Archive for November, 2013

Great Winter Events for Families

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Click on the links below to see where and when each winter-themed program will be held:

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Polar Express Party

All aboard! Hop on the Polar Express and enjoy a magical storytime train ride. Play games, make a reindeer ornament, enjoy an edible train and more at this cozy holiday party. Sponsored by Karl Orthodontics.

Gingerbread Lane

Enjoy tasty gingerbread stories and make a simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. Sponsored by Karl Orthodontics.

The Reindeer Are Coming!

Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the library. Dress warmly, and don’t forget the camera!

Winter Blast

Join us at the library for winter-inspired fun. Crafts, snacks & more.


Tun-Dra Kennels owners will talk about sled dogs, mushing equipment and the Iditarod. Families can meet the dogs and watch a demonstration outside, weather permitting.



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Cascade Twp. Branch Closing Early 11/27

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Cascade Township

The Cascade Township branch will close early on Wednesday, November 27 for carpet cleaning. The branch will close at 5:00 PM instead of 8:00 PM. The branch will be closed on Thursday, November 28 in honor of Thanksgiving, and regular hours will resume on Friday, November 29. We apologize for any inconvenience.


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Author Doris Lessing Dies at Age 94

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

lessing_sv_ak_photoNobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing died Sunday at the age of 94.  Ms. Lessing wrote many novels, short stories, essays and poems, but she is most well-known for her novel The Golden Notebook.  Published in 1962, the book was considered daring and was a frank exploration of the inner lives of women who were free to live their lives without the constraints of marriage or children.

Her last novel, published in 2002, was “The Sweetest Dream,” which the author considered a stand-in for a third volume of her autobiography.  The book focuses mainly on the 1960s.


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — Toontastic Jr. Pirates

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Toontastic Jr. PiratesAhoy Matey! Check out Toontastic Jr. Pirates, an app that allows you to make a story that is all your own. Using various pre-created scenes, users can record their own dialogue and move characters around like puppets. For each story you choose a beginning, middle and end, add music to create tone and give the story a title and author. Deciding these components of a story will help children learn how a story works, which aids in developing reading comprehension, but making the stories is also a ton of fun! Use your imagination, silly voices and humor as you tell “what happens next” in each section. The app also has a mode called StoryShare where you can collaboratively create the story with another user and watch your creation together. Try this app for free on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Unlock all scenes for $2.99.

 –Julie R., Caledonia 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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KDL Top Ten – 11/22/2013

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

If you’re looking for your next divine read, check out this week’s top ten list!  These are ten of the most popular Adult Inspirational Fiction titles at KDL this month.

And please recommend your favorite Inspirational book or author in the Comments section below!

Top Ten Inspirational 11-22-2013


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KDL: Your One-Stop Shop for Storytimes

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

StorytimeIf you have young children in your life, we’ve got a storytime for you! The huge assortment of storytimes offered at KDL branches ensures that we have a program to meet your family’s needs. Storytimes are a great opportunity for your child to learn new things, make new friends and fall in love with books and reading. As a parent, you know how important those things are! Check out our great line-up of storytimes this winter. Click on the links for dates, times and locations. We hope to see you and your little ones there!

Delight and stimulate your baby with songs, a story and playtime. Get to know other families and help your baby develop listening and language skills. For babies from birth to 18 months with a caregiver.

Toddler Time
Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop their language, motor and social skills. For children ages 3 and younger with a caregiver.

Preschool Storytime
Preschoolers enjoy stories, rhymes, music, movement and more as they build their early literacy skills and develop a love of reading. For children ages 3 to 6.

Family Storytime
Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement as a family; develop early literacy skills and encourage a love of reading. For children ages 6 and younger with a caregiver.

Rhyme Time Music and Movement
Move and groove together with action rhymes, songs, games and hands-on musical activities that will help children develop motor, listening, and literacy skills. For children ages 6 and younger with a caregiver.

Sensory Storytime
Rhythm, movement, stories and sensory-friendly fun. Designed for children with special needs, especially children who may have a hard time sitting still or focusing in big groups. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. Kids ages 3-10 and their families are welcome.

Evening Storytime
For families who can’t come to the library during the day, Evening Storytime offers an evening of stories and fun. Bring your teddy bear or other snuggly friend; pajamas optional! For children ages 6 and younger with a caregiver.


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November 22, 1963: Kennedy, Lewis & Huxley

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

It’s hard to forget that this year is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But did you know that two great thinkers and authors died on the exact same day? C.S. Lewis is perhaps best known as the author of the Chronicles of Narnia, but he was a prolific writer and apologist for the Christian faith, and perhaps is the most influential Christian writer of the 20th century. His other writings include Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters. Aldous Huxley is best known for his novel Brave New World, which is considered to be one of the most important books of the 20th century. Any lover of dystopian fiction will want to add this book to their must-read list. Huxley was also a prominent philosopher, essayist, and poet. You’ll find books & movies by and about these authors at your local branch or in our eBook collection at

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New in Teen Sci-Fi

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Check out these amazing new releases, including the beginning of an exciting new series.

 The Dream ThievesThe Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been awakened, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after. Book 2 in The Raven Cycle.

Champion by Marie LuChampion

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them.

allegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth

Told from a riveting dual perspective. The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties and painful memories. But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind.

The Eye of Minds by James DashnerThe Eye of Minds

An all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure from the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists and gaming beyond your wildest dreams… and your worst nightmares.


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“Neighboring Sounds” of Fear and Suspicion

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Neighboring Sounds is a fascinating, sometimes frustrating, sometimes humorous  Brazilian film about things that are hidden, and about the fear the haves sometimes harbor about the have-nots (or have-less). Set in the sun-filled coastal  town of Recife, its cast of characters almost all inhabit a single building—a high-rise—that, like other high-rises in the city, is also near some much less-prosperous favelas (or shantytowns) that happen to supply some of the domestic help employed in said high-rises. On one level this is a movie about class and wealth differences in a modern South American setting, but the director, Kleber Mendonça Filho (directing his first fiction feature film), chooses a subtle, mysterious approach here—though it’s possible as an American there are parts that simply went under my radar. That said, the engine that moves the plot forward involves an increasing crime rate near the high-rise, and the consequent concern of its residents. Suddenly a man in a brown vest with a business card appears, offering some private security—a 7pm to 7am watch. Some people are more interested than others—one, a mother of two children, has as much interest in getting rid of a noisy dog than anything else, while the wealthy patriarch of the building and his son have a greater desire than ever to keep safe—especially when they suspect they have someone in their own family who is skirting the edge of the law.

Without giving too much away, it’s important to note a couple things: one, “Neighboring Sounds” is not a traditional thriller in any sense of the word, though it does keep us tense and guessing at times, wondering what a scene might mean without being fully informed, even at the end. Second, the theme—and this is merely one possibility among others—is wrapped up in its structure, which is one of closed doors, fences, fears and the indestructibility of a traumatic past. A final note (unless you’re already familiar with the recent history of Brazil):  it’s important and helpful to know that around 1984, the military regime in Brazil ended its twenty year reign, leading to a more open and democratic era.  Keep this in mind as you get close to the end of the film.

Not rated, but is the equivalent of an R movie.


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Author Barbara Park Dies

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013



Author Barbara Park has died after a long struggle with ovarian cancer at the age of 66. She is the author of the well-known Junie B. Jones series, featuring the smart-mouth 6-year-old. Barbara Park started writing the series in 1992 and has published more than 30 of the illustrated chapter books. Young fans love the realistic and humorous outlook of Junie, while some parents and educators worried that the books might be a bad influence. She also wrote picture books and novels for middle school kids.

KDL will partner with Grand Rapids Civic Theatre in April to offer a givewawy of Junie B. Jones dress rehearsal vouchers — keep an eye on the blog or on our Facebook page to find out when the giveaway begins.

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