Posted by: Ali
The Harvesting and Saving Garden Seeds program scheduled to take place at the East Grand Rapids Branch tonight at 6:30 PM has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience and invite you to join us next week instead when this program will be offered at the Plainfield Township Branch on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30 PM.
Posted by: Sheri
Do you have a short story that you would like to enter in the 3rd Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest? Are you feeling stuck and are not sure what you can do to improve your story? You’re in luck!
KDL is bringing author Caitlin Horrocks, New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice honoree to the Plainfield Township Branch on Saturday, September 27 and the East Grand Rapids Branch on Wednesday, November 12 (note date change) to teach a short story workshop for adults that focuses on revision. At the workshop she will outline strategies for successful revision on many levels, from ruthless line editing to wholesale re-envisioning of stalled or stale stories. There will be readings, discussion and exercises to make problematic pieces more promising. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.
For more information on the 3rd Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest please visit www.writemichigan.org
Posted by: Candida
You may have heard that “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner is now on the big screen! Now that they’ve seen the movie, many people are anxiously awaiting the book. What can you read while you’re waiting for your copy? We have some great suggestions for you! Check out these Dystopian Fiction for Teens titles at your local branch of Kent District Library today!
Posted by: Lynn
Certainly one of the signs of the modern age is the speed with which we travel. Add to that the speed of our communications, especially with cell phones now, and we can see that all the drama and complications of life are that much more amplified. Two movies—one from 50 years ago, the other brand new—exemplify this tendency in both fascinating and distressing ways.
“Il Sorpasso” (1962), an Italian film directed by Dino Risi just recently released on DVD by the Criterion Collection, is a simple story: it’s a hot summer day, and a hyperactive young man, Bruno, in a slightly beat-up sports car, sees Roberto, a law student, in his apartment window. Bruno needs to call his friends, whom he’s missed. He asks Roberto, a somewhat timid and quiet fellow who isn’t quite sure how to handle this whirlwind character, who says yes. Before either of them know it, they are on the open road and leaving Rome—the Italian countryside beckons, and Bruno, who refuses to be stuck behind any vehicle, uses his rather musical (and obnoxious) horn, and his engine, to get his way. Stops pile on stops, with a gas station, German women, priests and nuns, fish soup, relatives and an ex-wife all part of the quickly moving plot. Roberto, who keeps wanting to go home to study, nevertheless can’t help but enjoy himself with this man who never stops going. The film will strike some as tonally shocking—what starts out as light-hearted turns into something else before the end comes, and that change certainly makes “Il Sorpasso” stand out—especially when one compares it to most mainstream American movies.
“Locke,” a new film from England by director Steven Knight, is a simply situated, but not simplistic, drama, entirely set in the interior of a car at night. Lest you think that sounds mind-numbing—or at least more appropriate for a radio drama or a play—think again. The movie works, carried by one actor who drives the car, and helped hugely by the voices of those he loves and works with as they call him and he calls them on his very sophisticated dashboard cell phone system. The driver is Ivan, a family man, a construction manager (he builds skyscrapers), driving from somewhere in the north of England to London. He is going to a hospital there to be with a woman not his wife. He is also facing huge pressures from his employer, because the next day there will converge an armada of cement trucks on the site he’s been managing, one of the biggest projects of its kind in Europe, and he won’t be there. And because he is “connected” so completely with everyone in his life, everyone has a (disembodied) voice to scream at him, plead with him, argue with him, and maybe even console him before the end of the movie. On top of all that, there is also the (unseen and unheard) ghost of his father, who was less than stellar in that role for Ivan. As he navigates his vehicle through the night, Ivan controls access to himself, through his car and his phone, but that doesn’t mean he is free from the consequences of his actions. “Locke” takes a perfectly modern situation and runs with it—a wonderfully balanced tale about choices that, despite the trappings of its modern technology, never loses its human touch.
Posted by: David
It’s never too early to begin planning for your financial future. We can help! Adults are invited to attend Future Proof Retirement Planning, taking place at three KDL branches this fall. Kelly Gilbert and Steve Kitchen, authors of Future Proof Investing, will teach you to make financial decisions based upon your own goals and objectives. In keeping with KDL policy, this is not a sales seminar, but an informational program about different models of retirement planning and how to save and protect funds for an attainable and sustainable retirement.
We hope to see you there!
Posted by: Katie
The National Book Foundation has announced the 2014 nominees for the National Book Award. Four of the nominated fiction titles have been on LibraryReads lists: Some Luck by Jane Smiley, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and Orfeo by Richard Powers.
Posted by: Penni
A crisp fall morning is a great time to enjoy a walk together. All kinds of interesting natural items fall to the ground in autumn. Talk about textures in nature with your child. Can you find leaves that are rough, wrinkly or spiky? Take a walk outside and collect a few interesting leaves to use to make a hedgehog craft.
- Paper plates
- Dried leaves
- Fold the plate in half
- Trim to match the profile of a hedgehog
- Add eyes, ears, nose and a smile with markers
- Fringe the curve of the plate with scissors OR
- Attach dry leaves to the curve with glue
Learn more about hedgehogs in the Homework Help section of KDL’s website. Then curl up together and read The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle in which a little girl searching for her lost handkerchief visits a very peculiar little hedgehog.
— Dana D. at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) 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.
Posted by: Shelley
Posted by: Ali
Spread the word! As part of the Write Michigan Short Story Contest, we are offering Short Story Workshops for teens grades 6-12. Delve into the world of creative writing by exploring different techniques and short story ideas. If you plan on entering the Write Michigan Contest, you definitely want to attend one of these workshops! Pre-registration is required so sign up today! Register online or by calling 616-784-2007. We hope to see you there!
Saturday, October 4, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Thursday, October 16, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, October 18, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 8, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Tuesday, November 18, 3:30 – 5:30 PM, Wyoming Branch
Posted by: Katie