Archive for September, 2007

Family Sunday Series starts this Sunday!

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

This Sunday, September 30, is the beginning of the KDL Fall Family Sunday Series!  Stop in at 2:00 p.m. at the Cascade Township Branch, the East Grand Rapids Branch, the Plainfield Branch, or the Wyoming Branch for a great time for the whole family!  You and your family will roar with laughter as you share juggling, comedy, and more with Joel Tacey.  Watch marionettes perform the classic tale of Aladdin with Stevens Puppets.  Have some hands-on fun with reptiles native to Michigan with the Outdoor Discovery Center.  Or listen to some amazing West African drum music with Like Water Drumworks!

Visit our calendar today to find out which events will be at the branch nearest you!

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Books to Movies

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

There are a lot of movies based on books coming out this fall. Check the book out before you see the movie!

The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter (book takes place in Michigan, although the movie takes place in Oregon)
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Atonement by Ian McEwan
I am Legend by Richard Matheson
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

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KDL is more than just Books!

Monday, September 24th, 2007

From the latest bestselling book titles, to the newest in movies and music, KDL is your source for information, ideas, and excitement! We also feature a wide selection of magazines, newspapers, CD-ROMs, and even video games for both console and PC. And, did you know that you can place a hold on just about any item and have it sent to the branch closest to you through our online catalog? And if you’re looking for something good to read, our reader’s advisory services can help you find that perfect book. We also have an extensive collection of librarian created booklists and online resources. So whether you’re a reader, a movie buff, or a gamer, the Kent District Library has got what you need. For more info. select a link to the left.

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Have you read a good book lately?

Monday, September 24th, 2007

If you’re looking for something good to read, let us help.  Our KDL staff will be happy to help you find that perfect book for you.  We also have a vast array of reading resources to help you find something just for you.

 And be sure to check out our recommended reading lists as well!

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Book Lover’s Calendar for Sale

Friday, September 21st, 2007

If you love books, this is the calendar for you. The Book Lover’s Page-a-Day 2008 Calendar is available at all Kent District Library locations for only $5.00 while supplies last. They make great gifts for fellow book lovers, too!

This fundraiser is sponsored by the Kent District Library Alliance of Friends. Calendars are published by Workman Publishing Company.

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Check out KDL’s Exciting Fall Programs!

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Whether you’re looking for programs for teens, children, or adults, you’re sure to find something to pique your interest this fall at your library!

Children will delight in our Chocolate or Olivia the Pig Parties, and can even try their hand at some seasonal Pumpkin Carving.  Don’t forget our popular Storytimes, Laptimes, and Babytimes!  As the kids head back to school, grown-ups can learn something too!  Adults can find out about shipwrecks in Lake Michigan in “Mysteries and Histories Beneath the Inland Seas,” learn about self-employment opportunities with Entrepreneur’s Source, and channel their creativity in a Pottery Painting program to benefit God’s Kitchen.  And Teens, don’t miss the fun events planned around Teen Read Week!

Be sure to visit our online calendar of events for more information about events at your branch, or to register.

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Welcome the the new Teen Blog!

Thursday, September 20th, 2007


With the launch of the webpage comes the new Teen Blog!

Here you will find information about teen events, great new books, volunteer opportunities and much more.

You will be able to comment on the blog posts and track what is going on through an RSS feed. Here is a link to some of the more common RSS readers.

Please keep your comments/questions related to the particular blog. Also, remember to remain respectful in your posts.

Hopefully you will find this new tool very useful and of course, let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.

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I’ve Finished “Eclipse” by Stephenie Meyer. What Do I Read Now?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

If you liked Eclipse, you must read the new “House of Night” series by mother-daughter team P.C. and Kristin Cast.  P.C. is a veteran paranormal romance writer, and her daughter, Kristin is a college student!  The first novel (of at least six, yay!) is Marked, and it is the story of 16-year-old Zoey Redbird, who lives in a place where vampyres exist side-by-side with mortals.  The “vamps” are tolerated by humans, but their relationship isn’t exactly friendly. 

Zoey feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere.  Her mom has married a guy she can’t stand (and the feeling is mutual!).  Her jock boyfriend is turning into a brainless party boy, and her shallow best friend is becoming increasingly annoying.   Just when she thinks her life can’t get any worse, she gets marked as “special” by the vamps, which means she must move immediately to an exclusive boarding school for fledglings vampyres–or die. 

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The second title, Betrayed, is out too!  If you’ve read these great titles, or can suggest any other great books, please leave a comment!

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Join us for Teen Read Week!

Friday, September 14th, 2007

The theme for this year’s Teen Read Week is LOL @ Your Library.  Check out the fun and funnier side of KDL with some Teen Read Week events October 14-20. 

 The Cascade Branch is hosting Yuk It Up!, Teen Movie Night @ Your Library.  This is a chance to watch a classic comedy movie on the Cascade Branch’s two huge screens. Popcorn and pop provided! Thursday, October 18, at 7:00 p.m.

KDL is also hosting So You Think You’re Funny, an improvisation workshop hosted by Walt Williams.  Hope you have what it takes to be America’s next top comic? Find out at one of our Improv Workshops! This program will be held at multiple KDL branches, so please check here for information from your local branch, and to register. 

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Notes from the Midnight Driver

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

I just read a great book – it’s called Notes from the Midnight Driver. (Look it up in the catalog).

 It was written by a former HS English teacher named Jordan Sonnenblink.

The book details the life of Alex – a down and out junior in high school. After his parent’s split, he decides to drink a bunch of liquor and take his mom’s car for a spin so that he can have a chat with dad. But as we all know, drinking and driving don’t mix.

Alex ends up doing some community service as his punishment. His hours are spent with a grumpy old guy named Sol. What he learns about himself, his friends and his family are all valuable life lessons. The book is touching but not sappy. It is also pretty funny.

 The book also received an honor “Thumbs Up!” award from the Michigan Library Association’s Teen Services Division.

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