Archive for June, 2011

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran follows Claire DeWitt, not your average private investigator. She has brilliant deductive skills and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams and omens to help her solve mysteries, and relies on Détection – the only book published by the late, great, and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette.

Check out the Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead book trailer too! 

You may also enjoy: A Drop of the Hard Stuff by Lawrence Block, The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler, and Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner.

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Make Your Pet a Star!

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Is your pet cute, talented, smart, funny or special in another way? Then you need to enter it in one of KDL’s summer Pet Shows! Several branches will hold outdoor pet shows this summer, and you and your pet can be part of it. Just pick up a registration form from your local KDL branch and get your pet ready to be a star! For kids and pets of all ages.


Pet shows are scheduled for the following dates:

Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 PM – Alpine Township branch
Thursday, July 7, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township branch
Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 PM – Wyoming branch
Thursday, July 14, 7:00 PM – Grandville branch
Monday, July 18, 5:30 PM – Walker branch
Thursday, July 21, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township branch
Thursday, July 21, 6:30 PMTyrone Township branchRescheduled for Thursday, August 4
Thursday, July 28, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Tuesday, August 2, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch

Feel free to leave a comment and tell us what makes your pet so wonderful!

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Imagined Lives Booklist

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Our Imagined Lives booklist has great recommendations for biographical and historical fiction. Find your next great summer read here! 


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Lids at the Library

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Almost 100 children ages 1-12 received free bike helmets recently at the “Lids at the Library” program presented by the Grand Rapids Griffins and Safe Kids Greater Grand Rapids. There were a lot of excited kids at the event, which took place at the Wyoming branch.

“Lids at the Library” represents the start of the eighth summer of the Griffin’s award-winning “Put a Lid On It!” helmet safety program, which is presented by Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

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Mango Goes Mobile

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Learn languages everywhere you go with Mango’s new free app for the iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®. Mango Mobile Library Edition is a powerful language learning platform that delivers fast, easy and effective language learning wherever your travels take you. Full featured, it gives you access to all the Mango language courses offered through Kent District Library.

For the app to work, you must have an account with Mango set up through KDL’s website, and an iPhone®, iPod® touch or iPad®. Once the app and lessons have been downloaded, you can learn at your own pace, with or without an internet connection.

Have questions? Get answers here.

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“Sisters Red” & “Sweetly” by Jackson Pearce

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

I know Sisters Red has been mentioned before, but I recently read Sweetly and I would like to give a shout out to both these books by Jackson Pearce.

Sisters Red is inspired by Little Red Riding Hood.  Scarlett and Rosie were attacked by a Fenris, a wolf, who ended up killing their grandmother.  Since then, the girls have done everything they can to destroy the Fenris they find in the area.  When the population of Fenris seems to be increasing, the girls and their friend Silas set out to find out why the wolves are gathering and who their target might be.

Sweetly (due out in August) is a companion book to Sisters Red and is inspired by the Hansel & Gretel tale.  Gretchen, her twin sister & their brother Ansel walk in to the woods but only two of them return.  Haunted by this event from 12 years ago, Gretchen & Ansel decide to go far away from the woods.  Their car breaks down near the town of Live Oak and there they meet Sophia Kelly, the owner of the sweetshop.  Despite being told that Sophia is a witch, the pair stay and becoming entangled in the annual chocolate event where girls from the town have attended and were never seen again.

If you enjoy retold fairy tales, try books by Gail Carson Levine, Shannon Hale or Robin McKinley.

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Early Lit Bits: “When a Dragon Moves In”

Friday, June 24th, 2011

When a Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore

Introducing a perfect picture book for summer!  Readers young and old will find humor in this imaginative picture book.  When a young boy builds the perfect sand castle, a dragon decides to move in.  At first, the dragon proves to be the perfect playmate… the two friends fly a kite, frolic in the water, blow bubbles.  Before long, the dragon starts to cause some mischief.  The boy’s family can’t see the dragon, so the boy is blamed for eating all of the sandwiches and throwing dirt onto his sister.  The expressive and vibrant illustrations add to the fun. 

Reading engaging books to your child is a great way to encourage the early literacy skill of print motivation.  Creating a happy reading experience will motivate your pre-reader to want to spend more time looking at books and sharing them with an adult.

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

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Enjoy a Good Story!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Come travel the world with the delightfully zany Adam Mellema! Listeners will spin the globe and select a country, spurring Adam into a command performance from that particular place. With 194 countries in the world… could Adam really have that many stories prepared?!

Wednesday, June 29, 6:30 PM – Alpine Township branch
Thursday, June 30, 1:30 PM – Alto Branch
Thursday, June 30, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township branch
Thursday, June 30, 6:30 PM – Tyrone Township branch

If you would like to be entertained by an exciting storyteller, come hear Adam Mellema. If you would like to be part of the story, make plans to attend Story-rama. Come star in a silly story production! Kids will bring favorite stories and fables to life through audience participation, puppets and props!

Wednesday, June 29, 6:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Thursday, July 7, 5:30 PM – Wyoming branch

Enjoy a season of storytelling this summer at KDL!

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Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Looking for an interesting audio book?  Try Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef written and narrated by Gabrielle Hamilton.  Hamilton, owner and chef of New York’s Prune restaurant, describes her unorthodox journey becoming a chef.    

Read the New York Times book review here.

Read alikes: Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain,  Julie and Julia by Julie Powell, and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

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New 2011 RITA Award Nominees Booklist

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Looking for more great romantic fiction?  Take a look at our 2011 RITA Award Nominees Booklist

The purpose of the RITA award is to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding published romance novels and novellas.


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