Archive for April, 2013

Local Indie Spotlight: Allen Whitlock

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Science fiction isn’t really my genre of choice, but I read an awful lot of short story collections and I’m all for supporting West Michigan-area writers. So when I heard about Allen Whitlock’s collection of sci-fi stories titled If I Should Die Before It Wakes, it went directly on my “to-read” list.

This self-published collection of six extremely inventive stories had me repeatedly saying “The imagination on this guy!” Whitlock’s protagonists take the form of a robotic assisted-living caregiver, a marine biologist who discovers how cooperatively one ocean species lives, a vampire with a grudge, and others. The endings of all six stories included twists I did not anticipate, and Whitlock is very good at dialogue.

Whitlock will appear at the KDL Book Bash from 9:30–12:00 PM on Saturday, April 27 at the Comstock Park Service Center along with nearly a dozen other local authors. Stop by and say hello, buy a book, have it signed and be able to say “I knew him when.”

Whitlock’s book is part of the Local Indie @ KDL collection, housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood branches. It was created to give independent authors, filmmakers and musicians the opportunity to be added to our shelves and to be featured by staff in order to increase viewers, readers and listeners.

Click here to browse our Local Indie @ KDL collection.

 


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Free Gardening Program at Book Bash

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

BookBash-KDL_jpgDon’t miss out on all the fun and good deals at Book Bash! Not only will the event include a giant warehouse book and media sale, but also a host of free programs for all ages. Sign up for a Grow Happiness Gardening Project taking place at noon on Saturday, April 27. Come join Cindy Wells from Home Depot as she teaches you how to enhance your gardening skills. Each attendee will be entered to win the potted plant that will be made during class!

Book Bash will take place at the KDL Service Center (814 West River Center Dr. in Comstock Park) on Saturday, April 27 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday, April 28 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

We hope to see you there!

 


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Englehardt Branch Closed Friday-Saturday

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Due to the threat of flooding, KDL’s Englehardt branch in Lowell will be CLOSED on Friday, April 19 and 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.

Friday morning’s Rhyme Time Music and Movement program at 10:30 AM is CANCELED. However, the History of Barbie with Afternoon Tea program on Saturday, April 20 at 2:00 PM will PROCEED as it is to be held at the Lowell Township Hall (2910 Alden Nash SE).

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

UPDATE (Friday, April 19): The Englehardt branch is still dry thus far. All items on low shelves have been moved as a precaution. 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.)

 

 


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Kentwood Grows Talent Program Canceled

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

The Kentwood Grows Talent! A Showcase of Music and Poetry program scheduled tonight at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 


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Victorian Era, Flowers & HAPPINESS

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Following a theme of flowers, the Victorian era and happiness, might I suggest a few activities:

Read: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh and the nonfiction companion A Victorian Flower Dictionary by Mandy Kirby to learn all about the hidden meaning of flowers.

Watch: Cranford or The Young Victoria to get yourself in the Victorian era mindset.

Listen: Try classical music from the following Romantic composers to fully immerse yourself in the Victorian era: Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, or Franz Schubert

Do: Attend the Lily of the Valley is for Happiness program and learn the Victorian language of flowers.  Wendy Batchelder from “Lost Arts” will appear in full Victorian costume to talk about the meaning of flowers while you make a simple tussie mussie to give to someone who makes you happy!  Pre-registration is required.  (For teens and adults)

                                        


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Facebook Class at Plainfield Canceled

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

The Facebook Basics class scheduled at the Plainfield Township branch tonight has been CANCELED due to a staff emergency. Those interested in this class may call 616-784-2007 to register for a future session.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 


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Teens, Enter Your Poetry Today!

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

PoetryApril is National Poetry Month, and that means KDL is hosting its 10th annual Word Wise teen poetry contest.

Through April 30, teens are invited to submit their original poems online or at their local KDL branch.  Winners will be announced mid-May, and each of the ten winners will receive a $50 gift card to Schuler Books & Music.  The winning poems will be published on the KDL website.  Take some time to check out our teen page for a complete list of rules and an online entry form.

We look forward to reading some great poems.  Happy writing!

 


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KDL on FOX 17: Book Bash

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Book Bash, taking place April 27 and 28 at the KDL Service Center, located at 814 West River Center Dr.  in Comstock Park. Watch this segment from FOX 17 to learn more about this exciting event!

 


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Children’s Book-A-Day Recommendations

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

bookaday_270There are many book-a-day calendars that can be purchased, but few of these recommend youth books. The Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac website can help cover those books. The website features one youth book recommendation per day, with information about the book as well as “this day in history” information. It also has an archive with books searchable by age, subject and more.

The website doesn’t appear to be updated every day, but if you are just starting out on the site, there will be at least 350 new books for you to view! The most recent one I found was from April 1, 2013.  Since April is Poetry month, Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems was the featured title.

If you find a great book to share from the almanac, share that title (and day) below!

 


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Free Zumba Classes at Book Bash

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

BookBash-KDL_jpgBook Bash is less than two weeks away… don’t forget to mark your calendar! Not only will the event include a giant warehouse book and media sale, but also a host of great programs. Sign up for a free Zumba class taking place at 8:15 AM and 2:30 PM on Saturday, April 27. Take a break from shopping and enjoy a fun workout!

Book Bash will take place at the KDL Service Center (814 West River Center Dr. in Comstock Park) on Saturday, April 27 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday, April 28 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

We hope to see you there!

 


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