Author Sir Terry Pratchett Dies At Age 66

March 13th, 2015

Terry-PratchettAfter a eight-year struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, author Sir Terry Pratchett died Thursday at his home. Sir Terry Pratchett wrote over 70 books, including the lengthy Discworld series beloved by many readers.  He was knighted in 2009 by the Queen of England for services to literature. The author even made his own meteorite-powered sword in honor of that event.

“His death was announced on his Twitter account, on Thursday afternoon. The first tweet was composed in capital letters – which was how the author portrayed the character of Death in his novels.

“AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER,” it stated.

“Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.”

“The End.”


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The Next “Big Thing” in Teen Books

March 12th, 2015

Everyone always wants to know what the “next big thing” is in books, including me.  We are way over the paranormal books, with vampires and werewolves and now dystopian books are old hat, despite The Hunger Games and Divergent movies still to come. So what is next?

I think Realistic Fiction is gaining ground, partly thanks to John Green’s books and movies.  (Not that it ever truly went away.) I recently read two illgiveyouthesungreat teen realistic fiction books.  And yes, the covers are quite similar but that is just a coincidence!

The first book, which was the Printz Award winner, is by Jandy Nelson, “I’ll Give You The Sun.” This book is told through two voices, twins Jude and Noah. The interesting part is that Noah’s portion is told from when they were 13 years old and Jude’s voice is from when they are 16.  This gives the reader the perspective of what is to come but not how it came about. I really enjoyed the zacandmiacharacters of both twins and how the story came together in the end.

The other book is “Zac and Mia” by A.J. Betts. At first this book might seem to be an “A Fault In Our Stars” ripoff, but the story evolves beyond that. Zac and Mia have their own unique story to tell. Zac “meets” Mia because they are sharing a hospital wall while he is in isolation for his leukemia treatment. Mia is a popular girl, but is hiding her sickness from all her friends and is unable to come to terms with her illness. The friendship develops after the hospital but each are not always honest and upfront with each other. But in the end, they each need something for the other person and the ending leaves the fate of the characters up to the reader.


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Photo Contest

March 9th, 2015

Celebrate KDL Photo Contest Logo WEB (2)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 Communications Manager Heidi Nagel talk about the Celebrate KDL Photo Contest, which is currently accepting entries of your best KDL-related photos, as well as our KDL Caffeinated series of coffee and tea programs.

Enjoy!

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Early Lit Bits: Play-Grow-READ!

March 8th, 2015
Talking, singing, reciting rhymes, playing games, sharing books and listening to music are fun and meaningful ways to spend time with your child.
Visit our Play-Grow- Read website for some fun Activities to Do Around the House that support early literacy.


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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Congratulations to Teen Film Festival Winners!

March 6th, 2015

TeenFilmContestCongratulations to our winners and to everyone who was featured in the 2015 Teen Film Festival! We had an awesome time and hope you did too! All of the films are posted on YouTube and linked below. Without further ado, here are the winners!

Best Fictional Short:  Theatre Arts: A Mockumentary, Directed by David Garrett and Scott Hoek
Best Animated Short:  Yellow Ticket, Directors, Ainsley, Alexa, Anela, Anna, Cordell, Elle, Emily, Kyle, Lynsey, Luke, Marlee, Mica, Nicole, Nyleese, Onora, Oscar, Silas and Tucker
Best Documentary:  Our Beautiful 54, Directed by Emily Livermore
Best Commercial: The Ultimate Remote, Directed by Carter Anderson, Madelyn O’Malley and Ashlyn Tripp
Best Director: Nick Hansen, Vita Et Mortem
Best Actor: Scott Hoek, Theatre Arts: A Mockumentary
Best Actress: Jenna Bishop, Stolen
Best Screenplay: Jake T. Goldberg, Spooked
People’s Choice Award: Vita Et Mortem, Directed by Nick Hansen

Congratulations again!

Mark your calendars for next year’s Festival. Entries will be accepted for the 2016 Teen Film Festival from October 1, 2015 through January 22, 2016.

 


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A Few Charming Graphic Novels

March 4th, 2015

Ever since I was captivated by the graphic novel Blankets by Craig Thompson, I read a few graphic novels every once in a while to shuffle up my reading list. Here are a few titles that you may have overlooked, but I think you might enjoy!

Here by Richard McGuireMinimal reading required in Here by Richard McGuire. Flipping through these pages is much like observing works of art. A living room corner remains a constant image throughout the entire book, while additional images are spliced in and overlapped to show different points in time in the living room. There are subtle hints of cultural commentary, a history lesson, and a narrative that mainly relies on the reader’s interpretation of the imagery.

The Property by Rutu Modan follows Regina Segal and her granddaughter Mica to Warsaw where they hope to reclaim family property. There are some fierce characters in this book! There are also many upsets on this trip with family drama and backstabbing, but as stubborn as Grandma Regina is, there is no way she’ll end up losing out.

What do we hold onto? What do we let go? In Bad Houses by Sara Bad Houses by Sara Ryan and Carla Speed McNeilRyan and Carla Speed McNeil, a mixture of stories intertwine to reveal multiple perspectives on what is valuable in life. In this coming-of-age tale, there is family troubles, hoarding, and materialistic significance. Amusing at times, painful at others, this graphic novel provides readers with a compelling story and complex characters.


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Author Mal Peet Dies at Age 67

March 4th, 2015

malpeetAward-winning British author Mal Peet died Monday at the age of 67. Peet won the Guardian children’s fiction prize for his 2009 book Exposure. He also won the Carnegie medal in 2005 for his second book, Tamar, which is a fabulous fiction story set between modern day and World War II-occupied Netherlands.

 


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Anime Party for Teens

March 3rd, 2015

AnimeTeen Anime fans are invited to an Anime Party, taking place at several KDL branches this spring. Come show off your costume, eat some Pocky and enjoy Anime-themed crafts. Don’t miss out on all the fun!

Thursday, March 12, 3:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, March 19, 3:30 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Saturday, April 4, 2:00 PM, Gaines Twp. Branch
Thursday, April 16, 5:00 PM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Saturday, May 9, 1:00 PM, Grandville Branch

 


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KDL Photo Contest: Enter Today Through April 18

March 2nd, 2015

Celebrate KDL Photo Contest Logo WEB (2)Attention shutterbugs! Send in your favorite shots taken during one of our library programs or inside one of our branches. Winning photos will be featured in an upcoming Celebrate KDL 2016 Calendar that will be sold to raise funds for library programs.

For more information and to submit your digital photo, visit www.kdl.org/photocontest. Sponsored by Kent District Library and the Alliance of Friends. For all ages.

Monday, March 2 – Saturday, April 18: Submissions accepted

Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 24: Public voting on semi-finalists’ photos

Monday, June 1: Winners announced

 


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

March 2nd, 2015

Spring 2015 Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our April classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More!
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing Fun
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Sharing, Saving and Ordering
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. iPad Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics and More
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Office Workshop
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required and will begin the month before the scheduled classes on the first Monday of each month for KDL cardholders and the second Monday for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available):

  • April classes: Registration begins Monday, March 2 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, March 9 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • May classes: Registration begins Monday, April 6 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, April 13 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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