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Kent County Teen Film Festival Winners!

Monday, February 24th, 2014

12715613455_8efa073939_oThe eighth annual Kent County Teen Film Festival was a huge success!  On Saturday, more than 200 people came to cheer on their favorite teen filmmakers.

This year’s winners are:

Best Screenplay: Jayden Bodziak for “My Cat in Love”
Best Commerical/PSA: “Cleaning Ninja” (Directed by Patrick Badovinac, David Guinn, and Sawyer Osborn)
Best Documentary: “Mutts of Motown” (Directed by Emily Livermore)
Best Feature Short: Ezra Moreno’s “Abominable Snowman” (Directed by Ezra Moreno)
People’s Choice Award: “Desolation” (Directed by Nick Hansen)12715612375_6c8f4546f0_o
Best Actress: Emie Ross in “Cat Lady Clip”
Best Actor: Trevor Hansen in “Desolation”
Best Director: Nick Hansen for “Desolation”

Watch the finalist films here. Congratulations to all our winners, and a big round of applause to all our teen filmmakers!

Be sure to like Kent County Teen Film Festival on Facebook to keep up to date with festival news, and to watch the winning movies which will be posted later this week.

And remember—it’s never too early to start filming for 2015!

 

 

 


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Updates to LearningExpress Library

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

LearningExpress LibraryLearningExpress Library, a popular database that provides access to over 1,000 online practice tests and skill-building tutorials, has recently been updated with a new & improved site design, easier to use navigation, new interactive tutorials and more!

 

LearningExpress Library

 

The new site is divided into 9 “learning centers”:

  • Adult Learning Center – math, reading and writing skills, U.S. Citizenship exam prep
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  • Career Center – career exploration, occupation certification and military exam prep
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  • High School Equivalency Center – exam prep for the new GED
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  • College Preparation Center – college admission test prep, including ACT, SAT, AP Exams, PSAT & TOEFL
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  • Recursos para Hispanohablantes – Spanish-language resources, including math, reading and writing skills and U.S. Citizenship exam prep
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  • College Center – academic skills review in math, reading, writing and science, exam prep for graduate school admission tests (including GRE, GMAT, LSAT & MCAT), college placement exams and CLEP exams
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  • School Center – resources for elementary, middle and high school students for skills improvement in math, reading, science, social studies, vocabulary and writing
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  • Computer Skills Center – interactive video tutorials for computer & Internet basics, popular Microsoft & Adobe software programs and Windows & Mac operating systems
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  • Job & Career Accelerator – explore careers, search for jobs, create resume and cover letters and prep for interviews
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Please note that previous logins do not carry over to the new version – if you’ve already set up an account in the old version, you will need to register fresh for the new LearningExpress Library. However, the old site will still be available until June 30 if you need to finish up any previously accessed tests or tutorials. Right now our link goes to a special introductory page where you can either register for the new version or go back (temporarily) to the old version.

You can watch a guided tour video of the new & improved LearningExpress Library or try it out yourself!

 


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Future Teen Fiction Releases

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Did you know that each month KDL compiles a list of teen fiction that will be released in future months? This list includes many popular authors, and it is a great way to keep an eye out for exciting new fiction. Holds may be placed on all of the titles, so watch the list so you can place a hold for your favorite author right away.

This month’s list includes new books by Lauren Oliver, Erin Hunter and Joseph Delaney. You could even plan ahead for summer, with new releases in June from Lisi Harrison, Lisa McMann and Sara Shepard.

Are you anticipating the release of the next book in your favorite series? Note that you are able to place a hold for the third book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series (Dreams of Gods & Monsters will be released on April 8) as well as the sixth book in The Mortal Instruments series (City of Heavenly Fire will be released on May 27).

Place your holds today, and watch for a new Future Fiction list in the beginning of March.

City of Heavenly Fire        Dreams of Gods & Monsters        The First Battle        Panic


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Dystopian Fiction for Teens

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Still looking for the next great dystopian book to hold you over until The Hunger Games or Divergent movies are released? Well, KDL has two new booklists for you! The first one is Dystopian Fiction for Teens, which gives you some great new titles like Starters by Lissa Price and Beta by Rachel Cohn.  KDL also has an If You Like Divergent booklist with series like Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien and Blood Red Road by Moira Young.

Starters      Beta      Birthmarked      Blood Red Road


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Know a Teen Who Hates Reading?

Monday, February 17th, 2014

At KDL, we believe that teens who don’t like to read just haven’t found the right book yet.  Fortunately, we can help with that. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released its yearly Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list, and here is a link to their Top Ten titles. KDL has them all, so check one out today.

Proxy                    How to Speak Dog                   The Testing

 


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Teen Film Festival — One Winner’s Story

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

001As the time draws near for the next Kent County Teen Film Festival on Saturday, February 22 at Celebration! Cinema North from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM, one of last year’s winners, Emily Livermore of East Grand Rapids, reflects on seeing her work on the big screen and how it’s shaped her career aspirations. Read Emily’s story here. See you at the Festival!

 

 

 

 


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Take FREE Online Courses Through KDL

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Learn4Life

 

We have another awesome new resource now available to KDL patrons

Learn4LifeLearn4Life features over 300 instructor-led online courses focused on professional development, technology skills and personal enrichment. New sessions start every month, and each 6-week course offers well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with fellow students in a lively discussion area.

These are the types of classes that may cost hundreds of dollars to take from a for-profit company, but they are available for free with your KDL library card! Here are just some of the wide range of courses available:

See a complete list of courses here!

2 lessons are released each week during the 6-week class session, and each lesson is estimated to take 2 hours to complete. A certificate of completion is available at the end of each course, which may be accepted as proof of continuing education by some workplaces or institutions. There is no penalty for not finishing a course, and there are no limits on how many you can sign up to take.

You can watch a guided tour video of this new product or try it out yourself. If you see a course that interests you, there’s still time to enroll for the February session, which starts on February 19.

 

 


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Local Films on the Big Screen

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

TeenFilmFestival-colorIf you love short films, don’t miss out on our upcoming Kent County Teen Film Festival, taking place from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 22 at Celebration! Cinema North (2121 Celebration Dr. NE). Several teen film submissions will be shown on the big screen, and prizes in several categories will be awarded.

We hope to see you there!

 


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Write Michigan: And the Winners Are…

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

WriteMI-2014Nearly 900 Michigan writers entered the second annual Write Michigan short story contest, and after preliminary judges whittled those entries to a list of finalists, you voted for your favorites.

Click here to see a complete list of winners.

Also, mark your calendar for 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 22, when winners will gather at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch for an awards ceremony and the kickoff sale of the collection of their work.

Congratulations to the winners, and until next year!


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A Blind Date… with a Book

Friday, January 31st, 2014

blind date bookTired of the same old genre? Looking to spice up your reading life? During the month of February, stop by the branches below and check out a specially-wrapped book from our display. Fill out the attached “Rate Your Date” form and drop it in the box next to the book display by February 28 to be entered in a drawing. If you don’t like the book, simply return it to the library; its feelings won’t be hurt.

Participating Branches:
Alpine Township (adults & teens)
Byron Township (adults & teens)
Caledonia Township (adults & teens)
Cascade Township (teens)
Comstock Park (adults & teens)
Englehardt (teens)
Gaines Township (adults & teens)
Grandville (adults)
Kentwood (teens)
Plainfield Township (adults)
Sand Lake / Nelson Township (adults)
Spencer Township (adults & teens)

 


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