Staff Picks: Books

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL catalog.

“Tasting and Touring”

Authors Jaye Beeler and Dianne Carroll Burdick discuss their new book “Tasting and Touring Michigan’s Homegrown Food: A Culinary Road Trip” at Kalamazoo Public Library, Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

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Earth Day Concert 2012

The Earthwork Music collective presented a family-friendly showcase of Michigan-based musicians in celebratio of Earth Day at Oshtemo Branch Library, Saturday, April 21, 2012.

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Margean Gladysz: “A Spy on the Bus”

Friends of Kalamazoo Public Library presented a spirited talk by author Margean Gladysz about her fascinating memoir “A Spy on the Bus” at Central Library, April 14, 2012. PBS NewsHour host Jim Lehrer wrote in his review "The will never be another book like this. There simply could not be another Margean Gladysz, who as a young woman was paid by Greyhound, Trailways and other companies to ride buses thousands of miles all over the country in the 1940's. She was there to spot and report back on drunk, stealing, reckless and nutty bus drivers who should be fired. And it's all in her diary-like letters that she sent home at the time. 'A Spy on the Bus' is a treat and a half. I promise."

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Red Tail Ring, April 2012

Earthwork Music artists Red Tail Ring (Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp) returned to Kalamazoo Public Library on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 for the library's 63rd free concert in the series!

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Luis Alberto Urrea in Kalamazoo

Featured author Luis Alberto Urrea visited Kalamazoo for two days in March 2012 as part of Kalamazoo Public Library's Reading Together program. Presented here are highlights of the three programs Urrea took part in; Conversación con Luis Urrea, a conversation in Spanish at El Sol Elementary School (Kalamazoo Public Schools' bilingual school); and a public presentation entitled "Cross Cultural Experiences" at Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium later the same evening. After a brief visit to Kalamazoo Public Library the following morning, Urrea discussed his craft as a dual-culture writer from "A Writer's Perspective" in the Light Fine Arts Building at Kalamazoo College. Urrea then briefly shared for our camera his thoughts about Reading Together and his experience in Kalamazoo.

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National Library Week

Honorary Chair of National Library Week Brad Meltzer talks about library funding and the need for public support.

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Quilts at Oshtemo

Quilters Bette Boulding and Vicki Fischer talk about who and what inspires their quilting designs, and share their techniques at Oshtemo Branch Library, March 24, 2012.

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Banda Sierra Negra

Banda Sierra Negra brought its extensive repertoire of Latin styles to Kalamazoo Public Library on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, for a special concert as part of Reading Together.

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