KPL staff-selected resources. We welcome your comments and suggestions.


Staff Recommends

Kids F1rst: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives and America's Future by David KirpAP English Literature and Composition: Maximize Your Score in Less Time by Tony ArmstrongA Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn't in Providing an Excellent Education for All by Wendy KoppNothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy WickendenHow to Tutor Your Own Child: Boost Grades and Inspire a Lifelong Love of Learning-Without Paying for a Professional Tutor  by Marina Ruben

Databases (most require KPL library card)

Biography in Context (Home Access)

Biographical information of contemporary & historical figures.

Learning Express Library (Home Access)

Online study test for the SAT, ASVAB, Civil Service, GED, ESL and many others.  Available in the library and at home to KPL library card holders.  New users must register on Learning Express at the library. Once registered, Learning Express Library can be accessed from home. Also available to Michigan residents with a Michigan driver's license or ID from

Newspapers and Magazines

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Education Digest

Home Education

Industrial Arts and Education

Today's Education

U.S.A. Today (magazine)

Community Resources

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Communities In Schools

Kalamazoo County Association of Retired School Personnel

Kalamazoo Literacy Council

Kalamazoo Push for Learning


Northside Association for Educational Advancement

Salvation Army - Tutorial Program

SLD Learning Center

Western Michigan University



College Board Online

This site offers a wide array of resources for students and parents interested in the college testing process, preparing for college, or learning more about a college's profile. Includes a test center, college profile database, and scholarship locator.

College View - Personalized College Search

Dedicated to connecting students with schools, College View's database is searchable and includes information about several core topic areas including career planning, college profiles, financial aid, and academic counseling.


This site provides 1500 customized Internet admissions applications built for college and university programs. Access information about college profiles, scholarships, financial aid, applications, and links to other college resources.

Distance Learning

This site offers an entire online campus of information, from the admissions and financial aid offices, library, media center, and bookstore, to the student center. The wide range of online academic resources focus on the academic needs of distance learners.

ED Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

The U.S. Department of Education's searchable site includes information about white house initiatives, publications, strategic reports, jobs, programs, research, statistics, news, education organizations, and links to other relevant sites.

Peterson's Education Center - College Search, Test Prep, Financial Aid

A comprehensive education resource for those interested in college profiles, test preparation, financial aid opportunities, graduate programs, distance learning, executive training, private secondary schools, study abroad, and career exploration.

U.S. NEWS - Education

On the following Web pages, you'll find exhaustive profiles of each of the more than 1,400 colleges and universities U.S. News surveys each year. The data were collected from the schools themselves.

U101 College Search

Directory of college, community college, and university websites in the US and Canada. Links to over 3000 schools, organized by state or province.

University Links

This searchable database has website links to over 2200 colleges, universities, tradeschools and much more, all listed by category, state and alphabet. Essential information about any college or university located in the United States.

Financial Aid

College Scholarships and Financial Aid

Links to U.S. colleges, SAT and ACT test tips, and information on financial aid.

FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid Home Page (from U. S. Dept. of Education)

Completing a FAFSA is required if applying for financial aid for college. Find detailed information about filing the application, follow up, and more.

FAFSA form -downloadable PDF copy

You may download and print this form, or call 1-800-394-7084 to order a copy by mail.

Federal School Code List

Contains the unique codes assigned by the Department of Education for schools participating in the Title IV federal student aid programs, for use on FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms.

FinAid - Financial Aid Resources

An annotated collection of information about student financial aid. This site has search capabilities and provides online resources covering the topics of scholarships, loans, savings, military aid, testing, calculator tools, and much more.

Scholarship Help

Information on what is available and how to apply.

Scholarships - links to colleges and scholarship sites

Find scholarships for which you may qualify.

Home Schooling

Home School Legal Defense Association

Advocates for homeschooling.

Kalamazoo Area Home School Association

Provides resources and support for home schooling.

National Home Education Network - Home Schooling Resources & Support

This site contains home schooling information, networking opportunities through email, op-ed web pages, event listings, support contacts, newsletters, news reports, and public relations work supportive of home schooling efforts around the United States. 

National Home Education Research Institute

Conducts research and collects statisitics on homeschooling.

Kalamazoo Area

Internships in Michigan

The Michigan Talent Bank has created a list of its employers with internship programs. Search this site to find out more about internship opportunities.

Kalamazoo Community Foundation - Scholarship Information

This site will provide you with important and helpful information about scholarships available through the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. Included within the site is information about the different types of scholarships and applications.

Kalamazoo Public Schools

Kalamazoo Public Schools' site includes information about K-12 curricular objectives, a school directory, listing of departments, job opportunities, library resources, a district map, and educational programming.   Home Access Center.

Kalamazoo Valley Community College Testing Center

Will proctor tests. 


KRESA is a resource agency that provides a variety of educational programming and employment services to local parents, administrators, teachers, and students. Site covers job training, technology services, teacher resources, and transportation.


Internships in Michigan

The Michigan Talent Bank has created a list of its employers with internship programs. Search this site to find out more about internship opportunities.

Michigan eLibrary M.O.R.E.

Michigan Online Resources for Educators.

Michigan Department of Education

Michigan's Department of Education web site is a thorough collection of useful links, informational resources, and news updates for educators, students, and parents. The site includes an array of topics central to Michigan education.

The Michigan Education Association is a self-governing education association, representing more than 157,000 teachers, faculty and education support staff throughout the state. Site covers professional development, member resources, and MESSA.

Michigan Test for Teacher Certification

Michigan Department of Education information on teacher certification, includes study guides for the certification tests.


American School Directory - K-12 School Links

This subscription based database provides general school information including, but not limited to, school name, address, county, principal name, number of students, telephone and fax numbers.

Census 2000 for School District Demographics

Provides access to detailed demographic data and related mapping data for each U.S. public school district.

ERIC - Educational Resource Information Center

ERIC is a national information system funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide access to education literature and resources.

NAEP Electronic Publications

Often called the "Nation’s Report Card," the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) focuses on compiling data and statistics about student achievement and test scoring.

National Center for Education Statistics

The NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally.

School Report Express from Homefair

The 100% independently compiled information in this report is designed to help parents identify school districts that meet their family's educational needs and goals. Data is gathered from the school districts directly and is subject to change.

This site is a comprehensive information portal providing answers to questions on education, career, government and more. Topics within this site include education planning, career development, military service opportunities, and financial aid sources.

U.S. Department of Education Publications

This web site, designed by the U.S. Department of Education, is intended to help you identify, locate, access, and order U.S. Department of Education publications.

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