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Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

Thing Explainer

Do you like things? Me too! Do you like finding out how things work? So do I! Do you like learning how things work, but sometimes get confused by all of the complicated technical language? Well, now there's a book that will help you understand how things work, without all of the complicated technical language! It's cal ...

Appreciating All Animals Posted by   Teresa, 2/6/2016 09:43:42 AM | Add a Comment

So Bad It's Good Posted by   Kevin, 2/5/2016 03:04:45 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

My Favorite Movies--G

As part of an ongoing series... (G) Glengarry Glenross (1992) With a star studded ensemble comprised of some of the best stage and screen actors (Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Keven Spacey, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris) of their eras, the film adaptation of playwright David Mamet’s foul-mouthed (and Pulitze ...

My Favorite Movies--F Posted by   Ryan, 2/11/2016 03:19:48 PM | Add a Comment

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Posted by   Ryan, 2/10/2016 05:43:51 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Bowie, Freegal and Valentine's Day

The late, great David Bowie left us recently but his inimitable output will outlast us all. His swan song, the album Blackstar , can be found on the download/streaming service Freegal . Login and stream the album or download five songs each week. His 2013 album Next Day features a great tune that may not be as ...

Changing Places Posted by   Ryan, 2/8/2016 02:01:46 PM | Add a Comment

Because of Billie Posted by   Ryan, 2/5/2016 10:12:33 AM | 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

Urban Fiction Book Discussion Group @ Powell

On Tuesday November 24, the ladies of the Alma Powell Urban Fiction Book Discussion group had a festive pot luck dinner. This book discussion group has been in existence for several years and is still going strong. If you like Urban Fiction please join the ladies for a lively and fun night of book talk. phot ...

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

Bookworms Posted by   Bill, 7/17/2015 03:46:45 PM | Add a Comment

Friends News, Weekly Specials & More»RSS

Bag-of-Books Sale - Saturday, March 5!(1)

Finally we have a date – the next Bag-of-Books Sale is Saturday, March 5! Mark your calendars. Help us spread the word. This sale will be here before you know it. As most of you know we couldn’t schedule the sale until the work on the freight elevator was complete. We scheduled the sale as soon as we could, but there’ ...

Bag-of-Books Sale - Saturday, March 5! Posted by   Carol, 2/12/2016 01:34:28 PM | Add a Comment

January 8, 2016 - Winter Bag-of-Book Sale News Posted by   Carol, 1/8/2016 02:30:03 PM | Add a Comment

Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

The Archaeology of American Cemeteries and Gravemarkers

At the risk of being accused overly morbid, I’m going to highlight a book about cemeteries for the second time in a year. The last one was The Art of Memory: Historic Cemeteries of Grand Rapids, Michigan a nd I loved it for its amazing photos that captured the beauty and artistry that I enjoy in cemeteries. This ti ...

Midwest Foraging Posted by   Beth, 1/8/2016 11:29:49 AM | Add a Comment

The Taste and Sound of Local History Posted by   Beth, 11/24/2015 03:44:19 PM | Add a Comment


Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence


During holiday break last December, the hashtag #LeaveItIn2015 trended briefly on Twitter. I enjoyed scrolling through my timeline as people used it to discourage certain conversations in the New Year, like talking about over-hyped bands and Presidential debate hot takes. Then I noticed that one of my favorite health ...

Expectations and feedback Posted by   Thom, 2/8/2016 08:51:05 AM | Add a Comment

Developing Resolute-Humble Leaders Posted by   Thom, 2/3/2016 04:44:40 PM | Add a Comment