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Local Indie Spotlight: J. Scott

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

LocalIndieMy overall impression after listing to Unconventional Vol. 1 is that the production of the album is very high-end and the beats are creative and catchy. It is not your traditional rap CD, which might help explain the title of the album, where the rapper is typically bragging about fast cars or money. Instead, this CD gives great insight into who J. Scott is and the trials and tribulations he’s had growing up and that he currently faces with fatherhood. His voice reminds me a lot of Obie Trice, but J. Scott doesn’t deliver his rhyme style in the same way. He has lots of great samples that were used in crafting the beats and is well worth a listen. Any fan of local hip hop and rap should give the album a chance and have a listen to it.

J. Scott’s CD is part of the Local Indie @ KDL collection, housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branches. It was created to give independent authors, filmmakers and musicians the opportunity to be added to our shelves and to be featured by staff in order to increase viewers, readers and listeners.

Click here to browse our Local Indie @ KDL collection.

 

 


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Local Indie Spotlight: Andy Kaiser

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

13417064Tyler Ford is pretty much your average 13-year-old boy. He’s neither popular nor unpopular, he likes video games and his family vacations tend to be predictable. This summer at the Lone Wolf Lodge in Michigan is no exception, until he meets the mysterious Eena. She changes everything, and after strange, supernatural things start to happen, Tyler realizes she hasn’t been as truthful as he had thought.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to teens age 10-14. It’s a great book for guys, as well as a page-turner. It has everything: romance, adventure and mystery. Waking the Dreamer is the first book of Andy Kaiser’s “Transhuman” series, and I would be interested in reading the other books to find out what happens!

Kaiser’s book is part of the Local Indie @ KDL collection, housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branches. It was created to give independent authors, filmmakers and musicians the opportunity to be added to our shelves and to be featured by staff in order to increase viewers, readers and listeners.

Click here to browse our Local Indie @ KDL collection.

Reviewed by Veronica at the Cascade Township Branch

 


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Local Indie Spotlight: Patricia Kiyono

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

The Samurai's GardenThe Samurai’s Garden by Patricia Kiyono is set at the beginning of the Meiji Era in Japan, around 1875. The time of daimyo rule and the samurai class has come to an end, leaving hundreds of displaced samurai with skills no longer required by a nation recouping its losses. Ronin – rogue samurai – are now a plague to the nation that once revered them. This is the setting in which we find Hiro, an ex-samurai searching for peace, and Hanako, a farmer whose husband was killed by a band of ronin. Under the guise of pretending to be her husband-to-be, Hiro assists Hanako in the day-to-day labor on the farm, where he finally finds the peace he was craving, and more so. However, this tranquility is not destined to last if a shadow from Hiro’s past succeeds in his plot.

The Samurai’s Garden is a quick read, with the story lasting 206 pages, with a novella in the last pages of the novel. It is written in a straight-forward style, and at a quick pace that keeps the readers hooked. The storyline is interesting and readers will grow to care for Hiro and Hanako. A concern for interested readers would be that some general knowledge about the time period would be useful, as the book does not explain what a daimyo is, or the customs of etiquette appropriate for the time period. A read-alike for this novel would be Ron Rash’s The Cove, simply in the style of the writing, but for others set in historical Japan, the novels of Gail Tsukiyama and Memoirs of a Geisha by Andrew Golden are similar.

Kiyono is continuing the story of the Hanakas through their succeeding generations, in The Plum Blossom Covenant. No release date has been set as of this writing.

Kiyono’s book is part of the Local Indie @ KDL collection, housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branches. It was created to give independent authors, filmmakers and musicians the opportunity to be added to our shelves and to be featured by staff in order to increase viewers, readers and listeners.

Click here to browse our Local Indie @ KDL collection.

 

(reviewed by Emily at the Cascade Township branch)


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Local Indie Spotlight: Charles Fry

Monday, May 27th, 2013

LocalIndieBeing a Kid… by Charles Fry (full title: Being a Kid in the Midwestern Town of White Cloud, MI (Population 800): Snapshots into the Life of Charles Fry (Born 1929) During the First Ten Years of His Life — and Beyond)

I really enjoyed this collection of reminiscences that Fry wrote first for his own family, but now has shared with the rest of us. Each short memory is a funny, honest and delightful window on life in the 1930s, both on a dairy farm and in a small town. When times were tight, Charles and his three older brothers invented daring and humorous ways to have fun, and found creative ways to earn spending money, too. How Charles gets into the circus for free, or how he gains fame delivering the Press, are just a few examples of this fun read.

Fry’s book is part of the Local Indie @ KDL collection, housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branches. It was created to give independent authors, filmmakers and musicians the opportunity to be added to our shelves and to be featured by staff in order to increase viewers, readers and listeners.

Click here to browse our Local Indie @ KDL collection.

 

(Reviewed by Deb at the Cascade Township Branch of Kent District Library)

 


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World War I Nonfiction Booklist

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

wargb002On March 18, 1915, British and French forces launched an unlucky naval attack on the Ottoman Empire in the Dardanelles, the thin waterway in northwestern Turkey that separates Europe from Asia. The waterway was heavily mined, and even though the British swept the area before launching the attack, they still lost three ships. Two more were severely damaged.

I have a strong personal interest in WWI because my great-grandfather fought in the British Gallipoli Campaign, and he lost two older brothers within a week of one another in the Battle of the Somme.  The First World War always felt like a rushed subject in school, so I never had much interest in it until I found my family’s connection to it through genealogical research. To further my knowledge and learn more about it I used the WWI Nonfiction booklist to highlight some of the books available at KDL that deal with WWI and all the different battles that occurred.

 

 

 

 

 


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Teen Mario Kart Tournament

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Hey Teens:mario-kart-wii-1

Looking for something fun to do over spring break? Then come to the Mario Kart teen video game tournament! It’s on Saturday, April 6, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Cascade Township branch.

Get your gaming skills ready and join us for some intense Mario Kart action! Many will enter, only the best will be crowned champions. This tournament features great prizes and snacks.  Plus former Cascade favorite Kip will be there to host it, so don’t miss out.  Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. For teens grades 6-12. Click here to register now. Or register in your local branch or by calling us at 616-784-2007.

 


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Guys Read Approved: Soccer Documentary

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

one_night_in_turinI recently watched One Night in Turin, an awesome sport documentary that focuses on the English soccer team during the 1990 World Cup.  It is narrated by actor Gary Oldman and includes match action as well as never before seen footage.

The Barclay’s Premier League is now a world-leading soccer league which attracts interest from foreign investors and spectators from all over the globe. But before the Premier League became the shining star that it is today, English football was in a state of shame, scarred by hooliganism and a struggling national team. That is, until Sir Bobby Robson took charge of the English National team and during the 1990 World Cup in Italy managed to restore the hope of the nation and faith in their national game.

KDL has lots of other great documentaries on DVD; be sure to check out your local branch and see what they have.

 


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Gadgets – B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Did Santa bring you a new gadget? Not sure how to use your shiny new device? Bring your own eReader or tablet to the library to learn and share tips about your device — everything from apps to eBooks.

Don’t own one yet? Stop in to see how these devices are being used before you buy.

Join us at one of the branches offering
Gadgets – B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group:

Wednesday, January 2, 2:00–3:00 PM — Plainfield Township
Tuesday, January 8, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM — Cascade Township
Wednesday, January 9, 2:00–3:00 PM — Plainfield Township
Thursday, January 10, 6:00–7:00 PM — East Grand Rapids
Wednesday, January 23, 6:00–7:30 PM — Wyoming
Wednesday, February 27, 6:00–7:30 PM — Wyoming

 

 


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Need a Travel Suggestion?

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Tired of the dreary winter weather? Want to research a sunny and warm travel destination to visit? You are in luck; KDL offers many new and updated travel guides and books. Fancy a trip to Cancun or Riviera Maya? What about Northern California or Hawaii? KDL has all-new 2013 books for these destinations.

Another cool travel resource you might want to check out is KDL’s Recommended Sites in Travel. On this webpage you will find all types of recommended sites, from booking tickets with Amtrak and The Rapid to researching different destinations with the Michigan Department of Tourism and Travelocity, plus much more. It’s well worth a browse.

 


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Cold Weather, Cool Crafts

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Some people love being outside in the cold and snow – skiing, sledding and ice skating. While I enjoy many of the opportunities winter brings, I also enjoy the chance to stay indoors and try my hand at creating something new or working on a project.

KDL offers lots of great cooking and arts and craft books. One year my special project was to create a box from a craft I found in The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life by Lisa Occhipinti. I bought a large book from one of the KDL used book sales and, following the instructions, cut out the old pages, bought some wood, which I cut and painted, and then glued it all together. I ended up with a lovely, handmade gift I was able to give to my sister in time for the holidays.

 


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