KPL in the News 2016

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

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December 31, 2016

New Year's Fest brings thousands to downtown Kalamazoo for family fun

KALAMAZOO, MI - What may have been a tough year for Kalamazoo was set to end on a happy and celebratory note Saturday as thousands of area people headed to Bronson Park and locations near it for the 31st Annual New Year's Fest. Organizer Deb Droppers anticipated 6,000 to 8,000 people would come to see any of the 24 artists who were set to perform a total of 70 shows between 5:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. The acts were timed to end before a countdown to the new year and a midnight ball drop. More...

December 21, 2016

Lori Moore Show: 12/21/16 - Farrell Howe, Kalamazoo Public Library

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

December 19, 2016

Countdown begins to 31st Annual New Year's Fest

KALAMAZOO, MI - The year 2016 will wind down -- and 2017 will be ushered in -- with a wave of family-friendly activities on Dec. 31 at the 31st Annual New Year's Fest in downtown Kalamazoo. The performing arts celebration will feature 24 artists performing in a total of 70 shows in 14 buildings in the heart of the downtown. More...

December 1, 2016

Kalamazoo Public Library receives $2.5 million gift from former patron

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo Public Library has received a $2.5 million gift from a former patron. The bequest came from the Irving Schensul estate that was divided between the Congregation of Moses and Kalamazoo Public Library after Schensul's nephew, Eugene Colef, passed away in July 2016. More...

October 19, 2016

Lori Moore Show: 10/19/2016 - Karen Trout, Reading Together

Lori's guest for our first segment today is Karen Trout with Reading Together. More...

October 19, 2016

Basketball legend/author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to visit Kalamazoo in March

KALAMAZOO, MI - Basketball Hall of Famer and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is to visit Kalamazoo in March to help the Kalamazoo Public Library kick off discussions in the 15th year of the Reading Together program. Abdul-Jabbar's book "Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White," has been chosen as the Reading Together book for 2017 and is expected to be read between now and then by many throughout the community and discussed in March. More...

October 18, 2016

Kalamazoo Public Library announces 'Fine Forgiveness Week'

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Along with giving thanks, the Kalamazoo Public Library is embracing forgiveness. It has announced a Fine Forgiveness Week, October 23rd through October 29th. Anyone can come in and have their overdue fines wiped. It's inspired by the story of a former Benton Harbor cop who admitted he falsified a report that sent an innocent man to prison for drug dealing. More...

October 18, 2016

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scheduled to visit Kalamazoo in March

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Retired NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is expected to make a stop in Kalamazoo in 2017 as part of a reading program. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is scheduled to visit Miller Auditorium on Tues. March 14, 2017 as part of a special anniversary for the Kalamazoo Public Library’s Reading Together program. More...

October 18, 2016

Crooked cop and falsely convicted man - now friends - to tell their tale

KALAMAZOO, MI - The story of a man who served time in prison after falsely being accused, along with that of the police officer who admitted the malicious accusation, will highlight a special Oct. 25 program by the Kalamazoo Public Library. The Kalamazoo Public Library says it is embracing forgiveness during Fine Forgiveness Week - Oct. 23 to 29. More...

September 20, 2016

Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan's "spoof run" returns to Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI - The fourth annual Ultimate Extreme Ultra .1k returns to downtown Kalamazoo on Sept. 24. The .1k is a fundraising event for Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, which provides support and care for those coping with illness, aging, dying and loss. The race was brought to the care providers by Tom Jager, whose 19-year-old son died at Rose Arbor, Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan's residential facility, two years after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. New to this year's event will be food trucks, appearances by therapy dogs and activities put on by the Kalamazoo Public Library, the Civic Theatre and more. More...

August 22, 2016

Kalamazoo Public Library to host celebration of Lincoln's 1856 visit

KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo Public Library will host a special community event on Saturday, Aug. 27 to commemorate Abraham Lincoln's visit to the city in 1856. The event will take place in the library's Van Deusen Room from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public. The Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Project said in a news release that they will provide a community update on their progress and vision at the event. More...

July 21, 2016

8 inexpensive ways to beat the heat in the Kalamazoo area

KALAMAZOO, MI. - With the National Weather Service predicting a heat index between 95 and 100 for the Kalamazoo area this weekend, staying cool could prove difficult. Here's a list of 8 inexpensive ways to beat this weekend's heat wave, either outside at the beach or inside where it's cool. More...

July 8, 2016

Kate DiCamillo – A Great Opportunity to Meet the Author on July 11 at the KPL

Meet Kate DiCamillo, the two-time Newbery Medalist and former National Embassador for Young People’s Literature, at the Kalamazoo Public Library (Central location) on July 11, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Kate brings her latest bestseller, Raymie Nightingale to Kalamazoo! Bookbug will sell copies of DiCamillo’s books for signing. Kate DiCamillo will sign unlimited copies of Raymie Nightingale and ONE backlist title per person. More...

June 14, 2016

Lance Armstrong helps 'finish the ride' started by cyclists before tragedy struck

KALAMAZOO, MI – An estimated 700 bicyclists helped a group of bicycle-riding friends finish the ride that nine of them started a week ago. (KPL board president) Bruce Caple of Kalamazoo joined members of the riding group the Chain Gang and several others from the cycling community to help 'finish the ride' started by cyclists before tragedy struck. More...

June 1, 2016

Party in the Park for preschoolers highlights the importance of reading

KALAMAZOO, MI — More than 1,000 preschoolers gathered Wednesday in Bronson Park for the Kalamazoo Public Library's Party in the Park, where volunteers read stories during the annual event promoting early childhood literacy. More...

June 1, 2016

Party in the Park to celebrate reading in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - It's the first day of June, and the Kalamazoo Public Library is kicking off their Summer of Reading. Wednesday they're celebrating the annual Party in the Park in Bronson Park for National Stand for Children Day. More...

April 4, 2016

Gun violence community discussion in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan community is coming together to talk about gun control. There's an event scheduled on Monday at the Kalamazoo Public Library. It's a community forum hosted by State Representative Jon Hoadley. The goal is to debate issues of gun control in an open conversation. The event will be held in the Van Deusen room from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the public. More...

March 2, 2016

Kalamazoo Morning News Podcast: Reading Together 2016

Jay & Jim are joined by Karen Trout, Reading Together Coordinator Kalamazoo Public Library. More...

March 1, 2016

The Morning Show with Ken Lanphear: March is Reading Month

March is Reading Month and we're "Reading Together" in Kalamazoo. Karen Trout from the Kalamazoo Public Library joined us to talk about the March "Reading Together" program. More...

February 25, 2016

See winners of this year's Teen Filmmaker Festival in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI -– More than 350 people turned out at Chenery Auditorium on Saturday, Feb., 20 to watch the short films created by the 13th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival's finalists. More...

February 24, 2016

Tributes popping up across West Michigan as communities mourn

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - As West Michigan mourns the six lives lost in the Kalamazoo mass shooting on Saturday, touching tributes are popping up in the three communities affected. Newschannel 3 spent the day finding those little glimpses of hope in the aftermath of tragedy. Signs are popping up all over Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and Mattawan, as a show of support to the victims, their families, and the towns we know and love. Sometimes the smallest gestures speak the loudest--as a sign along the road shows. A white board in a library. A snapshot of students wearing their rival team's colors. More...

February 19, 2016

Between the Lines: Orphan Train

Orphans and abandoned children — who wants them? Between 1854 and 1929, trains filled with these children traveled from the East Coast across the Midwest, stopping at towns and cities along the way. At each station the children were paraded out onto the platform, offered up for the taking by anyone who would have them. Many became domestic servants, or worse. Only a few became true members of their adoptive families. More...

January 2016

Symphony and library team up for 'Carnival of Animals'

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo Public Library and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra will join forces for a KSO Family Fun Chamber Series on Saturday, when the KSO’s Brass Quintet performs works from “Carnival of the Animals.” Families can stop by and visit the Instrument Petting Zoo, meet the musicians and create a craft based on the movement of animals in the work. The program is at 10:30 a.m. and Noon at the Oshtemo Branch, 7265 W. Main St. The program is free but registration is required by calling 269-553-7980.