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Teen Poetry Contest: 11 Exceptional Entries

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

PoetryKDL’s 12th annual Teen Poetry Contest was a great success thanks to all the talented teen poets out there. This year, about 150 poems were submitted. Library staff reviewed the poems and narrowed down the entries, submitting them to Poet G.F. Korreck for final analysis. Eleven exceptional poems were selected.

Congratulations to the recognized poets!

  • 5 Years and Counting by Marla Soto
  • Admiral’s Arch by Jonathan Boakes
  • Director’s Cut by Allison Davey
  • Exposed by Brianne Kerr
  • her by Gabby Jansma-Skinner
  • Little Green Drug by Syd Langeweg
  • Penelope by Melissa Soto
  • Return to Where I’m From by Echo Oliver
  • Summer Nights by Rachel Heywood
  • twenty five over fifty five by Joseph Felkers
  • Broccoli by Sydney Vo

We would like to extend a special thanks to our judge, G.F. Korreck. We appreciate his expertise and his willingness to judge our contest this year.

Korreck said:

“I am not comfortable with the term “winner,” especially when it comes to reading poetry. There are so many ways to read a poem, so many ways it can touch someone. The proof, the value of any poem is to what degree it engages a reader, whether it challenges, makes the reader perhaps a bit uncomfortable, enlightens, stirs, awakens. It wasn’t easy selecting 11 poems. All had merit. I was impressed by the range of topics and the ambitious efforts of the writers.”


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Clean Reads for All Ages

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Probably no surprise here (considering I’m a librarian) but I was a pretty advanced reader at the age of 11. Another shocker for you is that my mom got a little upset when I came home from my local library with a copy of Go Ask Alice, thinking it might have something to do with Alice in Wonderland. If you’re not familiar with Go Ask Alice, it’s a book about drug addiction that’s definitely inappropriate for an 11-year old, and my mom suddenly realized she had to find advanced reader books that were also appropriate for my age.

Finding appropriate books for your high-level readers is a tough thing to do because they don’t want books with immature, baby-ish subject matter, but they also can’t totally comprehend that really serious subject matter. If you need help finding appropriate books that your kids, tweens and even teens will love, this list might be a good place to start. We have lots of good reading suggestions for all ages on there, and even a few recommended websites you can check out for further suggestions.

And don’t forget to drop into one of our locations and ask your friendly librarian for help, too!

Clean Reads Display


Clean Reads currently on display in the teen area of the Caledonia Branch!


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Summer Reading @ KDL Coming Soon!

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Celebrate HeroesThe school year is winding down, and that means we are gearing up for Summer Reading @ KDL. With programs for kids, teens and adults, we are inviting the whole family to Celebrate Heroes @ KDL. And if discovering some great books isn’t enough of an incentive to participate, we have also got some awesome prizes up for grabs!

Summer Reading @ KDL kicks off on Monday, June 1. Stop by your local branch to sign up, and don’t forget to mark your calendar for some awesome programs. Our summer line-up includes magic, animals, food and music, just to name a few!


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YALSA 2015 Top Ten Teen Books Nominees

Friday, May 1st, 2015

YALSA has announced the nominees for the Top Ten Teen Books. TeensTopTen_logo_web The list of books come from different teen book groups from around the country.  And teens get to decide on the top ten too.  So start reading now and get ready to vote!  Voting will take place between August 15th & October 18th. Below are the nominees:


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MI Thumbs Up Top Ten Teen Books 2015

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

ThumbsUpAlong with spring comes this exciting book announcement: the Top Ten MI Thumbs Up books!!

And don’t forget that you can help choose the next MI Thumbs Up book by voting.  The poll will remain open until May 31st for Teens between 13 and 18 years old.


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Teen Halo Tournament

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Picture2If you think you have what it takes to be the best, sign up with a partner to compete in our Halo 4 multiplayer tournament. All the fun will take place from 1:00 – 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 25 at the Grandville Branch. The last team standing wins the prize! Pre-registration is required. For teens grades 6-12.

We hope to see you there!


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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

The popularity of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and its movie has lead to the revival of an old genre in teen literature: Sick Lit. As the story goes, beautiful but terminally ill teens find The Meaning of Life, True Love and other Very Important Things  before shuffling off this mortal coil.

This is not one of those books.

First, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (MEDG) is hilarious. Antihero Greg Gains and his bawdy friend Earl have some of the most hilarious exchanges in teen lit. Second, MEDG defies every Sick Lit stereotype. The narrator befriends Rachel, the dying girl, only because his mom guilts him into it. Greg doesn’t fall in love with Rachel or vice versa. Earl is a bad best friend. No one delivers a monologue that sounds like a PhD. philosophy thesis. No one achieves existential transcendence.

But MEDG is much more than an anti-Fault in our Stars. By shunning the Sick Lit script and easy characterizations, author Jesse Andrew delivers an honest sketch of teens on the edge of the next (or final) stage of life.

 


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Teen Poetry Contest: Enter Today!

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

PoetryApril is National Poetry Month, and that means KDL is hosting our 12th annual Word Wise teen poetry contest.

From April 1 to April 30, teens are invited to submit their original poems online or at their local KDL branch.  Winners will receive a $50 gift card to Schuler Books & Music.  The winning poems will be published on the KDL website.  Take some time to check out our teen page for a complete list of rules and an online entry form.

Happy writing!


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Insurgent Premieres this Week!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Great news for all the many fans of the Divergent series: The second film, titled Insurgent (just like the book) will be in theaters this coming Friday, March 20. Check out the trailer below:

If you like action, dystopian settings and a dash of romance, this film could be just the thing for you. If you haven’t seen the first film, be sure to check it out before heading off to the theater!


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The Next “Big Thing” in Teen Books

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Everyone always wants to know what the “next big thing” is in books, including me.  We are way over the paranormal books, with vampires and werewolves and now dystopian books are old hat, despite The Hunger Games and Divergent movies still to come. So what is next?

I think Realistic Fiction is gaining ground, partly thanks to John Green’s books and movies.  (Not that it ever truly went away.) I recently read two illgiveyouthesungreat teen realistic fiction books.  And yes, the covers are quite similar but that is just a coincidence!

The first book, which was the Printz Award winner, is by Jandy Nelson, “I’ll Give You The Sun.” This book is told through two voices, twins Jude and Noah. The interesting part is that Noah’s portion is told from when they were 13 years old and Jude’s voice is from when they are 16.  This gives the reader the perspective of what is to come but not how it came about. I really enjoyed the zacandmiacharacters of both twins and how the story came together in the end.

The other book is “Zac and Mia” by A.J. Betts. At first this book might seem to be an “A Fault In Our Stars” ripoff, but the story evolves beyond that. Zac and Mia have their own unique story to tell. Zac “meets” Mia because they are sharing a hospital wall while he is in isolation for his leukemia treatment. Mia is a popular girl, but is hiding her sickness from all her friends and is unable to come to terms with her illness. The friendship develops after the hospital but each are not always honest and upfront with each other. But in the end, they each need something for the other person and the ending leaves the fate of the characters up to the reader.


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