May 1st, 2015
Posted by: Beth
YALSA has announced the nominees for the Top Ten Teen Books. The list of books come from different teen book groups from around the country. And teens get to decide on the top ten too. So start reading now and get ready to vote! Voting will take place between August 15th & October 18th. Below are the nominees:
April 30th, 2015
Posted by: Carlita
KDL will be there. Will you? Join us one week from today to learn about the resources available in our community. Dozens of local organizations will be on-site to discuss a wide-range of low-cost and free services. For more information, please contact Bryana Hopkins at bhopkins@family futures.net or 616.855.5461.
Thursday, May 7, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Paul I. Phillips Boys & Girls Club, 726 Madison Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The 2015 Kent County Resource Fair is brought to you by a community collaboration
April 29th, 2015
Posted by: David
Though “Tanner ‘88” is not a brand-new release, and first appeared on cable TV (HBO, to be exact) over 25 years ago, the Criterion Collection edition at Kent District Library is new to our collection, and so merits a review in this space. Directed by Robert Altman, and written by Gary Trudeau of “Doonesbury” fame, “Tanner ‘88” strikes just the right tone of satire and seriousness, and there’s no doubt this is due to Altman and Trudeau’s collaboration. As anyone who has watched even a handful of Altman’s films would know, his approach was almost always one that didn’t shy away from humor, but that at the same time grappled with serious underlying issues. The “issue” in this case is the nature of the system that produces our American president. Though filmed (on videotape, thus giving it an even more news-like quality) during the 1988 campaign—ancient history for many people nowadays—the series, produced in 11 half-hour episodes, seamlessly melds footage of real candidates—Bruce Babbitt, Bob Dole and Jesse Jackson–with that of Jack Tanner, a fictional Democratic Congressman from Michigan who is running on a liberal political ticket and juggling numerous crises as he begins in snowy New Hampshire and finishes at the August Democratic convention in Atlanta. Using a documentary approach (there’s even a man with a video camera hovering around the main characters), Altman’s world of primaries and politics is rich in layers, particularly in his typical use of multiple conversations on the soundtrack and his revealing look into the back room maneuvers of political campaigns, including the serendipitous origin of Tanner’s campaign TV ad, shot through the top of a glass coffee table. Ending with the Democratic convention gives the series a thrilling but doomed sense of how things work at such events, and wraps it up in a thoroughly believable, though perhaps heightened, way.
April 22nd, 2015
Posted by: Hillary
April is Wimpy Kid Month! Celebrate with us by checking out one of Kinney’s popular titles or grabbing a read alike from this KDL recommended reading list. Want to try something new? We have Wimpy Kid titles as audiobooks, ebooks, and DVDs.
Visit Wimpykid.com for more Wimpy Kid fun. While you are there, enter for a chance to win a daily drawing, design your own book cover, or even plan a Wimpy Kid party. Waiting for book 10? Author Jeff Kinney will reveal all the juicy details of the new book during a live webcast on April 27. Enjoy!
April 20th, 2015
Posted by: Katie
We are so excited to offer our patrons Beanstack, a resource that offers free personalized recommendations for children’s book and apps! It’s a great way to connect children with books that match their specific age, interests, reading level and background. Sign your children up today and every week you will be sent a book recommendation for each child via email. Recommendations are also available via an online profile that you can access anytime from any mobile device!
Watch this short video to learn more:
April 16th, 2015
Posted by: Carlita
Visit the KDL creation station downtown during DisArt on Wednesday, April 22 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM for an interactive poetry huddle. You’ll learn how to create new works from old book pages using words, pictures or both.
50 Louis St. NW, Grand Rapids, 49503.
DisArt Festival Changing perceptions about disability, one work of art at a time. For more information visit http://www.disartfestival.org
April 13th, 2015
Posted by: Kip
The new album by Michigan native Sufjan Stevens is gaining positive reviews and is one of the best albums of 2015. Named after his mother and step-father, Carrie & Lowell is a deeply personal, intimate album from the former Hope College student.
Stevens is probably best known for albums about states with Greetings from Michigan and Illinoise. The multi-instrumentalist has experimented with a lot of different styles during his career including the electro-orchestral sound of 2010’s The Age of Adz.
On Carrie & Lowell, Stevens returns to a simple, acoustic sound giving much of the album a ghostly vibe. Steven’s lyrics focuses on longing, spirituality and brokenness, as he writes a lot about family and childhood memories.
To get more familiar with this indie-folk artist, check-out his CDs and find some of his soundtrack contributions on Hoopla. To listen to similar artists try Andrew Bird, Bon Iver and Nick Drake.
April 12th, 2015
Posted by: Beth
Ivan Doig, well known author of stories featuring the American West, died at his home on Thursday at the age of 75. Doig was raised along the edge of the Rocky Mountains and set his later books on a fictionalized version of where he grew up. His first book “This House of Sky” was a memoir and was a finalist for the National Book Award.
His most recent book, “The Bartender’s Tale“, was published in 2012 and was inspired by his own experiences being raised by a single-parent father who worked as a ranch hand. His final book, “Last Bus to Wisdom“, will be published in August.
April 11th, 2015
Posted by: Sheri
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.
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
“A young girl is unexpectedly uprooted from her family and becomes involved in a centuries-old battle with The Wood, a malevolent entity which destroys anyone it touches. Fast-paced, with magic, mystery and romance, Novik’s stand-alone novel is a fairy tale for adults.”
—Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library, St. Peters, MO
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
“The human world is in peril. Feyre, a semi-literate girl, hunts for her family’s survival. After she kills an enormous wolf, a fierce fey shows up at her doorstep seeking retribution. Feyre is led to beautiful eternal springs, but the journey is not without danger. Maas masterfully pulls the reader into this new dark fantasy series which feels like a mix of fairy tales, from Beauty and the Beast to Tam Lin.”
—Jessica C. Williams, Westlake Porter Public Library, Westlake, OH
- A God in Ruins: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
“In A God in Ruins, we become reacquainted with Teddy Todd, the beloved little brother of Ursula from Atkinson’s last book. As with Life After Life, this novel skims back and forth in time, and we see the last half of the 20th century through Ted’s eyes and the eyes of his loved ones. At times funny and at others heartbreaking, Atkinson revels in the beauty and horror of life in all its messiness.”
—Jennifer Dayton, Darien Library, Darien, CT
- The Water Knife: A Novel by Paolo Bacigalupi
“Bacigalupi’s novel looks at the possible struggle for water rights in the southwestern United States. Reading Bacigalupi’s novel made me thankful for the current easy access to clean drinking water, yet fearful for our future. A great read for any fan of dystopian fiction.”
—Lindsay Atwood, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ
- The Knockoff: A Novel by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
“The Knockoff is a digital-age mash-up of old-school movies The Women and All About Eve, set in the Devil Wears Prada world of a high fashion magazine. I absolutely loved this fresh, charming, addictive and ultimately heroic story of 40-something cancer survivor Imogen’s quest to rescue and rebuild her career, despite the machinations of a younger tech-wiz rival.”
—Janet Schneider, Bryant Library, Roslyn, NY
- Early Warning: A Novel by Jane Smiley
“In the second book of the Langdon trilogy, the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist follows the next generation of the unforgettable Iowa family introduced in Some Luck. Beginning with the death of the patriarch Walter in 1953, Smiley chronicles the social consciousness in America of the 1960s. The book goes up to events in the 1970s and early 1980s that touch each family member in unforeseen ways.”
—Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ
- Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
“Stephenson’s back in fine form with this hard science fiction masterpiece, combining the detail of Cryptonomicon with the fast-paced action of Reamde. Fans of Anathem will appreciate Stephenson’s speculation about the possibilities of human evolution. This book is a great follow-up for readers who enjoyed the science of Weir’s The Martian. I heartily recommend Seveneves to SF readers.”
—Keith Hayes, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC
- The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths
“Griffiths has written another strong entry in her excellent Ruth Galloway series. Here, Ruth is called in when a World War II plane is excavated, complete with pilot—but the pilot is in the wrong plane. Strong characters combine with an absorbing puzzle to create a hard-to-put-down mystery.”
—Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
- Our Souls at Night: A Novel by Kent Haruf
“Beautiful, elegant and poignant, this novel is a distilled experience of Haruf’s writing. The story of how two elders attempt to poke at the loneliness and isolation that surrounds them will stick with me for a long time to come. I’m amazed at how Haruf says so much with such spare prose. He will be missed.”
—Alison Kastner, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
- Little Black Lies: A Novel by Sharon Bolton
“Set in the Falkland Islands, this novel grabs you from the opening paragraph. A child is missing, and he’s not the first. The incident sets off a chain of events leading to multiple characters confessing to murder. Accustomed to living in an idyllic community, fear and anger escalate among the locals. Bolton has created a page-turner of a story with a surprise ending.”
—Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ
See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!
April 10th, 2015
Posted by: Sheri
Each month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Kip Odell, Adult Services Librarian at the Grandville Branch, talk about our KDL Caffeinated series of coffee and tea brewing and tasting events, as well as Creative Canvas Painting and Recycled Reads programs. Kip also recommends the book Scary Close by Donald Miller.
(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)