Archive for March, 2013

Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “A Kiss Like This”

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

A Kiss Like ThisA Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy

Kisses, kisses, everywhere! Each animal has its own way of smooching in this large, lift-the-flap book. Share this book one-on-one with your child, and imitate the noises each animal makes when they kiss their little ones. Blow kisses back and forth with children when reading to a group, and then have them pretend to be each animal. Talk about other animals not mentioned in the book and ask how they would kiss their babies. The illustrations are similar to Lucy Cousin’s Hooray for Fish, and the two books would pair well together.  Listen to Laurie Berkner’s song, Blow a Kiss, and sing along!  Talking and singing with your child helps boost vocabulary and are great ways to get your child ready to read!



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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Sign Up for a Library Card… Prizes Await!

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Library cardSpread the word! Now is the perfect time to sign up for a KDL library card.

If you sign up for a library card before March 31, you have the chance to win some amazing prizes including an overnight stay at the JW Marriott, a three-month family membership to the YMCA, gift certificates and more! All you have to do is sign up for a KDL card and participate in our Find Your Happiness Scavenger Hunt, which will introduce you to all the amazing free services KDL has to offer. Visit your local branch for more information or to sign up. Happy Hunting!

Check out all the vendors that donated prizes. If you visit any of these businesses, make sure to thank them for their generosity and community involvement.

Don’t forget… KDL is your place for happiness!


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KDL Top Ten – 3/15/2013

Friday, March 15th, 2013

What a group!  Looking for a unique way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  Then check out one of the titles from this rather eclectic Top Ten list.  These are ten of the most popular items at KDL featuring Ireland, or something Irish, this year!

Top Ten 3-15-2013 Featuring Ireland

Do you have a favorite book, movie or album highlighting something Irish?  If so, please share below.


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Free Writers Conference — Register Now!

Friday, March 15th, 2013

2012authormittenNOTE: As of April 8, registration for this event is at capacity, though you may still register to be put on a waiting list. We will be unable to accommodate walk-ins.

Last year, nearly 100 people attended our inaugural Celebrate the Mitten Author Showcase, and we heard it over and over: please do this next year!

Consider it done. Registration is open for this year’s event, a free half-day writers conference featuring local publishing insiders and published authors who will lead sessions on how to market your book, out-of-the-box ways to make money as a writer and traditional vs. self-publishing, among other topics.

All 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 publishing pros in attendance. You do not need to have completed (or even started!) a book to attend.

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

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


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, Sue Merrell)
  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


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, memoirist and mystery/thriller author
Lisa Orchard, young adult fiction author
Kris Nelson, creative director/principal, StoryLook Design
John Warnock, short story author, humorist and novelist


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For Discounts on Gardening Stuff, Show Your KDL Card!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Yeah, we said it: your library card can get you discounts at select area merchants.

ProudPromoteHappinessLook for this image at the following vendors and show your KDL card to connect with special discounts. Visit these local businesses and let them know you appreciate all the perks of having a KDL library card!

  • Clique Coffee Bar, 1600 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, 10% off all orders
  • Creekside Garden Center, 4015 Fruit Ridge Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, 10% off all merchandise (not in conjunction with other discounts)
  • Grand Rapids Griffins, Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, $7 off the price of a Lower Level Faceoff ticket for all Sunday and Wednesday home games
  • PJ’s Pizza, 3836 52nd St. SE, Kentwood, 10% off all orders
  • Quaker Steak & Lube, 4515 28th St. SE, Kentwood, 15% off all orders


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Lost on the Lady Elgin

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Award-winning author and diver Valerie van Heest will present “Lost on the Lady Elgin” at 6:30 PM on Monday, March 18 at the Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch.

Van Heest will share the  fascinating story of the Lake Michigan sinking of the Lady Elgin in 1860. Get a deeper look at the state’s maritime heritage! Sponsored by the Friends of the Sand Lake Library.

Place a hold on books and videos by Valerie here.


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“Get Appy with Your iPad” Canceled

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Due to instructor illness, the “Get Appy with Your iPad” program scheduled for 3:30 PM today at the Gaines Township branch has been CANCELED.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you can instead join us for the other session of this program on Thursday, April 18, at 6:00 PM.


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Laugh It Up at KDL

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Grow Happiness @ KDL by sharing your favorite joke with the library staff.  Check out the KDL collection of jokes, cartoon books and humorous writing.  Create a funny caption for pictures posted in our library branches and on KDL Facebook pages.  In conjunction with Gilda’s Club LaughFest.

Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 31



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We Want YOUR Books!

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

IMG_1513If your bookshelves are overflowing, let us take some off your hands. Please consider donating your gently-used books to our upcoming Book Bash, which includes a GIANT Book Sale. Your books are sure to find a great new home at this exciting event that supports library programming!

Book donations are being accepted during the month of March at KDL branches, Lake Michigan Credit Union locations, Celebration! Cinema locations, East Hills Athletic Club and Orchard Hills Athletic Club. Check out this map for more information including addresses.

Donate some books now, and you can restock your bookshelves at the Book Bash (April 27–28)! Thank you for your generosity.


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Grandville Staff Picks: March

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Here are the Grandville Branch staff pick selections for the month of March.


A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson: For the past three years, Mr. Malik has been secretly in love with Rose Mbikwa, a woman who leads the weekly bird walks sponsored by the East African Ornithological Society. Just as Malik is getting up the nerve to invite Rose to the Nairobi Hunt Club Ball (the premier social occasion of the Kenyan calendar), Harry Khan, a nemesis from his school days, arrives in town. Khan announces his intent to invite Rose to the Ball. Rather than force Rose to choose between the two men, a clever solution is proposed. Whoever can identify the most species of birds in one week’s time gets the privilege of asking Rose to the ball.

Drayson’s descriptions of the Kenyan wildlife and his sharp take on the foibles and follies of the people and politics sketch a rich picture of contemporary life in Nairobi.


Out of Warranty by Haywood Smith: Wanting to remarry when her health-care costs eat up all of her money, widow Cassie Jones enlists the grudging help of reclusive fellow patient Jack, and devises a pragmatic but unconventional solution when dating proves unsuccessful.

It has a clever plot, fun characters and it would also appeal to inspirational fiction readers.


Sworn to  Silence by Linda Castillo (Kate Burkholder series): Kate Burkholder, who grew up in an Amish community before abandoning their way of life, has recently been appointed Chief of Police in her former hometown. When a serial killer, whose spree sixteen years before was dubbed The Slaughterhouse Murders, returns with spectacular violence, Kate is determined to catch him.


Aya by Marguerite Abouet:  Aya tells the story of its nineteen-year-old heroine, the studious and clear-sighted Aya, her easygoing friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors. It’s a breezy and wryly funny account of the desire for joy and freedom, and of the simple pleasures and private troubles of everyday life in Yop City.





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