Archive for February, 2011

Caledonia Branch Grand Opening Celebration

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Please join us for a Grand Opening Celebration at the new Caledonia Township branch (6260 92nd St.) this Saturday, February 12. Festivities will include music, crafts, balloons, cake and fun throughout the day.

The schedule of events is as follows:

9:30 am: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with comments from Township Supervisor Bryan Harrison and Branch Manager Liz Guarino-Kozlowicz 

10:00 am–2:00 pm: Cake and Refreshments

10:00 am–12:00 pm: Balloon Animals

12:00–2:00 pm: Magician

1:00–3:00 pm: Face Painting

There will be crafts for kids and teens going on all day. The Friends of the Caledonia Township Library will also be having prize drawings througout the day. 

Please join us as we celebrate!

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Books at the Oscars

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Are you planning to watch the upcoming Academy Awards in a few weeks? Did you know that many of the nominees this year were adapted from books? 


The King's SpeechThe King’s Speech

Although not technically based on a book, the movie draws on the same historical material as the tie-in The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarcy by Mark Logue, the grandson of the speech therapist who treated the king.

•  Best Picture
•  Best Actor in a Leading Role (Colin Firth)
•  Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Geoffrey Rush)
•  Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Helena Bonham Carter)
•  Best Director (Tom Hooper)
•  Best Art Direction
•  Best Cinematography
•  Best Costume Design
•  Best Film Editing
•  Best Original Score
•  Best Original Screenplay
•  Best Sound Mixing



True GritTrue Grit

Based on the 1968 novel by Charles Portis

•  Best Picture
•  Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jeff Bridges)
•  Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Hailee Steinfeld)
•  Best Director (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
•  Best Adapted Screenplay
•  Best Art Direction
•  Best Cinematography
•  Best Costume Design
•  Best Sound Editing
•  Best Sound Mixing 



The Accidental BillionairesThe Social Network  

Based on The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich

•  Best Picture
•  Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jesse Eisenberg)
•  Best Director (David Fincher)
•  Best Adapted Screenplay
•  Best Cinematography
•  Best Film Editing
•  Best Original Score
•  Best Sound Editing  



127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place127 Hours  

Based on Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston

•  Best Picture
•  Best Actor in a Leading Role (James Franco)
•  Best Adapted Screenplay
•  Best Film Editing
•  Best Original Score
•  Best Original Song (“If I Rise”)




Winter's BoneWinter’s Bone

Based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell

•  Best Picture
•  Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jennifer Lawrence)
•  Best Actor in a Supporting Role (John Hawkes)
•  Best Adapted Screenplay





Alice in WonderlandAlice in Wonderland  

Loosely based on both Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll  

•  Best Art Direction
•  Best Costume Design
•  Best Visual Effects





How to Train Your DragonHow to Train Your Dragon  

Based on the children’s book by Cressida Cowell  

•  Best Animated Feature Film
•  Best Original Score







Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1  

Based on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling  

•  Best Visual Effects







Barney's VersionBarney’s Version  

Based on the novel by Mordecai Richler  

•  Best Makeup  







We’ll leave it up to you to decide which one is better — the book or the movie. Let us know what you think!


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Author Brian Jacques Dies at 71

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Brian Jacques (pronounced ‘jakes’), beloved author of the Redwall series, died Saturday at the age of 71.  Jacques’ interest in writing began at an early age and he was inspired by the many adventure stories he read, including books by authors Daniel Defoe, Robert Louis Stevenson and Kenneth Grahame.  He was also influenced by the rationing during World War II, placing elaborate feasts in his books.  Jacques’ first career was as a merchant seaman and he also was part of a singing group called “The Liverpool Fishermen” in the sixties.  His first book, Redwall, was written for a school for the blind, so he included many details for the children to imagine.  He is survived by his wife and two grown sons.

Although Brian Jacques has written other books, he is best know for the Redwall series.  The 22nd and final book of the series, The Rogue Crew, is scheduled to be published in May of this year.

If you have read and loved any of Brian Jacques books, please feel free to leave a comment.

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New Job & Career Accelerator Database

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011



KDL now offers an online database called Job & Career Accelerator.  This resource “combines everything you need for a successful job search into one easy-to-use online application.” Here is just a quick summary of the many features available on this resource:

  • Explore detailed information on over 1,000 different occupations
  • Match your interests and skills with the career that’s best for you
  • Search over five million up-to-the-minute local and national job postings
  • Create professional resumes and cover letters
  • Practice and master interviewing skills
  • Get invaluable tips and advice every step of the way — from your initial search to accepting an offer
  • Conveniently organize and track your job-search progress all in one place

For more information, you can view this handy guided tour of the database.

This resource is provided by the same company as LearningExpress Library, and you can access it from that database’s homepage as well. You must register for an individual account, since your profile information, resumes, etc. will be saved for you to access later, but if you already have set up an account with LearningExpress Library, you can login to Job & Career Accelerator with the same information.

We hope you enjoy this useful new resource!

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BiFolkal Multimedia Discussion Kits

Monday, February 7th, 2011


What is a BiFolkal Kit?
It’s a packaged program for groups of people designed to invoke memories of a particular time or place. They provide stimulating activities for older adults or mixed-age groups.

How can I borrow a BiFolkal Kit?
Search the KDL catalog by kit title or the subject “BiFolkal.”

What do the BiFolkal Kits include?
Each kit contains a variety of items to help trigger memories through sight, touch and smell. They also include a program manual, DVD or VHS, 25 large print booklets with songs, poems and conversation starters, and tapes with songs, stories and radio programs.

What types of themes might I find?
You’ll find kits about automobiles, the Depression, music, train rides, the home front and much more!

If you’re interested in learning more about BiFolkal Kits and how to borrow and use them, check out this informational brochure.

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New York, New York Teen Fiction

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

New York City is an exciting place and it’s fun to discover the city through books.  These two books are both set in New York and the characters spend time exploring.

For Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, it all starts in a local bookstore.  Lily leaves a notebook with clues and Dash is the lucky finder of the notebook.  This starts them both on a clue-based journey to different New York locations.  But what happens when they come face to face?

Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castellucci is actually set in the 80s during the Cold War.  Rose lives next door to a Russian compound, but it isn’t until her neighbor Yrena climbs through the bedroom window that they actually meet.  Yrena wants to experience New York, taking Rose along for an experience of a lifetime that opens doors to new friends as well as the heart of Rose’s dancing.

Have you read other New York books?  Share in the comments!

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Computer Confidence Classes

Friday, February 4th, 2011

computer.jpgWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free Computer Confidence classes can help you learn something new! Our spring schedule begins soon, offering the following classes:

  • Computer Basics: Learn to Type
  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Internet Basics
  • Email Basics
  • Online Photo Sharing
  • Facebook Basics
  • eReader Basics
  • Basic Genealogy Workshop
  • Microsoft Word I, II, & III
  • Microsoft Excel I & II
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Office Programs for the Job Seeker

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar. Registration is required and begins Monday, February 7 at 9:30am for KDL cardholders and Monday, February 14 for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available).

To register, please call 616-784-2007.

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The New Caledonia Branch is Open!

Friday, February 4th, 2011

The new Caledonia Township branch, located at 6260 92nd St., is now open and we encourage you to check it out! The new building is more than four times the size of the previous location and includes a lounge for kids, a wireless bar, and a quiet, fireside area for reading. Visitors will also enjoy fourteen computers offering high speed Internet, a deck for outdoor programs and reading, an art gallery and more. Groundbreaking for the new library took place on April 21, 2010 and the library opened to the public on Tuesday, February 1.

A Grand Opening Celebration will take place at 9:30 am on Saturday, February 12. Festivities will include music, crafts, balloons, cake and fun throughout the day.

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We’re Open! (Thursday, February 3)

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

All KDL branches have returned to normal operating hours.

We appreciate your patience during the recent severe weather. Please call our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 if you have any questions about items on your account.

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February Hot Titles

Tuesday, February 1st, 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:

Now You See Her by Joy Fielding
Heartwood by Belva Plain
Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb
Waiting for ‘Superman’ (DVD)
Conviction (DVD)
You Again (DVD)



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