KPL in the News

Local media items about Kalamazoo Public Library, library related events and services.

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June 11, 2015

WSW: An Evolving History of Baseball in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Public Library Web Coordinator Keith Howard says baseball was probably first played in Kalamazoo in the 1850's. He says a man named John McCord came back to Kalamazoo from upstate New York, and persuaded his friends to try the new game. Howard has chronicled the history of baseball in Kalamazoo through a series of articles on the Library's webpage. more...


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May 29, 2015

Distilleries have a long history in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI — Although several business owners are now trying to start craft distilleries in Kalamazoo, distilling is not new to the city. In fact, Kalamazoo has been home to several distilleries, starting as early as 1836. William Clark and George Thomas Clark built their distillery on the west side of the Kalamazoo River, just north of the current Michigan Avenue bridge. The distillery lasted about two years, according to the Kalamazoo Public Library's Distilleries of Early Kalamazoo website. more...


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May 29, 2015

Home opener for Kalamazoo Growlers

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The home opener is Friday night for Kalamazoo's baseball team, the Growlers. We know for many families going to the park is about much more than baseball, so we are giving you an inside look at what's happening for kids, including what's new this summer at Homer Stryker Field. The Growlers are teaming up with the Kalamazoo Public Library. The library is bringing one of their programs called family place to the ball park. more...


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May 27, 2015

Children and colorful characters fill Bronson Park for Party in the Park

KALAMAZOO, MI – More than 1,500 preschoolers gathered in Bronson Park to hear stories read by costumed volunteers for the Kalamazoo Public Library's 18th annual Party in the Park. Volunteers, some dressed as characters from the stories they read, moved among the groups of children from local preschools and community centers to read and act out their stories. more...


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May 22, 2015

Farrell Howe, Kalamazoo Public Library, on the Lori Moore Show

Lori's guest for our second segment today is Marketing and Communications Manager for the Kalamazoo Public Library Farrell Howe.. more...


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May 2015

EFA Great Lakes Open (PMN)

This spring marked the 13th year that the Kalamazoo Public Library has put on its Reading Together program, bringing the community together in a variety of events all centered around one book. This year’s selection was The Living Great Lakes by Jerry Dennis. EFA students from the Media Arts program were invited to create artwork inspired by his book. more...


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May 3, 2015

Top 5 things to do in Kalamazoo: Dance, ride, make, explore and listen

If you have a teen into doing, rather than watching or listening, check out the "Jewelry Making with Meg Tang," workshop being held 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at the Kalamazoo Public Library's Alma Powell Branch. Tang is an area jeweler who teaches at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. The program is open to students in 5th through 12th grades. All tools and materials will be provided in this free program and all artists will leave with a finished piece of jewelry. more...


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April 2015

Canine Storytime: Reading to dogs helps improve kids’ literacy and confidence

Dogs have been “man’s best friend” for ages, serving as hunters, transporters, herders, rescuers, drug-sniffing detectors and, of course, pets. Now canines are educators, taking on the job of helping young children read. more...


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April 5, 2015

Straight No Chaser, free music, Great Lakes trivia top the Top 5 events for the week

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo Public Library is hosting a Great Lakes Trivia Night on Tuesday. Here's a few trivia questions about this week's top activities: What's the name of the PBS show that sends people looking through their attics for valuable antiques? Which a capella group found fame after someone posted one of their old videos? What is the nickname for Gold Company II? more...


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March 31, 2015

Kalamazoo Public Library’s Farrell Howe on the Lori Moore Show

KALAMAZOO, MI – Farrell Howe, KPL's marketing manager, was a return guest on the Lori Moore Show, Tuesday, March 31st. They talked about spring break programming at KPL, Reading Together events, The Hub, and other upcoming library events. more...


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March 30, 2015

Library of the Year (Libraries - Small and Great)

Blogger David L Wiseley writes about his recent experience at Central Library, and shares lots of great photos of the building. Wiseley talks about the Friends Bookstore, The Children's Room, and his exceptional experience in the Local History Room. Wiseley travels the world, taking photos of libraries and collecting library cards from his visits. more....


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February 27, 2015

Kalamazoo Public Library’s Karen Trout on the Lori Moore Show

KALAMAZOO, MI – Karen Trout was a guest for the second time on the Lori Moore Show, February 27. They talked more about Reading Together and The Living Great Lakes by Jerry Dennis. more...


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February 27, 2015

Between the Lines: Challenging Amazon

Dissatisfaction can lead to positive change. When Michigan nature writer Jerry Dennis became frustrated with online bookseller Amazon over its treatment of authors, he sat down with his wife, graphic designer Gail Dennis, and artist Glenn Wolff, to brainstorm. more...


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February 26, 2015

Reading Together explores how 'The Living Great Lakes' connects all of us

KALAMAZOO, MI -- If you live in Michigan, then you have a connection to the Great Lakes -- even if you don't think you do. It may be one of history or ecology, of economy or leisure, somewhere there is something that links you to one of the greatest natural resources in the world. Those connections is what made "The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas" by Traverse City writer Jerry Dennis" the perfect choice for the Kalamazoo Public Library's 2015 Reading Together program, said librarian Karen Trout.. more...


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February 26, 2015

Winners announced for the 12th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival (Video)

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Winners have been announced for Kalamazoo's 12th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival, which was held Sunday at Chenery Auditorium. The prizes, the film titles and the filmmakers are: Best Film, Peoples' Choice: "Persistence vs. Procrastination" by Nathan Ginter; Judges' Choice: "The Wonderful Wish Granting Cell Phone" by Andrew Sokolowski; Best Animation: "The Lonely Goldfish" by Dorian Murphy; Best Music Video: "Broken Headlights" by Heather Rolison; Best Short Film: "White People Meat" by Cruce Grammatico, Best Technical Merit: "GLP Sendoff" by Eric Hyde; Best Cinematic Merit: "Apparition" by Justin Ward; Best Experimental Film: "Projectio Kartoitus T.O." by Thomas Outinen. The film festival received more than 60 entries, from which 25 films were selected for the film festival. Works included drama, action and comedy selections. more...


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February 22, 2015

Teen filmmakers debut on the big screen in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – On Sunday a group of teen filmmakers in Kalamazoo will be making their big screen debut at the 12th annual Teen Filmmaker Festival. More than 60 films were submitted for the event, but only 25 made the cut. Stewart Fritz, who organized the festival, joined us in the studios Sunday morning to talk about the event. more...


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February 22, 2015

Kalamazoo Teen Filmmaker Festival a 'showcase of teen talent'

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Nathan Ginter is 15 years old but he already is a Kalamazoo Teen Filmmaker Festival veteran. Sunday was his third time having films screened at the festival. Winning awards the past two years, Ginter entered three films in 2015. "It's great to have something in the area to celebrate film making," Ginter said. more...


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February 2015

Friends of Books and of the Library

Downtown Kalamazoo has many meeting places — coffee shops, restaurants, brewpubs and Bronson Park to name a few. Tucked in the basement of the Kalamazoo Public Library at 315 S. Rose Street is another gathering spot, one that attracts as specific kind of people. more...


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January 16, 2015

The Wayne Powers Show: Reading Together 2015

Wayne talks with Reading Together Coordinator, Karen Trout about this year’s Reading Together selection, The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas. more...


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January 15, 2015

Take advantage of the thaw in Kalamazoo to get out and about and enjoy these activities

KALAMAZOO, MI — Welcome to another weekend. Hope that you've thawed out a bit from last week and are ready to venture out for some fun. There is Motown, classical music, comedy... For parents, it's sometimes hard to balance the need for a little culture and the responsibility of taking care of your kids. Fontana Chamber Arts has the solution with its Crybaby Concerts, 45-minute concerts that include beautiful music, snacks and a kid-friendly environment that can tolerate a little squirming and fussing from the kids. The next Crybaby Concert is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Oshtemo Branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library... more...


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January 9, 2015

Kalamazoo Public Library’s Karen Trout on the Lori Moore Show

KALAMAZOO, MI – Karen Trout was a guest on the Lori Moore Show on January 9th. They talked about Reading Together and the history of the Kalamazoo Public Library. more...


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January 9, 2015

All Kalamazoo County buildings, courthouse closed today

KALAMAZOO, MI -- All Kalamazoo County buildings, including the courthouses, are closed Friday due to inclement weather. Most Kalamazoo-area schools, including Kalamazoo College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, are also closed. Kalamazoo Public Library's Oshtemo branch is closed all day, while the other branches will open at noon. more...