Ultimate Beach Reads

June 11th, 2015

While it still may be too cold to go in the water past your ankles, we have you covered for shoreline entertainment! Our Summer Reading List is out with ideas for everyone from the future rock star to the history buff.

If page-turning, “whodunit?!” reads are your style, this list of courtroom dramas will fill your beach bag. The only thing more engrossing than these fictional tales are the nonfictional stories on the list of underdogs saving the day against all odds.

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For the graphic novel enthusiasts out there, KDL’s summer choices will keep you company under the beach umbrella. Brush up on your Batman and Superman lore before the next blockbuster hits the theaters!

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They always seem to be from the wrong side of the tracks, don’t they? These teen romance novels share the giddy rush of first love, the power of friendships and the crushing blow of breakups.

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If you are eagerly awaiting the release of Go Set a Watchman, the sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird, bide your time with these societal reflective pieces focusing on racism, relationships and civil rights.

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Always dreamed of trading in your briefcase for a guitar case? Lose yourself in these rock icon biographies, you can almost hear the crowds chanting your name!

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Hot Teen Reads for Summer

June 10th, 2015

School’s out for summer, which means you can finally read what you want! Instead of reading Harry Potter or The Hunger Games for the billionth time, try one of these.

red queenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard
SF TEEN AVEYARD
In a world divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities–Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard–a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.
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saint anythingSaint Anything by Sarah Dessen
TEEN DESSEN
Sydney’s charismatic older brother, Peyton, has always been the center of attention in the family but when he is sent to jail, Sydney struggles to find her place at home and the world until she meets the Chathams, including gentle, protective Mac, who makes her feel seen for the first time.
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to all the boys i've loved beforeTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
ROM TEEN HAN
Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hat box until one day those letters are accidentally sent.
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city of savagesCity of Savages by Lee Kelly
SF TEEN KELLY
After the Red Allies turn New York City into a POW camp, two sisters must decipher the past in order to protect the future.
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under a painted skyUnder a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
HIST TEEN LEE
In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American, and Annamae, an African American slave, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California.
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a court of thorns and rosesA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
SF TEEN MAAS
Feyre is captured by Tamlin, a High Lord of the faeries. As her feelings toward him transform from hostility to a fiery passion, the threats against the faerie lands grow. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose Tamlin forever.
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the winner's curseThe Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
SF TEEN RUTOSKI
An aristocratic girl who is a member of a warmongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart.
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we should hang out sometimeWe Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story by Josh Sundquist
BIOGRAPHY TEEN SUNDQUIST
The Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker documents his coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor and his efforts to investigate past dates gone wrong to discover why he was still single.
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5 Books to Read Before the Movies Come Out

June 10th, 2015

It’s going to be a good year for books on the big screen! 2016 will see a flood on novels turned into movies spanning all ages and genres according to Movie Insider.

Chick Lit becomes a Chick Flick when How to Be Single by Liz how to be singleTuccillo hits the silver screen in February.

Jane Austen’s classic gets a monster makeover in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the parody created by Seth Grahame-Smith due in February.  ppz

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs has Eva Green as the title character and bills Dame Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson among the cast. Look for the film in early March.  mphfpc

The final installment of the Divergent series, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, will be split into two movies, the first estimated to be released in mid-March.

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April will get a little wilder when The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling hits the big screen again. With actors like Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o reportedly voicing animals, this children’s film is sure to appeal to adults as well. jb


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Programs Just for Teens

June 9th, 2015

Henna 4We have an awesome line-up of teen programs this summer! Here is just a sampling of what we have to offer. Click on the program title for a list dates, times and locations.

Cupcake Wars
Experience all the drama of the TV show in live action. Compete for prizes by decorating a gourmet cupcake and plate with KDL’s own version of “Cupcake Wars!” Our panel of experts will crown the victor of KDL’s Cupcake Wars, but everyone wins when there’s cupcakes to eat!

Find Your Inner Artist: Corey Ruffin, Caricaturist
Corey’s caricature workshop unleashes the hidden talent in all of us. Even if stick figures are the full extent of your artistic ability, Corey gets you drawing like a pro by showing you how to cartoon the human face in a few simple steps.

Sweet! Cake Decorating for Teens
Learn some tips and tricks for decorating cakes, cookies and other sweet treats. Hands-on fun included. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.

DIY Tie-Dye for Teens
Bring a white or light colored T-shirt to this program and try a new way of tie-dye — with permanent markers. All other materials will be provided to help you create a one-of-a-kind shirt.

Doctor Who Party for Teens
No Silence in this Library — we’re here to celebrate Doctor Who. Come together with fellow Whovians to engage in crafts, games and goodies. Allons-y!

How to Draw Manga
Instructors from Kendall College of Art & Design will teach you the ins and outs of character design and illustration in the distinctive style of Japanese animation and manga. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.

Henna Tattoos
Experience the intricate art of henna tattooing with Harsha Gohil. Choose your own design for application and learn how to apply the henna yourself! Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.


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Amazing Acts!

June 8th, 2015

plunkardThe following programs are sure to keep your family engaged, amazed and entertained! Don’t miss out on all the fun! Click the program title for dates, times and locations.

Hooper Heroes
Grab your magical lasso and learn how to hoop! Audacious Hoops will teach you basic hooping techniques for both fun and fitness.

Jibber Jams!
This engaging and interactive performance features imaginative original songs, audience inspired improvisation and the universal language of jibberish!

The Remarkable Mr. Tolsh and Other Puppet Vignettes
Join Kevin Kammeraad, Justin Haveman and their puppet crew as they share the stories of some uncommon heroes through music, movement and wordplay!

Tom Plunkard: Magic to the Rescue!
This entertaining and hilarious show includes animals, audience involvement and amazing magic.

The Village Puppeteers and the Damsel in Distress
Join us for a puppet show featuring a comedy romp and a heroic mission to save Rapunzel.

The Porters in Concert
Come swing and dance to the toe-tappin’ sounds of The Porters, a four-piece band that will captivate and entertain even the youngest audience.


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Summer Sounds: Concerts at the Library

June 7th, 2015

musicSit back, relax and enjoy some great music. Our program line-up includes several performances that will fill our branches with some sweet summer sounds. The shows are open to all ages and they are all free… it’s music to my ears! Please click on the program title for dates, times and locations.

City of Kentwood 2015 Summer Concert Series
Free evening concerts held at the library amphitheater. Bring a blanket for lawn seating or a chair for plaza seating. Sponsored by Comcast and the City of Kentwood Arts Advisory Committee.

Jibber Jams!
This engaging and interactive performance features imaginative original songs, audience inspired improvisation and the universal language of jibberish!

Uno, Dos, Tres with Andrés!
Celebrate the sounds of Latin America and more with bilingual música sure to delight the whole family.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Heroes
Listen and learn about the legends and heroes of Rock and Roll presented by Dynamic West. This show is sure to entertain all ages with a snapshot of the music that helped shape a generation.

Music on the Deck at the Caledonia Township Branch
Come and enjoy a summer evening with live music on the library deck. Bring your own chair or blanket.

The Porters in Concert
Come swing and dance to the toe-tappin’ sounds of The Porters, a four-piece band that will captivate and entertain even the youngest audience.

 

 

 


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Teen Hero books

June 6th, 2015

The Summer Reading theme is all about celebrating heroes so inpowerless addition to the all the great reading choices available, here is another NEWLY released book to check out:

Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs is about a teenager named Kenna who works in a secret lab for actual superheroes.  Not only that, her father was a hero who was killed by a villain.  But unfortunately, Kenna doesn’t have any powers of her own.  Then one night when Kenna is working in the lab, a group of villains break in and change Kenna’s perspective for ever!

I really liked the humor and the twists of this story.  Luckily for me, there is the first in a series!


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Summer Reading Club 2015

June 5th, 2015

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 Kristin Siegel, Youth Librarian at our East Grand Rapids Branch, and Lynn Goldberg, Teen Paraprofessional at our Plainfield Township Branch, share the details on the KDL Summer Reading Club and the prizes that children can expect for participating. There’s also plenty of programs for teens and adults. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Heroes.”

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Print Off Your Free Activity Pass

June 5th, 2015

Michigan Activity PassKent District Library has joined the partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Recreation and Park Association to offer you free access to hundreds of Michigan’s state parks, historic sites, cultural attractions, campgrounds and other recreation areas!

Visit the Michigan Activity Pass website to find participating locations and print off a one-entry pass that must be used within one week. Just fill out the three questions in the green box, find the location you would like to visit and click “Get Pass.”

Please know that passes are limited at any given time and you will be asked to enter your library card number.

“Kent District Library is excited to provide the Michigan Activity Pass to our cardholders and pleased that there are more MAP participating venues in West Michigan. We hope our members will utilize this program to gain enjoyable experiences and increase physical activity in their lives,” said Communications Manager Heidi Nagel.

A press conference launching this program will take place at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 8 at our Cascade Township Branch.


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Book Club in a Bag – Check It Out

June 5th, 2015

Were you aware that the Kent District Library has over 200 Book Club in a Bag titles available for your book group? The bags come with 12 to 14 copies of each title, along with questions specific to each title to help stimulate your group’s discussion. The titles in this collection are hand-picked and are all appropriate for a book discussion, but here are a few of particular interest. Titles may be reserved by contacting Ali Kuchta at 616-784-2016 x2179 or akuchta@kdl.org.

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Spare, luminous, and poetic, Stoner is the story of a man’s lifelong passionate love affair with literature. Readers may take wildly different views of the protagonist, making this overlooked classic a great book for discussion.

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One day Harold steps out to take a letter to the postbox, and keeps walking. And walking. What starts out as a simple trip to the postbox turns into a spiritual journey of self-discovery, and the adventures he has along the way and the people he encounters make for a great story.  Groups will find much to discuss in this ultimately redemptive adventure.

Individual readers and groups alike will find much to love in this epistolary novel set on the Isle of Guernsey during the German occupation, when the island was completely cut off from the United Kingdom for duration of the war.

 


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