Archive for November, 2011

A Brief Movie Review…

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

The movie “Sorry, Haters” will certainly not be to everyone’s liking. I viewed it recently on the recommendation of one of our regular patrons who watches a lot of movies, and whose taste I trust. 

The rather cryptic title refers to the title of a TV show that is mentioned in the course of the movie—a reality show about celebrities reveling in their materialism. Robin Wright plays Phoebe and Abdellatif  Kechiche plays Ashade, a Syrian taxi driver in New York who takes Wright on a very long ride to New Jersey at the beginning of the movie. Wright’s Phoebe is a mysterious character carrying a lot of cash, and as the movie progresses we don’t get the chance to fully understand her but certainly know that she is not a nice person. 

In the course of the movie—which uses the fears of post-9/11 New York as a strong plot device—events are not always what they seem, and I don’t think I’m giving too much away to say that the story goes out of its way to be unconventional and shocking in keeping the viewer’s attention. I’m always one for well-crafted endings (which are not always the same as happy endings, which are fine as long as they’re not forced or phony), but this one may not be to everyone’s liking. I’ll leave it at that, since I don’t want to be a spoiler. But if you like independent movies—and this is certainly that, including the graininess of the film (video?) it was shot on, you should give it a try. Feel free to leave a comment if you do!


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Homemade Play Dough

Here is a great recipe for homemade play dough. It is smooth in texture and does not leave hands feeling chapped like many saltier recipes. The food coloring is optional and can be left out to reduce the risk of carpet stains.
 
Manipulating play dough is an excellent way for children to develop the muscles in the hand needed for writing. Mix up a batch and have some indoor fun on a cold, wet day.
 
Ingredients:
1 cup flour
¼ cup salt
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. oil
1 tsp. cream of tartar
A few drops of food coloring (optional)
 
Mix all ingredients together in a medium, non stick saucepan. Cook over low heat and stir until the dough forms and becomes too stiff to stir. Let cool and knead a few times. Store in the fridge in a sealed container.



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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eBook Treasure Hunt — A Clue for You

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Our recent announcement of our eBook campaign launch is creating a buzz online! Have you found one of the specially-marked books hidden — often in plain sight — throughout the communities served by KDL?

Here’s a photo clue of the location of one of the hidden books. Hint: The branch where this one is hidden shares a name with a famous British poet…

Remember, if you see a DWNLOADKDL.ORG logo in the bottom right corner of the book, you’ll know you found the bounty. When you locate one of the books, take a picture of it with a little of the background (the table it’s on, the window it’s propped against) and upload it to Kent District Library’s Facebook page or tweet the photo and tag @KDLNews. Then leave the books right where you found them. You will automatically be entered to win one of our fantastic prizes!


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Barnes & Noble NOOK Updates

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Another day, another big announcement in the world of eBooks and eReaders — or so it seems lately! Yesterday, Barnes & Noble announced a new device, the NOOK Tablet, and slashed the prices of its NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Color eReaders to better compete with the new Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire offered by Amazon.

Confused about what eReader might be best for you (or a lucky someone on your Christmas list)? Compare the specs of some of the most popular devices side-by-side with our handy Popular eReader Comparison Sheet, which has been updated (again!) to include the new prices and information from Barnes & Noble.

Don’t forget that KDL’s collection of FREE eBooks are compatible will all of these popular devices, and you could even win an Amazon Kindle by joining our treasure hunt!

So what do you think? Are you considering buying an eReader? Or upgrading to one of the new devices?


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Extreme Couponing

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Discover ways to stretch your dollar! Attend the Extreme Couponing program taking place at 6:30 pm on Thursday, November 17 at the Byron Township Offices, located at 8085 Byron Center Ave. Join the women from savingaddiction.com as they explain the ins and outs of lowering your grocery budget by 50%, playing the drugstore game to save money, and maximizing your coupons! Registration is required.

This free program is sure to be fun and beneficial, so don’t miss out!


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From the Director: KDL a Star Library

Monday, November 7th, 2011

We did it again!

I am pleased to announce that Kent District Library has once again been recognized as a Star Library in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service 2011More than 7,000 libraries were evaluated, but only 262 received a starred rating.  KDL was one of only three Michigan libraries to make the list (Ann Arbor District Library and Benzie Shores District Library were the others).

We are thrilled that Kent District Library has received this accolade and appreciate the support that our patrons and communities have shown over the years. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating this wonderful achievement.   

Thank you for helping make KDL a Star Library!

 

Yours,

Lance Werner Signature

 Lance Werner

 


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KDL on WGVU Radio

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Personalized PicksEach 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 Collection Development Librarian Penni Speets and Wyoming Branch Librarian Marlys Davis talk about our Personalized Picks service, where you can fill out a short form and receiving a personalized list of books, movie, or music recommendations just for you. Enjoy!

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Music for the Family

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Family Music List

Treat your family to CD recommendations from KDL staff families. Click on the Kitty at the left to view the whole list!

What family CDs can you recommend? 

 

 


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KDL Top Ten – 11/4/2011

Friday, November 4th, 2011

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

 

 


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Find the Treasure, Win a Kindle!

Friday, November 4th, 2011

To celebrate the launch of our new eBook collection, we are sending you on a hunt that could lead to great treasures, including gift cards or an Amazon Kindle. Sounds exciting, right?

All you have to do is find one of the dozens and dozens of “specially-marked” books hidden — often in plain sight — throughout the communities served by KDL. If you see a DWNLOADKDL.ORG logo in the bottom right corner of the book, you’ll know you found the bounty. When you locate one of the books, take a picture of it with a little of the background (the table it’s on, the window it’s propped against) and upload it to Kent District Library’s Facebook page or tweet the photo and tag @KDLNews. Then leave the books right where you found them. You will automatically be entered to win one of our fantastic prizes.

Since all treasure hunts are more fun with clues, here is a photo clue to get you started. Check back soon for additional information and more clues. Happy hunting!

 


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