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Celebrating Manga Superheroes

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Are you a lover of Japanese manga? Summer Reading 2015 is all about celebrating heroes! There is no better way for a manga lover to start out this summer by checking out our Manga Superheroes summer reading list. Here are just a few selections from that list that come recommended by KDL staff:



Tite Kubo


Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but this ability doesn’t change his life nearly as much as his close encounter with Rukia Kuchiki. While fighting an evil spirit, Rukia lends Ichigo some of her powers so that he can save his family. But much to her surprise, Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper himself.


Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail

Hiro Mashima


Across the Fiore kingdom, wizards join guilds and make their pay by filling magical needs—but one guild has a reputation as the roughest, rowdiest, most dangerous of all: Fairy Tail! When four young Fairy Tail members unite, their bond is forged by a power found in neither muscle nor magic and grows stronger with every mission.


Full Metal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist Hiromu Arakawa


As young boys, Edward & Alphonse Elric dabbled in alchemy to try to resurrect their dead mother. As a result, Ed lost one arm and one leg, while Al lost his entire body and had his spirit sealed into a suit of armor. Now, they are searching for the fabled Philosopher’s Stone to restore what they’ve lost.



Inuyasha Rumiko Takahashi


Transported back to Japan’s feudal era, high school student Kagome accidentally releases the feral half-demon dog boy Inuyasha from his imprisonment for stealing the Jewel of Four Souls.


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Ultimate Beach Reads

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

While it still may be too cold to go in the water past your ankles, we have you covered for shoreline entertainment! Our Summer Reading List is out with ideas for everyone from the future rock star to the history buff.

If page-turning, “whodunit?!” reads are your style, this list of courtroom dramas will fill your beach bag. The only thing more engrossing than these fictional tales are the nonfictional stories on the list of underdogs saving the day against all odds.

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For the graphic novel enthusiasts out there, KDL’s summer choices will keep you company under the beach umbrella. Brush up on your Batman and Superman lore before the next blockbuster hits the theaters!

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They always seem to be from the wrong side of the tracks, don’t they? These teen romance novels share the giddy rush of first love, the power of friendships and the crushing blow of breakups.

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If you are eagerly awaiting the release of Go Set a Watchman, the sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird, bide your time with these societal reflective pieces focusing on racism, relationships and civil rights.

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Always dreamed of trading in your briefcase for a guitar case? Lose yourself in these rock icon biographies, you can almost hear the crowds chanting your name!

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Hot Teen Reads for Summer

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

School’s out for summer, which means you can finally read what you want! Instead of reading Harry Potter or The Hunger Games for the billionth time, try one of these.

red queenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard
In a world divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities–Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard–a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.

saint anythingSaint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Sydney’s charismatic older brother, Peyton, has always been the center of attention in the family but when he is sent to jail, Sydney struggles to find her place at home and the world until she meets the Chathams, including gentle, protective Mac, who makes her feel seen for the first time.

to all the boys i've loved beforeTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hat box until one day those letters are accidentally sent.

city of savagesCity of Savages by Lee Kelly
After the Red Allies turn New York City into a POW camp, two sisters must decipher the past in order to protect the future.

under a painted skyUnder a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American, and Annamae, an African American slave, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California.

a court of thorns and rosesA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Feyre is captured by Tamlin, a High Lord of the faeries. As her feelings toward him transform from hostility to a fiery passion, the threats against the faerie lands grow. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose Tamlin forever.

the winner's curseThe Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
An aristocratic girl who is a member of a warmongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart.

we should hang out sometimeWe Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story by Josh Sundquist
The Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker documents his coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor and his efforts to investigate past dates gone wrong to discover why he was still single.

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5 Books to Read Before the Movies Come Out

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

It’s going to be a good year for books on the big screen! 2016 will see a flood on novels turned into movies spanning all ages and genres according to Movie Insider.

Chick Lit becomes a Chick Flick when How to Be Single by Liz how to be singleTuccillo hits the silver screen in February.

Jane Austen’s classic gets a monster makeover in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the parody created by Seth Grahame-Smith due in February.  ppz

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs has Eva Green as the title character and bills Dame Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson among the cast. Look for the film in early March.  mphfpc

The final installment of the Divergent series, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, will be split into two movies, the first estimated to be released in mid-March.

April will get a little wilder when The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling hits the big screen again. With actors like Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o reportedly voicing animals, this children’s film is sure to appeal to adults as well. jb

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Programs Just for Teens

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Henna 4We have an awesome line-up of teen programs this summer! Here is just a sampling of what we have to offer. Click on the program title for a list dates, times and locations.

Cupcake Wars
Experience all the drama of the TV show in live action. Compete for prizes by decorating a gourmet cupcake and plate with KDL’s own version of “Cupcake Wars!” Our panel of experts will crown the victor of KDL’s Cupcake Wars, but everyone wins when there’s cupcakes to eat!

Find Your Inner Artist: Corey Ruffin, Caricaturist
Corey’s caricature workshop unleashes the hidden talent in all of us. Even if stick figures are the full extent of your artistic ability, Corey gets you drawing like a pro by showing you how to cartoon the human face in a few simple steps.

Sweet! Cake Decorating for Teens
Learn some tips and tricks for decorating cakes, cookies and other sweet treats. Hands-on fun included. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.

DIY Tie-Dye for Teens
Bring a white or light colored T-shirt to this program and try a new way of tie-dye — with permanent markers. All other materials will be provided to help you create a one-of-a-kind shirt.

Doctor Who Party for Teens
No Silence in this Library — we’re here to celebrate Doctor Who. Come together with fellow Whovians to engage in crafts, games and goodies. Allons-y!

How to Draw Manga
Instructors from Kendall College of Art & Design will teach you the ins and outs of character design and illustration in the distinctive style of Japanese animation and manga. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.

Henna Tattoos
Experience the intricate art of henna tattooing with Harsha Gohil. Choose your own design for application and learn how to apply the henna yourself! Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.

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Teen Hero books

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

The Summer Reading theme is all about celebrating heroes so inpowerless addition to the all the great reading choices available, here is another NEWLY released book to check out:

Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs is about a teenager named Kenna who works in a secret lab for actual superheroes.  Not only that, her father was a hero who was killed by a villain.  But unfortunately, Kenna doesn’t have any powers of her own.  Then one night when Kenna is working in the lab, a group of villains break in and change Kenna’s perspective for ever!

I really liked the humor and the twists of this story.  Luckily for me, there is the first in a series!

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Kicking Off Summer With Kentwoodpalooza!

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Come join us in celebrating the end of the school year and beginning of summer at the 5th annual Kentwoodpalooza on Wednesday, June 17 from 3:00 to 9:00 PM at Kent District Library’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch.

New KDLkentwoodpalooza-9017“I am really excited about this year’s lineup. This Kentwoodpalooza will be the most musically eclectic yet, featuring a cross section of genres from rock to country to jazz to Latin,” said event organizer Greg Lewis, a teen librarian at the branch. “The City of Kentwood and area businesses have been very supportive, and since KDL has embraced this, we have people coming from all over.”

The festival-style event supported this year by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library, will have live music from local teen bands, poetry readings, painting and free food.

KDLkentwoodpalooza-9075“Now that we’ve been doing this a few years, Kentwoodpalooza is becoming known as a summer event area teens look forward to – performers too,” Lewis said. “This is a great opportunity for teens to show what they can do and to learn from some of the area’s most well-known performers and artists.”

3:00PM – Luc James Studio Showcase
3:30PM – Plaid Day (Country/Pop)
4:00PM – Uproar (Jazz)
4:45PM – Flight of Niko (Indie)
5:30PM – Every Breaking Wave (Rock/Pop)
6:00PM – Queso Quest (Latin Funky Fusion Jam)
6:30 PM – Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony 7:30PM – Big Dudee Roo (Grunge Folk Rock)

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Teen Poetry Contest: 11 Exceptional Entries

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

PoetryKDL’s 12th annual Teen Poetry Contest was a great success thanks to all the talented teen poets out there. This year, about 150 poems were submitted. Library staff reviewed the poems and narrowed down the entries, submitting them to Poet G.F. Korreck for final analysis. Eleven exceptional poems were selected.

Congratulations to the recognized poets!

  • 5 Years and Counting by Marla Soto
  • Admiral’s Arch by Jonathan Boakes
  • Director’s Cut by Allison Davey
  • Exposed by Brianne Kerr
  • her by Gabby Jansma-Skinner
  • Little Green Drug by Syd Langeweg
  • Penelope by Melissa Soto
  • Return to Where I’m From by Echo Oliver
  • Summer Nights by Rachel Heywood
  • twenty five over fifty five by Joseph Felkers
  • Broccoli by Sydney Vo

We would like to extend a special thanks to our judge, G.F. Korreck. We appreciate his expertise and his willingness to judge our contest this year.

Korreck said:

“I am not comfortable with the term “winner,” especially when it comes to reading poetry. There are so many ways to read a poem, so many ways it can touch someone. The proof, the value of any poem is to what degree it engages a reader, whether it challenges, makes the reader perhaps a bit uncomfortable, enlightens, stirs, awakens. It wasn’t easy selecting 11 poems. All had merit. I was impressed by the range of topics and the ambitious efforts of the writers.”

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Clean Reads for All Ages

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Probably no surprise here (considering I’m a librarian) but I was a pretty advanced reader at the age of 11. Another shocker for you is that my mom got a little upset when I came home from my local library with a copy of Go Ask Alice, thinking it might have something to do with Alice in Wonderland. If you’re not familiar with Go Ask Alice, it’s a book about drug addiction that’s definitely inappropriate for an 11-year old, and my mom suddenly realized she had to find advanced reader books that were also appropriate for my age.

Finding appropriate books for your high-level readers is a tough thing to do because they don’t want books with immature, baby-ish subject matter, but they also can’t totally comprehend that really serious subject matter. If you need help finding appropriate books that your kids, tweens and even teens will love, this list might be a good place to start. We have lots of good reading suggestions for all ages on there, and even a few recommended websites you can check out for further suggestions.

And don’t forget to drop into one of our locations and ask your friendly librarian for help, too!

Clean Reads Display

Clean Reads currently on display in the teen area of the Caledonia Branch!

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Summer Reading @ KDL Coming Soon!

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Celebrate HeroesThe 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 Celebrate Heroes @ 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 1. Stop by your local branch to sign up, and don’t forget to mark your calendar for some awesome programs. Our summer line-up includes magic, animals, food and music, just to name a few!

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