Archive for March, 2008

New Great Book I’ve Read

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

I finished Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica George over the weekend and it was great.  The novel is based on a Finnish folktalk of a common girl and her wolf who have to travel east of the sun and west of the moon to find a Goblin castle and free her prince.  Place a hold on it here and tell me what you think!

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“Let It Snow” coming to an end

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008


Well, the winter snow looks like it might have left for good (keep your fingers crossed) and that means our 2007-2008 Let It Snow reading club is coming to an end.  The official March 31st end date is just around the corner!  So get those last-minute bingo cards in to claim your prize and get registered for our prize drawings, including a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant.


And don’t worry, the Let It Snow Reading Club will be back again when the snow starts falling!


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“Before Green Gables” by Budge Wilson

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Once again the little orphan, Anne Shirley, captures the heart of the reader with an immensely heartwarming prequel. In this story we are introduced to Anne’s parents, and the families that became a part of the quaint child’s life at the age of 3 months. Through her tragedies, heartbreak and intrigue of learning, Anne captivates the reader, with laughter and tears. This is truly a prequel worth visiting! Of course, after reading this book, you might want to revisit the whole Anne series again, which can be put on hold from here for your convenience.

If you happen to have any further interest in Anne’s beloved Prince Edward Island, further information on the history is available here.

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One Book, One County: Meet the Author!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Ha Jin, author of A Free Life, the book everyone in Kent County has been reading and discussing, will be at the Fountain Street Church on Tuesday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. for the culmination of the sixth annual One Book, One County program.

Bring your questions and your copy of the book for signing! A reception will follow the author’s program.

This event is free and open to the public. The Fountain Street Church is located at 24 Fountain Street NE in Grand Rapids.


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New Teen Booklist!

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Since this is the month of St. Patrick’s Day and leprechauns, here is a new booklist on Creatures and Monsters in fiction.  Enjoy.

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Byron Township Branch Laptime TIME CHANGE

Friday, March 21st, 2008

If you will be attending Laptime at the Byron Township Branch in April, please note that the time was published incorrectly in our calendars.  Laptime was originally (and incorrectly) listed as Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. from April 9 to 30.  The correct schedule for Laptime at the Byron Township Branch is Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. from April 9 to 30.  This change has been made in our online calendar, so the Byron Township Branch online calendar is now correct.

We deeply apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

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Teen Filmmaker Festival Winners Announced

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

The 2nd Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival was a great success.  More than 30 teens exercised their creative control to dazzle the judges and festival attendees with movies that made us laugh, cry, and think about our history.  If you’d like to see some of the entries in this year’s contest, go to this page on the KDL website… Teen Film
Festival winners

Keep those camera’s rolling and you too could have a chance to win our 3rd Annual Teen Filmmaker contest next year!

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New Early Literacy Station!

Friday, March 14th, 2008

With the first donations to the KDL Fund, the Kent District Library has purchased a children’s computer workstation from AWE.  The Early Literacy Station has over thirty educational programs for young children ages three to eight and support both Spanish and English languages. Explore the world with interactive maps, get creative in a digital art studio, practice typing, reading, math skills and more!

The workstation is being piloted at the Kentwood branch and is set up in the children’s section. Visit the Kentwood branch today to check it out!

The bilingual Early Literacy Station was purchased with funds raised from KDL’s 2007 year-end appeal.  One-hundred percent of the funds raised were used to purchase the workstation.

KDL thanks all of our donors for their generous support!


Con los primeros donativos del KDL Fund (el fondo de KDL), la Biblioteca del Distrito de Kent ha comprado una consola de computadora de AWE con programas bilingúes para los niños. La Estación de la Alfabetización Temprana ofrece más que treinta programas educativas para los niños desde los tres hasta los ocho años. ¡Los niños pueden explorar el mundo con mapas interactivos, hacer artes creativos en un estudio digital, y practicar escribir a máquina, leer, hacer matemáticas, y más!

La sucursal de Kentwood es la primera localización de tener la consola, y está en el área de los niños. ¡Visite a la sucursal de Kentwood hoy para verla!

La Biblioteca del Distrito de Kent usó los fundos de la petición anual de 2007 para comprar La Estación de la Alfabetización Temprana bilingúe. 100% de los donativos estuvieron utilizados para comprar la consola.

¡La Biblioteca del Distrito de Kent agradece a todos los donantes para su ayuda generosa!

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Pokemon Madness!

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Pokemon lovers unite!  Learn how to play the Pokemon Trading Card game and participate in other activities and crafts involving Pokemon.  Cards will be provided for you to use, but you can bring your own if you’d like.  For ages 6 and up.

Find out when this program will be at the branch nearest you on our online calendar!

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Virtual Book Clubs for Busy People

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Barnes & Noble Book Clubs

Although I’d love to join a book discussion group, like many of you, I just don’t have the time to add one more commitment to my busy life. So I was very excited to discover that Barnes & Noble offers a wide range of “virtual” book clubs on their website.

These book discussion groups are done totally online, and you can spend as much or as little time as you’d like, posting your thoughts on your favorite books, or just “lurking” and reading what others are discussing. And they’re totally free — although I’m sure B&N would love you to buy more books from them, you can always get the books from your local library 🙂

No matter what your taste in books, there is a discussion for you, from current popular titles such as Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes, to classics like Anna Karenina, as well as ongoing areas for talking about your favorite genres, such as “Romantic Reads,” “Paranormal & Urban Fantasy,” and “Teen Reads.”

But perhaps the best feature is the “Center Stage” group, where your favorite authors actually join in the discussion for a limited time to answer your questions about their books. How cool is that! This week’s featured author is Sara Paretsky, and other big names such as Anne Rice, Jonathan Kellerman, George R. R. Martin, and Elizabeth Berg are scheduled for upcoming weeks.

What do you think? Have you discovered any other similar online discussions? Does this kind of “virtual” book discussion appeal to you, or do you prefer a face-to-face group?

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