Archive for January, 2011

Teen Chick Lit

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Now that the snow has finally decided to show up in Michigan, here are a few good books to cuddle up with in front of the fire:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is a well-written romance set in Paris.  Anna is shipped off to boarding school in Paris for her senior year, forcing her to leave behind her best friend as well as a developing romance.  But things start to look up when she meets Étienne St. Claire, except for the fact he has a girlfriend.  Readers journey with Anna through her discovery of new friends and Paris as well as her problems at home and her growing attraction to St. Claire.  (Look for Perkin’s second book, Lola and the Boy Next Door, due out September 29th.)

In Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, Amy has to move across the country and she has to take Roger, the son of her mother’s friend, along to drive the car. Despite having their entire trip mapped out for them, they decide to take some detours along the way, well actually, the whole trip starts with a detour.  Both Amy & Roger have agendas for their detours but they discover unexpected gifts along the road plus a developing mutual attraction.

Do you have a book recommendation?  Leave a comment below!

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Download Free eBooks from KDL!

Thursday, January 6th, 2011


Did you get a NookSony Reader or another type of eReader for Christmas? We can help you put it to good use! Kent District Library provides access to almost 3,000 titles in eBook format through our participation in the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services’ OverDrive Digital Library ( Without leaving the comfort of your home, you can download and enjoy thousands of eBooks on your computer or compatible device.
(Note that unfortunately the Amazon Kindle uses a proprietary file format and is not compatible with library eBooks.)

If you need help learning how to use your free library eBooks with your eReader, we can help with that too. From the KDL website, you can:

  • View a guided tour of how to browse, check out and download digital files from OverDrive.
  • View instructions for transferring an eBook to a portable eReader device.

If you have questions feel free to call us at 784-2007. Happy reading!

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Grandville Reads

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

The Grandville Branch presents Grandville Reads: 3 Tales of Place and Belonging. This community and school reading project seeks to engage people of all ages in the enjoyment of reading. Featured titles are All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate and Little Bee by Chris Cleave.

There are many events planned in celebration of Grandville Reads, including Battle of the Books, Book Discussions, Art Blast and Be Curious, Read.

For more information, please visit the Grandville Reads website.

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KDL Mobile Site

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

We are pleased to announce that KDL now has a mobile website. If you have a mobile device with a web browser, go to to see the new site in action. You can view this site on a “normal” computer as well, but it’s really designed for a smaller screen, with mobile-friendly text-only options and menus.

The site offers basic information about our branches and events, as well as a mobile version of the catalog and patron account information. Now you can get the address of a branch, find out what time a KDL program starts or place a book on hold, right in the palm of your hand!

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Filmmaking Contest Deadline Draws Near

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Happy New Year to all aspiring filmmakers!  This is a reminder that Teen Filmmaking Contest movies must be turned in by Saturday, January 8, 2011. For those of you working right up to the last minute, works will be accepted at any KDL branch.  Just make sure the envelopes are clearly marked Filmmaking Contest Attn: Kentwood Branch. Good Luck!!

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Great Classes for Parents and Caregivers

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Parents and caregivers of children are invited to participate in the Early Childhood Essentials classes at KDL this winter. If you have young children or if you work in child care and need professional development hours, the Early Childhood Essentials series is for you. The classes are for adults and childcare is not provided.

Developing a Child’s Sensory Awareness
Monday, January 9, 6:30 PM – Wyoming branch

Caregiver/Parent Communication
Wednesday, January 11, 6:00 PM – Kentwood branch
Saturday, February 25, 11:00 AM – East Grand Rapids branch

Keeping Kids Healthy and Safe
Thursday, January 19, 6:30 PM – Byron Township branch

Making the Most of Music
Monday, January 23, 6:30 PM – Wyoming branch
Thursday, January 26, 6:30 PM – Plainfield branch

Using Leveled Reading Material with Children
Saturday, January 28, 11:00 AM – East Grand Rapids branch

Read Aloud Tips and Tricks
Monday, February 6, 6:30 PM – Wyoming branch
Wednesday, February 8, 6:00 PM – Kentwood branch

Healthy Living: Preventing Childhood Obesity
Thursday, February 9, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township branch

Too Old for Storytime?
Saturday, February 11, 9:30 AM – Cascade Township branch
Monday, February 20, 6:30 PM – Wyoming branch
Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 PM – Caledonia Township branch

Enhance Learning through PBS
Thursday, February 16, 6:30 PM – Byron Township branch

Getting Kids Active
Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 PM – Caledonia Township branch

Registration is required and participation is limited. Classes are filling up fast, so sign up today!


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January Hot Titles

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

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:

The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
Home Free by Fern Michaels
Tick Tock by James Patterson
Salt (DVD)
The Other Guys (DVD)
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole (DVD)


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