Archive for March, 2009

April Nonfiction Titles

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

A short list of April’s new nonfiction shows a Spring-like streak of optimism.

Always Looking UpI'll Scream Later 

Michael J. Fox is Always Looking UpMarlee Matlin will Scream Later, and Marie Osmond Might as Well Laugh About it Now.

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Go Green at the KDL Green Fair

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Join us for the KDL Green Fair! On Saturday, April 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the East Grand Rapids branch, learn ways to live a greener life while enjoying games, prizes, crafts and presentations by local experts and organizations.

Organizations and presenters include:

Also learn to measure your household’s carbon footprint, take a tour of the library, recycle batteries and CF light bulbs, enjoy games and activities for kids, and learn about the green resources the library has to offer! Don’t miss this opportunity to explore what it means to live green in West Michigan.

What are you doing to live a greener life?

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Teen Anime Festival!

Friday, March 27th, 2009

What are your plans for the week of Spring Break?

Visit the Plainfield Township Branch for the Spring Anime Festival on Tuesday, April 7th from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. A cool place for teen anime fans to meet and enjoy a common bond, learn more about various forms of anime and expand their knowledge of anime and Japanese culture. We will have an anime expert join us to answer your questions and show you some great films. Whether you’re new to anime or a complete fanatic, this is the place to be for Spring Break! This event is open to all teens grades 6 – 12.







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Author Jim Lynch Visits Kent County

Friday, March 27th, 2009

On Thursday, March 26, Kent County welcomed Jim Lynch, author of The Highest Tide, the 2009 One Book, One County selected title. Since the announcement of the book selection in January, all of Kent County has been reading and discussing Lynch’s novel about a thirteen-year-old boy making amazing discoveries in the Puget Sound.

Lynch first visited the Kentwood Schuler Books & Music where he signed copies of his book and spoke with readers.

Later Lynch spoke to an audience of nearly 500 at the East Kentwood Fine Arts Auditorium. He discussed his book-writing process, his inspiration for The Highest Tide, the research that went into the novel, and the potential for a movie based on the book. He also spoke briefly about his upcoming novel, Border Songs, to be released this summer.

The audience at last night’s event was eager to ask questions of the author and share their own experiences with the book. Following the program, attendees enjoyed refreshments and had a chance to meet Lynch and have their copies of his book signed.

The Kent District Library would like to thank Jim Lynch for visiting Kent County and sharing his experience. Thank you also to everyone who read The Highest Tide, participated in any One Book, One County event or sponsored the One Book, One County program! We’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions for next year’s title.

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Word Wise – Teen Poetry Contest

Friday, March 27th, 2009

npm_logo.jpgWith spring finally upon us (fingers crossed), and March drawing to an end, National Poetry Month is just around the corner.  Every year since 1996, April has been declared National Poetry Month, making it a prime time to read and reflect upon a great form of writing as well try your hand at some of your own. 

As such we would like to introduce Word Wise, KDL’s sixth annual poetry contest for teens.  Starting on April 1 you will be able to submit your poems online or at your local KDL branch.  By mid May winners will be annoucnced and will recive a $50 gift card to Schuler Books and Music.  The winning poems will also be made available on our website.  Check out the teen page for complete rules and an online entry form.  If you are looking for some inspiration, feel free to check out this list of KDL staff’s favorite teen poetry books, or stop into the library and ask for a recommendation.

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A Book that Never Fails to Please

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

by Claudia Rueda

Looking for a book that is sure to please a crowd of youngsters? Want to read a book to your child that will make them giggle again and again?

Check out Let’s Play in the Forest While the Wolf is Not Around! by Claudia Rueda.

This funny, lyrical text is guaranteed to bring smiles to all who hear it!



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One Book, One County – TONIGHT!

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Don’t miss the seventh annual One Book, One County author program tonight with Jim Lynch, author of The Highest Tide. The event begins at at 7:00 p.m in East Kentwood’s Fine Arts Auditorium, followed by refreshments and a book signing. The East Kentwood Fine Arts Auditorium is located at the East Kentwood High School, 6230 Kalamazoo Avenue SE.

To reserve your seat, pick up a ticket at any of our event sponsor locations. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door as well. 

We hope to see you there!


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Laughing In Tough Times

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

These days, any excuse to laugh is a good one. And even with its sometimes shady reputation, the internet is a prime place to find this humor. You can uncover everything from one-liners, to humorous essays and stories, to the decrepit knock-knock. Comic strips, YouTube videos, and even the occasional status update on Facebook are sources of comedy.


Unshelved comic used with permission.

Unlocking the comedic power of the Web can be dangerous, however, and not a little overwhelming. Fear not; I’m here to help. Here are just a few websites to get you started. Although I have taken care to choose quality, trustworthy sites, keep in mind that neither I nor KDL can take responsibility for all content contained therein.



I Can Has Cheezburger

Calvin and Hobbes

The Onion




Stupid Signs

Clean Jokes

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Plant Swap and Bonny Scottish Gardens at EGR Today

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Think Spring at the East Grand Rapids Branch today from 1:30-3:30.

Share the wealth of green beauty in our community by bringing in a plant or seedling, indoor or outdoor, to swap for another.  While you are here, enjoy a glimpse into the bonny gardens of Scotland with Ian Warnock, Lead Horticulturalist at Frederik Meijer Gardens from 2:00-3:00pm.  As he shows pictures and tales of gardens he’s visited or cultivated, Ian’s delightful scottish brogue takes you away to the heather fields of his homeland.

Sponsored by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library. Part of our Everyone Gathers to Read event.

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Finding Work When Times are Tough

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

The Kentwood branch of KDL will continue its series of workshops called “Finding Work When Times are Tough” on Thursdays, March 26 and April 23 at 6:30 p.m. Ken Soper, a Master Career Counselor recognized by the National Career Development Association, will teach you how to effectively seek work using technology-based methods even in tough economic times. Registration is required for this workshop.

If you’re looking for work, don’t miss your chance to attend one of these workshops!

Did you know that KDL also offers several other career resources? 

The Career Center at the Kentwood branch of KDL offers resources like résumé and cover letter-writing books and DVDs, job interview books and salary information. If you are preparing for an exam or test, check out the Career Center’s test tutor books and DVDs, test preparation books for various certifications, college exam preparation books (such as ACT, SAT and GRE), and college entrance essay books.

If you’re unsure about your career’s future, access books on career choices with descriptions and advice. You can also find self-assessment books for career interests and aptitudes. Finally, the Career Center offers a computer with Internet access, online databases for career advice and test preparation, and a list of career and job websites.

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