KDL Blog ‘Teens’ Category

Teen Booklists for Divergent Readers

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Hey all you Divergent lovers!  If you are looking for some great reads while you are waiting for your copy, checkout these great booklists.

For the Action and Suspense readers, checkout Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart or Peak by Roland Smith.  For the Doctor Who fans, try BZRK by Michael Grant or Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  And for more Dystopian reads, try Pulse by Patrick Carman or Inhuman by Kat Falls.
 
Steelheart          Hitchhiker's Guide          Inhuman


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Wikipedia and You

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

WikipediaHave 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-Up and Informational Gatherings taking place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 29 and Saturday, April 19 the East 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!

 

 


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KDL Top Ten — Freegal Downloads

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Time to face the music — Try KDL’s Freegal Music site today!  Download DRM-free MP3 files for millions of songs from Sony Music. And while you’re visiting, check out “My Library Top 10“:

Top Ten Freegal 03-14-2014


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Michigan Thumbs Up Top 10

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

ThumbsUpTeens: 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.

 


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KDL on WGVU: Teen Film Festival Winners

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Nick Hansen and Emily Livermore on WGVU with Shelley Irwin - 3-7-14Nick 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.

Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)


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Teens: Cosplay and Anime Programs

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Cosplay AnimeCosplay Costume Workshop
Meet up with other fans and begin designing your cosplay look. Supplies and equipment will be provided to help you rock the runway at JAFAX or the KDL Anime Festival.

Saturday, March 15, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch
Tuesday, March 18, 3:30 PM – Wyoming Branch
Thursday, March 20, 3:30 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch

 

Anime Festival
Come in costume and participate in our cosplay pageant for prizes, or just enjoy celebrating all things anime with your favorite shows, Japanese snacks, crafts and games.

Saturday, May 10, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch

For a list of branch locations and maps, click here.

 


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Sports Books to Try

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

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.

The Perfect MileAn older book to try if you are a fan of running or history is The Perfect Mile by 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.)

 

Where Nobody Knows Your NameFrom 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?

 

 

The BirdStaying 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.

 

The Boys in the BoatA 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.

 


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Have Fun With PEEPS®!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

PeepsHave 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:

  • Alpine Township
  • Byron Township
  • Cascade Township
  • East Grand Rapids
  • Englehardt
  • Grandville
  • Kentwood (Richard L. Root)
  • Krause Memorial
  • Sand Lake/Nelson Township
  • Spencer Township
  • Tyrone Township

We can’t wait to see all your creativity on display!


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Pirates and Star Wars Teen Booklists

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

What could be more fun to read about than Pirates and Star Wars?  (Unless maybe you combine the two!)  To help you get ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day in September, check out the great Pirates for Teens Booklist, which includes Hurricane Dancers by Margarita Engle and Fish by Gregory Mone.

And don’t forget the ever popular Star Wars Day in May along with KDL’s If You Like Star Wars Booklist.  This booklist includes books from all ages but features graphic novels for Teens and The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.

Hurricane Dancers   Fish   Star Wars   Star Wars Encyclopedia

 

 


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Guys Read for Teen booklists

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

For February, KDL has two new Guys Read booklists for teens.  The first one is a general list with a variety of books including Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer and Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman.  The other list is related to science fiction and space.  This includes great titles like Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill and Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan.

artemisfowl   sonofthemob   blackholesun   glow


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