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Kumiko, the treasure hunter

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The Coen brothers “Fargo” has been a popular film since its release in 1996—it’s even spawned a critically acclaimed TV show—and the new film “Kumiko the treasure hunter” is certainly an intriguing riff on that movie, taking a tiny part of it—a suitcase full of money buried in a snow bank—and creating its own fully-developed tale of delusion, obsession and greed. Kumiko is a lonely “Office Lady” living on her own in modern-day Tokyo. Her mother calls from time to time, but mostly to find out if she’s found a man to marry yet. Her co-workers keep their distance from her, but then, she’s not always the best employee either, especially to her boss, who seems to do very little all day. As the film opens, Kumiko, wandering the shore of the ocean, is on a treasure hunt. But instead of gold, she finds, in a nearby cave, carefully buried in the sand, a VHS tape. She takes it home and watches it. It is the movie “Fargo”. As anyone familiar with that film will recall, it involves kidnapping, murder and money. But the part that matters to Kumiko is when the money is placed in that aforementioned snow bank. She takes seriously the claim, stated at the beginning of “Fargo”, about it being based “on a true story”.  She makes her own map, carefully sewn on a piece of white cloth copied from her TV screen. I won’t give away how she finds herself in Minnesota, seeking the almost legendary town of Fargo, meeting a series of kindly, if somewhat baffled, Americans. The culture clash is sometimes amusing, and the director, David Zellner, unlike the Coen brothers, eschews random violence in favor of quirkiness and mystery. “Kumiko” held my attention in many ways, and it also disturbed me, as I tried to understand this young woman. Is the movie merely a portrait of mental illness? Is it about the beauty of the inner life? Is it about how lonely and disconnected people can easily sink further into their own world? Or is about all these things?  These are all questions that hang over “Kumiko” and that give it its mysterious and memorable character.

(This movie is unrated, but it would probably be rated PG. It is only available on a Blu-ray edition.)

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Author A.S. King Comes to KDL!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Good A S King hi res headshotKent District Library, Consumers Energy and the Friends of Cascade Library are proud to present A.S. King, the extraordinary writer of provocative teen novels. The Michael L. Printz Award-Winning author will talk about her life as an author and her latest title “I Crawl Through It,” the surrealist fiction trailing four teenagers on the verge of exploding from dealing with traumas, anxiety and PTSD.

Already hailed as “ambitious and affecting” by Horn Book, new release “I Crawl Through It” has been garnering rave reviews. Fans of King will be able to purchase her books at the event and have them signed by the author after her talk. The event, to be held at KDL’s Cascade Township Branch on October 15 at 7:00 PM, is free and open to the public.

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Live and Learn Series Covers Aliens, Bees, Cannabis and More

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Histories, mysteries, honey and money, this fall KDL presents the Live and Learn series offering presentations for adults on a wide variety of topics. Ranging from beekeeping to Michigan’s ghostly lore, the series is designed to intrigue and entertain you. Bumblebee on a Zinnia

The six programs, each offered at Comstock Park branch as well as being offered at other KDL branch locations, includes Al Eicher Presents The Orphan Train in Michigan, the story of how 12,500 orphaned children from New York City and the Boston area made their way to Michigan in the mid-to-late 1800’s.


Extraterrestrial Life: What Lies Beyond Us, presented by Dr. Jason Smolinski, discusses discoveries and conditions required for life to exist outside our solar system and throughout the galaxy.

Medical Cannabis: A Brief Introduction, highlights the past, present Texting & Driving-Maleand future of the plant’s medicinal use.

The Buzz on Beekeeping takes a look at the crucial role bees play in our environment, Using You Smartphone for Smart Savings teaches you how to use free, downloadable apps to save you money on groceries and retail purchases and The History of Comstock Park from 1837 to the Present, traces the progression of the area through three name changes and site development.

Pre-registration for the lectures is not necessary. For more information on the lecture series please call (616) 784-2007.

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Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff class canceled

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Today’s 4 p.m. class “Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?” at the Service Center has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Valuable Program for Teens

Monday, September 21st, 2015

TeensParents, make sure your teenager gets signed up to attend Hot Jobs of 2020, taking place at the Cascade Township Branch at 6:00 PM on Monday, October 5 and at the Grandville Branch at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 17.

There’s a good chance that the job your teen may have someday may not even exist yet. Technology and innovation are changing the workplace like never before. Krista Harmon, Career Development Specialist and owner of Discover Careers, will talk through the Hot Jobs of 2020 and share how teens can set themselves up for success by utilizing career exploration resources while still in high school. Registration is required; please call 616-784-2007 to get your teen signed up.

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Attention Rainbow Rowell fans!

Monday, September 21st, 2015

carry onAttention Rainbow Rowell fans – her new book is almost here! If you’ve enjoyed reading Eleanor & Park or Fangirl, check out her latest title, Carry On. It will be available October 6 and tells the story of Simon Snow, the worst chosen one who’s even been chosen. At least, that’s what his roommate, Baz, says – and Baz might be evil and a vampire, but he’s usually right about these things. The book starts just as Baz goes missing. Simon is determined to find him, of course. (Simon is determined about a lot of things: getting his girlfriend back, making it through his last year of magic school, saving the world.)

You might recognize Simon and Baz from Rowell’s book Fangirl. But if you don’t, don’t worry about it; this is a standalone adventure. As Rainbow says, “I guess this is my first book you could call an adventure. It’s also a mystery and–more than anything–a love story.”

Put a copy of Carry On on hold here. If you haven’t read Eleanor & Park or Fangirl, yet, I highly suggest both. Click on the titles to place a hold in our new online catalog today!

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What is your PIN in the new catalog?

Thursday, September 17th, 2015


This morning we made the big switch to our new catalog. Have you had a chance to log in and kick the tires yet? We have a brief How to Use the New Library Catalog to help you get started.

To log in, click either “Log In” or “My Account.” Enter your library card number, found on the back of your library card, and your PIN. Your PIN will be the last four digits of the phone number associated with your account.

You may have changed your PIN at some point so that it was different from your phone number but that change did not transfer over to the new system. Instead, the system defaults to the last four digits of your phone number. But never fear, you can still update your PIN to something different using the Change PIN page.

If you have any problems still accessing your account, give us a call at 616-784-2007. We’ll be happy to help.


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New Reference Resource: Value Line

Monday, September 14th, 2015

We are pleased to announce that KDL patrons now have access to Value Line Research Center. This resource allows you to search investment-related data, news and analysis.  Value Line covers 3,500 stocks across 100 industries and represents 90% of the market capitalization of all stocks traded in U.S. markets.

We hope you enjoy this new resource. Try it out today!

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Writers Conference: Register Now!

Friday, September 11th, 2015

KDL Writers Conference Logo

Attention writers and authors: it’s time to sign up for our Writers Conference: Craft Edition, taking place on Saturday, October 24 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. This conference, for teens and adults,  features Michigan authors and publishing insiders sharing their insight on the craft of writing – from capturing your audience, to constructing scenes to editing. All genres of writers and skill levels are welcome and pre-registration is required.

9:30 – 12:30 PM – Conference (Register here)
2:00 – 3:30 PM – Workshop (Register here)

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

We hope to see you there!

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Cool Programs for Teens!

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Super Smash Bros.Teens, take a break from your homework and visit KDL for one (or all!) of these awesome programs! Please click the program title for dates, times and locations or to register.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U Tournament
Get your Smash on! Battle up to 8 players in this Wii U tournament. You are welcome to bring your own controller. We will play with stock characters only. No uploads. Pre-registration is required.

Teen Halo Tournament
Calling all teens! Think you have what it takes to compete in our Halo 4 multiplayer tournament? Bring a partner and battle the best of the best in this first-person shooter competition. The last team standing wins the prize! Pre-registration is required.

Hot Jobs of 2020
The job you may have someday probably doesn’t even exist yet! Technology and innovation are changing the workplace like never before. Join us as we talk through the Hot Jobs of 2020 and how you can set yourself up for success by utilizing career exploration resources while still in high school. Pre-registration is required. 

KDL Anime Festival
Come in costume and participate in our cosplay pageant, or just hang out and celebrate all things anime. Snacks, crafts, games and your favorite shows! Costumes and weapon props must be family-friendly.

Meet the Author: A.S. King
KDL is proud to present A.S. King, the extraordinary writer of provocative teen novels. Join us for what promises to be an evening to remember, as she talks about her life as an author and discusses her latest title As I Crawl Through It. Books will be available for purchase and Ms. King will be signing after her talk. Sponsored by Consumers Energy and the Friends of the Cascade Library.

Teen Film Workshops
These workshops are sure to give you the skills you need to create an outstanding film for our Teen Film Festival.

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