Archive for March, 2013

World War I Nonfiction Booklist

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

wargb002On March 18, 1915, British and French forces launched an unlucky naval attack on the Ottoman Empire in the Dardanelles, the thin waterway in northwestern Turkey that separates Europe from Asia. The waterway was heavily mined, and even though the British swept the area before launching the attack, they still lost three ships. Two more were severely damaged.

I have a strong personal interest in WWI because my great-grandfather fought in the British Gallipoli Campaign, and he lost two older brothers within a week of one another in the Battle of the Somme.  The First World War always felt like a rushed subject in school, so I never had much interest in it until I found my family’s connection to it through genealogical research. To further my knowledge and learn more about it I used the WWI Nonfiction booklist to highlight some of the books available at KDL that deal with WWI and all the different battles that occurred.






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Holiday Closing — Easter Sunday

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

All Kent District Library branches will be closed Sunday, March 31 for Easter. We will resume normal operating hours on Monday, April 1. For additional 2013 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Easter!


Happy Easter



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KDL Top Ten – 3/29/2013

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Can’t get enough basketball? Get an assist from KDL! We’ve got documentary films, training materials and books on all your favorite buzzer-beaters. To view 10 of the most popular Basketball Nonfiction titles at KDL, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

Top Ten Basketball Nonfiction 3-29-2013


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Spring Break Fun!

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Spring BreakStaying 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 Family Building Brick Parties, Garden Fun Storytimes, MinecraftingChess, Bayblade Battles, Science in the Stacks and much more, there won’t be any time for boredom. Click here for a complete list of our programs taking place March 29 – April 7.

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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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Jim Gill Music PlayLooking for some new music that will get your kids moving, singing and laughing? Check out musician and author Jim Gill. His background as a child development specialist with a special emphasis on the study of play has made his music a combination of silly, fun and enriching. His music encourages participation through movement and singing with interactive instruction that has helped make him a favorite of teachers, librarians and parents alike. Check our catalog to borrow one of his albums 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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Can You Build It?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Join in at your local library for the opportunity to build the best of your imagination!  It will be a time to build creativity, family time and bonding in many of your local libraries during the Family Building Bricks Party. To enjoy the event you might want to read up on building ideas by using several of these titles, or better yet, follow a YouTube demonstration:

And for those who enjoyed hearing the line from the classic baseball film, “Build it, and they will come,” Field of Dreams would be a good warm-up for baseball’s opening day! As fans eagerly approach the nostalgia of baseball games throughout cool spring days and lazy days of summer, a few titles to bring on the game could always be enjoyed. Furthermore, the history of the game could be followed quite easily by browsing the variety of media available.

So, if building with bricks, imagination or sports is your favorite pastime, join us at your KDL library to take a swing!


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KDL Board Member Says Good-Bye

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Trustee Charles Fry recently retired from the KDL Board after over 6 years of service. Board chair Charles Myers presented him with a plaque of appreciation during the March 21 meeting at the Comstock Park branch.

Thanks for your service to KDL, Trustee Fry!

Charles Fry

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From Broke to Badass in Northern Michigan

Monday, March 25th, 2013

MLinkPhotoNote: As of April 8, this conference is at capacity for registration and we will be unable to accommodate walk-ins.

It’s the summer of 2005, and Mardi Jo Link’s dream of living the simple life has unraveled into debt, heartbreak and perpetually ragged cuticles. Still, when she and her husband call it quits, leaving her more broke than ever, Mardi makes a seemingly impossible resolution: to hang on to her northern Michigan farm and keep writing for a living. Her forthcoming memoir,Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm,” (due to be published in the summer) details her often humorous story of motherhood and survival.

Mardi will share what she learned on out-of-the-box ways to make money as a writer during a presentation at this year’s Celebrate the Mitten writers conference. The free half-day event features local publishing insiders and published authors who will lead sessions on how to market your book, how to put together a book trailer and traditional vs. self-publishing. A full agenda is below.

BootstrapperAll genres and skill levels are welcome. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited — last year’s event drew nearly 100 attendees, so… seriously, register now! Everyone who does will be entered for the chance to win one-on-one mentoring with Michigan publishing professionals. You do not have to have a completed (or even started) book to attend.

To register, click here, ask at your local branch or call 616-784-2007.

Saturday, April 20, 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM – Cascade Township branch

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Cascade Library, Arbutus Press, and StoryLook Design.

Susan Bays, publisher, Arbutus Press; Jon Bradley, children’s book author; John Forsberg, military science fiction author; Ryan Hipp, children’s books author and illustrator; D.E. Johnson, fiction author; Mardi Link, true crime author & memoirist; Sue Merrell, mystery/thriller author and memoirist; Lisa Orchard, young adult fiction author; Kris Nelson, creative director/principal, StoryLook Design; John Warnock, short story author, humorist and novelist


8:30 AM — Sign in and choose breakout sessions

9:00 AM — Intro and panel and Q&A with all participants present: So You’ve written the book… Now what? Is there a master list of tasks that need to be completed? A certain order to do things? What must every published or soon-to-be published author do?

9:50–10:00 AM — Break

10:00–10:50 AM — Breakout  Sessions I:

  1. Go Commando or No? Which is for You: Try to Find a Traditional Publisher, or Go the Self-Publishing Route? pros and cons of both (Lisa Orchard, Jon Warnock, Susan Bays of Arbutus Press, Ryan Hipp)
  2. Funding the Writer’s Life (Mardi Link)

10:50–11:00 AM — Break

11:00–11:50 AM — Breakout Sessions II:

  1. It’s Perfect Just As It Is, Thank You Very Much: Cover art, copyediting and more… why they can make or break your book’s success  (Kris Nelson, StoryLook Design; Susan Bays, Arbutus Press)
  2. “A Brilliant Debut!” Ways to promote/market  your book, and  tales of marketing fails and successes (John Forsberg — book trailers, Lisa Orchard, D.E. Johnson, Ryan Hipp)

11:50–12:50 PM — Lunch — not provided

12:50–1:40 PM — Breakout Sessions III

  1. The ABC’s of Children’s Books How are they different from/ the same as any other published book? Do’s and Don’ts, The Three Most Important Things (Kris Nelson, StoryLook Design;  Jon Bradley)
  2. Live and In-Person: Elements of a successful book reading/appearance — is there more to it than reading out loud? (Ryan Hipp, Sue Merrell)

1:45–2:30 PM — Drawing for Prizes and Networking Time: presenters/attendees mix, mingle, share and sell  books


Drawing “prizes”:

Susan Bays, Arbutus Press: personal consult TBD

Kris Nelson, StoryLook Design: personal consult TBD

Ryan Hipp, personal consult/topic of winner’s choice


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Early Lit Bits: Tech Tips

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Play-Grow-ReadKent District Library has a great selection of picture books for you to browse at your local branch, but sometimes it’s nice to have some recommendations. Check out the PLAY-GROW-READ! section of the KDL website (found under the “Parents & Kids” tab).

Reader’s advisory lists for our pint-sized patrons can be found under the heading “Books for Early Literacy.” There are a variety of lists found here, from “Funny Stories” to “Numbers & Counting” to “Books for Bedtime.” There’s also a list that focuses on each of the Early Literacy Practices. Conveniently, the books on the these lists link directly to our catalog. You can immediately see where they are on the shelf and place a hold to have a title sent to your home library.



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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It’s All Free! Don’t Miss Out!

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Library cardFree books. Free movies. Free video games. Free eBooks and eAudiobooks. Free music (including downloads). Free programs. Free research databases. Free magazines (including downloads). The list could go on and on!

All this, plus a chance to win a slew of amazing prizes… sign up for a library card today! Our Find Your Happiness library card campaign runs until the end of March, so there is still time to get in on the fun! Those of you reading this probably already have a library card, so make sure to spread the word to your family and friends. They will thank you, I’m sure!

Just in case you’re wondering, the prizes for the campaign include an overnight stay at the JW Marriott, a three-month family membership at the YMCA, movie passes and free popcorn at Celebration! Cinema, gift cards for Schuler Books & Music, Meijer and Family Fare, a free birthday party at the Kentwood Fun Spot and so much more!

Kent District Library really is Your Place for Happiness!


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