Schneider on the news last night? Both WOOD TV8 and FOX 17 featured a story on how she saved her son from choking just days after receiving CPR training. All KDL employees recently completed training in basic first aid, CPR and how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) machine. We also have AED machines installed in all 18 branch buildings and the Service Center. We hope we never have to use them, but thanks to KDL’s training, we’re prepared if necessary. Way to go, Tammy!

 

 


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Cool Science Programs for Kids and Teens

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

ScienceWith our Summer Reading theme being Ignite Happiness @ KDL, it’s no wonder we have a great line up of fun and educational science programs taking place at our branches this summer! Click each program’s title for dates, times and locations.

The Science of Us with the World’s Coolest Nerd
Miss Cari’s interactive science demonstration on the five senses will have children laughing and learning about how they are a walking piece of science. For Children & Families

Stormy the Magician Presents the Magic of Science
Go on an entertaining adventure into the magic of science and the science of magic. For Children & Families

Super Fun Science Party!
You’ll have such a great time playing, making and doing that you may not notice you’re exploring the principles of science at the same time. For Children & Families

Let’s Explore Geodes!
Join geologist Steve Tchozeski to learn about the mysteries of geodes and a hands-on chance to explore what is inside. Participants will select a geode to take home with them! For School-Age Children

Rockets are a Blast!
Learn all about building and launching model rockets from Matt Johnson, of the local SMASH rocketry association and National Association of Rocketry. Participants will collaborate on a rocket build and learn about upcoming launch opportunities in the area. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. For School-Age Children

Bust That Myth!
Can soda pop really clean a gross penny? Can you separate two intertwined phone books? Can you make your own bouncy ball? Test out these myths and more to determine whether they are confirmed or busted! For Teens

Mind Boggle Science Workshop
Dr. Boggle leads you through amazing hands-on experiments and endless possibilities. Learn science the fun way through a series of mind-boggling experiences. For Teens

The Science of the Paranormal: Where the Werewolf Got Its Bite
Tess Grant, former forensic anthropologist and author of teen suspense and adult thrillers, will talk about where and how the myth began. For Teens

 


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Teens: Cool Summer Programs @ the Library

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

teensinlibrarySave this post to find out fast what’s happening all summer long.

Teen Crew Orientation: Enthusiastic and energetic volunteer teens are wanted to help with Summer Reading @ KDL. Fun times are guaranteed, with the added benefit of service experience! Registration is required via a paper application. Visit your local branch for details. Where? When? Click here.

Teen Zone: Teen-only fun for you and your friends. Stop by for activities that may include board games, food and more. Click here to find out where and when.

Kent County Teen Film Festival 2014 Encore: If you missed it the first time or just want to relive the awesomeness, here is your chance. Plus, learn how you can enter the 2015 Festival.

DIY Spa Products: Create everything you need for your own spa day! Make your own pampering products like foot scrub, bath salts and body glitter and take some home. Which branches have this awesome program?

Bust That Myth! Can soda pop really clean a gross penny? Can you separate two intertwined phone books? Can you make your own bouncing ball? Test out these myths and more to determine whether they are confirmed or busted. Where? When?

Flash Fashion: KDL’s twist on Project Runway. Hot messes you create in a FLASH using paper, plastic and other unconventional materials and techniques. We provide the stuff and you dish out the creativity. You’ll work with a team to create a runway look in just 30 minutes by snipping, draping, taping and even accessorizing. Here’s where and when.

Nuts & Bolts: Jewelry from Hardware: Stop by these branches to create one-of-a-kind, edgy, indie jewelry. Make a keychain, necklace, bracelet or earrings from unexpected materials.

Mind Boggle Science Workshop: Dr. Boggle leads you through amazing hands-on experiments and endless possibilities. Learn science the fun way through a series of mind-boggling experiences. Click for details.

Kentwoodpalooza: Thursday, June 12, 2:00 – 8:00 PM. A festival-style celebration of the arts, the end of school and the beginning of Summer Reading @ KDL with music, film, poetry, food and more. This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts and sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library in partnership with the city of Kentwood.

DIY Tie-Dye: Bring a white or light colored T-shirt to this program and try a new way of tie-dye — with permanent markers! All other materials will be provided to help you create a one-of-a-kind shirt to wear.

The Science of the Paranormal: Where the Werewolf Got Its Bite: Tess Grant, former forensic anthropologist and author of teen suspense and adult thrillers, will speak at these branches about where and how the myth began.

Minute to Win It: Pit your skills against the clock and against your peers. Set a personal record or challenge a friend. Prizes for all! Details here.

Veggie Nutrition: Join Kim Kyunghee from Veg West Michigan and learn about a healthy and happy lifestyle with vegetarian and vegan cooking. Her program includes a cooking demonstration, food sampling and tips on eating green. Click here to find out where and when.

 


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Win Whitecaps Tickets

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Whitecaps logoEach KDL branch is giving away a pair of tickets to the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball game taking place on Monday, June 30 at 12:00 PM. Stop by your local branch by June 14 to enter to win!

Want to increase your chances of winning? Leave a comment on this blog post and share your favorite Whitecaps memory or what you enjoy most about going to a Whitecaps game. One lucky commenter, chosen at random, will also win a pair of tickets. If you follow us on Twitter, you can also retweet this post for an additional chance to win!

There’s also a special promotion for all KDL cardholders: Show your library card at the box office to enjoy buy one-get one free on reserved seats at the June 30 game. There will also be special kid-friendly activities at the game.

Good luck to all!

 


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