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Staff-recommended reading from the KPL catalog.

The Husband’s SecretThe Husband’s Secret

If you found a letter from your spouse or partner, not to be opened until after their death and they were still very much alive, would you open it now?  OK, so you opened it and discovered a big, not-good secret, what would you do?...


American Folklife Posted by Christine, Jul 24, 2014 12:15:53 PM


Did you read today? Posted by Sue, Jul 24, 2014 10:34:04 AM


RSS Staff Picks: Movies »

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL catalog.

Carried AwayCarried Away

Carried Away is a story about a family and their relationships with each other. It starts with Ed Franklin coming home from Hollywood to Fort Worth Texas. I don’t think we know why. We see that he is a bit of a loser. When he is waiting for his mother to pick him up from the airport we hear him on the phone telling someone about his new play where he is playing all the parts. Just listening to him describe the play you know it will be a boring disaster. We find out the person he is talking to is his ex girlfriend and they have been broken up for months. Then we meet the family, the mother who is not happy with her husband, the younger brother who is awaiting trial for selling pot and seems to be nice and caring, the other brother, who is built like an ox and reverts to physical actions when trying to make his point. Then there is the Father who is a dominating patriarch, a that’s it end of discussion you will do it my way kind of guy.We find that the grandmother is in a nursing home and she is not happy there. Ed had taken care of and lived with his grandmother from when he was age 8 to age 17. Ed decides to take his grandmother out of the nursing home and take her to live with him in Hollywood. He loads her up in the car and off they go. The father finds out and is furious, the two sons get in the car with him and they take off on a road trip to set things right. What follows is humorous and touching. This isn’t a block buster type of movie but I enjoyed it. Give it a try....


Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Blue Posted by Dan, Jul 24, 2014 10:05:52 AM


The Title Says It All Posted by Ryan, Jul 23, 2014 01:25:07 PM


RSS Staff Picks: Music »

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL catalog.

One More Time: the chess yearsAn Original Soul Singer

Singer Billy Stewart had chart success during the 1960's with hits like Fat Boy, Summertime, Sitting in the Park, Secret Love, and You Reap What You Sow and while he's not as well-known as the Motown label singers or James Brown, Stewart possessed and original style all his own that's worth checking out if you're a fan of old school rhythm and blues. His signature trademarks were improvising, scatting and rolling his tongue, all of which provided his vocal interpretations with a unique vitality. Tragically, Stewart died at 33 from an auto accident in 1970. For those new to his sound, try this excellent compilation that includes Stewart's recordings on the famous Chess Records label. ...


Classics from the 60's, 70's and 90's Posted by Ryan, Jul 3/, 2014 04:16:54 PM


A Rainy Day Playlist Posted by Ryan, Jun 4/, 2014 01:09:43 PM


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Library news and happenings.

Where Have You Read?

I seldom leave home without something to read, usually a magazine, a book, or my e-reader in my purse. Although my phone is also in my purse, I don’t read on it to any substantial degree. Most times I don’t read when I am out and about, but unexpected waiting does occur and then I am glad to have reading materials with me....


A New Look, New Features Posted by Ann, Jul 3/, 2014 09:11:06 AM


Celebrations Posted by Ann, Jun 2/, 2014 12:22:08 PM


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Recent library events, news and more.

Storyteller Chris Fascione at Oshtemo Library

Tickets are now available at Oshtemo Library for storyteller Chris Fascione’s performance onFriday, July 25 at 3pm. Fascione brings classic literature to life with storytelling, mime, juggling, and comedy. Don’t miss this crazy fun program! Come pick up a free ticket at Oshtemo Library today!...


DIY with the Kids Posted by Bill, Jul 3/, 2014 04:22:08 PM


Three Book Battle 2014 Winners! Posted by Jill, Jun 3/, 2014 11:57:41 AM


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Bookstore News July 23 - 26



Bookstore News July 16 - 19 Posted by Carol, Jul 15, 2014 03:49:22 PM


Bookstore News July 9 - 12 Posted by Carol, Jul 8/, 2014 04:19:26 PM


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Storms & SandMichigan’s Historic Lighthouses

On Monday evening, May 19th, the Southwest Michigan Postcard Club will present “Michigan Lighthouses: Past and Present,” a trip along Michigan’s shoreline with author Grace Truman at the Oshtemo Branch Library. Truman will illustrate her talk with a slideshow of photo postcards that she and her husband have collected over the course of their journeys....


Images of the Civil War Posted by Beth, Mar 20, 2014 03:09:28 PM


The New History Room Posted by Beth, Dec 5/, 2013 09:38:27 AM, 4 Comments


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News, Stories, Photos, Videos. What do you Geek?

Rashida Geeks Faith

I know that I am not in control but someONE greater is helping me along my path of righteousness. I love that He comes through when I feel all hope is lost. ...


Jim Geeks Battleships Posted by Geek, Dec 4/, 2013 09:05:57 AM


Chandler Geeks Music Posted by Geek, Jul 23, 2013 07:57:32 AM, 1 Comment


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Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

The dele(ga)te key

 If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard the phrase, “stretched too thin,” I’d be neck-deep in nickels. Nonprofit or not, many staff feel the strain of too much to do and not enough time to do it. One executive director recently phrased the question this way:...


Training humility Posted by Thom, Jul 18, 2014 12:02:26 PM


The B Side Posted by Thom, Jul 14, 2014 09:28:06 AM


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That’s a Wrap!

Several weeks have passed since Novella Carpenter was in town as the final event of Reading Together 2014. During that time, we have been busy collecting statistics, photos, and feedback about this year’s program. ...


A Note from Novella Carpenter Posted by Karen, Apr 24, 2014 03:48:08 PM


The Enormity of Novella Carpenter’s Drive Posted by Steering, Apr 16, 2014 08:17:54 AM


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Computing : from the abacus to the iPad Computing and connecting in the 21st century Computing and connecting in the 21st centuryGoogle Glass

What is Google Glass? Google announced a little over a year ago that they were working on a wearable computing device. This device is a pair of glasses that has a small light-weight camera, GPS, wireless capabilities, and some type of transparent LCD or AMOLED display to put information right in front of your eyeballs. What can they do? This pair of specs can record video, take pictures, send messages, connect to your smartphone, communicate with the cloud, translate languages, show your friends exactly what you are currently seeing, give directions, check for heavy traffic, or if a subway is down, give the closest restaurant locations, and look up searches on the web. These glasses have a HUD (Heads up Display), it shows everything from the current time to messages sent or received. You will be able to scroll and click by tilting your head, according to testers, this is quite easy to master. ...