Archive for July, 2013

Robert Galbraith, Who?! Pseudonyms In Fiction

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

This week Robert Galbraith’s book, The Cuckoo’s Calling, reached #3 on the New York Times Bestseller List.

The Cuckoo's Calling

“Who is Robert Galbraith?” you may ask? Well only the beloved author of the Harry Potter seriesJ.K. Rowling! In order to release a book without all the hype, hoopla and expectations of the Harry Potter series and her stand-alone novel, The Casual Vacancy, she chose to use a pen name of an ex-military man.

While there is now a waitlist for the once unknown author Robert Galbraith, here are some other authors who have written under a pen name that can hold you over until your copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling is on the holdshelf.

Romance author Nora Roberts writes mysteries as J.D. Robb.

The Perfect HopeBorn in Death


Mark Twain’s given name is Samuel Clemens.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn





While Theodore Geisel is best know as Dr. Seuss, he also wrote children’s books under the pseudonym Theo LeSieg.

The Cat in the HatTen Apples Up On Top


Stephen King used the name Richard Bachman to prove a point to his publishers!

The ShiningThe Regulators


Lewis Carroll is the nom de plume of mathematician Charles Dodgson.

Alice in Wonderland





Erin Hunter is actually the pen name of four separate authors; Cherith Baldry, Kate Cary, Tui T. Sutherland, and Veronica Holmes. They use the collaborative name Erin Hunter in order to keep the Warriors series together on library shelves!






Hopefully you will enjoy these authors and imagine up a pseudonym of your very own!


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Still Time to Vote for the MI Thumbs Up!

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

There is still time to read as many of the books from the list and then visit the MLA website to vote! The top teen vote counts toward the book that will receive the Thumbs Up! stamp.

My top three right now are The Last Dragonslayer by Fforde, Every Day by Levithan and The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Nielsen. How about you?

The Last Dragonslayer     Every Day     The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen


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Calling All Teen Filmmakers…

Monday, July 29th, 2013

2013 14 TeenFilmFestival-color FULLAre you a teen who loves movies? Here at KDL we love films, and we want to see your movie on the big screen. That’s right, a screen at Celebration! Cinema is waiting to premiere your short film. The Kent County Teen Film Festival is coming in February 2014 and submissions are due on January 17. Are there rules to this festival? Of course… but there are also prizes!

Learn more by listening to this radio interview from WJRW.

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Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity, brought to you by CompuCraft, Celebration! Cinema, Kent District Library and Grand Rapids Public Library. Get all the details you need here.

Now get filming!



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Rubbing Someone’s Newly Shaved Head Is…

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

It says it all in the title: the App of Awesome!  This is a free app (iPhone, not iPad) that will give you 1,000 awesome things, one day at a time! (For anyone not familiar with “awesome,” think rubbing someone’s newly shaved head, the smell of a bakery in the air, sleeping with one leg inside the covers and one leg out…). If  you see something you like, you can give it a thumbs up and then share it with your friends, or just keep track of your daily likes and see what pops up.

Of course we have the books too, in case you don’t want to wait!

App of Awesome               The Book of Awesome


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Rockabye BabySummer is here and that can mean road trips with lots of shared time in the car. Choosing music to entertain the whole family can sometimes be difficult or down right nerve-wracking for moms and dads who can only imagine dancing purple dinosaurs when they think “kid music”!

For older kids, disputes can be avoided by checking out songs available on Freegal and loading favorites onto their personal music players. From Alvin and the Chipmunks to Wonder Pets, kids can download songs that they enjoy. Then simply plug in the headphones and each enjoys their own music choice. But for those too young to use a device, parents might enjoy giving little ones a taste of their favorite bands with our Rockabye Baby collection. Instrumental versions of AC/DC, Metallica or even the Rolling Stones can soothe frayed nerves of all ages.

-Sara M.



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 – 7/26/2013

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Get hiking, paddling and camping with this week’s Top Ten!  These are ten of the most popular titles in our Sports Outdoor section.  And if you’re looking for more seasonal fun, try KDL’s Experience Summer Challenge!

Top Ten Sports Outdoor 7-26-2013


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“Four Daughters”: A Gem

Friday, July 26th, 2013

I wasn’t planning on writing a review of Four Daughters (1938), but after watching the DVD (I had seen the movie on VHS a long time ago), I changed my mind.  It’s simply too interesting to not write about it, even if in the brief format of this blog.

The star that most will recognize is Claude Rains, who plays Adam Lemp, a musician raising four very musical daughters in a small town somewhere in New York.  Also present is Aunt Etta in place of the girls’ mother, who is unexplainably missing. As the movie opens, a beautiful recital is going on at home, with father directing and playing the flute, looking like he just stepped out of Beethoven’s Vienna. Father doesn’t like “modern” music like jazz, and his daughters seem to (more or less) agree with this, but soon a dissonant note is heard over the classical kind, and it turns out to be the squeaking of the front gate—a wonderful motif, both aural and visual for the change that is soon to come to the house of the four daughters, where music and men will be mixing in unexpected ways. This change is most represented by the two composers who enter the family’s life, both of them lovers of that modern music that Adam so dislikes. The director, Michael Curtiz (remember Casablanca? He directed that too…) used the windows of the house as a way to show the daughters finding new men in their lives, coming through that gate in particular. But lest you think this is another purely sentimental old movie about romance, be warned: it’s not all sweetness and light. Before the film is over, there will be some dark notes struck as well, ones that I found curious given the Production Code then in force. Watch it and decide for yourself.

This was the first film for John Garfield, who, with his unshaved face and loose tie, looks like he stepped out of a movie made ten years later. Three of the four sisters were played by sisters in real life, and the one who wasn’t related fit in so well I couldn’t tell her apart. All are in great form, which explains why Four Daughters was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.


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New Features for eBook Site

Friday, July 26th, 2013

OverDrive, the service provider for our eBooks & eAudiobooks, has added a number of new features to our site:

  • The user interface of our eBook website is now available in Spanish. (Note that this does not include title details or Help pages.)


    OverDrive Spanish


  • School-specific information has been added to the Advanced Search and filtered search options. This includes Interest Level, ATOS Level (used by Accelerated Reader to represent readability), Lexile Measure and Reading Level. See OverDrive’s Help page for a more detailed explanation of these new levels.


  • The Read in Your Browser option for eBooks now features Notes & Highlights, an online Dictionary, and the ability to Download a book for Offline Reading.

Questions? Give us a call at 616-784-2007 or fill out the Support Request Form.

Happy Downloading!


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Out of This World: Award-Winning Sci-Fi

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. has announced the recipients of the 2012 Nebula Awards®.  The Nebula Awards® are voted on and presented by the active members of SFWA for outstanding science fiction and fantasy published in the previous year. The 2012 Nebula for a novel went to 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

You can find many of the Nebula Award winners and nominees at the Kent District Library.

Nebula Awards

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We Asked, You Answered: Inspirational Fiction

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Francine RiverRecently, we published this question on our Facebook page:

If someone was looking to read Inspirational Fiction for the first time, what book or author would you recommend?

Here is a list of some of the authors that were mentioned. Click on their name to find a list of their books available for check out. Place a hold on one today!

Find more Inspirational authors using our lists of Popular Inspirational Authors (General) or Popular Inspirational Authors (Genres), and feel free to add your own favorite titles or authors in the comments!


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