Archive for August, 2011

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett is a dazzling read and highly recommended! 

A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years–a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.

You may also like:
Faith by Jennifer Haigh
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

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Katie L.’s Summer Travels

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Our mascot Katie L. has been having a great time traveling the world this summer through our Take Katie L. on Vacation program. She has been to Niagara Falls, the Smoky Mountains, the Eiffel Tower and Estes Park… just to name a few.

Katie L. has been fishing, biking, boating, sight-seeing, camping and mountain climbing, but she is still up for more fun and adventure. Pick up a Katie L. cut-out at your local KDL branch. Take Katie L. to a destination spot near or far and take a picture of her participating in some exciting summertime fun! Upload your photo before August 20 and you could win a gift certificate to Schuler Books & Music.

Happy travels!

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Nominate Your Favorite Librarian

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Has a KDL librarian made a real difference in your life? Have they gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide top-notch customer service and excellent programming? Show your appreciation by nominating them for a meaningful award!

Nominations for the national Carnegie Corporation of New York / New York Times I Love My Librarian Award will be accepted through September 12 and can be submitted online.

The award invites library users nationwide to nominate librarians in public libraries, as well as those in school and academic libraries. It is an opportunity for patrons to share how librarians improve the lives of people in their communities.

 Up to 10 librarians will win $5,000, a plaque and a $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York , hosted by The New York Times. The award is administered by the American Library Association with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York and The New York Times.

Submit your nomination today!

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Literacy Center Seeks Volunteers

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

The Literacy Center of West Michigan seeks volunteers to tutor adults in reading or speaking English. If you would like to attend a one-hour orientation to learn more about the benefits of becoming a tutor, please call 459-5151, Ext. 10.

KDL is proud to partner with the Literacy Center of West Michigan and join them in their efforts to transform lives through literacy.

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KDL Top Ten – 8/5/2011

Monday, August 8th, 2011

To see the 10 most popular juvenile audiobooks at KDL this week, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

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KDL on WGVU Radio

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Each month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to KDL Communications Manager Eric DeHaan and Plainfield Twp. Branch Adult Services Librarian Laura Veeneman talk about the eBooks offered by KDL and the upcoming visit by the Digital Bookmobile. Enjoy!

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Download WGVU8-4-11.mp3

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Computer Classes and Hot Tech Topics

Friday, August 5th, 2011

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

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Computer Help Time (No registration required)
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Sharing
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing
  • Digital Photos: Creating Digital Photo Movies
  • Hot Tech Topic: Gadget Petting Zoo (No registration required)
  • Hot Tech Topic: Genealogy (No registration required)
  • Hot Tech Topic: Internet / Beyond the Basics (No registration required)
  • Internet: Internet Basics
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Blogs, Wikis, Social Networking & More
  • Internet: Online Genealogy Research
  • Job Seekers: Office Programs for the Job Seeker
  • Job Seekers: Job & Career Accelerator  
  • Microsoft Word I, II, & III
  • Microsoft Excel I & II
  • Microsoft PowerPoint

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar. Registration is required and begins Monday, August 8 at 9:30am for KDL cardholders and Monday, August 15 for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available).

To register, please call 616-784-2007.

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Meet the Author: Bob Tarte

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

You are invited to meet Bob Tarte, the delightful author of the humorous pet memoirs Enslaved by Ducks, Fowl Weather, and the forthcoming The Funnel of Happiness. Bob will present “Making Your Memoir Memorable” at 10:30 am on Saturday, August 13 at the Krause Memorial branch. Bob will share his own publishing experiences and will talk about the two main components that agents and publishers look for in a memoir.

This exciting program is part of the 3rd annual Rockford Reading Festival. Don’t miss it!

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Try Mango and Win

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Have you tried Mango Languages? If you haven’t, then now is a great time to check it out. If you have, then let us know. Tell us how you use Mango Languages and be entered to win a free Mango coffee mug. Just leave your feedback in the comments section below, along with a valid email address, and you’re automatically entered to win. The contest runs through August 31.

Mango Languages is a free online language learning system that teaches practical conversation skills for real communication. It’s a fast, easy, and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. Basic courses are offered for 35 foreign and 15 ESL languages, with most offering  more in-depth Complete courses as well. You can even use Mango on your mobile device!

Learn a new language with Mango!

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Time Traveling

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

I must confess that I have always enjoyed time travel books.  Maybe it’s the excitement of visiting an unknown time period or the whole concept of the time paradox, but these type of books have always appealed to me!

Hourglass by Myra McEntire has a slightly different take on time travel.  Emerson starts seeing images or ghosts while in her early teens.  Eventually she learns that the images are glimpses into the past, and her abilities are tied to being able to time travel into the past.  What is interesting about this book is that it is a genetic ability rather than an item or machine.  I also liked the time paradox issues as revealed later in the book.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier also has a genetic ability to time travel.  Gwyneth’s cousin has been training her whole life to time travel.  But it turns out, Gwyneth carries the gene and is thrown into time without any preparation.  So Gwyneth is given some background on why she can time travel and paired with the another time traveler from a different family, Gideon.  This book is part of a series and there are some questions left unaswered by the end of this book.

You might also like When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, winner of the Newbery award.

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