KDL Blog ‘Teens’ Category

Gaming Tournaments: Sign Up Today!

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

mario-kart-wii-1Get your gaming skills ready and join us for some intense action! Many will enter, only the best will be crowned champions.

Mario Kart Tournament for Kids and Teens

Join us for a Wii gaming tournament for grades K-12 featuring Mario Kart, prizes and snacks. Champions will be crowned in two separate divisions. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library. Pre-registration is required. 
Saturday, December 27, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

 

Teen Halo Tournament
Calling all teens! Think you have what it takes to compete in our Halo 4 multiplayer tournament? Sign up with a partner and battle the best of the best in this first-person shooter competition. The last team standing wins the prize! Pre-registration is required.
Saturday, February 14, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch

 


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Holiday Closing — Christmas Eve & Day

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The Kent District Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays Wednesday & Thursday December 24–25. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, December 26. For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

 

We appreciate your patronage and wish you Happy Holidays!

 

Happy Holidays


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Teen Fiction and the New Fairy Tale

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Fairy tales are still around for a reason. They provide us with excellent heroes and heroines, exciting adventure, mystical magic, dastardly villains and maybe a little romance. Plenty of teen fiction writers are up to the challenge of keeping the genre fresh, giving the traditional tale a tempting twist.

Stitching SnowEverybody knows the story of Snow White, but you probably haven’t heard it like this before. R.C. Lewis’ Stitching Snow takes place on the planet Thanda, where the temperatures are always sub-zero. Princess Snow is missing, and the kingdom is near war. Essie, our heroine, is a programmer who controls seven loyal drones that work the local mines, and she’s about to get much closer to the war than she ever thought possible. When a ship crash lands near the mines, questions begin to pile up. Essie’s decisions could lead to peace or tragedy; and it may start with the decision to find her true home.

Cruel BeautyThe twists continue as we head into the ever-popular Beauty and the Beast (a personal favorite). Our beauty in Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty is not your typical “Belle.” For one, Nyx’s father is far from a friend. Nyx has been betrothed to the evil lord Ignifex since birth, a bad bargain by the hands of her father. But she isn’t going down easily. Sure, she’ll marry him—with the goal of ultimately assassinating him. Cruel Beauty flips good and evil on its head. Nyx must kill her Beast in order to save her people, but what of her charming enemy’s secrets? The enchanted castle will claim another victim.

Stolen SongbirdFairy tales also give us wonderful creatures, even if they happen to have human-like qualities. Think you know about trolls? Think again. In Danielle L. Jensen’s Stolen Songbird, the strong-willed Cecile is kidnapped, brought under the mountains and sold to the troll king. To break the curse that a witch placed long ago, Cecile must marry the prince.  When the wedding fails to break the curse, Cecile is stuck in their dreary world, but entranced by their knowledge and the prince’s treasonous plans. Magic and politics collide, and we get a new take on the monster beneath the mountain.

Poisoned AppliesIf you’re looking for a quick fix for your fairy tales, try Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann. This collection takes the fairy tales you know and puts them alongside the life of the modern teenage girl. Much like Grimm’s original tales, it may not be so happily ever after. However, each poignant poem looks at the beauty and the beast: how girls are taught to think about themselves. From funny to dead serious, these bite-sized tales are reminiscent of Laurie Halse Anderson and Ellen Hopkins.

Fairy tales are being rewritten over and over because we love them. There are plenty more literature remixes than listed here, offering dozens of stories from classic to science fiction. Take a fresh look at where your favorite princes and princess stand. Whether good or evil, the magic of the fairy tale has never been more charming.


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New Teen Booklist: Paranormal

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Looking for a new spine-tingling new book to curl up with on a chilly winter night? Perhaps one featuring vampires, werewolves, or even the Grim Reaper? Check out this new booklist featuring great paranormal teen titles, with these books and more!

Croak      Raised by Wolves       Claire de Lune

Check out more booklists in KDL Recommends for Teens!

 


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KDL Lab Programs Featured on Fox17 Morning Mix

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Learn more about our upcoming KDL Lab programs! Check out this segment from FOX 17’s brand new show, Morning Mix:
 

 

Lab programs at the Kent District Library

 


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Omne Trium Perfectum

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

It’s been said  that everything good comes in threes. Here are three new reads that live up to that claim, and are the perfect companion on a cold, snowy day.

 

glorybGlory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
A.S. King (Please Ignore Vera Dietz, Reality Boy) adds another masterpiece to her collection. In this epic tale about freedom, feminism and destiny, King tells the story of a girl coping with devastating loss, a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and the present needs her even more. Glory is graduating from high school and has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only 4 years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will go the same way. Then something happens (you’ll have to read it to find out what), and Glory undergoes a transformation where she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions — and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying: A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do anything to make sure this one doesn’t come into existence.

 

Wild Rover No More: Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky bloody jackFaber (Bloody Jack Adventures) by L.A. Meyer
We first met Mary “Jacky” Faber in 2002. Since then she has taken us on a rollicking, adventurous trip spanning the early-1800s globe. In this 12th and final installment of Bloody Jack Adventures, Jacky is accused of treason and must flee Boston while her friends attempt to clear her name. Of course, that means more wild adventures for our fun-loving heroine, who manages to secure a job as a governess… and run away with the circus. This highly anticipated grand finale should leave fans feeling quite satisfied.

 

bllbBlue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
As Blue Sargent and Gansey grow close, the prophecy (if you kiss your true love, he will die) looms ever larger. Picking up where The Dream Thieves left off, the Raven Boys grow closer to their goal of finding the Welsh king Glendower and the rewards he promises to whomever wakes him. Blue and the Raven Boys begin a series of descents into caverns where they expect to find the sleeping Glendower and possibly Blue’s mother, who has been missing. What they find are horrors, surprises and the realization that their individual strengths and collective bonds may just be unstoppable. This mesmerizing third installment spins a web of intrigue and magic that will leave the reader hungering for the conclusion.

 

 


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Holiday Closing — Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Kent District Library will be closed Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, November 28. For additional holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving


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Late Opening Monday, December 1

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

All Kent District Library branches with open hours will open at 1:00 PM on Monday, December 1 in order to allow our staff to attend professional development in the morning. While we regret any temporary inconvenience this may cause, KDL’s commitment to staff training is one of the reasons we are able to provide you with such great service!

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Winter 2014-15 KDL Kaleidoscope

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The Winter 2014-15 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 winter 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!

Winter 2015 Kaleidoscope

 


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Get Creative at the KDL Lab Programs

Monday, November 24th, 2014

kdlLabLogo_color_jpgCheck out these awesome KDL Lab programs that promote creativity and encourage you to have fun while learning. Make cool things while exploring new technology! Please click the program title for a list of dates, times and locations.

The Wonderful WaterColorBot
Watch with amazement while an image you create is recreated by our robot using watercolors, paper and a paintbrush. For all ages.

Get Revved Up
Create your own rubber band car, help us build an engine model and even design your own style of car or truck.  For all ages.

ReFashion It!
Put your creativity to the test and see what you can make with old T-shirts, other clothing items and odd pieces of fabric. We supply the tools, you bring a T-shirt and your imagination. Participants must be age 14 and older. For teens and adults.

3Doodler Dream It, Draw It
Make your drawings come to life with our 3Doodler! Create simple 3D objects from your own imagination or use some of the provided stencils. Pre-registration is required. For all ages.

***Check out WXMI Fox 17‘s new show, Morning Mix, at 9:00 AM on Monday, December 1. A segment, filmed at our Plainfield Township Branch and featuring our very own Craig Buno, will promote the KDL Lab programs. Here is a sneak peek photo:

KDL Lab Photo


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