Staff Picks

KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.

Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

Our Better Angels

How would you react in the face of a disaster that left thousands homeless and wiped out essential city services in Kalamazoo for weeks on end? Rebecca Solnit takes a look at some major disasters over the past century or so and reports on some of the grassroots communities that emerged to provide relief in her book ...


Holiday Pile Posted by   Kevin, 12/11/2014 04:16:53 PM | Add a Comment


No Place to Hide Posted by   Michael, 12/9/2014 04:13:54 PM | Add a Comment


Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

Health & Fitness

Whether you're looking for a way to manage stress during the busy holiday season or get an early start on your New Year's resolution, the library offers access to a variety of fitness videos through our streaming service, Hoopla . You can find everything from dance to pilates and yoga . There's an assortment of w ...


Calvary Posted by   Ryan, 12/12/2014 10:46:06 AM | Add a Comment


Best of the Reissued Movies of 2014 Posted by   Ryan, 12/8/2014 03:18:26 PM | Add a Comment


Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Best Music of 2014

Catch up on the best music made in 2014 by checking out some of these end of year lists. NPR's Music Critics Pitchfork Rolling Stone Country Music AV Club Metacritic's Debut Albums Hip Hop Albums ...


The Voice of Christmas Posted by   Ryan, 12/1/2014 09:37:30 AM | Add a Comment


TV on the Radio Posted by   Ryan, 11/28/2014 10:54:48 AM | Add a Comment


From the Director»RSS

Library news and happenings

Another Way to Reduce Stress

This can be a stressful, overly busy time of year. We’ve all read advice for reducing stress. Here’s another one: uninterrupted reading, even “slow reading.” “Slow reading” is a return to reading habits of the time before cellphones, social media, Google….just sit in silence and read uninterruptedly. Reducing s ...


Year End Donations Posted by   Ann, 12/1/2014 11:49:34 AM | Add a Comment


Spelling Bee Thanks to KPL Staff Posted by   Ann, 11/20/2014 12:10:58 PM | Add a Comment


@ Your Library»RSS

Recent library events, news and more

The Contract

Maybe you've heard about Derek Jeter's new book The Contract . It begins with a young Derek Jeter sitting in his third grade classroom in Kalamazoo and dreaming about baseball - sliding into home base to win the World Series. Derek Jeter always knew that he wanted to play baseball. Shortstop. For the New York Yanke ...


Teens: Submit Your Film to the 12th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival! Posted by   Stewart, 10/10/2014 11:16:12 AM | Add a Comment


Healthy Living Workshops @ your library Posted by   Angela, 8/26/2014 12:46:49 PM | Add a Comment


Friends News, Weekly Specials & More»RSS

Bookstore News December 17 - 20

We still have lots of nice gift-quality books available. Our special sale continues but don't limit your gift shopping to the Gift Book selections; our shelves contain many books that would make excellent gifts. And of course, GIFT CERTIFICATES make wonderful gifts also. ...


Bookstore News December 10 - 13 Posted by   Carol, 12/9/2014 03:49:56 PM | Add a Comment


Bookstore News December 3 - 5 Posted by   Carol, 12/3/2014 03:16:21 PM | Add a Comment


Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

Second Chance for Programs

If you read our Link newsletter or peruse the website from time to time, you probably know that KPL has hosted many wonderful local history programs in recent years. We’ve covered topics related to architecture , neighborhoods , women’s history , shipwrecks , and even the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair . All the l ...


An Idyllic Summer Day Posted by   Beth, 8/15/2014 01:54:51 PM | Add a Comment


Michigan’s Historic Lighthouses Posted by   Keith, 5/16/2014 12:00:18 PM | Add a Comment


ONEplace»RSS

Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

Leggo my ego

I enjoy basketball. While some individual players stand out, it’s the performance of the team that decides the game: working together, anticipating each other’s moves, and sharing the spotlight. Sure it takes practice, but it takes more than practice. It takes trust. On a team, trust means…   ...


You're welcome Posted by   Thom, 12/8/2014 09:18:02 AM | Add a Comment


Board training increases impact Posted by   Thom, 12/3/2014 01:32:53 PM | Add a Comment