Archive for April, 2013

Author E.L. Konigsburg Dies at Age 83

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

E.L. Konigsburg, author of two Newbery Medal books, died Friday at age 83. Her first Newbery Medal book from 1968 is From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, a beloved children’s book. That same year, her book Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was a Newbery Honor book. Having a medal and honor book the same year placed Konigsburg in a special category.

She received her second Newbery Medal in 1997 for The View from Saturday. Again, this made her one of the few authors to have multiple medals. Over the course of her career, she wrote 16 children’s books and illustrated three picture books.


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Oh Mama! Your Happy Pregnancy Classes

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

pregnantJoin us for one or more of this three-part series led by chiropractor Dr. Jessica Avery Karns. And pick up a library card for the little one while you’re there — it’s one of the best things you can do for your new baby (not to mention we’re offering a ton of perks to new and existing cardholders right now!).

Prepping Your Body to Make a Superbaby
Saturday, May 4, 10:30 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Saturday, May 11, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch

Congratulations, You’re Pregnant! Let’s Make This a Great Experience!
Saturday, May 18, 10:30 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Saturday, May 25, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch

The Bundle of Joy is Here: What to Do for Baby and for Momma
Saturday, June 1, 10:30 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Saturday, June 1, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch (*changed from original date of Saturday, June 8)


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Englehardt Branch Reopens 4:00 PM

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

The flood waters came close, but the Englehardt branch in Lowell remained dry this weekend! Staff will be working hard today to put all the furniture and materials back in place, and the branch will reopen at 4:00 today (Monday, April 22).

Thank you to everyone for your patience and well wishes as we dealt with this unprecedented situation.

Englehardt Flood


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Early Lit Bits: App Review

Sunday, April 21st, 2013


Looking for a fun app that helps teach your child the letters of the alphabets and their shapes? Letter School is a fun and entertaining app where kids are given clear direction on how to trace letters and numbers by following the shape. They are rewarded with fun sounds and animations that will keep them entertained as they learn. Help your child trace over the letters with the index finger of their writing hand. Tracing letters using a finger is a first step in learning to write letters and helps build  tactile memory and fine motor control. This app is available in a free lite version and is $2.99 for the full version.

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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2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Gen_pulitzerColumbia University announced the 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners this week. Works receiving the award have shown excellence in various categories including newspaper journalism, literary achievement and musical composition. Here are some of the winners you can find through your local KDL branch or on the KDL eBook site:

Fiction: The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

History: Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall

Biography: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss

Poetry: Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds

General Non-Fiction: Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King

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History of Barbie Program Canceled

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Due to flooding in the Lowell area, today’s History of Barbie with Afternoon Tea program scheduled for 2:00 PM at the Lowell Township Hall is CANCELED.

KDL’s Englehardt branch in Lowell remains CLOSED on Saturday, April 20. During this time, Englehardt’s book drop will not be accessible. Items may be returned to the Alto, Cascade Township or any other KDL branch. All current HOLDS for Englehardt patrons will be available for pickup at the Alto branch during the Emergency Closing period. (Alto is closed on Fridays, but will be open from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM on Saturday.)

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Memorable Memoirs

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

A popular publishing trend these days is the memoir — a book that gives us a peek into someone’s life.  While a biography generally covers the entire span of its subject’s life, a memoir covers a “slice of life” and is written by the person who experienced it.  It’s often an intense period in their life — early motherhood, illness, the death of a loved one.  There’s been some criticism that too many undeserving memoirs are being published, but for those of us who like to read them we now have plenty to choose from!  Here are a few to try:

The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows by Brian Castner tells of his three tours of duty in Iraq as a bomb disposal expert.  When he returned home to his wife and family, he began a struggle with a no less insidious foe, an unshakable feeling of fear and confusion and survivor’s guilt that he terms “The Crazy.”  His thrilling, heartbreaking, stunningly honest book will hook you from the first chapter.

Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment by Katrina Kenison offers observations on life, making changes, and embarking on spiritual journeys as she experiences and accepts a new reality of living alone after her children have grown and moved out.

The Great Northern Express:  A Writer’s Journey Home by Howard Frank Mosher documents the author’s road trip across twenty-first-century America, where he shared personal encounters with homeless people, country performers, and readers and writers from all walks of life.

The Still Point of the Turning World by Emily Rapp is a wrenching account about her son Ronan, who was diagnosed at nine months old with Tay-Sachs disease, a rare and always-fatal degenerative disorder. Ronan was not expected to live beyond the age of three. He would be permanently stalled at a developmental level of six months. Rapp and her husband were forced to re-evaluate everything they thought they knew about parenting.

The Long Walk   Magical Journey   The Great Northern Express   Still Point of the Turning World

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KDL Top Ten – 4/19/2013

Friday, April 19th, 2013

This Top Ten list is just in time for Earth Day!  To view ten of the most popular environmental titles at KDL, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

Top Ten Science Environ 4-19-2013

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Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales Retold for Teens

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Are you in the mood for a happily ever after sort of story?  Browse our Fairy Tales Retold for Teens booklist to find your next happily ever after ending.




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Kindle eBooks Available on Mobile Devices

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Mobile KindleGood news for Kindle App users — OverDrive’s latest update to our eBook site has made KDL’s collection of free Kindle eBooks available to download directly from mobile devices! Previously, if you wanted to checkout an eBook in Kindle format, you would have to use a “regular” computer to complete the checkout, then direct Amazon to send the Kindle book to your mobile app. Now, the entire process, from browsing to checkout to delivery to your app, can be completed entirely on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or Android device.

For complete instructions on downloading Kindle eBooks, see our step-by-step guide. Questions? Fill out our help form or give us a call at 616-784-2007.

Happy Downloading!




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