Your library's picture book collections are now organized into Picture Book Neighborhoods. If you're looking for books about cars, trucks, boats, etc, you'll find them all together in the Things that Go neighborhood with a red spine label. Books with yellow spine labels are Concept books. They're all about letters, numbers, opposites, and other basic concepts. Other neighborhoods are:
- Favorites - Where you'll find so many favorite authors and characters
- Festive - Birthdays and celebrations, parades and festivities
- Growing Up - First day of school, bedtime, bereavement, divorce, new baby, potty training, etc
- Nature - Seasons, trees, animals, pets, and other nature related themes
- Our Town - Farm market, dog park, stores, libraries, community helpers and more
- Rhymes and Songs - Mother Goose and more plus favorite songs old and new
- Stories - Dinosaurs, princesses, pirates, and so many more
Come visit our neighborhoods at any Kalamazoo Public Library location!
Attention, Teen filmmakers! If you're planning to submit a film to the 12th annual Teen Filmmaker Festival, don't forget that all submitted films are due January 17th. That's only 10 days from now, so don't wait! Put the finishing touches on that masterpiece and send it to the Teen Services department ASAP. For more information, check out the Teen Filmmaker Festival page or pick up an entry form in person from the Teen Services Desk.
The afternoon of Saturday, May 31, 2014 marked the beginning of a new annual event at KPL: Three Book Battle. Middle School students from seven different schools joined forces and battled through book knowledge on The Giver, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and Return to Sender to be the first Three Book Battle champion. Teams competed in two battles that day for a total of 48 questions, 16 from each book. Huddles were formed, decisions were made, pencils moved frantically, and pride filled the Van Deusen Room!
This new event for 6th-8th graders set the bar high for the future with near perfect scores and contagious reading enthusiasm. Teen Services would like to thank the Friends of KPL for providing a mini grant opportunity to sponsor this event. Each team received a set of books to keep, Jones Soda and a Bookbug gift card to fuel their love of reading.
Congratulations go out to our final battle teams:
- 1st place – The Dauntless Snowballs of Revolution
- 2nd place – The Wolverines
- 3rd place – The Divergents
- 4th place – The Red Panda Readers
- 5th place – The Carter Crew
Plans are already underway for the 2015 Three Book Battle. Thank you KPL Teen Services, the Friends of KPL, TBB participants and the audience for making our first Three Book Battle one for the record books!
Three Book Battle
This spring, we celebrated the 20th year of the Global Reading Challenge! This quiz-bowl program is for 4th and 5th graders. Students form teams at their schools, read ten books chosen by KPL children’s librarians, then work as a team to answer questions about the books, earning points with correct answers.
Our intent is for kids to have fun reading the books and participating in a team activity. The ten books are carefully chosen to reflect our diverse world and to show characters successfully solving problems, contributing to their communities, and learning that people are more alike than they are different.
The first Challenge, in 1994, featured 19 teams from Lincoln, North Christian, and MLK Westwood; the winning team was the “Bookworm Warriors” from MLK Westwood. This year we had 129 teams from 17 schools! The District Final Challenge featured teams from Edison, Arcadia, Prairie Ridge, Spring Valley, and Northglade. The champion was the “Crazy Cougars” team from Prairie Ridge. Thanks to the students, parents, teachers, principals, and coaches for another successful year of books and reading!
Over this summer, librarians will be reading and choosing the books for the 2015 Global Reading Challenge. Team applications will be accepted in October and the book titles will be announced in December.
Global Reading Challenge