Archive for January, 2014

KDL Top Ten — Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Friday, January 31st, 2014

If you’re looking for an out-of-this-world read, grab something from our sci-fi collection!  These are 10 of the most popular Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy titles at KDL this month:

Top Ten Adult Science Fiction 01-31-2014


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“To the Wonder”

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Terence Malick’s “To the Wonder,” released on DVD last year, is only the director’s sixth feature film since his first—“Badlands”—was released in the early 1970s. He is a director who obviously takes his time, and who is also notoriously shy of interviews, choosing instead to let his films—beautiful, mysterious, elliptical and spiritual—to speak for him. For the sake of full disclosure, I admit that his second film, “Days of Heaven” (1978), is one of my favorites (I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve watched it), so I always approach a new film by him with a great deal of excitement, and, for the most part, I have not been let down by his subsequent work. (His previous, “The Tree of Life,” was stunning to some, baffling to others, but everyone had to agree it was original in its approach to its story.)

“To the Wonder,” like its predecessors, uses voice-over narration and beautiful imagery to tell the story of a man and woman in and out of love. It begins in Paris but soon shifts from that classic locale to Oklahoma (it was filmed in Bartelsville, but this is not mentioned in the film), where the landscape, though present-day, reminds one of “Days of Heaven” and “The Tree of Life” (Malick was born and raised in nearby Texas). What’s particularly fascinating about the storytelling here is that it defies the usual expectations about narrative. We’re used to characters being explained–by themselves or by other means– as a way of moving the story forward, but here we learn as much from (sometimes cryptic) visuals cues, voiceover, and snippets of dialogue as anything else. This can take some getting used to, but once the viewer understands this, the story does move forward. Another thing to understand is that increasingly, Malick has been more explicit about religion, which here takes the form, at least in the context of the film, of Christian faith, albeit one rooted less in creed than in mystery. This is shown most explicitly through Javier Bardem’s character, a Catholic priest who, though only briefly involved with the main characters, plays a sort of counterpoint or complementary role to their search for human love, while he seeks to find God more fully in the faces of the poor around him. Finally, there is the ever-present use of natural and man-made imagery that Malick continues to revel in, and that serves to show us in sometimes unexpected places the beauty of the world around us.

“To the Wonder” will test the patience of some, and annoy others with what at least appears as pretentiousness; to this viewer, whatever problems there might be with the film, they are offset by the conviction that here we are confronted with a unique artistic sensibility in the world of contemporary filmmaking, a sensibility on good display in “To the Wonder.”

(This film is rated R.)

 


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A Blind Date… with a Book

Friday, January 31st, 2014

blind date bookTired of the same old genre? Looking to spice up your reading life? During the month of February, stop by the branches below and check out a specially-wrapped book from our display. Fill out the attached “Rate Your Date” form and drop it in the box next to the book display by February 28 to be entered in a drawing. If you don’t like the book, simply return it to the library; its feelings won’t be hurt.

Participating Branches:
Alpine Township (adults & teens)
Byron Township (adults & teens)
Caledonia Township (adults & teens)
Cascade Township (teens)
Comstock Park (adults & teens)
Englehardt (teens)
Gaines Township (adults & teens)
Grandville (adults)
Kentwood (teens)
Plainfield Township (adults)
Sand Lake / Nelson Township (adults)
Spencer Township (adults & teens)

 


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Easy Way to Win Awesome Prizes!

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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Take a few minutes to share your story… it’s a simple way to earn a chance to win sensational  prizes (including an iPad Mini)!

Record yourself telling a short (five minutes or less) but true story from your life — be it funny, sad or life-changing — and share it on KDL’s website for a chance to win several prizes in a random drawing. Deadline for submissions is February 8. To share your story, just fill out the online form, which also includes prompts to help get ideas flowing.

If you do not have any equipment to record yourself, the Alpine Township, Cascade Township, East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Spencer Township and Wyoming branches can provide a quiet room with a laptop and microphone. Please call ahead at 616-784-2007 to reserve a time.

 

 


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SPENCER AND TYRONE TWP BRANCHES CLOSING EARLY

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Due to increasingly hazardous weather conditions, KDL’s Spencer Township branch will close today at 5:30 PM and the Tyrone Township branch will close at 6:00 PM. We apologize for the inconvenience and wish all of our staff and customers safe travels if necessary this evening.


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Byron Twp. Branch Closed Due to Power Outage

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The Byron Township Branch is currently closed due to a partial power outage. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to re-open the branch when power is restored.

UPDATE: Power has been restored and the branch is now open. Thanks for your patience!

Byron Township Branch


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Good News for Readers!

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

GenreDerbyLogoWe have some great news to share!  For every gift you give to the KDL Genre Derby to support new digital and physical book collections, a 50% matching gift will be provided by one of our two sponsors, Robert Maloof at Edward Jones or First United Credit Union.

You can help KDL get more books on the shelves!  Vote for your favorite genre by donating at www.fundly.com/KDLgenrederby2014. Don’t forget to share the link on Facebook and Twitter.  Thank you for your help!

Click here to learn more about our Genre Derby.

 

 

 


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ALA Youth Awards

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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Even though Michigan is under a blanket of snow, the 2014 ALA youth awards were announced Monday to the eagerly awaiting librarians.  So without further ado, here are the outstanding books!

LocomotiveThe Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children goes to Locomotive illustrated by Brian Floca.  The three honor books are:

Flora & UlyssesThe Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature goes to Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo.  The four honor books are as follows:

MidwinterbloodThe Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults goes to Midwinterblood written by Marcus Sedgwick.  The four honor books are:

For a complete list of all the awards checkout the ALA.org press release.

 


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Yes, We’re Open!

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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It’s another snow day for lots of kids in the area,
but KDL branches remain OPEN!
All programs will take place as scheduled.

Please drive carefully if you choose to visit us today.


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Grammy Winners

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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Sunday was Grammy night!   The big winners included:

For a complete list of Grammy winners, here is a link to Grammy’s official site. You can now place holds on many of the winning songs and albums  at KDL, including the CD of nominees.

For free downloads including Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, check out Freegal on KDL’s website.

 


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