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Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

It’s Okay to Read

Children’s author/illustrator Todd Parr will be the guest speaker at the 37th Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar this year. Parr is the author of many wonderful children’s titles; his whimsical artwork is distinctive, and always makes me smile. His books have positive, reassuring messages about diver ...

I Love You Just Enough Posted by   Teresa, 10/13/2014 07:38:47 PM | Add a Comment

Telephone by Mac Barnett Posted by   Andrea, 10/6/2014 03:31:40 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

A Late Bergman Tour de Force

Autumn Sonata (1978) is a masterful portrait of the kind of personal conflict embedded within family relationships fraught with regret, shame and disappointment. The great actress Ingrid Bergman (who only worked with Ingmar Bergman once) puts in a fantastic performance as the aging classical pianist who tries to re ...

Rich Hill Posted by   Ryan, 10/15/2014 04:05:55 PM | Add a Comment

Johnny Guitar...Not Really About a Guitar Posted by   Ryan, 10/6/2014 03:25:22 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

I like to mix it up!

I’m not a fan of the Sex and the City series or even the movies, but I have really enjoyed their soundtrack. What I have found with soundtracks is that you get a variety of music and since my taste in music is all over the place, I usually find something I like. This soundtrack stars Alicia Keys, Dido, Cee Lo Green, ...

Ty Segall Posted by   Ryan, 9/30/2014 02:41:48 PM | Add a Comment

Stand-Up Comedy Posted by   Angela, 9/29/2014 05:25:49 PM | Add a Comment

From the Director»RSS

Library news and happenings

We Have Good Friends!

This week, October 19 – 25 is National Friends of Libraries Week . KPL is pleased to celebrate our good friends, the Friends of KPL . They are major contributors to our library’s success through their community advocacy for the library and their donation of about $50,000 annually to enhance our programs and ...

142 Years and Going Strong! Posted by   Ann, 10/10/2014 03:41:28 PM | Add a Comment

Library Satisfaction & Use Posted by   Ann, 9/30/2014 03:39:29 PM | Add a Comment

@ Your Library»RSS

Recent library events, news and more

Teens: Submit Your Film to the 12th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival!

Kalamazoo Public Library is pleased to announce a call for entries for the 12th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival! As always, the Festival is looking for the best Michigan teen-produced and directed films. Every year, we get tons of amazing films by talented teens from across the state and we're super-excited to ...

Healthy Living Workshops @ your library Posted by   Angela, 8/26/2014 12:46:49 PM | Add a Comment

Storyteller Chris Fascione at Oshtemo Library Posted by   Angela, 7/18/2014 03:13:17 PM | Add a Comment

Weekly Specials, News & More»RSS

Bookstore News October 15 - 18

I’ve received several calls from people wondering about dates for upcoming sales. So grab your pencil and calendar or (more likely) your phone and record these dates.      •The Annual Gift Book Sale begins the day after Thanksgiving (11/28/14) and continues until supplies are gone. In case you don’ ...

Bookstore News October 8-11 Posted by   Carol, 10/7/2014 04:01:49 PM | Add a Comment

Bookstore News October 1 - 4 Posted by   Carol, 9/30/2014 04:08:16 PM | Add a Comment

Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

An Idyllic Summer Day

It’s been a while since we posted an unidentified photo so this one has a bonus – an extra related photo. Both feature what appears to be at least three generations of a family posed in front of a house. One is taken from a distance, making the house fully visible. The house is brick and it is clearly in a rural set ...

Michigan’s Historic Lighthouses Posted by   Keith, 5/16/2014 12:00:18 PM | Add a Comment

Images of the Civil War Posted by   Beth, 3/20/2014 03:09:28 PM | Add a Comment


Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

Interaligned communities

Last Thursday I enjoyed gathering at ONEplace with around 50 others to again explore the topic of community alignment. We spent good time hearing aspirations from each person, reviewing some statistics and concepts, and then engaging conversations – both in small groups and large group. At the end of the session, one ...

ONEplace Nonprofit Leadership Academy Posted by   Thom, 10/10/2014 03:27:50 PM | Add a Comment

A Good Time to Grow Posted by   Lolita, 10/10/2014 02:10:27 PM | Add a Comment