Staff Picks: Books

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL catalog.

Illustrator Kim Shaw

Kim Shaw, illustrator of "The Juice Box Bully," conducted an anti-bully art workshop at Kalamazoo Public Library, May 24, 2011.

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An Dro @ kpl

Irish melodies, medieval French songs, Breton dance tunes, Scandinavian refrains, Appalachian influences, Latin rhythms, African grooves - traditional acoustic music with a creative twist deom An Dro. Kalamazoo Public Library, May 18, 2011.

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Solar Em-Power-ment

Panelists describe the experiences that inspired their commitment to the development of solar lighting, the challenges facing organizations working in Africa, and the human connections made through their work. The panel includes Dale Williams, MD, Bill Burmeister, PhD, and Anne Petersen, PhD. Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College, April 14, 2011. A Reading Together 2011 event.

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A Tour of World Literature

Elizabeth Amidon, English professor at Western Michigan University, guides a world tour of authors and books that capture what's going on in other parts of the globe, or stories told by "foreign" voices. Washington Square Branch Library, April 5, 2011. A Reading Together 2011 event.

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Moving Beyond Tragedy

Fr. Kenneth Schmidt, Sharon Froom and Olga Bonfiglio talk about their varied experiences in Rwanda, the ongoing efforts to heal after the genocide and other traumas, and their personal reflections. Oshtemo Branch Library, Monday, April 4, 2011. A Reading Together 2011 event.

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The Art of Creative Nonfiction

Gail Griffin, author and professor at Kalamazoo College; Katherine Joslin, author and professor of English, Western Michigan University; and Kathy Jennings, journalist, writer, and editor, Second Wave Media, IMG Publications, discuss creative nonfiction, bringing together literary memoir and biography, the personal essay and literary journalism, Thursday, March 31, 2011, Portage District Library. A Reading Together 2011 event.

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Medicine, Here and Abroad

A panel discussion about the challenges of providing medical care in developing countries, Western Michigan University College of Health and Human Services, Wednesday, March 16, 2011. A Reading Together 2011 program.

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History of Burundi and Rwanda

Kalamazoo College African studies professor Joseph Bangura presents a geopolitical survey of Burundi and Rwanda, including pre-colonial and colonial history, civil wars and current events. A Reading Together event at Kalamazoo Public Library, 14 March 2011.

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Rebuilding Burundi

Former U.S. Congressman and Kalamazoo City Commissioner Dr. Howard Wolpe, the Clinton and Obama administrations' special envoy to Africa's Great Lakes region, discusses his work at the Woodrow Wilson Center's Leadership Project with the post-conflict reconstruction process in Burundi. A Reading Together 2011 event at Kalamazoo Public Library, March 29, 2011.

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The Immigrant Story

A panel of photographers and immigrants explore why people immigrate to the United States and share their experiences assimilating into American culture. A Reading Together 2011 event at Portage District Library, March 6, 2011.

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