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Kalamazoo Public Library

"Books for Soldiers" Campaign

“Books Wanted for Soldiers” was the Kalamazoo Public Library’s (K.P.L.) request to the public in August 1917. Through its membership in the American Library Association (A.L.A.), which was named an official…

Alma Powell Branch History

In May of 1968 an anonymous gift of $10,000 was received by the Kalamazoo Board of Education for the purpose of establishing a library in the poorest section of town. At that meeting, the board acknowledged the gift but decided not to accept it...

Bookmobile Service

Kalamazoo’s branch libraries served many of the neighborhoods and communities that were beyond the Central Business District. Yet, by the 1950s, the growing decentralization of residents to suburban regions led library administrators to consider...

Eastwood Branch History

The first Kalamazoo Public Library branch dedicated to serving the east side of the city opened in 1912 in the original East Avenue School building. Due to increasing usage over the years, the branch moved in 1940 to a storefront location further...

Flora B. Roberts

When Flora B. Roberts began her twenty-four year career as chief librarian of the Kalamazoo Public Library in February 1918, she found the library in complete disarray. Her initial lofty goals were to recatalog the entire 50,000 volume collection...

Kalamazoo Public Library Children’s Room

The Kalamazoo Public Library was one of the first public libraries in the nation to recognize the need for a children’s department. In December 1894, a children’s reading room was opened in the basement of the library...

Kalamazoo Public Library: The 1939 Film

The original Kalamazoo Public Library building, built in 1893, was already running out of space by the 1920s. The library had purchased the adjacent Peck and Kauffer houses on Rose Street, and the carriage house behind them, which were also...

Kalamazoo Public Library's Stained Glass

When the original Kalamazoo Public Library building opened in 1893, it contained 81 mosaic windows designed by Edward J. N. Stent, who also designed the stenciling and other decorative items for the building. Stent was a New York designer...

Marilyn “Mamie” Austin (1887-1949)

There are many times when people never get a chance to see the impact of their work. Kalamazoo photographer Mamie Austin is one of those individuals. Her images taken for the Kalamazoo Public Library’s Art Department in the late 1930s and early...

Mary Mace Spradling

Mary Mace Spradling, Martin Cohen, Shirley Miller. Undated Photo from KPL Archives The following text is taken from a brochure printed for the dedication ceremony of the Mary Mace Spradling…

Oshtemo Branch Library

A group of interested Oshtemo Township citizens began meeting in 1964 to discuss forming a library. Their work continued for two years before the township board agreed to allocate funds for the project. In 1966 Oshtemo Station opened its doors in...

Raymond W. Fox Law Library

Today, the Raymond W. Fox Law Library provides current and comprehensive legal materials that meet the legal research and information needs of library users. That such a unique service exists…

Washington Square Branch History

Often people ask if the charming building on Portage Street was originally a church. Children call it “The Castle.” But the boy on the copper weathervane has been quietly reading…

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