Staff Picks

KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.

Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

Phantom Limbs

I have had an e-reader for years but I rarely purchase any e-books. I find plenty of e-books available through KPL's Overdrive and Hoopla services. I use the new Libby app from Overdrive to search for my books, place holds, and transfer them to my device. Recently, I borrowed Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner an ...


Hey Harry, Hey Matlida Posted by   Ryan, 9/12/2017 04:09:23 PM | Add a Comment


CATAWAMPUS RUMPUS Posted by   Teresa, 9/8/2017 11:09:08 AM | Add a Comment


Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

Harry Dean Stanton

The world of cinema lost one of its most unique, inimitable actors this month in Harry Dean Stanton . Stanton's soulful presence and idiosyncratic Everyman performances in classics like Cool Hand Luke , Paris, Texas , Repo Man , Alien , The Rose , Pretty in Pink , and Straight Time brought him to the attention ...


Best Trilogies of All Time Posted by   Ryan, 9/14/2017 10:04:32 AM | Add a Comment


Are We Not Entertained? Posted by   Dan, 9/14/2017 10:03:25 AM | Add a Comment


Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Hoopla Artist Profile--Grant Hart and Husker Du

Grant Hart, drummer of the influential noise punk band from Minneapolis, Husker Du , has passed away. The group's pioneering influence as a bridge between the more abrasive, fast sound of hardcore, and the slower and more melodic grooves of post-punk alternative rock, has been dutifully noted by fans and critics alike ...


Hoopla Artist Spotlight--Avishai Cohen (Trumpeter) Posted by   Ryan, 8/29/2017 11:30:23 AM | Add a Comment


The War on Drugs--A Deeper Understanding Posted by   Ryan, 8/25/2017 02:30:31 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

Bookstore News September 20 - 23

This week our Large Print Sale continues...and...on Saturday all DVDs, CDs, and Audio Books on CD will be on sale. DVDs will be sale priced at $1.00, Audio Books - $1.00 and CDs only 50 cents. ...


Bookstore News September 13 - 16 Posted by   Carol, 9/13/2017 09:25:25 AM | Add a Comment


Sale & more - September 4 - 9 Posted by   Carol, 9/5/2017 08:54:47 AM | Add a Comment


Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

Genealogy Week

The local history room is once again offering Genealogy Week at the library. October 16th through the 20th local history staff will be meeting one-on-one with people to offer help and suggestions regarding their genealogy research. I mention this not because we need people to sign up – in fact, just the opposite. This ...


What Did Women Do With the Vote? Posted by   Beth, 8/31/2017 03:23:21 PM | Add a Comment


Jackson Prison Posted by   Beth, 7/31/2017 02:40:44 PM | Add a Comment


ONEplace»RSS

Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

Professional Development Happy Hour

The Adult Services team here at Kalamazoo Public Library, which ONEplace is a part of, recently agreed to pursue the concept of a professional development happy hour. The concept is simple: spend one hour each week, on the clock, achieving a training goal. The concept is one we saw modeled at other libraries and decid ...


Inspiring Others for our Cause Posted by   Matthew, 8/28/2017 10:56:50 AM | Add a Comment


We All Must Do The Work Posted by   Matthew, 8/21/2017 10:11:38 AM | Add a Comment