Staff Picks

KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.

Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

For Lizzie freedom means learning

 In Lesa Cline-Ransome's book Freedom's School , o ne day mama told Lizzie and her brother Paul that they “went to sleep ‘slaves’ and woke up free”. Mama said that being free means you have to work harder. “Real freedom means ‘rithmetic and writing.” Lizzie was eager to learn but it was hard for her and ...

Gordon Parks Posted by   Sue, 3/25/2015 01:20:55 PM | Add a Comment

How Rich People Roll Posted by   Matt, 3/25/2015 12:31:38 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog


Gloria loves to hit the dance floor at the singles club and the act of moving her body to music seems to open her up to both the joy and disappointment of life and that’s where we find her at both the beginning and ending of the movie. Set in Chile, Gloria follows a woman in her late fifties as she painfully twists ...

The Overnighters Posted by   Ryan, 3/26/2015 03:18:22 PM | Add a Comment

Life Itself Posted by   Ryan, 3/20/2015 10:04:58 AM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Best New Music Always Available on Hoopla

If you have access to the internet and a Kalamazoo Public Library card , you have instant access to tons of great music through the library's streaming media service Hoopla . You can borrow 15 titles per month, including music, movies, and audiobooks. Titles are available for instant streaming, with no holds list ...

Summertime Pop of Tennis Posted by   Ryan, 3/20/2015 01:03:55 PM | Add a Comment

Wilco: 20 Years On and Still Rock'n Posted by   Ryan, 3/9/2015 04:08:03 PM | Add a Comment

From the Director»RSS

Library news and happenings

Library Shout-Out

I want to call your attention, give a shout-out as it were, to some services and upcoming events. It is tax time. We have a link on our homepage to tax information including the paper forms the federal and state governments provide to us. Other forms are available online. There is also a link to sign-up for ...

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

Amazing MeL Turns Ten Posted by   Ann, 1/27/2015 08:42:04 AM | Add a Comment

@ Your Library»RSS

Recent library events, news and more

Reverend Hype: The Urban Fiction Book Discussion

We had a great turnout for our February 24, 2015 Urban Fiction book discussion at the Alma Powell Branch . The book Reverend Hype was written and self-published by local author Deacon Raymond Ryan. After talking about the motivation behind writing this fictional story Deacon Ryan lead a spirited discussion. Th ...

Only 10 Days Left to Submit Films for the 2015 Teen Filmmaker Festival! Posted by   Stewart, 1/7/2015 02:58:19 PM | Add a Comment

ONEplace@kpl brings Mindfulness to the Workplace Posted by   Judi, 12/20/2014 02:32:35 PM | Add a Comment

Friends News, Weekly Specials & More»RSS

Bookstore News March 25 - 28(1)

Come check out our knitting DVDs (everything you could possibly want to know about knitting) priced at $5.00 each. We have a cart of decorating books priced at a dollar each. We also put out a cart of reference, most priced at a dollar each. There are lots of new things to see this week. ...

Bookstore News March 18 - 21(1) Posted by   Carol, 3/17/2015 03:45:55 PM | Add a Comment

Bookstore News March 4 - 7(1) Posted by   Carol, 3/3/2015 03:26:57 PM | Add a Comment

Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

The New HeritageQuest

If you haven’t logged into HeritageQuest lately, you’re in for a big surprise! The database that KPL and other libraries have been providing for years for genealogical research has gone through a major change. Through a partnership with Ancestry, HeritageQuest is now able to provide more advanced search functionalit ...

The Art of Memory Posted by   Beth, 2/6/2015 02:11:04 PM | Add a Comment

Your Genealogy Place Posted by   Beth, 1/2/2015 02:49:22 PM | Add a Comment


Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

Coffee with Von Washington, Jr

This month we spent time with Von Washington, Jr., Executive Director of Community Relations with the Kalamazoo Promise. We learned his thoughts on service, caring, and the power of a collaborative community. Tell us how you got to where you are today? I did my undergraduate work in Communications and The ...

Getting beyond good enough Posted by   Thom, 3/25/2015 01:11:35 PM | Add a Comment - 1 Comments

Just ONEthing - Apr 2015 Posted by   Thom, 3/25/2015 01:08:50 PM | Add a Comment