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Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

Words with Wings

Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes is a short story told in poetic verse. The story is about a girl named Gabriella and, although her grade and age aren’t revealed, she’s probably in junior high.  Each page is a poem with a one or two word title that captures a day in the life of Gabriella who was named after the ...

Stories without words Posted by   Kristen, 9/29/2014 02:43:41 PM | Add a Comment

Oddball Michigan Posted by   David, 9/26/2014 03:00:04 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog


The whole dystopian thing may have reached the point of oversaturation in our popular culture: zombies , givers , hunger gamers , diverging , purging , maze running —we’ve had so much of it, the genre’s bound to regress into some sort of metaphorical mass-market post-apocalyptic wasteland of itself. And yet t ...

Thunderstruck Posted by   Gary, 9/26/2014 12:30:18 PM | Add a Comment

Making the Grade Posted by   Ryan, 9/19/2014 12:27:59 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Ty Segall

There’s a lot of music on the newest Ty Segall album Manipulator (17 songs). With that many songs, you shouldn't be surprised to discover that a handful are great, a few are throwaway’s and the rest are well…somewhere closer to meh. Segall keeps his grungy brand of garage rock truckin’ along the lines of his previo ...

Stand-Up Comedy Posted by   Angela, 9/29/2014 05:25:49 PM | Add a Comment

Sounds from Twin Peaks Posted by   Caitlin, 9/26/2014 11:36:51 AM | Add a Comment

From the Director»RSS

Library news and happenings

Library Satisfaction & Use

Earlier this summer, a Harris Poll was conducted nationally to determine the level of library satisfaction and use of public libraries.  Here are a few interesting results: 66% of adults are extremely or very satisfied with their public library, a 7% increase from the 2008 survey Parents are more likel ...

Read Whatever You Choose Posted by   Ann, 9/22/2014 09:52:28 AM | Add a Comment

Bargains with your Library Card Posted by   Ann, 9/8/2014 09:49:30 AM | Add a Comment

@ Your Library»RSS

Recent library events, news and more

Healthy Living Workshops @ your library

Beginning in early September, the library will join forces with the Kalamazoo Area Agency on Aging to offer two healthy living workshops that may be of interest to you or someone you know. The first is Personal Action Toward Health (PATH), a 6-week workshop designed to help adults learn techniques and strategies f ...

Storyteller Chris Fascione at Oshtemo Library Posted by   Angela, 7/18/2014 03:13:17 PM | Add a Comment

DIY with the Kids Posted by   Bill, 7/3/2014 04:22:08 PM | Add a Comment

Weekly Specials, News & More»RSS

Bookstore News October 1 - 4

Shh! This is a secret just for you. If you are reading this, you are eligible for a special sale. We have a ton, a boatload, a massive, enormous amount of wonderful children’s books. Most of those books are priced between 50¢ and $2.00. For this week only, if you buy 10 or more children’s books and say the secret ...

Bookstore News September 24 - 27 Posted by   Carol, 9/23/2014 04:02:22 PM | Add a Comment

Bookstore News Sept. 17 - 20 Posted by   Carol, 9/17/2014 10:19:27 AM | Add a Comment

Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

An Idyllic Summer Day

It’s been a while since we posted an unidentified photo so this one has a bonus – an extra related photo. Both feature what appears to be at least three generations of a family posed in front of a house. One is taken from a distance, making the house fully visible. The house is brick and it is clearly in a rural set ...

Michigan’s Historic Lighthouses Posted by   Keith, 5/16/2014 12:00:18 PM | Add a Comment

Images of the Civil War Posted by   Beth, 3/20/2014 03:09:28 PM | Add a Comment


Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

Where do you find support?

In a recent workshop, the instructor asked, "How many of you have a colleague outside of your organization that you can confide in regarding work issues?" Only two out of approximately 40 raised their hands. A few days later, I spoke with an executive director who talked of not having work related support. “The ...

Get on the Management Track Posted by   Thom, 9/23/2014 03:25:02 PM | Add a Comment

Just ONEthing - Oct 2014 Posted by   Thom, 9/23/2014 03:21:22 PM | Add a Comment