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KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.

Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog


If you have enjoyed Peter Heller ’s previous two novels The Dog Stars and The Painter , you will certainly enjoy his latest effort Celine . Celine is very different from either of those first two novels, and requires a bit of a leap of faith to wrap your head around the storyline and the character of Celine ...

I like a warm, rustic look! Posted by   Judi, 5/26/2017 11:44:35 AM | Add a Comment

I Am Yoga Posted by   Alex, 5/25/2017 12:41:35 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

Fellini's Masterpiece--8 1/2

Federico Fellini’s most well-known masterwork continues to stand-up as a trailblazing film that introduced viewers in 1963 to a poetic, self-conscious form of storytelling that mixes fiction, memoir and dreamy surrealism together as a prophetic statement about the nature of celebrity, the mass media and the pressure ...

Woman of the Year Posted by   Ryan, 5/23/2017 10:04:01 AM | Add a Comment

50 Years Ago...what was playing in the theaters? Posted by   Ryan, 5/19/2017 02:47:49 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Throw Back Tuesday--Elton John

Remember when Elton John played his hit song Crocodile Rock on the Muppet Show? ...

1967...what we're the kids listening to? Posted by   Ryan, 5/19/2017 02:20:20 PM | Add a Comment

50 Years Ago--The Summer of Love Posted by   Ryan, 5/16/2017 04:38:07 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

June jubilee Bag-of-Books Sale coming Soon

Annual Summer Bag-of-Books Sale Saturday, June 3, 2017 9 am - 3:30 pm Central Library, Rear Parking Lot (corner of Rose and Lovell) Don’t miss our annual Summer Bag-of-Books Sale in the parking lot next to Central Library. Choose from more than 10,000 books at just $2.00 a bag or 10¢ a book; fiction, mystery, romanc ...

Bookstore News May 24 - 27 Posted by   Carol, 5/24/2017 10:51:26 AM | Add a Comment

Community Cookbook Sale - May 17 - 20 Posted by   Carol, 5/18/2017 12:49:33 PM | Add a Comment

Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

Historic Tour Season

We are coming up on my favorite time of the year – historic tour season! Beginning in a few short weeks, we will have the opportunity to travel back in time and imagine what it was like when the homes in Kalamazoo’s historic neighborhoods were new and almost all the city’s businesses were located in the bustling downt ...

Census Substitutes & State Census Records Posted by   Beth, 3/30/2017 03:12:39 PM | Add a Comment

Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America Posted by   Beth, 2/28/2017 03:56:41 PM | Add a Comment


Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

Hear ye, hear ye

At ONEplace, we address many topics and concerns relevant to nonprofit staff, boards, and volunteers. As I scan the myriad of areas familiar to us (e.g., fundraising, marketing, governance), I often wonder what key skills undergird them all. After months of musing on the matter, I’ve identified at least one that fuel ...

Leaders make better decisions Posted by   Thom, 5/10/2017 02:52:11 PM | Add a Comment

The value of deep work Posted by   Thom, 5/3/2017 11:53:50 AM | Add a Comment