NOTE: New carpeting is being installed at the Oshtemo Branch Library. Access to some materials may be unavailable. Thank you for your patience.

Staff Picks

KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.

Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog


As I was reading a review of this book the subtitle caught my attention: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live.  The subject being discussed struck me as being quite horrible, yet I felt a compulsion to take a look and see what the repulsiveness was all ...

How to Disappear Posted by   Ryan, 2/28/2019 04:24:23 PM | Add a Comment

Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow Posted by   Bill, 2/12/2019 03:48:57 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog


Two estranged Icelandic brothers (Gummi and Kiddi) who refuse to speak with one another (a Border Collie delivers the rare correspondence when necessary), but who live next door to one another, and who both raise award-winning sheep as part of their livelihood, desperately react to government intervention when a lethal ...

Gloria/Gloria Bell Posted by   Ryan, 3/13/2019 01:02:12 PM | Add a Comment

Women's History Month Pick--RBG Posted by   Ryan, 3/12/2019 09:29:04 AM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Album Profile: 100 Best Jazz Tunes of the 1950's

If you were to check out only one title in our jazz collection, let it be the extensive and thorough compilation 100 Best Jazz Tunes of the 1950's . For many, including myself, the 1950's was the premiere decade for jazz. The sound's legendary voices and instrumentalists from the 30's and 40's like Billie Holiday, C ...

First Man Soundtrack Posted by   Ryan, 2/19/2019 11:34:47 AM | Add a Comment

Michel Legrand Posted by   Ryan, 1/29/2019 04:38:15 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

Screen Time

If screen time feels like the enemy in your parenting world, you might like the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Media Time Calculator . This easy-to-use online calculator prompts the user to select a child’s age so that it displays recommended sleep and exercise times. For example, if you select the 6 to 12 year old a ...

Nikki Grimes is coming! Posted by   Judi, 3/31/2017 09:33:21 PM | Add a Comment

Brainspace Magazine Posted by   Bill, 1/16/2017 06:43:33 PM | Add a Comment

Friends News, Weekly Specials & More»RSS

January Bag-of-Books Sale 1/26/2019

Mark your calendars! Our next Bag-of-Books Sale is Saturday, January 26 . It will be on the third floor of Central Library. It starts at 9:00 and we wrap it up at 3:30. This sale is CASH or CHECK only. The selection will be great! Fill a grocery size bag for only $3.00 or pay just 20 cents a book. Please bring your ...

Bookstore Closed Christmas week Posted by   Carol, 12/21/2018 03:42:22 PM | Add a Comment

Gift Book Sale starts Friday, 11/23 Posted by   Carol, 11/19/2018 11:11:09 AM | Add a Comment

Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

Meader Historical Directory – Online!

Local history staff and frequent users of the collection all have their favorite KPL resources, but near the top of everyone’s list is the 36 volume Meader Historical Directory . Compiled in the 1930s and 40s by Robert Meader, the directory contains photos and biographical essays of hundreds of Kalamazoo residents fro ...

MyHeritage Posted by   Beth, 10/5/2018 10:13:29 AM | Add a Comment

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy Posted by   Beth, 8/28/2018 02:35:43 PM | Add a Comment


Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

Presenting the ONEplace Evaluation Results

In 2016, ONEplace hired WMU's Evaluation Center to help us measure the impact of our work. Today, we are excited to release the results of that evaluation.  You can find the full evaluation here. You can find a summary infograph page here.  Consider this first release of the reports as only the ...

Staff Development in the Nonprofit Context Posted by   Matthew, 3/4/2019 09:27:12 AM | Add a Comment

5 Ways to Increase Your Nonprofit's Social Media Presence Posted by   One, 2/7/2019 03:10:39 PM | Add a Comment