KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.
Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog
44 great children’s authors, poets and illustrators create and submit prompts; each author then cultivates a response to another author’s prompt. This results in The Creativity Project , edited by Colby Sharp: 44 marvelous poems, short stories, drawings, cartoon stories and even an encyclopedia entry. My favorite, by ...
Posted by Christine, 5/13/2019 04:01:34 PM | Add a Comment
Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog
One of Italy’s biggest literary sensations over the past several years, has been the release of a trilogy of semi-autobiographical novels set in Naples during the post-war period by the mysterious author Elena Ferrante (a pseudonym). The first of these works, My Brilliant Friend , has recently been adapted and rel ...
Posted by Ryan, 5/9/2019 12:12:53 PM | Add a Comment
Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog
Weyes Blood is the moniker for Natalie Mering's wondrous voice and songwriting. Her newest album, Titanic Rising , is a woozy and ethereal mix of 70's soft rock and symphonic pop (think Kate Bush married to The Carpenters). It is now available to stream through your Hoopla app. ...
Posted by Ryan, 5/7/2019 01:55:20 PM | Add a Comment
Library news and happenings
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 ...
Posted by Ann, 4/10/2015 11:48:47 AM | Add a Comment
Recent library events, news and more
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 ...
Posted by Bill, 9/18/2018 10:11:39 AM | Add a Comment
The Friends presents MOVIES, MUSIC, & MORE, our giant 2019 AV
sale featuring DVDs, CDs, and Audio Books all at half price, SATURDAY, MAY 4,
10:00am to 4:00pm in the Van Deusen Room, 3 rd Floor, Central
Library.   CASH or CHECK ONLY.   We’ll have 26 tables filled with AV items for
Posted by Carol, 5/1/2019 01:26:06 PM | Add a Comment
Local History and Genealogy
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 ...
Posted by Beth, 12/4/2018 03:01:21 PM | Add a Comment
Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence
A common question we get in talking about grant writing with nonprofit folks is: what do I do when things don't go as planned? How do I communicate failure to funders?
My answer is simple: tell the truth. Consider it an opportunity to be vulnerable and honest with your funders. You may be surprised to find th ...
Posted by Matthew, 5/20/2019 09:56:22 AM | Add a Comment