Archive for December, 2012

Love “A Discovery of Witches”?

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

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If you loved Deborah Harkness’ books A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night from her All Souls Trilogy, KDL has several great recommendations for you! If you couldn’t get enough of the research and history in Harkness’ novels, try The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane or The Historian. More interested in the magical and supernatural elements? Check out Angelology or Darkfever. Love the romance? Try The Demon Lover.



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Early Lit Bits — Music Minute

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Do you know any children who have trouble transitioning from one activity to another? Music can be a helpful tool in your daily routine by making cleaning up, brushing teeth or getting dressed into a fun, stress-free time.

Try taking a familiar tune like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and sing “Brush, brush, brush your teeth,” or for the “The Farmer in the Dell,” sing “Let’s pick up the toys.” Using your imagination, take songs you know and invent your own verses with your kids. Singing will help relieve stress, distract your child and will also nurture their ability to concentrate and listen.

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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Holiday Closing — Christmas Eve & Day

Friday, December 21st, 2012

The Kent District Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays Monday & Tuesday, December 24–25. (Note that branches with Sunday hours will be OPEN on Sunday, December 23.) We will resume normal operating hours on Wednesday, December 26. For additional 2012 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.


We appreciate your patronage and wish you Happy Holidays!


Happy Holidays

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KDL Top Ten – 12/21/2012

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Make holiday travel fun this year — check out an eAudiobook from KDL’s Downloadable eBook site!  To see 10 of the most downloaded eAudiobooks at KDL this month, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

Top Ten eAudiobooks



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Need a Travel Suggestion?

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Tired of the dreary winter weather? Want to research a sunny and warm travel destination to visit? You are in luck; KDL offers many new and updated travel guides and books. Fancy a trip to Cancun or Riviera Maya? What about Northern California or Hawaii? KDL has all-new 2013 books for these destinations.

Another cool travel resource you might want to check out is KDL’s Recommended Sites in Travel. On this webpage you will find all types of recommended sites, from booking tickets with Amtrak and The Rapid to researching different destinations with the Michigan Department of Tourism and Travelocity, plus much more. It’s well worth a browse.


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Winter Film Read-a-Likes

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

While people are waiting to unwrap those gifts this holiday season, some of us eagerly anticipate the unveiling of a new batch of films. The winter months are especially full of great book-to-film remakes and period dramas and the buzz of those in the making.

JenniferDonnellyLes Miserables, starring Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman, hits theaters Christmas Day. In the meantime, check out Victor Hugo’s original or Jennifer Donnelly’s great teen literature homage to the French Revolution, Revolution. Brush up on the music by picking up the Broadway musical soundtrack, and put your name in for the new movie’s soundtrack, now on order!



gatsby-posterThe Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, initailly set for Christmas Day, has a new release date of May 2013. If that seems like a long wait, try Libba Bray’s The Diviners for a horror twist on the the Roaring ’20s; Anna Godbersen’s Bright Young Things series for a look at the lives of three teenage girls amidst the glamour of the Jazz Age; or Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility for an intriguing read set amidst early 1930s New York.

Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations is also in the works. For a clever telling reminiscent of it, try Terry Pratchett’s new book Dodger.

12747188For Downton Abbey fans, the new season returns in January. While you’re waiting, check out Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame and stay tuned for the soon-to-be published Cinders & Sapphires: At Somerton, out January 22, 2013, for more British lower- and upper-class drama. You can also check out our “If You Like Downton Abbey…” booklist. If you’re in the mood for an American twist, pick up Edith Wharton’s classics The House of Mirth or The Age of Innocence for Gilded Age sagas of social ambition, lost dreams and playing by the rules of society. Rumors of an American “Downton Abbey” in the making, called The Gilded Age, makes brushing up on this era in history a must for any fan.



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You Don’t Need An iPod To Listen To Audiobooks

Thursday, December 20th, 2012


Listening to audiobooks on a device is much more convenient than the cumbersome audiobooks on CDs.

Most smartphones have the capability of playing audiobooks. But if the expense of a smartphone or an iPod is holding you back from taking advantage of this service, MP3 players are much less expensive and a bit less complicated for the novice.

Be sure to check out our handy tip sheets located here or stop in to one of our branches for assistance in getting started.


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Holiday Break Boredom Busters

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Staying in town for Christmas break? We can help keep your kids happy, busy and entertained… and we may even sneak in a little education (but they’ll never know!) Between Family Building Bricks Parties, Teen Zones, a Let-It Snow Holiday Show with Joel Tacey and much more, there won’t be any time for boredom. Click here for a complete list of our programs taking place December 22 – January 2.

With your bank account a bit depleted after all that holiday shopping, don’t worry about spending money keeping your kids busy… all KDL programs are free!

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 reads. Pick up some audiobooks to make a long car or plane ride more bearable.


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Michigan Picture Books for the Whole Family

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

One of my favorite winter activities is to snuggle under a blanket and share a picture book with a loved one. Michigan-based books are fun because we can reminisce about our adventures or plan special destinations for our next outing. Here are some old and new favorites:

For my littlest friends:

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M is for Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet by Annie Appleford

The Michigan counting book

The Michigan Counting Book by Kathy-jo Wargin

Native American legends of favorite destinations:

The legend of sleeping bear

The Legend of Sleeping Bear by Kathy-jo Wargin

The legend of Mackinac Island

The Legend of Mackinac Island by Kathy-jo Wargin

While an older title, this classic award-winner offers a unique perspective of the Great Lakes:


Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling

Another travel destination book, especially if there is an interest in architecture:

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Historic Cottages of Mackinac Island by Susan Stites

And finally, my love of the Great Lakes is complete with this beautiful aerial photographic book of Lake Michigan lighthouses. While you are enjoying these new perspectives, look for the photo used for Michigan’s Lighthouse Preservation license plates.

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Michigan Lighthouses: An Aerial Photographic Perspective by John L. Wagner

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Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Online?

Monday, December 17th, 2012

purchasebooks-XmasUse the Amazon and Schuler Books links from the KDL website by just clicking on the link at right to finish your shopping. Amazon and Schuler Books will contribute a portion of their profits to KDL on any purchases you make using this link (not just books) .

By the way, this link is available year ‘round. Just click on the “Support Your Library” picture at the bottom of KDL’s home page to be taken to the Amazon and Schuler Books link.


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