Archive for September, 2013

The eBook & eAudiobook with No Waitlist

Monday, September 16th, 2013

nancyclancysupersleuthbookAs part of the Big Library Read program, we will be featuring Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth in both eBook and eAudiobook formats from September 16 – 30. During this two-week reading period, Book 1 from the Nancy Clancy series will be available for everyone that wishes to read it—no holds, no waitlists!

In Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth, author and Fancy Nancy creator Jane O’Connor brings us back to the glamorous world of our favorite fancy girl. Nancy Clancy may be a bit older and more sophisticated, but she hasn’t lost her love for fancy words, outrageous fashion and dramatic flair. She and her best friend Bree have everything they need to solve a mystery, from their totally professional trench coats to their top-secret code. But when crime strikes in their classroom, will these super sleuths be able to crack the case?

We encourage you to join this global “library book club.” It’s also a great opportunity to have a mini book club with your daughter or granddaughter!


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Stick”

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

StickStick by Andy Pritchett

In this colorful picture book, it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. A puppy wants nothing more than to find someone to play with, but each animal has its own idea of fun. The entire text is only six words, which makes this book ideal for toddlers and preschoolers. The illustrations help tell the story, and each animal’s page is in a different, bold color.

Encourage your child to identify the colors and then talk about how the animal on each page is feeling. Point to and identify the letters in the word “stick” each time it is repeated in the book. Repetition is a great way to practice vocabulary and will get your child ready to read.

–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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Learn More: The Affordable Care Act & You

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

WJRWKent District Library has partnered with Priority Health to present The Affordable Care Act and You, an informational seminar taking place at seven KDL branches. Recently Heidi Nagel, KDL Communications Manager, and Marti Lolli, Priority Health’s Director of Health Care Reform, went on WJRW Radio to talk more about the library program, the health care plan and how it all will affect you. Take a listen!

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Are You a Fan of True Crime?

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Are you fascinated by true crime stories? Whether classics like In Cold Blood by Truman Capote intrigue you or more recent true crime stories like A Death in Italy: The Definitive Account of the Amanda Knox Case by John Follain are more your style, there is something for everyone in this genre. True crime stories can be frightening, strange,\ and mysterious all at once. If you are looking for your next true crime story, check out our new True Crime booklist.

See the True Crime book display at the Plainfield Township branch that was created by Laura, one of our adult librarians:

True Crime Display

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Help Celebrate Amelia Bedelia’s Birthday

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

amelia bedeliaCelebrate Amelia Bedelia’s 50th birthday with a party featuring activities inspired by her books. We just hope she doesn’t bake a sponge cake!

Saturday, September 21, 10:00 AM – Gaines Township branch
Monday, September 30, 6:30 PM – Byron Township branch
Sunday, October 13, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Sunday, October 27, 2:00 PM – Cascade Township branch
Saturday, November 2, 10:00 AM – Krause Memorial branch
Thursday, November 7, 10:30 AM – Englehardt branch
Tuesday, November 12, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Wednesday, November 13, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Monday, November 18, 10:30 AM – Alto branch
Wednesday, November 20, 10:00 AM – Caledonia Township branch

For maps to all 18 of our branches, click here.


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KDL Top Ten – 9/13/2013

Friday, September 13th, 2013

This week’s Top Ten list highlights the 10 most checked-out eBooks at KDL this month.  Take a look at the list, and stop by KDL’s eBook site today!

Top Ten eBooks 09-13-2013

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October LibraryReads Staff Picks

Friday, September 13th, 2013

You 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 (including one recommended by KDL’s own Melissa DeWild!)

  1. The Rosie ProjectLibraryReadsFavoriteThe Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
    “Don Tillman, a brilliant geneticist, thinks that having women fill out a six-page, double-sided questionnaire before a date is logical and reasonable. Rosie Jarman, an impetuous barmaid, thinks Don should loosen up and learn to live a little. Follow the unlikely pair in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good story of unexpected joys, discovery and love.”
    — Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI

  2. LongbournLongbourn by Jo Baker
    “Using Pride and Prejudice’s familiar setting and characters, Baker tells a very different story of family, love and self-discovery. Bold and intelligent, Sarah is an orphaned housemaid whose days are filled with hard, body-punishing work. Baker doesn’t sugar-coat. A beautiful, uplifting novel full of mystery, hope and romance. Highly recommended for Austen fans and historical fiction readers.”
    — Jenifer May, Secaucus Public Library, Secaucus, NJ

  3. The LowlandThe Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
    “Spanning the oceans from India to Rhode Island, this is a story of brothers and allegiances, mothers and challenges, families and turmoil. Lahiri fleshes out her characters and events with such exquisite prose that I find myself rereading sentences just for the experience of their impact. Another literary triumph for Lahiri!”
    Jeanne Altman, Darien Library, Darien, CT

  4. CartwheelCartwheel by Jennifer duBois
    “College student Lily Hayes is an accident waiting to happen. While studying abroad in Buenos Aires, she becomes the prime suspect in her roommate Katy’s murder. DuBois’s haunting story captures a family shattered by their young daughter’s imprisonment. A well-written novel highly recommended for book clubs.”
    — Karen Kilbride, Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN

  5. Hawthorn & ChildHawthorn & Child by Keith Ridgway
    “Ridgway has taken the ‘partner cops’ and ‘troubled cops’ sub-genres to new levels. Hawthorn is a haunted man with a callous worldview. Child is his apt foil: humane, funny and insightful. Set in contemporary London, the story draws readers quickly and completely into a complex, seedy world of crime, madness and despair.”
    — Margaret Donovan, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA

  6. The StopThe Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement by Nick Saul & Andrea Curtis
    “Nick Saul chronicles his years spent as director of The Stop, a community food center in Toronto, Ontario that reinvented itself by starting several innovative programs to combat poverty and hunger while building community in the process. Read this book and be inspired to create change in your own neighborhood!”
    Melissa DeWild, Kent District Library, Comstock Park, MI

  7. We Are WaterWe Are Water by Wally Lamb
    “Annie Oh, a newly famous artist, sends her family into a tailspin when she announces her intention to marry her powerful gallerist, Viveca. While Annie’s husband Orion is devastated by the loss of his wife of 27 years, her children’s responses range from delight to denial. Good writing and distinct characters, personalities and voices.”
    Katie Karkheck, Valley Cottage Library, Valley Cottage, NY

  8. The GoldfinchThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    “Fans of The Secret History will rediscover the Tartt they loved back in 1992. Readers who love the novelist for her richly developed, dark, multi-layered characters and thoroughly researched topics will not be disappointed. Tartt pulls together many threads of a story across a long span of pages and into a complete masterpiece.”
    Kim Dorman, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ

  9. The Tilted WorldThe Tilted World by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly
    “The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 is the backdrop for one of my favorite historical novels of the last few years. Bootleggers, revenuers, an orphaned child, extreme weather, a disintegrating marriage and romance. There are no dull characters or moments in this beautifully-written story.”
    Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC

  10. Hunting SeasonHunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town by Mirta Ojito
    “Ojito, a former New York Times reporter, chronicles the events leading up to the 2008 murder of an undocumented Ecuadorian immigrant on Long Island, detailing the reactions of family and community members, government officials, civic leaders and public library staff. A nuanced and in-depth look at hate crimes, and a powerful story that deserves to be told.”
    Anne Lee, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

See for more information and find your next great read!


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Great Reads on eightWest

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Looking for your next great read? Morgan from our East Grand Rapids branch recently appeared on eightWest to share her recommendations for all ages. Watch the segment and then request one today!

Morgan on eightWest
Pick Your Next Must-Read

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Patron Story: A Boy, Dogs & Books

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

BranchesLesson learned: the more ruff the reading, the less rough the reading.

Daniel Deindorfer was not yet in kindergarten when he and his mom visited the Cascade Township branch and saw the dogs. More specifically, dogs lounging on blankets in quiet corners of the library, seemingly all-ears as they were being read to by children.

One look at that, said his mother, and dog-lover Daniel was in. The summers of 2006 and 2007, Daniel was signed up every chance he could to read to West Michigan Therapy Dogs Inc. through the Ruff Readers programs at the Cascade and Englehardt branches.

Read Daniel’s story here.


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Attention Gamers & Comic Book Fans!

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

GrandConKDL is partnering with GrandCon Gaming & Comic Arts Convention for a geek-tastic extravaganza where you can revel in

  • Board game tourneys
  • Author signings
  • Role playing events
  • Special screenings of movies
  • And so much more!

Prince Conference Center
1800 East Beltline Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Tomorrow (Friday, September 13) is your LAST CHANCE to pre-register and save on your badges. Get your geek on, see you at GrandCon!

For the first 600 attendees, with your valid badge and the presentation of your KDL card, college student, educator, or military/law enforcement ID, GrandCon will give you a $3 credit to spend while you are at the convention. (Valid current ID must be presented for this one-time credit. This credit will not stack with multiple ID’s that you may own.)


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