A.S. King Visits THIS WEEK!

October 13th, 2015

In preparation for our October 15th author visit from A.S. King – yes friends, that is in TWO DAYS! – I thought it would be a good time to reminisce about some of my favorite A.S. King books. She is one of my favorite go-to authors when I am in need of a book that will shake my reading list up a bit.

If you have not read King, I suggest going with one of two books: Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future or Ask the Passengers. Both of these books ease you into Kings writing style; greeting you with depth of character and an unusual story that does an impeccable job presenting real life teen issues in a unique and powerful way. These change-of-pace books are sure to add great variety to any readers list.

17453303Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future

 Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities–but not for Glory, who has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way…until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions–and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying.

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Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother’s pushiness and her father’s lack of interest tell her they’re the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. They’re the only people who won’t judge her when she asks them her most personal questions . . . like what it means that she’s falling in love with a girl. As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect the lives of strangers–and her own–for the better.

 If you are ready to jump right into a King book then I suggest Reality Boy:

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A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child “star” struggling to break free of his anger. Gerald Faust started feeling angry even before his mother invited a reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth–which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle–and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education at school. No one cares that Gerald has tried to learn to control himself; they’re all just waiting for him to snap. And he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that…until he chooses to create possibilities for himself that he never knew he deserved.

Great news! If you are an avid King reader you’re in luck! Her new novel I Crawl Through It was released late September of this year to great review thus far!

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Four teenagers are on the verge of exploding. The anxieties they face at every turn have nearly pushed them to the point of surrender: senseless high-stakes testing, the lingering damage of past trauma, the buried grief and guilt of tragic loss. They are desperate to cope, but no one is listening. So they will lie. They will split in two. They will turn inside out. They will even build an invisible helicopter to fly themselves far away…but nothing releases the pressure. Because, as they discover, the only way to truly escape their world is to fly right into it.

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Author Henning Mankell Dies At Age 67

October 10th, 2015

Henning-MankellSwedish novelist, Henning Mankell died Monday in Sweden at the age of 67.  In terms of Scandinavian novels, Henning Mankell‘s gritty Inspector Kurt Wallander lead the way for other authors from that region to find a broader audience.  Henning Mankell did end his well loved series 2009 with the publication of “The Troubled Man“.

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Rick Riordan’s The Sword of Summer is Here!

October 9th, 2015

Rick Riordan, the popular author of The Lightning Thief, and the Red Pyramid has just released the first book in a highly anticipated new series.

Sword of Summer, book one of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, follows Magnus Chase as he goes from being homeless on the streets of Boston to discovering he is the son of a Norse god.

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Watch the book trailer here!

Happy reading!


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Two eBooks, No Wait!

October 7th, 2015

BigLibrary ReadJoin millions of readers around the world reading one eBook. As part of Overdrive’s Big Library Read program, we are pleased to offer our patrons unlimited access to the eBooks The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley and In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters now through October 21. No matter how many KDL patrons are reading or listening to this book, we will have a copy available for you to download — no holds, no waitlists!

Click here to learn more about the featured titles.

We encourage you to join this global “library book club!” Download The Door in the Hedge or In the Shadow of Blackbirds today.


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Call for Teen Film Festival Entries

October 7th, 2015

TeenFilmFestivalLogoEntries are now being accepted for the Kent County Teen Film Festival! Teen filmmakers, get your cameras rolling and don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to see your film on the big screen and win amazing prizes!

The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 22, 2016. 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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Meet the Author: Emily St. John Mandel

October 5th, 2015

EmilyStJohnMandel1SMALLWe are so excited that Emily St. John Mandel, author of the Great Michigan Read book Station Eleven, will be visiting the Cascade Township Branch at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 6.  Guests will enjoy a light breakfast and a chat with the author. Registration is required and spots are limited, so sign up today by clicking here or calling 784-2007. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Cascade Library.

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Who Is Your Favorite Author?

October 3rd, 2015

As someone who works with books all day, one of the hardest questions to answer is: “Who is your favorite author?”  Truthfully, we all have more than one favorite author, that author who we will read no matter what they publish.

Combining almost 10 years of staff favorite lists and about 40 different authors, here are the two authors that stand out from the many beloved authors.










JoJo Moyes has only recently become a sensation in the United States but staff LOVE her books!  Her books are generally historical fiction with two voices, one current and one in the past.   Favorite book of staff is Me Before You with a recently published sequel called After You.

Harlan Coben has been writing for a while and is best known for mystery/suspense stand alone books.  His books are suspenseful but not too graphic and they feel like something that could actually happen.  My two personal favorites are The Woods and Hold Tight.

So, who is YOUR favorite author?

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MeLCat Now Available for Interlibrary Loan

October 2nd, 2015

For this last segment of our migration to our new KDL catalog, we have good news and bad news.MeL_logo_color_188466_7

The Good News:  As promised, KDL’s participation in the statewide resource sharing system, MelCat, was reinstated on October 1. MeLCat makes nearly 46 million items accessible to cardholders of the 442 participating public, academic and school libraries. If you did not find a title you are looking for in the KDL catalog, you will be prompted to Continue Search in MeLCat.

  • KDL cardholders may request up to 50 print items using MeLCat, but not audio or video material.
  • Delivery to your KDL branch will average about one week.
  • You may only request items that are currently on the shelf at participating MeLCat libraries. You cannot place a hold on checked out material.
  • Non-KDL Cardholders must use their home library to access MeLCat services.
  • Cardholders may check on the status of MeLCat requests and renew MeLCat material that is not yet due by accessing My MelCat. If a MeLCat item is overdue, KDL staff may renew it at their discretion. Please check at your branch, or call 616-784-2007.


The Bad News:  After our migration to the new KDL catalog was well underway, we learned that the MeLCat servers are moving to a new environment, resulting in a temporary disruption of interlibrary loan services.

  • Beginning Wednesday, November 18, no new MeLCat requests can be placed. Incoming and outgoing materials will continue to be processed, and currently checked out materials can still be renewed and managed using My MeLCat.
  • From Wednesday, December 2 through December 11, MeLCat items will not be processed.
  • Full MeLCat services are expected to resume on Saturday, December 12.

We understand that this will be a hardship for our customers, especially our homeschool families and we deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause. We were very disheartened to learn of MeLCat’s downtime after our customers have already endured so much time without access to interlibrary loan services! With this advance notice, we hope to help you plan accordingly. As always, please visit your local KDL branch or call our friendly Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 for assistance.


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Branch vs Branch Social Media Showdown

October 1st, 2015

You haven’t seen librarians this excited since Andrew Carnegie funded libraries like they were going out of style!

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This October, all eighteen Kent District Library branches are going head to head in social media battle. On the line, eternal glory and what has been rumored to be the biggest, baddest, “awesomest” (Awesomest? Sure, why not?) trophy to ever grace a library counter.

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You can help your branch clinch the win by liking their Facebook page and encouraging others to do so during the month of October. In return you’ll get access to community events, free programs, book recommendations and news releases.

Do your branch proud and like their page!


Alpine Township
Byron Township
Caledonia Township
Cascade Township
Comstock Park
Gaines Township
East Grand Rapids
Tyrone Township
Plainfield Township
Krause Memorial
Sand Lake/ Nelson Township
Spencer Township

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Save Money on Griffins Tickets!

September 30th, 2015

Griffins Primary Logo 2015Hockey season is here! Use your Kent District Library card to get a great deal on Grand Rapids Griffins hockey tickets.

For every Sunday and Wednesday home game during the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 2015-16 regular season, present your Kent District Library card at the Van Andel Arena box office on the night of the game or at The Zone anytime during the store’s regular business hours to purchase either an Upper Level ticket for $14 (regularly $16 advance and $19 day of game) or a Lower Level Faceoff ticket for $18 (regularly $20 in advance and $23 day of game). Limit four tickets per card per person, subject to availability.

Check out the Griffins’ schedule and plan a fun night out for a great deal!

Go Griffins!

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