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Annual Meeting and Luncheon April 30

How did the Upjohn and Gilmore families come to settle in Kalamazoo and how did their common beliefs result in the establishment of the Air Zoo and the Gilmore Car Museum?

Former KPS teacher Richard Cahow will answer those questions Wednesday, April 30, as the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library (FKPL). The luncheon meeting will convene at noon with a short business meeting at the Ladies’ Library Association at 333 S. Park Street.

Cahow, who received his BS and Masters degrees in History from Western Michigan University, taught in the Kalamazoo Public School system for 40 years, as well as teaching and consulting at WMU and becoming a champion of the archives there. He is the recipient of multiple recognitions for Excellence in Education and was named Outstanding Educator by the Historical Society of Michigan in 2011.

Cahow currently trains docents at the Air Zoo, where he has been a volunteer since 1979 and is working at the Gilmore Car Museum to revive the education program. He has been a volunteer there since 2010.

The luncheon, which includes appetizer, chicken rice soup, salad and kaiser roll, dessert, and beverage, costs $16 and begins at 12:00 p.m. Checks should be made payable to FKPL and are due by April 23. If you would like a vegetarian option please let us know that by April 23 also.

Free parking is available in the parking lot on the southeast corner of Lovell and Park streets, right by the Ladies’ Library Association.

Bag-of-Books Sale - Saturday 1/25/14

The Friends Winter Bag-of Books Sale is this Saturday. The selection is great. The people are friendly. The prices are fantastic. You won’t want to miss it. It’s this Saturday (1/25/14) from 9:00 – 3:30 at the library. There will be many thousands of books separated by category, all priced at 10¢ each or $2.00 for a grocery-size bag filled right to top. I encourage you to bring you own sturdy reusable bags. Come early for the best selection or later for more leisurely shopping. Call (269) 553-7820 with questions.

Bag-of-Books Sale Coming Soon!

It looks like it’s going to be a long cold winter. It seems like it’s going to be the kind of winter that requires a lot of good books to keep me happy and contented while I wait for warmer weather. If you feel the way I do you’ll be glad to know that January 25th is the first Bag-of-Books Sale of 2014. Here is the important information that you’ll need to know. 

     • Sale Date: Saturday, January, 25, 2014
     • Location: Central Library, 315 S. Rose Street
     • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
     • What: Books separated by category, including: fiction & mystery (hard cover and paperback), science fiction, romance, nonfiction, audiobooks, also videos and CDs.
     • Price: 10¢ a book or $2.00 for as many books as you can fit in a grocery-size bag.
     • What else: We encourage you to bring your own sturdy bag, but you can purchase a brown paper grocery bag from us for $2.00 and fill it with books. 

Call us if you have any question at 553-7820.


Annual Fall Bag-of-Books September 14

The arrival of September signals a time of change and annual autumn events begin again; school starts, temperatures begin to drop, high school football teams battle their rivals, cider and doughnuts tempt us again, and the Friends Annual September Bag-of Books Sale is held once more. 

 Here are the specifics: 

Saturday, September 14

9:00 - 3:30

Third Floor, Central Library

All books are 10 cents each or fill a grocery-size bag full for $2.00. Buy one of our bags and fill it or bring your own bags.Tables will be filled with fiction, mystery, science fiction, and romance. We will also have a large selection of non-fiction, much separated by category. Mark your calendars now.
Call 553.7820 with questions.


June 8 Sidewalk Sale

The Friends Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale is coming very soon. The sale takes place during June Jubilee Weekend on Saturday, June 8. You can start gathering up your book bargains at 9:00 a.m. but you need to be done by 4:00 p.m. Prices have remained at our super low sale prices –books are 10¢ each or you can buy a bag full for $2.00. You may buy a grocery bag for $2.00 (while supplies last) and fill it up, or bring your own bags. There will be thousands of books available. Categories of books will include fiction, children’s books, science fiction, romance, and nonfiction. You will also be able to buy cds, videos, and audio books at these great low prices. Call us at 269-553-7820 with questions.

Coming Soon - January Bag-of-Books Sale

Mark your calendars for the first Bag-of-Books Sale of 2013! At this sale you can buy a grocery-size bag full of books for only $2.00. Now that's a deal that's hard to beat. You'll be able to buy fiction (both general fiction and mystery), science fiction, romance, children's books and lots of assorted nonfiction. There will be many thousands of books to choose from. Here's the information you need: 

DATE: Saturday, January 26, 2013

TIME: 9:00 a.m.to 3:30 p.m.

PLACE: Central Library, Third Floor, Van Deusen Room



Annual Gift Book Sale

Friday, November 23 is the first day of our annual Gift Book Sale.  The Gift Book Sale features gift-quality, like-new books at a fraction of retail price. These are books you will be proud to give as gifts!  The large and diverse selection includes: art, nature and science, classics, memoirs, travel, history, cookbooks, children’s books and much, much more.  The sale starts when the doors open Friday morning, the day after Thanksgiving, at 10:00 and continues until supplies are gone. Mark your calendar for this one!


September Bag-of-Books Sale

The next Friends Bag-of-Books Sale will take place on Saturday, September 22. This is one of three “Bag” sales we hold every year. All books in the sale are 10¢ each or you can buy a grocery size bag full of books for only $2.00. The sale will be held on the third floor of Central Library from 9:00 to 3:30. Thousands of books will be organized in the following categories on tables and carts:

  • Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Romance
  • Children’s
  • Assorted Nonfiction

Mark your calendar now. I’ll have more information for you as we get closer to the date.


Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale June 2

The annual June Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale is this Saturday. Plan to join us and cash in on the wonderful bargains under the library portico from 9:00 a.m until 3:30 p.m. All books in the sidewalk sale are 10¢ each or you can buy a grocery bagful for only $2.00. You may bring your own bag or use one of our donated grocery bags . Either way you give us $2.00 and then fill up your bag with all the books you can fit in. The sale features fiction, romance, science fiction, large print, adults and children's books and lots of assorted nonfiction. You will also find audio visual materials - videos, CDs, and audio books. There will be an unusually large selection of nonfiction books at the sale this year. The store is also open and you will find a great selection of books at our everyday low prices inside.

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Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale

The first Saturday in June begins a weekend of exciting activities in downtown Kalamazoo. The Friends’ annual sidewalk sale is one of the highlights of the day, and one I know many of you look forward to all year. Here is the important information:

  • Saturday, June 2
  • Central Library, 315 S. Rose
  • 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • All books 10¢ each or $2.00 per bag

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 books!

Please feel free to bring your own reusable grocery-bag size tote. Call 553-7820 with questions.