Staff Picks

KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.

Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

Reverse White Flight

Before reading this book, I knew very little about gentrification. It made me think of Grand Rapids and Detroit. I had the intuition that it was bad for people of color–turns out my intuition was right—but I didn’t know exactly how it happened, who was pulling the gears and making the policies and building the apartme ...


The Fire This Time Posted by   CaitlinHoag, 8/14/2017 10:10:37 AM | Add a Comment


Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Posted by   Elyse, 8/7/2017 05:37:23 PM | Add a Comment


Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

What's Hot!

Top 20 Circulating  Movie Titles for the month of July: John Wick 2 Life The Shack Hidden Figures Fist Fight Power Rangers Get Out Split xXx: The Return of Xander Cage CHiPs 50 Shades Darker Game of Thrones A Cure for Wellness Sleepless Patriot's Day Before I Fa ...


La La Land: Reality Vs Dreams Posted by   Ryan, 8/11/2017 03:04:21 PM | Add a Comment


Rise of the Planet of the Apes Posted by   Ryan, 8/10/2017 03:26:03 PM | Add a Comment


Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Moody Dream Pop from Texas

Sexy, somber, cinematic, lush and gauzy, the self-titled album by Cigarettes After Sex is a sulky work that oozes formal simplicity without forsaking effective reverb-drenched meldodies. Fans of groups like Slowdive, Mazzy Star, The Sundays, and Beach House will love this 10-song debut from the El Paso dream pop gr ...


Summer Jams: What's Trending at KPL Posted by   Ryan, 8/17/2017 11:47:00 AM | Add a Comment


The Cocteau Twins's Musical Dreamscape Posted by   Ryan, 8/15/2017 11:41:31 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


@ 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

Hiring Associate Bookstore Manager

We are looking for someone to become our new Associate Bookstore Manager. This will be a part time (20 hour/week) position. Here’s our check list for some of the qualities we think would make a great manager: Loves books and enjoys people Keeps up with timely topics Interested in what others are reading ...


DVD, CD, Audion Book Sale Saturday -7/29/17 Posted by   Carol, 7/28/2017 02:09:09 PM | Add a Comment


DVD Sale Saturday, July 1 in the Bookstore Posted by   Carol, 6/29/2017 08:58:58 AM | Add a Comment


Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

Jackson Prison

There are so many different ways to look at Michigan history. A couple of recent books on the history of Jackson Prison have had me examining this aspect of it - one that I hadn’t given much thought to before. My knowledge of the prison was pitifully small and until I discovered these books, I didn’t even realize that ...


Michigan: Off the Beaten Path Posted by   Beth, 6/30/2017 03:11:34 PM | Add a Comment


Our Favorite Place Posted by   Beth, 5/31/2017 01:19:03 PM | Add a Comment


ONEplace»RSS

Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

ONEplace Announces Matt Lechel as Acting Director

Announcement via Ryan Wieber, Library Director:  We are proud to announce and welcome Matt Lechel as he steps into the leadership role as Acting Director of ONEplace @ KPL. Matt has served as the Associate at ONEplace, working in tandem with the Director, for the past year. As many of you may have alre ...


The time has come Posted by   Thom, 8/4/2017 08:41:46 AM | Add a Comment


Sinking deep roots Posted by   Thom, 7/24/2017 09:37:10 AM | Add a Comment