Staff Picks

KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.

Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

A Smart Girl’s Guide to Knowing What to Say

A Smart Girl ’ s Guide to Knowing What to Say by Patti Kelley Criswell offers VERY good suggestions for making small talk, introducing yourself, and dealing with a host of difficult situations. This is a great book, geared toward upper-elementary kids and teens, but actually good for all ages – even adults. Th ...

The Mischievians Posted by   Andrea, 4/23/2015 11:15:21 AM | Add a Comment

Remembering Ivan Doig Posted by   Ann, 4/22/2015 10:31:26 AM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

God Help the Girl

For fans of the Scottish musical group Belle and Sebastian , it will come as no surprise that the recently released musical God Help the Girl is a film that mirrors the vision, style and conceptual interests of the band’s singer Stuart Murdoch. Murdoch wrote the music and the script as well as directing this charm ...

Not Really About the Civil War Posted by   Ryan, 4/20/2015 04:50:16 PM | Add a Comment

1950's and 60's England Posted by   Ryan, 4/16/2015 03:59:06 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

The 90's Are Back!

Inspired by seeing Neutral Milk Hotel , one of the most important underground bands of the late 1990's last night at the State Theater, I thought I would highlight other groups included in our music collection that could reasonably be considered classic alternative/college rock. Here's a sampling: Elliott Smith ...

Desert Blues Posted by   Ryan, 4/14/2015 04:19:16 PM | Add a Comment

Updating the Classics Posted by   Ryan, 4/13/2015 10:34:42 AM | 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

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Recent library events, news and more

Reverend Hype: The Urban Fiction Book Discussion

We had a great turnout for our February 24, 2015 Urban Fiction book discussion at the Alma Powell Branch . The book Reverend Hype was written and self-published by local author Deacon Raymond Ryan. After talking about the motivation behind writing this fictional story Deacon Ryan lead a spirited discussion. Th ...

Only 10 Days Left to Submit Films for the 2015 Teen Filmmaker Festival! Posted by   Stewart, 1/7/2015 02:58:19 PM | Add a Comment

ONEplace@kpl brings Mindfulness to the Workplace Posted by   Judi, 12/20/2014 02:32:35 PM | Add a Comment

Friends News, Weekly Specials & More»RSS

Bookstore News April 15 - 18(1)

In the last couple of weeks we've "weeded" our hard cover fiction and mystery books. That means we've removed all the books that have been on the shelf for the last couple of months and replaced them with new (well different) selections. Fiction and mystery readers come on down and see what's new! We decid ...

Movies, Music and More Sale April 11 Posted by   Carol, 4/8/2015 12:00:52 PM | Add a Comment

Sale - Movies, Music and More Posted by   Carol, 4/1/2015 02:12:23 PM | Add a Comment

Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

Do You Recognize This Photo?

Not long ago, we received a donation of a photo depicting children and a few adults, presumably taken in front of a school. The donor thought that it was Vine Street School and from the early 1950s. Unfortunately, the building in the photo did not look like any images we have of Vine Street School, or any other Kalama ...

The New HeritageQuest Posted by   Beth, 3/5/2015 04:09:32 PM | Add a Comment

The Art of Memory Posted by   Beth, 2/6/2015 02:11:04 PM | Add a Comment


Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

Advocacy Institute

The Kalamazoo Nonprofit Advocacy Institute is a beginning-level program for organizations that are ready to engage in advocacy but need the skills to do so. It is designed to enhance your nonprofit’s capacity to impact public policy at the local, state and federal levels. Michigan Nonprofit Association has contract ...

How to Thoughtfully Add to Your Plate Posted by   Lolita, 4/17/2015 08:44:30 AM | Add a Comment

Win a mug! Posted by   Thom, 4/10/2015 04:46:10 PM | Add a Comment - 4 Comments