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Michigan wants you to read

Michigan wants you to read

The Library of Michigan has released a list of 20 books celebrating Michigan people, places and events.

The 2013 Michigan Notable Books list cover a variety of topics and were written by authors across the state.

According to a state news release, "Each title on the 2013 list gives readers insight into what it means to make your home in Michigan and proves some of the greatest stories are indeed found in the Great Lakes region. The Michigan Notable Books program is “Pure Michigan.”"

2013 Michigan Notable Books

American Poet: A Novel by Jeff Vande Zande (Bottom Dog Press)

Kent District Library gets some indie cred

Kent District Library gets some indie cred

Written by Kyle Austin

The Kent District Library is changing the way we interact with homegrown artistic talent. For years, area libraries considered local, independently produced media for inclusion in their catalogues, but the accepted materials too often stayed buried in the shelves and hidden from patrons' sight. But where other libraries saw a dead end, KDL saw an opportunity to lend a hand to area artists.

"We wondered what we could do to engage and encourage these people; to offer them a venue where they might showcase their talent and be as successful as possible," said Heidi Nagel, KDL communications manager.

Celebrate the Season!

Celebrate the Season!

Celebrate the holiday season with KDL! We are offering all kinds of exciting programs for children and families in December. Don’t miss out on all the free fun!

The Reindeer Are Coming!
Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the library. Dress warmly, and don’t forget the camera!

Thursday, December 13, 4:00 PM – Walker branch
Thursday, December 13, 6:30 PM – Grandville branch
Monday, December 17, 6:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch
Tuesday, December 18, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township branch

See How Many People Entered Our Short Story Contest

See How Many People Entered Our Short Story Contest

Submissions are closed for the inaugural Write Michigan short story contest, the numbers are in and the semi-finals judges are limbering up for what appears likely to be some late nights. In total, 551 writers entered the contest — 256 adults and 295 wordsmiths younger than 18. Yay everyone!

Writers: congratulations for getting your stories in.

December Hot Titles at KDL

December Hot Titles at KDL

If you want it, we’ve got it! At KDL, we are committed to providing the popular materials you want to read, listen to or view. Look what’s new this month:

The Bone Tree by Greg Iles
Shadow Woman by Linda Howard
Shiver by Karen Robards
The Dark Knight Rises (DVD)

HOW We Recommend Books & Movies Just for You

HOW We Recommend Books & Movies Just for You

Have you seen the Personalized Picks section on our website, where you tell us what you like and we create a list of book, movie and music recommendations just for you?

Oh sure, there are book recommendation websites out there, but their suggestions are generated using a computer algorithm, which means the connection between something you like and what is recommended to you sometimes doesn’t make sense.

Send us your Thanksgiving photos!

Send us your Thanksgiving photos!

As the Thanksgiving weekend comes to an end, we ask what the holiday means to you..? Is it family, food, football, Black Friday, volunteering, or maybe just relaxing as you take advantage of your time off?

Please send us a photos of what Thanksgiving means to you along with your name, location and a brief comment about Thanksgiving to MyTown@wzzm13.com for our My Town Thanksgiving photo gallery to be published early this week.

Thank you and we hope you've had a wonderful thanksgiving weekend!