Staff Picks

KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.

Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

The Creativity Project

44 great children’s authors, poets and illustrators create and submit prompts; each author then cultivates a response to another author’s prompt. This results in The Creativity Project , edited by Colby Sharp: 44 marvelous poems, short stories, drawings, cartoon stories and even an encyclopedia entry. My favorite, by ...

A History of America in 100 Maps Posted by   David, 4/3/2019 07:22:33 PM | Add a Comment

NEVER HOME ALONE Posted by   David, 3/8/2019 03:32:01 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

My Brilliant Friend

One of Italy’s biggest literary sensations over the past several years, has been the release of a trilogy of semi-autobiographical novels set in Naples during the post-war period by the mysterious author Elena Ferrante (a pseudonym). The first of these works, My Brilliant Friend , has recently been adapted and rel ...

Burning Posted by   Ryan, 5/7/2019 11:59:44 AM | Add a Comment

Bibi and Seymour Posted by   Ryan, 4/16/2019 01:14:11 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Hoopla Album Spotlight: Weyes Blood

Weyes Blood is the moniker for Natalie Mering's wondrous voice and songwriting. Her newest album, Titanic Rising , is a woozy and ethereal mix of 70's soft rock and symphonic pop (think Kate Bush married to The Carpenters). It is now available to stream through your Hoopla app. ...

Hoopla Album Spotlight--Billie Eilish Posted by   Ryan, 4/9/2019 03:40:18 PM | Add a Comment

Remembering Kurt Cobain Posted by   Ryan, 4/5/2019 10:03:26 AM | Add a Comment

From the Director»RSS

Library news and happenings

Happy National Library Week to You!

This is National Library Week , April 12 – 18. We join with libraries, schools, bookstores, and publishers in celebrating this week to highlight the value of libraries. This year’s theme is “Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library.” In the mid 1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less time wit ...

Library Shout-Out Posted by   Ann, 2/9/2015 09:26:11 AM | Add a Comment

Michigan Notable Books 2015 Posted by   Ann, 2/4/2015 08:11:09 AM | Add a Comment

@ Your Library»RSS

Recent library events, news and more

Screen Time

If screen time feels like the enemy in your parenting world, you might like the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Media Time Calculator . This easy-to-use online calculator prompts the user to select a child’s age so that it displays recommended sleep and exercise times. For example, if you select the 6 to 12 year old a ...

Nikki Grimes is coming! Posted by   Judi, 3/31/2017 09:33:21 PM | Add a Comment

Brainspace Magazine Posted by   Bill, 1/16/2017 06:43:33 PM | Add a Comment

Friends News, Weekly Specials & More»RSS

MOVIES, MUSIC, & MORE Friends AV Sale Saturday, May 4, 10am - 4pm

The Friends presents MOVIES, MUSIC, & MORE, our giant 2019 AV sale featuring DVDs, CDs, and Audio Books all at half price, SATURDAY, MAY 4, 10:00am to 4:00pm in the Van Deusen Room, 3 rd Floor, Central Library.   CASH or CHECK ONLY.   We’ll have 26 tables filled with AV items for sale. &#1 ...

Go Green! Sturdy reusable bags are now available! Posted by   Carol, 4/9/2019 08:26:27 AM | Add a Comment

January Bag-of-Books Sale 1/26/2019 Posted by   Carol, 1/7/2019 11:08:20 AM | Add a Comment

Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

Meader Historical Directory – Online!

Local history staff and frequent users of the collection all have their favorite KPL resources, but near the top of everyone’s list is the 36 volume Meader Historical Directory . Compiled in the 1930s and 40s by Robert Meader, the directory contains photos and biographical essays of hundreds of Kalamazoo residents fro ...

MyHeritage Posted by   Beth, 10/5/2018 10:13:29 AM | Add a Comment

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy Posted by   Beth, 8/28/2018 02:35:43 PM | Add a Comment


Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

Increase Transparency, Boost Donations

A common question we get in talking about grant writing with nonprofit folks is: what do I do when things don't go as planned? How do I communicate failure to funders?  My answer is simple: tell the truth. Consider it an opportunity to be vulnerable and honest with your funders. You may be surprised to find th ...

Managing Connections Posted by   Ragan, 5/6/2019 10:47:50 AM | Add a Comment

As a sector how do we utilize data? Posted by   Ragan, 4/29/2019 10:50:30 AM | Add a Comment