Archive for February, 2012

May I Have the Envelope Please?

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Despite the sub zero wind chill, a near-capacity crowd was on hand for the screening of the 6th Annual KDL Teen Film Festival. Afterwards, the judges and the people chose the winners in the categories listed below….

Best Actress — Lauren DeWitt in “The Usual”

Best Actor — Jack Mennenga in “Opportunities”

Best Director — Brian Lach for “The Usual”

Best Screenplay — Hannah Mennenga for “Opportunities”

Best Documentary — Brian Wachacha Sanchez for “Through the Eyes of the Young”

Best Film — “Opportunities”

People’s Choice — “Opportunities”

Congratulations to all of the participants. The films will be up on the KDL website in early spring.

Stayed tuned for information regarding next’s year’s festival!

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Early Lit Bits: “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse” Book Review

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle
Who doesn’t love Eric Carle?  His newest title, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, does not disappoint.  Carle’s signature bright and colorful paintings decorate every page as a young child depicts a variety of animals in the unexpected colors of his own imagining.  There is a red crocodile, an orange elephant, and even a polka-dotted donkey. 

Young readers will quickly catch on that these animals are not depicted in realistic colors.  This book gives the opportunity to discuss with young children that there is no right or wrong when it comes to artwork.  Toddlers and preschoolers will be given an important lesson in creativity and free expression.  As  you read this book with a child, ask them what color they would paint the different animals.  Encourage them to create their own versions of the animals depicted in this book.  Shared reading remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers!

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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Guys Read @ KDL: Pete from the Kentwood Branch

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Some boys are less motivated to read due to a lack of role models. They may think reading isn’t cool or is only for girls. Not true at KDL!

Meet Pete, Librarian at the Kentwood branch:


“Reading: entertaining, informative, stimulating, inspiring… what’s not to like?”

Favorite Books:
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
The Brothers K by David James Duncan

Learn more about the exciting Guys Read initiative going on at KDL!

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Michigan Author Jeffrey Zaslow Dies in Car Accident

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Last Friday on an icy road in northern Michigan, Jeffrey Zaslow, beloved author and journalist, died in a car accident at the age of 53. He lived in Detroit and was returning home from a book signing event in Petosky. His funeral, attended by 1500 people, was yesterday.

Mr. Zaslow was the author of The Girls from Ames, and co-author of the best-selling The Last Lecture, as well as recent books about Chesley Sullenberger and the recovery of Gabrielle Giffords. Much of his writing centered on the themes of love, commitment and living in the moment. His lastest book, The Magic Room, about a bridal shop in Lansing, was dedicated to his three daughters.

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Byron Snowpalooza Program Canceled

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Due to the lack of snow, the Byron Township branch is canceling the Snowpalooza program that was originally scheduled for Saturday, February 18.  We are thankful for all of the patrons that donated hats, scarves and mittens for the program.  While we are disappointed that we will not be able to use them for snowmen, we know they will be put to good use through local charities.

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Library Lovers — Share Your Story & Win!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

* An Englehardt branch patron shared with branch staffers how she listens to KDL’s audiobooks during her 45-minute commute to work from Lowell to Sparta. She admitted during a recent visit that these audiobooks have so improved her commute that now she never wants to work any closer to home!

* Presenters at the Wyoming Branch’s Wyoming Reads kick-off event spoke about racial barriers and how to embrace the differences of people in the community. As they finished, a community member and native of Africa spoke about her experience with barriers. Having lost her entire family in Africa, she noted that she feels very isolated and alone here. Many in the audience were moved by her speech and approached her afterward, offering help and friendship.

* Recently, a stretch limousine pulled up in front of the Grandville Branch and a large group of college-aged students jumped out. They came into the library as part of a scavenger hunt for the 21st birthday of a woman in their group. The aim of the scavenger hunt was to take the group to all the woman’s favorite childhood places, one of which was the library! Before they left, the group posed for a picture in front of the building.

* A grateful patron at the Wyoming branch recently presented Branch Manager Lori Holland with a framed photograph of one of the trees on the library property taken during autumn. He said the gift was in appreciation for the regular assistance staff have given him with the public computers.

Got a library story or anecdote of your own? Tell us here!

Those who share their library stories by February 29 will be entered for the chance to win a Sony eReader!



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“Win Win” is a Winner

Monday, February 13th, 2012

I first saw Paul Giamatti, as far as I recall, in the wonderful film about cartoonist Harvey Pekar called American Splendor. In that movie, he played a grumpy file clerk turned cartoonist obsessed with jazz and comics who learns to love some other people as much as he loves jazz and comics.

In Win Win he also plays someone who learns to love a bit more, but in this case, he’s not a grumpy Harvey Pekar, but a lawyer in New Jersey.  Giamatti plays Mike, who lives with his wife and two young daughters. His legal work is not what it should be, and he and his law partner do everything they can (including ignoring a banging furnace) to cut costs to stay in business. In a moment of weakness during a hearing with a judge, he does something that could cost him dearly later on. This leads to his encounter with Kyle, a semi-homeless teen from Ohio in need of some direction and care, who is related to one of Mike’s clients. Kyle also happens to be a great wrestler and Mike is a wrestling coach at the local high school.

But before you think this is another feel good sports movie, stop yourself. This is a movie with a real heart that does feature sports, but it goes in a different direction than you might expect, which is one reason I liked it so much. Perhaps it’s too obvious to say that wrestling is an apt metaphor for most people’s lives (remember Jacob?), but whatever the case, this is a wonderfully low-key movie about people learning to expand the goodness that’s already in their hearts. (Rated R for language)

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Listen to the Grammy Winners at KDL

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Last night was Grammy night!  It was an amazing night for Adele fans. The big winners last night included:

For a complete list of Grammy’s 2011 winners, here is a link to Grammy’s official site.

For free downloads including Adele, Foo Fighters, and Tony Bennett, check out Freegal on KDL’s website.

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KDL on WGVU Radio

Sunday, February 12th, 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 Communications Assistant Morgan Jarema talk about “Branches: Stories Rooted in the KDL Community.” If you have a KDL story of your own to share, please let us know!


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(photo courtesty of Shelley Irwin)



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Penguin Joins List of Publishers Withholding eBooks from Libraries

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

As of February 10, 2012, Penguin Group USA will no longer sell eBooks or eAudiobooks to libraries through OverDrive. This announcement came after a series of meetings the American Library Association held with several major publishers regarding library eBook lending. On Thursday, February 9, OverDrive customers, including KDL, received this message,

“… Penguin will no longer offer additional copies of eBooks and download audiobooks for library purchase. Additionally, Penguin eBooks loaned for reading on Kindle devices will need to be downloaded to a computer then transferred to the device over USB. For library patrons, this means Penguin eBooks will no longer be available for over-the-air delivery to Kindle devices or to Kindle apps.”

Penguin titles already purchased for KDL’s Digital Collection, including the bestseller The Help, will continue to be available. However, KDL will not be able to purchase any new Penguin titles in digital formats, and existing Penguin eBooks can now only be transferred to Kindle devices via a USB cable (and cannot be sent to Kindle apps at all.)

In 2011, KDL circulated over 113,000 eBooks, a 192% increase in digital content usage over 2010.  The explosion in demand of these materials drove KDL to partner with OverDrive last fall, creating a digital collection specifically for KDL cardholders. Our Collection Development staff work diligently to stock our digital shelves, but publishers are making it more difficult to provide all of the content people want to read or listen to.

With this decision, Penguin joins the list of publishers who will not sell eBooks to libraries, along with Macmillan Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, and Brilliance Audio. Additionally, HarperCollins Publishers will sell eBooks for libraries to circulate, but they limit the availability of their titles to only 26 circulations before a “replacement” copy must be purchased.

If you wish to write to or call each publisher to convey your opinion, here is their contact information:

Penguin Group
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 366-2000

Macmillan Publishing
75 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-7521

Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
(212) 698-7000

Hachette Book Group
466 Lexington Avenue #131
New York, NY 10017
(212) 364-1100

Brilliance Audio
1704 Eaton Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 846-5256

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