Archive for September, 2012

We’re Going Greener: What You Need To Know

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

As of November 1, KDL will no longer mail courtesy overdue and fine notices via the U.S. Postal Service.

Customers who currently receive notices by mail will be automatically switched to our telephone notification system.  If you aren’t sure we have your correct phone number, please call us at 616-784-2007, or visit any KDL branch.

If you prefer, and aren’t already receiving email notifications, you can choose to Sign up for email alerts.  KDL staff can also assist you.

We estimate that eliminating this annual expense will save KDL about $9,000 and free up more than 500 hours of employee time, as well as dramatically reduce our paper usage.  Sustainable operations with cost savings — some of the many ways KDL is working to provide you with excellent service!

 


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Thumbs Up! Award Winner Chosen!

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

The Thumbs Up! Award was established in 1986 to recognize the excellence, and to celebrate the uniqueness of Teen/Young Adult literature. A committee, consisting of Young Adult and Teen Librarians, meets several times during the year to determine the winner. Beginning in 2001, the Thumbs Up! Committee has included a teen vote.  The Thumbs Up! Award is given annually by the Teen Services Division of the Michigan Library Association to an author for an outstanding contribution to teen literature having both literary quality and teen appeal. “Teen” for the award’s purpose is someone between 12-18 years of age. The book must appeal to this age group, both in respect to its characters and setting, as well as in terms of subject and theme.

This year, the Thumbs Up! Award Committee has chosen The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  The Fault in our Stars tells the story of Hazel, a teenage cancer patient.  Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

The Honor titles that were chosen for 2012 are Divergent by Veronica Roth, This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel, and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.  All of these titles are available through KDL.  Click on the title of the book to place a hold today!

 


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Calling All Teen Gamers!

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Join us for the next installment of KDL’s series of Wii gaming tournaments. This one will feature Super Smash Bros., snacks and prizes. Many will enter, only the best will be crowned champion. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.

Saturday, October 27, 1:00 PMCascade Township branch

 


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KDL Top Ten – 9/28/2012

Friday, September 28th, 2012

View 10 of the most popular Art books this year at KDL – click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!


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Electronic Invitations

Friday, September 28th, 2012

One of the newer trends is using e-invites instead of a formal, mailed invitation.  First, do not panic!  These are very easy to use and usually only require a few clicks of the mouse to let the host know whether you are planning on attending or not. These invitations are usually received via an email with a link.  Just click on the link to view the invitation and respond with an “attending” or “not attending.”  There is probably an area to post comments so feel free to ask questions there.  You might not be the only one with that question.

It is very easy to send out invitations as well.  There are many different sites that offer fill-in-the-blank cards that format automatically.  A popular site is evite.com.  This free site has some very nice looking invitations, although you will have to create an account to send out an invitation.  First you need to select your card.  Some of them have titles that cannot be changed, but usually you can add a title yourself.  Then it is a matter of going through each of the fields below the preview card and filling in information.  Next you will need to add the emails of people you are inviting.  This can easily be done by coping and pasting email addresses from a list or contact file.  With just a few more clicks, you are on your way to having a party!

Don’t be afraid to call you favorite techy to watch over your shoulder.  They probably won’t mind, especially if you give them chocolate!

 


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Early Lit Bits: KDLville Early Literacy Play Spaces — Comstock Park Branch

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

At KDL’s Comstock Park branch, our youngest patrons are really enjoying the train table, doll house, barn and dress-up clothes.  Telling stories while playing is an important early literacy skill.  Children are using their imaginations, interacting with each other, and describing what they are doing.  In the process, they are learning new words, how to express themselves and how to have a conversation.  Come in and expect to have lots of fun talking and playing!


 

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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Children’s Author Visit: Amy Henrickson

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

We’re loving local authors at KDL!

Meet children’s author Amy Henrickson at the Grandville branch from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, October 2.

Henrickson’s newly released book, “Lucky Lottie,” is the first in a series of junior chapter books about a spunky little girl scientist named Lottie Gunderson. Amy will sign copies of her book and a limited number of copies will be available for cash purchase.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Grandville Library.

 


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We Exceeded Our Goals!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

We asked those who participated in our summer reading program to fill out a survey.  Based on their responses, Summer Reading @ KDL was a huge success! In fact, we not only met but exceeded every goal we set for the program. Check out our goals and results…

Children’s Goals
Goal: At least 80% of parents surveyed will indicate that, as  result of participating in Summer Reading @ KDL, their children have developed a habit of reading. 
Our result:  97%

Goal:  At least 80% of parents surveyed will indicate that, as a result of participating in Summer Reading @ KDL, their children think that reading is fun. 
Our result:  99%

Goal:  At least 80% of parents surveyed will indicate that, as a result of participating in Summer Reading @ KDL, their children have maintained or improved their reading skills. 
Our result:  99%

Teen Goals
Goal:  At least 80% of teens surveyed will indicate that, as a result of participating in Summer Reading @ KDL, they discovered something new at the library this summer. 
Our result:  86%

Goal:  At least 80% of teens surveyed will indicate that, as a result of participating in Summer Reading @ KDL, they have enjoyed reading/listening to books or music this summer. 
Our result:  94%

Goal:  At least 80% of teens surveyed will report that they enjoyed attending a program or programs at the library this summer. 
Our result:  91%

Adults Goals
Goal:  At least 80% of adults surveyed will indicate that, as a result of participating in Summer Reading @ KDL, they have discovered something new at the library this summer. 
Our result:  83%

Goal:  At least 80% of adults surveyed will indicate that, as a result of participating in Summer Reading @ KDL, they have enjoyed reading/listening to books or music this summer. 
Our result:  98%

Goal:  At least 80% of adults surveyed will report that they enjoyed attending a program or programs at the library this summer. 
Our result:  83%

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in Summer Reading @ KDL and helped to make it such a success!

 


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MelCat Unavailable Tuesday, September 25

Monday, September 24th, 2012

UPDATE: The MeL Server is back up & running again. Thanks for your patience!

MeLCat, the service that allows KDL cardholders to request items from libraries around the state, will be unavailable starting at 11:00 AM Tuesday, September 25 to perform a software upgrade. Searching, placing requests, and renewing MeLCat items will not be possible during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 


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Staff Picks from the Plainfield Twp. Branch

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The Plainfield Township Branch’s Information Staff is eager to share their voracious reading habits with you, the reading public. Here are a few of our picks:

 

Chihuahua of the Baskervilles by Esri Allbritten

MYS Allbritten (2011)

When the owner of a small-dog clothing catalog reports sightings of a canine ghost who some believe to be a former retail mascot, the eccentric staff of a low-budget paranormal magazine visit Colorado’s Manitou Springs to investigate. (Gigi Chihuahua Mystery #1)
Candida, Adult Services

 

 

 

Unforgivable: A Novel by Phillippe Djian

Djian (2010)

Novelist Francis has not written a word in over 12 years since his first wife and daughter died in a tragic accident which he and is other daughter witnessed.  Twelve years later his surviving daughter, now a famous actress, has vanished and Francis’ second marriage is falling apart. Francis employs an old friend and her son to help him find his daughter and check up on his second wife, but things go from bad to worse.
Dave, Adult Services

 

 

Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan

MYS Dolan (2009)
In the aftermath of a magazine publisher’s untimely murder, detective Elizabeth Waishkey wonders if David Loogan, a man with a violent past who was having an affair with the victim’s wife, is responsible for the crime or a helpful ally.
Maggie, Adult Services

 

 

 

 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Teen Green (2012)

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
– Lynn, Youth Services 

 

 

 

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

SF Teen Spotswood (2012)

Cate lives in an alternate New England of 1900, where witches are arrested and taken to the madhouse, and a group called the Brotherhood dominates and controls society. Since promising her dying mother that she’d keep her sisters safe, she has managed to keep secret that she and her younger sisters are witches. When a pretty, young governess with a secret arrives from the Sisterhood, everything changes. (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1)
– Susan, Youth Services                                                                                                                    

 

 

Jefferson’s Sons: A Founding Father’s Secret Children by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

HIST J Bradley (2011)       

A fictionalized yet historical look at the last twenty years of Thomas Jefferson’s life at Monticello; primarily through the eyes of three of his slaves, two of whom were his sons by his slave, Sally Hemings. 
– Laura, Adult Services   

 

 

 

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin

HIST J Yelchin (2011) 

In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, 10-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs. (Horn Book’s Best Fiction Books of 2011)
– David, Adult Services

 

 

 

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead

E Stead (2012)

Bear, with the help of his animal friends, remembers the story he had hoped to tell before the onset of winter.
– Liz, Youth Services

 


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