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What an event! The 8th annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee, a fundraiser for Ready to Read, was held this week. The fun and funds raised just keep growing. Over $35,000 was raised at this year's event...a new record!
It's the vision of Ready to Read that all children in Kalamazoo County arrive at kindergarten prepared for learning. Research shows that children who are read to regularly start school with an advantage. Ready to Read encourages families to enjoy books together and enables children to have their own books. This wild and crazy spelling bee raises serious money for the program.
Borgess ProMed Pediatrics won first place in the lighthearted spelling competition followed by the Kalamazoo Gazette and WMU. Best costumes, most creative cheer, and most enthusiastic team were also recognized.
Delivering the winner’s basket to the Borgess ProMed team
Catch the event on cable access OR, better yet, come next year. And in the meantime, keep reading to all the children in your life.
- Friday November 21, 2008 - 7 pm channel 95
- Saturday November 22, 2008 - 2 pm channel 95
- Wednesday November 26, 2008 - 8 pm channel 95
- Thursday November 27, 2008 - 9 pm channel 95
- Thursday November 27, 2008 - 1 pm channel 95
- Friday November 28, 2008 - 1 pm channel 95
Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee
Local author Ron Kitchens discussed his book, Community Capitalism: Lessons from Kalamazoo and Beyond, November 6th at the Central Library. Ron, who is Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Michigan First, shared the remarkable economic history of Kalamazoo and explained how the community is innovatively investing in the resources for long-term economic success.
Engaging and informative, he shared numerous examples and answered the audience's many questions. Ron's can-do attitude and positive outlook for the economic future of Kalamazoo speaks volumes about his commitment to Kalamazoo. If you missed Ron's program, check out his book in the KPL catalog and take a look at the Southwest Michigan First Life Science Fund, a key factor in the economic development of early stage life science career opportunities in the Kalamazoo community!
Years before the establishment of the Kalamazoo Public Library, another organization loaned books to residents for a membership fee of just $1.00, and contrary to its name, it loaned to men as well as women. For this and many other reasons the Ladies Library Association in Kalamazoo holds an important place in the history of our community and of women’s clubs in general. On November 12th KPL hosted a program highlighting the group’s history and its amazing landmark building as part of the “This Old Building” series. Dr. Sharon Carlson, director of the archives at Western Michigan University, engaged a fascinated audience with little known facts about the Ladies Library and a slide show which included many wonderful historic photos.
On February 4th the “This Old Building” series will continue with another local landmark, the Kalamazoo State Hospital Water Tower, to be presented by Kalamazoo’s historic preservation coordinator, Sharon Ferraro.
Watch Dr. Carlson's complete presentation...
Ladies Library Association
The Michigan Library Association annual conference was held in Kalamazoo at the Radisson Hotel in late October, the first time since the early 1980's. We were pleased to have our colleagues in town for a wide range of programs, author appearances, vendor exhibits, and general networking with each other.
KPL was especially pleased to host the all-conference reception at the Central Library. Just like gatherings at home, we worked hard to get the library looking great! Recarpeting of Central Library was finished, some chairs were reupholstered, displays of new materials were refreshed, and our Facilities Management staff did an extra thorough cleaning. All of this was in the works, but having a deadline to be ready for the reception gave us a "due date!"
Well, I thought the library did look great... a compliment to our staff, but more importantly, to our community. Over 400 MLA members from around the state attended. Our board president, Valerie Wright, and I, along with the MLA officials, greeted attendees. KPL staff were in departments to give tours and explain our services, and games from our Teen Services activities were set up in the auditorium.
It was a good party! Comments from our colleagues around the state were all complimentary.... many about our building, but also about the wide range of services we offer, many of which are a model for other libraries.
MLA Reception @ KPL