Archive for January, 2012

Guys Recommend

Friday, January 13th, 2012

One aspect of our brand new Guys Read site is a section called Guys Recommend, where guys can log in to rate books and, if they want, write their own reviews. Not only that, but you can also search through all the ratings and reviews to find the perfect book for your next read. 

This is your opportunity to be heard. Have you read a great book lately? If so, tell us about it. Was the last book you read truly dreadful?  Log in and rate it accordingly. You can even comment on other reviews if you want to add in your own two cents.

The more people rate and review, the more helpful the site becomes. So, head on over to Guys Recommend, rate some books and help us make this tool a fantastic resource.

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KDL Top Ten – 1/13/2012

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Want to start a new exercise program in 2012?  Are you breaking a sweat looking for ideas?  Well, how about just one more finger push-up?  Click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List! These were the 10 most checked-out exercise DVDs at KDL in 2011!


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Yes, We’re Open!

Friday, January 13th, 2012


The snow may be falling, but KDL branches remain open!
All programs will take place as scheduled.

Please drive carefully if you choose to visit us today.

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Great Michigan Read: “Arc of Justice”

Monday, January 9th, 2012

The National Book Award-winning (and Pulitzer Prize finalist) book “Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age,” by Detroit native Kevin Boyle, is the focus of KDL’s Great Michigan Read book discussion.

The book recounts 1920s-era Detroit, a time when the city was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights. The advent of automobiles had brought workers from around the globe to compete for manufacturing jobs, and tensions often flared with the KKK in ascendance and violence rising. Ossian Sweet, a proud Negro doctor and grandson of a slave, had made the long climb from the ghetto to a home of his own in a previously all-white neighborhood. Yet just after his arrival, a mob gathered outside his house; suddenly, shots rang out: Sweet, or one of his defenders, had accidentally killed one of the whites threatening their lives and homes.

And so it began: a chain of events that brought America’s greatest attorney, Clarence Darrow, into the fray and transformed Sweet into a controversial symbol of equality. Boyle weaves the police investigation and courtroom drama of Sweet’s murder trial into an unforgettable tapestry of narrative history that documents the volatile America of the 1920s and movingly re-creates the Sweet family’s journey from slavery through the Great Migration to the middle class.

KDL book discussions on “Arc of Justice” will be held at the following branches:

Tuesday, January 17, 1:30 p.m. — Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Wednesday, January 18, 6:30 p.m. — Plainfield Township branch
Monday, January 23, 1:00 p.m. — Gaines Township branch
Thursday, February 9, 6:30 p.m. — Grandville branch
Thursday, February 9, 6:45 p.m. — Krause Memorial branch
Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 p.m. — Wyoming branch

At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21 at the Kentwood branch, Dr. David Pilgrim, professor and founder of the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University, will host a one-hour presentation that examines messages in imagery that defame blacks, women, Arabs, gays and other groups.

At 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 19, also at the Kentwood branch, Davenport University students and local experts will provide a panel presentation that contextualizes the story of Dr. Sweet, followed by table discussions of “Arc of Justice.”

The event is part of the Great Michigan Read, which is presented by the Michigan Humanities Council in partnership with Davenport University and the Kentwood Branch Library of KDL with support from Meijer and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Davenport received a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council to bring Dr. Pilgrim to the branch.

Copies of the book and book discussion guidelines are available at KDL branches.

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KDL on WGVU Radio

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

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 Collection Development Librarian Tammy Schneider and Grandville Branch Teen Services Librarian Josh Bernstein talk about KDL’s new Guys Read initiative. Enjoy!

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Download WGVU1-5-12.mp3

(photo courtesty of Shelley Irwin)



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Author Spotlight: Jordan Sonnenblick

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to hear Jordan Sonnenblick speak at a library event. I had not read any of his books before, but hearing him speak with such passion about his books, I knew I would have to give at least one a try. Now he is one of those authors where I eagerly await their next book!

Recently I found out that Jordan Sonnenblick will be releasing another book in March:  Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip. Sonnenblick’s books are usually from the male point of view and his past books have dealt with cancer, fitting in and drunk driving. This one is along the same lines. The main character, Peter, suffers a freakish injury that prevents him from pitching for his school baseball team. Now he needs to figure out where he fits in since he cannot play sports.

Additionally, one of his books won the 2011 Schneider Family Book Award “for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.” The book was After Ever After, a sequel to Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie. If you have never read any of his books, I highly recommend that you give one a try!

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Around Town West Michigan

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

There’s a new magazine in town. If you want to know where to go, what to do or what’s happening in West Michigan, check out Around Town West Michigan. This monthly online magazine includes cool features, movie and restaurant reviews, an events calendar, featured getaway destinations, and more. In each issue, KDL staff members will recommend eBook titles that you don’t want to miss. Enjoy!


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KDL Top Ten – 1/6/2012

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Going on a diet in 2012? Looking for ideas? Feast your eyes on the 10 most checked-out diet books at KDL this year by clicking on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!


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Branches: A NEW KDL Story

Friday, January 6th, 2012

When life threw Jim Dykstra and his family a frightening curveball last year, the Kentwood man turned to his library for relief – and grew closer to his grandchildren in the process.

Read Jim’s story here…

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Teen Videogame Tournament

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Calling all gamers!

Join us for the next installment of KDL’s series of Wii gaming tournaments. Hosted at the Wyoming branch starting at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 14, the event will feature Super Smash Bros. Brawl, snacks and prizes.

Many will enter; only the best will be crowned champions!

Click here to register; registration is required and participation is limited. For teens grades 6 to 12.

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