Have questions about Wikipedia and didn’t know who to ask? Are you an expert in a certain topic, or simply a know-it-all? Enjoy photography? Do you already edit a page on Wikipedia?
Plan to attend our Wikipedia Editors Meet-Upand Informational Gatherings taking place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 29 and Saturday, April 19 theEast Grand Rapids Branch.
Topic for March 29: Local History and Genealogy
Topic for April 19: Photos, Research, Editing Tips and Tricks, Gardening
Join Bettina Cousineau, a Wikipedia educator and editor who is currently developing an online course for new Wikipedia editors, and other editors to help create the encyclopedia for everyone. Please bring your own laptop, or indicate at registration if you require borrowing one of ours.
Registration for this program is requested. To register, call 616-784-2007 or visit your local KDL branch. Please provide your library card number at time of registration.
This program is for teens and adults. We hope to see you there!
Teens: It’s time for you to vote! Below is the list of the top 10 teen books selected by a group of librarians. Read all of these books (or as many as you want) and select the ONE that you feel is the best. Then be sure to get in your vote! Voting is open until May 31 and can be done online.
Nick Hansen and Emily Livermore, two winners from our recent Teen Film Festival, went on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about their film-making experience. They shared information about the films they made, their ambitions and the films that inspire them.
To watch Mutts of Motown (Emily’s film), Desolation (Nick’s film) or any of the other films that were screened at the Teen Film Festival, click here.
The Olympics are over, Spring Training is in full swing and March Madness is coming up. It’s always a good time for sports books.
An older book to try if you are a fan of running or history is The Perfect Mileby Neal Bascomb. Until May of 1954, no one had run a sub-4-minute mile. There were three milers in the world, Roger Bannister of Great Britain, John Landy of Australia, and Wes Santee of the United States, who were trying to be the first. While this book tells primarily of the attempts of these men to race a mile with a record time, what stayed with me was realizing how difficult life still was in England as a result of WWII, even though the war had been over for a decade. The title of the book comes from a later race between Bannister and Landy, after each had broken four minutes earlier that summer. They met for the first time that year at the Empire Games in August of 1954. (This race can be seen on YouTube.)
From a classic race to a classic sports writer: John Feinstein has a new book out, Where Nobody Knows Your Name. In this book Feinstein highlights Triple A baseball. Players, managers and unpires are evaluated while working in this transition league. Are they looking to break into the majors? Are they rehabbing to get back to the majors? Have they been cut from the major leagues and are on their way out of sports?
Staying with baseball is another title worth a look. One of this year’s Michigan Notable Books is The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych. That hair, the grooming of the mound, the talking to the ball… Doug Wilson brings back the excitement that Fidrych brought to baseball in his brief career. From the epilogue of the book: “He was the most charismatic player we had during my time with the Tigers,” said Ernie Harwell, whose time with the Tigers spanned almost fifty years.
A final new sport book to consider is The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown. The 1936 Olympics most commonly bring to mind Jesse Owens, but rowing was another competition where the Germans were supposed to defeat all comers. The “boys” in the title came not from New England and the schools with a strong rowing tradition, but from the Pacific Northwest — the University of Washington. These farmers, fishermen and lumber workers had to first take on the best in the US and then the best in the world to pursue a gold medal. Reviewers have compared this book to those of Laura Hillenbrand.
Even though the weather is cold, travel with these books to someplace warm and enjoy the pursuit of excellence.
Have some fun with everyone’s favorite marshmallow treat! We are offering a PEEPS® Diorama Contest at several of our branches. Create your own PEEPS® diorama based on the theme “PEEPS® are Popping Up All Over!” Bring it to a participating branch by April 1 for a chance to win a prize! Winners will be chosen by popular vote and prizes will be awarded on April 21.
The following branches are participating in the contest, which is open to people of all ages:
East Grand Rapids
Kentwood (Richard L. Root)
Sand Lake/Nelson Township
We can’t wait to see all your creativity on display!