Archive for June, 2008

Attention, Jodi Picoult Fans

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Can’t get enough of Jodi Picoult? Have you read all her books and just can’t wait until her next novel (Handle with Care) comes out in March 2009? (Check out her website for a sneak peek.)

We may have something that will help you get through the next 8 months. We’ve just added a “If You Like Jodi Picoult…” list to our Recommended Reading section. This list of 19 readalikes should keep you busy for awhile, but if you’re looking for more suggestions, just talk to any one of the great librarians at a branch near you.


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Laurie Halse Anderson Book Trailer Contest!

Friday, June 27th, 2008

 

It appears that Laurie Halse Anderson, the fabulous author behind Speak, Catalyst, Twisted, and many other young adult novels, is offering a contest on her website.  You will have to click here to get all the rules, but the basic premise is that she is looking for people to create a video trailer for one of her books, either Speak or Twisted specifically.  At the end of the summer she will pick a winner and that person will receive an 8GB iPod touch

So if you’re interested, check out her website for more info on the contest.  If you have not read any of her books yet, or just need a refresher, you can check our catalog for any of her books and have them sent to the library of your choosing.  Good luck.

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New “Book Club in a Bag” Titles

Friday, June 27th, 2008

tealbcblogo.jpgHave you tried our Book Club in a Bag service yet? This program allows book groups to check out a canvas bag containing 12 copies of a book and a printed list of discussion questions and author information.

The bags have been very popular and we’re pleased to announce the addition of some new titles:

  • Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
  • Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky
  • The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

See our Book Club in a Bag booklist to read descriptions of these and all other titles in the program, and contact Sheri Glon at 616-784-2016 x2179 or sglon@kdl.org to reserve a bag.


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Griffins host Lids at the Library

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

On Saturday, June 14 the Grand Rapids Griffins gave away free bike helmets to children at the Lids at the Library event, part of the Griffins’ annual Put A Lid On It! helmet safety campaign. Volunteers from the Griffins, Priority Health and Safe Kids Greater Grand Rapids fitted children ages 1 to 12 and distributed bike safety information at the Wyoming and Gaines Township branches of KDL, as well as two branches of the Grand Rapids Public Library.

The helmets, paid for by the Griffins, are distributed at various Safe Kids events around the community. The Griffins also give away vouchers for two free tickets to a Griffins game to anybody aged 17 and under who signs an online pledge to wear a bike helmet. To further promote bike safety, police in the Kentwood, Wyoming, Holland and Grand Rapids areas will be “ticketing” helmet-wearing kids with Griffins ticket vouchers all summer.


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Jane Heiss named Hometown Hero

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

This weekend The Sun and News, the weekly paper that covers the Caledonia area, named KDL’s Jane Heiss as a Hometown Hero. Jane, the Branch Manager of the Caledonia Township Branch of KDL, will serve as the grand marshal of the Fourth of July parade in Caledonia. She was nominated as a Hometown Hero by Dee Hudson, and her nomination was approved by the Caledonia Township Board of Trustees.

Jane has done a lot for her community including bringing back the Skerbeck Carnival to Caledonia this year and chairing the effort every other year to bring the circus to town. She is a longtime member of the Caledonia Women’s Club, a member of the Kiwanis Club, and part of the Builders Club for two local middle schools. Jane is an active and vital supporter of local schools, businesses and residents in Caledonia, but KDL is most proud of her 15 years of tireless work and advocacy for the Caledonia library.

Congratulations to Jane on this honor!


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We’ve Got Wii!

Friday, June 20th, 2008

You spoke, and we listened!  Earlier this year, we surveyed teens in all KDL libraries and asked which game format they thought we should add to our videogame collection, and the overwhelming answer was Wii.  So if you want to check out the new Wii titles, stop in at your local branch.  They’re free, and you can check them out for three weeks!  Overdue fines of .15 per day apply if you bring ‘em back late.  Be sure to check out our current selection of PS2 and PC-based games too!


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New Adult Nonfiction Titles for July

Friday, June 20th, 2008

July is just around the corner, and there’s a whole list of new adult nonfiction books coming out next month in Recommended Reading. Make sure to place your holds today.  Enjoy some great summer reading! 


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New Booklist – Getting Graphic

Friday, June 20th, 2008

pride.jpgNot a fan of superheroes but you still find Graphic Novels intriguing? If so this new list is for you. It includes Graphic Novels about topics such as WW2, Vampires, Epilepsy, and even a tale about a former cast member from MTV’s The Real World. 

This list is a great place to start if you have never read a graphic novel before but it also has some hidden gems for those of you who have read every graphic novel you can get your hands on. So go to the teen booklists and check out Getting Graphic.

 So, what are some of your favorites that you think should make the list?


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Need a good book?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Having trouble finding a good book this summer?  If so, there are a couple of places you can look for some good suggestions.  The first place that you should check would be the Teen Summer Reading Club page.  If you scroll toward the bottom of the page, you will see some book reviews written by teens that have already signed up for the club.

If you don’t see anything there that you want to read, you can always check out some of the Summer Reading Club booklists on the KDL website.  They have booklists for a variety of genres such as mythology, urban lit, best books of 2008, and much more.

After all that, if you are still having trouble don’t forget that you can always stop into your local library and ask a librarian, as we are always here to help you find just the right book.  Good luck and have fun reading!

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Why Read Over the Summer?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Kids are often encouraged by their teachers to read over the summer, but did you ever wonder why? The book The Power of Reading by Stephen Krashen provides all kinds of fascinating information about the benefits of reading. For example, did you know, studies have shown:

Kids who read just five books over the summer had a 3% gain in reading comprehension test scores

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Summer reading improves writing, spelling, vocabulary and grammar — in fact, it is better than direct instruction at improving these skills!

What if your child “hates” reading?

Read TO her! Even as your kids get older, read aloud to them as often as possible. Children who are read to read more and show better literacy development. Even college students read more and better books when they are read to.

Let your child see you reading. Children read more when they see other people reading.

Allow your child to read what he wants to read, whether it is comic books (comic book texts can be complex), factual nonfiction books, magazines, or books that are “too young” for him. If a child enjoys reading, he will move on to more difficult books. Audiobooks are another good option. A child can either follow along with a book or simply enjoy having a book read aloud to her by a fantastic narrator. Listening to audiobooks improves all of the same literacy skills as reading a book, with the exception of spelling.


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