New Adult Booklist: Vegan Comfort Food

January 10th, 2016

Check out some new recipes for the new year! This booklist features all sorts of delicious recipes, and they are all vegan. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite, or reinvent an old standard!

Robin Robertson's Vegan Without Borders: Easy Everyday Meals from Around the World       Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed      Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker: 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free Recipes

Check out all of our booklists over at KDL Recommends!

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Star Wars Fever

January 8th, 2016

Star Wars is back in the spotlight because the long-awaited movie “The Force Awakens” is now in theaters and it is getting favorable reviews. This movie is “Episode VII” in the series and follows some characters (such as Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford) about 30 years after “Episode VI” (which is 1983’s “Return of the Jedi”).

It is important to know the sequence of the Star Wars movies, as it can be confusing to beginners. The first Star Wars movie from 1977 was called “Star Wars” but is also called “Episode IV: A New Hope.” That’s right, the first movie was the fourth in the storyline, and the prequels (the beginning of the story) came out starting in 1999! The movies were released in this order: 4-5-6-1-2-3 and now 7. Click here to see and place holds on KDL’s copies of Star Wars movies.

Note to beginners: While much science-fiction takes place in the future, Star Wars takes place “long ago, in a galaxy far away.”

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New DVDs for the new year

January 6th, 2016


On vacation over the holidays last month, I was able to spend some extra time watching new DVD arrivals. Three of them in particular caught my attention and my fancy.  First off is a new documentary (recommended by a library patron—thanks!) titled “1971: the year a few ordinary citizens took on the FBI”.  In a brief running time of 79 minutes, this movie packs a punch, showing how history can be changed by seemingly minor events. In that year, a group of anti-war protestors broke into a small FBI office in Media, PA. Their goal was to find out what kind of files the agency, then under the authority of J. Edgar Hoover, was keeping on dissenters and draft resisters. Their find was stunning, and the film, through suspenseful re-enactments and powerful interviews, gives us the scoop on this bit of hidden history. Was the break-in right?  The filmmakers, though undoubtedly having an opinion on the matter, nevertheless let the viewer decide.  “Faust” is a film based on the great German poem by Goethe, directed by a Russian, Alexander Sokurov.  Employing a technique that avoids frequent camera cuts and favors a flowing take instead, Sokurov draws us in with an atmosphere of gloom, decay and the Devil, 18th-century style.  Faust, a scientist and “seeker of truth”, meets the Devil in a pawn shop, and soon finds himself spiraling out of control as the evil one draws him in through Faust’s desire for a young woman, Gretchen. Murder, mysterious events and desire make this a fascinating film. (“Faust” is not rated, but is the equivalent of an R rating.) Finally, there is “Closer to the Moon”, an English-language production about an obscure chapter in Romanian history that took place at the height of the Cold War.  A bank robbery takes place but it is filmed in broad daylight. No one worries about it at first since there was a director and a cameraman there, and besides, it’s Romania, where crime (supposedly) doesn’t happen.  Or does it? Based on a real event that took place in 1959, “Closer” maintains an appropriately light (and ironic) tone in the face of the rather serious implications of people dealing with life under a repressive regime, and risking their lives in the process.  Thoroughly enjoyable, my only complaint about “Closer to the Moon” is the fact that sometimes British accents are employed when it would’ve been much more believable to hear Romanian accents instead.  (This film is also not rated; equivalent of an R, for a few brief scenes.)

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Teen Film Festival: Submission Deadline Approaching

January 5th, 2016

TeenFilmFestivalLogoThe deadline for submissions in the Kent County Teen Film Festival is Friday, January 22. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to see your film on the big screen and win amazing prizes!

Selected films will be screened from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 27 at Celebration! Cinema North (2121 Celebration Dr. NE). Click here for more information, including contest rules. The Kent County Teen Film Festival is sponsored by Compucraft and Kent District Library.

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KD aLe: We’re Pouring Another Round

January 2nd, 2016

031It’s back: our wildly hop-ular beer making and tasting series! Join us for home brewing programs, brewery tours, beer release parties and more. KD aLe events are for adults 21 and older. Don’t miss out on all the fun! Check out a complete list of KD aLe events taking place this winter.


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New Year, New You!

January 2nd, 2016

The presents have been opened, the carols have been sung and the egg nog and goodies have been consumed. Now it’s time to put 2015 to rest and look forward to a bright future in 2016. As you make your New Year’s Resolutions, we want you to know that KDL is here to help you achieve your goals.

Hoping to learn something new this year? Attend one of our computer classes to brush up your technology skills or learn a new language with Mango, our online language-learning resource.

Are you looking for an easy way to save money? Avoid paying high prices for kid-friendly activities, and visit your local KDL branch for some free fun. Each of our branches offers an area especially for kids. Your little ones will enjoy a huge collection of books, a wide-variety of free programs and special play areas designed to get their imaginations working!

Did you challenge your family to spend less time in front of the television? Reading can be a great substitute! If you need help finding the perfect books, check out our reading lists or our Personalized Picks service. KDL librarians are always happy to assist as well.

No matter what you are hoping to accomplish, KDL most likely has a book, DVD or other resource that can help. We have a huge collection of items about losing weight, eating healthy, saving money, getting organized and more!

Cheers to you being happy and healthy in 2016!

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Community Event: Documentary and Discussion

December 31st, 2015

Raising of AmericaAlmost half of our country’s children start kindergarten unprepared. You are invited to a community event designed to help reverse this negative trend and others. Great Start Parent Coalition of Kent County will be screening the documentary The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation and facilitating a discussion on how we can help our children thrive. The event will take place from 5:45 – 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 14 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (250 Commerce Ave. in Grand Rapids). If you would like to attend, please RSVP to 616-632-1007 or by Monday, January 11. Dinner and Childcare (for ages 1+) is provided.

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Movies Based on Children’s Books!

December 30th, 2015

Many movies will be released next year.  I especially love movies that are based on books.  Here are a few that we I am excited about!

The Jungle Book, starring Scarlett Johansson and Iris Elba, will be released on April 15, 2016.  This movie is based on The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling.

Next up is Alice Through the Looking Glass, which stars Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway.  This movie, released on May 27, 2016, is based on Lewis Carroll’s book by the same name.

Finally, The BFG, starring Rebecca Hall and Mark Rylance.  This movie is based on the book The BFG by Roald Dahl.

Wouldn’t it be fun to read (or re-read) these books and then see the movies?  Come into any of our 18 branches, and we will help you get your hands on the books!

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Holiday Closing — New Year’s Day

December 29th, 2015

Kent District Library will be closed Friday, Jan. 1 for the New Year’s holiday. In addition, all branches will close at 5:00 PM on New Year’s Eve this Thursday, Dec. 31. We will resume normal operating hours on Saturday, Jan. 2. For additional 2016 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy New Year!

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Civic Theatre Passes: Barefoot In The Park

December 29th, 2015

barefootCivic Theatre Passes: Barefoot In The Park

Starting NOW until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Cascade Twp. and Plainfield branches for the dress rehearsal of Barefoot In The Park on Thursday, January 14 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 admissions sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM. Questions? Call KDL Patron Services at 784-2007.

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