Staff Picks: Books

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL catalog.

Read Whatever You Want To Read!

Banned Books Week (BBW), which celebrates the freedom to read, will be observed September 26 – October 3. This annual event reminds us not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

Each year, some books are targets for attempted banning. Thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, and booksellers most are maintained in collections. BBW reminds us annually of the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and draws attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.

KPL and American Civil Liberties Union of MI, SW Branch, are sponsoring a BBW Art Contest, and at Art Hop on October 2, local celebrities will be reading from banned books. 

Come visit soon; exercise and celebrate your freedom to read whatever you want to read!


Banned Books Week poster (American Library Association)

Proclaim Libraries!

September is noteworthy for libraries; it is National Literacy Month and Library Card Sign-Up Month.

KPL is pleased that the Kalamazoo City Commission will acknowledge these September designations with a proclamation to “encourage citizens of Kalamazoo to sign up for a library card, to read, and to use the wealth of resources available for free at KPL.”

This is an opportunity to remind us all that reading is one of the greatest tools a child can receive---reading opens the door to a world of imagination, enrichment, and economic development and that reading and writing is fundamental to leading a full and productive life. 

Be sure the children in your life have and use their library card; use yours too!  A card is free to residents of our library district.

Come visit soon.


Use your library card!

Buy Books!

Generally librarians don’t encourage patrons to buy books… we want you to check them out from the library! We know, however, that readers also want to own books and that having a home library is important, especially for children.

So, here’s my book buying advice: shop the Friends of KPL Fall Book Sale, this Saturday, September 19, from 9 am – 3:30 pm in the third floor auditorium of the central library. Books are $.10 each or $2.00 a bag!  Books are arranged on tables by category: fiction, nonfiction, romance, children’s.

And for additional shopping or just browsing, the Friends Bookstore on the lower level will also be open.

The books are donated to the Friends and the proceeds from the sale and bookstore benefit the library.

KPL is fortunate to have very good Friends!  Come visit the library AND shop the fall book sale and bookstore.


Friends Book Sale

Where are the book reviews?

Those of us who love to read, usually like to read book reviews. That’s how we build our list of books-to-read-sometime.

Many newspapers and magazines have cut back or eliminated book reviews. NPR and CNBC are moving in to fill the void a bit. is adding weekly reviews and hiring six new reviewers. (Will they read all day? What a great job!)

CNBC has launched its own book blog, Bullish on Books. It will focus on business, management, and personal finance titles and coordinate with the authors who appear on the cable news channel.

Of course there are other book reviews sources to be found on the internet and still some in print. Our librarians try to keep up with new titles too and many new popular titles are in our Hot Picks section and in our Staff Picks blog. Or, next time you’re in one of our locations, pick up the latest issue of BookPage, a free monthly publication, compliments of KPL. 

Come visit soon!


Staff Picks: Books
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