KDL Blog ‘Teens’ Category


Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Every so often we sadly say goodbye to someone who is a part of the soundtrack of our lives whom we have never met. RIP David Bowie. Thank you.

Kent District Library would like to share his music and literature with our patrons. Download free David Bowie music using our Freegal app or Hoopla app. Be sure to also click on Classic Rock Artists to obtain a listing of musicians found in both Freegal and Hoopla.

KDL has an outstanding collection of David Bowie’s CDs and a good selection books, both ebooks and print available for your perusal. Click here to get you started.

Stop by the information desk at your library branch or call our Patron Services department at 616-784-2007 for assistance with downloading Freegal and Hoopla apps, downloading ebooks or searching our online catalog for books.

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ALA 2016 Youth Media Award Winners

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

On Monday in Boston, the ALA announced the 2016 Youth Media Award Winners!laststoponmarketst

John Newbery Medal for the most Outstanding contribution to Children’s literature:

Winner: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
Honor Books:

findingwinnieRandolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

Winner: Finding Winnie illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Honor Books:

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for bonegapyoung adults:

Winner: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Honor Books:

For a complete listing of all the awards, click here.



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Teen Film Festival: Submission Deadline Approaching

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

TeenFilmFestivalLogoThe deadline for submissions in the Kent County Teen Film Festival is Friday, January 22. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to see your film on the big screen and win amazing prizes!

Selected films will be screened from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 27 at Celebration! Cinema North (2121 Celebration Dr. NE). Click here for more information, including contest rules. The Kent County Teen Film Festival is sponsored by Compucraft and Kent District Library.

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Space Related Teen Books

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

If you are looking for some out of this world reads, give these books a try!

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards: “2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix: “Khemri learns the minute he becomes a Prince that princes need to be hard to kill—for they are always in danger. Their greatest threat? Other Princes. Every Prince wants to become Emperor and the surest way to do so is to kill, dishonor, or sideline any potential competitor. There are rules, but as Khemri discovers, rules can be bent and even broken.

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New Zinio Magazines Available

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015


Our Zinio digital magazine service now has even more of your favorite titles! We’ve added subscriptions to the following new magazines that you can download and enjoy for FREE on your computer or mobile device:


American Girl Magazine AppleMagazine Architectural Digest Billboard Magazine

High Five Mother Earth Living Seventeen Star Magazine

Click here to view a complete list of all titles offered through Zinio.


Happy Downloading!


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New Year Teen Series Alert

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

willtosurviveSo January is fast approaching bringing the release of new to the series books.  So yes, if you start now, you can read the first books and still catch the release of these great books!

Will to Survive by Eric Walters:  This is the third book in the series about Adam and his neighborhoods quest for survival after a global computer failure.  They have survived armed attacks and food shortages but can they survive an attack from a former ally, someone who knows all their defense strategies?  Set to be released in January.calamity

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson:  This is also the third book in the series about David and the Reckoners fight to bring down the Epics.  After the exciting events in New York, is David ready to take on one of the most powerful Epics of all time?  And salttoseawhat exactly is Calamity?  Set to be released in February.

The last one is not exactly a series but a companion book, Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys: this historical novel is about the tragedy of the Wilhelm Gustloff and the mysterious cousin mentioned by Lina in Between Shades of Gray.  Set to be released in February.

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If you liked “If I Stay”… try these!

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Are you a sucker for sappy stories?  If so, then chances are you have read the book “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman.  Want more like it?  Check out these titles and more!

where she went

Where She Went

Gayle Forman


Adam, now a rising rock star, and Mia, a successful cellist, reunite in New York and reconnect after the horrific events that tore them apart when Mia almost died in a car accident three years earlier.


The Beginning of After

The Beginning of After

Jennifer Castle


In the aftermath of a car accident that killed her family, sixteen-year-old Laurel must face a new world of guilt, painful memories, and the possibility of new relationships.


This Song Will Save Your Life

This Song Will Save Your Life

Leila Sales


Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.


Faking Normal

Faking Normal

Courtney Stevens


Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer. When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in “the Kool-Aid Kid,” who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.


Also check out the movie as well:

If I Stay

If I Stay



Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate.

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I’ve seen Mockingjay Part ll, Now What?

Friday, November 27th, 2015

With the release of Mockingjay Part 2 last week, we began to wonder, what cool Teen books will have movie versions in 2016? Here are a few we are anxiously anticipating …

5TH WAVE The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Yancey’s exciting and suspenseful tale of an Alien Invasion comes to life! Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Grace Moretz) is desperately trying to protect her younger brother from a series of alien attacks that have decimated Earth. She receives help from a young man, but fears he may be one of the aliens. Set for release January 15, 2016, check out the trailer…..



A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness                       MONSTER

Conor is dealing with school bullies, nightmares, and his mother’s terminal illness. He begins visiting a tree monster (Liam Neeson) every night in an effort to confront his fears, which are not necessarily what Conor may have expected. Felicity Jones is Conor’s mum and Sigourney Weaver his grandma. Expected release date: October 14, 2016. Here’s a sneak preview…..


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children MISS P

I am probably looking forward to this one the most! Great book, stellar cast (Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Asa Butterfield and more) and, are you ready for this? DIRECTED BY TIM BURTON! All I want for Christmas 2016 is a ticket to the show. Release date: December 25, 2016.


Here are a few more we’re excited for..

The BFG by Roald Dahl

WHOA! Stephen Spielberg directs in an unanimated take on Dahl’s 1982 classic featuring a giant shunned by other giants because he refuses to eat little boys and girls.  Release date: July 1, 2016.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling   Screenplay by J.K. Rowling!!!! The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. Word on the street is this is the first in a trilogy. Release date: November 18, 2016.

Let it Snow by John Green

Release date: December 9, 2016.

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Study Rooms

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Need a secluded place to hit the books before that big exam? How about tweaking an upcoming presentation before showing it to a live audience? Perhaps you have a weekly tutoring session which requires some private space? All of these tasks and more can be accomplished in the study rooms housed at many KDL branches!

Studying at the Kentwood Library Besides our welcoming large spaces, where we shelve the collection and offer circulation and reference services, 15 of KDL’s 18 branches also offer some sort of study rooms or quiet reading areas. These free rooms are excellent places for individuals or small groups to accomplish whatever it is that needs doing. One patron even commented that “studying and writing in coffee shops can be distracting and costly. I have loved using the private study rooms available at … KDL because they are free, secure, and quiet.”

So feel free to stop in, talk to one of our staff members, get a room and get busy!

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Reminder: Suspension of MeLCat InterLibrary Loan Nov. 18-Dec. 12

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Update: Please visit our Dec. 17, 2015 post about MeLCat for more updated information.

Please remember that beginning Wednesday, November 18, no new MeLCat requests can be placed. Incoming and outgoing materials will continue to be processed, and currently checked out materials can still be renewed and managed using My MeLCat. From Wednesday, December 2 through December 11, MeLCat items will not be processed. Full MeLCat services are expected to resume on Saturday, December 12. For more information, please visit the MeLCat Server Migration FAQ for Patrons.

If you have items that KDL does not own and you wish to request them from other libraries via MelCat, please do so before next Wednesday.

If between November 18 to December 12, you find you need an item which KDL does not own, there are neighboring libraries able to assist KDL customers.

This link offers a directory to Lakeland Library Cooperative Member Libraries. These libraries will honor KDL library cards. However, holds are not allowed and patrons must return material to the library where it was checked out.

Grand Rapids Public Library, KDL cardholders can:

  • Check out materials and place holds on GRPL owned material.
  • Holds must be picked up at a GRPL location.
  • Patrons may return to KDL but items are not checked in for 5-10 days.
  • Can search in MelCat, but may not place requests.

 Grand Rapids Community College Library

  • KDL cardholders can get a free community guest card to check out AV, books and magazines.
  • Must have driver’s license/picture ID with current address.
  • Can search in MelCat, but may not place requests.

 Davenport University Libraries

  • Offers a free community card to check out books, no magazines.
  • Must have driver’s license/picture ID with current address.
  • Not listed in MelCat.

As always, please visit your local KDL branch or call our friendly Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 for assistance.

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