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KDL Closing at 5:00 PM Thursday, Jan. 8

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Due to severe weather and travel conditions, all KDL branches will close at 5:00 PM today (Thursday, January 8). All evening programs are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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New (More!) Branch Hours Start Today!

Monday, January 5th, 2015

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At the request of KDL customers and our municipal partners, and thanks to the generosity of KDL voters, the library will be delivering on our millage promise of offering more convenient hours at all our locations. Starting Monday, January 5, KDL is offering a total of 56.5 more open hours spread across 15 branch locations. The remaining three KDL branches — Alpine, Caledonia and Spencer townships — got additional hours in September. Click here to see new hours as of today.


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Great News for DVD Watchers!

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

DVDs2015 brings good news for all our patrons who check out DVDs from their local KDL branch! Previously, fines on certain DVDs were $1.00 a day. Fines for all DVDs are now 15 cents a day. Also, we have heard from many of you that you can’t get through a TV series DVD in just 1 week. We understand! We have now extended the loan period for DVDs of TV series to 3 weeks.

Happy New Year!

 

 


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Holiday Closing — New Year’s Day

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Kent District Library will be closed Thursday, January 1 for the New Year’s holiday. In addition, all branches will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve). We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, January 2. For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy New Year!
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Gaming Tournaments: Sign Up Today!

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

mario-kart-wii-1Get your gaming skills ready and join us for some intense action! Many will enter, only the best will be crowned champions.

Mario Kart Tournament for Kids and Teens

Join us for a Wii gaming tournament for grades K-12 featuring Mario Kart, prizes and snacks. Champions will be crowned in two separate divisions. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library. Pre-registration is required. 
Saturday, December 27, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

 

Teen Halo Tournament
Calling all teens! Think you have what it takes to compete in our Halo 4 multiplayer tournament? Sign up with 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.
Saturday, February 14, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch

 


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Holiday Closing — Christmas Eve & Day

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The Kent District Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays Wednesday & Thursday December 24–25. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, December 26. For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

 

We appreciate your patronage and wish you Happy Holidays!

 

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Teen Fiction and the New Fairy Tale

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Fairy tales are still around for a reason. They provide us with excellent heroes and heroines, exciting adventure, mystical magic, dastardly villains and maybe a little romance. Plenty of teen fiction writers are up to the challenge of keeping the genre fresh, giving the traditional tale a tempting twist.

Stitching SnowEverybody knows the story of Snow White, but you probably haven’t heard it like this before. R.C. Lewis’ Stitching Snow takes place on the planet Thanda, where the temperatures are always sub-zero. Princess Snow is missing, and the kingdom is near war. Essie, our heroine, is a programmer who controls seven loyal drones that work the local mines, and she’s about to get much closer to the war than she ever thought possible. When a ship crash lands near the mines, questions begin to pile up. Essie’s decisions could lead to peace or tragedy; and it may start with the decision to find her true home.

Cruel BeautyThe twists continue as we head into the ever-popular Beauty and the Beast (a personal favorite). Our beauty in Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty is not your typical “Belle.” For one, Nyx’s father is far from a friend. Nyx has been betrothed to the evil lord Ignifex since birth, a bad bargain by the hands of her father. But she isn’t going down easily. Sure, she’ll marry him—with the goal of ultimately assassinating him. Cruel Beauty flips good and evil on its head. Nyx must kill her Beast in order to save her people, but what of her charming enemy’s secrets? The enchanted castle will claim another victim.

Stolen SongbirdFairy tales also give us wonderful creatures, even if they happen to have human-like qualities. Think you know about trolls? Think again. In Danielle L. Jensen’s Stolen Songbird, the strong-willed Cecile is kidnapped, brought under the mountains and sold to the troll king. To break the curse that a witch placed long ago, Cecile must marry the prince.  When the wedding fails to break the curse, Cecile is stuck in their dreary world, but entranced by their knowledge and the prince’s treasonous plans. Magic and politics collide, and we get a new take on the monster beneath the mountain.

Poisoned AppliesIf you’re looking for a quick fix for your fairy tales, try Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann. This collection takes the fairy tales you know and puts them alongside the life of the modern teenage girl. Much like Grimm’s original tales, it may not be so happily ever after. However, each poignant poem looks at the beauty and the beast: how girls are taught to think about themselves. From funny to dead serious, these bite-sized tales are reminiscent of Laurie Halse Anderson and Ellen Hopkins.

Fairy tales are being rewritten over and over because we love them. There are plenty more literature remixes than listed here, offering dozens of stories from classic to science fiction. Take a fresh look at where your favorite princes and princess stand. Whether good or evil, the magic of the fairy tale has never been more charming.


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New Teen Booklist: Paranormal

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Looking for a new spine-tingling new book to curl up with on a chilly winter night? Perhaps one featuring vampires, werewolves, or even the Grim Reaper? Check out this new booklist featuring great paranormal teen titles, with these books and more!

Croak      Raised by Wolves       Claire de Lune

Check out more booklists in KDL Recommends for Teens!

 


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KDL Lab Programs Featured on Fox17 Morning Mix

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Learn more about our upcoming KDL Lab programs! Check out this segment from FOX 17’s brand new show, Morning Mix:
 

 

Lab programs at the Kent District Library

 


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Omne Trium Perfectum

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

It’s been said  that everything good comes in threes. Here are three new reads that live up to that claim, and are the perfect companion on a cold, snowy day.

 

glorybGlory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
A.S. King (Please Ignore Vera Dietz, Reality Boy) adds another masterpiece to her collection. In this epic tale about freedom, feminism and destiny, King tells the story of a girl coping with devastating loss, a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and the present needs her even more. Glory is graduating from high school and has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only 4 years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will go the same way. Then something happens (you’ll have to read it to find out what), and Glory undergoes a transformation where she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions — and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying: A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do anything to make sure this one doesn’t come into existence.

 

Wild Rover No More: Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky bloody jackFaber (Bloody Jack Adventures) by L.A. Meyer
We first met Mary “Jacky” Faber in 2002. Since then she has taken us on a rollicking, adventurous trip spanning the early-1800s globe. In this 12th and final installment of Bloody Jack Adventures, Jacky is accused of treason and must flee Boston while her friends attempt to clear her name. Of course, that means more wild adventures for our fun-loving heroine, who manages to secure a job as a governess… and run away with the circus. This highly anticipated grand finale should leave fans feeling quite satisfied.

 

bllbBlue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
As Blue Sargent and Gansey grow close, the prophecy (if you kiss your true love, he will die) looms ever larger. Picking up where The Dream Thieves left off, the Raven Boys grow closer to their goal of finding the Welsh king Glendower and the rewards he promises to whomever wakes him. Blue and the Raven Boys begin a series of descents into caverns where they expect to find the sleeping Glendower and possibly Blue’s mother, who has been missing. What they find are horrors, surprises and the realization that their individual strengths and collective bonds may just be unstoppable. This mesmerizing third installment spins a web of intrigue and magic that will leave the reader hungering for the conclusion.

 

 


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