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Borrow an iPad!

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

ipad picInterested in trying out some of our digital offerings before buying your own tablet or eReader? Not sure how much you would use a tablet if you owned one? We can help you answer those questions with our Circulating iPad program.

KDL cardholders can check out an iPad, bring it home and use it for a full three weeks. You can personalize it with apps, photos, music, etc. Don’t forget to download a few books, music, magazines or movies with your library card from our digital collection. When you’re done, return the iPad and we will make sure it gets fully wiped and reset before lending it to the next person in line.

This service is branch-specific and is currently available at the Comstock Park and Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branches. It will be launching next Monday (August 25) at the Englehardt (Lowell) Branch as well, with more branches being added next year. Call or stop in the branch today for more information or to sign up!

 


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Fall 2014 KDL Kaleidoscope

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The Fall 2014 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope program guide is now available online, and printed copies will be available soon at your local branch library. You’ll find all you need to know about fall programs and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations.

It’s sure to be an exciting season at KDL, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Check out the KDL Kaleidoscope today!

Fall 2014 Kaleidoscope

 


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KDL Top Ten — Romance

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Running out of beach reads? Re-stock with some romance! Here are ten of the most popular romance titles at KDL for the past month.

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September LibraryReads Staff Picks

Wednesday, August 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.

  1. Smoke Gets in Your EyesLibraryReadsFavoriteSmoke Gets in Your Eyes:
    And Other Lessons from the Crematory
    by Caitlin Doughty
    “Part memoir, part exposé of the death industry, and part instruction manual for aspiring morticians. First-time author Doughty has written an attention-grabbing book that is sure to start some provocative discussions. Fans of Mary Roach’s Stiff and anyone who enjoys an honest, well-written autobiography will appreciate this quirky story.”
    Patty Falconer, Hampstead Public Library, Hampstead, NH
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  3. 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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  5. The Secret PlaceThe Secret Place by Tana French
    “French has broken my heart yet again with her fifth novel, which examines the ways in which teenagers and adults can be wily, calculating, and backstabbing, even with their friends. The tension-filled flashback narratives, relating to a murder investigation in suburban Dublin, will keep you turning pages late into the night.”
    Alison McCarty, Nassau County Public Library System, Callahan, FL
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  7. RoomsRooms: A Novel by Lauren Oliver
    “A family comes to terms with their estranged father’s death in Oliver’s first novel for adults. Told from the perspective of two ghosts living in the old house, this unique story weaves characters and explores their various past connections. Great book!”
    Rachel Fewell, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO
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  9. The Children ActThe Children Act by Ian McEwan
    “Judge Fiona Maye is at a difficult point in her marriage. Taking refuge in addressing other people’s problems in family court, Fiona extends herself more than usual, meeting a boy whose future is in her hands. McEwan is a masterful observer of human distress. With a simple story and flawed, genuine characters, this novel is poignant and insightful.”
    Jennifer Alexander, St. Louis County Library, St. Louis, MO
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  11. The DistanceThe Distance: A Thriller by Helen Giltrow
    “Imagine a modern-day Robin Hood who deals not in money, but identity. Karla, the protagonist of The Distance, is a tech guru with a conscience, and the security of several nations dependent on her. This nuanced book kept me on the edge of my seat. I cannot wait until the next one comes out.”
    Cathy Scheib, Indianapolis Public Library, Indianapolis, IN
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  13. HorrorstorHorrorstor: A Novel by Grady Hendrix
    “You know how some horror movies would work better as novels? Horrorstor is that book, perfectly capturing everything that is terrific about the horror genre. In its catalog-style pages, you’ll find a hefty dose of satire, as a Scandinavian furniture store is transformed overnight into a prison. With characters that you’re rooting for and terror that creeps up on you, Horrorstor will keep you up all night in the best possible way.”
    Donna Matturri, Pickerington Public Library, Pickerington, OH
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  15. The Paying GuestsThe Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
    “You can almost bet that a situation with long-term guests — paying or not — is not going to turn out well. This novel by Waters, who many know from her earlier books Tipping the Velvet and The Little Stranger, will keep you turning the page to see just how tense things can get, and how far fear and passion can push someone.”
    Elizabeth Angelastro, Manlius Library, Manlius, NY
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  17. The Witch with No NameThe Witch with No Name by Kim Harrison
    “In this book, Harrison ends her long-running Hollows series, featuring witch Rachel Morgan, vampire Ivy, and pixy Jenks. Rachel’s come a long way; now, she and her friends attempt the impossible and face their toughest battle yet. Harrison skillfully wraps up many plot points, leaving readers sad that the series is over but satisfied by its ending. Fans will surely cheer Rachel on and shed a tear or two.”
    Ilene Lefkowitz, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ
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  19. Season of StormsSeason of Storms by Susanna Kearsley
    “Once again, Kearsley introduces you to a cast of characters who will quickly hold a special place in your heart. Celia and Alex mirror lovers from decades past, sharing similar secrets and passions. Flashbacks are woven seamlessly into the storyline, and the strong family component is handled beautifully, with surprising twists and turns.”
    Marianne Colton, Lockport Public Library, Lockport, NY

 

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

 


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KDL on WGVU — Post-Millage Plans

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Lance at 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 Library Director Lance Werner talk about what the future holds for KDL now that the millage has passed. Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 

 


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Free Wine Tasting Events

Monday, August 11th, 2014

kdl-uncorked-WEBNOTE: All tastings are at full capacity, though you may sign up to be on the waiting lists.

On the heels of a highly successful inaugural KD aLe beer making and tasting series in January and February, KDL is launching KDL Uncorked, a season of free winemaking and tasting programs held at various KDL branches, as well as discounted winery tours and tastings. The beer programs filled fast and not everyone who wanted to attend was able to get a spot, so register today!

KDL Uncorked events happening the week of September 15 are part of the national “Outside the Lines” campaign aimed at demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries.

Click on the links below to peruse and register for any of the KDL Uncorked tasting events, or call 616-784-2007.

Winemaking 101
Join wine aficionado Steve Siciliano, owner of Siciliano’s Market, as he talks about the ins and outs of making wine at home. Learn about the basic equipment and procedures needed for making wine from concentrated kits, as well as with fresh fruits and vegetables. No registration required.

Thursday, September 4, 6:00 PM, Gaines Township Branch
Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 PM, Grandville Branch
Thursday, September 18, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, September 24, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Township Branch
Wednesday, October 8, 6:30 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 PM, Wyoming Branch

Wine Tasting with Rose’s
Wine enthusiast Bill Koski of Rose’s Restaurant will outline the basics of selecting wines and lead a free tasting. Participants must be 21 or older. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.

Monday, September 15, 6:30 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch (NOTE: As of Tuesday, August 19, this program is at full capacity. You may sign up for the waiting list, or please consider signing up for the tastings at the Cascade Township and/or Englehardt branches.)

Wine Tasting & Tour at Cascade Winery
Wine crafters and owners Rose and Bob Bonga invite you for an educational tour of the Cascade Winery (4665 Broadmoor Ave. SE, Grand Rapids). Enjoy a variety of seasonal wines for 50 cents per taste. Pre-registration is required — each attendee must register separately. Participants must be age 21 or older. (NOTE: As of Thursday, September 4, this program is at full capacity. You may sign up for the waiting list, as we will be sending reminders one week in advance of the event and people do drop out. Wait listers will be notified as space opens.)

Tuesday, September 16, 6:00 PM, Cascade Winery (4665 Broadmoor Ave. SE, Grand Rapids)

Meet the Author: Rick Sigsby
The author of Michigan’s Holy Water: The Great Lakes Wine Bible spent 15 months traveling the state interviewing wine makers and vineyard owners. His book offers a peek behind the door of the tasting room. Registration is not required.

Thursday, September 25, 6:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Tuesday, October 28, 5:30 PM, Cascade Township Branch

Wine Tasting at Kayla Rae Cellars
Join us at Kayla Rae Cellars (31 Courtland St. in Rockford) to enjoy buy-one-get-one tastings, cheese samples from Farm Country Cheese House in Lakeview and a presentation by winery owner Karen Grossman on how current wine and cider selections were developed, created and refined. Participants must be 21 or older. Pre-registration is required — each attendee must register separately as spots are limited. (NOTE: As of Thursday, September 4, this program is at full capacity. You may sign up for the waiting list, as we will be sending reminders one week in advance of the event and people do drop out. Wait listers will be notified as space opens.)

Thursday, September 25, 7:00 PM, Kayla Rae Cellars (31 Courtland St., Rockford)

Wine Tasting with Pauly’s
Paul Faba, owner of Pauly’s in Lowell, will pique your palate’s interest with a few of his favorite Michigan wines. Participants must be age 21 or older. Pre-registration is required — each attendee must register separately as spots are limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Monday, September 29, 6:30 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch — (NOTE: As of Friday, September 5, this program is at full capacity. You may sign up for the waiting list, as we will be sending reminders one week in advance of the event and people do drop out. Wait listers will be notified as space opens.)
Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 PM, Cascade Township Branch (NOTE: As of Thursday, September 4, this program is at full capacity. You may sign up for the waiting list, as we will be sending reminders one week in advance of the event and people do drop out. Wait listers will be notified as space opens.)


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New Macmillan eBooks Now Available!

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Good news for eBook fans — new titles from Macmillan Publishers are now available from the library! Macmillan had previously chosen to only sell titles that were published more than 12 months ago to libraries, but they are now making their entire frontlist of eBooks available to libraries as well.

KDL has purchased a number of new Macmillan eBook titles, including:

Visit http://ebooks.kdl.org and download one today!

 

The Fortune Hunter  A Colder War  The Dead Will Tell  Landline

 


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KDL Top Ten — Books on Writing

Friday, August 8th, 2014

If you love to write, or would like to learn more about it, take a look at this week’s Top Ten. These are 10 of the most popular books on Writing in KDL’s nonfiction collection right now:

Top Ten Books on Writing 08-08-2014

And speaking of writing — we’d love to hear from you! Drop us a line or two on our Experience Summer Online @ KDL web page, and you could win prizes! But enter soon, this program wraps up on Saturday, August 9.

 


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New eBook Site Features

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

OverDrive, the service provider for our eBooks & eAudiobooks, has added a number of new features to our site:

  • You can now suspend a hold so it won’t become available for you to checkout until you’re ready for it. For example, you may want to place a hold on a popular eBook to reserve your place in line, but then suspend the hold until you’re finished reading your current book. If you make it to the top of the waiting list while your hold is suspended, the title will go to the next person in line until your suspension period is over. See OverDrive’s help pages for complete details.

    Suspend Hold

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  • You can also now choose to auto-checkout a hold when it becomes available. You will still receive an email when your hold is ready, but the book will then be found on your Bookshelf of checked-out titles. See OverDrive’s help pages for complete details.

    Auto-Checkout Hold

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  • You can now customize the Maturity Level settings for your account. Don’t want your child viewing mature adult titles? Or, conversely, are you an adult who doesn’t want to wade through children’s titles when browsing for eBooks? Change your Account settings to match your preferences. You can also choose to replace mature adult cover images with a basic cover instead. See OverDrive’s help pages for complete details. (Note that these settings only apply when you are logged in to your eBook account.)

    Maturity Level

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  • A new Recommended for You collection will appear on the eBook site homepage after you have signed in. Suggestions are based on titles you currently have checked out or on hold, and only those titles that are immediately available for checkout will be displayed.
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  • Finally, the Search function has been updated to improve the relevancy of results. For example, searching for “Lee Child” will now only retrieve titles by the author Lee Child, not everything that contains either the word “Lee” or “Child.” (For you search nerds out there, the default Boolean searching has been changed from “OR” to “AND.”) 

Questions? Give us a call at 616-784-2007 or fill out our Support Request Form.

Happy Downloading!

 


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Celebrate with Us!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

celebrationHave you heard the good news? The KDL millage passed! To celebrate, each branch will be hosting a Voter Appreciation Celebration. Join us for an encore presentation of these family-friendly events. Treats provided!

Tuesday, August 12
Storytelling Adventures with Gloria Cangelosi, Spencer Township Branch, 4:00 PM
Magician Tom Plunkard, Krause Memorial Branch, 6:30 PM

Wednesday, August 13
Bubble Wonder, Gaines Township Branch, 10:00 AM
Life-Sized Candied Land, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch, 10:00 AM
Bubble Wonder, Walker Branch, 1:00 PM
Bubble Wonder, Tyrone Township Branch, 3:00 PM

Thursday, August 14
Life-Sized Candied Land, Alto Branch, 1:30 PM
Honey We Shrunk the Kids, East Grand Rapids Branch, 2:00 PM
Photo Booth/Balloon Animals, Byron Township Branch, 5:30 PM
Balloon Animals/Face-Painting/Photo Booth, Plainfield Township Branch, 6:30 PM

Tuesday, August 19
Puppeteer Kevin Kammeraad, Grandville Branch, 10:00 AM

Thursday, August 21
Puppeteer Kevin Kammeraad, Comstock Park Branch, 2:00 PM
Blandford Nature Center’s Storytime with the Animals, Wyoming Branch, 6:30 PM (photo booth starts at 5:30 PM)
Steel Drum Band/Craft Activities, Caledonia Township Branch, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, August 26
Magician Tom Plunkard, Englehardt Branch, 6:30 PM

Wednesday, August 27
Puppeteer Kevin Kammeraad, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch, 4:30 PM
Magician Tom Plunkard, Alpine Township Branch, 6:30 PM

Thursday, August 28
Magician Tom Plunkard, Cascade Township Branch, 7:00 PM

 


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