KDL Top Ten — Most Popular Items

April 4th, 2014

Check out what everyone else is reading and watching! Click on the link to the Top Ten list to find the hottest items at KDL right now:

Top Ten Most Popular 04-04-2014

And if you’re away from home this spring break, stop by our eBooks & Downloads page to discover all the fantastic books, movies, magazines and music KDL’s digital collection has to offer!

 


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Sneaky Good Binge Watch

April 4th, 2014

Top of the Lake Spring Break is finally here, hooray!  Typically Spring Break can be spent outside frolicking and enjoying the nice spring weather.  Unfortunately, as we all are aware, we live in Michigan and that might not be an option this year thanks to Mother Nature.  Which means it is perfect time to stay indoors, put your feet up, relax, and binge watch something from your friendly KDL branch.  You could catch-up on shows that have run their course like Breaking Bad or The Sopranos.  Or if you want to be in the loop for shows that are nearing their finale, Mad Men or Californication would be excellent choices.  But if you want something sneaky good that didn’t get much hype, I would highly recommend Top of the Lake.

Top of the Lake is a show filmed and set in beautiful New Zealand and follows a detective who is investigating the disappearance of a 12-year-old girl.  The detective is played by Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss (who was nominated for an Emmy) and gives a truly outstanding performance as a very strong female lead in an environment dominated by male testosterone.  The series explores many themes throughout and takes great care to develop each character within their own experience.  The series is very unexpected and thankfully stays far away from the cliches of police procedurals found too often on TV.  Top of the Lake is a great show you will be sad ends after only six superb episodes.

 


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Don’t Miss Your Holds — Freeze them!

April 3rd, 2014

Hooray!  It’s almost Spring Break!  But are you worried that leaving town will result in missing that book or movie you’ve been waiting for?  Head into vacation worry-free by freezing your holds before you leave and unfreezing them when you return.

To Freeze Your Holds:

  1. Log into your library account.
  2. Look for the Freeze column to the right of the titles you have on hold. Check this box for all the titles you want to freeze. (Note that you can’t freeze a hold that is already in transit or ready for pickup.)

    Freeze
  3. Click the Update List button at the bottom of the screen update
  4. When you return from vacation, just log into your account, un-check the box in the Freeze column, then click Update List again to “un-freeze” your holds.

Have a great trip!

 


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Three Programs Kids Will Love

April 2nd, 2014

plunkard10Check out these upcoming programs for families at various KDL branches:

Create a Gift Kids’ Crafting: Make a springtime gift for Mom, Dad or another loved one. Add a homemade card and try your hand at gift wrapping.

Superheroes Away: Come dressed as your favorite caped crusader and have fun playing games and creating your own comic book.

Tom Plunkard: Beyond Magic — Show and Workshop: Prepare to be amazed, then get tips right from Tom on doing your own amazing tricks.

 


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Giant Warehouse Book Sale April 25–27

April 2nd, 2014

24Time to mark your calendar for our third annual Book Bash Giant Warehouse Book Sale, featuring more than 20,000 gently-used books and other items that will be available for just 50 cents to $1 each. Sunday is Bag Day — $5 buys as many items as you can fit in a bag. All proceeds support Summer Reading @ KDL and other branch programs. Held at the KDL Service Center, 814 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park.

Friday, April 25, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
(Special time for teachers only from 3:00 – 5:00 PM)
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 27, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 


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Like Children’s Musicals? See One for FREE

March 31st, 2014

Junie B JonesFrom today until they are gone, KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Plainfield Township and Wyoming branches for the dress rehearsal of Junie B. Jones on Thursday, April 17, 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 (redeem on dress night only). Vouchers do not guarantee a seat as dress rehearsals also include open admission sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM.

We have 75 vouchers total. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Go!

To help you get in the mood for the show, look here for Junie B. Jones materials to check out at KDL.

P.S: If you do get vouchers and find you cannot use them, please return them to any KDL branch, as there is always high demand.grct logo

 

 

 


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — Hideout: Early Reading

March 29th, 2014

HideoutHideout: Early Reading  is an app that helps kids learn to read through emphasizing letter sounds and word repetition. It also has catchy music and engagingly simple games to help keep users interested as they play. When playing, you have the option to choose a word ending and then play with the words in that “family.” Through activities such as popping kernels, breaking rocks or helping pets, words and sounds are reinforced as you blend them together to do the activities and read the sentences. Read and play together with your child while using this free app available from the Apple app store.

– Julie R. at KDL’s Caledonia Township 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.

 


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KDL Top Ten — Gardening Books

March 28th, 2014

This week’s Top Ten tills it like it is:  You’re one mowtivated bunch, KDL!  Here are the most popular books this month in our Garden section:

Top Ten Gardening 03-28-2014

And if this list makes you happy, check out information on our new Seed Library!


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Great Booklists for Teens and Tweens

March 28th, 2014

In case you missed any, KDL has a booklist for the Best Teen Books of 2014.  This includes a variety of stand-alones as well as series books, including The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black and This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.  There is also a Great Books for Tweens list which includes Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein.

And not to leave out the artists, KDL has a booklist featuring Drawing Books for Teens which features superhero and manga art!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown       Out of My Mind        How to Draw Superheroes

 


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Great Reads for Spring Break!

March 27th, 2014

Cool Books for Teens at Carver County Library

Spring Break is coming soon!!

Get ready by checking out some of the best teen books of 2014!


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