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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...