A Taste of Literature

June 23rd, 2015

Good authors have you seeing their world, great authors have you tasting it and with these recipes, you can eat and drink along with your favorite characters.

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If you want to sip on Butterbeer with Harry, gulp lamb stew with Katniss or enjoy a raspberry cordial with Anne of Green Gables, check out these recipes inspired by children’s books.

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Looking to wow your book club with a themed meal? These iconic foods are all drawn from famous works ranging from Moby Dick to Little Women.

Bon appétit and happy reading!

 


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Come Play Giant Games With Us!

June 22nd, 2015

Giant GamesGet your competitive juices flowing and join us for Giant Games! Kids ages 6 and up will have a blast playing giant-sized games like Bananagrams, Jenga and Connect 4.

Schedule

Wednesday, June 24, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, June 30, 2:00 PM – Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 PM – Englehardt Branch (Lowell)
Wednesday, July 8, 11:00 AM – Caledonia Township Branch
Wednesday, July 8, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial Branch
Thursday, July 9, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, July 22, 6:30 PM – Alpine Township Branch
Tuesday, August 4, 10:00 AM – Plainfield Township Branch
Tuesday, August 4, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch

Branch locations can be found here.


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Celebrating Manga Superheroes

June 19th, 2015

Are you a lover of Japanese manga? Summer Reading 2015 is all about celebrating heroes! There is no better way for a manga lover to start out this summer by checking out our Manga Superheroes summer reading list. Here are just a few selections from that list that come recommended by KDL staff:

Bleach

Bleach

Tite Kubo

GRAPHIC TEEN BLEACH

Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but this ability doesn’t change his life nearly as much as his close encounter with Rukia Kuchiki. While fighting an evil spirit, Rukia lends Ichigo some of her powers so that he can save his family. But much to her surprise, Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper himself.

 

Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail

Hiro Mashima

GRAPHIC TEEN FAIRY

Across the Fiore kingdom, wizards join guilds and make their pay by filling magical needs—but one guild has a reputation as the roughest, rowdiest, most dangerous of all: Fairy Tail! When four young Fairy Tail members unite, their bond is forged by a power found in neither muscle nor magic and grows stronger with every mission.

 

Full Metal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist Hiromu Arakawa

GRAPHIC TEEN FULLMETAL

As young boys, Edward & Alphonse Elric dabbled in alchemy to try to resurrect their dead mother. As a result, Ed lost one arm and one leg, while Al lost his entire body and had his spirit sealed into a suit of armor. Now, they are searching for the fabled Philosopher’s Stone to restore what they’ve lost.

 

InuYasha

Inuyasha Rumiko Takahashi

GRAPHIC TEEN INUYASHA

Transported back to Japan’s feudal era, high school student Kagome accidentally releases the feral half-demon dog boy Inuyasha from his imprisonment for stealing the Jewel of Four Souls.

 

Also check out these websites for some great anime as well:

Funimation.com

Crunchyroll.com

Hulu.com

 

 


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Just Book It – Trips Inspired by Tales

June 18th, 2015

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Do you have wanderlust coursing through your veins? Plan your summer trip by drawing inspiration from your favorite travel books! Trace the paths worn down by literary greats, walk in the footsteps of the most famous travelers, or just sit back for a day of armchair travel in the comfort of your own home.

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 If hitting the open road and cruising down highways with the wind in your hair sounds like the ideal trip, check out these classic stories by road warriors like John Steinbeck, Tom Wolfe and Robert M. Pirsig.

 

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For the adventure lovers who want to undertake a Herculean task, these tales of people circumnavigating the globe on bikes, battling the elements on rafts and circling Australia in kayaks are sure to motivate the most wild hearted.

 

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With the recent success of the book-turned-movie “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, and the unforgettable “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert and the countless soul-searching travel stories it inspired, women’s travel books are a hot topic this summer. For tips on traveling alone, these books will have you covered from Albuquerque to Zimbabwe.

Happy trails and don’t forget the sunscreen!


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Get a Free Bike Helmet!

June 17th, 2015

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Make plans to visit the Walker Branch on Wednesday, June 24. Starting at 1:45 PM, volunteers from the Griffins and Safe Kids will be on hand to properly fit free bike helmets for the first 100 kids. Helmets for kids ages 1-12 will be distributed (subject to availability), and a parent or legal guardian must be present for a child to receive a helmet. Griff will be on hand to entertain patrons, and a variety of information from the Griffins and Safe Kids will be available for pickup.

See you there!

 


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Beat the “Summer Slide”

June 16th, 2015

Over the summer, kids can lose much of the learning they gained during the school year. What’s the best way to avoid the “summer slide?” Books! If you haven’t registered for Summer Reading @ KDL, today would be a great day to sign up!

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Give New Life to Old Books

June 15th, 2015

If spring cleaning left you with a pile of unwanted books, instead of tossing them out, try these crafts to extend their lifespans.

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Say goodbye to fumbling with charging cords on night stands! With a little slicing and dicing, turn a hardcover favorite into a cellphone docking station.

 

 

pic 2If you are drill savvy, turn a stack of oldies into a new lamp base. Word to the wise, this is not for the first time DIY-er.

 

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Perfect for a themed dinner, creating your own table runner from old pages is a conversation starter for sure!

 

 

This novel idea turns hardcover books into planters for small plants. Succulents and cacti are ideal because of how little water they require.

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For those who love repetition, here’s a craft you can do while binge-watching your favorite series. Create a beautiful rose wreath by rolling the pages of old books into buds.

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July LibraryReads Staff Picks

June 13th, 2015


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.

  1. Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteKitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal
    “This novel is quirky and colorful. The story revolves around chef Eva Thorvald and the people who influence her life and her cooking. With well-drawn characters and mouthwatering descriptions of meals, Kitchens of the Great Midwest will appeal to readers who like vivid storytelling. Foodies will also enjoy this delicious tale.”
    Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ
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  3. Circling the Sun: A NovelCircling the Sun: A Novel by Paula McLain
    “I couldn’t stop reading this fascinating portrayal of Beryl Markham, a complex and strong-willed woman who fought to make her way in the world on her terms. McLain paints a captivating portrait of Africa in the 1920s and the life of expats making their home there. Highly, highly recommended.”
    Halle Eisenman, Beaufort County Library, Hilton Head, SC
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  5. Kiss MeKiss Me by Susan Mallery
    “As always, Ms. Mallery has given us a fantastic read. As soon as I pick up her titles, I can’t put them down until I have finished them. They are feel-good, heartwarming — I need more synonyms. I love seeing all the previous characters, the friendships and families that have formed since Chasing Perfect came out five years ago. Thanks, Ms. Mallery, for another amazing read.”
    Jenelle Klavenga, Marshalltown Public Library, Marshalltown, IA
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  7. Second Chance SummerSecond Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis
    “I loved this book, a perfect start to the newest series by Jill Shalvis. It contains the same humor, heart and heat that we’ve come to expect from this author. It should be on every romance reader’s summer reading list.”
    Carole Tossman, Howard County Library System, Columbia, MD
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  9. Speaking in Bones: A NovelSpeaking in Bones: A Novel by Kathy Reichs
    “This book lives up to the expectations we have for Kathy Reichs. A compelling and dangerous mystery, lots of medical details, and good characterization make this a title that will be easy to recommend!”
    Leslie Johnson, Jefferson County Public Library, Lakewood, CO
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  11. Those GirlsThose Girls by Chevy Stevens
    Those Girls follows the lives of the Campbell sisters. After running away from their alcoholic father, they find themselves caught in a worse situation when they are kidnapped. As events spiral out of control, they manage to escape and create new lives. This is a tale that will captivate readers and show just how strong the bond between family members can be.”
    Annice Sevett, Willmar Public Library, Willmar, Minnesota
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  13. Maybe in Another Life: A Novel Maybe in Another Life: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    ““Hannah Martin has just moved back to LA after ending a relationship. Her best friend, Gabby, takes her out to a bar on her first night home. Enter Ethan, the One Who Got Away, and suddenly, Hannah has to decide if she’ll leave with Ethan or Gabby. We follow Hannah after choosing both options, alternating chapters to explore the consequences of each. A must for anyone who loves a hankie with their books!”
    Tracy Babiasz, Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill, NC
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  15. Crooked Heart: A NovelCrooked Heart: A Novel by Lissa Evans
    Crooked Heart is a rewarding, addictive read. Orphaned ten-year-old bookworm Noel, sent away to rural St. Albans, finds himself under the reluctant guardianship of Vee, aka Mrs. Vera Sledge. Amidst a chaotic background of bombings and uncertain futures, Vee and Noel gradually form a powerful bond. I recommend this darkly humorous, honest, and complex story. It is book club heaven.”
    Janet Schneider, Oceanside Library, Oceanside, NY
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  17. Love Lies Beneath: A NovelLove Lies Beneath: A Novel by Ellen Hopkins
    “An intriguing tale of sex, romance and deception. Tara is a brilliant, sexy forty-something. She’s enjoying being single until Cavin, a handsome doctor, enters her exam room. They have a hot and steamy romance but there is much, much more to this story. Ellen Hopkins commands each word on the page from her prose to verse.”
    Laura Hartwig, Meriden Public Library, Meriden, CT
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  19. Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/DayGood and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown
    “Wow! This is a great looking book. Great for beginners with its details about ingredients and kitchen tools. Best of all, each recipe is made from ingredients that most everyone has; there were only two ingredients in the whole book that I don’t own. This book is just what my doctor ordered, literally. I am a basic cook and like simple and tasty. This book is OUTSTANDING!”
    Nancy Chalk, Charlton Public Library, Charlton, MA

 

See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!

 


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Summer Reading Featured on WOTV 4

June 12th, 2015

Summer Reading at KDL is in full swing! Maranda from WOTV  visited the Byron Township Branch to promote all the excitement. Check out this fun segment!


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We Didn’t Forget About the Adults!

June 12th, 2015

herbsOf course we are offering a slew of exciting programs for kids and teens this summer, but we didn’t forget about the adults! Check out these offering for the grown-ups. Click the program title for dates, times and locations.

Let’s Hit the Road! with Ron Rademacher
Think you’ve been everywhere in Michigan? Learn about the hidden treasures you may have missed, tucked away along Michigan’s back roads.

Saving Seeds from Your Backyard Garden
Save money by reusing your heirloom seeds year after year. Get the latest hands-on tips and tricks for harvesting and saving seeds from Rachelle Bostwick of Earthkeeper Farm.

Herbs from Garden to Pantry with Connie Hanson
Learn how to make herbal vinegars, savory oils, mustards, chutney, flavorful herbal jellies, lavender honey and herbal syrups. All of these items make great gifts! Recipes and many samples are included in this program! Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.

Bookbinding
Learn the stab bookbinding method which creates a beautiful seam stitch design. Pre-registration is required.

Make Your Own Beach Sandals
Fashion design professionals from Kendall College of Art and Design will inspire you to design and create your own pair of trendy beach sandals! All supplies are included. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.


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