Archive for July, 2013

New Teen Horror Booklist

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Are you looking for a good scary story? But maybe you want one that doesn’t have vampires, werewolves or zombies in it. If so, then do we have the booklist for you! Our new Teen Horror booklist contains 15 books that are fairly new and pretty frightening. A lot of these books have ghosts or other paranormal activity as the main fear factor. So if you feel like you need a good scare without all the blood, gore, vampires and zombie madness, I highly recommend checking out one of these titles.

One book I read from the list is Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan. It was an interesting ghost story about an English teenager who is forced to go with his dad to this huge sports complex to spend some quality time together. However, upon arrival he meets a mysterious girl and every time he meets her it seems her bruises and cuts keep getting worse instead of better, and she is always alone. A nice quick teen read.


BeyondThe MurmuringsDaylight Saving


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MeLCat Unavailable Wednesday, July 24

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

MeLCat, the service that allows KDL cardholders to request items from libraries around the state, will be unavailable starting at 1:00 PM Wednesday, July 24 to perform a software upgrade. Searching, placing requests, and renewing MeLCat items will not be possible during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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Patron Story: Carrie Datema

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

BranchesCarrie Datema and her husband made a decision when the family’s budget grew tight: lose the cable television and Internet. Going without extras that many people consider to be household must-haves made life difficult on more than one front, but proved to be solvable with just one resource. Read Carrie’s full story here.


What’s your library story? Share it with us by filling out this form, and it could be included on the Branches page of our website.


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Beat the Heat with Cool Summer Movies

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

It’s hot out there! Get out of the summer sun with a few movies that are sure to help you cool down. Here are a few suggestions:

 Ice Age: Continental Drift





The Day After Tomorrow        










  Winter’s Bone





   Doctor Zhivago










Gather the family, pop up some popcorn, crank up the A/C and settle in for a few hours of cool bliss. Get to your nearest library and check out a few good DVDs today!


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KDL Gives Back: Another Success!

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

In a four-week period, KDL branches took in 354 old or damaged U.S. flags from library staff, patrons and community members. We promised to properly dispose of these for you through local Boy Scouts, who are pros at retiring Old Glory in the proper way.

Thanks again for your efforts to support these initiatives. Our next KDL Gives Back initiative will begin October 1 and will be in partnership with the Humane Society of West Michigan. Then, it’s all about puppies. And kitties. And bunnies. Oh my.



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Early Lit Bits: App Review — Squiggles

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

SquigglesOne way to develop early writing skills and fine motor ability is through scribbling. The app Squiggles is an entertaining way to encourage scribbling by bringing a child’s drawings to life. Using different scenes, four drawing mediums and a variety of colors, sounds and animations, it allows you to watch your drawing become something special. When you choose a scene you simply make a squiggle, tap “GO” and let the fun begin. The app also includes the option of adding “stickers” to the created picture, as well as sharing, saving or printing it. Try asking your child to draw circular shapes, zig-zags and lines, which will help them in learning to form the parts of letters and numbers. This app is available free for iPad and iPhone.
— Julie R.



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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New Teen Booklists

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Still can’t get enough Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins?  Look no further!  Browse our updated If You Like “The Hunger Games” booklist.

And, if you still need a Hunger Games-esque book, try our new Girls with Knives booklist.  Books about teenage girls who must fight to survive or even save the world!



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KDL Top Ten – 07/19/2013

Friday, July 19th, 2013

This booklist will have you on pins and needles!  It will have you in stitches!  You’ll be positively glued to it!  To view ten of the most popular Craft books at KDL this month, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List! And if you’re still looking for more ideas, check out our Crafting FunStorytime Crafts, and Knitting Books boards on Pinterest.

Top Ten Craft 7-19-2013

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Emmy Nominees at the Library

Friday, July 19th, 2013

61st PRIMETIME EMMY¨ AWARDSYesterday the Emmy nominees were announced. Catch up on past seasons of nominated series available on DVD at KDL.


The Big Bang Theory, CBS

Girls, HBO

Louie, FX

Modern Family, ABC

30 Rock, NBC

Veep, HBO


Breaking Bad, AMC

Downton Abbey, PBS

Homeland, Showtime

Game of Thrones, HBO

House of Cards, Netflix

Mad Men, AMC



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TV Series Debut Wrap-up

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Now that spring has officially ended and summer television programming has begun in earnest, it provides us with a great opportunity to look back at the fall/spring season of television and highlight shows that debuted with their first season.

The Mindy Project – From the hilarious mind of Mindy Kaling (better known as Kelly from The Office), The Mindy Project follows a successful single doctor living in New York City. The main premise of this laugh-out-loud show is watching Mindy trying to balance a successful career with a not-so-successful dating life. Mindy is smart, lovable, quick-witted, quirky, brutally honest, awkward, fashion conscious, a good friend, a bad friend, sometimes religious, independent… and the list goes on. In a nutshell, she is a realistic and rounded character with believable flaws, which makes her a very relatable and fun character. If you love sitcoms with witty dialogue and great characters, this is a show worth checking out.


Nashville – A typical ABC drama set in the high-stakes world of country music in Nashville. This fast-paced drama focuses on two country music stars, one aging and in the twilight of her career and one just starting out. Although the music takes a backseat to the drama and relationships of its characters, there is some music I am told is pretty good, for country music. If you’re wondering whether or not to take the plunge, think Grey’s Anatomy but in Nashville, and switch surgical supplies with guitars.



House of Cards – An innovative series starring Kevin Spacey as a corrupt congressman who doesn’t mind getting his hands a bit dirty (metaphorically, of course) to get the power he thinks he deserves. Following in the footsteps of other flawed main characters such as Tony Soprano from The Sopranos or Walter White from Breaking Bad, Spacey’s character can be just as nasty and yet has the audience surprisingly on his side. Initially released all at once on Netflix as a streaming-only show to much success and critical acclaim, some predict House of Cards to be a trailblazer in distribution. With other big shots on board such as David Fincher, it may just live up to the hype.


Arrow – Based on the comic Green ArrowArrow follows a billionaire playboy who fights evil and corruption with, you guessed it, a bow and arrow. Jam-packed with action and a handsome cast, Arrow is aimed at young adults. Even a glance at the show’s premise is sure to bring back memories of the fated NBC show The Cape, which only lasted 10 episodes. Whether it is the fast-paced nature of the show or the chiseled abs of the main actor, Arrow has been confirmed for at least one more season (only time will tell if #sixseasonsandamovie is in the realm of possibility for this one).


These four shows have either already been released on DVD or are available for hold through our library catalog.


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