Civic Theatre Passes: South Pacific

February 16th, 2015

southStarting NOW until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Gaines Township (opens at noon) and Krause Memorial (Rockford) (opens at 9:30 AM) branches for the dress rehearsal of South Pacific on Thursday, February 26 at 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (30 N. Division Ave.) All dress rehearsals are general seating and vouchers must be redeemed for an admission ticket on dress night only.

Vouchers do not guarantee a seat, as dress rehearsals include open admission sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM.

Questions? Call KDL Patron Services at 616-784-2007.

 

 

 

 


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Writers Conference: Register Now!

February 15th, 2015

WritersConference 2015 logo*NOTE: As of Monday, March 9, registration is full for the conference. A reminder will go out to all those registered a week before the conference, and some will cancel, so spots will open. If you are interested, sign up for the waiting list (link is two paragraphs down)!

Attention writers and authors: it’s time to sign up for our fourth annual all-day event, to be held from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturday, April 18 at the Cascade Township Branch.

The free conference features nine published authors and publishing pros who will share their advice and expertise, as well as opportunities for attendees to connect with one another. For complete details and to register, click here. This event always fills to capacity, so register early!

Need a nudge to register? Read this article on why you should attend a writers conference.

Sponsored in part by the Michigan Humanities Council and the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.

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Early Lit Bits: Booklists

February 14th, 2015

Lighten up! Enjoy these playful picture books that promote movement, dance, games and fun for children and adults to share.


 

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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March LibraryReads Staff Picks

February 13th, 2015


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.

  1. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel LibraryReadsFavoriteThe Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel
    by Rachel Joyce
    “Miss Queenie Hennessy, who we met in Joyce’s first book, is in a hospice ruminating over her abundant life experiences. I loved the poignant passages and wise words peppered throughout. Readers of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry will enjoy this book. There’s no fast-paced plot or exciting twists — it’s just a simple, sweet story of a life well-lived.”
    Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA
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  3. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the LusitaniaDead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
    “In cinematic terms, this dramatic page-turner is Das Boot meets Titanic. Larson has a wonderful way of creating a very readable, accessible story of a time, place, and event. We get three sides of the global story — the U-boat commander, British Admiralty and President Wilson — but what really elevates this book are the affecting stories of individual crew and passengers.”
    Robert Schnell, Queens Library, Jamaica, NY
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  5. PrudencePrudence by Gail Carriger
    “I was hoping we’d be seeing Prudence in her own series. Baby P — Rue to you — is all grown up and absolutely delightful. First-time readers will think it’s a wonderful book on its own merits. However, it becomes spectacular when we get to revisit some of the beloved characters from the Parasol Protectorate. Gail Carriger is always a delight!”
    Lisa Sprague, Enfield Public Library, Enfield, CT
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  7. The Witch of Painted SorrowsThe Witch of Painted Sorrows by M. J. Rose
    “Rose weaves a passionate tale of sensuality, heartbreak and despair, exposing readers to a side of Paris that is as haunting as its main characters. The melding of time and generations transform Sandrine and La Lune into a single force to be reckoned with. The unexpected ending will leave readers wanting more.”
    Marianne Colton, Lockport Public Library, Lockport, NY
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  9. Cat Out of HellCat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss
    “Cats don’t live nine lives. They survive eight deaths. There’s something special about Roger, the cat, and it’s not that he can talk. Truss spins readers through a hauntingly, portentous tale. When my cat’s tail thrums, I’ll forever wonder what devilment will follow.”
    Ann Williams, Tippecanoe County Public Library, Lafayette, IN
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  11. Vanishing GirlsVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
    “Reminiscent of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, this book begs for a re-read after you finish it. Nick, the main character, is recovering from a devastating trauma. Her family life is turned upside down, and a longtime childhood friendship is strained due to her sister’s exploits. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read multi-layered stories.”
    Sybil Thompson, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland, OH
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  13. Delicious Foods: A NovelDelicious Foods: A Novel by James Hannaham
    “How can you not be immediately intrigued by a novel that opens with a teenage boy driving from Louisiana to Minnesota after both his hands have just been cut off at the wrist? When you read this novel, you’re dropped right into a world — darkly funny and audaciously bold.”
    Meghan Hall, Timberland Regional Library, Lacey, WA
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  15. The Fifth Gospel: A NovelThe Fifth Gospel: A Novel by Ian Caldwell
    “A murder on Vatican property begins this tale of religion, politics, and family. Two brothers, both priests, struggle to make sense of their friend’s murder. When one is accused, the other must go to extreme lengths to prove his brother’s innocence. Caldwell’s second novel is a book to savor. This is a heart-wrenching book you will want to read more than once.”
    Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ
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  17. The Pocket Wife: A NovelThe Pocket Wife: A Novel by Susan Crawford
    “Dana is a ‘pocket wife’ because her lawyer husband barely gives her the time of day. One afternoon, she drunkenly argues with her neighbor Celia, takes a nap, then wakes to find Celia dead. Could she have murdered Celia? Dana, suffering from manic episodes, tries to solve her friend’s murder before she loses all self-control. Highly recommended for fans of Gone Girl.”
    Katelyn Boyer, Fergus Falls Public Library, Fergus Falls, MN
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  19. Where All Light Tends to GoWhere All Light Tends to Go by David Joy
    “This beautifully written novel juxtaposes the glory of the Appalachians against the despair of everyday life. Jacob McNeely recognizes his family’s brutality, but Maggie, the love of his life, gives him hope. Achingly told, the visceral prose will stay with readers long past the conclusion. Fans of the Southern fiction of Ron Rash and Wiley Cash will fall in love with this new voice.”
    Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

 

See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!

 


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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Readalikes

February 13th, 2015

Did you love Fifty Shades of Grey? Dying to see the movie? Check out this list of Fifty Shades of Grey readalikes to keep you satiated. And remember that many of these books are available in a digital format for your eReader or tablet!

Because You Are Mine: A Because You Are Mine Novel       The Submissive: The Submissive Series      This Man


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Chinese New Year

February 11th, 2015

Feb_Blog_PicChinese New Year is the Chinese festival that begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice and ends on the full moon fifteen days later. This year’s Chinese New Year begins on Thursday, February 19. KDL has a variety of interesting books on Chinese New Year. Check them out.

 

 

 

 


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New Teen Booklist: Books into Movies

February 10th, 2015

Did you enjoy The Fault in Our Stars? Mockingjay? Ender’s Game? Check out this list of Teen Books to Movies, and read the books that inspired the films:

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2)               Fallen              The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)

Bonus: Have you seen Seventh Son? Did you love The Last Apprentice? Check out this list of Seventh Son readalikes.

Find more great teen reads at KDL Recommends for Teens.


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

February 8th, 2015

Can you carry a tune? Did you know that singing with children helps them learn to read? Learn why in this Ready to Read video from Kent District Library:


 

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KDL on WGVU Radio — Genre Derby

February 7th, 2015

Linda at WGVUEach 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 Development Manager Linda Krombeen talk about our Genre Derby, where your donations to your favorite genre “horse” help to purchase more books in that genre.

Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 

 

 

 


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New Adult Booklists

February 6th, 2015

Did you love Unbroken? Check out these Survival Tales, both historical and current, including these titles and more!

Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World               Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West               Eat, Sleep, Ride: How I Braved Bears, Badlands, and Big Breakfasts in My Quest to Cycle the Tour Divide

Other new booklists:

Goodreads Choice Awards 2014
Go Red for Women

As always, check out all of KDL’s great booklists over at KDL Recommends!

 


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