Staff Picks: Books

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL catalog.

What do you geek?

Everyone is passionate about something—everyone geeks something. Musician, producer and recording engineer Ian Gorman shares his passion for recording. Filmed and edited by Matt Weaver. Directed by Madyson Brown. Technical assistance and lighting by Austin Brown. Share your own story at


The Relations at KPL

Show # 67 in KPL's ongoing free concert series featured The Relations, with their unique blend of original pop music in support of songwriter Bill Caskey's full-length CD release "Dymaxion Mothership." Kalamazoo Public Library, July 18, 2012.


Red Sea Pedestrians 2012

The Red Sea Pedestrians returned to Kalamazoo Public Library for a performance on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, as part of the library's continuing concert series.


Teen Open Mic Night

Teen performers sing, read, act, and hang out at Oshtemo Branch Library, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. Hosted by special guest star performer Shelagh Brown, and guitarist Rob Koets!


Arnie Johnston @ KPL

Arnie Johnston, perhaps the foremost translator of songs by Jacques Brel, presents "Songs You Thought You Knew," a collection of songs and music by Brel, Gabriel Fauré, Kurt Weill, Charles Aznavour, and others - accompanied by special guest D. Neil Bremer. Oshtemo Branch Library, May 8, 2012.


Wally Pleasant @ KPL

Wally Pleasant with Alisa Dyer, Kalamazoo Public Library, May 16, 2012.


Michigan at the Exposition: 1893 Chicago World's Fair

Historian Tom Buettner explains why 27 million people attended the 1893 Chicago World's Fair (World's Columbian Exposition) and describes Michigan's exhibits in his slide show. Presented Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Kalamazoo Public Library.


African American Newspapers in Genealogical Research

Family historian and lecturer Tim Pinnick, whose 25 years experience includes work in all the major U.S. repositories, explains how to find and effectively use African American newspapers in genealogical research. Presented at Kalamazoo Public Library, May 6, 2012. Mr. Pinnick's appearance was cosponsored by Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society.


Kalamazoo Public Library in 1939

A silent promotional film made in 1939 to promote Kalamazoo Public Library services. Included are views of downtown Kalamazoo, patrons and students using the original library building, the Public Museum and Art Institute, and more. Learn more about the film at

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