KDL on WGVU Radio — Local Indie Fest

July 22nd, 2014

Pete @ 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 Pete Lewandoski, Adult Services Librarian at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch talk about the Local Indie collection and the upcoming Local Indie Fest (Wednesday, August 20, 4:00–7:00 PM at the Kentwood Branch).  Enjoy!

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Request an Absentee Ballot

July 21st, 2014

Absentee BallotAre you going to be on vacation or otherwise unable to get to the polls for the August 5 primary election (which includes a KDL millage proposal)? Request an absentee ballot using this form. You can also obtain an absentee ballot from the city or township office where you are registered to vote. The deadline to apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail is 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 2. After this, you may request an absent voter ballot in person at your local clerk’s office up until 4:00 PM on Monday, August 4. 


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Fireworks Monoprints

July 20th, 2014

Fireworks MonoprintsPlay-Grow-Read

Part of the fun of July is staying up late to see the fireworks. Remember the fun of July 4th with this simple craft using pipe cleaners and paint to create fantastic bursts of color. While you paint, talk about the sights and sounds your family experienced during fireworks displays. Older children may also enjoy watching this video about the science of fireworks.


  • Large fuzzy pipe cleaners
  • Paper suitable for tempera paint
  • Several contrasting colors of tempera paint
  • Scissors


  1. Take 4 large pipe cleaners. Fold them in half and twist to form a handle.
  2. Fan them out to create a starburst “brush.”
  3. Dip into one color of paint and make a print by placing the pipe cleaner starburst on the paper.
  4. Now print over the first image using a second color.
  5. Do 2 to 3 layers on each image to create multiple lines and colors.
  6. Add glitter if you wish.

–Dana D. at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) 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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Video Love Bomb: Keith and Xander

July 19th, 2014

A father-son love bomb for KDL. If it takes a turtle or three to make a life-long library supporter, then yes, we’ve got your turtles!

Drop a library love bomb: Upload a short video of your own to KDL’s Facebook page!


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Top Ten — eBooks

July 18th, 2014

Pack light for your next vacation, and still bring along a ton of reading material! Check out a virtual suitcase full of books from KDL’s eBook site.  And to see what others are downloading, take a look at this week’s Top Ten list.  These are the 10 most popular eBooks at KDL right now:

Top Ten eBooks 07-18-2014

For help getting started, visit our eBooks & Downloads Help and FAQs page.


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James Patterson Readalikes

July 18th, 2014

While you’re waiting for the #1 bestseller Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis, why not check out a book by these other popular suspense authors:

Rules of Prey by John SandfordLike Patterson, John Sandford writes hard-edged mystery suspense with strong language and graphically-portrayed violence. In Rules of Prey, Police Lt. Lucas Davenport find himself tracking a cunning serial killer who has created a terrifying game out of the murder of young women.

For a face-paced read alike with psychologicalThe Devil's Teardrop by Jeffery Deaver overtones, Jeffery Deaver‘s suspenseful book, The Devil’s Teardrop, will keep the pages turning. On New Year’s Eve 1999, Washington D. C. officials receive a threat. Unless they comply with his demands, an assassin will commit one terrorist attack in the city every four hours.

Suspense author Ridley Pearson’s books tend to be more thought-provoking than face-paced, but they share that same bleak outlook, series detectives, serial killers, graphic violence, and psychological insights that many readers of Patterson enjoy. In The Risk Agent two very different private investigators, Grace Chu and John Knox, must work together to find the kidnapped employee of an American company amid the chaos of Shanghai, China.

Sworn to Silence by Linda CastilloFor a more rural and romantic suspense novel with a similar bleak outlook, try Linda Castillo’s Amish Crime Thriller Series featuring police chief Kate Burkholder. In the first book, Sworn to Silence, Kate returns to her Ohio hometown only to find a serial killer from her past has struck again — only this time it’s up to her to stop him.

Jonathan Kellerman is called a “master of the psychological thriller” by People magazine. In Bones, Kellerman once again pulls his readers into a suspenseful, plot-twisting tale of serial murder and the unlikely duo who bring the killer to justice: Alex Delaware, a child psychologist, and Milo Sturgis, LAPD homicide detective.



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An Absorbing Local Indie Read

July 17th, 2014

polish doctorKDL’s Local Indie collection highlights independently published works by local authors & artists. It’s a great way to discover new writers, musicians & filmmakers right in your own back yard.

I recently read A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps: My Mother’s Memories of Imprisonment, Immigration, and a Life Remade by Barbara Rylko-Bauer.  It is the true story of a young Polish Roman Catholic doctor, Jadwiga Lenartowicz Rylko, known as Jadzia, arrested by the Nazis in January 1944. She was detained as a suspected member of the resistance, though her only crime was listening to the news on the radio.

Written by Jadzia’s daughter, the book tells of her fifteen months in concentration camps, ending with a forty-two day death march. During part of her time as a prisoner, she doctored the Jewish laborers in the camps. After being liberated, Jadzia attempted to return to life as a doctor, first in Germany and later in the United States. Reading a non-Jewish account of imprisonment was compelling, though the narrative of Jadzia’s childhood, education, marriage and later life is as interesting as reading about her time in the concentration camps, especially her reactions to various things her daughter asks her in interviews for the book.

Bonus: Rylko-Bauer will be speaking about her book at KDL’s East Grand Rapids branch on October 7 at 7:00 PM.

Currently the Local Indie collection is housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood Branches, but all of the items may be borrowed system-wide. Try it – you’ll like it!


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Learn How to Save Your Seeds

July 17th, 2014

SeedLibraryLogoThere are bound to be some real seedy characters here (wink)…

Join KDL from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on Wednesday, July 30 at Earthkeeper Farm, 12062 Fruit Ridge Ave. in Kent City, for a brief how-to on seed-saving. Plus, help us harvest organic parsley seeds for the KDL Seed Library and your own garden.

Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and bring garden gloves and hand-held clippers or kitchen shears.






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Chatting with D.E. Johnson

July 16th, 2014

D.E. Johnson was fascinating, informative and funny, answering questions on KDL’s Goodreads Discussion Board. The Michigan author of four historical mystery novels (including his latest, Detroit Shuffle) talked about Detroit after the turn of the twentieth century and about his writing. He also disclosed a little about the next series of mysteries that he is working on!

Check out the chat transcript on our KDL Goodreads Group page.


D. E. Johnson           Detroit Shuffle

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Video Love Bomb: Joy

July 16th, 2014

Joy, a longtime KDL Englehardt Branch volunteer extraordinaire, shares a few significant reasons she supports her library.

Drop a library love bomb: Upload a short video of your own to KDL’s Facebook page!

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