Posted by: Sheri
Due to weather and road conditions, all branches of KDL and the Service Center will be closed today, Tuesday, November 18. All programs are cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.
No, that title isn’t just a bunch of gibberish — it’s “National Novel Writing Month,” held in November every year. If you’ve ever dreamed of writing your own novel, what better time to start than now?
Your goal: Write a 50,000-word novel by midnight, November 30. Sound impossible? Don’t worry — NaNoWriMo is all about enthusiasm and perseverance, not high quality writing. Just let go, lower your expectations, and let the words flow.
Sound interesting? Check out the official NaNoWriMo site for more information or to sign up.
Need some help to get started? There’s a Grand Rapids area forum so you can find other writers and NaNoWriMo events near you. Or check our Events Calendar for Writers’ Groups and NaNoWriMo “Come Write-In” programs scheduled at KDL branches.
And if you say “no way!” to writing 50,000-word novel in just 1 month, why not start with a 3000-word (or less) short story instead? Our Write Michigan Short Story contest deadline is November 30, and you could win a cash prize and be published!
(Hey teens — NaNoWriMo also has a Young Writers Program just for you!)
There’s a new basketball team in town! We have partnered with the Grand Rapids Drive to give you an opportunity to watch some exciting basketball while also supporting Kent District Library. Purchase tickets to any of the Drive’s home games using this link, and 20% of the sale will be donated to KDL. Tickets are $10 each and home games will be played at the DeltaPlex Arena. Check out the 2014–2015 home game schedule. All home games start at 7:00 PM.
View 10 of the most popular Teen Nonfiction titles this month at KDL – click on the link to the Top Ten List!
Celebrate Teen Read Week, October 12–18!
October is the perfect time to pull out some of your favorite spooky movies and spend quality time cuddled under a warm blanket while the wind chases leaves around the yard. But some of us have to draw the line at watching movies that make each leaf tap on the window sound like a creepy crawly coming to get us! So here are a few DVDs that you can enjoy that still are spooky but probably will not keep you up at night!
Ghostbusters – (rated PG) Okay, so this one is listed as a Comedy, but it is the perfect creepy movie that isn’t too much for the squeamish. Because seriously, that possession bit freaks me out, but I really enjoy the ghost hunting and humor!
The Sixth Sense – (rated PG-13) Haley Joel Osment was such a adorable kid and he played the young boy in this movie to perfection. But a certain pivotal scene (no spoilers) really sends a shiver down my spine.
Warm Bodies – (rated PG-13) Zombies; yep a sure way to make me stop watching, but really MOST of these zombies are not that bad! This one really does have some finer points, so if the zombies have turned you off from it, give this one a second chance.
Race to Witch Mountain – (rated PG) Now we are moving on to aliens and lots of car chases. Really low spooky levels but still a good one for October.
The Nightmare before Christmas – (rated PG) Some of those animated characters are very freaky and overall it has a creepy storyline. Jack representing Christmas? That’s enough to give us all shivers! But it is animated so really no need to hide under the covers.
Dark Shadows – (rated PG-13) Now vampires are another on the “really don’t want to watch” list, but this vampire, played by Johnny Depp, isn’t a typical vampire. Yes, there are some gross things, but not that much, so grab that popcorn and blanket and watch some movies!
Join millions of readers around the world reading one eBook. As part of Overdrive’s Big Library Read program, we are pleased to offer our patrons unlimited access to the eBook Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes now through October 28. No matter how many KDL patrons are reading or listening to this book, we will have a copy available for you to download — no holds, no waitlists!
In this Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower tale, narrator Anika Dragomir is the third most popular girl at Pound High School. But inside, she knows she’s a freak; she can’t stop thinking about former loner Logan McDonough, who showed up on the first day of tenth grade hotter, bolder, and more mysterious than ever. Logan is fascinating, troubled and off-limits. The Pound High queen bee will make Anika’s life hell if she’s seen with him. So Anika must choose — ignore her feelings and keep her social status? Or follow her heart and risk becoming a pariah. Which will she pick? And what will she think of her choice when an unimaginable tragedy strikes, changing her forever? An absolutely original new voice in YA in a story that will start important conversations — and tear at your heart.
We encourage you to join this global “library book club!” Download the book today!
It’s late at night. The howling wind is scraping the tree tips across your window; shadows are casting gloomy figures that are crawling up your walls. You do the only reasonable thing a young adult would do — beeline it straight for your bed and pull the covers up over your worried, albeit excited adrenaline-filled, head. It’s that time of year again where we all feel a little more uneasy about what’s around the corner. But isn’t it the best! Invite that rush of excitement under that tented blanket of apprehension with one of the following book titles. Here I give you some of the most ominous beginning sentences from teen books…
“Here is the boy, drowning.”
– More Than This by Patrick Ness
“My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die.”
– Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
– Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
– Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
– Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
– Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
View 10 of the most popular Teen Science Fiction titles right now at KDL – click on the link to the Top Ten List!
Celebrate Teen Read Week, October 12–18!
Save your brains! Teens grades 6-12 are invited to the Harvest Brains program taking place at several KDL branches this fall. Attendees will build a survival bag, practice their aim, and learn what it takes to stay alive during a zombie apocalypse. Don’t miss out on all the fun!
Thursday, October 16, 2:30 PM – Comstock Park Branch
Saturday, October 18, 10:30 AM – Alto Branch
Wednesday, October 22, 3:30 PM – Gaines Township Branch
Thursday, October 23, 6:30 PM – Tyrone Township Branch
Saturday, October 25, 1:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, October 25, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Thursday, October 30, 3:30 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, October 30, 6:30 PM – Grandville Branch
Branch locations can be found here.