December 28th, 2015
Posted by: Katie
Due to the prediction of severe weather and travel conditions, all KDL branches will close at 12:00 PM today (Monday, December 28). All afternoon and evening programs are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please remember that our digital collection is always available. Ebooks, eaudiobooks, music, movies and even comics are available to stream or download at www.kdl.org/downloads.
December 28th, 2015
Posted by: Tami A
I have a lifelong love of reading non-fiction books and wanted to share some of my recent favorites. My passion for non-fiction began when my father read to me out loud when I was a child and made me an insatiable reader. I’ve continued reading non-fiction, so I can keep learning such amazing things!
Currently, I’m reading a lot of books about herbs, aromatherapy, homeopathy and supplements. For home remedies try Do It Yourself Herbal Medicine and Healing Remedies That Work. There are also a lot of great books on natural medicines like Scott A. Johnson’s Surviving When Modern Medicine Fails and Cat Ellis’ Preppers Natural Medicine. For more helpful books try Essential Oils for Health and Herbal Goddess: Discover the Amazing Spirit of 12 Healing Herbs with Teas, Potions, Salves, Food, Yoga and More.
December 26th, 2015
Posted by: Beth
If you are looking for some out of this world reads, give these books a try!
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards: “2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.”
A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix: “Khemri learns the minute he becomes a Prince that princes need to be hard to kill—for they are always in danger. Their greatest threat? Other Princes. Every Prince wants to become Emperor and the surest way to do so is to kill, dishonor, or sideline any potential competitor. There are rules, but as Khemri discovers, rules can be bent and even broken.“
December 23rd, 2015
Posted by: Kip
On Christmas Day, Will Smith’s new film, Concussion, premiers in theaters. Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a pathologist whose discoveries of brain damage in retired football players has become the forefront of the concussion controversy.
KDL carries many resources on this topic including the newly released companion book to the film written by Jeanne Marie Laskas.
Omalu’s story was also told in Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru’s League of Denial. The reporters examine recent discoveries concerning head trauma and the reaction of the NFL. The book also became a PBS Frontline special, League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis.
Earlier this year, two writers penned books on both sides of the debate. Mark Edmundson’s Why Football Matters details his positive experiences with football. Edmundson believes that the sport taught him self-discipline and teamwork and was a necessary part of his growth as a young man. The counterpoint is Steve Almond’s Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto. Almond writes from a fan’s perspective and how he became troubled following a sport that arguably advocates for violence and greed.
A lighter, but no less entertaining perspective of football is covered in The Last Season: A Father, a Son, and a Lifetime of College Football. Stuart Stevens writes about his relationship with football and his 95-year old father as they attend a full season of Ole Miss football games together.
December 22nd, 2015
Posted by: Sheri
Our Zinio digital magazine service now has even more of your favorite titles! We’ve added subscriptions to the following new magazines that you can download and enjoy for FREE on your computer or mobile device:
Click here to view a complete list of all titles offered through Zinio.
December 21st, 2015
Posted by: Sara M
One of KDL’s top priorities is creating young readers, so we love helping kids pick the perfect title to fit their reading needs. Whether your child is reading well beyond grade level, or just discovering all the joys reading has to offer, we offer many resources to guide you in your quest for the perfect book.
From highly trained youth staff, to eye-catching displays, and colorful booklists, we work to provide personal service and recommendations within the branch. We also provide digital booklists under Recommended Reading. And our new KDL Catalog includes many tools to help you no matter where you are!
Book records now include Lexile and Accelerated Reader(AR) levels for most of our youth materials. Both Lexile and AR levels are educational tools used by teachers to make sure children are identifying books that fit their reading abilities. To see the Level for any title, simply click on the title and view the record. AR and Lexile scores will be listed in Program Information. You can search for books at specific reading levels to help your child stay on track and satisfy teacher requirements for reading.
Explore our many children’s materials and get to know our new catalog. Find the perfect resources to help your child become a successful reader at KDL!
December 20th, 2015
Posted by: Katie
Staying in town for holiday break? We can help keep your kids and teens happy, busy and entertained! Between Star Wars: KDL Awakens the FORCE, Ugly Sweater Cupcake Wars, KDL Lab programs and so much more, there won’t be any time for boredom. Click here for a complete list of our programs taking place December 21 – January 3.
With your bank account a bit depleted after all that holiday shopping, don’t worry about spending money keeping your kids busy… all KDL programs are free!
December 19th, 2015
Posted by: Vivi
The Kent District Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays Thursday and Friday December 24–25. We will resume normal operating hours on Saturday, December 26. For additional holiday closing information, please view our 2015 Holiday Closings and 2016 Holiday Closings pages.
We appreciate your patronage and wish you Happy Holidays!
December 19th, 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.
- My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
“Set in the mid-1980s, Lucy Barton, hospitalized for nine weeks, is surprised when her estranged mother shows up at her bedside. Her mother talks of local gossip, but underneath the banalities, Lucy senses the love that cannot be expressed. This is the story that Lucy must write about, the one story that has shaped her entire life. A beautiful lyrical story of a mother and daughter and the love they share.”
—Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
- The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
“Sara arrives in the small town of Broken Wheel to visit her pen pal Amy, only to discover Amy has just died. The tale of how she brings the love of books and reading that she shared with Amy to the residents of Broken Wheel is just a lovely read. Any book lover will enjoy Sara’s story and that of the friends she makes in Broken Wheel. If ever a town needed a bookstore, it is Broken Wheel; the healing power of books and reading is made evident by this heartwarming book.”
—Barbara Clark-Greene, Groton Public Library, Groton, CT
- The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin
“Benjamin transports readers to 1960s Manhattan. This story gives us the chance to spy on Truman Capote’s close friendship with Babe Paley and his society “swans,” and the betrayal and scandal that drove them apart. I loved the description of the Black and White Ball.”
—Emily Weiss, Bedford Public Library, Bedford, NH
- Ashley Bell: A Novel by Dean Koontz
“This is a thrilling novel that caught me by surprise. Bibi Blair was diagnosed with brain cancer and astounds her doctor by being cured the day after her diagnosis. Why was she saved? A girl named Ashley Bell can provide the answers she seeks. Reality and dreams mix together in this unique narrative. Readers will be compelled to rush through to get to the ending.”
—Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA
- American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis
“In a series of short stories, Helen Ellis picks up the rock of American domesticity and shows us what’s underneath. While it’s not always pretty, it is pretty hilarious, in the darkest, most twisted of ways. The ladies in these stories seem to be living lives that are enviable in the extreme, but then slowly, the layers are pulled away, and the truth is revealed.”
—Jennifer Dayton, Darien Library, Darien, CT
- The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson
“A slightly more curmudgeonly Bill Bryson recreates his beloved formula of travel writing and social commentary. This book is a lovely reminder of all the amazing natural beauty and historically significant sites found in the United Kingdom. Even though Bryson extols the virtues of his adopted homeland, he never lets up on the eccentricities and stupidity he encounters. Bryson’s still laugh-out loud funny and this book won’t disappoint.”
—Susannah Connor, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ
- The Things We Keep: A Novel by Sally Hepworth
“A sweet story of love and loss set in a residential care facility. Two of its youngest residents, a man and a woman both diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, fall in love. Their story is intertwined with the stories of other residents and employees at the facility, including a recently widowed cook and her seven-year-old daughter. A moving and improbably uplifting tale.”
—Elizabeth Eastin, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, NY
- Ornaments of Death: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery by Jane K. Cleland
“The Josie Prescott mystery series—featuring likable characters and fascinating facts about antiques—continues to please in this latest entry. Josie is dealing with her annual Christmas party while trying to unravel the mystery of a missing relative and the disappearance of two valuable seventeenth-century miniatures. A nicely twisted mystery in a fun and festive setting.”
—Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
- Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin
“Readers rejoice! John Rebus has come out of retirement. Siobhan Clarke and Malcolm Fox are working an important case and ask for his help. Then an attempt is made on the life of his longtime nemesis, Big Ger Cafferty. Are the cases connected? A top notch entry in a beloved series.”
—Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Raleigh, NC
- What She Knew: A Novel by Gilly Macmillan
“Rachel Jenner is out for a walk with her son Ben when, after allowing him to run ahead to a swing, he vanishes. The investigation focuses on Rachel due to her recent divorce, and as a result, Rachel becomes undone. This is a psychological thriller full of suspense that will have you guessing until the very end. When all is revealed, the characters and action of the crime will stay with you long after you read the final page. I recommend this book to every fan of the genre.”
—Annice Sevett, Willmar Public Library, Willmar, MN
See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!
December 18th, 2015
Posted by: Jan
Are you in the mood for a holiday movie, but either haven’t borrowed one from the library or nothing on TV catches your eye? Have no fear, Hoopla is here, with a wonderful selection of holiday movies for both adults and kids! They’re all free, and there are no overdue fees. You just need to access Hoopla through KDL, sign in with your email & password (or create one), and check out the videos that you wish to watch, up to 12 each month. Simple directions are here.