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Staff Picks

KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.

Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

Boys in the Trees

Carly Simon came along at a formative time of my life and I always enjoyed singing along with that low range that always felt so comfortable in my own voice. Whenever I hear any of the songs from her Boys in the Trees album,  I am immediately taken back to a time of innocence and wonder. Her new memoir h ...

Awesome desserts with 5 ingredients or less! Posted by   Kristen, 11/24/2015 01:56:39 PM | Add a Comment

A Shiloh Christmas Posted by   Nancy, 11/20/2015 12:08:59 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

Paper Towns

Paper Towns is another film based on popular teen literature writer John Green’s novel of the same title. Part mystery, part coming of age road trip movie, Paper Towns shares in the cookie-cutter industry tropes (please, no more voice over narration!) found in other like-minded young adult dramas (see: The Fault in ...

Liked That/Try This Posted by   Ryan, 11/25/2015 10:24:20 AM | Add a Comment

Fuzzy Memories Posted by   Ryan, 11/24/2015 10:22:39 AM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Favorite Rock Songs of 2015

Here are some tracks over the course of the year that have been some of my favorites. Beach House--Space Song   Father John Misty--Cahteau Lobby #4(in G for two virgins)   Courtney Barnett--Pedestrian at Best   Vance Joy--Great Summer   Joanna ...

Sinatra: The Radio Years Posted by   Ryan, 11/25/2015 09:28:41 AM | Add a Comment

Still Making Duluth Proud Posted by   Ryan, 11/24/2015 02:45:01 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

@ Your Library»RSS

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

Friends News, Weekly Specials & More»RSS

Annual Gift Book Sale Begins November 27

A book is the gift that is opened again and again. On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the Friends Bookstore is the place to find many books that will make wonderful gifts. The Annual Gift Book Sale features gift-quality, like-new books at a fraction of retail prices. The large and diverse selection includes: art ...

Bookstore News Nov. 18 - 21 Posted by   Carol, 11/18/2015 09:55:10 AM | Add a Comment

Bookstore News November 4 - 7 Posted by   Carol, 11/3/2015 04:15:30 PM | Add a Comment

Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

The Taste and Sound of Local History

History can be viewed in so many different ways - it’s not all about big events and famous people. In fact, some of my favorite history books look at the past through everyday items and activities. We’ve recently received two books that do just that. The first is Midwest Sweet Baking History: Delectable Classics Arou ...

Mail Order Homes Posted by   Beth, 10/29/2015 02:23:33 PM | Add a Comment

Genealogy and the Law Posted by   Beth, 9/30/2015 03:50:13 PM | Add a Comment


Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

No thanks

As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to pause, be grateful, and affirm all the times I’ve said, “No.” I realize that “no” is not often considered an affirmative statement. As kind and generous folks, we usually want to say “yes” when asked to help or assist in any way. Indeed, “yes” seems to leap from our mouths ...

Serving Up Gratitude Posted by   Lolita, 11/13/2015 11:49:29 AM | Add a Comment

Inspiring and encouraging Posted by   One, 11/9/2015 07:57:46 AM | Add a Comment