Archive for March, 2012

Word Wise Teen Poetry Contest

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Time to lay down some rhymes, yo.National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and once again that means KDL is hosting our ninth annual Word Wise teen poetry contest.

From April 1 to April 30, teens are invited to submit their original poems online or at their local KDL branch.  Winners will be announced mid-May, and each of the six winners will receive a $50 gift card to Schuler Books & Music.  The winning poems will be published on the KDL website.  Take some time to check out our teen page for a complete list of rules and an online entry form.

Guest judge is David Cope, Grand Rapids Poet Laureate, close friend of the late great Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and an enthusiastic supporter of new writing talent.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration, check out a list of teen poetry books that are KDL staff favorites.  We are looking forward to another month of great poetry submissions.  Happy writing!

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KDL Top Ten – 3/30/2012

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Looking for a great book?  Find something divine at Kent District Library!  To view 10 of the most popular Adult Inspirational Fiction titles at KDL this year, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

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Road Trip!

Friday, March 30th, 2012

I’ve got a vacation coming up! I like to start packing way ahead of time — organizing my reading and listening. This trip I’m going to read some kids’ historical fiction and some teen books. They’re easy to concentrate on, have lots of adventure, and I can share them with my granddaughter.

On my Nook I have downloaded (from KDL, of course): Chasing Orion,  A Christmas Sonata, Faith, Hope and Ivy JuneWhen You Reach Me and Please Ignore Vera Dietz

On my MP3 player I want to listen to The Red Pyramid and also The Ask and the Answer.  I know I’ll never get through all this, but it’s great to have some choices!  

And I have two adult books (actual paper!): The Sweetness of Tears, for our April book discussion, and The Good Father, which I’ve been waiting to devour.  

Oh, and of course among other music, I need Les Miserables to sing to while I’m driving in the dead of night.

Got any other great ideas for vacation?



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Titanic Teen Fiction

Friday, March 30th, 2012

With the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy looming, there is no shortage of books featuring this historic event.  The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf gives voice to 24 different characters.  Some of the characters are well-known, like Molly Brown, while others are purely fiction.  The stories represent a wide range of classes so the reader gets a look at what was happening all over the ship.

Claudia Gray‘s book Fateful focuses on Tess, a maid for a family traveling on the maiden voyage of the Titanic.  Tess falls in love with Alec, a handsome young man with a secretive past.  This book has a paranormal element, so don’t expect a traditional story!

For some time-travel fun, check out The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky.  Louise receives a mysterious invitation to a vintage fashion sale at the mall and ends up on the trip of her dreams aboard a luxurious cruise ship, 100 years in the past!

For additional information on the Titanic, check out the Titanic Historical Society.

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Harry Potter eBooks Now Available!

Thursday, March 29th, 2012


Harry Potter fans rejoice!  The complete series is now available in Kindle & EPUB eBook and MP3 eAudiobook formats through our OverDrive site. Click here to check availability!


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Spring Break Fun

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Staying in town for spring break? We can help keep your kids happy, busy and entertained… and we may even sneak in a little education (but they will never know)! Between Board Game Bonanzas, Family Movie Events, Lego Family Block Parties and much more, there won’t be any time for boredom. Click here for a complete list of our programs taking place March 30 – April 8.

And if you are heading to the sunny south for break, make sure to stop in your local branch and stock up on some great vacation reads. Pick up some audiobooks to make a long car ride more bearable.

Wishing everyone a safe and fun spring vacation!

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Board Game Bonanza!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Bring your friends and family to one of the branches below, which will be stocked with board games for all ages – or bring your own!

Tuesday, April 3, 1:00 PM – Englehardt branch
Tuesday, April 3, 1:00 PM – Kentwood branch
Tuesday, April 3, 2:00 PM – Byron Township branch
Tuesday, April 3, 2:00 PM – Tyrone Township branch
Wednesday, April 4, 1:00 PM – Alto branch
Wednesday, April 4, 2:00 PM – Gaines Township branch
Thursday, April 5, 2:00 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Friday, April 6, 10:00 AM – Grandville branch

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New Library Story — Fred Vail

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Fred Vail of Byron Center was the winner of February’s “Library Lovers Month” contest. He wrote to us about his 89-year-old mother, who has continued to feed a love for reading despite her failing eyesight by using KDL’s audiobook collection. In appreciation of his appreciation, KDL awarded Fred a Sony eReader. All hail Fred Vail, and thanks to the nearly 100 people who shared their stories! Keep them coming!

Read Fred’s story here.

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Meet the Michigan Author: Bob Tarte

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Bob Tarte and his wife, Linda, live on the edge of a shoe-sucking swamp near the West Michigan city of Lowell, fending off mosquitoes during temperate months and chipping ice out of plastic wading pools in the frigid winter. Tarte is author of humorous exotic pet memoirs Enslaved By Ducks and Fowl Weather, based on he and wife Linda’s daily life amid parrots, ducks, geese, parakeets, rabbits, doves, cats, hens and orphaned songbirds. His third memoir, Kitty Cornered, was just released. 

Tarte will be at the Englehardt branch at 6:30 PM on Monday, April 2, to read from and sign and sell his books. He also will appear at the Krause Memorial branch at 6:30 PM on Monday, April 23

Tarte’s appearances are part of KDL’s Celebrate the Mitten author series, which includes more than a dozen published authors from around the state appearing at various branches through May, and an author showcase from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday, April 21 at the Kentwood branch.

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Discover Mid-Century Modern in East Grand Rapids

Sunday, March 25th, 2012


Date: Tuesday, 3/27/2012

Location: East Grand Rapids branch, 746 Lakeside Dr. SE
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM

Discover the Mid-Century Modern neighborhoods of Grand Rapids and East Grand Rapids. This photographic journey provides a look at some of the area’s architectural gems completed between 1940-1970 and features buildings designed by nationally known architects as well as local architects and builders. Join us for a fun, informative evening.

Kent District Library has wonderful resources on this topic. Check out this link, stop by your KDL branch or call 616-784-2007 for assistance.

Sponsored by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library. For adults. This is a free event.

Photograph courtesy of “Better Homes and Gardens Magazine,” September 1958

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