Archive for February, 2008

It is time for chocolate!

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

A box of chocolate holds many secrets to who you are. Did you know that your favorite shape, ideal filling, and how you handle a wrapper will reveal personality traits? If this sounds enticing, read Chocolate Therapy to get a taste of the real you! For further chocolate enjoyment, try Dark Tort by Diane Mott Davidson, or the chocolate mystery series by Joanna Carl. And for those who enjoy good movies on these chilly nights, Chocolat is available from our movie selections.

Now that your senses are reeling from the thought of chocolate, let me ask you, “So what is your favorite way to enjoy chocolate?”


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A Mystery Review

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

mystery-book.jpg    On Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m., come to the Grandville Branch to hear Liz Clifford review mystery authors–some more well-known than others.  Liz likes to talk about authors that write fantastic mysteries but do not have the notoriety of the more popular authors.  Some of the authors she will review are Hailey Lind, Eric Hebborn, Bill Crider, Megan Abbott, Kathy Lynn Emmerson and more.  Liz makes a point to actually read all the books she reviews.  Be sure to check out her website.


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Teen Tech Week March 2-8

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Are you stumped about what “new” thing you can do for Teen Tech Week this year? Why not try downloading an eBook or eAudiobook from KDL’s eLibrary? There are many Teen titles available for download and you can transfer them straight to your mp3 player. Some titles can even be burned onto CD.

Or how about a really fun activity? The following instructions are for an online activity called “CD Cover Meme”. They take you through step-by-step to creating your very own CD cover.

1. Go to the Wikipedia Random Article page. The name of the article will be the name of your band.

2. Go to the Random Quotes page from Quotationspage.com. The name of your album is taken from the last four words of the final quotation on the page.

3.  Go to the Interesting Photos from the Last Seven Days page from flickr. The third image will be used as your album artwork.

4. Use Photoshop or an online photo editing program like Picnik or Splashup to create your album cover.

Here is my finished product:

Album Cover

Post a link to your album cover in the comments section!  See what other people have done by searching the flickr tag cdcovermeme.

Enjoy Teen Tech Week! If you don’t choose one of the 2 above activities, let us know what you are going to do instead!


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Digital Photography Contest Has Closed

Monday, February 25th, 2008

The digital photography contest has officially closed. We will be announcing the winners on the website within the next few days. 


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New Booklist – Love Stinks

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Check out the Love Stinks booklist here.

Tell us what you think…Are there any great ‘love stinks’ teen books that we forgot?


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Celebrate Reading with the Griffins & KDL

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Join Griff and all his pals at the Grand Rapids Griffins™ Reading Day on Sunday, March 2. Cheer on your hometown hockey team and celebrate the joy of reading. All library card holders will get two-for-one ticket deals at the box office on game day. There’s a limit of four tickets, and tickets must be purchased the day of the game.

Children ages twelve and under, dress up as your favorite storybook character and win amazing prizes. Meet children’s book author, Brad Herzog from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and purchase sports and Michigan-themed books at discounted prices. During the game, visit the KDL booth and meet Katie L. the elephant, spin the prize wheel, and check out your favorite storybooks.

The game starts at 4:00 p.m. Come early and join the fun!


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Books for Babies

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

What books should you read to your new baby? Are the choices overwhelming? Do you not have time to sift through all the choices? Are you looking for a gift for a new parent? Here are some classic choices available in the popular board book format:            

BOOKS FOR BABIES

  1. BABY CAKES BY KARMA WILSON
  2. BROWN BEAR BROWN BEAR WHAT DO YOU SEE BY BILL MARTIN JR
  3. PEEK A BABY BY KAREN KATZ
  4. BIG FAT HEN BY KEITH BAKER
  5. I WENT WALKING BY SUE WILLIAMS
  6. FISH EYES: A BOOK YOU CAN COUNT ON BY LOIS EHLERT
  7. CLAP YOUR HANDS BY LORINDA CAULEY
  8. BUSY TOES BY C.W. BOWIE
  9. WHERE IS BABY’S BELLY BUTTON BY KAREN KATZ
  10. HUG BY JEZ ALBOROUGH

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Mother Goose Rocks

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

I have to admit, I am hooked on Mother Goose Rocks. There are several volumes of Mother Goose Rocks to choose from and they are all excellent. The songs are parodies of popular pop songs with Mother Goose rhyme lyrics. Kids know this music is cool and they will be jamming in the car. Parents will happily humming along to these catchy tunes. They will also have fun trying to remember the names of the groups that sing the original songs. Mother Goose Rocks tunes are covered by groups and individuals with remarkably similar names. J My favorites include Rub A Dub Dub by The Nice Girls originally a popular tune by The Spice Girls which can be found on volume I and Baby Bumblebee by Gum 21 originally a song by Sum 21. These tunes had me laughing in my car and humming the tunes in my head throughout the day. This is the perfect for the parent who wants to play music for their child but doesn’t want any of the sing-songy folk music widely available. Check out their website: www.mothergooserocks.com  


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Reading Magic

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud To Your Children Will Change their Lives Forever by Mem Fox

This is a MUST READ in the world of literacy and children. Mem Fox creates a wonderful balance of research, real-life examples and fun tidbits. Judith Horaek provides charming cartoons that illustrate the importance of reading aloud with children. The book is in an easy-to-read format that is sure to be inspirational. I highly recommend this book to parents, caregivers, child care workers and anyone who is interested in being inspired about literacy and children.


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KDL will be closed Tuesday, February 26

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

All Kent District Library branches will be closed Tuesday, February 26 for an All Staff professional development day. We’re taking a day to make sure we’re the best library system we can be for all of our customers. Please pardon our absence, and we’ll all be back on Wednesday, February 27!


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