Staff Picks

KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.

Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

Life Reimagined

This title  and its subtitle--The science, art, and opportunity of midlife--caught my eye as soon as I read about it. This is a book that speaks directly to me and one that I expect will provide countless pearls of wisdom. Written by a veteran NPR commentator who spent two years talking to psychologists, biolog ...

Samira and the Skeletons Posted by   Sue, 5/3/2016 07:57:18 AM | Add a Comment

Another great Sally Spencer mystery! Posted by   Judi, 4/29/2016 10:17:11 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

Beautiful and Brutal

The award-winning, revenge-filled tone poem The Revenant is a magnificently shot film that features sublime cinematography that in scene after scene, generously pays homage to the films of Andrei Tarkovsky (see this video for similarities). It's also a flaccid story immersed in its endless detailing of unromantic ...

Brush Up on Your CIVIL WAR History Posted by   Dan, 4/29/2016 10:59:22 AM | Add a Comment

Hillsborough Disaster Posted by   Ryan, 4/27/2016 05:34:12 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Freegal Songs We Love

I stumbled across this track on folk singer Alela Diane’s album The Pirate’s Gospel while looking for a specific movie scene on Youtube the other day (what a treasure Youtube is right?). Rifle has an earthy, haunted feel to it that sticks in your memory. Download and keep this song along with the rest of Diane’s albu ...

Four Favorite Releases of 2016 (so far) Posted by   Kevin, 4/26/2016 02:53:29 PM | Add a Comment

Prince Posted by   Ryan, 4/21/2016 04:48:44 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

Picture Book Neighborhoods

Your library's picture book collections are now organized into Picture Book Neighborhoods. If you're looking for books about cars, trucks, boats, etc, you'll find them all together in the Things that Go neighborhood with a red spine label. Books with yellow spine labels are Concept books. They're all about letters, ...

Urban Fiction Book Discussion Group @ Powell Posted by   Judi, 11/30/2015 03:20:58 PM | Add a Comment

A new exhibit in the Barnabee Gallery at Powell Posted by   Judi, 8/30/2015 03:41:33 PM | Add a Comment

Friends News, Weekly Specials & More»RSS

April 6 - 9 Membership News

Join the Friends – Become a Member  Our fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31. It's a perfect time to join.  Joining Friends says to everyone that you care about your library and value its resources. Each new member makes us stronger. Membership is open to anyone interested in supporting our mission. ...

Bookstore News March 23-26 Posted by   Carol, 3/22/2016 03:54:10 PM | Add a Comment

Bookstore News February 24 - 27 Posted by   Carol, 2/23/2016 04:16:26 PM | Add a Comment

Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

Kalamazoo County Plat Books

Plat books are a wonderful way to learn about the history of a piece of property. They are published for each county, and in them you can see townships divided into parcels and labeled with the property owner’s name. In the history room we have the most recent plat books for most of the counties in Michigan, and all ...

New Collection of School Photos Posted by   Tamara, 4/15/2016 11:45:17 AM | Add a Comment

Sing a Song of Long Ago Posted by   Tamara, 3/24/2016 08:33:08 AM | Add a Comment


Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

Latte with Lanna Lewis

This month Lolita had a great conversation with Lanna Lewis, a Community Investment Officer at Kalamazoo Community Foundation. Lanna discussed what she gained from her five years working at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, the millennial myth she totally disagrees with, and how she uses creativity in he ...

Just ONEthing - April 2016 Posted by   Lolita, 4/26/2016 10:35:18 AM | Add a Comment

Grant Proposal Tips You May Not Have Heard Posted by   Lolita, 4/15/2016 03:25:02 PM | Add a Comment