Archive for October, 2012

Resource Highlight for Family History Month

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

October is Family History Month, a time to spend climbing the family tree. Along with learning about your family is understanding the time period or region where they lived. Fortunately for Michigan, the University of Michigan hosts 428 digitized titles featuring the county histories of Michigan.

Every county in Michigan is afforded a brief (or not so brief) history along with biographies and atlases. Grand Rapids even has its own history section. Browse and sort by subject to get an alphabetized listing by county.





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Newsweek Goes Online; KDL Can Help

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

At the end of the year, Newsweek will become an online-only subscriber publication. Good news for KDL cardholders: Newsweek is offered at no cost to those who sign up for Zinio, our online digital magazine service. New issues will be available every month for you to read on your computer or mobile device. How cool is that?


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KDL’s Holiday Fiction Picks Go National

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

KDL Collection Development Manager Melissa DeWild spent West Michigan’s record-breaking heat of August reading adult holiday fiction, 15 books in one month.

“I alternated between wanting to burst out in Christmas carols and… well, I’ve had my fill of Christmas,” she said.

Why would she do that, you ask? Melissa was reviewing selections for national publication Library Journal. Read Melissa’s 14 reviews here. “It’s a wide range, from heartwarming to horrific,” she said.


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October is National Reading Group Month!

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

October is National Reading Group Month!  Please share your group’s favorite titles below!  Also, if you use KDL’s Book Club in a Bag service, please take our Book Club in a Bag Survey.  Survey participants will have a chance to win a copy of Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone.


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Today’s world is continually evolving into an increasingly global community. Music can be a fun way to introduce children to new languages and cultures. Visiting websites like Songs for Teaching or the Burnaby Public Library’s Embracing Diversity: Sharing Our Songs and Rhymes project is a great way to find songs and/or video in different languages with lyrics included.

KDL has a collection of world music with various CDs for children, like Around the World with Language Stars, that can be borrowed to help expose children to these new experiences. Stop into a branch to browse the children’s music section to try a new language today!



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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America’s Teens Have Spoken!

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

…and the winner of YALSA’s (Young Adult Library Services Association) Teens’ Top Ten vote is Veronica Roth’s Divergent!

Here’s the rest of the list — you’ll want to read them all!


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KDL Top Ten – 10/19/2012

Friday, October 19th, 2012

View 10 of the most popular Teen Graphic Novel series this month at KDL – click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

Celebrate Teen Read Week, October 14–20!


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Looking for a Great Documentary?

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Do you like documentaries?  If so you will want to check out the Looking for a Great Documentary? list on our website. I like those that give insight into how people  in other countries live, or that teach me about different cultures.

The most recent documentary I watched was Last Train Home, which gave great insight into the lives of migrant workers in China and the effect that the rise in manufacturing has had on the traditional Chinese family living in the countryside. Every year migrant workers travel from the cities they work in back to their homes in the countryside to celebrate the Chinese New Year with their families. But sometimes getting home can be very difficult. Another documentary I enjoyed was Please Vote for Me, which focused on a third-grade class election at a school in central China.



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Free Family Fun at the Library!

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

As the weather turns cold and gloomy, why not take your family to one of the 18 branches of KDL for some FREE family fun! Watch this recent segment from eightWest to hear our Director, Lance Werner, talk about some of the great events KDL offers for the whole family, including:



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Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Awards 2013 Predictions

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

The colder weather and the influx of new Christmas picture books has us thinking ahead to January, which, along with snow, brings the announcement of the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Awards! We’re so excited about the announcement that we’ve put together our own predictions. So read on, go check one out, make your own prediction, and then tune in in January for the winners!

Newbery 2013:

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schiltz (Newbery Award medalist for Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!)

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead (Stead was 2011’s Newbery Award medalist for When You Reach Me)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis (Newbery honored for The Watsons Go to Birmingham)

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt


Caldecott 2013

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead (another contender could be Erin Stead’s illustrations in Julie Fogliano’s And Then It’s Spring)

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen (other contenders illustrated by Klassen could be the gorgeous House Held Up By Trees, written by Ted Kooser, or the darkly funny This is Not My Hat, written by Klassen and a follow-up to his I Want My Hat Back).

Chole and the Lion by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex

The Isomniacs by Karina Wolf, illustrated by Sean and Ben Hilts (first-time picture book creators, which is always interesting!)

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Concept book that would be an interesting win!)


Printz Award 2013:

Crow by Barbara Wright

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Besides being a popular social media presence, Green also holds the title of Printz award winner for the poignant  Looking for Alaska and honored for An Abundance of Katherines)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (another heavy hitter: Stiefvater was honored last year by the Printz committee for The Scorpio Races)

The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan (Lanagan is already a Printz award winner for Black Juice)

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The Diviners by Libba Bray (Printz awarded for Going Bovine)



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