A special Board of Trustees meeting is being held on Monday, January 30th from 5-7 pm at Central/Van Deusen. Agenda and minutes can be found on our website

Central Library’s parking lot located on the corner of Lovell and Rose St. will be closed on Sunday, January 29 due to a construction project. The library will still be open. 

20th Anniversary Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee

It's BAAAACK!


Event Details

Wednesday, November 9 | 6:30–8:30 pm | Fetzer Center, WMU

Happy 20th Anniversary! The popular Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee is BACK! Join us on November 9 for this wacky and wild fundraising opportunity for Ready to Read. 100% of the dollars raised will be used to purchase gift books for children in Kalamazoo County.

Teams of eight compete for the top spot in this speed spelling, song singing, silly event! If you are interested in sponsoring, download our sponsorship packet.

  • Teams of eight adults-two courageous spellers and six outrageous cheerleaders
  • Prizes awarded for best spelling, best costumes most enthusiastic cheer, most creative cheer and audience favorite
  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
  • Event recorded by and shared on KPL TV

Download the study guide


Be a Sponsor!

Ways to Sponsor Ready to Read PDF

  • Sponsor with a donation of any amount. Please download the PDF above for details.
  • Sponsor at the Bronze ($500) level or higher and you may opt to send a team to participate in the Bee.

For more information, please contact the Ready to Read program coordinator, Jill Lansky, at [email protected] or 553-7885. Visit kpl.gov/r2r to learn more. Make checks payable to Kalamazoo Public Library and send to: 315 South Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, pay online below, or contact us to arrange an invoice.


Online Payment


Questions and Inquiries

Jill Lansky, Youth Outreach Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (269) 553-7885


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