Archive for August, 2011

Summer Reading Club a Huge Success

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Summer Reading Club is over and we hope you had a great time traveling the world through books. More people than ever participated in the Club this summer; we had almost 26,000 participants! We are thrilled that 18,183 kids, 4,660 teens, and 3,091 adults joined in on the fun. We have received a lot of positive feedback about our new club for adults, which allowed the whole family to read books together and register to win cool prizes.

Over 47,000 books were read by teens, while adult participants read over 10,000 books.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Club and helped to make it such a success! We would love to hear your feedback about this year’s Summer Reading Club, so feel free to leave us a comment.

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KDL Top Ten – 8/19/2011

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Looking for some great music?  Then, checkout what’s hot on KDL’s Freegal Music site!  Download DRM-free MP3 files of hundreds of thousands of songs from Sony Music Entertainment.

Try Freegal today!


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‘The Help’ Readalikes!

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Have you read The Help and are looking for more books like it?  Or perhaps you watched the movie and are waiting to get your hands on a copy of the book?

KDL has a list of The Help Readalikes!

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The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Jacob Marlowe has lost the will to live. For two hundred years he has wandered the world, enslaved by his lunatic appetites and tormented by the memory of his first and most monstrous crime. Now, the last of his kind, he contemplates suicide — until a violent murder and an extraordinary meeting plunge him straight back into the desperate pursuit of life — and love. 

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan is a thrilling and sexy read!

Read the NPR book review.  Or listen to the soundtrack by Antique Beat.  Check out the website too.

Read alikes:

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Before I go to Sleep by S. J. Watson.

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A New Chapter in eBooks @ KDL

Friday, August 19th, 2011

eBooks eAudiobooks


Today marks the launch of KDL’s brand new online eBook/eAudiobook resource and we’re excited to share the news! “So, what does this mean?” you may ask. Well, this means that our KDL cardholders will have improved access to high-demand eBooks and eAudiobooks, including bestsellers and other popular titles. It’s just part of our commitment to provide a new level of convenience to our library users.

We’re confident that this change will result in a better user experience for our eBook/eAudiobook users, however, there are a few things to note along with this change:

We are very excited to offer this service to our KDL patrons and hope you’ll take the time to explore the new site. If you’re looking for a hands-on way to learn more about library eBooks and compatible eBook devices, we invite you to check out our OverDrive Digital Bookmobile events taking place next week on August 22 and 23 at our Grandville and Wyoming branch locations.

No late fees, 24/7 access, compatible with a variety of devices and FREE,
KDL’s eBooks and eAudiobooks provide unparalleled convenience to fit your busy lifestyle.
Check one out today!

Please note: We are experiencing intermittent problems with the updated system. If you are having difficulty accessing your account or viewing account information, please continue to check back or call 784-2007 for assistance. Thank you for your patience and we hope to be back on track soon!

The site should be working smoothly again. If you experience any lingering issues, please report them using our Support Request Form. Thanks for your patience as we worked out a few initial kinks with the new system!


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YALSA’s Teen’s Top Ten Voting

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

YALSA is once again inviting teens to vote on their favorite book!  The 25 books listed below were selected by teens as the best books from last year.  If you have read and loved any of these books, be sure to vote before Sept. 15th.  The winners will be announced during Teen Read Week, Oct. 16-22.

Feel free to share your favorite in the comments!

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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

There is a strong connection between music and early literacy. Research has shown that phonological awareness can be improved through music. You can easily encourage this connection through singing, dancing and playing music with your children. Children can also enrich their musical experience by playing instruments. You can use these simple directions to make a a few instruments at home with your child. 
Water Bottle Maraca: Take an empty water or pop bottle and wrap it with masking tape. Decorate the bottle with markers, stickers, paint, etc. Next, fill the bottle with popcorn kernels or beans. Replace the cap and you are ready to shake it to some music!
Oatmeal Can Drum: Decorate an empty oatmeal container or ice cream carton with paper and your choice of materials. You can use pencils or spoons or something similar as drum sticks. If you make drums in a variety of sizes you can talk about how different shapes, sizes and materials make different types of sounds. 

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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Online Movie Information

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

If you have children (especially of the younger variety), you’ve probably found yourself concerned from time to time about the content of a movie they or the whole family might watch. Or even as an adult, you might want to have a more detailed description of why a particular movie is rated “R” or “PG-13” or even “PG.” If you’ve been watching movies for at least a few years, you know that sometimes ratings can be misleading: they simply don’t give the viewer enough information to go on.

Given that dilemma, I’ve found a very handy source that can help immensely in this regard. In fact, I’ve found it so helpful I decided to become a contributor myself. I refer to the website called imdb (, which is used quite often at the library for any number of movie-related questions. Amongst many other features, it has one called the “Parents Guide” which has a link titled “View content advisory.” Clicking on this will take you to a separate page that lists five categories: Sex & Nudity; Violence & Gore; Profanity; Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking; Frightening/Intense scenes. The idea is that people who have seen the movie give an objective description of things that fit into the aforementioned areas. They are not supposed to editorialize but simply state the content. If this is done well, it can be a great help. And that’s the only rub here: because this is user-generated content, it’s not necessarily reliable—some people are sloppy in their descriptions, others simply forget what they saw, and so on. So, as with much on the internet, the user must maintain a certain amount of skepticism. But with that caveat, the feature is nonetheless helpful if you’re not getting enough information from that little box underneath the rating letter. Additionally, if like me you like the idea of the Parents Guide, you can become a contributor yourself simply by creating an account on imdb.

(Note: it’s probably best, if you do decide to contribute, to go back and check at least some of your entries from time to time to make sure they haven’t been changed too much. If they have been changed, and you think it was wrong, you can always re-edit the entry.)

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Check Out the Digital Bookmobile!

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Don’t forget that the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile will be visiting two Kent District Library branches next week. This is a great opportunity to learn how to download eBooks and eAudiobooks from KDL. The Digital Bookmobile will make a stop at the Grandville branch from 1:00 – 6:00 pm on Monday, August 22 and the Wyoming branch from 1:00 – 6:00 pm on Tuesday, August 23. Attendees can register to win a new Nook eReader!

We hope to see you there!

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After Harry Potter

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

After watching the final Harry Potter movie, the wait until October for the new Pottermore site to open might seem too long.  To help hold you over, check out some of the Harry Potter Apps available for your iPod, iPhone or iPad.   YouTube is also a great resource for Harry Potter inspired videos, including A Very Harry Musical from StarKid Productions.  (Glee fans will want to check out the musical as well to see a familiar face from season 2.)

Another option is to have a Harry Potter party.  There are a lot of recipes available, including an entire website dedicated to Harry Potter Recipes.  (But don’t miss this fantastic cake from Bakingdom.)  The Leaky Cauldron has a page dedicated to crafts.  And don’t forget the trivia!


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