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Early Childhood

Family Storytime (OSH)


Thu, February 13, 2020
10:30 am – 11:30 am






KPL Videos

How to Write Your Own Obituary

Obituaries should honor the past, preserve it for the future, and give comfort in the present – but they’re tough to write at the last minute. Kalamazoo Public Library Information…

Drawing Manga with Mark Crilley

Mark Crilley, author of Brody’s Ghost, Miki Falls, Akiko and the Mastering Manga drawing series, presented a hands-on drawing event on Saturday, June 13, 2015, featuring anime, manga, comics and…

"Louder Than a Bomb" Poetry Workshop

Kevin Coval, co-founder of “Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival” and called “the voice of the new Chicago” by the Chicago Tribune, returned to Kalamazoo Public Library…



Legal Information Reference Center

Legal Information Reference Center is an online database designed to assist the general public in legal matters of all kinds. It includes exclusive full text for many top consumer legal…



How Kalamazoo Got Its Name

Kalamazoo. The word is smooth, rhythmic, almost musical. So what exactly does it mean? What is the story behind the name? Welcome to one of the most popular yet least understood subjects in this southwest Michigan city.

Gilmore Brothers Department Store

It seems like just about every resident of Kalamazoo has a fond memory or good story about the Gilmore Brothers Department Store. Perhaps this isn’t surprising considering that Gilmore’s was a central feature of Kalamazoo’s urban landscape for...

Albert M. Todd

One of Kalamazoo County’s most widely known citizens was Albert M. Todd, who in 1869 began the thriving mint industry that continues to flourish in Kalamazoo nearly three quarters of…

Liberty School

Location: District #4 Fractional – Section 3, southeast corner of G Avenue and 7th Street. Kalamazoo County 1890, Published by Wm. C. Sauer. Local History Room It is not clear how…

Elm, 302: Amariah T. Prouty House

Kalamazoo was doing the nation’s greatest “land-office business” in 1835. The rush to settle the village and the several prairies around it was on in earnest one day in June when a wagonload of immigrants from Vermont stalled in the middle of the...

Corporation Hall - City Hall

Kalamazoo Village officers first got a home of their own with the 1867 construction of Corporation Hall on the west side of S. Burdick Street between South Street and Michigan Avenue. Fire companies were located on the first floor, with additional...

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Equal Employment Opportunity is a fundamental principle at the Kalamazoo Public Library, where employment opportunities are based on job qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity,…

Cooper Center School Class Photo

Back Row: Bernice Hennesay Dunham, Leona Pierce, Edna Earl, Bob Harris, Lucille Bishop, Pauline Bishop, Elsie Smith, Mrs. Donna Paine Fourth Row: Celia Leeper, Nina Foster, Margaret Earl, Georgie Christlieb Third Row: Gorden…

2019 Great Grown-up Spelling Bee

On Wednesday, November 13, KPL hosted the Great Grown-up Spelling Bee at the WMU Bernhard Center. The Great Grown-up Spelling Bee is a festive evening that features a fast-paced adult…

South Street, W., 718: Hon. Allen Potter House

The Honorable Allen Potter, first Mayor of Kalamazoo, is probably better-known than any pioneer other than Titus Bronson. Churches all over the city memorialized him at his death in 1885; business came to a standstill during his funeral. "Such...

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