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December 22, 2015

Lori Moore Show: Farrell Howe, Kalamazoo Public Library

Lori talks with Kalamazoo Public Library marketing and communications manager Farrell Howe about things to do at the library during holiday break. more...


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December 16, 2015

Lori Moore Show: Stewart Fritz, Kalamazoo Public Library

Lori talks about the 13th annual Teen Filmmaker Fest with Kalamazoo Public Library youth librarian Stewart Fritz. more...


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December 12, 2015

Kalamazoo Public Library fills Monday and Tuesday with crafts, gifts for kids and teens

The Kalamazoo Public Library branches are ready to help kids get in the Christmas mood with several sessions of holiday crafts and gift making scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. more...


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November 16, 2015

Lori Moore Show: Mikki Henry, Kalamazoo Public Library

Lori talks about the 15th annual Great Grown-Up Speling Bee with Kalamazoo Public Library Youth Outreach Coordinator Mikki Henry. more...


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November 11, 2015

Your guide to the 2015 Kalamazoo Holiday Parade

KALAMAZOO, MI — Balloons, bands and community spirit will be on display when the annual Kalamazoo Holiday Parade marches through downtown Kalamazoo on Saturday, Nov. 14. The parade draws about 30,000 spectators annually, who line the streets to see the giant cold air balloons, 10 high school marching bands, floats and holiday-themed decorations. Stick around after the parade: There will be lots of family-friendly activities happening downtown after the parade... Kalamazoo Public Library (315 S. Rose St.): From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., stop by the library and make holiday crafts with pinecones, scratch art and more.... more...


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November 10, 2015

Meet innovators making a difference in Kalamazoo at Central Library

Join us Thursday, November 12, 5:30 pm at Central Library, Van Deusen Room and meet three innovators making a difference in our community. We know that members of our community are working hard to make Kalamazoo a better place to live and work. That's why the Kalamazoo Public Library and ONEplace started KICtalks, an event series that spotlights dynamic, innovative endeavors happening right now. more...


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November 6, 2015

Kalamazoo state-of-schools talk focuses on new efforts to improve

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Expanding mentorships. Better teaching of problem-solving skills. Improving cultural expectations. Making education relevant, especially for low-income children. Those are among the new initiatives in Kalamazoo Public Schools, KPS Superintendent Michael Rice said in his annual state of the schools address, which was presented at Thursday's school board meeting. Among district initiatives in this area: New reading and writing curriculums; efforts to encourage students and families to use the Kalamazoo Public Library... more...


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October 29, 2015

Hunting for Michigan’s Mail Order Homes

Imagine this: you pick up a huge box at the train station, full of lumber and hinges and joints. You drag it away. You open it. You start building. And after days or weeks of hammering and drilling, you’ve built an entire house. Not just a playhouse or a shed. But you, yourself, have built the 3 bedrooms, the 2 bathrooms, the living room and the attic. For thousands of Americans back in the early 20th century, these so-called “kit houses” — ordered from catalogs — were their homes. Andrew and Wendy Mutch are giving a talk on Michigan’s kit houses on November 2nd at the Kalamazoo Central Library. more...


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October 29, 2015

Booktoberfest concludes with homebrewing info

David Curtis from Bell's General Store will guide participants throught equipment choices and upgrades and help brewers decide what they need, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Kalamazoo Public Library;s Central Library, 315 S. Rose St. Whether you are just getting started or looking to expand, there are plenty of options for nearly any budget. more...


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October 19, 2015

A funny thing happened on the way to the library: poems to tickle your funny bone

KALAMAZOO, MI — So, 18 poets walked into a library thinking it was a bar... The Kalamazoo Friends of Poetry are holding their second annual "Can Poetry Be Funny?" reading at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose St. Special guest readers, who have all been assigned funny poems, will include former WMUK announcer Garrard McLeod, Cori Terry of Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers, Judge Curtis Bell, The Rev. Ruth Morerdyke, Cheri Bell of Planned Parenthood and Kalamazoo Public Library librarian Michael Cockerell. more...


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October 15, 2015

Using Legos To Remember Kalamazoo's Past

While much of downtown Kalamazoo has been preserved, dozens of its historic buildings have been demolished and replaced over the past half-century. Historians have preserved memories of those buildings through photographs. But one Western Michigan University Ph.D. student is remembering them in a different way – by recreating the old buildings with Legos. When David Kohrman was a kid, he always looked forward to Sunday mornings. On that day, his Dad drove the family out of their suburban neighborhood and to the First Baptist Church, amongst the historic buildings of downtown Kalamazoo. (Kohrman is a KPL Local History staff member and regular contributor to All About Kalamazoo Historymore...


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October 14, 2015

Obituary writing made easy with special event at local library

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Obituaries are a way to share your story and legacy long after you’re gone and an event where you can learn how to write one is happening at a West Michigan library on Thursday. These days it seems people are obsessed with crafting their image online, but what about your afterlife? Losing someone you love can be a stressful time and writing an obituary is sometimes an afterthought. “If people could write their own obituaries, they could have fun with it. They could put in things only things they'd know,” said Ruth Wilson of the Kalamazoo Public Library. Wilson is hoping to help with a special program at the Kalamazoo Public Library on how to write an obituary for yourself, or anyone else. more...


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October 5, 2015

Award-winning authors coming to Kalamazoo Public Library for fall readings

KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo Public Library will host several best-selling authors this fall as part of its 2015 Authors Season. Highlights will include Kalamazoo resident and national best-selling author Bonnie Jo Campbell, who has a new collection of short stories out, and National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, who headlines the Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar, Nov. 6. All readings are free, except for the seminar programs. more...


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October 2, 2015

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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September 30, 2015

Beer and books the focus of Booktoberfest at Kalamazoo Public Library

Kalamazoo Public Library is celebrating its second annual Booktoberfest, which combines books and craft beer topics throughout the month of October. Kalamazoo Public Library has partnered with Bell's Brewery, Tibb's Brewing, New Holland Brewery, Tempo Vino Winery, West Michigan Beer Tours, Hop Head Farms, One Well Brewing and Shakespeare's Pub for its second annual Booktoberfest — a celebration of books and beer. The next several weeks will include programs on beer, brewing, hops and other beer-related topics. more...


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September 21, 2015

WestSouthwest September 21, 2015

Kalamazoo has established itself as a home for craft beer. But Kalamazoo Public Library Web Coordinator Keith Howard says the history of brewing in the city stretches back to the 1800's. WMUK's Robbie Feinberg spoke with Howard, who is discussing the history of Kalamazoo breweries in a talk on Tuesday at the library's Washington Square Branch. more...


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September 18, 2015

Lori Moore Show: Michael Cockrell and Andrea Vernola

Lori's guests for our third segment today are Kalamazoo Public Schools Library Head of Adult Services Michael Cockrell, and Lead Librarian of Teen Services Andrea Vernola. more...


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September 17, 2015

Lori Moore Show: Keith Howard

Lori's guest for our third segment today is Kalamazoo Public Library Web Coordinator Keith Howard. more...


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September 18, 2015

Between the Lines: Kids and Homelessness

When eleven-year-old Jacob walks into his bathroom, he finds a giant cat enjoying a bubble bath in his tub. He’s not sure about how he feels about the talking cat. But he is sure how he feels about losing the bathroom and the apartment where he lives. Jacob’s mom has lost her teaching job while his father can't work while he copes with multiple sclerosis. The family is forced to move into their minivan. Homelessness and the fate of America's working poor are at the heart of the story Newbery Award-winning author Katherine Applegate tells in her new children’s novel Crenshaw (Feiwel & Friends, 2015). Katherine Applegate will open Author Season at the main branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library on Tuesday, September 22, at 7 p.m. more...


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September 18, 2015

WSW: Kalamazoo's Centuries-Long History of Beer

Local breweries like Bell’s Brewery and Arcadia Brewing have put Kalamazoo on the national craft beer radar. But the city’s been producing beer since the mid-1800s. Keith Howard, the web coordinator with the Kalamazoo Public Library, is giving a talk at the Washington Square Branch Library on September 22nd on the history of those breweries, and how we ended up where we are today. more...


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September 15, 2015

Kalamazoo Public Library selects 'Orphan Train' for 2016 Reading Together

KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo Public Library has selected the novel "Orphan Train" for the 2016 Reading Together program. Reading Together is a community reading program that encourages members of the community to all read the same book and to participate in programs designed around the themes of the book. "Orphan Train" author Christina Baker Kline will visit Kalamazoo for an author lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, at Kalamazoo Central High School, 2432 N. Drake Road. The author visit usually helps kick off the Reading Together programs. more...


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September 11, 2015

Know Your Historic House Styles

This is the second in a two-part series about historic houses. Suppose a spaceship lands on your lawn, visitors from another planet step out and ask you to show them a house. No problem; you point one out. OK, they say, now show us an historic house. So you find one that looks old. And they want to know: what’s the style? In Kalamazoo, it could be anything from Gothic Revival to Tudor to something of a mashup. A house’s style isn’t always easy to tease out. But in the second of a two-part series, we explain how to get started. more...


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September 9, 2015

Electric vehicles to be showcased in Kalamazoo for Drive Electric Week

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Several electric vehicles will be on display and available for rides Sept. 16 in Kalamazoo as part of Drive Electric Week. Also, screenings of the documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?" will be offered Wednesday, Sept. 9, and Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Kalamazoo in conjunction with Drive Electric Week, which celebrates and promotes electric vehicles. more...


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September 3, 2015

How That Old House Got There

A house that makes it to 100 is a survivor. Fire and neglect aren’t the only threats. They also succumb to the belief that newer is better. In the '40s and '50s, people who tore down buildings to make room for roads and parking claimed those structures had ‘outlived their usefulness.’ But others campaigned for preservation, and as a result many historic homes in Kalamazoo did survive. In the first of a two-part series, we report on who built them and why. more...


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August 29, 2015

Merchants, Kalamazoo's Library Partner for Discounts

The Kalamazoo Public Library is using the month of September to show that having a library card has its privileges. Its cardholders can get discounts at more than 15 local stores and museums during National Library Card Sign-up Month, according to a news release. Participating businesses include bookstores, coffee shops, restaurants, gift shops and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. more...


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August 26, 2015

Kalamazoo Public Library, ONEplace host discussion on community innovations tonight

KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo Public Library and ONEplace, a program to provide nonprofit support services, is holding its quarterly Kalamazoo Innovative Community Talks, which will examine innovative community programs aimed at promoting communication among children, community health, art exploration and parents' roles as educators. more...


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August 20, 2015

KICtalks to spotlight 4 innovative community efforts in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI — ONEplace and the Kalamazoo Public Library will team up to present Kalamazoo Innovative Community Talks or KICtalks on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the downtown branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library. The 90-minute event features four brief (5-10 minute) talks highlighting their innovative efforts to serve and build the greater Kalamazoo community. A reception for enjoying conversation and locally sourced food will follow the talks. more...


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August 19, 2015

Top 5 things to do: Game night for adults

Game night at the Kalamazoo Public Library doesn't sound that unusual, given that kids are often invited to come and play at their local library. But this Board Game Night is unusual, because it's for adult gamers. Board Game Night runs 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 at the Oshtemo Branch Library. Board game fans are invited to bring their favorite strategy, European-style and party games to the event. Don't have a game, don't worry. Members of the Kalamazoo Area Boardgamers (KAB) are more than willing to share and explain the rules for the free event. more...


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August 6, 2015

Kalamazoo POW was among Hiroshima victims 70 years ago today

KALAMAZOO, MI -- A 21-year-old soldier from Kalamazoo was among the 70,000 to 80,000 people killed on this date 70 years ago when an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Staff Sgt. Julius Molnar, a gunner pilot, was one of several Americans held as a prisoner of war at a site about 1,500 feet from where the bomb exploded, according to a Public Broadcasting Service documentary that aired in 1988. Molnar, a gunner, was sent to Hiroshima as a prisoner of war after his B-24 was shot down July 28, 1945, during a bombing mission over Japan. A presentation titled "Remembering Hiroshima: Never Again" will be held in Kalamazoo on today at 4 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose, in the Van Deusen Room. more...


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August 2, 2015

Top 5 things to do: The Blueberry Festival and Abbott's Magic Get-Together

KALAMAZOO, MI — There's fun to be had far afield this week. The blueberries are here and South Haven will host the National Blueberry Festival Aug. 6-9. And, drive down to Colon to check out the fun before it disappears. If you like your fun closer to town, there's jazz, theater and a free family movie to enjoy. Kalamazoo Public Library's Eastwood branch presents In the Tradition, a jazz ensemble that was formed in 1993 and performs across the Midwest. They have played at the Detroit International Jazz Festival, Grand Rapids Jazz Festival, and backed the musical tribute to Motown, "The Spirit of Hitsville." more...


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July 26, 2015

Top 5 things to do: Kalamazoo Drones

You've heard a lot about drones in the media, but do you really know what they are and what they can do? Kalamazoo Drones will talk about where drones come from, personal use of drones, costs, what to buy and how they work in a free demonstration at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 at the Kalamazoo Public Library's Oshtemo branch. Guests can watch a drone fly over the library. Several drones will be available to observe and they'll have a simulator for visitors to try. more...


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July 24, 2015

Top 5 things to do: EepyBird at KPL

The Coke and Mentos guys — yes, those Coke and Mentos guys — are coming to Kalamazoo Public Library's Washington Square Branch for what promises to be an explosive and sticky celebration of science experimentation at 1 p.m. Friday, July 24. Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz, better known as the mad scientists behind EepyBird and authors of "How to Build a Hovercraft," have experimented with everything from Sticky Notes to shampoo to paper airplanes. Voltz is a former trial attorney, while Grobe ditched his studies in mathematics at Yale University to become a professional juggler. Their videos have been seen more than 150 million times. more...


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July 12, 2015

Top things to do in Kalamazoo: "Rear Window" plays in Oshtemo

Movies in the Park takes a creepy turn with "Rear Window" at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16 in Oshtemo Township Park, 7275 West Main St. in a screening co-sponsored by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Alfred Hitchcock is at his claustrophobic best with "Rear Window," the 1954 film starring James Stewart, as a wheelchair-bound photographer who out of boredom begins spying on his neighbors in his apartment complex. When he thinks he witnesses a murder he has to convince others, including his girlfriend played by Grace Kelly, that something nefarious has taken place. The movie is considered one Hitchcock's greatest masterpieces and is on the National Film Registry and the Library of Congress list of film masterworks. more...


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July 9, 2015

Top 5 Kalamazoo activities: Music, festivals and more festivals and music

Family musical fun is on the calendar at the Kalamazoo Public Library's Oshtemo branch, when musician Jim Gill returns for an outdoor evening performance. Gill will play at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9 in the Oshtemo Township Park next to the library (the library will serve as the rain site). Gill's concerts are packed with play designed to create connections between kids and parents and all family members. Sing-alongs, clap-alongs and energetic dancing, jumping and rhythms will fill the evening. more...


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July 7, 2015

Oakwood Park

Jim welcomes Keith Howard, Web Coordinator at the Kalamazoo Public Library, to talk about the old amusement park. more...


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June 28, 2015

Top 5 things to do: Tintype photographer at Kalamazoo Public Library

Say cheese and learn about antique tintype photography from photographer Eric Hennig (who also works under the name Victor Vague) at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at the Kalamazoo Public Library's Washington Square branch. Hennig specializes in tintype and ambrotype photographs, a process used during the middle 1800s. Hennig creates wet-plate collodion photographs using 19th-century techniques and equipment. His anachronistic process creates haunting images that seem to come from another era. The collodion process was developed in the 1850s, and involves covering a glass plate in a gel solution, submerging it in a silver nitrate solution, and then exposing it to light. more...


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June 21, 2015

Top 5 things to do celebrates fliers, drinkers and poets who rebelled

Kevin Coval, founder of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, one of the largest youth gatherings in the world, will visit the Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose St., at 2 p.m. Monday, June 22 for a poetry workshop and performance. Coval is the author of numerous poetry collections including the American Library Association Book-of-the-Year finalist "Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica" and "L-vis Lives! Racemusic Poems." Coval is the artistic director of Young Chicago Authors, the nonprofit home of Louder Than a Bomb, and other youth writing and hip hop programs. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a frequent contributor to WBEZ: Chicago Public Radio. more...


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June 14, 2015

Top 5 Things to do: "Surf's Up" at the Kalamazoo Public Library

Kalamazoo Public Library is hosting its Movies Under the Stars series this summer beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Oshtemo Branch Library, 7265 W. Main St. The series starts with "Surf's Up," the 2007 animated movie about penguins competing in the Penguin World Surfing Championship. The movies are free. Filmgoers should bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating, bug spray and flashlights. The series continues on July 16 with the Alfred Hitchcock classic "Rear Window" and Aug. 29 with the hit sci-fi action movie "Guardians of the Galaxy." more...


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June 11, 2015

Top 5 Things to do: Growlers play on

Play ball! The Kalamazoo Growlers baseball team has upped its game in terms of promotions. In addition to great baseball, fans have the chance to win prizes and participate in special entertainment opportunities at almost every home game. Each of this weekend's games has a little something special for the fans. ... Sunday, in conjunction with the Kalamazoo Public Library, the Growlers will hold "Reading Program Night" and give fans 500 bookmarks." more...


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June 11, 2015

WSW: An Evolving History of Baseball in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Public Library Web Coordinator Keith Howard says baseball was probably first played in Kalamazoo in the 1850's. He says a man named John McCord came back to Kalamazoo from upstate New York, and persuaded his friends to try the new game. Howard has chronicled the history of baseball in Kalamazoo through a series of articles on the Library's webpage. more...


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June 7, 2015

Top 5 Things to do: "Pete the Cat" author Eric Litwin brings music to Kalamazoo

Bestselling author and musician Eric Litwin will perform two family concerts at 6 and 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at the Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose St. Litwin, who is also known as "Mr. Eric," is the author of the popular "Pete the Cat" books and he tours the country with his "interactive music and literacy" concerts for families. Litwin plays guitar and harmonica and sings and is the author of the musical series "The Nuts." He has sold more than 1.5 million books. more...


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June 6, 2015

Do-Dah Parade, June Jubilee offers 'a little something for everyone'

KALAMAZOO, MI — Jason Keller, 31, stood in a spot of shade Saturday morning, staking out his family's place for the Do-Dah Parade... In addition to the parade, Kreitner said she most looks forward to the Kalamazoo Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge and book sale, which also took place on Saturday. "We love books," Kreitner said, adding her 6-year-old son has participated in the summer reading program for two years while her 4-year-old daughter just joined. "(The summer reading program) encourages vocabulary building and interaction ... We'll pick up books and talk about them; sometimes we'll act out the characters," she said. "The Kalamazoo Public Library is an amazing institution." more...


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June 4, 2015

June Jubilee, 'Dogfight,' new animation fest top the list of Top 5 things to do in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI — Jubilation. Noun. A feeling of great happiness and triumph. Kalamazoo celebrates summer this weekend with a host of activities from the traditional June Jubilee events to music, animation and theater... The Kalamazoo Public Library will hold its kick-off party for the Summer Reading Challenge from about noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, in the library parking lot with games, inflatables and special guests. The Friends of the Kalamazoo Library will holds its annual Bag-of-Books Sale from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More than 10,000 books will be for sale. A grocery-size bag is $2. more...


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May 29, 2015

Distilleries have a long history in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI — Although several business owners are now trying to start craft distilleries in Kalamazoo, distilling is not new to the city. In fact, Kalamazoo has been home to several distilleries, starting as early as 1836. William Clark and George Thomas Clark built their distillery on the west side of the Kalamazoo River, just north of the current Michigan Avenue bridge. The distillery lasted about two years, according to the Kalamazoo Public Library's Distilleries of Early Kalamazoo website. more...


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May 29, 2015

Home opener for Kalamazoo Growlers

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The home opener is Friday night for Kalamazoo's baseball team, the Growlers. We know for many families going to the park is about much more than baseball, so we are giving you an inside look at what's happening for kids, including what's new this summer at Homer Stryker Field. The Growlers are teaming up with the Kalamazoo Public Library. The library is bringing one of their programs called family place to the ball park. more...


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May 27, 2015

Children and colorful characters fill Bronson Park for Party in the Park

KALAMAZOO, MI – More than 1,500 preschoolers gathered in Bronson Park to hear stories read by costumed volunteers for the Kalamazoo Public Library's 18th annual Party in the Park. Volunteers, some dressed as characters from the stories they read, moved among the groups of children from local preschools and community centers to read and act out their stories. more...


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May 22, 2015

Farrell Howe, Kalamazoo Public Library, on the Lori Moore Show

Lori's guest for our second segment today is Marketing and Communications Manager for the Kalamazoo Public Library Farrell Howe.. more...


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May 2015

EFA Great Lakes Open (PMN)

This spring marked the 13th year that the Kalamazoo Public Library has put on its Reading Together program, bringing the community together in a variety of events all centered around one book. This year’s selection was The Living Great Lakes by Jerry Dennis. EFA students from the Media Arts program were invited to create artwork inspired by his book. more...


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May 3, 2015

Top 5 things to do in Kalamazoo: Dance, ride, make, explore and listen

If you have a teen into doing, rather than watching or listening, check out the "Jewelry Making with Meg Tang," workshop being held 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at the Kalamazoo Public Library's Alma Powell Branch. Tang is an area jeweler who teaches at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. The program is open to students in 5th through 12th grades. All tools and materials will be provided in this free program and all artists will leave with a finished piece of jewelry. more...


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April 2015

Canine Storytime: Reading to dogs helps improve kids’ literacy and confidence

Dogs have been “man’s best friend” for ages, serving as hunters, transporters, herders, rescuers, drug-sniffing detectors and, of course, pets. Now canines are educators, taking on the job of helping young children read. more...


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April 5, 2015

Straight No Chaser, free music, Great Lakes trivia top the Top 5 events for the week

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo Public Library is hosting a Great Lakes Trivia Night on Tuesday. Here's a few trivia questions about this week's top activities: What's the name of the PBS show that sends people looking through their attics for valuable antiques? Which a capella group found fame after someone posted one of their old videos? What is the nickname for Gold Company II? more...


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March 31, 2015

Kalamazoo Public Library’s Farrell Howe on the Lori Moore Show

KALAMAZOO, MI – Farrell Howe, KPL's marketing manager, was a return guest on the Lori Moore Show, Tuesday, March 31st. They talked about spring break programming at KPL, Reading Together events, The Hub, and other upcoming library events. more...


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March 30, 2015

Library of the Year (Libraries - Small and Great)

Blogger David L Wiseley writes about his recent experience at Central Library, and shares lots of great photos of the building. Wiseley talks about the Friends Bookstore, The Children's Room, and his exceptional experience in the Local History Room. Wiseley travels the world, taking photos of libraries and collecting library cards from his visits. more....


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February 27, 2015

Kalamazoo Public Library’s Karen Trout on the Lori Moore Show

KALAMAZOO, MI – Karen Trout was a guest for the second time on the Lori Moore Show, February 27. They talked more about Reading Together and The Living Great Lakes by Jerry Dennis. more...


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February 27, 2015

Between the Lines: Challenging Amazon

Dissatisfaction can lead to positive change. When Michigan nature writer Jerry Dennis became frustrated with online bookseller Amazon over its treatment of authors, he sat down with his wife, graphic designer Gail Dennis, and artist Glenn Wolff, to brainstorm. more...


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February 26, 2015

Reading Together explores how 'The Living Great Lakes' connects all of us

KALAMAZOO, MI -- If you live in Michigan, then you have a connection to the Great Lakes -- even if you don't think you do. It may be one of history or ecology, of economy or leisure, somewhere there is something that links you to one of the greatest natural resources in the world. Those connections is what made "The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas" by Traverse City writer Jerry Dennis" the perfect choice for the Kalamazoo Public Library's 2015 Reading Together program, said librarian Karen Trout.. more...


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February 26, 2015

Winners announced for the 12th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival (Video)

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Winners have been announced for Kalamazoo's 12th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival, which was held Sunday at Chenery Auditorium. The prizes, the film titles and the filmmakers are: Best Film, Peoples' Choice: "Persistence vs. Procrastination" by Nathan Ginter; Judges' Choice: "The Wonderful Wish Granting Cell Phone" by Andrew Sokolowski; Best Animation: "The Lonely Goldfish" by Dorian Murphy; Best Music Video: "Broken Headlights" by Heather Rolison; Best Short Film: "White People Meat" by Cruce Grammatico, Best Technical Merit: "GLP Sendoff" by Eric Hyde; Best Cinematic Merit: "Apparition" by Justin Ward; Best Experimental Film: "Projectio Kartoitus T.O." by Thomas Outinen. The film festival received more than 60 entries, from which 25 films were selected for the film festival. Works included drama, action and comedy selections. more...


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February 22, 2015

Teen filmmakers debut on the big screen in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – On Sunday a group of teen filmmakers in Kalamazoo will be making their big screen debut at the 12th annual Teen Filmmaker Festival. More than 60 films were submitted for the event, but only 25 made the cut. Stewart Fritz, who organized the festival, joined us in the studios Sunday morning to talk about the event. more...


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February 22, 2015

Kalamazoo Teen Filmmaker Festival a 'showcase of teen talent'

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Nathan Ginter is 15 years old but he already is a Kalamazoo Teen Filmmaker Festival veteran. Sunday was his third time having films screened at the festival. Winning awards the past two years, Ginter entered three films in 2015. "It's great to have something in the area to celebrate film making," Ginter said. more...


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February 2, 2015

WSW: What's Your "TED-Talk" Style Idea for Kalamazoo?

What would you do with five to ten minutes to present a plan for making Kalamazoo a better place to live? The Kalamazoo Public Library and its ONEPlace program to support non-profit groups has launched Kalamazoo Connect to help various groups in the area network. On February 11th three presenters will give TED-like Talks about their ideas for making Kalamazoo a better place to live. more...


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February 2015

Friends of Books and of the Library

Downtown Kalamazoo has many meeting places — coffee shops, restaurants, brewpubs and Bronson Park to name a few. Tucked in the basement of the Kalamazoo Public Library at 315 S. Rose Street is another gathering spot, one that attracts as specific kind of people. more...


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January 16, 2015

The Wayne Powers Show: Reading Together 2015

Wayne talks with Reading Together Coordinator, Karen Trout about this year’s Reading Together selection, The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas. more...


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January 15, 2015

Take advantage of the thaw in Kalamazoo to get out and about and enjoy these activities

KALAMAZOO, MI — Welcome to another weekend. Hope that you've thawed out a bit from last week and are ready to venture out for some fun. There is Motown, classical music, comedy... For parents, it's sometimes hard to balance the need for a little culture and the responsibility of taking care of your kids. Fontana Chamber Arts has the solution with its Crybaby Concerts, 45-minute concerts that include beautiful music, snacks and a kid-friendly environment that can tolerate a little squirming and fussing from the kids. The next Crybaby Concert is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Oshtemo Branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library... more...


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January 9, 2015

Kalamazoo Public Library’s Karen Trout on the Lori Moore Show

KALAMAZOO, MI – Karen Trout was a guest on the Lori Moore Show on January 9th. They talked about Reading Together and the history of the Kalamazoo Public Library. more...


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January 9, 2015

All Kalamazoo County buildings, courthouse closed today

KALAMAZOO, MI -- All Kalamazoo County buildings, including the courthouses, are closed Friday due to inclement weather. Most Kalamazoo-area schools, including Kalamazoo College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, are also closed. Kalamazoo Public Library's Oshtemo branch is closed all day, while the other branches will open at noon. more...