ALA 2015 Youth Media Award Winners

February 3rd, 2015

This is my favorite time of the year, at least for book award announcements!  The ALA Youth Media Award Winners were announced on Monday during the ALA conference in Chicago.  So crossoverwithout further ado, here are the winners:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:giveyouthesun

For a complete listing of all the current and past award winners visit ALA.org.

 


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

February 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 March classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More!
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Using It and Loving It!
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing Fun
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet 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
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • 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):

  • March classes: Registration begins Monday, February 2 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, February 9 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • 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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Genre Derby: Aaaand They’re Off!

February 2nd, 2015

GenreDerbyLogoTime to pony up in the race where every horse wins!

In Genre Derby, eight of KDL’s adult fiction and nonfiction genres (selected by you!) are represented by a horse. During the derby, nudge your favorite horse past the others by donating toward the purchase of books (print and digital) in your genre of choice. The Derby will continue through the end of February.

 

 

Genre Derby - Fiction

“Jodi PiCOLT” representing Adult Fiction

 

Genre Derby - Classics

“Ernest HemingNEIGH” representing Classics

 

Genrey Derby - Mystery

“STEED Larsson” representing Mystery

 

Genre Derby - Science Fiction Fantasy

“Orson TROT Card” representing
Science Fiction / Fantasy

 

Genre Derby - Biography

“Winston CHURCHILL DOWNS” representing Biography

 

Genre Derby - Cooking

“Betty TROTTER” representing Cooking

 

Genre Derby - Crafts

“Martha STIRRUP” representing Crafts

 

Genre Derby - History

“HALTER Cronkite” representing History

 

 


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KDL to Open at Noon Today, February 2

February 2nd, 2015

Due to hazardous driving conditions, KDL branches and the Service Center will open at 12:00 PM today. The Alto and Tyrone Township branches will remain closed all day. All morning programs are cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. Safe travels!


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Early Lit Bits: KDLville Spotlight

February 1st, 2015

The Alto Branch is currently featuring a Science Imagination Station sponsored by Consumers Energy. Kids can experiment with building blocks, magnetic gears and child-safe mirrors. These fun activities will be sure to inspire budding scientists and engineers.


 

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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Illustrator Margaret Bloy Graham Has Died at 94

January 31st, 2015

Margaret-Bloy-Graham-300x225Margaret Bloy Graham, the illustrator of Harry the Dirty Dog (written by her ex-husband Gene Zion) and many other books, died last week at the age of 94.

Harry the Dirty Dog was first published in 1956 and is still popular today.  Harry is considered the “canine Dennis the Menace.”  Although best known as an illustrator, Margaret Bloy Graham also wrote and illustrated her own books, including Be Nice to Spiders and Benjy, another dog series.

 

 

 

 


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Local Indie Spotlight: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

January 31st, 2015

Release Your Shrouds by Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys

This Michigan band plays bluegrass, except when it’s folk or it’s country or even a little jazzy. They describe their music as “eclectic Americana from the heart of America’s third coast.” Whatever you call it, this CD is a great listen! Lindsay Lou is the lead vocalist and the Flatbellys include Joshua Rilko, Mark Lavengood and PJ George on guitar, mandolin, dobro and more. With their third album, Ionia, in the works, check out this rootsy, harmonizing treat beforehand. You’ll likely pre-order the new release once you do!

Release Your Shrouds is part of the Local Indie @ KDL collection, housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branches. It was created to give independent authors, filmmakers and musicians the opportunity to be added to our shelves and to be featured by staff in order to increase viewers, readers and listeners.

Click here to browse our Local Indie @ KDL collection.


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New KDL Board Member: Lee Cook

January 30th, 2015

Lee Cook (3)Kent District Library welcomes its newest board trustee, Lee Cook, whose first meeting will be in February. We’re so lucky to benefit from his expertise and passion for libraries.

Lee lives in Grandville with his wife, Mary, who is the school librarian at Grand View Elementary.  They have three children: two attend the University of Michigan and one is a freshman at Grandville High School. They are members of First Reformed Church of Grandville, where Lee serves as Vice President of Consistory. Lee is also currently serving on the Grandville City Council, Kent County Dispatch Authority and Grandville Library Board. He is retired from the family business, Cook Funeral Home, and serves as a consultant for another family business, Byron Center Manor. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master’s in Business Administration.

 


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Teen Science Fiction Books

January 29th, 2015

In solidarity of my son’s semester long course on science fiction cinderbooks, here are some of my favorite, recent (besides Firefight) science fiction books.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer:  What I really love about this series is that the author takes Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel and totally gives them a science fiction make-over!  And yes, these would be great books for guys too (ignore the shoe) because there is no simpering princess.  Cinder is actually part alien, part cyborg and is in way over her head.  Scarlet just wants to find out what happened to her grandmother but runs into a whole organization of wolves.  And Cress is just a lost girl who happens to be a genius hacker.  I’m excited to see where the next book takes the characters!

stupidperfectworldStupid Perfect World by Scott Westerfeld is actually a short story eBook, but I am hoping it might expand to more.  In this future world, kids are required to take a Scarcity class that teaches them about how things use to be.  For a final project, everyone in the class most pick an ancient hardship that is no longer in existence, like getting a cold or not using advanced transportation.  Maria decides to experience hormones as a teenager by stopping her hormone treatment and Kieran picks sleeping 8 hours a night, because really, it couldn’t be that bad, right?

 

 

 


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KDL Branches to Open at Noon Today

January 29th, 2015

Due to hazardous road conditions, KDL branches with regular morning hours will open at 12:00 PM today (Thursday, January 29). All morning programs are cancelled. Please be safe and we hope to see you at KDL this afternoon!

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