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Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

Rotten Ralph's Rotten Family

I am a fan of the Rotten Ralph books by Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel. Jack Gantos has created lots of great work over the years including the Joey Pigza books and Dead End in Norvelt, for which he was awarded the Newbery medal in 2012. A common thread in all of Gantos's work is a warmly twisted sense of humor and the R ...


Mister Orange Posted by   Amy, 9/11/2014 11:44:40 AM | Add a Comment


New Baby Books Posted by   Andrea, 9/9/2014 09:32:45 AM | Add a Comment


Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

The Unreliable Narrator

An unreliable narrator is a narrator, whether in literature, film, or theater, whose trustworthiness has been seriously questioned. Film audiences should be wary of gleaning truths from the narrator’s account of the movie's unfolding and plot details. Here are some films that have employed the unreliable narrator app ...


The Reconsidered Film Posted by   Ryan, 9/9/2014 03:13:40 PM | Add a Comment


The Beauty of Everyday Life Posted by   Ryan, 9/2/2014 03:51:34 PM | Add a Comment


Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

My Favorite Albums So Far

We're past the mid-way point of 2014 and so here's my ever expanding list of favorite albums of the year. I'm sure a few more releases will make the list by year's end. What about you? What's on your list? The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream Real Estate, Atlas Dean Wareham, Dean Wareham St. Vincent, ...


A Spoonful of Good Tunes Posted by   Ryan, 9/4/2014 04:50:55 PM | Add a Comment


Valerie June Posted by   Caitlin, 9/2/2014 03:11:22 PM | Add a Comment


From the Director»RSS

Library news and happenings

Bargains with your Library Card

Libraries promote library cards as the “most powerful card in your wallet.” For the month of September, your KPL card has even more power…. the power for discounts at some popular restaurants and retailers. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month across the country. In celebration, many Kalamazoo merchants are ...


Homework Resources Posted by   Ann, 8/27/2014 02:53:50 PM | Add a Comment


Ebooks @ the Library Posted by   Ann, 8/15/2014 03:16:43 PM | Add a Comment


@ Your Library»RSS

Recent library events, news and more

Healthy Living Workshops @ your library

Beginning in early September, the library will join forces with the Kalamazoo Area Agency on Aging to offer two healthy living workshops that may be of interest to you or someone you know. The first is Personal Action Toward Health (PATH), a 6-week workshop designed to help adults learn techniques and strategies f ...


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


DIY with the Kids Posted by   Bill, 7/3/2014 04:22:08 PM | Add a Comment


Weekly Specials, News & More»RSS

Friends Bookstore News Sept. 10 - 13

Select biographies are ½ off this week. You’ll find a great selection and the prices are ridicules – ridiculously low! ...


Bag-ofBooks Sale - Saturday Posted by   Carol, 9/2/2014 04:17:53 PM | Add a Comment


September Bag-of-Books Sale(1) Posted by   Carol, 8/26/2014 04:20:57 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


ONEplace»RSS

Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

Clarity over certainty

One lesson regularly presents itself to me in a variety of forms – the importance of clarity over and above certainty. Without going into all the gory details, suffice it to say that processes have stalled waiting for every last fact to be gathered, people have adorned their arguments with extraneous and jargoni ...


Glad you asked Posted by   Thom, 9/5/2014 11:01:00 AM | Add a Comment


Work in progress Posted by   Thom, 8/29/2014 04:01:37 PM | Add a Comment - 4 Comments