Archive for October, 2010

Halloween & Pumpkin Carving

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Seriously, pumpkin carving as a computer tip?  You bet!  First of all, if you are looking for a carving idea or just like to see what others have done, use Google Images to find pictures.  Secondly, you can print carving patterns out to guide your cutting.  You can also find websites with basic carving information if this whole practice is new to you.  Additionally, you can find great websites like ExtremePumpkins.com where pumpkin carving can be taken to the next level – with power tools!

Not good enough?  You can find out about the history of the Jack-o’-lantern as well!  Or how about the Grand Rapids Halloween guide?  This year Halloween falls on a Sunday so you need to find out if your community will have trick or treating on Saturday instead.  Luckily, that information is available as well!

Happy Halloween!


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The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

After a very successful series like Percy Jackson, there can be some apprehension on the readers’ side about a new series.  Especially when that series is set in the same universe and even in the same camp!  So the question is: Does The Lost Hero live up to the Percy Jackson legacy?

In my humble opinion, I think that this book is just as good as the original series!  When I first started the book and found out that it was set about a year after The Last Olympian, I was worried.  How could I enjoy a new Camp Half-Blood book with Percy being only a small part of the book, a figure in the background?  Thankfully, Rick Riordan knows what he is doing.  Percy is very much present in spirit (and I will say no more).  Plus it actually was great reading about familiar characters and learning how things changed since the big battle last year.

Additionally, the new characters are very interesting.  Jason, the new hero, enters the story with no memory of his past life, but he has battle skills and a sword.  So where did he come from and why was he never a part of Camp Half-Blood?  Piper is the mysterious girl with great skills of persuasion while Leo is mechanically inclined and the comic relief.  I also love the dragon on the cover!

So go ahead and read this book!  If you already have read the book, leave a comment to let us know what you thought.  If you haven’t read it, are you going to read it?


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2011 Book Lover’s Calendar for Sale

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Book Lover’s calendars are here!

Are you an avid reader or do you have friends who like to read? Looking for the perfect teacher or hostess gift? Stumped about what to buy the person who has everything?

Here’s the perfect solution! Buy everyone a 2011 Book Lover’s Calendar, and pick one up for yourself as well. Packed with hundreds of great reads, Book Lover’s is the calendar that keeps you reading.

Sponsored by the KDL Alliance of Friends, the 2011 Book Lover’s Page-a-Day Calendar is available for purchase at any KDL branch. Proceeds help support the Kent District Library’s projects and programs.

Calendars are only $5.00!


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EGR Branch Closing at 5:00PM

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Due to a power outage, the East Grand Rapids branch will be closing at 5:00pm today (Tuesday, October 26).

UPDATE: Power has been restored, and the EGR branch will remain open until 8:00pm as usual!


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Yes, We’re Open!

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

All Kent District Library branches are open this morning and all programs will take place as planned.


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Home-Based Sales and Craft Show

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Get an early start on your holiday shopping! The Plainfield Township branch will be hosting a Home-Based Sales and Craft Show from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm on Saturday, October 30. Find the perfect gift from local crafters and home-based businesses and help support the Friends of the Plainfield Library.

The sale will also include a silent auction and bake sale. Make a bid on a variety of gift baskets, which will be on display in the library October 23–30, or pick up a tasty treat! 

Everyone is invited!


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Spencer Branch Closed Oct. 24 – Nov. 1

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

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The Spencer Township branch is getting a makeover!

The branch will be closed to the public from October 24 through November 1 for building renovations. The walls will be painted, insulation will be added and materials will be rearranged.

During this time:

  • Library materials may be returned. No overdue fines will be incurred due to the closing.
  • Items on the hold shelf that are not picked up will not expire during the time the library is closed.
  • Those with questions about their library accounts can call KDL’s patron services department at 616-784-2007 for assistance.

Thanks for your patronage and please come see the new and improved Spencer Township Branch when it re-opens on Tuesday, November 2!


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Horror Books

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

This time of the year invites cozy nights around the fire and scary stories!  Don’t miss some of this year’s new horror books.

Token of Darkness by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes centers around Cooper Blake.  After a near fatal accident, Cooper’s life is just not the same, especially since he has been able to see Samantha, who he first believes is a ghost.  Neither one understands the connection between them, but as dark shadows threaten Samantha, Cooper needs to find out the truth before it is to late for both of them.

The Evil Within by Nancy Holder is a sequel to Possessions.  Lindsay discovers that she is possessed and must return to Marlwood Academy to find out why the girls at the school are being possessed and how to stop the voices from taking control before someone dies.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.  Evie works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency because of her ability to see through  paranormals’ glamour.  But when Evie finds herself at the center of a dark faerie prophecy, she most work with the shapeshifter Lend to stop it from being fulfilled.

Although not a new book, my favorite horror book is Abhorsen by Garth Nix.  Let us know about your favorite horror book in the comments!


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Harry Potter Pre-Release Movie Fun

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

The Cascade Township branch of KDL is celebrating the upcoming release of the new film in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with a pre-release movie party at 2:00 PM on Friday, October 29.

Harry Potter fans ages six and up are invited to join us for a costume party, games, crafts and prizes!

If you love the Harry Potter books and movies, you don’t want to miss the fun. Registration is required.


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Best State Genealogy sites

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

In keeping with October being Family History month, I am recommending that you checkout the posting created by Family Tree Magazine of the 2010 Best State Websites.  I mentioned the site that was picked for Michigan in a previous posting, but this is a good time to review the states were your ancestors lived and see if the resources listed can provide any more detail or information.  One of the great things about genealogy resources on the internet is that more information is being added!


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