KDL Blog ‘Teens’ Category

The Next “Big Thing” in Teen Books

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Everyone always wants to know what the “next big thing” is in books, including me.  We are way over the paranormal books, with vampires and werewolves and now dystopian books are old hat, despite The Hunger Games and Divergent movies still to come. So what is next?

I think Realistic Fiction is gaining ground, partly thanks to John Green’s books and movies.  (Not that it ever truly went away.) I recently read two illgiveyouthesungreat teen realistic fiction books.  And yes, the covers are quite similar but that is just a coincidence!

The first book, which was the Printz Award winner, is by Jandy Nelson, “I’ll Give You The Sun.” This book is told through two voices, twins Jude and Noah. The interesting part is that Noah’s portion is told from when they were 13 years old and Jude’s voice is from when they are 16.  This gives the reader the perspective of what is to come but not how it came about. I really enjoyed the zacandmiacharacters of both twins and how the story came together in the end.

The other book is “Zac and Mia” by A.J. Betts. At first this book might seem to be an “A Fault In Our Stars” ripoff, but the story evolves beyond that. Zac and Mia have their own unique story to tell. Zac “meets” Mia because they are sharing a hospital wall while he is in isolation for his leukemia treatment. Mia is a popular girl, but is hiding her sickness from all her friends and is unable to come to terms with her illness. The friendship develops after the hospital but each are not always honest and upfront with each other. But in the end, they each need something for the other person and the ending leaves the fate of the characters up to the reader.


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Congratulations to Teen Film Festival Winners!

Friday, March 6th, 2015

TeenFilmContestCongratulations to our winners and to everyone who was featured in the 2015 Teen Film Festival! We had an awesome time and hope you did too! All of the films are posted on YouTube and linked below. Without further ado, here are the winners!

Best Fictional Short:  Theatre Arts: A Mockumentary, Directed by David Garrett and Scott Hoek
Best Animated Short:  Yellow Ticket, Directors, Ainsley, Alexa, Anela, Anna, Cordell, Elle, Emily, Kyle, Lynsey, Luke, Marlee, Mica, Nicole, Nyleese, Onora, Oscar, Silas and Tucker
Best Documentary:  Our Beautiful 54, Directed by Emily Livermore
Best Commercial: The Ultimate Remote, Directed by Carter Anderson, Madelyn O’Malley and Ashlyn Tripp
Best Director: Nick Hansen, Vita Et Mortem
Best Actor: Scott Hoek, Theatre Arts: A Mockumentary
Best Actress: Jenna Bishop, Stolen
Best Screenplay: Jake T. Goldberg, Spooked
People’s Choice Award: Vita Et Mortem, Directed by Nick Hansen

Congratulations again!

Mark your calendars for next year’s Festival. Entries will be accepted for the 2016 Teen Film Festival from October 1, 2015 through January 22, 2016.

 


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Author Mal Peet Dies at Age 67

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

malpeetAward-winning British author Mal Peet died Monday at the age of 67. Peet won the Guardian children’s fiction prize for his 2009 book Exposure. He also won the Carnegie medal in 2005 for his second book, Tamar, which is a fabulous fiction story set between modern day and World War II-occupied Netherlands.

 


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Anime Party for Teens

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

AnimeTeen Anime fans are invited to an Anime Party, taking place at several KDL branches this spring. Come show off your costume, eat some Pocky and enjoy Anime-themed crafts. Don’t miss out on all the fun!

Thursday, March 12, 3:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, March 19, 3:30 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Saturday, April 4, 2:00 PM, Gaines Twp. Branch
Thursday, April 16, 5:00 PM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Saturday, May 9, 1:00 PM, Grandville Branch

 


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KDL Photo Contest: Enter Today Through April 18

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Celebrate KDL Photo Contest Logo WEB (2)Attention shutterbugs! Send in your favorite shots taken during one of our library programs or inside one of our branches. Winning photos will be featured in an upcoming Celebrate KDL 2016 Calendar that will be sold to raise funds for library programs.

For more information and to submit your digital photo, visit www.kdl.org/photocontest. Sponsored by Kent District Library and the Alliance of Friends. For all ages.

Monday, March 2 – Saturday, April 18: Submissions accepted

Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 24: Public voting on semi-finalists’ photos

Monday, June 1: Winners announced

 


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Parents of Teens: Read This!

Friday, February 27th, 2015

successful teensParents of teens, we get it. This is a stressful time in your teen’s life… and yours too. You wonder if they will be ready to leave the nest and soar. This spring, we are offering two programs for teens that will help you (and them) feel more confident in their future success.

Conquering the ACT
Each ACT subject has unique characteristics that draw upon various skills. Learn those characteristics and gain confidence in your ability to apply specific approaches for effective test-taking. This class includes an overview of what the ACT is and how it’s used by colleges, strategies for approaching its different subjects, practice problems in each subject area and test-taking tips. Parents and other adults are encouraged to attend with their teen. Presented by the Grand Rapids Learning Foundation.  Pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, March 11, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 PM, Grandville Branch
Wednesday, March 25, 6:00 PM, Wyoming Branch

 

Just Hired! A Job Search Workshop for Teens
If you’re looking for a job, this fun, interactive workshop is just the thing for you! You’ll learn how to fill out applications, prepare for interviews and communicate your strengths to future employers. Pre-registration is required. For teens ages 14 to 18.

Thursday, March 19, 6:00 PM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Wednesday, April 22, 6:00 PM, Wyoming Branch

Branch locations can be found here.


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Teen Mysteries

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

allfalldownSometimes it can be harder to find teen mysteries, so I was pleased when Ally Carter released the start of a new mystery series, All Fall Down.  Her Gallagher Girls series kept on getting better with each book and All Fall Down was a great start.

Grace is an army brat and also the granddaughter of a very powerful ambassador, where she spent summers running around the embassy. But now that Grace’s mother has died, her father sends her to live with her grandfather, and Grace isn’t willing to let the mystery of her mother’s death be classified as a tragic accident.

ghostflowerMichele Jaffe has written a number of mysteries as well, but I recently read Ghost Flower and really enjoyed it!

Runaway Eve likes to keep a low profile, but she gets drawn into a scheme to impersonate an heiress that had gone missing so the cousins can split the inheritance.  But not everything is as it seems at first, and Eve is starting to to question everything about herself and the family she is drawn into.

 

 


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Spring 2015 KDL Kaleidoscope

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

The Spring 2015 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope program guide is now available online, and printed copies will be available soon at your local branch library. You’ll find all you need to know about spring programs and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations.

It’s sure to be an exciting season at KDL, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Check out the KDL Kaleidoscope today!

 


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New Teen Booklist: Books into Movies

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Did you enjoy The Fault in Our Stars? Mockingjay? Ender’s Game? Check out this list of Teen Books to Movies, and read the books that inspired the films:

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2)               Fallen              The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)

Bonus: Have you seen Seventh Son? Did you love The Last Apprentice? Check out this list of Seventh Son readalikes.

Find more great teen reads at KDL Recommends for Teens.


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Congrats, Write Michigan Contest Winners!

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

WriteMichigan-blackKent District Library, Schuler Books & Music and Herrick District Library announce the winners of the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. More than 700 writers from across the state entered the contest: 215 adults, 426 teens and 104 in the youth category.

Winners were chosen by public voting at www.writemichigan.org for the $250 Readers’ Choice award, and by a panel of judges for the $250 Judges’ Choice and $100 Judges’ Choice Runner-up awards. They will be honored at an awards ceremony at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 21 at Schuler Books & Music, 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids. Susan Dennard, author of the young adult series, Something Strange and Deadly, will present the keynote and write the Foreword for the 2015 Write Michigan Anthology, to be published by Chapbook Press.

Read the winning entries here.

ADULT
Judges’ Choice Winner: Fred Thornburg, Owosso
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Kellie VanHorn, Grand Rapids
Readers’ Choice Winner: Ed McKenna, South Lyon
Published Finalists: Kenton Smalley, Shepherd; Troy VanKoevering, Allendale

TEEN
Judges’ Choice Winner: Katrina Haaksma, Comstock Park
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Elle Waldron, Grand Rapids
Readers’ Choice Winner: Mia Parks, Rockford
Published Finalists: Shelby Herschleb, Ada; Catherine Jordan, Grand Rapids; Ashely Nelson, Wyoming

YOUTH
Judges’ Choice Winner: Ayesha Jeddy, Grand Rapids
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Beckett Butler, Grand Rapids
Readers’ Choice Winner: Rachel Lee, Okemos
Published Finalists: Anika Deshpande, Grand Rapids; Graham Ezinga, Byron Center; Ana Wittung, Grand Rapids

Sponsors of the 2014–15 Write Michigan contest include Aquinas College’s Contemporary Writers Series, Meijer and mLive / The Grand Rapids Press.


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