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Last Week and This Week @ KPL
Last week we kicked off this year’s Reading Together with a discussion of the book and the issues it raises led by Dr. Karen Vocke, associate professor of English at WMU. Almost all attendees had read the book and we had a spirited discussion interspersed with Dr. Vocke’s experiences working with the migrant community and her literary insights.
This week we welcome the author Luis Alberto Urrea to Kalamazoo. He will speak Tuesday evening, 7:00, at Kalamazoo Central High School. There are many other community events through early April, all described on our website.
Last week we launched a new initiative: First Saturday @ KPL. We encourage families to make a visit to the library part of their regular routine and on the first Saturday of each month, we’ll entice children with storytimes, fun activities, and special guests. Families who visit during First Saturday @ KPL are eligible to win door prizes. We were thrilled with the turnout at this first one and look forward to it growing as we partner with other community organizations. The next one is Saturday, April 7, 2 pm – 4 pm.
This week we have family storytimes, toddler talk, baby talk, and reading with Bailey.
Last week was the Teen Filmmaker Festival; this week tweens and teens can take their cartooning skills to the next level with comic master Kenjji Jumanne-Marshall.
And for adults, in addition to Reading Together events this week, we’ll offer tax help and Ask a Lawyer. See our website for eligibility for these two programs.
Come visit soon, either to attend a program or to find something good to read, view, or listen to.
Luis Alberto Urrea