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March 16, 2017

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Kalamazoo history can show us the work that needs to be done

The evening began as it would end — with an standing ovation for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The basketball legend — NBA’s all-time leading scorer and six-time NBA champion — drew a full house of at least 3,250 to Western Michigan University’s Miller Auditorium not only for his athletic prowess but for his views on how history can be a critical guide to the nation’s future. More...


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March 14, 2017

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar offers simple answers to complex issues in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI -- There are a lot of people here who want to make America a better place, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. "They might not look like you," the basketball legend and author said Tuesday in Kalamazoo. "They might come from a totally different tradition. But they have the same goals and they believe in the (U.S.) Constitution and equal protection under the law. That appeals to everybody and most people wouldn't stay here if that wasn't the case." That was Abdul-Jabbar's response when asked what he hoped people would take from reading his latest book and from hearing a discussion Tuesday evening of some of the issues addressed in the book. A full house of more than 3,500 people were in attendance to hear him discuss "Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White." More...


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March 14, 2017

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar set read his book at Miller Auditorium

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Kalamazoo Public Library is setting up for a slam dunk performance from basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The retired NBA star is coming to West Michigan on Tuesday for the Reading Together program put on by the KPL. Abdul-Jabbar will be reading his book, Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White, and have a question and answer session. More...


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March 14, 2017

Big turnout expected for basketball legend/author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

KALAMAZOO, MI -- More than 2,600 people are expected Tuesday evening as basketball legend and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discusses his new book to culminate this year's Reading Together community-wide book reading program. Abdul-Jabbar is to meet members of the community from 7 to 9 p.m. March 14, at Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium. More...


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March 10, 2017

Reading Together

One thing that can pull people together is a good book. However, it takes a special one to bring a whole community together. That’s why the Kalamazoo Public Library has chosen Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Writings on the Wall as this year’s Reading Together pick. The book discusses nine different topics, such as economic and race inequality and the media’s influence on society. Everyone at the library hopes that it encourages people in the community to come together and talk about these specific topics. More...


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March 9, 2017

WSW: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar A Basketball Legend And "Concerned American"

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is still known to many people as a star basketball player, with UCLA in college and later the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. But Abdul-Jabbar says he’s also a concerned American, “and I felt I should speak out on something that I know is a serious issue for my country.” Abdul-Jabbar’s book Writings on the Wall, Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White offers perspectives on issues such as race, religion, gender quality, the media, aging and voting rights. Abdul-Jabbar says the title means certain things are obvious - writings on a big wall “like graffiti.” The book is the Kalamazoo Public Library’s selection for this year’s Reading Together Program. More...


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March 3, 2017

Read-through and discussion of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s novel

A read-through of a chapter from retired NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s novel is coming to Western Michigan University’s campus. The event, led by Kalamazoo City Commissioner Erin Knott and political science professor Dr. Paul Clements, is open to the public and will focus around the first chapter of Abdul-Jabbar’s novel, Writing’s On the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White. After reading through the chapter, Knott and Clements will lead the group in a discussion. The reading and talk will take place Monday, March 13th in the Heritage Hall, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The head of the library’s technical services, Miranda Howard, worked extensively on making the event happen. In conjunction with the Kalamazoo Public Library, Howard helped put together a team to organize it. More...


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February 27, 2017

Kalamazoo discusses Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's book ahead of his visit

KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo Public Library is holding a series of community discussions surrounding a visit by basketball legend/author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, whose book is featured for this year’s Reading Together program. Abdul-Jabbar’s book, “Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White,” explores issues that affect Americans today, from race and economic inequality to the business of sports and the media’s influence on society. More...


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February 24, 2017

Reading Together 2017: What You Need to Know

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, is well-known for his feats on the court. But did you know that, as a high-school reporter, he covered the late Martin Luther King Jr. at a press conference? And he’s been writing ever since. Abdul-Jabbar shares this story and more in his new book, “Writings on the Wall: Searching for A New Equality Beyond Black and White,” which is the Kalamazoo Public Library’s Reading Together selection this year. More...


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February 23, 2017

Reading Together: Getting Us Through Winter for 15 Years

At a time when some community read programs have shut down, Kalamazoo Public Library Director Ann Rohrbaugh says her institution’s Reading Together will be reaching its 15th milestone anniversary in March. She says picking books with potential for lively discussions, often around social issues, is its winning formula. This year’s selection is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s “Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White,” a book of essays about race relations. He’ll speak in Kalamazoo on March 14. More...


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February 14, 2017

The Oshtemo Public Library brings music into story time

Musical Storytime is a program at the Oshtemo Public Library that aims to connect with kids through the wonderful gift of music. A variety of activities make up the program. Special musical guests within the community come and entertain kids and their families, as well as people from the staff who also enjoy singing. More...


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February 13, 2017

The Lori Moore Show: Karen Trout, Kalamazoo Public Library

Lori’s guest for our first segment today is Kalamazoo Public Library ‘Reading Together’ program coordinator Karen Trout. More...


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January 20, 2017

The Lori Moore Show: John Liberty, West Michigan Beer Tours

Lori’s guest for our second segment today is John Liberty, with West Michigan Beer Tours. More...


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January 19, 2017

The Lori Moore Show: Farrell Howe, Kalamazoo Public Library

Lori's guest for our third segment today is Kalamazoo Public Library Marketing and Communications Manager Farrell Howe. More...


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January 11, 2017

Brewing history tour

Learn about Kalamazoo’s brewing history and recent growth on a tour with West Michigan Beer Tours. Kalamazoo Public Library Historian Keith Howard will take participants on a trolley tour around Kalamazoo. More...


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January 4, 2017

Kalamazoo Candle Co. expands production, adds retail sales

KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo Candle Co. is expanding inside the Park Trades Center in downtown Kalamazoo. And customers who want to buy candles direct from the company will soon be able to do so on a regular basis. The 3-year-old company, located on the second floor of the Park Trades Center, at 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave., will be open for retail sales from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Jan. 9.p. More...


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January 1, 2017

What you missed at New Year's Fest in downtown Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo Candle Co. is expanding inside the Park Trades Center in downtown Kalamazoo. And customers who want to buy candles direct from the company will soon be able to do so on a regular basis. The 3-year-old company, located on the second floor of the Park Trades Center, at 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave., will be open for retail sales from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Jan. 9.p. More...