From the Director

Library news and happenings.

Did You Know?

…… the county Law Library is located on the lower level of Central Library?

……all KPL locations have paper and reproducible tax forms and information about free tax preparation clinics?

……eBooks and eaudiobooks are available through our website?

……our librarians will be glad to suggest books based on what you have read and enjoyed?

……KPL staff share their favorite books, music, and movies on our blogs?

……if you missed a concert you enjoy it on YouTube?

……there is a printable calendar of all the library activities for kids on our website?

……there are some amazing teen filmmakers in Kalamazoo?

……many photos of historic Kalamazoo are posted on our website?

……Luis Urrea, this year’s Reading Together author will be here on March 6?

……there are used books for sale at Central Library?

……you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter?


Library Services

Bag Sale Time!

The Friends of KPL will hold their winter “Bag Sale” on Saturday, January 28 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm in the Van Deusen Room on the third floor of the Central Library.

As in past years, books are 10¢ each OR a whole grocery bag full for $2.00. What a bargain!

I see the bags and boxes of good books that are dropped off at the library for the Friends. The Friends ad for this sale is correct: the sale is “featuring exceptionally good stock!”

Thousands of books will be available when the sale begins at 9 am and Friends volunteers will restock during the day as space allows.

This is an easy opportunity to support the library and build your home library….or a classroom library.

Thanks to our good friends, the Friends of KPL, for sharing / recycling books through their bookstore and these periodic booksales.


Friends ‘Bag’ Sale

Happy Birthday to MeLCat!

Last week I wrote about our recent birthday party to celebrate the 115th anniversary of Children’s Services at KPL. I also wrote that 2012 is a milestone year for many of our services with more celebrations ahead.

Well, I didn’t have in mind that January 10 was the 7th birthday for MeLCat, our statewide shared catalog and the basis for interlibrary loan. Each month we borrow about 1,300 items for our patrons from other libraries AND we loan about the same number to other libraries across the state. A delivery service moves the items within days to wherever they are needed, then back to the home library.

Patrons can place their own holds and be notified when the item is ready to be picked up at their home library. If we don’t have what you need, it may be available through MeLCat.

Happy 7th birthday MeLCat!



Happy Birthday!

We had a birthday party at KPL last week! We celebrated the 115th anniversary of Children’s Services with special storytimes and cupcakes….it’s not a birthday party without cake….and we gave the gifts: a coloring book “Celebrating 115 Years of Reading at Kalamazoo Public Library.” The story coloring book was created by Janie Bynum, local author and illustrator.

In December 1896, KPL dedicated a room for exclusive use by children, one of the first ten libraries in the country to do so. Now, 115 years later, early childhood literacy and preparing children to learn to read, remain our highest priorities.

The story coloring book follows Grandpa and Little Bear as they visit the library each week to borrow books, use the computers, attend storytime, make crafts, and play in the puppet theater. It’s a fun look with an underlying serious message: the importance of regular library visits and reading to children.

Interestingly enough, 2012 is a milestone for many of our services. We are planning more celebrations this year, including a big one for the entire library in the fall.

Happy birthday, children’s services!



Children’s Services: Celebrating 115 Years