May 9th, 2015
Posted by: Sheri
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.
- Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel by Laura Dave
“Take your time and savor the family dynamics. Enjoy the romantic twists in this tale of a career-minded young woman circling back to her roots at a California winery. The appeal is broader than that of a romance since it delves into the complexities of various relationships — parent to parent, parents and children, even winery and owner. This is an excellent summer read!”
—Joan Hipp, Florham Park Public Library, Florham Park, NJ
- The Truth According to Us: A Novel by Annie Barrows
“It is 1938 in a rural West Virginia town and a young woman arrives to write the town’s history. Layla doesn’t really know what to expect from the town, and the town doesn’t know what to make of her. This is the heart of the South, the soul of small towns, where everyone looks out for you and knows your history. Sweet story tailor-made for fans of Billie Letts, Fannie Flagg, Pat Conroy and Harper Lee.”
—Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
- The Book of Speculation: A Novel by Erika Swyler
“A roller coaster of a read! This is the story of a librarian from a splintered family with a tragic past who is gifted a mysterious book that leads him to dive deep into his family’s history, all while his present life seems to be falling to pieces around him. If you loved Morgenstern’s The Night Circus or Kostova’s The Historian, this is a book for you.”
—Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA
- The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel by Nina George
“Quirky and delightful, Nina George’s book focuses on Jean Perdu, owner of the Literary Apothecary, a floating bookshop. When a new tenant in his apartment building sets in motion events that force Jean to re-evaluate his past, he finds himself floating off down the rivers of France in search of lost love, new love, and friends he didn’t know he needed.”
—Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
- The Invasion of the Tearling: A Novel by Erika Johansen
“The Mort are coming! Johansen introduces new characters and enticing bits of history, with the second volume of her intriguing tale of fantasy, mystery and royal politics. Kelsea, the new Tearling Queen, has broken the Red Queen’s treaty and prepares to suffer the consequences as her nation is about to be invaded. Readers will be eager for the final volume in the Tearling saga.”
—Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library, St. Peters, MO
- In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
“The obvious ‘unlikely events’ of Judy Blume’s latest — the three plane crashes afflicting Elizabeth, NJ in one horrifying winter — set the framework for everyday unlikely events around love, family, friendship, relating all that can go so wrong, and so right, with all three. Readers will enjoy the period detail and relatable characters that feature in this hybrid domestic/disaster tale.”
—Becky Bowen, Kenton County Public Library, Independence, KY
- The Rumor: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
“Elin Hilderbrand has done it again! Grace is married to Fast Eddie, a successful real estate broker on the island. They live with their twin teenage daughters in a beautiful house with three manicured acres overlooking the harbor. Financial troubles, affairs or supposed affairs, teenage angst and shady deals kick the rumor mill on the island in high gear. The Rumor is the ideal beach book for this summer!”
—Claudia Silk, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
- The Precipice: A Novel by Paul Doiron
“When two women go missing while hiking a difficult part of the Appalachian Trail, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch helps in trying to determine where the women were last seen. Mike then discovers there is no shortage of people whose behaviors make them suspicious. With a puzzle that keeps the reader guessing, and a main character that you can’t help but empathize with, The Precipice is another home run for Doiron.”
—Lora Bruggeman, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL
- My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
“From the author of one my favorite books of last year, A Man Called Ove, this book packs a similar emotional punch at the end, but has some significant differences. It is told from the point of view of Elsa, a seven-year-old child who loves Harry Potter, fairy tales, and her grandmother. Once I stopped trying to make the story fit my adult view of the world and entered into Elsa’s world, I had a whale of a time.”
—Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC
- Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson
“This is the journey of Tracy Bowden, John Chatterton, and John Mattera as they follow a quest to find the sunken pirate ship named the Golden Fleece. I think anyone would be interested in the treasure of a famous buccaneer, Joseph Bannister. Many people, including me, have dreamed of digging up a treasure chest of gold. What could be more fun than traveling along with treasure hunters to find a lost pirate ship?”
—Linda Payne, Lake Placid Memorial Library, Lake Placid, FL
See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!
May 8th, 2015
Posted by: Morgan J.
Starting NOW until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Gaines Township and Krause Memorial (Rockford) branches (both branches open at 9:30 AM) for the dress rehearsal of Avenue Q on Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (30 N. Division Ave.) All dress rehearsals are general seating and vouchers must be redeemed for an admission ticket on dress night only.
Vouchers do not guarantee a seat, as dress rehearsals include open admission sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM.
Questions? Call KDL Patron Services at 784-2007.
What do you get when you mix one part human with one part puppet? Answer: A multi-Tony Award (2004) winning play! Filled with pop-culture references, adult humor and unforgettable songs, this play will leave you entertained. Not recommended for young audiences. Adult content
May 7th, 2015
Posted by: Katie
Whether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Starting in June, registration is no longer required for our computer classes. They will be first come, first serve, and we will make every effort to accommodate all who arrive.
- Computer Basics: Mousing and More!
- Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
- Computer Basics: PC Management
- Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
- Internet: Online Security
- Internet: Internet Basics and More
- Internet: Pinterest Basics
- Internet: Facebook Basics
- Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
- Microsoft Office Workshop
- Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
- Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
- Job Seekers: Office Programs for the Job Seeker
- Apple Computers – Your MacBook: Shortcuts, tips and Tricks (BYO Laptop)
- Apple Computers: iPhoto and iMovie for Beginners (BYO Apple Laptop)
- Speak to a Geek
For class descriptions and schedule, please see pages 18-21 in our Summer Kaleidoscope or search our events calendar.
May 6th, 2015
Posted by: Katie
The Summer 2015 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope program guide is now available online, and printed copies will be available soon at your local branch library. You’ll find all you need to know about summer programs and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations.
It’s sure to be an exciting season at KDL, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Check out the KDL Kaleidoscope today!
May 4th, 2015
Posted by: Liz
It’s Children’s Book Week, a time to celebrate children’s literature.
According the Children’s Book Week website, “Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.” Celebrate this week by sharing favorite children’s books with your family and friends. If you’re looking for some new favorites, be sure to check out some booklists created by awesome KDL staff members.
What are some of your favorite children’s books?
May 3rd, 2015
Posted by: Katie
The school year is winding down, and that means we are gearing up for Summer Reading @ KDL. With programs for kids, teens and adults, we are inviting the whole family to Celebrate Heroes @ KDL. And if discovering some great books isn’t enough of an incentive to participate, we have also got some awesome prizes up for grabs!
Summer Reading @ KDL kicks off on Monday, June 1. Stop by your local branch to sign up, and don’t forget to mark your calendar for some awesome programs. Our summer line-up includes magic, animals, food and music, just to name a few!
May 1st, 2015
Posted by: Katie
We have chosen 50 photos as semi-finalists in the Celebrate KDL Photo Contest! Visit www.kdl.org/photocontest to vote for your favorite!
One vote per photo per computer per day may be cast between now and Sunday, May 24. Winning photos will be featured in an upcoming Celebrate KDL 2016 Calendar which will be sold to raise funds for library programs. Winners will be announced on Monday, June 1.
May 1st, 2015
Posted by: Beth
YALSA has announced the nominees for the Top Ten Teen Books. The list of books come from different teen book groups from around the country. And teens get to decide on the top ten too. So start reading now and get ready to vote! Voting will take place between August 15th & October 18th. Below are the nominees:
April 30th, 2015
Posted by: Carlita
KDL will be there. Will you? Join us one week from today to learn about the resources available in our community. Dozens of local organizations will be on-site to discuss a wide-range of low-cost and free services. For more information, please contact Bryana Hopkins at bhopkins@family futures.net or 616.855.5461.
Thursday, May 7, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Paul I. Phillips Boys & Girls Club, 726 Madison Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The 2015 Kent County Resource Fair is brought to you by a community collaboration
April 29th, 2015
Posted by: David
Though “Tanner ‘88” is not a brand-new release, and first appeared on cable TV (HBO, to be exact) over 25 years ago, the Criterion Collection edition at Kent District Library is new to our collection, and so merits a review in this space. Directed by Robert Altman, and written by Gary Trudeau of “Doonesbury” fame, “Tanner ‘88” strikes just the right tone of satire and seriousness, and there’s no doubt this is due to Altman and Trudeau’s collaboration. As anyone who has watched even a handful of Altman’s films would know, his approach was almost always one that didn’t shy away from humor, but that at the same time grappled with serious underlying issues. The “issue” in this case is the nature of the system that produces our American president. Though filmed (on videotape, thus giving it an even more news-like quality) during the 1988 campaign—ancient history for many people nowadays—the series, produced in 11 half-hour episodes, seamlessly melds footage of real candidates—Bruce Babbitt, Bob Dole and Jesse Jackson–with that of Jack Tanner, a fictional Democratic Congressman from Michigan who is running on a liberal political ticket and juggling numerous crises as he begins in snowy New Hampshire and finishes at the August Democratic convention in Atlanta. Using a documentary approach (there’s even a man with a video camera hovering around the main characters), Altman’s world of primaries and politics is rich in layers, particularly in his typical use of multiple conversations on the soundtrack and his revealing look into the back room maneuvers of political campaigns, including the serendipitous origin of Tanner’s campaign TV ad, shot through the top of a glass coffee table. Ending with the Democratic convention gives the series a thrilling but doomed sense of how things work at such events, and wraps it up in a thoroughly believable, though perhaps heightened, way.