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KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.

Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

Dear Martin

I devoured this book. Earlier this year I was struck by PIECING ME TOGETHER by Renee Watson, and THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas. DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone was right up there with them. Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and on his way to Yale. One night he's trying to help his drunk ex-girlfriend get h ...

A Plea to White People Posted by   Matt, 12/12/2017 09:09:29 AM | Add a Comment

Studio: creative spaces for creative people Posted by   Michael, 12/6/2017 10:17:22 AM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

2017 National Film Registry Titles Announced

Films Selected for the 2017 National Film Registry (alphabetical order) Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951) Boulevard Nights (1979) Die Hard (1988) Dumbo (1941) Field of Dreams (1989) 4 Little Girls (1997) Fuentes Family Home Movies Collection (1920s and 1930s) Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) The Goonies (1985) ...

Daniel Day-Lewis Posted by   Ryan, 12/12/2017 10:28:07 AM | Add a Comment

The Female Coming of Age Film Posted by   Ryan, 12/7/2017 12:19:51 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

The Moment Pop Music Was Born

One of the most iconic (if not the most) drum introduction is that of the opening moments of The Ronettes classic Be My Baby , co-written and recorded in 1963 by the legendary “wall of sound” producer Phil Specter. This opening salvo became the sonic template for pop/rock recordings throughout the 1960’s, and heavil ...

Salad Days: D.C. Hardcore Posted by   Ryan, 12/11/2017 02:15:05 PM | Add a Comment

Best of 2017 Listicles Posted by   Ryan, 12/6/2017 01:29:06 PM | Add a Comment

From the Director»RSS

Library news and happenings

Happy National Library Week to You!

This is National Library Week , April 12 – 18. We join with libraries, schools, bookstores, and publishers in celebrating this week to highlight the value of libraries. This year’s theme is “Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library.” In the mid 1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less time wit ...

Library Shout-Out Posted by   Ann, 2/9/2015 09:26:11 AM | Add a Comment

Michigan Notable Books 2015 Posted by   Ann, 2/4/2015 08:11:09 AM | Add a Comment

@ Your Library»RSS

Recent library events, news and more

Nikki Grimes is coming!

Nikki Grimes  will be in Kalamazoo on May 9. She will visit local schools and will be at the Powell Branch at 6 pm that evening. Powell, Eastwood and Central will have Pizza and Pages book discussions for Tween/Teens in her honor. If you are interested come in and pick up your free books and get reading. ...

Brainspace Magazine Posted by   Bill, 1/16/2017 06:43:33 PM | Add a Comment

Talk, Read, and Sing! Posted by   Bill, 9/22/2016 10:31:51 AM | Add a Comment

Friends News, Weekly Specials & More»RSS

Bookstore News November 29 - December 2

We still have tons of gift-quality books and we sell gift certificates too! We make your holiday shopping easy! ...

Annual Gift Book Sale - November 24 Posted by   Carol, 11/15/2017 03:15:39 PM | Add a Comment

Friends Bookstore - DVDs, CDs, and Audio Book Sale Posted by   Carol, 10/27/2017 11:02:10 AM | Add a Comment

Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

Welcome Back to Kalamazoo, 1917

Good news! If you missed the Welcome to Kalamazoo, 1917 program, you have another chance. It was so great that we’ve decided to repeat it at the Oshtemo branch in December. Join us to learn about the chaos you might have encountered on the city streets 100 years ago, what people did with their leisure time, how Kalam ...

Welcome to Kalamazoo, 1917 Posted by   Beth, 10/31/2017 11:13:18 AM | Add a Comment

Genealogy Week Posted by   Beth, 9/21/2017 10:27:14 AM | Add a Comment


Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

A strong relationship between board & ED makes a strong nonprofit

The relationship between a board of directors and an executive director is critical to a nonprofits success. Simply put, the most effective organizations have a strong relationship between these two parties. Why? The board and the ED are core leaders within any nonprofit institution and people take cue's from the top. ...

The critical need to 'ask full' from our funders Posted by   Matthew, 12/4/2017 09:55:09 AM | Add a Comment

A Note From Ryan Wieber Posted by   Ryan, 11/27/2017 03:55:09 PM | Add a Comment