Archive for September, 2010

KDL Reaches Out to Hispanic Community

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

In an effort to promote library usage to the Hispanic and migrant community, Kent District Library recently held an outreach event at the Alpine Sports Complex. Spanish-speaking staff members were there to discuss library services for local residents. Attendees played games, received toys and enjoyed live Mariachi music.  Library card registration forms in Spanish were available.

 Thank you to everyone who participated in this event!






Photos courtesy of Alpine Township.

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Meet the Author: Tom Rademacher

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

tom-rademacher.jpgThe Krause Memorial Branch will host Tom Rademacher, long time columnist for the Grand Rapids Press, at 6:30PM on Thursday, September 23. He will discuss his new book Splitting Wood, a collection of 100 columns featuring stories “about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” Books will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds going back to the library. A book signing will follow the presentation, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Krause Memorial Library. Registration is required and participation is limited.

If you can’t make this event, you will have another opportunity to hear Tom Rademacher speak next month. He is the featured speaker at the Friends Booked for Lunch event at 12:30 PM on Thursday, October 21 at the Cascade branch. Registration is required and participation is limited.

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Audiobook Narrators

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

I can admit it, I love listening to audiobooks!  I upload CDs to my iPod and I am ready to go.  But there are a few narrators who I have come to love.  Narrators who I listen to because they are reading the book, not caring which book.

Since I am a huge Harry Potter fan, I have listened to Jim Dale’s fabulous reading many times.  But Mr. Dale has also read other great books, including Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland.

Secondly, I love the deep tones of George Guidall’s voice.  He doesn’t read teen or youth books, but he did read Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick, a wonderful nonfiction book about the Pilgrims which sets the record straight on the many legends about the early settlers.

Another narrator I came to know from a specific book series, Katherine Kellgren.  She adds so much depth to the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer, I refuse to read them to myself!  But she is also one of the readers for the new Riordan series, The Red Pyramid.  I might have to “read” that one again.

Leave a comment below telling us about your favorite narrator!

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Download Free eBooks from the Library

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

You’ve heard the buzz about eBooks, and maybe you’ve even taken the plunge and bought an eReader device like the Barnes & Noble NOOK. But did you know that in addition to all the other great materials you can get from the library, you can also download free eBooks? They even “expire” automatically at the end of your checkout period, so there’s no need to worry about overdue fines!

Even NBC News is picking up on this new trend:

If you have an eReader device, we’ve recently put together this handy step-by-step guide for how to find, download, and transfer library eBooks to a compatible eReader device (Barnes & Noble NOOK, Kobo eReader, or Sony Reader). Don’t have an eReader device? Don’t worry — eBooks can be read right on your computer as long as you download the free Adobe Digital Editions software.

Check out KDL’s collection of eBooks today at

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Get to Know David Baldacci

Monday, September 13th, 2010

baldacci-d-photo-small.jpgAs you probably know, David Baldacci is the featured author at this year’s A Novel Experience event taking place on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:30 pm 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.

We are 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.

About David Baldacci (from

David Baldacci was born in Virginia, in 1960, where he currently resides. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. Mr. Baldacci practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C., as both a trial and corporate attorney.

David Baldacci has published nineteen adult novels and two young adult novels. His works have been in numerous worldwide magazines, newspapers, journals, and publications. Baldacci has authored seven original screenplays. His books have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries. All of his books have been national and international bestsellers. Over 100 million copies of Mr. Baldacci’s books are in print worldwide.

David writes for numerous magazines and newspapers. He is a contributing editor for Parade magazine, which has a circulation of over 75 million readers.

Castle Rock entertainment made Absolute Power (Warner Books/Grand Central Publishing, 1996) into a major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. The novel Absolute Power won Britain’s W. H. Smith’s Thumping Good Read award for fiction in 1997, and was nominated for a literary award in Italy. Absolute Power was selected for People Magazine’s “Page Turner of the Week.” Absolute Power won the 1996 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery/Thriller from the Southern Writers Guild.

David Baldacci’s books have been publicly discussed and/or read by everyone from Howard Stern and Don Imus to Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh, from George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton to Charlie Rose and Larry King.

David has made many television and radio appearances and has been featured in numerous national and international publications.

David contributes to, and is involved in, several philanthropic efforts. His greatest efforts are currently dedicated to his family’s own Wish You Well Foundation. The Wish You Well Foundation, established by Michelle and David Baldacci, supports family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Recently the Wish You Well Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch “Feeding Body & Mind”. Through Feeding Body & Mind, hundreds of thousands of new and used books have been collected and distributed through area food banks, helping feed both body and mind.

David Baldacci serves as a national ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and participates in numerous charities, including the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, the American Cancer Society, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Check out one of David Baldacci’s books today!

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Book Trailers

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Everyone has probably heard of movie trailers which gives movie goers a sneak peek at upcoming movies.  But there are also book trailers. Book trailers are put together to interest new readers in books that are soon to be published or already out.  They are produced by fans of the books, libraries, as well as the publishers so there is a lot of variety. is a great place to find trailers but you can also do a keyword search with (or your favorite web browser).  There are websites dedicated to book trailers.  Authors with blogs will also post videos to their site so keep on eye on your favorite authors.

Following is one example of a book trailer for a picture book that was recently released:

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Nominate Your Favorite Librarian

Friday, September 10th, 2010

ilovemylibrarian.jpgHas a KDL librarian made a real difference in your life? Have they gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide top-notch customer service and excellent programming? Show your appreciation by nominating them for a meaningful award.

Nominations for the national Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award will be accepted through September 20 and can be submitted at

The award invites library users nationwide to nominate librarians in public libraries, as well as those in school and academic libraries. It is an opportunity for patrons to share how librarians improve the lives of people in their communities.

Thanks to the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York, up to 10 librarians will win $5,000 and be honored at an awards ceremony in New York in December, hosted by The New York Times. Winners of the 2010 award will be announced in December.

Submit your nomination today!

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Register to Win David Baldacci Tickets!

Friday, September 10th, 2010

You can win a pair of tickets to A Novel Experience: An Evening with David Baldacci, taking place at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, September 28 at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. Visit any KDL branch and pick up a David Baldacci trivia form. Answer all ten questions correctly, and you are eligible to win! Entries will be accepted through September 17, and the drawing will take place on September 21. Good luck!tickets.JPG

Tickets for the event are $15 and can be purchased online, at any KDL branch location, or any Grand Rapids Schuler Books and Music location. Proceeds will benefit KDL’s literacy programs for young children.

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Martha Speaks

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Learn new words with Martha, the dog who can speak after she eatsmartha-speaks.JPG alphabet soup! Children ages six and under and their families are invited to KDL’s Martha Speaks program this fall. Come listen to stories, make special crafts, and enjoy games and activities based on the book Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh. Children are encouraged to bring their own stuffed dog to speak with Martha.

Martha Speaks Schedule

Tuesday, September 14, 10:30 AM – Alpine Branch
Tuesday, September 21, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM – Kentwood Branch
Wednesday, September 22, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM – Kentwood Branch
Thursday, September 23, 6:00 PM – Walker Branch
Friday, September 24, 10:30 AM – Wyoming Branch
Saturday, September 25, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake Branch
Thursday, October 7, 6:30 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Wednesday, October 13, 10:00 AM – Gaines Township Branch
Thursday, October 14, 7:00 PM – Cascade Branch
Thursday, October 21, 6:30 PM – Tyrone Township Branch
Monday, November 8, 10:30 AM – Alto Branch
Thursday, November 11, 10:30 AM – Caledonia Branch
Thursday, November 11, 10:30 AM – Englehardt Branch
* Monday, November 15, 10:15 AM – Plainfield Branch
Monday, November 15, 10:30 AM – Comstock Park Branch
* Monday, November 29, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch

* Registration is required.

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Wolf Pack Books

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Vampires might be old news with the wolf packs taking over!  Three new books out this year handle wolves in very different ways, but are all worthwhile reads.

The first one, Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, is a sequel to Shiver.  The wolves in Mercy Falls seem to be wild but are hiding a secret from outsiders.  Grace has a special interest in the wolves that live in the woods behind her house, especially since she is dating Sam, who was cured of his infection that forced him into wolf form.  But Grace is having problems of her own that might be related to the bite she received as a child.

The next one is called Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce.  The wolves in this book are not datable!  The werewolves, called Fenris, prey on pretty young girls but Scarlett & Rosie March are all too aware of the dangers.  Scarlett bears scars from the attack by a Fenris that killed their grandmother.  But the sisters need to find out why the Fenris seem to be grouping in the area again before they lose another loved one to their hunger.

And the last one, Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler, deals with real wolves.  When KJ Carson is assigned to write a column for her school newspaper about the wolves in nearby Yellowstone National Park, she’s more interested in impressing Virgil Whitman, the new kid in school and the photographer assigned as her partner, than in investigative journalism. But before long, KJ has a face-to-face encounter with a wolf that changes her attitude. With her new-found passion for protecting these controversial animals, KJ inadvertently ignites the fuse of the anti-wolf sentiment in the community.

What type of wolf books do you like to read: the real ones or werewolves?  Do you have a favorite book featuring wolves?

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