KDL Blog ‘Teens’ Category

KDL’s New Website Launching This Evening!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Don’t be alarmed when after 8:00 PM this evening, Tuesday, March 22, you visit www.kdl.org and see this loveliness!


Rest assured, you won’t be lost! After this evening, this will be the new look for KDL’s information, ideas and excitement! Whether you are visiting from a desktop, tablet or phone, we hope you’ll like what you see!

KDL’s new mobile-friendly website features splashes of bright, cheerful colors set against a modern, elegant background. Significant topics are defined by a convenient color-coded navigation menu on the left side of the site. The menu is initially expanded displaying easy access to Events, eBooks & Downloads, Recommendations and information for Kids & Parents etc.

Additionally, note the prominent Search feature for the catalog and the site, the quick link to find KDL branches, and if you’re ever lost, there’s a live chat box with a lovely human on the other end who can help you during any of KDL’s open hours.

Stay tuned… We hope you enjoy this site when it launches, along with all the wonderful programs and services KDL has to offer!


Posted by:

The Phantom of the Opera Sequel

Monday, March 21st, 2016

love-never-diesI am a huge Phantom fan but I had never even heard of a possible sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Phantom of the Opera!  Luckily, a patron told me about “Love Never Dies” and KDL already had copies circulating. (So some of you already knew.)  The production has never been brought to the Unites States and the movie is actually a filming of a live stage production in Melbourne.

Love Never Dies is set about 10 years after the end of the Phantom.  The Phantom escaped the fire, and along with Madam Giry and Meg, moved to New York and created a show for Coney Island.  The show is part circus and part vaudeville, with Meg as the star.  But Christine is lured to New York to perform, bringing along Raoul and their son Gustave.  (It turns out that Raoul gambled away his fortune and Christine is singing to help pay debts.)  Needless to say, the Phantom does reveal himself to Christine and wants her to sing for him once more.

I loved the sequel so Thank You to the patron who told me about it!

Posted by:

Vote for the 2016 Thumbs Up! Award

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Teens! Let your voice be heard, and vote for the next Michigan Library Association’s Thumbs Up! Award winner for 2016!

According to the Michigan Library Association, “The purpose of the award is to recognize and promote an outstanding contribution to teen literature that has both literary quality and teen appeal for those 13 to 18 years of age. The Thumbs Up! Award was established in 1986 by the Teen Services Division of the Michigan Library Association. Since 2001, the selection process has also included a teen vote.”

Check out these 10 nominees, and cast your vote to determine the winner!

Cover image for All American boys     Cover image for Challenger Deep     Cover image for The rest of us just live here     Cover image for Nimona     Cover image for The emperor of any place     Cover image for The unlikely hero of room 13B     Cover image for The nest     Cover image for Six of crows     Cover image for Baba Yaga's assistant     Cover image for Drowned city : Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

Anyone, ages 13 to 18 can cast a vote. Voting runs until May 31, 2016, so start reading! May the best book win!

Posted by:

Author Louise Rennison Dies at Age 64

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

louise+rennisonLouise Rennison, beloved author of the hilarious Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series, passed away February 29, 2016.  Louise Rennison had a way of writing Georgia that was amusing to all ages but also very touching and realistic.  “The research period for each book usually included a visit to a secondary school, an experience the author likened to a “rock concert”. While some head teachers thought her subject matter too frank, she was unrepentant. “Surely they know what to expect [from my books]; they know they’re all about boys and snogging and all those experiences. What else am I going to talk about?

Each Georgia book also included British slang definitions which were liberally used throughout her books.  For those alone, you might want to check out a book and have a good laugh because that is what Louise would want.

Posted by:

Congratulations Teen Film Festival Winners!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

TeenFilmFestivalLogoCongratulations to our winners and to everyone who was featured in the 2016 Teen Film Festival! We had an awesome time and hope you did too! All of the films are posted on YouTube and linked below. Without further ado, here are the winners!

Best Live Action Short:  Sno Day Off, Directed by Jessica Ryan
Best Commercial:  Tae – 25, Directed by Madelyn Jester, Alena Buterakos & Emma Sorenson
Best Animation: 2015 North Park Animated Poetry Project, North Park Montessori students
Best Editor: Noah Conner, No Outlet

Best Director: Ezra Moreno, Tales from the Tundra
Best Actor:  Luke McGee, Chupacabra of Darkness
Best Actress: Jessica Ryan, Sno Day Off
Best Screenplay: Katherine Hessler, Davis and Mary
People’s Choice Award: Chupacabra of Darkness, Directed by Luke McGee

Congratulations again!

Mark your calendars for next year’s Festival. Entries will be accepted for the 2017 Teen Film Festival from Saturday, October 1, 2016 – Friday, January 20, 2017.

Posted by:

KDL Closing at Noon

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Due to increasingly hazardous travel conditions, all KDL locations will close at noon today, Tuesday, March 1. All afternoon and evening events are cancelled. Please remember that our digital collection is always available at www.kdl.org/downloads! Stay safe!

Posted by:


Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Due to hazardous road conditions KDL branches will remain closed until noon today (Thursday, Feb. 25). All morning programs are cancelled. Stay safe and we hope to see you later today.

Posted by:

Diverse Books for Kids and Teens

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Educator Rudine Sims Bishop wrote of literature as “mirrors” and “windows” where we can both see ourselves and see the lives of other people (you can read her full thoughts here). Reading a wide variety of authentic books about different people can help kids and teens connect with others and with a global society. Here are just a few of my recommendations:


Picture Books:

martin's big wordsMartin’s Big Words

February is African American History month, and this picture book biography helps celebrate this champion of human rights.





to marketTo Market! To Market!

Take a trip to an Indian market with this picture book. Its unique size and layout is great for talking about artistic choices with children and its vivid colors and typography create an interactive reading experience.



Chapter Books for Kids:

turtle of oman

The Turtle of Oman

Aref is a third-grader living in Oman when his father is accepted at the University of Michigan for graduate study. But Aref is heartbroken at leaving his home in Oman and his beloved Siddi, his grandfather. Will Aref be able to hold on to everything he loves about Oman while still looking forward to a new life in Michigan?




one crazy summer

One Crazy Summer

Combining humor with a vivid portrayal of growing up African American during the 1960s and the Black Panther movement, Rita Williams-Garcia tells the tale of the intrepid and spunky eleven-year-old Delphine and her two sisters as they navigate their relationship with their mother and learn a few things about themselves. Follow it up with more tales about the sisters in the sequels P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy in Alabama.



Books for Teens:

tequila wormThe Tequila Worm

Fourteen-year-old Sofia lives in a beloved close-knit Mexican community in Texas but also dreams of a world outside her home. She works hard to prove herself and ends up being accepted to a prestigious boarding school in Austin. The storytelling traditions of her family and community help her to face racism, an unfamiliar world, and growing up in this nuanced and rich novel based on the author’s personal experiences.




march book 1March: Book One

Based on Congressman John Lewis’s experiences in the Civil Rights Movement, this graphic novel is the first in a planned trilogy capturing the images and words of a movement that changed American history and one that still sparks calls to action for human rights and dignity today. Continue the story with March: Book Two.




American Born Chineseamerican born chinese

This graphic novel illustrates three intertwining tales that come together in a powerful demonstration of belonging and identity. With Gene Luen Yang just appointed the U.S. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, it’s a great time to read or reread his work!




1919 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East

Naomi Shihab Nye, a poet with Israeli and Palestinian ties, shines a light on the Middle East, its conflicts, and the voices and hopes of its people in this collection of poetry.





Check out this booklist for more recommendations or ask a librarian!



Posted by:

Listen to Love Songs

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Hoopla is more than just movies – you can listen to music, too! Hoopla has created a collection of albums that can be the perfect soundtrack for Valentine’s Day. Music albums check out for 7 days, and the albums are always available with no hold lists or overdue fines. You can stream content directly through your internet browser or download items to the Hoopla app on your mobile device. Simple instructions are here.  While you’re at it, download 5 free songs each week from Freegal. They’re yours to keep! A search for “Love Songs” from the Freegal site will bring up another terrific collection of music for Valentine’s Day – or any time.

Hoopla Valentine's Day

Posted by:

The 5th Wave

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

The film The 5th Wave, based on the first book in Rick Yancey’s popular teen series, comes out on January 22nd.

If you’ve already read the book, don’t worry! You can keep yourself busy while you wait for the movie’s release by checking out other similar teen novels.

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Trapped inside a chain superstore by an apocalyptic sequence of natural and human disasters, six high school kids from various popular and unpopular social groups struggle for survival while protecting a group of younger children.

Through a series of dangerous and violent misadventures, teenage loser Alfred Kropp rescues King Arthur’s legendary sword Excalibur from the forces of evil.

Posted by: