NOTE: The Friends Bookstore is closed January 18-21 for inventory management. Normal hours resume next week.

Staff Picks

KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.

Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

Snowman Goes From Being Lonely to Being Perfect With a Little Love and New Friends

The Most Perfect Snowman , written and delightfully illustrated by Chris Britt, is about a simple,lonely snowman named Drift, who has arms made out of sticks and a nose and mouth made of coal. He dreams of wearing some splendid items of clothing like a hat, scarf, mittens and of possessing a pointed carrot nose. ...

Gotta Read 'em All Posted by   Catherine, 1/17/2017 02:02:08 PM | Add a Comment

Faithful Posted by   Ann, 1/13/2017 04:33:04 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

Don't Think Twice

One of the most original films to come out last year was the story of improvisational comedians navigating the bumpy transition from raw 20-something idealism to pragmatic adulthood—where the stakes become increasingly more serious as one of the members of the troupe is recognized by a famous, late night comedy show. ...

Hoopla Documentary Spotlight--The Barkley Marathons Posted by   Ryan, 1/18/2017 03:40:48 PM | Add a Comment

Director Spotlight--Alexander Payne Posted by   Ryan, 1/17/2017 11:39:48 AM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Hoopla Artist Spotlight--Margo Price

For those fans of old school country music like Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton, check out and stream the newest record from Margo Price, who is signed to Jack White's label.  Midwest Farmer's Daughter is full of throwback tunes detailing small town woes and romantic laments. ...

Mahler's Symphony No. 6 Posted by   Ryan, 1/17/2017 02:26:40 PM | Add a Comment

Hoopla Artist Spotlight--Sturgill Simpson Posted by   Ryan, 1/17/2017 10:15:04 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

Brainspace Magazine

Brainspace is a new addition to KPL's magazines for children 8 to 14 (or so). Brainspace is a all about interactivity with a variety of topics. There are articles and activities on a variety of topics, including one about NASA's OSIRIS-REx, the first spacecraft ever to travel to an asteroid to collect samples (launch ...

Talk, Read, and Sing! Posted by   Bill, 9/22/2016 10:31:51 AM | Add a Comment

Family Cookbook Posted by   Bill, 7/5/2016 12:24:20 PM | Add a Comment

Friends News, Weekly Specials & More»RSS

Bookstore closed this week - 1/18 - 1/21

The bookstore will be closed this week for inventory management. Donations can still be dropped off at our donation site next to the library garage door. Donation hours are 9 - 5 Monday through Saturday. If you have more than 3 boxes please call to make an appointment. 553 - 7820. We will reopen on Wednesday, January 2 ...

Winter Bag-of-Books Sale - January 14 Posted by   Carol, 12/28/2016 02:10:43 PM | Add a Comment

Bookstore news December 21 - 24 Posted by   Carol, 12/20/2016 01:42:31 PM | Add a Comment

Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

Genealogy - State by State

Our genealogy book collection in the history room is really wonderful, but out of necessity it has always been limited to mainly local resources and those for areas the majority of Kalamazoo settlers came from. For that reason, our U.S. books primarily cover New England and Mid-Atlantic states. Our genealogy database ...

Irish Genealogy Posted by   Beth, 11/29/2016 02:41:38 PM | Add a Comment

Organize Your Genealogy Posted by   Beth, 10/31/2016 03:24:03 PM | Add a Comment


Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

Leaders are Learners

Last week I read an article that succinctly stated what I believe about leader development. I thought, “This is great! I need to share it on my blog.” Later, writing this blog post, I decided NOT to share it for the very same reason – it only affirms what I believe. It doesn’t add anything, challenge me or test m ...

ONEplace promotes cooperative conversations Posted by   Thom, 1/4/2017 04:07:23 PM | Add a Comment

Just ONEthing - Jan 2017 Posted by   Thom, 1/4/2017 04:00:12 PM | Add a Comment