Archive for September, 2011

KDL Top Ten – 9/30/2011

Friday, September 30th, 2011

To view the 10 most checked out Teen Graphic Novel series at KDL this week, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

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New Teen Mystery Series

Friday, September 30th, 2011

It seems like teen publishing is where everyone would like to be. Another “adult” author has made the leap into the teen area. (Although I will admit that none has made me happier.) Harlan Coben’s new Mickey Bolitar series, starting with Shelter, has joined the teen mystery section. Harlan Coben’s adult mysteries are fast-paced and full of action and thankfully, Shelter is also! Mickey Bolitar is very similar to his uncle, with a nose for getting into trouble. When Mickey’s girlfriend goes missing, he will not rest until he figures out what happened.

James Patterson, of the Maximum Ride series, is another successful author who now writes for teens and adults.

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KDL Celebrates . . . Generous Sponsors

Friday, September 30th, 2011

As you may have heard, the KDL Fund is throwing a party to celebrate KDL’s 75th Anniversary. We are deeply grateful to our generous sponsors. Special thanks to Gold Sponsor Huntington Bank, which has sponsored KDL Fund events for three consecutive years.  

KDL Celebrates will take place from 7:00 to 10:00 pm on Tuesday, October 18. The KDL Service Center, located at 814 West River Center NE in Comstock Park, will come alive with a showcase of incredible library offerings like eBooks, Freegal, Mango Languages, Early Literacy offerings and so much more. To truly enjoy KDL Celebrates, guests will be invited to bring their smartphones, eBook readers or tablets to get a taste of just a few of KDL’s digital offerings and other special activities. 

An eclectic array of local and national authors will hightlight the evening’s festivities. The authors will join us in person, live via Skype technology, video greetings, or through their current book releases. Books and audiobooks from the authors will be available for purchase at the party. Thank you to our friends at Brilliance Audio and Schuler Books & Music for this amazing author tour. 

Guests will enjoy scrumptious noshes and beverages provided by Tommy Fitzgerald and Ninth Bridge Market

You don’t want to miss out on all the excitement!

Tickets for KDL Celebrates are $75 each. Reservations are required and tickets may be purchased online. Proceeds will support KDL literacy programs for young children as well as preserving quality library services for the next 75 years.

We hope to see you there!

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KDLville Early Literacy Play Spaces

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The Caledonia Township Library opened their new 18,000 square foot building last February with a KDLville early literacy play space.  With a tree stump entrance into the area, interactive end panels, and fun crafts at the art cart as permanent fixtures, the space has been a big hit in the community. Some favorites from the rotating toys have included a kitchen, a car ramp, a doll house, and magnetic gears. The writing center includes monthly activities to help children get ready to write. Be sure to stop in soon and check out the latest addition that is sure to be a hit: the new grocery shelf and shopping cart!

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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Paranormal Mysteries

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Just in time for Halloween, take a peak at our Paranormal Mysteries booklist for spooky spectacular reads! 








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How to Download KDL eBooks for Kindle

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Our new eBooks for Kindle have certainly been popular! Since the service first went live last week, KDL patrons have already downloaded almost 500 free eBooks for their Kindles or Kindle apps, quickly becoming the second most popular digital format that we offer.

If you haven’t tried out this amazing service yet, it’s a very easy process, as shown in the video demonstration below:

KDL’s free eBook collection at is available 24/7, and since items are “returned” automatically, you’ll never have to worry about late fines!

Don’t have a Kindle? Amazon offers Kindle apps for computers and mobile devices, or you can download ePub-formatted eBooks to a variety of eReaders and mobile devices as well.

Let us know if you’ve tried the new Kindle service and what you thought!

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Stephanie Plum Movie Trailer Released

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Speaking of movies based on booksOne for the Money, based on the popular series by Janet Evanovich, is coming to a theater near you on January 27. Stephanie Plum is played by Katherine Heigl (with dark hair and a Jersey accent!), and the first trailer was just released:


I know there are a lot of Stephanie Plum fans out there, so what do you think — can Katherine Heigl pull it off?
And if you haven’t read this very popular book yet, there’s still plenty of time, so request a copy today!

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Meet the Author: Kristina Riggle

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Meet West Michigan author Kristina Riggle at the Kentwood Library at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, October 4. She will talk about and read a portion of her latest book, Things We Didn’t Saythe story of a frayed blended family about to come undone completely when a teenage son goes missing. There will be a book signing immediately following the discussion. Copies of Things We Didn’t Say will be available for purchase 

Kristina lives and writes in West Michigan. Her debut novel, Real Life & Liars, was a Target “Breakout” pick and a “Great Lakes, Great Reads” selection by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association. The Life You’ve Imagined was honored by independent booksellers as an IndieNext “Notable” book. She has also published short stories in the Cimarron Review, Literary Mama, Espresso Fiction and elsewhere, in addition to working as co-editor for fiction at Literary Mama. Kristina was a full-time newspaper reporter before turning her attention to creative writing.

Don’t miss this exciting author event!


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KDL Top Ten – 9/23/2011

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

From Pete the Cat to Fancy Nancy,
Books about fall and Halloween,
KDL has a smashing selection of picture books to choose from…
It is a sight to be seen!

To view the 10 most checked out titles in Children’s Picture Books at KDL this week, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

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KDL Phones Currently Unavailable

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Due to a power outage at the KDL Service Center, the phone system is currently unavailable. If you call our main phone number (616-784-2007), you will hear a message indicating that the library is currently closed. All branches do have power and are still open. Please leave a voice mail message and we will return your call as soon as power is restored.

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope the phones are back up and running soon!

UPDATE: Power has been restored and the phone system is available again. Thank you for your patience.

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