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Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

Do Not Sell At Any Price

As any collector of ephemeral objects knows, there comes a point when what started out as mere passing interest becomes a crippling, overwhelming obsession. While I've collected music on LPs, 45s, cassettes and CDs for over 30 years, and I know the feeling that comes with tracking down that ultra-rare copy of some long ...

Dangerously Funny Posted by   Bill, 10/1/2015 09:54:13 AM | Add a Comment

Yes Please Posted by   Ann, 9/29/2015 11:37:08 AM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

When the Period Piece Ruled

Merchant Ivory Productions (director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant) was a leading force in the popularizing of period dramas, often centered around British characters and typically adapted from canonized, literature (Henry James, E.M. Forster, Edward Albee, Kazuo Ishiguro e.g.) during the late 1980's and ear ...

IRL PT.2: Bathroom Noises Posted by   Dan, 9/30/2015 03:36:42 PM | Add a Comment

The Magnificent Ambersons Posted by   Ryan, 9/25/2015 12:38:56 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog


One of my favorite things is a good musical and when I was a kid, I was obsessed with Disney's, movie musical,  Newsies. I mean, I knew every. single. word. This past weekend, I finally saw the broadway version and it was lovely, despite some totally improbable plot twists. Of course, I came right back to th ...

A Love Supreme Turns 50 Posted by   Ryan, 9/29/2015 03:48:13 PM | Add a Comment

Autumn Leaves Posted by   Ryan, 9/16/2015 03:07:23 PM | 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

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Recent library events, news and more

A new exhibit in the Barnabee Gallery at Powell

We are very pleased to announce our current exhibit in the Barnabee Gallery loaned to us by Diane Washington. Diane is an artist from Grand Rapids. She paints African scenery and ethnic motif in acrylics.  Come by and visit the Alma Powell Branch to view this great show. ...

Bookworms Posted by   Bill, 7/17/2015 03:46:45 PM | Add a Comment

Reverend Hype: The Urban Fiction Book Discussion Posted by   Judi, 2/28/2015 02:54:04 PM | Add a Comment

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Bookstore News Sept. 23 - 26

Announcing the - Fall Book Sale Saturday, October 3, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Library Mark your calendar – Watch for more information This Week in the Bookstore - Lots of Bargains: • Select hardcover fiction 50¢ each or 4 for $1 • Select Gardening and Cooking - 50¢ each • ...

Bookstore News September 9 - 12 Posted by   Carol, 9/8/2015 03:32:17 PM | Add a Comment

Fall Bag-of-Books Sale - Saturday, Oct. 3 Posted by   Carol, 9/4/2015 01:26:25 PM | Add a Comment

Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

Genealogy and the Law

Those of us who enjoy genealogical research know that it is often a complicated business. That is very likely what we love about it. We’re always looking for a little more information to lead us back another generation or to explain something that happened in our family long before we were born, and we don’t mind diggi ...

Local History Online Posted by   Beth, 9/2/2015 08:50:28 AM | Add a Comment

How to Archive Family Photos Posted by   Beth, 7/10/2015 08:22:06 AM | Add a Comment


Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

Savor the KISS

We all know KISS – Keep It Simple Sweetie. The admonition gets tossed around from time to time, especially when someone (self or other) gets mired in operational complexities or lost in multiple scenarios. So why is keeping it simple so important and effective? KISS allows people to bring order to their own part ...

Raise more money Posted by   Thom, 9/28/2015 08:29:59 AM | Add a Comment

A refill with Donna Odom Posted by   Thom, 9/23/2015 01:13:41 PM | Add a Comment