Weekly Specials, News & More

Bookstore News July 30 - August 2

So many books – so little time! That is the story of my life. Truthfully I could fill a box with books that came in this week that I want for my own. The donations have been superior. When you can buy wonderful books at one or two dollars apiece it’s easy to quickly have more books than time, but what a glorious problem.  I want you to know that I didn’t fill a box because that would just be greedy and because I want you to come in and be bedazzled by all the wonderful choices!

Bookstore News July 23 - 26

We’ve been having so much fun with the “Where’s Waldo in Kalamazoo” game participants. I think we have had some of the cutest and smartest kids in Kalamazoo visit our store in the last couple of weeks. You still have time to start your search. If you don’t already have a Waldo passport, pick yours up at the bookstore. Get your passport stamped at the store and in the Children’s Room in the library.

In the spotlight this week:
• Art
• Poetry
• History and Military History
All VHS videos ½ off – this means single videos are only 50¢

We added lots of new books to most categories. The selection is great!


Bookstore News July 16 - 19

Specials this week include:
• A great collection of military history books and magazines
• Special collections of art, hobbies and gardening books
• All vhs videos ½ off – most only 50¢

Bookstore News July 9 - 12

It’s an especially good week to come browse at the bookstore if your reading choice is nonfiction. We received a large donation of really nice books, mostly nonfiction; many are history, science, sociology, and travel books. In addition, we pulled together a collection of art books that’s varied, interesting and priced right. We look forward to seeing you.

Waldo is in the bookstore starting July 1


Where’s Waldo in Kalamazoo? Waldo is hiding in 25 local businesses in Kalamazoo

3-2-1-HUNT! Pick up your FIND WALDO LOCAL passport here at the bookstore (or at any of 25 other participating businesses listed in the passport) and start searching for Waldo. Win prizes when you collect stamps or signatures from at least 10 different businesses, win even more with 20 or more. For more information click on the following link: http://www.bookbugkalamazoo.com/event/wheres-waldo-kalamazoo-kick-0

Look for this guy (left)



The store will be closed Saturday afternoon

Long time Friend’s volunteer and member of the Friends Board, Ann Schwendener, died last Saturday. After learning of her diagnosis and hearing the prognosis for 6 months, I thought she’d pass in the fall. I dreaded the fall, but she went on the first day of summer. For some weird reason that gives me the tiniest bit of consolation. I don’t know why. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted her around for as long as possible, and I already miss her. But for me, the first day of summer is a happy time, a good time to do anything.

Ann volunteered with the Friends for many, many years. She spoke at this organizations 50th anniversary celebration and shared memories of the early years. Since she died, I’ve looked for a record of when she started volunteering here and I can’t find one. Of course I regret that. Maybe someone else knows.

In addition to working in the bookstore and at book sales, she was on the board and was the treasurer for many years. Ann was one of 3 or 4 people who shared the collective memory of so much of the early days of FKPL: she knew the history because she’d been part of it.

Ann was an outstanding woman, an amazing person. She really lived, she experienced so much, enjoyed so much, and right up to the last year she never seemed to slow down.

We’re closing the store on Saturday afternoon so that those who knew her can attend her memorial service. We will close 1:00.


Bookstore News June 25 - 28

The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television. ~Andrew Ross, author

Our small bookstore is filled with ideas to contemplate, facts to learn, and stories to immerse yourself in.

I want to share a list with you of the categories of books we have available in the bookstore. Lots of food for thought.

Architecture, Art, Biography, Black Studies, Business, CDs (music), Children’s, Civil War, Classics, Collectibles, Computers, Cooking, Crafts, Diet, Drama, Education, Fiction, Fitness, Food, Foreign Language, Gardening, Geography, Government, Health, History, Hobbies, How To, Humor, Language, Law, Literature, Marriage, Mathematics, Medicine, Michigan, Military, Miscellaneous, Music, Mystery, Native American, Nature, New Age, New Arrivals, Occult, Parenting, Philosophy, Poetry, Psychology, Reading, Reference, Religion, Romance, Science, Science Fiction, Self Help, Seniors, Sociology, Speaking, Speech, Sports, Spy, Travel, True Stories, Westerns, Women’s Issues, Writing, Young Adult Fiction

We welcome you to come in and browse.


Bookstore News June 18 - 21

I just walked through the store, giving it the once over before I go home for the night, checking to make sure that things will look good when we open for business tomorrow. At the same time I was trying to decide what to write about in this weekly bookstore blog. Voila, I thought why not write what I see? Here are a few titles that caught my eye.

   • Local author Margean Gladysz’s book – A Spy on the Bus
   • Local author Mark Nepo’s book - Unlearning Back to God
   • The Social Animal by David Brooks
   • Annie’s Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg
   • Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
   • I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark (April 2014)

None of these books cost more than $2.50. Good books and great prices; it’s a winning combination.


Bookstore News, June 11 - 14

I saw lots of familiar faces Saturday at the Bag-of-Books Sidewalk Sale. What a day! I often say this is as much a community event as a sale. There’s an air of excitement and anticipation while people are waiting for the yellow ribbon to be cut and the sale to start. It almost feels like a party. On the other hand it’s serious business for many folks too; they come prepared with multiple bags, a bit of patience, and the resolve to hit the book bargain jackpot! The Bag-of-Books Sidewalk Sale during June Jubilee weekend signals the beginning of summer. I hope you were able to stock up on lots of great books for your summertime reading at our sale.

Spotlights in the store this week include: gardening and cooking.


Bag-of-Books Sale - Satuday, June 7

The Bag-of-Books Sale is the best deal in town for book lovers. Great selection at an amazing price! You can fill a grocery-size bag full of books and pay only $2.00! This annual sale is our biggest sale of the year. It takes place the first Saturday in June during the June Jubilee weekend. Here’s the important information:

  • Saturday, June 7
  • Central Library, 315 S. Rose – under the portico 
  • 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
  • 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Please feel free to bring your own reusable grocery-bag size tote.
You will find: fiction & mystery, romance, science fiction, assorted nonfiction, children’s books, audio books, movies, music, and more. There will be more than 10,000 items!
Call 553-7820 with questions..