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Teens: Kentwoodpalooza Is Back

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

KDLkentwoodpalooza-9021Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 12 from 2:00 to 8:00 PM at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch for a festival-style celebration of the arts, the end of school and the beginning of Summer Reading @ KDL with music, film, poetry, food and more.

Here’s the complete schedule:

1:00 PM — JibberJams
Crane Wives drummer Dan Rickabus will lead a round of intelligent silliness for all ages. This energetic, engaging interactive performance features original songs and improvisation performed in the universal language of jibberish.

1:00 PM — Ongoing Art
Watch local artist Barbara Williams collaborate with about a dozen East Kentwood High School National Art Honor Society students on the creation of a large mural that will hang inside the library when completed.

2:00 PM – Kent County Teen Film Festival Encore
If you missed these teen-created short flicks in February, see them now and meet a few of the young filmmakers who created them.

2:00 PM — Guitar Workshop with Justin Dore Join Big Dudee Roo’s lead guitarist in exploring different playing styles and what makes those styles unique. Find out what it means to be a lead guitarist and hear the dos and don’ts of joining a band. Also, get some practice techniques and hear about the history of the instrument and notable guitarists.

3:00 PM — Songwriting Workshop
Max Lockwood, lead singer and songwriter for folk rock band Big Dudee Roo, will perform some of his songs, discuss the songwriting process, share ideas for building a song from the ground up and show how to put together all the elements of a song.

5:30 PM — Writing Workshop
Published writer and poet Hazel Foster will explain how to take working drafts from revision to publication, addressing revision strategies, submission etiquette, venues for publication and how to survive rejection.

6:30 PM — Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony
Winners from the Kent District Library Teen Poetry Contest will share their poetry.

mcaca_logo_final4:00–8:00 PM – Live Music on the Amphitheatre
4:00 PM — December Assembly (Electronic Alternative)
5:00 PM — Phantom (Ivory Alternative)
6:00 PM – Virgo (Alternative Rock)
7:00 PM — Big Dudee Roo (Grungy Folk Rock)

Kentwoodpalooza is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library.

 

 


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Summer Reading @ KDL Coming Soon!

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Ignite-Orange_jpgThe school year is winding down, and that means we are gearing up for Summer Reading @ KDL. With programs for kids, teens and adults, we are inviting the whole family to Ignite Happiness @ KDL. And if discovering some great books isn’t enough of an incentive to participate, we have also got some awesome prizes up for grabs!

Summer Reading @ KDL kicks off on Monday, June 2. Stop by your local branch to sign up, and don’t forget to check out our program guide. Our summer line-up includes reptiles, magic, animals, food and music, just to name a few!

 

 


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Teen Poetry Contest Winners

Monday, May 19th, 2014

WordWiseKDL’s eleventh annual Teen Poetry Contest was a huge success thanks to all the great teen poets out there. This year, nearly 200 poems were submitted. Library staff reviewed the poems and narrowed down the entries, submitting them to former Grand Rapids Poet Laureate, David Cope, for final analysis. Ten winners were chosen and a PDF of the winning poems is available for your reading pleasure.

Congratulations to the winning poets!

  • april 9 by Michelle Starkey
  • Syria by Jimmy Kastelz
  • The Box by Ashley Nelson
  • And It Will Be Beautiful by Janelle Urena Ravelo
  • An Evaporating Cosmos by Claire Oleson
  • Goodnight Moon by Deanna Griffin
  • Resentment by Jyi Herring
  • Hopeless in Waiting RE: Hopeless in Waiting by Greg Clapp
  • A Sponsored Child by Samantha Holland
  • Bursting from the Inside Out by Kaley Obney

We would also like to extend a special thanks to our judge, David Cope. We appreciate his expertise and his willingness to judge our contest again this year.

 


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Teen Poetry Contest: Stay Tuned!

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Thank you to everyone who entered KDL’s Teen Poetry Contest. Final judging is currently taking place and winners will be announced as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience!

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FREE Teen Audiobooks from SYNC

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

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This website is awesome: Each week, SYNC offers free downloads for one bestseller audiobook and one classic. This is a summertime deal only, so take advantage. Check out the upcoming releases and sign up to receive a text when titles are released. So simple!

 


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Meet the Author: Josh Malerman

Monday, May 12th, 2014

BirdBoxJosh Malerman (who, mark my words, will soon be bestselling author Josh Malerman) will be at Schuler Books & Music on 28th Street in Kentwood at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 16. Go. Please, go.

From time to time I sneak into our assistant director’s office and borrow a few of her LibraryReads hopefuls. That’s how I got ahold of Bird Box.

It was several months ago, but I haven’t stopped thinking about this post-apocalyptic, stark and terrifying-in-broad-daylight novel by Detroit’s Malerman (also the lead singer of rock band The High Strung). The clipped dialogue and short, tight sentences matched the book’s “frantic in a sort of hopeless way, really” pace. It’s crazy-original, and just wicked, wicked good fiction.

Universal Pictures has already optioned the movie rights – of course they have, and it has the potential to be a terrific flick. But to get the full effect, read the book.

Need more convincing before you go to Schuler on Friday? Here’s a recent article.

 


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Summer 2014 KDL Kaleidoscope

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Are you already making plans for summer? Don’t forget about all the FREE programs available at the library! The Summer 2014 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope program guide is now available online. You’ll find all you need to know about summer events and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations. (Printed guides will also be available in the branches by late May.)

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

 


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New Teen eBook / eAudiobook Site

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Good news for Teens (or those of us whose teen years may be behind us but who still enjoy reading Teen books :) ) — our OverDrive eBook & eAudiobook site now includes a Teen eReading Room that collects all Teen titles into one place! If you enjoy reading teen materials and don’t want to wade through steamy adult romances or books aimed at the toddler crowd, just go right to ebooks.kdl.org/teens to find your favorites (including the newly-added Hunger Games series!)

 

Teen OverDrive Site

 

Like our Kids eReading Room, the Teen site allows you to easily browse by subject (genre), collection (eBook or eAudiobook) or level (including ATOS and Lexile reading levels that are used by many schools). Try it out today!

Happy Downloading!

 


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New Teen Booklists

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

We’ve updated two of our teen booklists for May. The first one is for the Alex Awards. These are adult books that would hold appeal for teen readers. This year, Lexicon by Max Barry and The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence were added to the list. The other list is for Printz Awards, which is awarded yearly to a teen book based on literary merit. Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick has been added.

lexicon          universeversus          midwinterblood

 


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Calling All Teen Volunteers!

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Do you like helping out and meeting new people? Do you want volunteer experience (which looks great on resumes and college applications) and the satisfaction of knowing that you helped promote reading and literacy in your community?

KDL is looking for volunteers to sign up for the Teen Crew this summer. If you are a teen entering grades 6 to 12 in the fall and you are self-motivated and reliable, the library might be the place for you. As a volunteer you will have the chance to help our staff with various duties including children’s programs, putting books away, signing-up people for the summer reading program, crafts and much more! Stop by your local KDL branch to pick up a teen crew application today; spaces fill quickly for this great opportunity.

Orientations will be held:
Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 PM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Thursday, May 15, 5:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, May 17, 10:30 AM – Alpine Township Branch
Monday, May 19, 4:00 PM – Krause Memorial Branch
Monday, May 19, 4:30 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, May 19, 6:00 PM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, May 20, 4:00 PM – Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, May 20, 4:00 PM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, May 20, 4:00 PM – Wyoming Branch
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Wednesday, May 21, 4:00 PM – Gaines Township Branch
Thursday, May 29, 4:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, May 31, 2:00 PM – Plainfield Township Branch
Tuesday, June 3, 7:00 PM – Plainfield Township Branch
Wednesday, June 4, 4:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Saturday, June 7, 10:00 AM – Spencer Township Branch
Saturday, June 7, 11:00 AM – Englehardt Branch
Tuesday, June 10, 12:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch

 


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