Archive for August, 2013

KDL Top Ten – 8/23/2013

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Do you blanch at the thought of summer coming to an end?  Then, get yourself into a jam, or possibly a pickle, with this well-preserved booklist!  View 10 of the most popular titles in Canning and Preserving at KDL – click on the link to this week’s KDL Top Ten list!

Top Ten Canning 08-23-2013


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Library Impact Story: Bethany Refugees

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

IMG_0957For many visitors to the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch, the library serves as a gateway to many resources they need to start a new way of life.

Since November, two groups from the Bethany Christian Services Refugee Resettlement Program have toured the branch. Bethany’s West Michigan resettlement program helps some 600 refugees annually — people who have fled their home countries because they fear for their safety. Read the full story here.




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Grandville Branch Power Restored

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

The Grandville branch is currently closed due to a power outage that is affecting much of the downtown Grandville area. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to reopen as soon as power is restored.

UPDATE: Power has been restored and the branch has re-opened. Thanks for your patience!


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MeLCat Unavailable Thursday Evening

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

MeLCat, the service that allows KDL cardholders to request items from libraries around the state, will be unavailable starting at 5:00 PM tonight (Thursday, August 22) to perform a software upgrade. 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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The New 52: Superhero Redux

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

I have always enjoyed Batman, especially when Christopher Nolan re-launched the Batman films. But I never really got into the graphic novels because I thought the storylines might be so confusing or convoluted with past character interactions and story plots that I would be out of the loop.

However, DC Comics, the creators of iconic super heroes such as Batman, Superman, Flash and Wonder Woman, have decided to relaunch their entire line of graphic novels. The revamping of the storylines is called The New 52 and began in 2011 with the Justice League. While I just discovered The New 52 a week ago, I have been really impressed with the artwork and storylines of the few graphic novels I have read. I have read voraciously the first volumes of Batman, Batman Dark Night, Batgirl, Green Arrow and am about to start reading Batwoman and Catwoman once my holds come in.  So if you have ever had any interest in reading your favorite superhero graphic novels but had been put off, now is your chance to start while the storylines have started over.



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Can’t Get Enough of Cedar Cove?

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Neither can we!Cedar Cove

The new Hallmark Channel TV series, Cedar Cove, based on the bestselling book series by Debbie Macomber has charmed viewers with a beautiful small town setting on the northwest coast, likable characters, and light romantic suspense.

If you’ve read the Cedar Cove series, be sure to check out other books by Debbie Macomber.  For all of you hard-core Debbie fans looking for similar authors, let us recommend a few!  Susan Wiggs and Sherryl Woods write books that are especially similar.  You may also want to try anything by Mary Kay Andrews or Kristan Higgins and David Baldacci’s One Summer.  You can find several other recommendations on the Contemporary Romance sheet on the Popular Authors by Genre portion of our website.

For a similar viewing experience, try the TV series Everwood.

Finally, tell us who your favorite Cedar Cove character is!  You might have guessed that one of our favorites is Grace (the librarian)!


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Updated OverDrive Media Console App

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

OverDrive Media Console 3Users of KDL’s free eBooks & eAudiobooks may have noticed that the OverDrive Media Console app for mobile devices was updated today. The new OverDrive Media Console 3 adds some great new features, including:

  • A redesigned user interface with an all-new look, streamlined navigation and a one-stop reorganized menu. App functions are just a swipe and tap away.
  • Users can sync bookmarks and reading progress across multiple devices using a free, opt-in registration service called OverDrive One.
  • Variable speed playback. Play eAudiobooks from .5x to 2x normal speed. (iOS only)
  • First-time user tutorial screens. The app now provides guidance to help new users add a library and get books.

If your device runs iOS 6 (or newer) or Android v4.0 (or newer), you will be prompted to update your app, or you can download it directly. (If you have an older device, the current version of the OverDrive app that you have installed will continue to function as normal.)

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

Happy Downloading!


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Author Elmore Leonard Dies At Age 87

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Well-known Michigan author Elmore Leonard died at his home in Bloomfield Township on Tuesday at the age of 87. Elmore Leonard started out writing westerns for magazines in 1951.  60 years later he was still publishing a book a year because “it’s fun.”  In 2009, Elmore Leonard was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the American chapter of PEN.  Last year, he was presented with an award for distinguished contribution to American letters from the National Book Foundation.


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters”

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Romping Monsters, Stomping MonstersRomping Monsters, Stomping Monsters by Jane Yolen

Monsters are playing ball, riding bikes and picnicking at the Creepy Commons park in this new picture book. The two-page illustrations and rhyming text make this book perfect for reading aloud to a group. Invite listeners to guess the rhyming word that comes next, using the pictures as clues. In a one-on-one setting, have your little one point to various monsters in an “I Spy” game. Can you find the monster going for a jog? This story has rich action words, such as lope, hurl and teeter. As you read together, talk about what these words mean. You may even be inspired to create your own monsters with construction paper, or simply draw a funny shape and have your child create a monster face. Talking about new words and drawing are wonderful ways to get your child ready to read and write.

–Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield Township branch



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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Teen Writing Workshop — Sign Up Today!

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Do you plan to enter the Write Michigan Short Story Contest? Got a super story idea, but don’t know where to start? Learn the tricks to writing dynamic, compelling and downright awesome short stories. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. KDL is offering two workshops just for teens:

Saturday, September 21, 11:00 AMWyoming branch — presented by the Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center

Saturday, October 12, 11:00 AMSand Lake/ Nelson Township branch — led by local author-illustrator Ryan Hipp

Click here to register


GRCYC logo Ryan Hipp 

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