KDL Blog ‘Teens’ Category

Live and Learn Series Covers Aliens, Bees, Cannabis and More

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Histories, mysteries, honey and money, this fall KDL presents the Live and Learn series offering presentations for adults on a wide variety of topics. Ranging from beekeeping to Michigan’s ghostly lore, the series is designed to intrigue and entertain you. Bumblebee on a Zinnia

The six programs, each offered at Comstock Park branch as well as being offered at other KDL branch locations, includes Al Eicher Presents The Orphan Train in Michigan, the story of how 12,500 orphaned children from New York City and the Boston area made their way to Michigan in the mid-to-late 1800’s.


Extraterrestrial Life: What Lies Beyond Us, presented by Dr. Jason Smolinski, discusses discoveries and conditions required for life to exist outside our solar system and throughout the galaxy.

Medical Cannabis: A Brief Introduction, highlights the past, present Texting & Driving-Maleand future of the plant’s medicinal use.

The Buzz on Beekeeping takes a look at the crucial role bees play in our environment, Using You Smartphone for Smart Savings teaches you how to use free, downloadable apps to save you money on groceries and retail purchases and The History of Comstock Park from 1837 to the Present, traces the progression of the area through three name changes and site development.

Pre-registration for the lectures is not necessary. For more information on the lecture series please call (616) 784-2007.

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Valuable Program for Teens

Monday, September 21st, 2015

TeensParents, make sure your teenager gets signed up to attend Hot Jobs of 2020, taking place at the Cascade Township Branch at 6:00 PM on Monday, October 5 and at the Grandville Branch at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 17.

There’s a good chance that the job your teen may have someday may not even exist yet. Technology and innovation are changing the workplace like never before. Krista Harmon, Career Development Specialist and owner of Discover Careers, will talk through the Hot Jobs of 2020 and share how teens can set themselves up for success by utilizing career exploration resources while still in high school. Registration is required; please call 616-784-2007 to get your teen signed up.

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Attention Rainbow Rowell fans!

Monday, September 21st, 2015

carry onAttention Rainbow Rowell fans – her new book is almost here! If you’ve enjoyed reading Eleanor & Park or Fangirl, check out her latest title, Carry On. It will be available October 6 and tells the story of Simon Snow, the worst chosen one who’s even been chosen. At least, that’s what his roommate, Baz, says – and Baz might be evil and a vampire, but he’s usually right about these things. The book starts just as Baz goes missing. Simon is determined to find him, of course. (Simon is determined about a lot of things: getting his girlfriend back, making it through his last year of magic school, saving the world.)

You might recognize Simon and Baz from Rowell’s book Fangirl. But if you don’t, don’t worry about it; this is a standalone adventure. As Rainbow says, “I guess this is my first book you could call an adventure. It’s also a mystery and–more than anything–a love story.”

Put a copy of Carry On on hold here. If you haven’t read Eleanor & Park or Fangirl, yet, I highly suggest both. Click on the titles to place a hold in our new online catalog today!

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Cool Programs for Teens!

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Super Smash Bros.Teens, take a break from your homework and visit KDL for one (or all!) of these awesome programs! Please click the program title for dates, times and locations or to register.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U Tournament
Get your Smash on! Battle up to 8 players in this Wii U tournament. You are welcome to bring your own controller. We will play with stock characters only. No uploads. Pre-registration is required.

Teen Halo Tournament
Calling all teens! Think you have what it takes to compete in our Halo 4 multiplayer tournament? Bring 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.

Hot Jobs of 2020
The job you may have someday probably doesn’t even exist yet! Technology and innovation are changing the workplace like never before. Join us as we talk through the Hot Jobs of 2020 and how you can set yourself up for success by utilizing career exploration resources while still in high school. Pre-registration is required. 

KDL Anime Festival
Come in costume and participate in our cosplay pageant, or just hang out and celebrate all things anime. Snacks, crafts, games and your favorite shows! Costumes and weapon props must be family-friendly.

Meet the Author: A.S. King
KDL is proud to present A.S. King, the extraordinary writer of provocative teen novels. Join us for what promises to be an evening to remember, as she talks about her life as an author and discusses her latest title As I Crawl Through It. Books will be available for purchase and Ms. King will be signing after her talk. Sponsored by Consumers Energy and the Friends of the Cascade Library.

Teen Film Workshops
These workshops are sure to give you the skills you need to create an outstanding film for our Teen Film Festival.

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Reminder About KDL’s New Catalog: Holds & Reading History

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

With just 8 days left before we launch our exclusive new KDL catalog, here’s just a quick reminder about a few temporary service disruptions.

  • No holds may be placed after 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 12. Fill up your hold queue now and when the new KDL catalog goes live on September 17, you can go to town and place up to 25 holds!
  • Users of the Reading History and My Lists services in the LLC catalog who want to retain their information will need to download their data before September 14. Here are the instructions:
  • From Monday, September 14 through Wednesday, September 16:
    • Library users will be able to check material out at KDL locations, but returned material will not be checked in. Overdue fines will not accrue on KDL material for these dates.
    • KDL items that are currently checked-out cannot be renewed during this time.
    • KDL will not issue new library cards during this time.

The new catalog will be a significant improvement for KDL cardholders; offering a better search experience, easier access our digital collection and more customer-friendly policies, like increased allowable holds and the ability to avoid overdue fines by renewing material (that does not have holds) up to three times.

For more information on the new KDL catalog, please see our sneak peak at KDL’s New Catalog, the blog post announcing the new KDL Catalog and read through our Frequently Asked Questions.

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You crushed this year’s Summer Reading

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Here’s a look at this year’s Summer Reading numbers compared to last year’s:

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We offered 17 percent more programs this year and you liked them, you really liked them: Attendance skyrocketed by 41 percent. Overall, our total number of participants, which includes kids, teens, and adults who logged their summer reading, blew away last year’s numbers by 13 percent.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Summer Reading Club! We hope you found some good stories, got some sun and enjoyed a visit or two (or twenty) to our branches. Keep reading!


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Win Passes to GrandCon!

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

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Attention all gaming enthusiasts! The GrandCon Gaming Convention is coming to the Crowne Plaza Hotel (5700 28th St.) September 25-27. Here’s your chance to win two full-conference passes. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post with your answer to this  gaming question: Name two tabletop games with a fictional place as the title.

Submit your answer by Sunday, September 13 to be entered into a random drawing. Two lucky winners will each win two 3-day gamer badges. Winners will be notified by email.

Good luck!


*** Congratulations to our lucky winners, Nicholas and David!

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Write Michigan Contest Kicks Off Today!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015


Write MichiganShort story writers, grab your laptops for the fourth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, presented by Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music. Entries are accepted now through Monday, November 30. Writers of all ages can enter, with cash prizes awarded for Readers’ Choice and Judges’ Choice. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.

Enhance your writing skills by attending one of the short story workshops being offered for teens and adults.

Learn more, including complete contest guidelines, by visiting the Write Michigan website.

We can’t wait to read your story!

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Sequel to The Young Elites to be Released Soon

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Rose SocietyI pledge myself to the Rose Society until the end of my days, to use my eyes to see all that happens, my tongue to woo others to our side, my ears to hear every secret, my hands to crush my enemies. I will do everything in my power to destroy all who stand in my way. –The Rose Society Official Initiation Pledge, by Adelina Amouteru

The sequel to New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu’s The Young Elites continues the story of anti-heroine Adelina Amouteru, who survived the blood fever which left her scarred and considered a malfetto, or an abomination by her father and the rest of society. After leaving home, she meets and joins a group of Young Elites, malfettos with special powers, who call themselves the Dagger Society.

At the end of The Young Elites, Adelina is betrayed by those she once trusted and kicked out of the Dagger Society. In The Rose Society, Adelina flees with her sister to start her own society of elites. But Adelina’s powers are growing beyond her control, and she’s struggling to cling to any good left inside of her.

Want to know more about what to expect from The Rose Society? Lu is answering fan questions on her Facebook page.

The Rose Society comes out October 13th. Place your hold here.

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Back to School Books for Teens

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

sophomoresotheroxymSurprise sequel and in time for back to school!  Sophomores and Other Oxymorons by David Lubar, is the followup book to Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie.  Scott Hudson survived last year despite his mother being pregnant but now he has a little brother and a bunch of new challenges at school.

orbitingjupiterAnd coming in October, Gary Schmidt has a new book, “Orbiting Jupiter“.  12-year old Jack has always been an only child so it is a new experience when his parents bring 14-year old Joseph to the family farm.  Joseph spent time in juvie and just wants to see his daughter Jupiter but he also has to deal with a new school and a family life very different than his own.




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