KDL Blog ‘Teens’ Category

Kicking Off Summer With Kentwoodpalooza!

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Come join us in celebrating the end of the school year and beginning of summer at the 5th annual Kentwoodpalooza on Wednesday, June 17 from 3:00 to 9:00 PM at Kent District Library’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch.

New KDLkentwoodpalooza-9017“I am really excited about this year’s lineup. This Kentwoodpalooza will be the most musically eclectic yet, featuring a cross section of genres from rock to country to jazz to Latin,” said event organizer Greg Lewis, a teen librarian at the branch. “The City of Kentwood and area businesses have been very supportive, and since KDL has embraced this, we have people coming from all over.”

The festival-style event supported this year by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library, will have live music from local teen bands, poetry readings, painting and free food.

KDLkentwoodpalooza-9075“Now that we’ve been doing this a few years, Kentwoodpalooza is becoming known as a summer event area teens look forward to – performers too,” Lewis said. “This is a great opportunity for teens to show what they can do and to learn from some of the area’s most well-known performers and artists.”

Schedule:
3:00PM – Luc James Studio Showcase
3:30PM – Plaid Day (Country/Pop)
4:00PM – Uproar (Jazz)
4:45PM – Flight of Niko (Indie)
5:30PM – Every Breaking Wave (Rock/Pop)
6:00PM – Queso Quest (Latin Funky Fusion Jam)
6:30 PM – Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony 7:30PM – Big Dudee Roo (Grunge Folk Rock)


Posted by:


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.”


Posted by:


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!


Posted by:


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!


Posted by:


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:


Posted by:


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.


Posted by:


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!


Posted by:


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.

 


Posted by:


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!


Posted by:


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!


Posted by: