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Waldo is in the bookstore starting July 1

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Where’s Waldo in Kalamazoo? Waldo is hiding in 25 local businesses in Kalamazoo

3-2-1-HUNT! Pick up your FIND WALDO LOCAL passport here at the bookstore (or at any of 25 other participating businesses listed in the passport) and start searching for Waldo. Win prizes when you collect stamps or signatures from at least 10 different businesses, win even more with 20 or more. For more information click on the following link: http://www.bookbugkalamazoo.com/event/wheres-waldo-kalamazoo-kick-0

Look for this guy (left)

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CarolM

The store will be closed Saturday afternoon

Long time Friend’s volunteer and member of the Friends Board, Ann Schwendener, died last Saturday. After learning of her diagnosis and hearing the prognosis for 6 months, I thought she’d pass in the fall. I dreaded the fall, but she went on the first day of summer. For some weird reason that gives me the tiniest bit of consolation. I don’t know why. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted her around for as long as possible, and I already miss her. But for me, the first day of summer is a happy time, a good time to do anything.

Ann volunteered with the Friends for many, many years. She spoke at this organizations 50th anniversary celebration and shared memories of the early years. Since she died, I’ve looked for a record of when she started volunteering here and I can’t find one. Of course I regret that. Maybe someone else knows.

In addition to working in the bookstore and at book sales, she was on the board and was the treasurer for many years. Ann was one of 3 or 4 people who shared the collective memory of so much of the early days of FKPL: she knew the history because she’d been part of it.

Ann was an outstanding woman, an amazing person. She really lived, she experienced so much, enjoyed so much, and right up to the last year she never seemed to slow down.

We’re closing the store on Saturday afternoon so that those who knew her can attend her memorial service. We will close 1:00.

CarolM

Bag-of-Books Sale - Satuday, June 7

The Bag-of-Books Sale is the best deal in town for book lovers. Great selection at an amazing price! You can fill a grocery-size bag full of books and pay only $2.00! This annual sale is our biggest sale of the year. It takes place the first Saturday in June during the June Jubilee weekend. Here’s the important information:

  • Saturday, June 7
  • Central Library, 315 S. Rose – under the portico 
  • 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
  • 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 


Please feel free to bring your own reusable grocery-bag size tote.
You will find: fiction & mystery, romance, science fiction, assorted nonfiction, children’s books, audio books, movies, music, and more. There will be more than 10,000 items!
Call 553-7820 with questions..

 

CarolM

Annual Meeting and Luncheon April 30

How did the Upjohn and Gilmore families come to settle in Kalamazoo and how did their common beliefs result in the establishment of the Air Zoo and the Gilmore Car Museum?

Former KPS teacher Richard Cahow will answer those questions Wednesday, April 30, as the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library (FKPL). The luncheon meeting will convene at noon with a short business meeting at the Ladies’ Library Association at 333 S. Park Street.

Cahow, who received his BS and Masters degrees in History from Western Michigan University, taught in the Kalamazoo Public School system for 40 years, as well as teaching and consulting at WMU and becoming a champion of the archives there. He is the recipient of multiple recognitions for Excellence in Education and was named Outstanding Educator by the Historical Society of Michigan in 2011.

Cahow currently trains docents at the Air Zoo, where he has been a volunteer since 1979 and is working at the Gilmore Car Museum to revive the education program. He has been a volunteer there since 2010.

The luncheon, which includes appetizer, chicken rice soup, salad and kaiser roll, dessert, and beverage, costs $16 and begins at 12:00 p.m. Checks should be made payable to FKPL and are due by April 23. If you would like a vegetarian option please let us know that by April 23 also.

Free parking is available in the parking lot on the southeast corner of Lovell and Park streets, right by the Ladies’ Library Association.
CarolM

Bag-of-Books Sale - Saturday 1/25/14

The Friends Winter Bag-of Books Sale is this Saturday. The selection is great. The people are friendly. The prices are fantastic. You won’t want to miss it. It’s this Saturday (1/25/14) from 9:00 – 3:30 at the library. There will be many thousands of books separated by category, all priced at 10¢ each or $2.00 for a grocery-size bag filled right to top. I encourage you to bring you own sturdy reusable bags. Come early for the best selection or later for more leisurely shopping. Call (269) 553-7820 with questions.
CarolM

Bag-of-Books Sale Coming Soon!

It looks like it’s going to be a long cold winter. It seems like it’s going to be the kind of winter that requires a lot of good books to keep me happy and contented while I wait for warmer weather. If you feel the way I do you’ll be glad to know that January 25th is the first Bag-of-Books Sale of 2014. Here is the important information that you’ll need to know. 


     • Sale Date: Saturday, January, 25, 2014
     • Location: Central Library, 315 S. Rose Street
     • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
     • What: Books separated by category, including: fiction & mystery (hard cover and paperback), science fiction, romance, nonfiction, audiobooks, also videos and CDs.
     • Price: 10¢ a book or $2.00 for as many books as you can fit in a grocery-size bag.
     • What else: We encourage you to bring your own sturdy bag, but you can purchase a brown paper grocery bag from us for $2.00 and fill it with books. 


Call us if you have any question at 553-7820.

CarolM

Annual Fall Bag-of-Books September 14

The arrival of September signals a time of change and annual autumn events begin again; school starts, temperatures begin to drop, high school football teams battle their rivals, cider and doughnuts tempt us again, and the Friends Annual September Bag-of Books Sale is held once more. 

 Here are the specifics: 

Saturday, September 14

9:00 - 3:30

Third Floor, Central Library

All books are 10 cents each or fill a grocery-size bag full for $2.00. Buy one of our bags and fill it or bring your own bags.Tables will be filled with fiction, mystery, science fiction, and romance. We will also have a large selection of non-fiction, much separated by category. Mark your calendars now.
Call 553.7820 with questions.

CarolM

June 8 Sidewalk Sale

The Friends Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale is coming very soon. The sale takes place during June Jubilee Weekend on Saturday, June 8. You can start gathering up your book bargains at 9:00 a.m. but you need to be done by 4:00 p.m. Prices have remained at our super low sale prices –books are 10¢ each or you can buy a bag full for $2.00. You may buy a grocery bag for $2.00 (while supplies last) and fill it up, or bring your own bags. There will be thousands of books available. Categories of books will include fiction, children’s books, science fiction, romance, and nonfiction. You will also be able to buy cds, videos, and audio books at these great low prices. Call us at 269-553-7820 with questions.
CarolM

Coming Soon - January Bag-of-Books Sale

Mark your calendars for the first Bag-of-Books Sale of 2013! At this sale you can buy a grocery-size bag full of books for only $2.00. Now that's a deal that's hard to beat. You'll be able to buy fiction (both general fiction and mystery), science fiction, romance, children's books and lots of assorted nonfiction. There will be many thousands of books to choose from. Here's the information you need: 

DATE: Saturday, January 26, 2013

TIME: 9:00 a.m.to 3:30 p.m.

PLACE: Central Library, Third Floor, Van Deusen Room

PLEASE NOTE: THIS SALE WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 19, AND THE DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED. Call 553.7820 with any questions.

CarolM

Annual Gift Book Sale

Friday, November 23 is the first day of our annual Gift Book Sale.  The Gift Book Sale features gift-quality, like-new books at a fraction of retail price. These are books you will be proud to give as gifts!  The large and diverse selection includes: art, nature and science, classics, memoirs, travel, history, cookbooks, children’s books and much, much more.  The sale starts when the doors open Friday morning, the day after Thanksgiving, at 10:00 and continues until supplies are gone. Mark your calendar for this one!

CarolM