Archive for January, 2008

Best Books for Young Adults announced

Friday, January 18th, 2008


The Young Adult Library Association (YALSA) has announced its list of Best Books for Young Adults. To access a list of the top 10 with book covers and catalog links visit

This list as well as many other award lists can be found via the American Library Association’s website at

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Knitting at the Library!

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Since we just started a weekly Knitting Group at the Gaines Township Library, I thought I would let know you about a few new knitting books that we’ve just gotten in.

The best of Interweave knits : our favorite designs from the first ten years is a book that is full of unique patterns as well as advice and tips and tricks.  It has great illustrations to accompany various techniques. 

Interweave Press also recently published Folk Style as well as Bag Style to follow up the popular Scarf Style and Lace Style

Also new in 2007 is Debbie Bliss’s book Essential baby : over 20 hand knits to take your baby from first days to first steps. This book has some beautiful patterns and also a very nice how-to section at the beginning for those of you who are just starting out. 

Judith McLeod-Odell recently published Heirloom Knits, a book of patterns that includes a pattern for each decade beginning in 1820. 

If you’d like to learn how to knit, please stop by the Gaines Township Library for a lesson on Saturday mornings from 10:00am – 12:00pm.

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Celebrate the Spiderwick Chronicles at KDL!

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Hey elementary schoolers!  Excited about the new Spiderwick Chronicles movie?  Celebrate the movie’s opening and explore the fantasy world of The Spiderwick Chronicles books with loads of fun at your KDL library!  You can create a wood-elf mask, go on a fairy scavenger hunt, and even make your own seeing stone!  Browse our calendar to find out when this program will be at the branch nearest you!

Haven’t read the books yet?  Find them in our catalog!  Stop in at a library where you find them, or put a hold on them and have them sent wherever it’s convenient for you!

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Wake Up Bear program at your KDL branch!

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Stop your snoring and shake off those winter doldrums with all sorts of winter time fun featuring that sleepy bear from Karma Wilson’s book The Bear Snores On!  Go on a bear hunt, make a bear mask, have a roaring contest, fish for bear food and lots more!  For ages 6 and under.

Take a look at our calendar to find out when the bear of a program will be at the branch nearest you!

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Build like Bob the Builder at KDL!

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Can you build it?  Yes, you can!

Put on your hard hat and construct some fun as we share stories, crafts, games and more – all inspired by your favorite tool man, Bob the Builder!  For ages 6 and under.  Check our calendar to find out when all this Bob-centered fun will be happening at the KDL branch nearest you!

This event is in partnership with the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum’s upcoming Bob the Builder exhibit, in the museum from January 17 to June 1, 2008.

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The Best 101 Free Games

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Hi all,

In case you haven’t seen it yet, has just released its list of the best 101 free games available online right now.  So if you haven’t played a free game like Toblo or Sauerbraten recently, it’s time to check out the list.

Also be sure to check out KDL’s gaming events and upcoming NINTENDO WII TOURNAMENTS!

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Newbery Medal Winners Announced!

Monday, January 14th, 2008

The 2008 Newbery Medal goes to: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz. 

 Newbery Honors for 2008 include: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Wednesday Wars  by Gary D. Schmidt , and Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson. 

 I personally read the Wednesday Wars and loved it.  It’s the story of Holling Hoodhood, who gets stuck spending every Wednesday afternoon alone with his teacher, Mrs. Baker. During these afternoon sessions Holling learns to appreciate Shakespeare, and even begins to understand that people are often quite different than they first appear.

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The Complete Jane Austen Coming to PBS

Thursday, January 10th, 2008


Attention Jane Austen fans!


Starting this Sunday evening, Masterpiece Theatre will be broadcasting film adaptations of all six of Jane Austen’s novels, plus a new drama based on her life.

Four of the movies are all-new productions, while two are re-broadcasts of old favorites, including the Pride and Prejudice miniseries starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle (a personal favorite of mine).

See the PBS website for more details, including a complete schedule and sneak preview trailer.

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen
And for those of you who just can’t get enough of Jane, I just finished reading The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James, which I highly recommend. This novel presents a fictionalized “memoir” supposedly written by Jane Austen and hidden away in an attic for hundreds of years. Discovered during a renovation project, its pages reveal the real-life inspirations behind many of Austen’s well-known characters, as well as an previously unknown love affair for Jane herself.



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One Book, One County ’08: Coming Soon!

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Want to know what book everyone in Kent County will be reading and discussing this winter?  

OBOC '08

Find out at noon on January 19 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum‘s Ethnic Heritage Festival. The festival runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and includes music, dance, crafts and food representing the various ethnic groups that call West Michigan home.

The Ethnic Heritage Festival is free and open to the public, so bring the whole family!

Join all the fun of One Book, One County! Look for more information soon.

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KDL Teen Filmmaking Contest and Festival

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Just a reminder: Applications and submissions are due by January 21, so if you have a film you would like to submit, now is the time.  Please look in the featured items area for complete details.

 Also,  for those of you who would like to watch the films created by your peers, the Film Festival is coming right up.  Join us for an evening of great films, Saturday, February 9, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the East Grand Rapids Branch.

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