Archive for 2011

When Love Meets “The Society”

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

I just finished listening to the CD audiobook of Matched by Ally Condie, and I find myself enchanted by this delicate love story and simultaneously haunted by the doom it spells for two lovely young people.  

In a near-distant future The Society rules every aspect of life, from one’s occupation to clothing and mate selection. Always obedient, Cassia is delighted to find herself matched to her best friend Xander. But a techno glitch also gives her a glimpse of Ky Markham as her future match. That this spark of fascination becomes a budding romance isn’t a surprise. But their tender love, blooming despite the oppressive atmosphere of an authoritarian regime which is clearly trying to tighten its grip, renders the story unfortgettably suspenseful.  

Narrator Kate Simses is perfectly pitched as Cassia — quiet and subtle, but gradually stronger and more self-assured as she learns not to question her own feelings, but to question why things are as they are.

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Best Teen Books of 2011

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

December is the time of year when we start getting the “best of” lists. Teen books are not any different. Kirkus Reviews are a great source for librarians to see what is new and noteworthy. They also published a best of 2011 list for teens. Here are some of my favorites or ones I didn’t get time to read yet (from the list)!

What was your favorite book(s) of the year?


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Delightful Displays and Shopping at KDL

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Have you visited your KDL library branch lately? All branches are helping with your holiday shopping by selling:

Book Lover’s Calendars for 2012: $5.00 each (Funds help support the Alliance of Friends’ projects and programs.

KDL Tote Bags: $1.50 each (Funds help support the Alliance of Friends’ projects and programs.

Friends of the Library Ongoing Book Sales: Gently used books make great gifts!



Many staff members and Friends of the Library groups have been busy creating new seasonal displays. Here is a sampling:

Alpine TownshipA great selection of Christmas books, music, and movies.

Alto: Holiday books galore! Next month, plans are in the works for a “Is your Local History a Mystery?” display. We are getting some “artifacts” from our local museum and will be displaying our local history materials.

Cascade Township: Cascade has a beautiful 12-foot tree decorated with little books, gold ribbons, gold balls and white lights. There are wrapped and be-ribboned presents above the hold shelves, a palm tree with snowmen behind the circ desk, and our special book displays are Christmas fiction and Christmas non-fiction.

East Grand Rapids: Displays include “Celebrate the Season” with fiction and non-fiction books dedicated to several different holidays and “The Art of Giving: Creative Crafty Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season.”

Englehardt: Spy Fiction display (to anticipate the forthcoming movie “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) and a Family Fiction display (most of these found using the subject “Family secrets”).

Plainfield Township: Displays include “Season’s Readings” (winter holidays, mostly fiction), “Northern Exposure” (arctic and far north, fiction and non-fiction); adoption; graphic novels; staff picks of newer titles; holiday cooking and entertaining.

Spencer Township: The displays at Spencer have mostly Christmas and Hanukkah items, but there is also have a display called “Soups, Stews, and Slow Cookers.” Holiday cookbooks, craft books, story books, CDs and DVDs are out on display too and they fly out the door!

Visit your library soon to see what special things are in store for you!

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A Clue for You

Monday, December 5th, 2011

We’ve been getting some submissions for our “Find the Treasure, Win a Kindle” contest. Keep them coming!

There are many specially-marked books “hidden” throughout the KDL communities. Find one, take a picture of it with a little bit of the background, and upload it to Kent District Library’s Facebook page or tweet the photo and tag @KDLNews. Then leave the book right where you found it. You will automatically be entered to win one of our fantastic prizes, including a Kindle and gift cards.

It’s time for another photo clue. If you find this book, make sure to reward yourself with a tasty treat! Happy hunting!

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KDL on WGVU Radio

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

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 Training Manager Heidi Nagel talk about our great eBook and eAudiobook collection and the help resources we offer to assist you in getting started with our digital materials. Enjoy!

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Download WGVU12-1-11.mp3


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Books to Movies

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

There is a lot of buzz going on right now with books that are being made into movies. The Hunger Games is set to break some records next year and now Divergent by Veronica Roth and Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor are both being looked at for films.

Of course this is nothing new. There are lots of movies that started out as books, and it can be hard to keep track. A library located in Missouri has a wonderful list called Based on the Book. One of the great things about this list that it can be searched by movie or book title and by author. Additionally, you can check to see what movies were based on a book by year.

Even if you have already watched the movie, check the list to see what books to add to your winter reading list!

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KDL Top Ten – 12/02/2011

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Looking for holiday music?  Then checkout KDL’s Freegal Music site! Download DRM-free MP3 files of hundreds of thousands of songs from Sony Music Entertainment. And while you’re there, check out the Top Ten KDL Freegal downloads!

Try Freegal today!



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Teen Film Contest Call for Submissions

Thursday, December 1st, 2011


All Kent County teens, grades 6-12, are invited to enter KDL’s 6th 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. Prizes will be awarded for the best film in various categories. Additional information, rules and all necessary forms can be found here.

All submissions must be in by January 9, 2012.

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December Hot Titles

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

If you want it, we’ve got it! At KDL, we are committed to providing the popular materials that you would like to read, listen to, or view.  Look what’s new this month:

Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
The Forgotten Affairs of Youth by Alexander McCall Smith
D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods
Cowboys and Aliens (DVD)
The Help (DVD)
Mr. Popper’s Penguins (DVD)

Place a hold on one today. Enjoy!

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Be a Miner 49’er

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Howdy, pint-sized prospectors!

Mosey on down to select KDL branches in December, January and February for some Gold Rush-inspired fun! Crafts, games and activities for all ages include valuable nuggets of background on the U.S. Gold Rush, making your own Western vest and miner hat and panning for “gold!”

Monday, December 5, 10:30 a.m. – Alto branch
Thursday, December 29, 2:00 p.m. – Plainfield Township branch
Monday, January 9, 6:30 p.m. – Krause Memorial branch
Tuesday, January 10, 6:30 p.m. – Englehardt branch
Saturday, January 21, 1:30 p.m. – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Sunday, January 22, 2:00 p.m. – East Grand Rapids branch
Thursday, January 26, 6:30 p.m. – Spencer Township branch
Monday, February 20, 1:00 p.m. – Grandville branch

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