Archive for October, 2012

Attention Teen Filmmakers!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Thousands of Kent County teens will soon have the opportunity to channel their inner Academy Award contender at their local library.

Kent District Library has received a $6,000 Community Grants award from electronics retailer Best Buy to purchase film editing software and hardware.  The film editing suite, which includes two editing stations, will be housed at KDL’s Cascade Township branch and is scheduled to be installed sometime in November. KDL was one of more than 3,600 organizations that applied for the most recent round of grants from Best Buy’s Children’s Foundation.

A one-hour beginning video editing seminar, “An Introduction to iMovie for Teens,” will be held Thursday, December 13 from 4:30 to 6:00 PM at the Cascade Township branch. Plans are to offer workshops taught by local film-industry pros, and to support area high schools that provide some film editing hardware and software but lack the resources to be able to offer access to the technology outside school hours.

The technology also will help area teens ready their work for the big screen during the Kent County Teen Film Festival, co-sponsored by KDL and be held Saturday, February 2, 2013, at Celebration Cinema! North.


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Questions About the Upcoming Election?

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Do you know where to vote on November 6?

Want to see a community-specific sample ballot with a list of your local candidates and the six state proposals?

Click on the links above for more information.

Also, the Citizens Research Council provides some analysis of the proposals.  The CRC does not endorse candidates and says it aims to provide a balanced view of each proposal.

And here are some other voter guides:


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Happy Teen Read Week!

Monday, October 15th, 2012

It’s Teen Read Week, so why not celebrate by sharing your favorite new reads with your friends?  What have you read lately that you liked, and why?  I’m loving Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, which features a strong heroine who can manipulate light to fight flesh-eating monsters. Sound good?  Place your hold today!

Need other suggestions?  We happen to be featuring Teen titles in our weekly Top Ten list.  Enjoy!


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Save Money on Griffins Tickets!

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Hockey season is just around the corner! Use your Kent District Library card to get a great deal on Grand Rapids Griffins hockey tickets.

For every Sunday and Wednesday home game during the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 2012-13 regular season, present your Kent District Library card at the Van Andel Arena box office on the night of the game or at The Zone anytime during the store’s regular business hours to save $7 off the price of a Lower Level Faceoff ticket (regularly $18 in advance and $20 day of game). Limit four tickets per card per person, subject to availability. (Offer excludes Dec. 30 outdoor game at Comerica Park.)

Check out the Griffins’ schedule and plan a fun night out for a great deal!

Go Griffins!


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Great Reads for Guys @ KDL!

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Have a reluctant young reader at home? Someone who claims he just doesn’t like to read? If the answer is yes, you should know about KDL’s Guys Read initiative. It’s all about getting boys interested in reading (and even talking about it). With great programs like book discussions and celebrations along with a wide variety of reading materials including books, magazines and graphic novels, there are plenty of ways to get your young one interested in reading. Here are a few suggestions to help get your guy excited about reading:

And if you feel like a “supernatural” read this Halloween season, give the Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie, Books of Elsewhere or the ever-popular American Chillers series a try.



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KDL Top Ten – 10/12/2012

Friday, October 12th, 2012

View 10 of the most popular Teen Fiction titles 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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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Time (out) for Monsters!”

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Time (out) for Monsters! by Jean Reidy

When his time out corner needs a little sprucing up, one little boy’s imagination takes over. With the help of a few crayons, time out becomes a lot less lonely and a lot more colorful. Cleaning his new artwork off the wall has never been so fun!

This book would be a perfect read-aloud for a group, with bright illustrations and few words. Children can see with one pointed finger and one pouty face that time out is imminent. There is even a fun fold-out page for when the art creation becomes too large for a single page.

Talk with your child about how he feels when punished and what he thinks will happen to the character in the story. What would happen if you drew on the walls? You could even create some monster artwork together, but on paper, of course! Coloring and drawing are both great ways to get your child ready to write.



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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Join Us for International Storytimes

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Looking for a program that offers entertainment and education for your kids? Families with children of all ages are invited to International Storytime. Enjoy stories, crafts and tons of fun in a language you speak or would like to speak. We hope you will come and check it out, and please spread the word to anyone you think might benefit fom these programs!

Mandarin StorytimeKentwood branch, Saturdays at 10:30 AM, through October 27
Bosnian StorytimeKentwood branch, Sundays at 2:00 PM, through November 25
Spanish StorytimeKrause Memorial branch, Wednesdays at 10:00 and 11:00 AM, November 7-21

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15.  KDL has lots of great resources to learn more about Hispanic Americans and their culture.  Here are some great online resources you can use to find out more about Hispanic Heritage Month:

Hispanic Heritage resources web page by The Smithsonian

Hispanic Heritage resources web page by the Library of Congress

Hispanic Heritage Month 2012 Recommended Reading List compiled by the Florida Department of Education

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Author Tera Lynn Childs

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012


With so many books being published each year, it is very easy to overlook certain books or authors.  So I am recommending giving the books written by Tera Lynn Childs a second look!  So far I have read books from three of her series and have enjoyed them all.  The books are witty and fast-paced with characters who are interesting and fresh.

Most recently I read Sweet Venom, the first book in the Medusa Girls series.  While most books portray Medusa as a monster, this book portrays Medusa and her sisters as guardians.   The second book, Sweet Shadows, is already available.

I have also read Forgive My Fins (one of my favorite covers) and Fins Are Forever from the Fins series.  These are stories about teenage mermaids who, by choice or force, spend time with humans.

And don’t forget Oh. My. Gods.  This is about a school that trains descendants of the Greek gods.  The school is located in Greece so the first book is primarily about an American teenager adjusting to her new school and then discovering what is really going on around her.  The second book, Goddess Boot Camp, has already been published.


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