NOTICE: Central Library will close at 4 pm on Friday, October 7, and will reopen at 5 pm for our 150th Anniversary celebration. Please note library services will NOT be available after 4 pm.

Step Back in History: KPL at 150

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Oct 7 | 5–7 pm | Central | All Ages: Join us at the Central library during the October Art Hop for this immersive experience in observance of the 150th anniversary of Kalamazoo Public Library. Walk through a life-size exhibit of historic photos from the early library buildings, interact with KPL staff members in period costumes, enjoy musical entertainment by The Mall City Harmonizers (barbershop) and, thanks to the sponsorship of Connecting Chords Music Festival, Sweetbriar Sisters (ukulele trio), participate in hands-on activities, receive a commemorative souvenir of the occasion, and of course, enjoy some birthday cake!

Geek Fest

Oct 15 | 11 am–3 pm | Kalamazoo County Expo Center | All Ages: This comic-con will be free to the general public, and feature attractions for all ages such as gaming, Legos, robotics, art, comics, cosplay contests, and so much more! Featuring our special guest: YA murder mystery author Gretchen McNeil will be available from 12-2 PM for a Meet & Greet and book signing.

Haunted House at KPL featuring Dustin Pari of Ghost Hunters

Oct 17 | 5–7 pm | Central | All Ages: Let Dustin Pari be your guide through all things spooky and scary! An all age appropriate Haunted House will be available in the Van Deusen room at Central, so don your costume and prepare to trick-or-treat and be thoroughly ‘terrified’! Two tours will be available for the Haunted House: 5 PM and 6 PM. Following each tour, there will be refreshments and a Q&A session with your tour guide. For all ages, no registration necessary.

Photoshop for Beginners

Oct 6 | 6 pm | Central/Idea Lab | Adult: Come to the Idea Lab and learn the basics of Photoshop from an expert in this one-on-one session.

Cult Movie Matinees

Oct 8 | 1–3 pm | Oshtemo | All Ages: Join us for a chill afternoon of nostalgia and laughter watching Goonies. We will have snacks!

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Upcoming Events

Children

Talk Read Sing Playgroup @ WSQ

When:

Thu, October 6
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Where:

WSQ

Family

Family Storytime

When:

Thu, October 6
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Where:

OSH/Outside

Adult

Video Editing for Beginners

When:

Thu, October 6
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Where:

CEN/Idea Lab

Registration Required

Teen

Library League

When:

Thu, October 6
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Where:

OSH

Adult

Photoshop for Beginners

When:

Thu, October 6
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where:

CEN/Idea Lab

Registration Required

Family

Family Storytime

When:

Fri, October 7
10:30 am – 11:00 am

Where:

CEN/Children’s Room

All Ages

Step Back in History: KPL at 150

When:

Fri, October 7
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where:

CEN

Adult

KPL Tech Days

When:

Sat, October 8
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where:

CEN/Second Floor Rotunda

Children

150th Anniversary – Coloring and Donuts Celebration

When:

Sat, October 8
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where:

All KPL Branches

All Ages

Mobile Library–Justice Against Bullying @…

When:

Sat, October 8
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Where:

Adventure Center at Pretty Lake Camp

Children

Talk Read Sing Playgroup @ WSQ

When:

Thu, October 6
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Where:

WSQ

Family

Family Storytime

When:

Thu, October 6
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Where:

OSH/Outside

Family

Family Storytime

When:

Fri, October 7
10:30 am – 11:00 am

Where:

CEN/Children’s Room

All Ages

Step Back in History: KPL at 150

When:

Fri, October 7
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where:

CEN

Children

150th Anniversary – Coloring and Donuts Celebration

When:

Sat, October 8
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where:

All KPL Branches

All Ages

Mobile Library–Justice Against Bullying @…

When:

Sat, October 8
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Where:

Adventure Center at Pretty Lake Camp

All Ages

Cult Movie Matinees

When:

Sat, October 8
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where:

OSH/Community Room

Children

LEGO at the Library

When:

Mon, October 10
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Where:

CEN/Play Here

Children

Bedtime Stories

When:

Mon, October 10
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Where:

EAS/Play to Learn Center

Children

Talk Read Sing Playgroup @ OSH

When:

Tue, October 11
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Where:

OSH

Family

Family Storytime

When:

Thu, October 6
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Where:

OSH/Outside

Teen

Library League

When:

Thu, October 6
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Where:

OSH

Family

Family Storytime

When:

Fri, October 7
10:30 am – 11:00 am

Where:

CEN/Children’s Room

All Ages

Step Back in History: KPL at 150

When:

Fri, October 7
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where:

CEN

Children

150th Anniversary – Coloring and Donuts Celebration

When:

Sat, October 8
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where:

All KPL Branches

All Ages

Mobile Library–Justice Against Bullying @…

When:

Sat, October 8
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Where:

Adventure Center at Pretty Lake Camp

All Ages

Cult Movie Matinees

When:

Sat, October 8
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where:

OSH/Community Room

Children

Bedtime Stories

When:

Mon, October 10
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Where:

EAS/Play to Learn Center

Teen

Comic Book Club

When:

Tue, October 11
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Where:

CEN/Teen Studio

All Ages

Mobile Library–Project Connect

When:

Wed, October 12
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where:

Kalamazoo County Expo Center/Fairgrounds

Adult

Video Editing for Beginners

When:

Thu, October 6
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Where:

CEN/Idea Lab

Registration Required

Adult

Photoshop for Beginners

When:

Thu, October 6
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where:

CEN/Idea Lab

Registration Required

All Ages

Step Back in History: KPL at 150

When:

Fri, October 7
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where:

CEN

Adult

KPL Tech Days

When:

Sat, October 8
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where:

CEN/Second Floor Rotunda

All Ages

Mobile Library–Justice Against Bullying @…

When:

Sat, October 8
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Where:

Adventure Center at Pretty Lake Camp

All Ages

Cult Movie Matinees

When:

Sat, October 8
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where:

OSH/Community Room

Adult

On-Demand Video Series: Reimagining the workplace | Netta…

When:

Mon, October 10
OPEN HOURS

Where:

[email protected] Online Events

Registration Required

Adult

KPL Tech Days

When:

Mon, October 10
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where:

CEN/Second Floor Rotunda

Adult

Inclusive Employment Practices

When:

Tue, October 11
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Where:

[email protected] Online Events

Registration Required

Adult

Coffee Talk

When:

Tue, October 11
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Where:

OSH/Community Room

Family

Family Storytime

When:

Thu, October 6
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Where:

OSH/Outside

Family

Family Storytime

When:

Fri, October 7
10:30 am – 11:00 am

Where:

CEN/Children’s Room

Children

150th Anniversary – Coloring and Donuts Celebration

When:

Sat, October 8
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where:

All KPL Branches

Children

Bedtime Stories

When:

Mon, October 10
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Where:

EAS/Play to Learn Center

Family

Family Storytime

When:

Thu, October 13
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Where:

OSH/Outside

Family

Family Storytime

When:

Fri, October 14
10:30 am – 11:00 am

Where:

CEN/Children’s Room

Children

Bedtime Stories

When:

Mon, October 17
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Where:

EAS/Play to Learn Center

Family

Family Storytime

When:

Thu, October 20
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Where:

OSH/Outside

Family

Family Storytime

When:

Fri, October 21
10:30 am – 11:00 am

Where:

CEN/Children’s Room

Children

Bedtime Stories

When:

Mon, October 24
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Where:

EAS/Play to Learn Center

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