How to Find Appropriate Reading for Kids

April 11th, 2014

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Finding appropriate reading material for a child is not always an easy task for a parent. Mom and Dad certainly strive to identify literature that encourages their children’s interest in reading, yet sometimes it can be difficult to determine if a book is either content- or reading-level appropriate. As much as we’d love to read everything before our kids get their hands on them, in all likelihood that’s not going to happen. Luckily, there are a couple of online resources that parents can refer to for help (in addition to talking with your local KDL librarian).

Story Snoops and Common Sense Media are two websites that are helpful tools for parents to utilize in navigating the vast amounts of books available for children. They provide reviews of a wide range of youth and teen fiction. In addition to the reviews, each website gives recommendations for what age level is appropriate for reading a particular book based on its content. Both also have some of their own unique features. For example, Common Sense Media has a “Great Handpicked Alternatives” generator that provides titles that are similar to a particular book in subject content, but might be directed to a different age- or reading-level. Story Snoops has a section for each book it reviews called “the scoop,” which describes the book’s content in a way that’s essentially a “head’s up” or “spoiler” of what subject matter a reader will encounter over the course of the story.

 


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Local Indie Spotlight: Tanya Eby

April 10th, 2014

Tanya EbyI read local author Tanya Eby’s book Tunnel Vision and Other Stories from the Edge at the same time I was reading a collection of stories by an unnamed famous late author nearly everyone in the world loves and will probably love for all time. (I have never gotten that feeling of loveyness for this particular author, but nonetheless was in the midst of giving it another shot because, even though I’m not one to go with the proverbial crowd, I am willing to concede that sometimes the reader just has to be ready for that particular author. Like Mists of Avalon. First time I read it: nada. Second time: magic.)

And do you know what I did? I put that much-beloved author’s book down – for a second time – and picked Tanya Eby’s book back up and finished that one. That’s how good she is: Short stories that are original, whose dialogue purrs like a newborn Himalayan and should stand the test of time right alongside ol’ whatshisname.

Tanya’s book is part of the Local Indie @ KDL collection, housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branches. It was created to give independent authors, filmmakers and musicians the opportunity to be added to our shelves and to be featured by staff in order to increase viewers, readers and listeners.

Click here to browse our Local Indie @ KDL collection.

 


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New Adult Booklists

April 10th, 2014

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Looking for something new to read during Spring Break? Check out some of the new adult booklists available through KDL:

For these lists and more, check out the KDL Recommends section under Books and More.

 


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East Grand Rapids Branch – CLOSED

April 9th, 2014

The East Grand Rapids Branch is currently CLOSED due to a power outage. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to be open for usual hours tomorrow, April 10.

UPDATE: Power has been restored and the branch will reopen at its normal time on Thursday, April 10.

 


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New eNewsletter Just for Writers

April 9th, 2014

chapter oneAttention writers: Want to know about the way cool writing programs we offer before they happen?
How about KDL resources for wordsmiths?

We will soon be launching an eNewsletter just for you writer types. Interested? It will include the latest on upcoming author visits, writing programs, library resources for writers and other stuff we think is cool. Subscribers also will get first crack at registering for our annual Writers Conference, which is becoming, well, quite a thing.

We won’t send it more than once a month, and probably more like once a season. To subscribe, click here and choose “eNews for Writers.” The first issue will be launched from the mother ship on Monday, April 14. Write on, everybody.

 


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Teen Poets: It’s Rhyme Time

April 9th, 2014

TeenPoetryContest2014The calendar in April once again will attest
KDL’s 11th Annual Teen Poetry Contest.
Up to 10 teens who are chosen as best for their rhyming
Will earn such cool prizes for poetic timing.
Rules and entry forms are available here
Or at the KDL branch you hold most dear.
Poems better than this one accepted April 1 through 30
Your grandma might read them, so hey, nothing dirty.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Wyoming Branch Closed — No Power

April 8th, 2014

The Wyoming Branch is currently CLOSED until further notice due to a power outage. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to reopen soon when the problem is resolved.

UPDATE: The Wyoming Branch will remain closed for the rest of the day (Tuesday, April 8), but will reopen on Wednesday.

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Game of Thrones Is Back!

April 8th, 2014

Game of Thrones started back up on TV — are you watching it?  If you are a fan, we have many materials to help get your Thrones fix.

We have the Song of Ice and Fire series, the book series the TV show is based on.  If you are behind in the TV show or want a refresher on what happened last season, we also have HBO’s Game of Thrones available for checkout.

A Game of Thrones     A Clash of Kings     Game of Thrones

While you are waiting for the next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, we have some good options that we think you’ll like.  Try The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen, His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novak or The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

The False Prince     His Majesty's Dragon     The Name of the Wind

We also have some great titles to supplement the Game of Thrones universe.  If you like to cook, check out A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Companion Cookbook to Game of Thrones. For the Tyrion Lannister fans, you’ve got to check out The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister. Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones would be a great companion for anyone watching the TV show.

A Fesst of Ice & Fire     The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister     Inside Game of Thrones

 


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Spring Break Fun!

April 8th, 2014

sunStaying in town for spring break? We can help keep your kids happy, busy and entertained… and we may even sneak in a little education (but they will never know)! Between Eco-Friendly Garden Projects, Rainbow Loom Creativity, Tom Plunkard: Beyond Magic and much more, there won’t be any time for boredom.

Click here for a complete list of our programs taking place April 4 – 13.

And if you are heading to the sunny south for break, make sure to stop in your local branch and stock up on some great vacation reads.

Wishing everyone a safe and fun spring vacation!

 


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Share Your Story and Win

April 7th, 2014

online courseHave you taken computer classes offered at KDL? Have those classes helped you improve your tech savvy, polish your job skills, create a film or enriched your life, your outlook, your very being in some other way? Tell us how and you could win a $25 Schuler Books & Music gift card and see your story on our Branches Patron Stories page.

To enter, fill out the form here by Thursday, April 17. Contest open to children, teens and adults.

 

 


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