Archive for April, 2013

It’s a Long Way to the Top If You Want to Rock n’ Roll

Monday, April 15th, 2013

If you have a band, this is where you can start your journey!

The Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch is looking for a few good teen bands to perform at the third annual…

What: Summer Reading kickoff event and rock & roll extravaganza

When: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Where: Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch amphitheater

Click here to access the online application form


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There’s a YouTube Video for That?

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Have you ever wanted a quick overview of a topic? Are you cramming for a big test? Check out the Crash Course Channel on YouTube. Started in 2012, the channel is hosted by brothers John and Hank Green, who present educational videos on a variety of different subjects. John covers history and literature, while Hank tackles science. Each episode lasts 7-15 minutes, and the content presented is clever, fast-paced and entertaining while acting as a supplement to subjects covered in many high school and college courses. The channel has over 100 videos and more are being added.

Here’s one of the channel’s more popular videos, which discusses the agricultural revolution:


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KDL on WGVU: Book Bash

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Linda at WGVURecently Fund Developement Director Linda Krombeen joined Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about KDL’s upcoming Book Bash, taking place April 27 and 28 at the KDL Service Center in Comstock Park. This exciting event includes a giant warehouse book & media sale with over 100,000 items!


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Grumpy Goat”

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Grumpy GoatGrumpy Goat by Brett Helquist

How does it feel to be grumpy? The other animals at Sunny Acres Farm want to befriend Goat, but he does everything he can to push them away. Only a yellow dandelion in the field can turn Goat’s mood around, showing him that there is always something sunny blooming on the farm.

This book’s rich illustrations bring the farm to life and also depict the mood changes in Goat. Talk with your child about being grumpy. Acknowledge that everyone feels grumpy sometimes, and ask what Goat could do to let the animals know how he’s feeling. Look at pictures of faces in other books or magazines, and talk about ways faces can show feelings. Visit a flower shop or greenhouse together and pick some flowers for a neighbor or friend. Talking with your child helps build vocabulary skills and is a great way to get 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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KDL Top Ten – 4/12/2013

Friday, April 12th, 2013

KDL swings for the fences with this lineup!  To view 10 of the most popular adult and kids Baseball Nonfiction titles at KDL, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

Sports Baseball Top Ten 4-12-2013

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Library Memories from Shelley Irwin

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Enjoy this post from WGVU Morning Show Host Shelley Irwin:

As a child, I read. And as a competitive first-born child, I entered the summer reading contests,and made the weekly trips to the library for book exchanges. Funny, I don’t remember a ceremonial “winning,” albeit maybe an 8 x 10 certificate… but I do remember the “doing”: the reading… in the car, at the table, in my purple bedroom.

I date myself, but reading the works of Beverly Cleary (Ramona and Henry rule!) and Laura Ingalls is a very strong memory.  I so enjoyed reading simple historical autobiographies — Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman and Daniel Boone stand out. Autobiographies and history still interest me today, plus I’ve had the opportunity to interview Beverly Cleary. Score!

Thus I believe in the power of a good read, a good library, and still must get my fix with the real deal… the book with real pages. Yes, today’s libraries do serve in unique ways, the digital world well immersed from checking out a book to a lengthy research project done in pajama attire.

But thanks to the operations of KDL, including their summer reading incentives and more, another young competitive first-born is reaching for a book by Beverly Cleary or reading the history of Harriet Tubman, making his or her own memories. But I wonder if the purple bedroom is still “in?”

Stay the course, KDL!

Shelley Irwin is one of the featured guests at our upcoming Book Bash, taking place at the KDL Service Center April 26 – 28. Find out all the details at

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Sing Along Books for Toddlers!

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Want to have even more fun while reading with your child?  Check out these great sing along books for Toddlers! 

Great Sing Along Books for Toddlers!

Reading to toddlers sets the foundation for later independent reading. But before they can read independently, they need emergent literacy skills. These include:

  • having a large vocabulary of words and knowing how to use them
  • understanding that words are made up of smaller sounds understanding that marks on a page represent letters and words
  • knowing the letters of the alphabet

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Patron Story: Craig Paull

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

BranchesJust when many people think they know about everything KDL has to offer, they discover yet another free resource.

It happened to Craig Paull when he was searching online for a pair of relatively obscure books.. and the results pulled up something he hadn’t noticed before.

Read Craig’s full story here.


(Do you have a KDL story to share? Let us know!)


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The Novel World of James Bond

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

If you watched Skyfall and need more James Bond in your life, what do you do now?  There are plenty of great options to immerse you in the James Bond Universe, like reading the original novels by Ian Fleming. Fleming’s first book, Casino Royale, is a good place to start and it was also the first Daniel Craig film as Bond. There are 12 original novels by Fleming plus some short stories, though some authors have taken the series further, including Jeffery Deaver who wrote Carte Blanche: 007.

There are also Bond books for teens, like Charles Higson’s Young Bond series that begins with SilverFin. In SilverFin, a 14-year old James is fighting evil villains in the 1930s.  Another good choice is the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, which is heavily inspired by James Bond. In Stormbreaker, Alex’s uncle dies a mysterious death, leaving Alex to discover the truth and become a superspy himself.

If you are looking for similar action-filled novels with a bit of the James Bond aesthetic, try out Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt books and Ted Bell’s Alex Hawke novels.  There is plenty to watch and read for any Bond fan while waiting for the next movie installment.


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“The Kid with a Bike”

Monday, April 8th, 2013

The Kid with a Bike -- PosterThe Kid with a Bike,” directed by Belgian brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, is another volume on the shelf of their continuing attempt to realistically portray the lives of those on the fringes, those we might distantly know or hear about in the news, but whose full story is often obscured or dishonestly told. I have seen several other films by them, and they deal with serious matters involving the family.

In this newest work (2011; The Criterion Collection), a young boy is seeking some restoration of the family he once had. As the film opens, Cyril is in foster care and is desperately trying to establish contact with his father, who has moved to another town and expressed little interest in his own child. But this does not stop the boy from striking out on his own initiative to find him. Along the way, he (literally) runs into a young woman in a doctor’s office whose care for him in the near future may mean all the difference for young Cyril.

In the hands of some filmmakers, a story like this could easily slip into the maudlin and even manipulative kind of storytelling we find much of nowadays. But the Dardennes are different. This doesn’t mean they are out to tell a cruel or depressing naturalistic story about a lost child. Rather, they want to tell it straightforwardly so we can see more clearly the worth of human beings and the stories we encounter every day. This means the viewer may not always have his expectations met, especially when it comes to endings and the resolution of a story’s loose ends.  But pay attention, and you will find some beautiful and surprising moments of grace that are told so unpretentiously and quietly that the viewer just might miss them.


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