KD aLe: We’re Pouring a Second Round

November 15th, 2014

KD Ale logo WEBIt’s back: our wildly hop-ular beer making and tasting series, and this time we’ve got more tastings, more programs and more local breweries and brew gurus to prime your palate for local craft beer.

A complete listing of events is below. Those that require registration are indicated as such in bold green lettering. Last year, events filled fast and the waiting lists went all the way around the building (virtually, of course), so sign up early! Click here to register for in-branch tastings.

 

Home Brewing 101
Edward Long from Siciliano’s Market and local home brewer Matt Ross outline the basics, including ingredients, equipment, process and everything else you need to get started.

Siciliano's MarketMonday, December 8, 6:30 PM, Sand Lake/ Nelson Twp. Branch
Thursday, January 15, 6:00 PM, Byron Twp. Branch
Tuesday, January 20, 6:00 PM, Caledonia Twp. Branch
Thursday, January 22, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Tuesday, January 27, 6:30 PM, Tyrone Twp. Branch
Wednesday, February 11, 6:00 PM, Wyoming Branch
Thursday, February 19, 6:30 PM, Comstock Park Branch

 

Rockford Brewing CompanyRockford Brewing Company Tour
See how they make their signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan’s Irish Stout and Paradigm MPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Company, 12 E. Bridge St. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Tuesday, January 6, 6:30 PM, Rockford Brewing Company
Tuesday, February 10, 6:30 PM, Rockford Brewing Company

 

Great American Brew TrailBeer Sampling with the Great American Brew Trail’s Amy Sherman
The energetic host of the popular television series will screen and discuss one of her favorite episodes and lead a tasting of four of the brewery’s signature beers. Pre-registration is required. Participants must be 21 or older to attend and each attendee must register separately. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Tuesday, January 13, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
(featuring Brewery Vivant) *NOTE: As of Monday, December 8, 2014, registration is full for this event, but please sign onto the waiting list in case of cancellations.
Tuesday, February 3, 6:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
(featuring Crankers Brewery)

 

Schmohz BrewerySchmohz Brewery Tour
Learn how they make their signature beers such as Hopknocker Imperial IPA, Treasure Chest ESB and Bonecrusher Stout. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Schmohz Brewery, 2600 Patterson Ave. SE. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Wednesday, January 21, 7:00 PM, Schmohz Brewery

 

Pauly'sBeer Tasting with Pauly’s
Pauly’s brew guru Stacey Faba will share tastes of four of her favorite Michigan craft beers. She’ll explain how not to be intimidated by those mile-long brewery beer lists — and how in the world you choose. Pre-registration is required. Participants must be 21 or older and each attendee must register separately.

Wednesday, January 28, 6:00 PM, Englehardt (Lowell) Branch

 

Osgood BrewingOsgood Brewing Tour
Get a “backstage pass” and see how they produce signature beers such as Sol Seeker Wheat, Journey IPA and Best Day Ever Double IPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Osgood Brewing, 4051 Chicago Dr. SW in Grandville. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Wednesday, January 28, 6:30 PM, Osgood Brewing
Thursday, February 12, 6:30 PM, Osgood Brewing

 

Gravel Bottom BreweryWrap-up Party and Beer Release with Gravel Bottom Brewery
Learn all about how Gravel Bottom brews their beers, including KD aLe, which will be tapped for the first time that very night. Peruse their homebrew supply store and watch a homebrew demonstration. Don’t forget to show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting. Tour and talk will be held at the Gravel Bottom Brewery, 418 Ada Dr. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Wednesday, February 25, 6:30 PM, Gravel Bottom Brewery

 


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KDL Top Ten — Cookbooks

November 14th, 2014

Stir things up — take home a cookbook from KDL today!  This week’s Top Ten presents 10 of the most popular titles in our Cooking section:

KDL Top Ten Cookbooks 11-14-2014

 

 


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Grand River, Great Reads!

November 13th, 2014

The namesake of our area, the Grand River, has been getting a lot of attention lately. Many groups and coalitions are in the midst of a planning process to restore the river to its original habitat and to rejuvenate the public areas surrounding it. This is an effort that affects more than just downtown GR, as these are spaces visited by people from the whole county and beyond. KDL residents interested in the Grand River might find the following books valuable:

Our Grand Journey by Jeff Alexander and Howard Meyerson

A contemporary paddle excursion along the whole length of the Grand River exploring its nature, people and communities.

 

 

The Grand (Rivers of Michigan Series) by Kit Lane

A look at the Grand River and how it’s been used throughout history, from Native Americans to modern kayakers.

 

 

 

The Story of Grand River by C. Donald Chrysler

A brief history of Michigan’s longest river published in celebration of the nation’s bicentennial.

 

 

 

 

 

And for those who simply love river stories of any kind, there are a number of classic great reads which feature a river as their focal point, so find a comfy seat and enjoy the cruise!

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

Classic Twain… join Huck and Jim as they escape down the Mississippi River.

 

 

 

The African Queen by C.S. Forester

C.S. Forester’s tale of adventure up the Ulanga River, made more famous by Bogart and Hepburn.

 

 

 

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s classic detective, investigates not one, but two murders while sailing down the Nile.

 

 

Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose.

Award winning historian Stephen Ambrose relays the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition, a non-fiction account that reads like fiction.

 

 

 


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Books that Bring You Home for the Holidays

November 12th, 2014

It’s time to read your way into the holiday spirit! Check out Library Journal’s Christmas Literary Escapes, written by our very own Melissa DeWild, Collection Development Manager at KDL. These holiday tales will have you wanting to pack up and visit a small town (or island) for Christmas. The settings are full of charm even when there’s a murderer on the loose, so settle in for another snowy season of crime and family get-togethers.

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KDL on WGVU Radio — Chris Van Allsburg Visit

November 10th, 2014

The Misadventures of Sweetie PieEach 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 East Grand Rapids Branch staff Holly Goulet and Vanessa Walstra talk about an upcoming visit by award-winning author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg and some great holiday reads. Enjoy!

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• Find out more about Chris Van Allsburg’s visit

• Get a ticket to the book signing

• Request The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie by Chris Van Allsburg

• Request Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

• Request The Princess Bride

• Request As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

• Request The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

• Request The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

• Request Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

 


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — Go Away, Big Green Monster

November 9th, 2014
The Go Away, Big Green Monster! app is a fun and interactive adaptation of the popular picture book of the same name by Ed Emberley. As in the book, the monster is assembled and then taken apart again as his various face parts are told to “go away.” Follow along as the author reads the book. Have fun changing the monster’s face. Being in control of this monster just might make him a little less scary to little ones. The app allows children to read the book alone or to sing along to a catchy musical version of the book. Watch the book come alive in this engaging app available for Apple, Android and Amazon devices.

— Julie R.  at KDL’s Caledonia Township Branch

 


 

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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Libraries and Snowplows, a Winning Combination

November 8th, 2014

The next time you stop by the Kentwood Branch you’ll find a fairly unique award on display. Recently staff of the City of Kentwood Department of Public Works traveled to Norton Shores to participate in the American Public Works Association (APWA) Midwest Michigan Branch 2014 Snowplow Roadeo and Equipment Show.

This event brings together public works staff from cities and municipalities all over Michigan, featuring both a snowplow competition as well as an equipment show. At the equipment show the Kentwood DPW staff brought a snowplow truck that was displayed at the Kentwood Branch’s “Touch a Truck” program on July 30. Children and adults got to paint their handprints on the truck’s plow during the program in addition to artwork added by Kentwood Branch Adult Paraprofessional Barb Williams. By the end of the show the Kentwood snowplow was honored with the “Best of the Fleet 2014” award. Special thanks to Ron Woods, Mike Hoevenaar and the rest of the Kentwood Department of Public Works staff for their partnership with Kent District Library. You can also check out an article featured in the Muskegon Chronicle recapping the Snowplow Roadeo and Equipment Show by clicking here.

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American Public Works Association (APWA) Midwest Michigan Branch 2014 Snowplow Roadeo and Equipment Show “Best of the Fleet 2014″ Award

 

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“Touch A Truck” Plow

 

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Kentwood Branch “Touch A Truck”

 


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NaNoWriMo 2014

November 6th, 2014

NaNoWriMoNo, that title isn’t just a bunch of gibberish — it’s “National Novel Writing Month,” held in November every year. If you’ve ever dreamed of writing your own novel, what better time to start than now?

Your goal: Write a 50,000-word novel by midnight, November 30. Sound impossible? Don’t worry — NaNoWriMo is all about enthusiasm and perseverance, not high quality writing. Just let go, lower your expectations, and let the words flow.

Sound interesting? Check out the official NaNoWriMo site for more information or to sign up.

Need some help to get started? There’s a Grand Rapids area forum so you can find other writers and NaNoWriMo events near you. Or check our Events Calendar for Writers’ Groups and NaNoWriMo “Come Write-In” programs scheduled at KDL branches.

And if you say “no way!” to writing 50,000-word novel in just 1 month, why not start with a 3000-word (or less) short story instead? Our Write Michigan Short Story contest deadline is November 30, and you could win a cash prize and be published!

(Hey teens — NaNoWriMo also has a Young Writers Program just for you!)

Happy writing!


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Meet the Author… and His Furry Friend

November 5th, 2014

Tuesday Tucks Me InJoin us for a visit with author Luis Carlos Montalván and his service dog Tuesday as they talk about animal assisted therapy, the human/animal bond and their own heartwarming story. The duo will be at the Plainfield Township Branch at 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 22, and at the Cascade Township Branch at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 23. People of all ages are invited to attend.

Montalván’s book, Tuesday Tucks Me In, is narrated by Tuesday and shares a day in the life of this service dog extraordinaire and tail-wagging ambassador for all things positive and uplifting in the world.

 

 


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Chris Van Allsburg Coming to EGR

November 4th, 2014

Van AllsburgChris Van Allsburg, Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book author and illustrator, will be visiting his hometown in celebration of his new book release, The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.  The East Grand Rapids Branch, 746 Lakeside Dr. SE, in collaboration with Grand Rapids Ballet and Schuler’s Books & Music, will host a book release celebration at 6:00 PM on Monday, November 24.

Don’t miss out on the Nutcracker-themed crafts, costumed dancers, treats from Jersey Junction, Sweeti-licious Bakery and more — as we celebrate the release of The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.

The event is FREE and open to the public; the book signing will be ticketed.

Tickets are free with purchase of The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie from schulerbooks.com. Each ticketholder may have the author sign up to three copies of newly purchased titles, and one copy of any Van Allsburg book from their personal library. All book orders and accompanying book-signing tickets will be available for pick up at the event.

“It’s going to be a huge thrill for kids to be able to meet the author of their favorite books,” said Holly Goulet, a youth paraprofessional at the East Grand Rapids Branch, “We’re especially lucky to have him at this branch given his ties with the community.”

To pre-purchase books and get a book-signing ticket online, go to http://www.schulerbooks.com/product/chris-vanallsburg-sweetie-pie or visit Schuler Books & Music at their Grand Rapids location (2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids). Books will be available for purchase during the November 24 event. Due to anticipated demand, it cannot be guaranteed that books purchased the day of the event will be signed.

 


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