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Concerts, concerts, concerts…

Believe it or not, this week we just passed another milestone - number 60 in KPL’s series of free concerts! Seriously, where does the time go? The Mickeys, a Kalamazoo-based foursome fronted by twin sisters Amy Sherman and Julie Peebles put on a wonderful performance Wednesday evening in front of a large KPL crowd. The sisters’ vocal harmonies are tight and focused, with superb instrumentation added by multi-instrumentalist Bascom Peebles and bassist Tom Rogers.

The Mickeys team took the audience (including Mom and Dad Mickey!) through a sixteen-song set, which included plenty of original material from their first two CDs (Finding Our Way and Walk Along), plus a sample from a soon to be released third. Great stuff! They included a cover of Tom Petty’s “Wildflower,” but their super-strong original material was definitely the highlight. Learn more about the Mickeys on their website and hear some samples of their recordings on Facebook and MySpace. Of course you’ll also find their complete KPL performance linked on our Concert Archives page.


Going back a month, KPL capped off another amazing year of concerts with a December 14th appearance by award-winning singer/songwriter Shelagh Brown. Shelagh is quickly making a name for herself as an up-and-coming country star. She not only earned a Readers’ Choice Award from the Kalamazoo Gazette in 2011, but won a nationwide contest to sing a duet with country star Josh Gracin on his latest release. Shelagh’s set at KPL featured highlights of her own work, plus a timely version of “Let it Snow.” Catch highlights of her KPL performance in our Concert Archives, and watch for more great things from Shelagh in the very near future.


Coming up next… be SURE to catch our February concert, featuring Jerome Holloway, he’s an AMAZING vocalist and musician. If you like his contemporaries like say Ben Harper or Jack Johnson, you’re going to love this concert. Jerome’s voice is smooth as silk and his songwriting is superb. Visit his website and listen to a few samples (very generously, you can download more than a half-dozen complete songs!), you won’t be disappointed!

Hope to see you there!


Concerts @ KPL

Children's Magazines @ KPL

Reading a large stack of magazines is one of my favorite things to do when I'm relaxing. Something about perusing the short articles just fills me with inspiration. I love that my library gives me access to so many favorite magazines without a monthly commitment from me! I like to read a few things here and there when I have time. My favorite magazines are of the crafting, interior decorating, and cooking variety but most recently, I’ve been delving in to the world of children’s and parenting magazines. We have a great selection of magazines in the KPL Children’s Room. The collection includes magazines written for kids like Ladybug and Ask, as well as magazines written for families, like Hip Mama and Parenting

My new favorite is Chop Chop. It’s a family magazine filled with kid-friendly tips and articles for healthy cooking and eating. I love to cook and have already started sharing kitchen time with my young daughter. She is so interested in everything we are doing right now that it only makes sense to involve her in one of our favorite family activities. Chop Chop gives me simple and fresh ideas in each issue!


Children's Magazines at KPL