Archive for June, 2013

Le Havre: A New DVD

Monday, June 10th, 2013

With a small pile of movies on hand at home, the Le Havre DVD was low on my list—there were simply more interesting things to watch. But with all the others finally out of the way, I sat down and watched Le Havre. I’m glad I did. Named after the French port city on the English Channel, the film is a wry, sometimes funny and sometimes serious depiction of what happens when an aging shoeshine crosses paths with a young African boy who has smuggled himself (along with many others) out of his west African country.

Lest that sound like a possibly too-serious and preachy topic, don’t worry: the director, Aki Kaurismaki, wisely uses a light touch on a subject that could easily become maudlin. He gives us a wonderful cross-section of a neighborhood, where Marcel (the shoeshine), lives with his wife and struggles to make ends meet, sometimes running a tab too high, but clearly loved by the various small shopkeepers and bar owners who see him every day. When his wife becomes ill and he meets Idrissa, the refugee, his previously placid life is upset, but he handles it so well one wonders if he was in some sense long prepared for such an emergency. Without giving away too much, the surprises of grace are clearly apparent by the end of the film,  but they are shown so subtly that it was only on reflecting on it afterward that I was made fully aware of the director’s intentions—which means the movie is easily worth a second watch. (This movie is unrated and subtitled. It would get a PG-rating if it were an American movie.)

 


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Branch Manager Rocks EGR Schools

Monday, June 10th, 2013

East Grand Rapids branch Manager Dawn Lewis was honored by the school district’s Parent Teacher Association Council recently with the group’s annual Distinguished Service award. Dawn was recognized for her work to help switch three of the district’s elementary school libraries to a “learning commons” model, which reflects that a library is more than materials – also a place to meet, to study together or separately, to work on a project with an iPad or a laptop.  Way to be yet another resource for your community, Dawn!

Dawn Lewis, at left, is surprised by Kim Rossi, who presented her with
the Distinguished Service award from the PTAC. (photo: mLive)


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Be Amazed by the Magic!

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Tom PLunkardLibraries can be magical places, especially when you make room amongst the stacks for a magic show that’s fun, funny, educational and entertaining! Families with children of all ages are invited to Magic: Can You Dig It? taking place at every KDL branch this summer. The incredible Tom Plunkard will present an amazing program filled with live animals and loads of audience participation. Come see flowers appear on your head and garden utensils vanish and reappear in the craziest of places. This program is sure to leave you feeling happy and amazed!

Schedule:
Tuesday, June 11, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Tuesday, June 11, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township branch
Thursday, June 13, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park branch
Thursday, June 13, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Wednesday, June 19, 6:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Thursday, June 20, 6:30 PM – Wyoming branch
Monday, July 8, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial branch
Thursday, July 11, 7:00 PM – Grandville branch
Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 PM – Englehardt branch
Wednesday, July 17, 2:00 PM – Gaines Township branch
Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 PM – Alpine Township branch
Thursday, July 18, 1:30 PM – Alto branch
Thursday, July 18, 6:30 PM – Byron Township branch (Held at the Byron Township offices)
Thursday, July 25, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Thursday, July 25, 6:30 PM – Tyrone Township branch (Held in the Tyrone Township community room)
Thursday, August 1, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch (Held at John Collins Park)
Thursday, August 1, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township branch
Thursday, August 8, 1:00 PM – Walker branch


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KDL on WGVU Radio

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Kip at WGVUEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Kip Odell, Librarian at the Grandville branch, talk about Summer Reading @ KDL and all the great events happening at the library this summer.

Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 


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Local Indie Spotlight: Tricia L. McDonald

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

7646524Life With Sally: Little White Dog Tails is a collection of stories about Sally, a miniature white bull terrier. Sally’s “mom” was never a dog person, but when she picks her up at the airport they form a bond that only a dog lover would understand. Sally is funny and sweet with a bit of OCD. Dog lovers will chuckle and see themselves in the way the owner Tricia interacts not only with Sally, but all her lovable pets –three dogs and three cats. More adventures can be found in Life with Sally: Still Spinnin’ Tails.

McDonald’s book is part of the Local Indie @ KDL collection, housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) 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.

Reviewed by Helen at Kent District Library’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch

 


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Hungry for More Dystopian Thrillers?

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Hunger GamesLoved the Hunger Games trilogy and can’t find anything else to quench your thirst for dystopian worlds? Here are some other books that might satisfy your need for even more gripping stories of nightmare worlds and the fight for survival:

Partials by Dan Wells — In a post-apocalyptic eastern seaboard ravaged by disease and war with a man-made race of people called Partials, the chance at a future rests in the hands of Kira Walker, a 16-year-old medic in training.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro — Kathy, Ruth and Tommy are special; at least that’s what they are told at the prestigious preparatory school they attend. As they come of age, these friends learn their role in society is not determined by their own dreams, but by others in the quest for the perfect world.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey — Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.

Check out our online booklist for even more Hunger Games readalikes!

 


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KDL Top Ten – 6/7/2013

Friday, June 7th, 2013

To see 10 of the most popular Juvenile Audiobooks at KDL this week, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

Top Ten Juvenile Audiobook 6-7-2013


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Bicycle Helmet Giveaway

Friday, June 7th, 2013

lida at the libraryHelmets are beautiful things. I fell off my bike when I was around 10 (on the way home from the library, no less, with a basket filled with books), and though my arms and legs were pretty skinned up, I was very lucky my head didn’t take any of the impact. Even now I still see one or two kids take nasty spills every summer, and thank goodness they often have helmets on. Unless they don’t.

The Grand Rapids Griffins will give away a limited number of free bike helmets at 2:00 PM on Monday, June 10 at the Comstock Park branch to children ages 1 to 12 , as part of the Griffins’ annual Put A Lid On It! helmet safety campaign. A parent or guardian must also be present to receive a helmet.

The helmets, paid for by the Griffins, are distributed at various Safe Kids events around the community. The Griffins also give away vouchers for two free tickets to a Griffins hockey game to anybody age 17 and younger who signs an online pledge to wear a helmet.

 

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Kids Love Dinosaurs? Get Them to the Library!

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

dinosaurWhat kid isn’t tantalized by a tyrannosaurus? Who isn’t rapt by velociraptors? Mark your calendars for our Dinosaur Dig program for children ages 6 and younger. There will be stories, crafts and games of prehistoric proportions!

Schedule:

Monday, June 10, 10:00 AM – Plainfield Township branch
Wednesday, June 12, 10:00 AM – Plainfield Township branch
Thursday, June 13, 10:00 AM – Plainfield Township branch
Thursday, June 13, 10:30 AM – Englehardt branch
Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 PM – Comstock Park branch
Wednesday, June 26, 10:30 AM – Comstock Park branch
Tuesday, July 2, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Tuesday, July 9, 2:00 PM – Byron Township branch
Tuesday, July 16, 1:30 PM – Cascade Township branch
Wednesday, July 17, 10:00 AM – Walker branch
Wednesday, July 24, 10:00 AM – Tyrone Township branch
Monday, July 29, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial branch
Thursday, August 1, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Wednesday, August 7, 2:00 PM – Gaines Township branch

 


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From the Director: Summer Break Dilemma Solved

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Lance WernerAs a parent, I know the dilemma: you want to get your kids outdoors and active in the summer, but you also don’t want their literacy skills to backslide.

KDL has solutions. The Experience Summer @ KDL component of our summer reading programs for children and teens actually rewards them for outdoor, cultural and even play activities.

And when it’s too hot or rainy to play outside, KDLville early literacy play spaces at all 18 branches offer rotating activities including dress-up, art tables, a puppet stage and market stand, where learning and creativity are the focus. They’ll be having so much fun they won’t realize they’re sharpening their literacy skills.

Lance Werner, KDL Director


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