KDL Blog ‘Teens’ Category

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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Congratulations to Teen Film Festival Winners!

Friday, March 6th, 2015

TeenFilmContestCongratulations to our winners and to everyone who was featured in the 2015 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 Fictional Short:  Theatre Arts: A Mockumentary, Directed by David Garrett and Scott Hoek
Best Animated Short:  Yellow Ticket, Directors, Ainsley, Alexa, Anela, Anna, Cordell, Elle, Emily, Kyle, Lynsey, Luke, Marlee, Mica, Nicole, Nyleese, Onora, Oscar, Silas and Tucker
Best Documentary:  Our Beautiful 54, Directed by Emily Livermore
Best Commercial: The Ultimate Remote, Directed by Carter Anderson, Madelyn O’Malley and Ashlyn Tripp
Best Director: Nick Hansen, Vita Et Mortem
Best Actor: Scott Hoek, Theatre Arts: A Mockumentary
Best Actress: Jenna Bishop, Stolen
Best Screenplay: Jake T. Goldberg, Spooked
People’s Choice Award: Vita Et Mortem, Directed by Nick Hansen

Congratulations again!

Mark your calendars for next year’s Festival. Entries will be accepted for the 2016 Teen Film Festival from October 1, 2015 through January 22, 2016.

 


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Author Mal Peet Dies at Age 67

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

malpeetAward-winning British author Mal Peet died Monday at the age of 67. Peet won the Guardian children’s fiction prize for his 2009 book Exposure. He also won the Carnegie medal in 2005 for his second book, Tamar, which is a fabulous fiction story set between modern day and World War II-occupied Netherlands.

 


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Anime Party for Teens

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

AnimeTeen Anime fans are invited to an Anime Party, taking place at several KDL branches this spring. Come show off your costume, eat some Pocky and enjoy Anime-themed crafts. Don’t miss out on all the fun!

Thursday, March 12, 3:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, March 19, 3:30 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Saturday, April 4, 2:00 PM, Gaines Twp. Branch
Thursday, April 16, 5:00 PM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Saturday, May 9, 1:00 PM, Grandville Branch

 


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KDL Photo Contest: Enter Today Through April 18

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Celebrate KDL Photo Contest Logo WEB (2)Attention shutterbugs! Send in your favorite shots taken during one of our library programs or inside one of our branches. Winning photos will be featured in an upcoming Celebrate KDL 2016 Calendar that will be sold to raise funds for library programs.

For more information and to submit your digital photo, visit www.kdl.org/photocontest. Sponsored by Kent District Library and the Alliance of Friends. For all ages.

Monday, March 2 – Saturday, April 18: Submissions accepted

Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 24: Public voting on semi-finalists’ photos

Monday, June 1: Winners announced

 


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