Archive for May, 2008


Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Popular author Anne Rice, well known for her vampire book series, has chosen to change her style of writing. As her husband’s accepting Christ, and eventual death, made her long for more, she began to study theology. With further intense research, Anne has chosen to write a series reflecting Jesus’s life, called “Christ the Lord.” An informative epilogue is found at the end of her first book that gives greater detail about her conversion!

Her first book, Out of Egypt, focuses on Jesus as a young child living in Egypt with his family. He recognizes that he is different from others, but doesn’t have a full concept of why. Throughout the book, references are made by his uncle and mother that lead him to closer understanding. Eventually, he accepts that he is alive for something greater.

In the second book, The Road to Cana, Jesus is now an adult. He is envied and questioned by many around him for being “different.” As a man, he is still questioning his destiny, until he is finally in contact with John the Baptist. As he is baptized, he becomes more fully aware of himself.

These books do a realistic job of protraying Jesus as a man, and yet follow Scripture closely. It is an interesting read into the life and times of the Jewish people that Jesus was a part of.

There is promise of a third book in this series, and we look forward to having it at KDL as it becomes available.

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Things To Do With the Family…

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

With the summer season quickly approaching, now may be the time to start planning those family vacations or weekend getaways (if you haven’t already done so).  This year, with the rising cost of transportation, many of you might even stick closer to home in order to save a few extra dollars.  So, if you’re looking for a variety of fun local activities, events, and attractions, we recommend you check out our Local Recreation wiki.  From popular entertainment venues to local event calendars, this resource will help you find something fun for the entire family. 

The Local Recreation wiki is a part of the KDL Wiki resource guide, updated frequently by KDL subject experts.  If you’ve got any ideas for a subject you’d like to see, let us know! 

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Sequel to The Luxe Coming Soon!

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

If you’re anything like me, you LOVED The Luxe when it came out at the end of 2007. Well, I have great news then, because its sequel, Rumors, comes out on June 3rd. You could be one of the first people to get it from the library if you put it on hold now.

If you’re a fan of the Twilight series and waiting for Breaking Dawn to come out in August, you might want to give the Luxe series a try. It would be also be a great book to start the Summer Reading Club with!

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New Nonfiction DVDs at Kent District Library

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

If you’ve never browsed the nonfiction DVD selection at your local KDL branch, you are missing out on a great source of entertainment and information.  Please ask a KDL staff member for assistance in finding the nonfiction DVDs at your local branch. 

Here are a few titles that are new to the KDL collection:

Man vs. Wild Collection 1, featuring Bear Grylls  With little more than the clothes on his back, survival expert Bear Grylls goes toe-to-toe with some of Earth’s toughest, most remote environments in each edge-of-your-seat episode of Man vs. Wild. Grylls faces sweltering desert temperatures, icy, raging rivers and hungry predators as he fights for survival using techniques he learned as a British Special Forces soldier. You’ll never look at the great outdoors the same way again!





Car of the Future  How will the car of the future be powered? Will it run on hydrogen, batteries, ethanol, or some as-yet undiscovered technology? Find out as NOVA takes a look at the latest and greatest in the automotive industry. NPR’s “Car Talk” brothers, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, take viewers on a roller-coaster ride into the world of cars – examining new technologies and ideas about America’s most common form of transportation.





The 11th Hour  This environmental documentary resides at the polar opposite of escapist summer fare. Its mission: to firmly confront viewers about the indelible human footprint that humans have left on this planet and the catastrophic effects of environmental neglect and abuse.





My Kid Could Paint That  Official Selection of the 2007 Toronto Film Festival and the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.  This film documents the rise and fall of four-year-old artist Marla Olmstead.  Rumors that the young girl’s father might be doing the painting led to a backlash against the Olmstead family.  The film follows Marla and her parents over the course of a year. DVD special features provide some startling new material that may answer the questions raised in the original film. 

Do you have a favorite documentary?  Please post your comments here. 

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Teen Summer Reading Club

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008


Beginning June 9, the fun begins at your local Kent District Library branch as Teen Summer Reading Club officially kicks off with the Metamorphosis @ Your Library theme.

Call or stop into your branch and pick up a program guide (or check out our online event calender) to find out when you can expect to see a Wii Event or Skateboarding Design Contest program in your library.

Other fun things to look forward to this summer – cooking classes, craft programs and gaming, gaming, gaming. (Can you say Guitar Hero???)

Speaking of gaming, don’t forget about the end-of-summer Wii Tournament at the Wyoming branch! This time around we will be playing Super Smash Brothers Brawl. Prizes are awarded and snacks will be provided. Think you can win? See you there – August 1 & 2!

 You can sign-up online here.


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Upcoming Library Closings

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
  • ALL Kent District Library branch locations will be closed on Monday, May 26th, in observance of Memorial Day.  
  • The Kent District Library’s Byron Twp. Branch will be closed Saturday, May 24th, 2008 for carpet cleaning.  They will resume normal operating hours on Monday, May 26th. 
  • ALL Kent District Library branches will be closed on Sundays, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, and will resume on Sunday, September 7th.

For additional 2008 scheduled closing information, please view our scheduled closings page.

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2008 Teen Poetry Contest Winners

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

The ten winners of KDL’s annual poetry contest were announced at the Poetry Slam on May 16 at the Plainfield Branch.

 They are, in no particular order:

Brianne Stephens, “My Midnight Mate”

Dylan Baker, “Remains”

Grace Feenstra, “In the Trash Can”

Joanna Chen, “The 400M”

Samantha Yope, “Stream of Consciousness”

Emily Oxford, “Legacy”

Jessica Slater, “Homeless Man”

Angel Wang, “Sense of Spring”

Taylor Mallay, “Short Time”

Congratulations to the winners. Thanks to all who entered. Look for the contest to happen again next April!

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RE: Saving One Cat at a Time

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

In response to the wonderful discussion generated by the previous post, please note that Crash’s Landing will be bringing live cats to their programs.  Patrons with extreme allergies to cats should refrain from attending this program.

For anyone looking for more information about helping needy cats after attending Crash’s Landing’s program:

Most state and county funded animal shelters take in many more cats than are adopted.  Therefore, these facilities sometimes have no choice but to euthanize some of the cats that arrive at their doors.  That’s why private rescue organizations, like Crash’s Landing, are so important.  Below is a list of other no-kill cat rescues and other organizations that help feral cats – it is by no means comprehensive, but may be helpful.

Carol’s Ferals – 616-560-0555

Focus on Ferals – 616-826-0927

Jandy’s Home

Noah Pet Project – located in Muskegon – 231-865-1264

Reuben’s Room – 616-791-9696

Voice of Animals Rescue and Sanctuary – in Newaygo

Thank you to the Kent County Animal Shelter for providing the above information.  🙂

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Saving One Cat at a Time

Monday, May 19th, 2008


All cats need a home, even when they’re not kittens anymore.  Hear from Dr. Jennifer Petrovich from Crash’s Landing, a no-kill cat rescue and placement center, as she discusses the care of adult and special needs cats.  Come find out why these cats make “purr-fect” animal companions.

Please note that, while children are welcome, this is an informational program aimed at adult audiences.

*Wednesday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cascade Township Branch

*Wednesday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Plainfield Township Branch

Check out our online calendar or contact the KDL branch listed above for more information.

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May the Force be with you

Monday, May 19th, 2008

On May 25 there is a special day that you might not know about.  According to Wookieepedia, “The Universal Day of the Jedi is an ‘annual Star Wars fan holiday’, on May 25. It was originally pushed by fans to begin on May 25, 2007, the 30th anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars film. It was created as a geek holiday, similar to that of Hobbit Day or Towel Day.”

Celebration of this most auspicous of holidays can include viewing and or discussion of the movies, reading a Star Wars book, dressing like a Star Wars character, or simply saying “May the Force be with you” to people throughout the day.  A simple search for Star Wars in our library catalog will give you plenty of reading and viewing options if you are interested.  How do you plan to celebrate?


Fun Fact:  According to the Religion News Blog,

“More people claim their religion to be Jedi in England and Wales than those who follow Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism. And the cause has global support.

There are also 70,000 Jedi knights in Australia, 53,000 in New Zealand, and 20,000 in Canada.”

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