Archive for November, 2010

KDL on WGVU Radio

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Each month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Michelle Minerd and Morgan Doane, KDL Youth Librarians, talk about the new KDLville early literacy play spaces. Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving and the Internet

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Now that we have survived Halloween, it is time to think about Thanksgiving (NOT Christmas).  First you need to plan your meal.  Next you might want to look up some new recipes to try out.  Don’t forget about the decorating.  If you will have children attending your dinner, it doesn’t hurt to have some activities for them as well.  And don’t forget about cooking the turkey!  On the big day, there are Holiday Hot Lines available, so keep those numbers handy, just in case.  Last but not least, the desserts!

Hopefully the above sites will get you on your way to a great holiday.  But don’t forget that this is the time of year to think about what we are thankful for.  So maybe you should send out a thanksgiving tweet.

If one of the linked sites doesn’t have the information you are looking for, add a comment below with your own favorite Thanksgiving site!

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Best Books of 2010

Friday, November 5th, 2010

We’re barely into November, but has already released their list of the Best Books of 2010. Their editors chose the following titles:

  1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  2. Faithful Place by Tana French
  3. Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
  4. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (due out November 16)
  5. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  6. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  7. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
  8. To the End of the Land by David Grossman
  9. Just Kids by Patti Smith
  10. The Big Short by Michael Lewis

They also released a list of top customer favorites, based on customer orders:

  1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
  2. Women Food and God by Geneen Roth
  3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  4. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
  5. The Big Short by Michael Lewis
  6. Game Change by John Heilemann
  7. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
  8. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  9. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
  10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Have you read any of these books? What’s your pick for the best book of the year?

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2nd in the Series

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

A new series, especially from a known author, usually is very exciting.  But the second book in a series is also highly anticipated.  Here are a few second books that have been recently released.

Scott Westerfeld is one of those authors that I will read whatever he writes. Behemoth is a steampunk alternative history set right at the beginning of World War I.  My main concern before starting was that the Leviathan, which is actually the living ship (and the title of the first book) would be replaced by this Behemoth since the ship was almost another character of the book.  Needless to say, the book was great and the art by Keith Thompson just added the icing to the cake!

I have just started reading Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick so I can’t say much yet!  I read Hush, Hush, the first book of the series, because of the cover.  The image of the falling angel with just that little touch of red would catch my eye and the new book cover is just as good.  Crescendo should have more information regarding the mystery surrounding Nora’s father along with her relationship issues with Patch, her guardian angel.  Even though I am not far into the book, a new Nephilim character has been introduced, so it will be interesting to see where this book goes.

Beautiful Darkness, the sequel to Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl delves deeper into the Caster world.  Ethan feels Lena pulling away from him but doesn’t understand the reasons behind it.  This book focuses on Ethan as he unravels the events of Lena’s birthday and discovers the source of the mysterious songs he has been hearing.

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Welcome Back, Tallmadge Twp. Residents!

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Yesterday, Tallmadge Township residents passed a millage to support library service at .3 mils. This means that Tallmadge Township residents once again have full borrowing privileges at any library in the Lakeland Library Cooperative, including all branches of the Kent District Library.

The Allendale Township Library contracts with Tallmadge Township to provide library services to Tallmadge residents. Tallmadge residents should call, email or stop by the Allendale Library to reactivate their Allendale card or get a new full-service card.  Since Allendale is the home library for Tallmadge residents, you will still need to pick up your holds at Allendale, per Lakeland Cooperative policy.  

We are thrilled that the measure passed and we look forward to serving you again!

Cheryl Whistler Garrison
KDL Interim Director

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ArtPrize Sculpture at Kentwood Branch

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The Art Prize sculpture “Flights of Learning” has found a home at the new Kentwood branch. The sculpture was purchased for $30,000, funded by donations to the Kentwood Foundation and the city for library artwork. The artist, Bryce Pettit, is constructing a permanent pedestal for the statue.

Besides the sculpture, the Kentwood branch has pieces by eight other artists on display. The artwork was purchased with donations to the new library, and the art collection will continue to grow.




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Use Your KDL Card for Griffins Tickets

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

It’s hockey season again! From now through March, use your Kent District Library card to get a great deal on Grand Rapids Griffins hockey tickets.

For every Sunday and Wednesday home game during the Griffins’ 2010-11 regular season, present your Kent District Library card at the Van Andel Arena box office on the night of the game or at The Zone anytime during the store’s regular business hours to purchase a lower bowl ticket for just $10 — a savings of $7! Limit four tickets per card per person.

Sunday and Wednesday home games include:
Wednesday, November 10
Sunday, November 28
Sundays, December 5, 12 and 26
Wednesdays, December 8, 15 and 22
Wednesday, January 5
Wednesday, February 16
Sunday, February 20
Wednesdays, March 16 and 23
Sunday, March 20

Tickets are subject to availability.

Go Griffins!

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KDL Teen Filmmaking Contest

Monday, November 1st, 2010


All Kent County teens, grades 6-12, are invited to enter KDL’s 5th Annual Teen Filmmaking Contest.  Selected films from the contest will be screened Saturday, February 12,  from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Celebration! Cinema North.  There will be $200 in prize money awarded for the best films in various categories. Additional information, rules and all necessary forms can be found here.

All submissions must be in by January 8,  so grab your camera for “TAKE 1!”     


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November’s Hot Titles

Monday, November 1st, 2010

At KDL, we are committed to providing the popular materials that you want to read, listen to, or view.  Look what’s new this month:

Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci
I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg
The Confession by John Grisham
Eat Pray Love (DVD)
Grown Ups (DVD)
Disney’s A Christmas Carol (DVD)

Check one out today. Enjoy!

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