From the Director

Library news and happenings.

First Saturday @ KPL

Join us on Saturday, March 3, for the start of a new initiative: First Saturday @ KPL.

Make a visit to the library part of your family’s regular routine! We’ll help you entice your children by offering impromptu storytimes, fun activities, and special guests on the first Saturday of each month in the children’s room at Central Library.

Families who visit during the First Saturday program time, from 2 pm - 4 pm, may win door prizes! This March, the prizes include Meijer gift cards for $100, $50 and $25.

We expect a growing list of partners to help KPL staff plan and carry out First Saturday events. Our partners currently include Kalamazoo Public Schools, the NAACP, the Northside Ministerial Alliance, and the Hispanic American Council.

Of course in addition to enjoying activities, we encourage you and your family to check out books, movies, and music, and to read every day. We’ll be glad to sign you up for a library card if you don’t have one.

See you on Saturday!


First Saturday @ KPL

Good Films Coming This Week!

This is the week of the 9th annual Teen Filmmaker Festival; Sunday, February 26, 2:30 pm at Rave Motion Pictures in downtown Kalamazoo.

As in years past, we put out the call for teen-produced and directed films by Michigan teens from 13—18 years old. Films from the finalists will be shown at this special event, open to movie fans of all ages.

Prizes will be awarded for best film, best animation, best experimental film, best documentary, best short film, best technical merit, best music video, and judges’ choice; the people’s choice award will be chosen by the audience.

If past years are any indication, there will be a wide variety of creative films with interesting technical effects, some funny, some serious. I expect to once again be amazed by what these teens have produced.

Although the festival is free, tickets are needed. The Rave will be distributing tickets on a first-come, first served basis on Sunday, the day of the festival, beginning at 11 am when they open.

See you there.



Teen Filmmaker Festival

eBook Availability

The availability of e-books through public libraries is ever changing.

Libraries, including KPL, offer downloadable e-books through a vendor–OverDrive. Publishers offer their titles to OverDrive, libraries purchase titles in e-book format through OverDrive, patrons download e-books to their device through their home library using the OverDrive technology.

Three of the major publishers have not allowed their titles to be purchased by public libraries through OverDrive: Macmillian, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette. Just this week, Penguin announced they too will no longer offer their titles in downloadable format for public libraries to purchase. (Read more)

With this move, Random House is the only big-six publisher allowing unrestricted access to its e-books through libraries. HarperCollins does work with libraries, but has implemented a limit of 26 uses or checkouts of the title before it must be “repurchased.”

If you don’t find a particular e-book title available for download though our catalog, quite likely it is from a publisher who will not sell to public libraries.

The American Library Association is continuing to talk with publishers about the future of e-book availability for lending through libraries. We, along with the entire library community, share your frustrations with this ever changing e-book situation, both the availability of titles and the process of downloading to various devices. Stay tuned.

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New Look in Teen

There’s a new look in Teen Services on the lower level of Central Library.

Teen patrons and our staff in teen have long wished for an area separate from the rest of the lower level to allow for teen programming and discussions there without disturbing others. We now have it, along with a bright, fresh look.

We’ve installed a divider between the teen area and the AV collection. Large windows provide an open feeling but create a separate area. Computers have been moved to a counter mounted on the divider to free up space for a programming / discussion / hang-out area for teens.

Along with the divider, we have bright, 2012 colors thanks to our Facilities Management staff.

You don’t need to be a teen to stop by for a look. You might wish you had had a teen area like this when you were in middle and high school though – I do.



Teen Services