Staff Picks

KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.

Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar

Here’s something you might not expect … Keith Richards (yes, that Keith Richards of Rolling Stones fame) is now a children’s book author Books about Richards and his famous little rock & roll band would certainly fill a modest library, ...

Peggy, No Ordinary Chicken Posted by   Teresa, 11/18/2014 04:05:29 PM | Add a Comment

I Feel Five! Posted by   Sue, 11/18/2014 02:34:30 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

The Punk Singer

In 1992 I had the good fortune to have seen the punk band Bikini Kill play at a small club in Chicago. They blew me away with their loud, raw and unfiltered brand of punk rock feminism. Looking back now, I can see how necessary they were at that particular moment, that their commitment to empowering women within th ...

Dramas with the White Stuff Posted by   Ryan, 11/18/2014 11:32:06 AM | Add a Comment

About Time Posted by   Ryan, 11/14/2014 11:01:03 AM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Slow Club

The new British male/female duo Slow Club effectively weave together expressive crooning with catchy melodies and dance-friendly grooves with their third album Complete Surrender . From beautiful ballads to romping Motown-rooted soul, fans of bands like Beach House, Wye Oak, The Supremes, Low, Amy Winehouse, and S ...

Christmas… and All That Jazz Posted by   Keith, 11/18/2014 03:20:43 PM | Add a Comment

The Power of Mahler Posted by   Ryan, 11/13/2014 02:41:43 PM | Add a Comment

From the Director»RSS

Library news and happenings

Spelling Bee Thanks to KPL Staff

What a night for the 14th annual Great Grown-up Spelling Bee! THANK YOU to all the KPL staff who had a part in making this another successful year of raising serious money to buy books for kids through Ready to Read . It was fun. I can’t begin to name everyone who had a part before, at, after the event B ...

Good Reading Posted by   Ann, 11/19/2014 08:33:52 AM | Add a Comment

Just 15 Minutes a Day Can Make a Difference Posted by   Ann, 11/10/2014 09:25:45 AM | 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 November 19 - 22

Well if this weather is an indication of the winter ahead, you really should make some time to come down to the bookstore and stock up on books. You know all the things we are advised to have on hand in case of an emergency, like candles, flashlights and food that doesn't need to be cooked? Add books to that list ...

Bookstore News November 12 - 15 Posted by   Carol, 11/11/2014 04:16:57 PM | Add a Comment

Bookstore News November 5 - 8 Posted by   Carol, 11/4/2014 04:08:07 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


Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

How About a December Resolution?

Most of us wouldn't call the holiday season relaxing, especially for nonprofits with year-end campaigns to run. One way I divert some of the anxiety that goes along with hectic year-end events is by setting a small, yet achievable goal with a December 31 deadline. There is something distinctly satisfying about bri ...

The human economy Posted by   Thom, 11/17/2014 10:24:47 AM | Add a Comment

People we need Posted by   Thom, 11/9/2014 07:12:57 PM | Add a Comment