Archive for September, 2010

Series Solution

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Series are a lot of fun to read because it solves the problem of what to read next.  The hard part is knowing what order to read the books AND when a new one is going to be released.  I just found out about a website that not only gives series lists, but will also help you keep track of what book you need to read next, including unreleased books.  The website is called FictFact.

To use FictFact, you will need to create a free account.  Then you can start adding the series that you have read, are reading or want to read.  After you have added a series, you can mark which books you have already read.  When you go to your main page, the website will show which book needs to be read next for each series followed.  Click on the Next Book link on the upper right side and you can also print out a list to take to the library!

Although I am dedicated Goodreads user, this website should help keep me up-to-date on the series I love!

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Can’t Wait for Wimpy Kid?

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

It is indeed an Ugly Truth, but the fifth Wimpy Kid book won’t be out for over a month!  Luckily, we have suggestions for books that you might like that are sitting on the shelf just waiting for you to check them out!  While you’re waiting, try Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg or Big Nate: In a Class By Himself by Lincoln Peirce. Greg Heffley would approve!


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Native American History – Alive!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

native-american.JPGKent District Library, in partnership with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, presents a program to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Native American History – Alive!, for kids ages 6 and up, will include storytelling, dance and lessons on everyday life. This is a great program for homeschoolers! Registration is required and participation is limited.

Tuesday, October 5, 1:00 pm – Plainfield Township branch
Monday, November 8, 10:00 am – Walker branch
Tuesday, November 16, 9:30 am, 10:45 am and 1:00 pm – Grandville branch

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A Novel Success!

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Last night, hundreds of attendees filled the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center for a memorable evening with bestselling author David Baldacci. Baldacci shared a number of humorous, interesting, and moving stories about life as a novelist and all of the attention, pressures, and unique situation it brings. The author also spoke of the importance of literacy and highlighted the efforts of his Wish You Well Foundation, which provides grant funding for literacy projects. 

Attendees also donated new or gently used books in support of the Feeding Body and Mind program, an effort that helps to get books in the hands of those in need. The books will be distributed through Feeding America West Michigan.

Presented by the KDL Fund and supporting KDL’s literacy programs for young children, this year’s A Novel Experience event was another big success. The Kent District Library would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the people in attendance for supporting the library’s literacy efforts. We certainly hope you’ll join us for next year’s A Novel Experience event. For further event recap, check out this Grand Rapids Press feature.

Which author would you like to see at future A Novel Experience events?
Let us know in the comments section of this post.


Event Photos:  


Baldacci speaks to the crowd (photo courtesy of Grand Rapids Press)


Attendees line up for the book signing


A crowd gathers to purchase books

ANE Baldacci

Baldacci poses with an event poster

Thanks again for your support of local literacy efforts.
Don’t forget to leave your event feedback below or let us know who you might like to see next year. 

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Meet the Author: John Otterbacher

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

sailinggrace-johnotterbach.jpgThe Friends of the Englehardt Library invite people of all ages to Meet the Author: John Otterbacher at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 5 at the Englehardt Library. Mr. Otterbacher, author of Sailing Grace, will present “What Dying Taught Me About Living.” He will recount his own steep descent into death and the dream that inspired a six-year, 30,000 mile family cruise across the open seas.

Come hear this inspiring story!




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Banned Books Week

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
September 25 – October 2

KDL invites you to celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week. This event is observed each year during the last week of September and is celebrated nationwide. Since 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take this democratic freedom for granted.

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read as well as the freedom to express one’s opinion even when that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. The current list of banned books is quite impressive, as is the conviction of those that choose to stand up for our freedom to read and never take that freedom for granted.

Be sure to check out these great Banned Books Week resources:

WGVU Radio also interviewed KDL Interim Director Cheryl Garrison about Banned Books Week. Listen to the interview below:

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Catalog & Computers Working Again!

Friday, September 24th, 2010

We are currently experiencing problems with our online catalog and account information and with public computers in our branches.

Items may still be checked out in person at all 18 branches; please make sure to have your library card with you in order to check out.

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have this issue resolved soon.

UPDATE: As of Friday, September 24, the catalog and public computers are functioning normally again. If you have any issues with your library account due to the unexpected downtime yesterday, please talk to staff at your local branch or call our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007. 

UPDATE: We still seem to be experiencing connection issues. Please be patient as we work to resolve the problem. 

UPDATE: All systems appear to be functioning normally again. (Fingers crossed!) Thanks for your patience during the downtime. If you have any issues with your library account, please talk to staff at your local branch or call our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007.

Thanks again for your patience with this issue.

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Dystopia Reading

Friday, September 24th, 2010


No reading list is complete without some dystopia books.  2010 brings a number to choose from starting with This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer.  (Just be aware that this is the third book in a series.)  Miranda has started to adjust since the moon shift caused natural disasters, isolating her family home, but spring brings new challenges and new faces.

Another is The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan, which is book 2 after The Forest of Hands and Teeth.  Gabry has always felt safe inside the walls of Vista.  But everything changes after Gabry and her friends sneak over the wall and come face to face with the dangers and consequences of their actions.

Of coarse, a must read is the final book in The Hunger Games Trilogy, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.  Katniss must face the Capitol’s anger along with the rebels of District 13.  But everyone she loves is in danger as war washes over all the districts, and Katniss must find the strength to end the Capital’s control forever.  Find out what happens to all your favorite characters in this stunning conclusion.

What are you favorite dystopia or post-apocalyptic books?

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Get Your Novel Experience Tickets Today!

Friday, September 24th, 2010


Time is running out to purchase tickets for A Novel Experience: An Evening with David Baldacci. The event will take place at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, September 28 at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at, any KDL branch location or any Grand Rapids Schuler Books and Music location. Proceeds support KDL’s literacy programs for young children.

Don’t miss your chance to hear David Baldacci speak on “Why Read?” and even have a copy of his book signed!

KDL is also hosting an Author Reception at 5:30 pm at Watermark Country Club. Tickets are $60, which includes admission to the general event. They can be purchased online or at a KDL branch.

Join us for what is sure to be a delightful evening! Don’t forget your donation of new and gently used books for the Feeding Body and Mind program.

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Great Movie You’ve Never Seen

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Cruel But Necessary


In this quirky dramedy, Betty, a seemingly happy wife and mother, faces the truths of her life and family through the lens of a videocamera.  Cruel But Necessary begins with a painful home movie revelation about her husband. Throughout the movie, Betty delves under facades with her camera tucked into a very ugly purse.  Her journey is at times funny, painful, flaky, poignant and cruel, but necessary.

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