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Bookstore News & Oshtemo Book Sale April, 21

Celebrate Earth Day with us at our Earth Day Book Sale on Saturday, April 21 at Oshtemo Branch Library. The sale will take place outside on the lawn on the west side of the library. We planned this sale to coincide with the Earth Day Concert being held at Oshtemo and featuring the Earthwork Music Collective. (For more about the concert – go to http://www.kpl.gov/events/earth-day-concert/ )  



Day: Saturday, April 21


Time: 1:30 – 4:30


Place: Oshtemo Branch


All books will be 3 for $1.00. You will find a little bit of everything- both fiction and nonfiction and books for both children and adults. Celebrate Earth Day by recycling a book!

Be sure and visit us in the store too this week. In the spotlight:


  • A large collection of history books – American, world, and military


  • Buy one get one on select mystery


  • Vintage children’s books






Bookstore News April 4 - 7

April is National Poetry Month. Each April starting in 1996, poets, schools, libraries, literary organizations, booksellers, and publishers have worked together to spotlight poetry and celebrate both poetry and poets. Through publicity, special events, and resources that guide and inspire, the Academy of American Poets hope to increase the visibility and appreciation of poetry.

The Friends Bookstore will participate in National Poetry Month by spotlighting poetry during April. We have put together a special selection of poetry for both children and adults. If you enjoy poetry, I think you’ll like what you see. If poetry is not your favorite reading material, maybe it’s time to give it another try.

Don’t forget –The Friends Annual Brunch is Saturday, April 14. Local author Margean Gladysz will talk about her experiences she describes in her book "A Spy on the Bus." Click on the “Events" link on the right or call 553.7821 for more information.


Margean Gladysz at Friends Annual Meeting

April 14, 10 am, Central Library

The treats at this year’s Friends’ Annual Meeting will not be confined to the yummy brunch. Local author Margean Gladysz will treat the audience to stories of her time as the “Spy on the Bus.”

It was quite an adventure for an 18 year old farm girl and college graduate to leave home back then, let alone travel all over the country, by herself, on a bus. Her job was to pose as a passenger and report back to the company on the bus driver’s honesty and performance. An excellent speaker, Margean is sure to entertain you with her humorous anecdotes about life on the road in the 1940s. Her detailed recollections (sparked by finding the letters she wrote home carefully saved by her mother) provide a colorful portrait of the period.

You don’t have to be a Friends’ member to join us for this highly anticipated program but reservations are required. Just send your name, with $10 per person to cover the cost of brunch, to Friends of KPL, 315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007 or drop your reservation with payment at the Friends Bookstore by April 7. We look forward to seeing you!


Sidewalk Sale - Saturday, June 4

We are genuinely grateful for the generous donations we receive from the community. We exist because of them. However, we are in the unusual position of needing to ask our friends and patrons to delay bringing in donations until after June 6. Our available space is full, but it won’t be for long. The giant annual Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale is this Saturday, June 4 (see below for details) and when the thousands of books we will sell at this sale have found new homes, space will be available again. We appreciate your help and understanding.

What: Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale

When: Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 to 3:30

Where: Central Library, 315 S. Rose Street


  • Books are 10¢ each or buy a bag full for $2.00 – your bag or ours
  • Fiction (general fiction, mystery, sci-fi, and romance), assorted nonfiction, lots of children’s books, lots of large print
  • Proceeds help support the library
  • Call 553.7821 with questions


Friends Sidewalk Sale

Founding Friends of Libraries

Whether you are a true history buff or just like to learn more about the area in which you live, this presentation is sure to please.  Four local historians will hilight some of the earliest "friends" of libraries.  Lynn Houghton will inform us about Edwin & Cynthia VanDeusen's donation of the origninal Kalamazoo Public Library. Shirley Clay Scott will speak about the Meader family's involvement with the WMU Library. Paul Smithson will concentrate on the A.M. Todd family and K College Library and Sharon Carlson's focus will be the Ladies Library Association.

This interesting program will be presented on Saturday, May 7 at WMU's Fetzer Center by the Friends of KPL and the Friends of WMU Libraries.  Plan to gather at 9:30 a.m. There will be a very brief  business meeting at 10, followed by a lovely brunch and the program. Cost for the event is only $15.00 per person. Please call Friends of KPL at 553-7821 to register or email Friends@kpl.gov. The deadline for registration is Sat., April 30, so don't delay! Call or email right away!


Oshtemo Branch Book Sale and Bookstore News March 9 - 12

If you are a Book Lover and Bargain Hunter your stars are aligned to bring you the best of both worlds this Friday and Saturday - a great selection of books at incredibly low prices. Here's the place to be this weekend to score great deals on books.

Oshtemo Branch Library – Community Room

7265 West Main Street

Friday and Saturday, March 11 & 12

10:00 to 4:00 both days

All books are 50¢ each or 3 for $1.00

You know, of course, that the bookstore downtown has great deals on books four days a week. This week is no exception. We put out lots of new, interesting history, literature, biography and much more. I hope you can visit us downtown and at Oshtemo this week.


June Sidewalk Sale is this Saturday

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 the bags donated by the Parkview D & W Store. 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, adults and childrens books and lots of assorted nonfiction. The store is also open and you will find a great selection ofl books at our everyday low prices inside.

In the spotlight this week: sports, videos, and large print.


Friends Annual Meeting

Come to the Friends' Annual Meeting and enjoy a presentation by local novelist, playwright, educator, and performer Arnie Johnston.  Johnston will entertain the audience with anecdotes from his illustrious career as well as songs and readings from his works. 

The Annual Meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 11 at the Fetzer Center, Western Michigan University.  Plan to arrive at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 followed by a brief business meeting and then our featured speaker.  The cost for dinner is $25.00 per person.  You may choose either Pecan crusted chicken or Cheese ravioli in Lobster sauce as your main course. Both entrees are served with a house salad, fresh baked rolls, coffee, tea, or soda and Oreo chocolate mousse for dessert.

Reservations may be made by stopping at the Friends Bookstore or sending your check (made out to FKPL)  and meal choice to Friends of KPL, 315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007.  This promises to be a popular event so reserve your space as soon as possible.  The Fetzer Center has ample free parking and is completely handicapped accessible.  Hope to see  you there!


Dinner with Friends

Help Us Celebrate Our Golden Anniversary

We’re celebrating! For fifty years the Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library has been committed to supporting and promoting the library, literacy and reading. To help us celebrate, on Saturday, Michigan author and historian, Larry Massie will present "Old Books, Trash or Treasure" a program designed to help audience members evaluate the worth of their books. (See last week’s post for more information.)

We are also celebrating this important anniversary in the store. What better way to do that than by offering our customers an opportunity to shop from a very special selection of books, and a very special sale? In honor of this milestone we have put together a large and diverse selection of Michigan-themed books. These books include local history (both cities and state), Michigan authors, biographies, cook books and more. In addition to this exceptional selection of Michigan-themed books, we have a really special sale you won’t want to miss. Our regular customers are familiar with our book bundles. A bundle consists of four trade fiction books that normally sell for $2.00 a book. But because we are celebrating you can buy a bundle, four books, for only $2.00. That’s eight dollars worth of books for only $2.00!

Come celebrate with us!


Author Larry Massie presents "Old Books: Trash or Treasure?"

Old Books, Trash or Treasure?

Is that old copy of Gone with the Wind you inherited from your grandmother worth something or should you be using it to prop open the back door.  Come to the Central Library's Van Deusen Room on Saturday, October 10 and find out.  At 2 p.m. Michigan author and historian, Larry Massie, will present "Old Books, Trash or Treasure" and will illustrate his talk with examples from his own extensive (over 35,000 volume) library.  After his talk, Massie will evaluate up to 2 books, pamphlets or magazines from each audience member.  This program is presented to the public as a gift from the Friends of the Library who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year.  Although it is completely FREE, reservations are required.  Call 553-7821 to insure your seat at this fast-paced, fun and informative show.