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Staff Picks

KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.

Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog


Author and Illustrator Emily Gravett has done it again! In "Tidy", she introduces us to Pete the Badger, who happens to be a cleanaholic. Pete was born to clean, scour, tidy up anything and everything; a daunting task if one lives in a forest. No tidying challenge is too big for Pete and he soon gets carried away resu ...

Hunger Posted by   Karen, 6/20/2017 10:34:10 AM | Add a Comment

Real Sisters Pretend Posted by   Bill, 6/19/2017 05:30:19 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

Heathers and Reality Bites

I’ve been on a bit of a nostalgia train of late, watching old films from the late 1980’s and early 90’s. These years can best be described as the formative, college years during which time I began to watch movies with a bit more than just a passing interest. Two of my favorite films from that era that stand out as touc ...

Tower--One of 2016's Best Documentaries Posted by   Ryan, 6/19/2017 04:16:11 PM | Add a Comment

10 Essentials--Robert De Niro Posted by   Ryan, 6/15/2017 02:25:41 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Hoopla Artist Spotlight--Violents + Monica Martin

I hadn't heard of the new album by Vilolent + Monica Martin titled Awake and Pretty Much Sober up until about an hour ago but I'm glad I stumbled across it. With strong, sensual, sometimes melancholic singing and a chill wave foundation of synths, strings and piano, there's a lot to enjoy about this laid back, atm ...

Hoopla Album Spotlight--Waiting on a Song Posted by   Ryan, 6/13/2017 11:23:44 AM | Add a Comment

Sgt. Pepper turns 50 Posted by   Ryan, 5/31/2017 12:03:22 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

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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 June 21 - 24

 Great deals on children's books this week! Select books 2 for $1.00! ...

Bookstore News June 7 - 10 Posted by   Carol, 6/6/2017 04:10:01 PM | Add a Comment

June Jubilee Bag-of-Books Sale - Saturday, June 3 Posted by   Carol, 5/25/2017 10:07:47 AM | Add a Comment

Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

Our Favorite Place

I spent this morning at the Library’s annual Party in the Park . It was an amazing event, as always, and so much fun to see thousands of children gathered to hear stories read to them. Spending time in Bronson Park on a beautiful spring day, with so many community members, reminds me of the wonderful, long history t ...

Historic Tour Season Posted by   Beth, 4/29/2017 11:48:39 AM | Add a Comment

Census Substitutes & State Census Records Posted by   Beth, 3/30/2017 03:12:39 PM | Add a Comment


Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

In(ter)dependence Day

With the Fourth of July coming soon, early celebrants are already firing off their own versions of “bombs bursting in air.” Soon, the “rockets red (blue, yellow, purple, etc.) glare” of fireworks shows will join the celebration of freedom won. Certainly, it is a freedom borne out of enduring hardship and militar ...

Reconnect values and vocation Posted by   Thom, 6/19/2017 11:18:54 AM | Add a Comment

Think of What's Next Posted by   Matthew, 6/8/2017 12:38:13 PM | Add a Comment