KPL in the News 2011

Local media items about Kalamazoo Public Library, library related events and services.

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December 26, 2011

Kalamazoo not holding public Kwanzaa events this year

KALAMAZOO — Today marks the first day in the celebration of Kwanzaa, the week-long holiday celebrating family, community and culture in the African-American community. Although Kwanzaa is celebrated by millions worldwide, festivities are shaping up to private affairs this season, as major public observances of the holiday typically held in the Kalamazoo area in prior years won't be taking place this year. more...

December 23, 2011

New Year's Fest adds new entry procedures to help patrons

KALAMAZOO — Comedy, dance, music; Russian choirs, extreme magic, radio theater; rock monsters, good princesses, Dixieland. ... Once again, Kalamazoo’s New Year’s Fest has too much entertainment to choose from. It’s gotten to the point where the New Year’s Fest brochure has detailed instructions on circling the acts you’re interested in more...

December 10, 2011

Looking for the perfect gift? Give a book from Friends Bookstore at the Kalamazoo Public Library

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Give a book, the gift that can be opened again and again. Check out Friends Bookstore at the Kalamazoo Public Library for a meaningful, beautiful gift that won't break your budget. Shop Friends Bookstore's Gift Books for mint-condition volumes offered at a fraction of their retail prices. more...

December 9, 2011

E-books flying off the virtual shelves at Kalamazoo-area libraries

KALAMAZOO — The market is exploding with electronic devices that can display e-books. Entering the local Barnes & Noble Booksellers, the first thing shoppers encounter is a display of the chain’s Nook e-reader. Apple iPads, iPhones, iPods, Amazon Kindles, along with many tablets and smartphones can display books...  more...

November 19, 2011

Flutists share egoless sounds in Michigan Sacred Music Festival lecture-concert

KALAMAZOO - What can be more sacred than inhaling the air of the universe, exhaling it through a piece of nature and making music? Saturday afternoon, for a full Van Deusen Room, Juan Cruz and Michael Chikuzen Gould showed how...  more...

November 17, 2011

Great Grown-up Spelling Bee

Photos from the 11th annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee. $24,000 was raised to benefit Kalamazoo Public Library's early childhood literacy program, Ready to Read. (Kalamazoo Gazette / Jonathon Gruenke)  more...

November 7, 2011

Teen attraction to dark literature

A seminar that took place at the Fetzer Center on Friday, Nov. 4 called, “On the Edge: Reading, Teens, Transformations,” discussed what draws teens to “Twilight,” “Harry Potter” and dark literature. A few authors were invited to help with the discussion. The Kalamazoo Public Library presented “On the Edge”... more...

November 7, 2011

Library Cards Open Door to Books for KPS First Graders

In a major new initiative, 62 first graders from Washington Writers’ Academy visited the Washington Square branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL) recently. The children left with their own library cards and a book each had carefully chosen to check out from the library. This visit was the first in a series... more...

November 3, 2011

Kalamazoo Public Library seminar to explore teens, reading and 'dark' literature

Kalamazoo Public Library is presenting “On the Edge: Reading, Teens, Transformation,” its 34th annual Youth Literature Seminar, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Western Michigan University's Fetzer Center. “On the Edge” will focus on how teens approach reading. Why do they devour dark literature? more...

November 2, 2011

K-College professor Bruce Mills to read from book about children with autistic siblings

KALAMAZOO — Bruce Mills knows the joys, the anxiety, the fears and pressures of parenting an autistic child. But it was his daughter, Sarah's life with her younger brother Jacob's disorder that inspired him to co-edit "Siblings and Autism: Stories Spanning Generations and Cultures" with Debra Cumberland... more...

October 25, 2011

Photo gallery: Oscar Mayer Wienermobile visits Kalamazoo

A giant hot dog shaped automobile was wearing an eye patch Tuesday afternoon. The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile was outfitted as a pirate at the Washington Square Branch Library as part of its "Halloweenie" tour of Southwest Michigan this week. It is also running a clothing drive this week to donate to the... more...

October 24, 2011

KPL Wins State History Award

The Kalamazoo Public Library has won a state history award for the All About Kalamazoo section of its history website and the staff said they could not be more proud. “Many communities, especially those the size of Kalamazoo, do not have as much information on one website covering the history of the region. more...

October 5, 2011

Kalamazoo Public Library wins State History Award

KALAMAZOO — The Kalamazoo Public Library has won a 2011 State History Award for the “All About Kalamazoo” section of its local history website. The section is an ongoing work in progress with stories, photos and audio from Kalamazoo's history, including biographies, catalogs of cemeteries... more...

September 29, 2011

1,100-plus KPS first-graders are taking field trips to the library

KALAMAZOO — For some children, getting a library card is a ho-hum part of growing up. But for many first-graders at Kalamazoo Public Schools, it's a passport to an entirely new experience. An estimated 1,169 KPS first-graders are making field trips to a Kalamazoo Pubolic Library branch to this week and next... more...

September 22, 2011

2011 Reading Together book choice announced: 'Into the Beautiful North'

KALAMAZOO — The tale of a girl inspired by the movie “The Magnificent Seven,” who seeks a group of men to help her struggling Mexican village, is the 2012 Reading Together selection. “Into the Beautiful North,” by Luis Alberto Urrea, is full of humor and beautiful descriptive language, said Karen Santamaria... more...

August 18, 2011

Kalamazoo Public Library is great place to hang out (letters)

I recently stopped at the Central Library to borrow some books for a family history project. Of course the shelves were full of carefully selected, interesting and relevant books on the topic. As I was browsing on my way to check out my treasures, I was struck anew by the number of citizens using the library on this ordinary... more...

July 6, 2011

Roberta Cheney, first director of Alma Powell Branch Library, dies

KALAMAZOO — Roberta Cheney left an imprint on the Kalamazoo Public Library and the community as a whole that will remain for years to come. “Those still at the library who knew her remember her fondly, and those who didn’t are building on her legacy, even though they don’t realize it,” Kalamazoo... more...

June 2, 2011

Kalamazoo Public Library makes reading a party at Bronson Park

KALAMAZOO — There was Clifford the Big Red Dog, Mayor Bobby Hopewell, Curious George and Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller. On Wednesday, 1,397 preschool-age children came to Bronson Park to listen to well-known Kalamazoo-area residents read some of their favorite books for Party in the Park... more...

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