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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:

Look for this guy (left)



Friends Bookstore will be closed until January 8. Wishing you a very happy New Year!


Bookstore News July 17 - 20

We are now accepting credit and debit cards! We listened when you said you wanted to be able to use your credit and debit cards to buy books at the store. It’s a fact that most of us have become used to paying with plastic. Many of us rarely carry cash anymore, which makes shopping at a “cash only” store a bit challenging. Starting tomorrow, there’s no need to stop at the ATM to make sure you have cash or to remember to bring along your checkbook. When the store opens on Wednesday you may use your MasterCard, Visa, and Discover for your purchases. A minimum purchase of $5.00 will be necessary to use a credit or debit card.

History and Friends in the Park

We've added some new volumes to both the Science and Nature and the Military History carts for this week.  History buffs will be doubly pleased with our selections as we have also added a cart full of American History.  These books are in mint condition with colorful dust jackets intact.  Many are recent publications with titles such as, Lincoln's War  by Geoffrey Perret, Liberty and Freedom by David Hackett and Burr, Hamilton & Jefferson: A study in Character by Roger G. Kennedy.  There are also a few volumes of World History on the cart. Napoleon's Buttons - How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny L. Couteur & Jay Burrison or Richard E. Rubenstein's Aristotle's Children are two stand-outs in this category.  All could be used for gifts since they are like new and all are priced at a fraction of retail cost.  Our regular shelves of both fiction and non-fiction have been stocked with new bargains as well, making this a prime time to visit the Friends Bookstore.  We've even selected some "back-to-school" volumes for the front desk display.

Anyone who can't make it to the store this week will have an additional chance to view bookstore wares at the Library's party in the park for the end of summer reading games. Friends' volunteers will have a small assortment of books representativeof our store stock for sale. So put your buying hat on. Remember, there is no such thing as too rich, too thin or too many books!


Be-Friend Your Library

Join the Friends today.  The Friends exist to support the aims and programs of the Kalamazoo Public Library.  We believe that a free public library is one of the most important institutions in our community.  It allows everyone equal access to books, media and technology.  For many in this trying economy, a library card is the only means of bringing books, music and movies into their homes.  The library also offers access to exciting programs and speakers on many diverse topics. Michael Gorman put it best when he said that libraries "....honor the past and create the future."

Friends membership offers you the way to become a part of this future.  Dues contributions add together to make a substantial financial contribution to our library and membership numbers add up to a community that is committed to the ideals of literacy and service.

Be a part of  that commitment ! Print the membership form on the Friends web page and join us today!

Bookstore News July 20 - 23

"I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?"  She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose."  George Carlin

You won't even have to ask in the Friends Bookstore, since all of our signage is strategically placed to direct you to anything you may be looking for.  Arrows on our end-caps point to Biography, History, Classic, etc.  Shelves within a section are also labeled wherever appropriate (for example, there is a World War II shelf in the History section).  So come in for a highly organized browsing experience.  We are staffed with friendly and knowledgeable volunteers, for those who are not into the self-help experience.  We are also fully air-conditioned; something you surely want to know this week.

In the spotlight (i.e. organized on special carts) are Hard-cover Fiction, Hobbies & How-To, Travel, Cooking and Gardening

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

Spotlight on Childrens and Teen Books

Hello Bookstore fans.  Carol's broken arm unfortunately required surgery so, in her absence, I'll post our weekly specials, etc.  This week's special is children/teen books.  There are two carts full of some wonderful titles at our usual low prices.  Many beautiful children's picture books and stories fill the children's cart.  The teen selection includes some nice non-fiction as well as  popular stories.  This section could prove to be a bonanza for home schoolers!  Hope to see you in the store.


In the Bookstore November 11 - 14

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 with you a list of the categories of books we have available in the bookstore. Lots and 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 Specials November 4 - 7

Today I woke up to the morning radio DJ announcing that there are only 52 shopping days left until Christmas. Time seems to go so fast! I think I hear this statement or say it myself almost every day. Today, as we do every Tuesday in the bookstore, we talked about what to spotlight this week. We all agreed it’s time to put out the Christmas and Hanukah books. So, if you are ready to plunge (or maybe just wade) into the holiday season, we have the books to help you do just that. Our Holiday Books cart includes fiction, both children and adult, and holiday crafts and cooking.

Also this week VHS videos remain at ½ off our low price (most are only $1.00) and we have an extra cart of Hobbies and How To… books available.

We are still quite low on children’s books. Perhaps you have books your children have outgrown and have been thinking about donating them. Now would be a great time. We will gratefully accept and appreciate your donation. Check out the Donating Books & Media link on our website or call 553.7821 with questions about donating.