Archive for October, 2009

Celebrate Teen Read Week

Friday, October 16th, 2009

The Young Adult Library Services Association and KDL invite teens to Read for the Fun of It during Teen Read Week, October 18 to 24. This year’s theme is “Read Beyond Reality.” You can pick up your favorite mind-bending book at any KDL branch location.

Other exciting fall teen programs include:

Anime Club – Learn, share and expand your knowledge of anime and Japanese culture. Registration is required. Thursdays, September 3, October 1 and November 5 at 4:00 p.m. at the Gaines Twp. branch.

Teen Zone – Play games, complete crafts, discuss books and enjoy snacks. Thursdays, September 10 to November 19 at 3:00 p.m. at the Grandville branch.

Teen Book Discussion – Join other teens for a lively book discussion and snacks. Registration is required. Thursdays, September 10, October 1 and November 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tyrone Twp. branch.

Teen Twilight Parties – Celebrate the opening of the New Moon movie with vampire-related games, crafts and food along with a costume contest. Friday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cascade Twp. branch (registration is required) and Friday, November 13 at 5:00 p.m. at the Kentwood branch.

And so much more!

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Marley & Paws

Thursday, October 15th, 2009


KDL is excited to announce a special partnership in conjunction with John Grogan‘s presentation “Life Lessons from Marley and Me” on October 29. 

KDL is partnering with Paws With A Cause to provide items from their “wish list” that will support their efforts to serve people with disabilities through custom trained assistance dogs.

Members from Paws With A Cause will be on hand at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center to accept your donations of new or gently used items for their program.   

  • Dog biscuits (all sizes except large)
  • Kong® toys and treat holders
  • Nylabone® snack bones
  • Creamy peanut butter 
  • Tennis balls
  • Gentle Leader® Headcollars
  • Buster® cubes and Jolly® balls
  • Portable water dishes
  • Carbiners®
  • Rubber gloves, grooming scissors, or Dremmel® nail trimming kits
  • 5 gallon buckets with lids
  • Nature’s Miracle® cleaning supplies, paper towels, paper plates, gallon zipper bags, or window cleaner
  • AA and AAA batteries
  • 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper
  • Blank VHS tapes and RW DVDs (standard and mini sizes)

For more information about other items they might need, contact Paws With A Cause at 800-253-7297.

Tickets for A Novel Experience are $10, and proceeds support KDL’s literacy programs for young children. Buy your tickets online, at any KDL branch location or any Schuler Books & Music location in Grand Rapids.

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Chat with Author Bich Minh Nguyen

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Bich Minh NguyenYou are invited to chat with Bich Minh Nguyen on Monday, October 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Detroit Free Press is offering Michigan literature enthusiasts an opportunity to participate in a live, online chat with Stealing Buddha’s Dinner author Bich Minh Nguyen. The opportunity is made possible in advance of Nguyen’s five-city tour of Michigan next week as part of the Michigan Humanities Council’s Great Michigan Read. The public can participate in the Free Press live chat via a link on the newspaper’s homepage.

Also be sure to see Bich Minh Nguyen during her five-city tour:

Grand Rapids – Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center, Pew Grand Rapids Campus, Grand Valley State University. 616-331-3501.

Traverse City – Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. City Opera House. Tickets $10, free for students with ID. 231-941-8082.

Midland – Thursday, October 15, 7:30 p.m. Grace A. Dow Memorial Library. 989-837-3430.

Lansing – Friday, October 16, 2:00 p.m. Dart Auditorium, Lansing Community College. 517-483-1957.

Plymouth – Saturday, October 17, 1:00 p.m. Penn Theatre (hosted by Plymouth District Library) 734-453-0750.

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Buying A Computer?

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Are you thinking about buying a new computer? There are so many choices! How do you know which advice is the most reliable? Here are some of the best sources of information:

Consumer Reports‘ reviews are unbiased, and are based on both research and repair histories. You can access Consumer Reports free if you have a KDL library card or if you are using a KDL computer! Go to, click on Reference Resources > Research Databases > Magazines > Consumer Reports. Enter your KDL library card number and begin your search by using keywords such as “Computers” or “Laptop Computer.”

Kim Komando, who writes online columns about technology and has a weekly radio show, is also a very good source of advice about what to consider when looking for a computer.

PCWorld magazine can be found in many KDL branches, and has some good articles about what to look for when buying a laptop or a desktop computer.  The monthly magazine is also a good source of information about new software.

And be sure to check out KDL’s excellent selection of books about how to buy, set up, and use your new computer!

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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

If you have never read anything by Scott Westerfeld, now is a great time to start! Scott’s latest book, Leviathan, is the first in a planned trilogy. The second book named Behemoth is due to be released October 2010.

Leviathan is a Steampunk alternative history set right before the beginning of World War I. The British Empire and their allies are called Darwinists because of their success with genetic manipulations to create powerful new creatures like the Leviathan, a whale airship. The Germans & Austro-Hungarians are called Clankers because of their steam-driven iron machines like the Land Dreadnought. The book is filled with wonderful illustrations done by Keith Thompson.

The story follows Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, who flees for his life after the death of his parents and Deryn Sharp, a young girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. Their paths cross unexpectedly and they must overcome the difference between their countries, while working together to save themselves and the Leviathan.

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Emoticons for beginners – :)

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

How are you feeling today?  Hopefully more like 🙂 and not like :(. 

If you don’t understand that, you need to tilt the top of your head to the left, and look at these “Emoticons” (emotional icons, in the form of punctuation) sideways:

🙂   Smiley Face

🙁   Frown Face

😉   Wink and a smile

😮  Surprised

In human conversation, it is fairly easy to tell when someone is joking by their tone and body language.  In email, you don’t have that luxury, and it is easy to mis-interpret something as negative or mean-spirited.  Emoticons can help clarify your statements in an informal setting.  This website is a good introduction to emoticons.

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Great Michigan Read on October 13

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

The Michigan Humanities Council and Grand Valley State University invite you to welcome Bich Minh Nguyen to Grand Rapids on Tuesday, October 13, at the Loosemore Auditorium in the DeVos Center on GVSU’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus. 

Bich is the author of Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, selected by the Council for the 2009-10 Great Michigan Read. Beginning at 7:00 pm, Bich will present a 45-minute talk about her experiences growing up in Grand Rapids in the 1970s and 1980s as a Vietnamese-American, particularly in relation to three themes identified in the book: immigration stories, cultural understanding and contemporary history.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Bich will be available to sign copies of her book immediately after her talk. For more information on The Great Michigan Read in mid-Michigan and across the state, including a welcome video from the author, visit the Michigan Humanities Council.

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Read for the Record with Jumpstart

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

On Thursday, October 8, all around the world, more than one million people are expected to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, the official book in Jumpstart’s 2009 Read for the Record campaign.

The goal of this program is to set a Guinness World Record for the number of people reading the same book on the same day to children around the world, and to shine the spotlight on the importance of early literacy.

Sign up at Jumpstart to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and be a part of this year’s Read for the Record!

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About Marley & Me’s John Grogan

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

On Thursday, October 29, John Grogan, author of Marley & Me, will speak at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $10, and proceeds support KDL’s literacy programs for young children. Buy your tickets online, at any KDL branch location or any Schuler Books & Music location in Grand Rapids.

About John Grogan

A native of Detroit and a graduate of Central Michigan University, Grogan wrote for the campus newspaper while slugging away at a double major in journalism and English. His first full-time writing job came immediately upon graduation in 1979 when he was hired as a police reporter for the Herald-Palladium in the Michigan harbor town of St. Joseph. He spent many years in various areas of the field of journalism.In his first book, Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog, Grogan recounts the hilarious and heartfelt moments of his thirteen years with a loopy Labrador retriever. The instant best-seller has captured the hearts of millions and has reached the top of every chart in the U.S., including the #1 spot on The New York Times Best-Seller list for four months. It is being translated into more than two dozen languages around the world. Marley & Me  was recently made into a film, starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston.

In spring 2007, Grogan released Bad Dog, Marley! a children’s picture book based on Marley’s comical antics, and a young adult version of Marley & Me titled Marley: A Dog Like No Other. Grogan’s latest New York Times bestseller, The Longest Trip Home, mines his childhood and complicated relationship with his father in a universal story of one man’s journey to break free of his parents, discover a life of his own, and find his way back home before it’s too late. Publishers Weekly called it “a hilarious and touching memoir.”

John Grogan lives on a wooded hillside in Pennsylvania with his wife, Jenny, and their three children.

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Greg Heffley is in the Building!!

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog DaysCalling all Wimpy Kid fans! KDL has received its shipment of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. The bad news? We are under STRICT instructions from the publisher not to release it until Monday, October 12th.  But fear not, we have ordered TONS of copies, and they will be hitting the shelves as soon as that Monday (depending on where you live).  WHAT? You say you haven’t placed your hold yet? Well, what are you waiting for? The list isn’t getting any smaller! Click on the book cover to place your hold today!



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