Archive for August, 2013

Walker Branch Closing Early on 8/17

Thursday, August 15th, 2013


The Walker branch will be closing early on Saturday, August 17 for carpet cleaning. The branch will close at 2:00 PM instead of 5:00 PM. Regular hours will resume on Monday, August 19. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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Calling All Teens

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Summer getting a bit long? Teen summer volunteers at the library have lots of opportunities to work with kids and help with programs at each of the KDL branches. A few comments:

“I love to see the smiles on their faces when the little kids turn in their completed reading logs and get a prize.”
“It’s lots of fun to help with the programs… especially the food programs.”
“We get first chance to play with the animals at the petting zoo and pet show.”

KDL branches register teens in May, so if this summer seems to be dragging, keep us in mind for next year  We love to have you!

Favorite Teen Volunteer books this summer include:

Why Is Snot Green and Other Extremely Important Questions (and Answers) by Glenn Murphy


     The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale


Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride


The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater




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Writing Workshop for Adults — Sign Up Today!

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

WriteMichiganHeaderEntering this year’s Write Michigan Short Story Contest?

Authors Phillip Sterling and Matthew Rohr — finalist and Judges’ Choice runner-up in the inaugural Write Michigan Short Story Contest, respectively — will help participants craft and edit their short stories for brevity. Discussion and exercises on characterization, setting, point-of-view and conflict may help generate the next Write Michigan winners!  You do not have to plan to enter the Write Michigan contest to attend. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Saturday, September 28, 11:00 AMCascade Township branch
Click here to register or call Patron Services at 616-784-2007.


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Freegal Music Update

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Regular users of our Freegal Music service may have noticed that the Freegal website looks a little different today. Freegal has launched a number of new updates, including:

  • A brand-new look as well as an updated search engine
  • More content from your favorite artists, with millions of songs available
  • Browse the new website at without logging in, and send links to individual songs to your friends (login still required to download songs)
  • Download your favorite music videos as well as song files (note that a video will count as 2 of your 3 allotted downloads for the week)
  • Create a wishlist of songs you may want to download in the future
  • Backup songs downloaded from the Freegal app into iTunes
  • Delete songs from the Freegal app to save memory on your mobile device

Freegal Update

Not familiar with Freegal? This is an awesome service that allows KDL cardholders to download 3 songs per week, completely free! The MP3 files are yours to keep — they will never expire or disappear. Check it out today at!


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National LibraryReads Staff Picks List

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

LibraryReadsFavoriteYou already know that your local KDL staff provide great recommendations when you’re looking for your next favorite book. Now library staff across the nation have connected to offer LibraryReads, a nationwide “Top 10” list of favorite titles each month! Check out these upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you!

  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  2. How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  3. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  4. Help for the Haunted by John Searles
  5. The Returned by Jason Mott
  6. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  7. Margot by Jillian Cantor
  8. Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
  9. Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
  10. A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett

See for more information, including reviews of each title, and find your next great read!


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“Sherlock Holmes” Giveaway!

Monday, August 12th, 2013

KDL is partnering with Grand Rapids Civic Theatre this season to offer passes to dress rehearsals for certain performances downtown, and performance-themed programs at two of our branches.

To kick this off, we’re offering 25 pairs of passes to the dress rehearsal of Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure at 7:30 PM on Thursday, September 5. The first 25 KDL cardholders to show up and ask at either the Plainfield Township branch or the Wyoming branch will receive two passes. First-come, first-served! Go!!

The East Grand Rapids branch also will host a talk at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, September 18 by Civic Director Bruce Tinker titledSherlock Holmes: Unlocking the Mysteries of Staging a Master Sleuth.” Learn from an insider about the challenges and particulars of putting together a performance of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s master work.

Looking for library materials on Sherlock Holmes? KDL has got ’em. Click here!




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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Clothespin Word Puzzles

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

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Fresh laundry drying on an outside clothesline is one of the sure signs of summer. Here’s a way to reuse those old wooden clothespins to make simple letter puzzles. Pinching clothespins helps young children develop fine motor skills they will need to hold a pencil once they are in school. Matching and sorting letters also helps children learn the form and shape of letters and words.


  • Wooden clothespins
  • Glue
  • Cardboard cut into rectangles (a cereal box works well for this)
  • Pictures cut from a magazine or printed from a computer
  • Glue
  • Markers or crayons

To Make:

Write a word on a piece of cardboard. Add a corresponding picture to the cardboard cut from a magazine or printed from a computer. Draw one letter for each letter in the word onto a wooden clothespin.

To Use:

Have children find the clothespins that match each letter in the word  and clip the corresponding pin over the letter written on the piece of cardboard.

Other Ideas:

Make a long strip of cardboard with the whole alphabet written on it and a clothespin for each letter. This is also a good way to have a child practice writing his or her name.

— Anjie G. at KDL’s Walker 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 Manga for the Beginner

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Interested in Manga but not sure where to start? Here are three teen-recommend titles for you to try:inuyasha

A great place to start is InuYasha by Rumiko Takahashi. This is an easy manga to read and understand, as long as you start at the beginning, which is the “back” of the book. There are 56 books in the complete series, so if you really like it there are a lot of books to read! “Kagome, a modern-day high school girl, is pulled into Japan’s ancient past! There her destiny is linked to a dog-eared half demon named Inuyasha.

pichipichiThe second recommendation is for Pichi Pichi Pitch by Michiko Yokote & Pink Hanamori.  This one is probably more appealing to girls due to the mermaid and romance. “Lucia is the new girl at school. She and her sister run a public bath that’s all the rage. When Lucia meets a terrific-looking surfer boy, there’s just one little problem: Lucia is a mermaid and a princess on an important mission to save the seven seas from an evil force.” There are currently seven books published.onepiece

Last but not least is One Piece by Eiichiro Oda. This is another large series, with 67 volumes. “As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber… at the cost of never being able to swim again!  Years later, Luffy sets off in search of the “One Piece,” said to be the greatest treasure in the world.”


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Author Barbara Mertz Dies at Age 85

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

2ac25cb1914fe81a390f6a706700b8ffBest-selling mystery author Barbara Mertz died Thursday morning at her home in Maryland. Barbara Mertz wrote nonfiction books about ancient Egypt, after receiving her Ph.D in Egyptology at age 23. Additionally, she wrote mysteries as Elizabeth Peters and suspense books as Barbara Michaels. Her mystery novels mainly featured a daring Victorian archaeologist named Amelia Peabody. In 1989, she received the Grand Master lifetime achievement award from the Mystery Writers of America.


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KDL Top Ten – 8/9/2013

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Heat up your summer with KDL!  This week’s Top Ten list celebrates Romance Awareness Month.  These are 10 of the most checked-out titles in KDL’s Adult Romance collection!

Top Ten Romance 08-09-2013

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