May 20th, 2015
Posted by: Jan
Summer vacation will be here soon, and many of us will be hitting the road (or the air) for destinations near and far. Did you know that KDL regularly adds updated versions of popular travel guides to its collection? You can check out DK, Fodor’s, Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, Moon, Rick Steves, and other popular guide series. Many of these guides are available in an ebook version as well.
Another way to travel is by “armchair.” Travel memoirs are one of the most popular non-fiction genres. You can take a trip to France, the Amazon jungle, or Antarctica from the comfort of your home. It’s almost as good as being there! For a few suggestions to get you started click here. And finally, try reading a novel set in a far-away location to get the feel of living and traveling abroad. Check out of few of these suggestions.
May 18th, 2015
Posted by: Katie
If you aren’t already counting down the days to Summer Reading at KDL, watch this video and you’re sure to catch the excitement!
May 15th, 2015
Posted by: Alyson
Looking for a read with a just a hint of the fantastical and still grounded in the reality we know? Something with the tiniest bit of magic, but no magic wands or elves or epic journeys into the heart of evil? Check this booklist featuring Magical Realism featuring these titles and more:
Look for something a different? Check out other booklists over at KDL Recommends.
Other new booklists:
It’s the End of the World as We Know It!
May 14th, 2015
Posted by: Sheri
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 Collection Development Librarian Tammy Schneider talk about new resources at KDL, including lynda.com and Beanstack. Tammy also recommends the book Noggin by John Corey Whaley.
May 13th, 2015
Posted by: Katie
Exciting news! Our video streaming service, hoopla, is expanding! Beginning today, hoopla now offers free access to eBooks and Comics. Don’t forget to update your hoopla app so you can enjoy these new formats (unless your device has automatic update, of course). Visit the hoopla site and scroll down to view available eBooks and Comics.
Don’t miss out!
May 13th, 2015
Posted by: Jennifer
Probably no surprise here (considering I’m a librarian) but I was a pretty advanced reader at the age of 11. Another shocker for you is that my mom got a little upset when I came home from my local library with a copy of Go Ask Alice, thinking it might have something to do with Alice in Wonderland. If you’re not familiar with Go Ask Alice, it’s a book about drug addiction that’s definitely inappropriate for an 11-year old, and my mom suddenly realized she had to find advanced reader books that were also appropriate for my age.
Finding appropriate books for your high-level readers is a tough thing to do because they don’t want books with immature, baby-ish subject matter, but they also can’t totally comprehend that really serious subject matter. If you need help finding appropriate books that your kids, tweens and even teens will love, this list might be a good place to start. We have lots of good reading suggestions for all ages on there, and even a few recommended websites you can check out for further suggestions.
And don’t forget to drop into one of our locations and ask your friendly librarian for help, too!
Clean Reads currently on display in the teen area of the Caledonia Branch!
May 11th, 2015
Posted by: Alyson
If you have a young animal lover in your family, be sure to check out our new booklist Animal Antics! Each of these picture books features animals front and center. With a range from funny to sentimental, and even one with no words at all, there may be a new favorite book here for your young reader!
Find more booklists for young readers at KDL Recommends for Kids.
Don’t forget, these would be great reads for 1KB4K!
May 10th, 2015
Posted by: Beth
Well-known children’s author & illustrator Marcia Brown died last month at the age of 96. Marcia Brown was one of the few illustrators to win three Caldecott medals. The first one was in 1955 for Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper, which she translated from Charles Perrault’s version. The second was for Once a Mouse in 1962 and finally Shadow in 1983, translated and adapted from a Blaise Cendrars poem. She also won six Caldecott Honors and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for contributions to children’s literature.
May 9th, 2015
Posted by: Sheri
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.
- Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel by Laura Dave
“Take your time and savor the family dynamics. Enjoy the romantic twists in this tale of a career-minded young woman circling back to her roots at a California winery. The appeal is broader than that of a romance since it delves into the complexities of various relationships — parent to parent, parents and children, even winery and owner. This is an excellent summer read!”
—Joan Hipp, Florham Park Public Library, Florham Park, NJ
- The Truth According to Us: A Novel by Annie Barrows
“It is 1938 in a rural West Virginia town and a young woman arrives to write the town’s history. Layla doesn’t really know what to expect from the town, and the town doesn’t know what to make of her. This is the heart of the South, the soul of small towns, where everyone looks out for you and knows your history. Sweet story tailor-made for fans of Billie Letts, Fannie Flagg, Pat Conroy and Harper Lee.”
—Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
- The Book of Speculation: A Novel by Erika Swyler
“A roller coaster of a read! This is the story of a librarian from a splintered family with a tragic past who is gifted a mysterious book that leads him to dive deep into his family’s history, all while his present life seems to be falling to pieces around him. If you loved Morgenstern’s The Night Circus or Kostova’s The Historian, this is a book for you.”
—Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA
- The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel by Nina George
“Quirky and delightful, Nina George’s book focuses on Jean Perdu, owner of the Literary Apothecary, a floating bookshop. When a new tenant in his apartment building sets in motion events that force Jean to re-evaluate his past, he finds himself floating off down the rivers of France in search of lost love, new love, and friends he didn’t know he needed.”
—Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
- The Invasion of the Tearling: A Novel by Erika Johansen
“The Mort are coming! Johansen introduces new characters and enticing bits of history, with the second volume of her intriguing tale of fantasy, mystery and royal politics. Kelsea, the new Tearling Queen, has broken the Red Queen’s treaty and prepares to suffer the consequences as her nation is about to be invaded. Readers will be eager for the final volume in the Tearling saga.”
—Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library, St. Peters, MO
- In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
“The obvious ‘unlikely events’ of Judy Blume’s latest — the three plane crashes afflicting Elizabeth, NJ in one horrifying winter — set the framework for everyday unlikely events around love, family, friendship, relating all that can go so wrong, and so right, with all three. Readers will enjoy the period detail and relatable characters that feature in this hybrid domestic/disaster tale.”
—Becky Bowen, Kenton County Public Library, Independence, KY
- The Rumor: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
“Elin Hilderbrand has done it again! Grace is married to Fast Eddie, a successful real estate broker on the island. They live with their twin teenage daughters in a beautiful house with three manicured acres overlooking the harbor. Financial troubles, affairs or supposed affairs, teenage angst and shady deals kick the rumor mill on the island in high gear. The Rumor is the ideal beach book for this summer!”
—Claudia Silk, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
- The Precipice: A Novel by Paul Doiron
“When two women go missing while hiking a difficult part of the Appalachian Trail, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch helps in trying to determine where the women were last seen. Mike then discovers there is no shortage of people whose behaviors make them suspicious. With a puzzle that keeps the reader guessing, and a main character that you can’t help but empathize with, The Precipice is another home run for Doiron.”
—Lora Bruggeman, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL
- My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
“From the author of one my favorite books of last year, A Man Called Ove, this book packs a similar emotional punch at the end, but has some significant differences. It is told from the point of view of Elsa, a seven-year-old child who loves Harry Potter, fairy tales, and her grandmother. Once I stopped trying to make the story fit my adult view of the world and entered into Elsa’s world, I had a whale of a time.”
—Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC
- Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson
“This is the journey of Tracy Bowden, John Chatterton, and John Mattera as they follow a quest to find the sunken pirate ship named the Golden Fleece. I think anyone would be interested in the treasure of a famous buccaneer, Joseph Bannister. Many people, including me, have dreamed of digging up a treasure chest of gold. What could be more fun than traveling along with treasure hunters to find a lost pirate ship?”
—Linda Payne, Lake Placid Memorial Library, Lake Placid, FL
See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!
May 8th, 2015
Posted by: Morgan J.
Starting NOW until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Gaines Township and Krause Memorial (Rockford) branches (both branches open at 9:30 AM) for the dress rehearsal of Avenue Q on Thursday, May 28 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 784-2007.
What do you get when you mix one part human with one part puppet? Answer: A multi-Tony Award (2004) winning play! Filled with pop-culture references, adult humor and unforgettable songs, this play will leave you entertained. Not recommended for young audiences. Adult content