Archive for July, 2011

KDL Top Ten – 7/29/2011

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Looking for a great way to make the drive to your summer vacation destination fly by?   Just play an Audiobook, and before you know it, you’ll be there!  To see a list of the 10 most popular KDL audiobooks in fiction this week, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten list!


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Summer Reading Club Ends Soon!

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Summer Reading Club is almost over! Make sure you turn in your reading logs and entry forms by Saturday, August 6. We hope you had a great time traveling the world through books and programs this summer.

Please leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts on this year’s Summer Reading Club.


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1940 US Census

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

It is not to soon to begin preparing for the 2012 release of the 1940 US Census!  The 1940 census will be released on April 2nd, but this does not mean there will be an name index available at that time.  So to get started, check out Stephen Morse’s Census Enumeration District finder.  Using this tool, you can determine which district to locate your ancestor based on the state and city.  This will allow you to start using the census as soon as it is released!

Only 249 days left!


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Soundtrack to The Help

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The Help Soundtrack

While you’re waiting to watch the movie version of Kathryn Stockett’s wonderfully intimate portrait of Mississippi in the early 1960’s, check out the music from KDL.  Tracks on the soundtrack include:   

The Living Proof/Mary J. Blige
Jackson/Johnny Cash
Sherry/Frankie Valli
I Ain’t Never/Webb Pierce
Victory Is Mine/Dorothy Norwood
Road Runner/Bo Diddley
Hallelujah I Love Her So/Ray Charles
The Wah-Watusi/The Orlons
(You’ve Got) Personality/Lloyd Price
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right/Bob Dylan
Let’s Twist Again/Chubby Checker
Don’t Knock/Mavis Staples


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American Girl Party Cancelled

Monday, July 25th, 2011

The American Girl Party scheduled to take place on Saturday (July 30) at the Byron Township branch has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

See our event calendar for other great events happening at KDL.


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Fairy Funny Books

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby was a book I picked up because I liked the cover.  The book turned out to be a very fun read and totally lived up to the cover (except she doesn’t actually kill any small fairies.)  Emma has always wanted to be a dragon hunter, like her mother, so she is NOT happy when she is assigned fairies instead.  No one has ever tried to hunt fairies since they really don’t do much harm and usually live at the mall.  Well, imagine her surprise when she discovers there are large fairies and she is the only one who can see them!

Justine Larbalestier‘s How to Ditch Your Fairy is another fun book to read.  Everyone has a fairy, an invisible fairy, but they have different ablities. If you are lucky you get the “find a great bargain” or “have great hair” fairies.  If you are not lucky, you get the “great parking space” fairy (but you cannot drive yet).  So Charlie really wants to get rid of her great parking space fairy and hopefully get a better one, but how can you switch fairies?  It turns out there are many suggestions and Charlie tries them all!

You also might like Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.


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Tyrone Twp. Pet Show Rescheduled

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Due to the extreme hot weather, the Pet Show scheduled to take place at the Tyrone Township branch Thursday, July 21 has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 4. Please join us!


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Spencer Juggling Program Correction

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Please note that the Juggling Workshop with Gerry Bose being held at the Spencer Township branch next Tuesday, July 26, will begin at 4:00 PM, not 4:30 as indicated in some promotional materials.

There is still time to register for this exciting program for teens in grades 6-12, so sign up today! Have fun while you learn basic manipulations and other skills that teach the art of juggling. We hope you will join us!


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Early Lit Bits: KDLville Early Literacy Play Spaces

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

One of the first KDLville early literacy play spaces launched at the Walker Branch back in September, 2010. Since launching, it has become a go-to place for many families. The children love the dress-up station, puzzles, mini-kitchen and of course, the Thomas Train Table. The newest piece of furniture is an art cart where children can create craft pieces and take them home. Activities will rotate throughout the year so stop in often!

Happy Crafters

Happy Crafters



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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Know Any Psychopaths?

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

I read fiction, rarely nonfiction. At first glance, I assumed Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test was simply a clinical view of psychological aberrations. The inclusion of a checklist to identify psychopaths, and his assertion in the press that 1 in 100 people you run into are, in fact, psychopaths was interesting to me. You guessed it, I had someone in mind to check against the list. This book turned out to be much more than that. The fiction I love best delves into characters, showing all sides and beautiful ambiguous shadings of dark and light, good and bad. This book was a great nonfiction fit, and reads like a great story.


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