“Our twins were three years old in when we moved to Kalamazoo in 1969,” says former KPS reading specialist Gaye Kelly. “It was at that time we began making our weekly trips to KPL. The librarians were helpful, always happy to see us and continually remarked about our precocious little boys. We regularly attended the preschool reading times, checked out a dozen books and headed home with our arms full.”
Gaye worked for Kalamazoo Public Schools for more than twenty years. Toward the end of her career, she was the Reading Specialist that traveled between schools and worked with students that were having trouble.
“Fast forward thirty years and I began taking my granddaughter to various library programs. She quickly became comfortable at ‘the castle’ using the computers, choosing favorite authors and new books, then leaving the library with books in her arms and a huge smile on her face. Now, as a ten year old, she still joins the summer reading program, loves the small reading incentives and the end-of-summer celebration party. Thank you KPL for giving three generations this valuable resource in our community and helping us all grow up loving books.”