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Staff-recommended reading from the KPL catalog.

The BootleggerThe Bootlegger

Clive Cussler and Justin Scott have produced another Isaac Bell adventure. This time it is “The Bootlegger” a novel of prohibition and fast boats smuggling illegal booze in 1921. When Joseph Van Zorn the head of elite Van Zorn Detective agency is shot Issac Bell investigates and when a witness is killed in a method used by the Cominterns he discovers that the Russians are involved. I like how the authors include history and the technology discoveries that occurred in this time. Issac Bell uses what scientists have learned about topedoes during the war to fashion a bomb of his own. They have to use the library to get information and not just google it. I liked that for sure. Give it a read. We have it in regular print, Large Print and on CD Audio. We have other Isaac Bell adventures also. ...


Would You Kill One to Save Five? please comment Posted by Matt, Apr 23, 2014 09:34:10 AM


Earth Day: celebration and remembrance Posted by Eleanore, Apr 22, 2014 01:41:44 PM


RSS Staff Picks: Movies »

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL catalog.


I Geek Action Movies and as you can guess love Jason Statham movies. I watched HomeFront this weekend and it delivered. It had fights, brawls, knives, pistols, mini guns, shot guns, explosions, and a cute little kitty cat. All the stuff I like to see in a movie. In HomeFront Jason Statham is a form DEA agent who after his wife dies moves to a small town to raise his daughter. Unfortunately Gator Bodine (James Franco) is running a major meth lab and he and Jason “have words”. Get this and many other movies at KPL....


Without a Sound Posted by Ryan, Apr 11, 2014 10:22:47 AM


Growing Up Posted by Ryan, Apr 9/, 2014 08:02:14 PM


RSS Staff Picks: Music »

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL catalog.

St. VincentA Beautiful and Well Organized Mess of an Album

St. Vincent’s (aka Annie Clark) newest, self-titled album is an idiosyncratic mess, a beautiful and infectious tangle of weirdness that comes at you like a curveball with a sensibility that knowingly preserves accessibility while challenging it. Cobbled together from too many genres, styles and sources to adequately summarize here, her fourth album is her most adventurous yet. She confidently pushes her sonic palate in new and colorful ways that exhibits her varied musical interests and how effectively she is at mixing and matching tones and textures. It’s a contemporary sounding mulligan stew of digital beeps and bounces, spacey synthesizers, cheesy guitar riffs, funky rhythms, and gorgeous melodies. In other words, wait for the next track and you’ll hear something you weren’t expecting. It took me a couple of listens for this to sink in and make sense. There’s no doubt that some will be turned off by the cornier stuff, but overall, it’s a strong album that at times, conjures the kind of boundless vision and openness to challenge found in David Bowie’s albums....


Raphael Saadiq Posted by Judi, Mar 30, 2014 03:54:16 PM, 1 Comment


A New Twist on 80's Rock Posted by Ryan, Mar 21, 2014 10:12:50 AM


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Library news and happenings.

The State of America's LibrariesLibraries vs. Apple Pie

A report on The State of America’s Libraries was recently released by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. There are some interesting and affirming statistics and commentary for public library use. ...


National Library Week 2014 Posted by Ann, Apr 14, 2014 08:52:44 AM


Reading Together 2014 Posted by Ann, Apr 7/, 2014 09:06:48 AM


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Recent library events, news and more.

Movies and Music in the Children's RoomMovies and Music in the Children's Room

There are lots of fun things to do at Kalamazoo Public Library locations during Spring Break. If you're at the Central Library and want to borrow child/family movies and music, come to the Children's Room. That's where those materials are now located. Maybe you've been wondering what those lullabye renditions of Michael Jackson music sound like. Or maybe it's time to see how Danny Devito voiced The Lorax. Or revisit that beautiful Carl and Ellie sequence from Up. You'll find something that you'll enjoy in this collection and you'll be able to check it out at the kiosk in the Children's Room, too. And while you'll be able to find Dr. Seuss books in the Children's Room, you'll want to go to the lower level to find Thriller and The Wiz. You'll find lots of movie musicals and documentaries that make great family viewing in the lower level, too!...


KPL’s part in Black History Posted by Judi, Feb 28, 2014 11:53:35 AM, 1 Comment


A Dad’s Guide to Childcare Posted by Sue, Jan 31, 2014 03:38:04 PM, 1 Comment


RSS Friends Bookstore Specials and News »

Annual Meeting and Luncheon April 30



Bookstore News April 9 - 12 Posted by Carol, Apr 8/, 2014 04:43:48 PM


Bookstore news April 2 - 5 Posted by Carol, Apr 1/, 2014 04:16:11 PM


RSS Local History and Genealogy News »

Rebel lines near AtlantaImages of the Civil War

One of the great things about KPL is that its collections are so vast, varied, and sometimes surprising. Our 107-year-old government documents collection yields some of the best surprises. A few years ago, we cataloged one of the real gems of the documents collection - the entire 128 volumes of The War of the Rebellion: A compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies. This fully indexed set contains reports, correspondence, orders, etc. for all military operations of both the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. You wouldn’t think that could be beat, but the documents collection yielded something even more fascinating – the Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. It doesn’t look like much on the outside, but wait until you see all the images inside. There are maps of battles, diagrams of forts, images of war-damaged buildings; as well as uniforms, weapons, wagons, boats and trains. The atlas provides a total visual history of the Civil War. ...


The New History Room Posted by Beth, Dec 5/, 2013 09:38:27 AM, 4 Comments


Things are happening! Posted by Beth, Sep 26, 2013 09:26:52 AM


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News, Stories, Photos, Videos. What do you Geek?

Rashida Geeks Faith

I know that I am not in control but someONE greater is helping me along my path of righteousness. I love that He comes through when I feel all hope is lost. ...


Jim Geeks Battleships Posted by Geek, Dec 4/, 2013 09:05:57 AM


Chandler Geeks Music Posted by Geek, Jul 23, 2013 07:57:32 AM, 1 Comment


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Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

More with less

Recently I spent time outside Michigan with a room of nonprofit professionals. As we discussed tighter budgets and higher demands, a consensus grew around a perceived shared mandate. With a weary shake of the head, one person stated their common dilemma:...


I never thought... Posted by Thom, Apr 14, 2014 09:23:53 AM


How long? Posted by Thom, Apr 7/, 2014 09:53:27 AM


RSS Reading Together 2014 » New!

Farm CityThe Enormity of Novella Carpenter’s Drive

It wasn’t until I read Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer for the second time that I really grasped the enormity of Novella Carpenter’s drive to prove herself as a farmer, which, at times she says, felt like “the mission of an imbecile.”...


Buying Local Food Posted by Steering, Apr 3/, 2014 02:09:22 PM


A Note from Tracie McMillan Posted by Karen, Mar 21, 2014 11:26:01 AM


RSS Technology News »

News, comments, resources, and more.

Computing : from the abacus to the iPad Computing and connecting in the 21st century Computing and connecting in the 21st centuryGoogle Glass

What is Google Glass? Google announced a little over a year ago that they were working on a wearable computing device. This device is a pair of glasses that has a small light-weight camera, GPS, wireless capabilities, and some type of transparent LCD or AMOLED display to put information right in front of your eyeballs. What can they do? This pair of specs can record video, take pictures, send messages, connect to your smartphone, communicate with the cloud, translate languages, show your friends exactly what you are currently seeing, give directions, check for heavy traffic, or if a subway is down, give the closest restaurant locations, and look up searches on the web. These glasses have a HUD (Heads up Display), it shows everything from the current time to messages sent or received. You will be able to scroll and click by tilting your head, according to testers, this is quite easy to master. ...