Archive for 2014

Deadline for Write Michigan is Approaching!

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Write Michigan 2014The deadline for submitting an entry to the second annual Write Michigan Short Story contest is November 30… so get writing! Opportunities like this don’t come around every day, so don’t miss out on this chance to get published and win money! With categories for youth, teen and adult, the entire family can participate.

See www.writemichigan.org for complete details.


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Beekeeping Program Canceled

Monday, November 17th, 2014

The Beekeeping program scheduled for 6:30 PM tonight at the Comstock Park Branch has been canceled due to the weather. We hope to work with the presenter to reschedule. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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Herbal Holiday Gifts Program Canceled

Monday, November 17th, 2014

SeedLibraryLogoThe Herbal Holiday Gifts programs scheduled for 6:30 PM tonight at the Grandville Branch and 6:30 PM tomorrow night at the Wyoming Branch have been canceled by the presenter. The program at 6:30 PM on Thursday, November 20 at the Spencer Township Branch is still scheduled at this point. We hope to work with the presenter to reschedule, and if so, will contact those on the registration lists. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

 


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Everyone Loves a Parade 

There are many opportunities to watch a parade this time of year. Whether you visit a high school football game or catch a holiday parade, the booming rhythm of a big band can get your child excited about music and movement.

Try out different instruments at home, then get ready to march! Pots and pans make great simple drums. Take turns leading the band. Set the tempo with a drum and play along as you march around the room. Practice playing fast and slow, quiet and loud.

Little Pig Joins the Band by David Hyde Costello provides lots of marching band inspiration. Each member of Little Pig’s family finds a place in the band, but Little Pig just can’t seem to find an instrument that works for him. Then he discovers that the band needs a leader!

For more musical inspiration, try one of KDL’s many classical music CDs available for children.

— Sara M. at the Sand Lake / Nelson 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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KD aLe: We’re Pouring a Second Round

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

KD Ale logo WEBIt’s back: our wildly hop-ular beer making and tasting series, and this time we’ve got more tastings, more programs and more local breweries and brew gurus to prime your palate for local craft beer.

A complete listing of events is below. Those that require registration are indicated as such in bold green lettering. Last year, events filled fast and the waiting lists went all the way around the building (virtually, of course), so sign up early! Click here to register for in-branch tastings.

 

Home Brewing 101
Edward Long from Siciliano’s Market and local home brewer Matt Ross outline the basics, including ingredients, equipment, process and everything else you need to get started.

Siciliano's MarketMonday, December 8, 6:30 PM, Sand Lake/ Nelson Twp. Branch
Thursday, January 15, 6:00 PM, Byron Twp. Branch
Tuesday, January 20, 6:00 PM, Caledonia Twp. Branch
Thursday, January 22, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Tuesday, January 27, 6:30 PM, Tyrone Twp. Branch
Wednesday, February 11, 6:00 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, February 19, 6:30 PM, Comstock Park Branch

 

Rockford Brewing CompanyRockford Brewing Company Tour
See how they make their signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan’s Irish Stout and Paradigm MPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Company, 12 E. Bridge St. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Tuesday, January 6, 6:30 PM, Rockford Brewing Company
Tuesday, February 10, 6:30 PM, Rockford Brewing Company

 

Great American Brew TrailBeer Sampling with the Great American Brew Trail’s Amy Sherman
The energetic host of the popular television series will screen and discuss one of her favorite episodes and lead a tasting of four of the brewery’s signature beers. Pre-registration is required. Participants must be 21 or older to attend and each attendee must register separately. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Tuesday, January 13, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
(featuring Brewery Vivant)
Tuesday, February 3, 6:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
(featuring Crankers Brewery)

 

Schmohz BrewerySchmohz Brewery Tour
Learn how they make their signature beers such as Hopknocker Imperial IPA, Treasure Chest ESB and Bonecrusher Stout. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Schmohz Brewery, 2600 Patterson Ave. SE. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Wednesday, January 21, 7:00 PM, Schmohz Brewery

 

Pauly'sBeer Tasting with Pauly’s
Pauly’s brew guru Stacey Faba will share tastes of four of her favorite Michigan craft beers. She’ll explain how not to be intimidated by those mile-long brewery beer lists — and how in the world you choose. Pre-registration is required. Participants must be 21 or older and each attendee must register separately.

Wednesday, January 28, 6:00 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch

 

Osgood BrewingOsgood Brewing Tour
Get a “backstage pass” and see how they produce signature beers such as Sol Seeker Wheat, Journey IPA and Best Day Ever Double IPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Osgood Brewing, 4051 Chicago Dr. SW in Grandville. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Wednesday, January 28, 6:30 PM, Osgood Brewing
Thursday, February 12, 6:30 PM, Osgood Brewing

 

Gravel Bottom BreweryWrap-up Party and Beer Release with Gravel Bottom Brewery
Learn all about how Gravel Bottom brews their beers, including KD aLe, which will be tapped for the first time that very night. Peruse their homebrew supply store and watch a homebrew demonstration. Don’t forget to show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting. Tour and talk will be held at the Gravel Bottom Brewery, 418 Ada Dr. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Wednesday, February 25, 6:30 PM, Gravel Bottom Brewery

 


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KDL Top Ten — Cookbooks

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Stir things up — take home a cookbook from KDL today!  This week’s Top Ten presents 10 of the most popular titles in our Cooking section:

KDL Top Ten Cookbooks 11-14-2014

 

 


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Grand River, Great Reads!

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The namesake of our area, the Grand River, has been getting a lot of attention lately. Many groups and coalitions are in the midst of a planning process to restore the river to its original habitat and to rejuvenate the public areas surrounding it. This is an effort that affects more than just downtown GR, as these are spaces visited by people from the whole county and beyond. KDL residents interested in the Grand River might find the following books valuable:

Our Grand Journey by Jeff Alexander and Howard Meyerson

A contemporary paddle excursion along the whole length of the Grand River exploring its nature, people and communities.

 

 

The Grand (Rivers of Michigan Series) by Kit Lane

A look at the Grand River and how it’s been used throughout history, from Native Americans to modern kayakers.

 

 

 

The Story of Grand River by C. Donald Chrysler

A brief history of Michigan’s longest river published in celebration of the nation’s bicentennial.

 

 

 

 

 

And for those who simply love river stories of any kind, there are a number of classic great reads which feature a river as their focal point, so find a comfy seat and enjoy the cruise!

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

Classic Twain… join Huck and Jim as they escape down the Mississippi River.

 

 

 

The African Queen by C.S. Forester

C.S. Forester’s tale of adventure up the Ulanga River, made more famous by Bogart and Hepburn.

 

 

 

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s classic detective, investigates not one, but two murders while sailing down the Nile.

 

 

Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose.

Award winning historian Stephen Ambrose relays the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition, a non-fiction account that reads like fiction.

 

 

 


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Books that Bring You Home for the Holidays

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

It’s time to read your way into the holiday spirit! Check out Library Journal’s Christmas Literary Escapes, written by our very own Melissa DeWild, Collection Development Manager at KDL. These holiday tales will have you wanting to pack up and visit a small town (or island) for Christmas. The settings are full of charm even when there’s a murderer on the loose, so settle in for another snowy season of crime and family get-togethers.

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KDL on WGVU — Chris Van Allsburg Visit

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The Misadventures of Sweetie PieEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to East Grand Rapids Branch staff Holly Goulet and Vanessa Walstra talk about an upcoming visit by award-winning author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg and some great holiday reads. Enjoy!

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• Find out more about Chris Van Allsburg’s visit

• Get a ticket to the book signing

• Request The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie by Chris Van Allsburg

• Request Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

• Request The Princess Bride

• Request As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

• Request The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

• Request The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

• Request Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

 


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — Go Away, Big Green Monster

Sunday, November 9th, 2014
The Go Away, Big Green Monster! app is a fun and interactive adaptation of the popular picture book of the same name by Ed Emberley. As in the book, the monster is assembled and then taken apart again as his various face parts are told to “go away.” Follow along as the author reads the book. Have fun changing the monster’s face. Being in control of this monster just might make him a little less scary to little ones. The app allows children to read the book alone or to sing along to a catchy musical version of the book. Watch the book come alive in this engaging app available for Apple, Android and Amazon devices.

— Julie R.  at KDL’s 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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