Archive for March, 2011

Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu is one of the 20 Michigan Thumbs Up! award book selections of 2010.  The complete list and voting information is available from the MLA website or at your local library.

Lucy never has her friends over to her house because she has a big secret to hide.  Lucy’s mother has been compulsively hording for years, so the house doesn’t have rooms, just tunnels.  Lucy is counting down the days until she is old enough to leave for college like her older siblings, but a horrible tragedy occurs, leaving Lucy with few options.  Can she keep the family secret?

This is C.J. Omololu’s first book, but she has two more in the works, Destined and Fated.


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Wyoming Branch Open

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Due to maintenance issues, KDL’s Wyoming branch will be temporarily closed until further notice. Please check our blog or call our main line at 784-2007 for status updates. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to be up and running soon!

Our Wyoming branch is once again open! Thank you.


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Wyoming Branch Closed

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Due to maintenance issues, KDL’s Wyoming branch will be temporarily closed until further notice. Please check our blog or call our main line at 784-2007 for status updates. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to be up and running soon!

Our Wyoming branch is once again open! Thank you.


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Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess by George O’Connor

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess by George O’Connor is one of the 20 Michigan Thumbs Up! award book selections of 2010.  The complete list and voting information is available from the MLA website or at your local library.

George O’Connor brings the Olympians to life with his graphic adaptations.  Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess tells the story of Athena’s unique birth as well as some of her extraordinary tales.

Athena is the second in a planned series. Zeus has already been published and Hera is expected later this year.


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Spellebration Results

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Last night, the Literacy Center of West Michigan held their annual Bee Dazzling Spellebration. The two person team representing KDL, comprised of Angie Stout and Mary Christensen, came in second place in the speed spelling bee. Way to go Team KDL!

The event raised $32,000 to support The Literacy Center’s wonderful efforts to improve people’s lives through increasing literacy in our community.

The Grand Rapids Press ran an article about the event. Check it out!


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In Honor of the Doctor’s Birthday

Friday, March 11th, 2011

As you might know, Dr. Seuss’s birthday was March 2nd. Although Dr. Seuss has been gone since 1991, many schools and libraries honor the good doctor during the month of March.  You can celebrate at home as well using the many great websites available.  If you are interested in crafts, try some of the about.com’s suggestions.  The howdoesshe blog gives some great ideas for packing a special Seuss lunch.  For games, try Seussville.comTrivia anyone?  And most importantly, don’t forget to read some books with your kids!

Of the many great Dr. Suess books, which is your favorite?  I am quite fond of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.


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Early Childhood Essentials Day of Learning

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Kent District Library presents an Early Childhood Essentials Day of Learning. Parents, childcare providers, teachers and librarians are invited to get new ideas and network with other parents and childcare workers. This program will help fulfill state-required professional development for childcare workers.

Sessions will focus on:

  • Social/Emotional Development for Young Children
  • Early Literacy
  • Early Math
  • Brain Development
  • Legislative Advocacy

This full-day workshop will take place from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 26 at the East Grand Rapids branch. The event is sponsored by the Great Start Parent Coalition and the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library.

Registration is required, and participation is limited. Please call 784-2007 for more information or to register.

If you can’t make it to this program, you have other opportunities to gain valuable information about early childhood education. KDL is hosting several Early Childhood Essentials classes this spring.


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White Cat by Holly Black

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

White Cat by Holly Black is one of the 20 Michigan Thumbs Up! award book selections of 2010.  The complete list and voting information is available from the MLA website or at your local library.

Cassel belongs to a family of curse workers who illegally work to change memories or manipulate feelings.  But Cassel doesn’t have any special talent, so he tries to blend in at his private school.  But waking up on top of the roof throws his life into turmoil.  Cassel starts to realize that his dreams involving the girl he murdered 3 years ago might be the key to figuring out what is causing his sleepwalking and what his brothers are hiding.

White Cat is the first book in The Curse Workers series.  The second book, Red Glove, is scheduled to be released in April.


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Meet the Director Candidates

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

We invite you to meet the candidates for the position of Kent District Library Director. A public forum will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 16 at the Wyoming branch. A question and answer roundtable will follow candidate presentations.

The candidates are:

  • David Clapp, retired as director of Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library System (Chattanooga, TN) in December, 2010
  • Lance M. Werner, chief executive officer of Capital Area District Library (Lansing, MI)

This is your opportunity to hear what each candidate has to say and get answers to the questions and concerns you may have regarding the future leadership of our library system. We hope to see you there.


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Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta is one of the 20 Michigan Thumbs Up! award book selections of 2010. The complete list and voting information is available from the MLA website or at your local library.

Finnikin was born into the proud kingdom of Lumatere, the son of the King’s guard’s leader and friend to the heir. But everything is lost during the bloody takeover by the impostor and the resulting curse that envelopes the kingdom in an impenetrable mist, separating those who managed to escape from friends and family. Ten years later Finnikin sets out on a quest, along with a mysterious girl who claims the heir is still alive, to reclaim Lumatere for her people.

Melina Marchetta is the author of the Printz award winning book Jellicoe Road as well as other teen books.


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