Archive for March, 2009

Mystery Writer Barbara Parker Dies

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Author Barbara Parker died on Saturday March 7th in Florida after a long illness. Her first suspense novel, Suspicion of Innocence, was a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best first mystery novel. Barbara Parker was well known for her series featuring Miami lawyers Gail Conner and Anthony Quintana using her own background as an attorney living in Florida.

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Libraries Can Help You Get Well

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

The current issue of Woman’s Day magazine features an article about how libraries helped four women get well and feel better.

One woman used poetry from a library book to cope with her husband’s illness. Two used the library to research their own health issues, such as post-partum depression and thyroid disease. A fourth used library services to receive books on tape after diabetes left her legally blind.

Libraries are full of free resources from books to internet access to classes and much more!

How has the library helped you?

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Everyone Gathers to Read on WXMI

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

The East Grand Rapids branch  of KDL will be celebrating Everyone Gathers to Read with special events and programs all month. Read What a Wonderful World, illustrated by Ashley Bryan, and join in the fun!

Branch Manager, Dawn Lewis, visited the WXMI Morning Show to talk about what’s coming up:

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Are You Vampired Out?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

So you loved the Twilight series, but you’re tired of vampires? Maybe you’ll like one of these great new books featuring immortals, pixies or ghosts! Click on any of the titles or pictures to place your hold, or go to today.

Evermore by Alyson Noel

There’s no reason Ever should have escaped the car crash that took the lives of her family, but the experience leaves her with the ability to hear the thoughts of everyone around her.  To help herself cope, she tries to block out everyone who tries to get close, but then she falls for the gorgeous Damen, who seems to have even more secrets than she does…

 Need by Carrie Jones

After the death of her beloved stepfather, Zara is sent against her will to live with her eccentric grandmother in a small town in Maine.  Soon she finds herself being stalked by a strange man whom Zara is convinced is responsible for the disappearances of two boys.

Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

I LOVE this cover!  15-year-old Lexi’s sister Kasey has always been annoying, but lately she’s downright scary.  Sometimes she talks like she comes from another century, and her normally blue eyes suddenly turn green.  Their old Victorian house is creeping her out too; doors open and close by themselves, water boils on an unlit stove.  Lexi tries to believe it’s all in her head, but when Kasey starts to threaten her family and friends, Lexi knows she has to do something to stop her sister.  But will anyone believe her?  This one doesn’t come out until April 21st, but I couldn’t wait to tell you about it!  Place your hold by clicking here!

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Thumbs Up 2009 Teen Vote

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

thumbsup.jpgWant to have a voice in picking this year’s Thumbs Up! Award?

“The Thumbs Up! Award was established in 1986 to recognize the excellence in, and to celebrate the uniqueness of, Young Adult Literature. A committee, consisting of Young Adult and Teen Librarians, meets several times during the year to determine the winner. Winners are selected from books published in the U.S. during the previous year.

Beginning in 2001, the Thumbs Up! Committee has included a teen vote. Teens that are 12 to 18 years old are asked to help select the 2009 Thumbs Up! winner. The list of titles has been narrowed to twenty.”

So, now’s your chance.  The list has been narrowed down to the top 20 and now you have until May 30 to read as many of the following books as you want, then submit your vote for the best book of 2008.  Ballots are available at your local KDL branch, or simply send an email with your top choice to

Here are your choices: (click here for an interactive list)

Anderson, Laurie Halse — Chains

Bodeen, S.A. — The Compound

Brothers, Megan — Debbie Harry Sings in French

Collins, Suzanne — The Hunger Games

Connor, Leslie — Waiting for Normal

De La Pena, Matt — Mexican WhiteBoy

Doctorow, Cory — Little Brother

Gaiman, Neil — The Graveyard Book

Galante, Cecilia — The Patron Saint of Butterflies

George, Jessica Day — Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

Goldman, Stephen — Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath

Green, John — Paper Towns

Harmon, Michael — The Last Exit to Normal

Katcher, Brian — Playing with Matches

Krovatin, Christopher — Venemous

Lockhart, E. — The Disreputable History of Frankie Landeau Banks

Scott, Elizabeth — Living Dead Girl

Scott, Elizabeth — Stealing Heaven

Stratton, Allan — Chandra’s War

Zarr, Sarah — Sweethearts


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Blast Off to Reading with the Cascade Branch

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Kids from birth to five years and their caregivers are invited to participate in an activity-filled afternoon at the Cascade Township branch of KDL on Sunday, March 15 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Get creative and enjoy activities related to outer space. There will be live animals, music, books, stories and lots of fun!

This afternoon is all about having fun while doing activities that will build the skills needed for reading and writing. Parents, grandparents and caregivers — blast off and bring the young people in your life to this afternoon of family fun at the library!

Sponsored by Bright Beginnings and the Friends of the Cascade Library.

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Decorate Pillows for Deployed Troops

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Express your gratitude to all the men and women who are serving our country by making them a pillow! The Alpine branch of KDL will be hosting a pillow-decorating session on Wednesday, March 18 between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. to support the West Michigan Military Family Support Group’s Operation: Pillow Talk. If you know someone deployed overseas, a hand-decorated pillow can be sent to them or their whole troop. Or just decorate a pillow to say thanks to all of our deployed troops!

The whole family is invited, and registration is required.

The West Michigan Military Family Support Group is a network of parents, spouses, siblings, family members and friends who share the common goal to support troops and each other.

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Celebrate Teen Tech Week with KDL!

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Teen Tech Week is March 8-14, and the Cascade Township and Alto branches of KDL are celebrating. Teens, stop by and learn about everything tech-related at the library. The Cascade Township branch will celebrate with a special program on Thursday, March 12 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Enjoy a scavenger hunt for prizes, video games and snacks. The Alto branch invites teens to stop by all week to complete their scavenger hunt and enjoy fun prizes.

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