KPL in the News 2017

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

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December 6, 2017

Karen Trout, 2018 Reading Together novel unveil

Kalamazoo Public Library unveiled the 2018 Reading Together novel, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City". The Reading Together Coordinator Karen Trout stopped by the Lori Moore Show to talk about this year’s novel. More...

October 27, 2017

Kalamazoo Lively Arts - Kalamazoo Public Library: Children's Room

Kalamazoo Lively Arts is a showcase of unique local talent in the arts and entertainment field! Viewers get up close and personal to the many organizations, storytellers, and creative people who believe in the power and passion of Art in Kalamazoo! Kim Carson talks with Kala L. about all the goings on inside the Children’s Room at the Kalamazoo Public Library! And, we meet up with the Lord of the Gourd! More...

October 9, 2017

Community Spotlight - KPL Ready to Read

Jill Lansky talks about her work with the Kalamazoo Public Library's Ready to Read Program in the Public Media Network studio for an episode of Community Spotlight. More...

October 5, 2017

On WestSouthwest, we meet the new director of the Kalamazoo Public Library.

Ryan Wieber started his job as director of the Kalamazoo Public Library on August 1st. He talks with Gordon Evans about how libraries are adapting to a more digital world, and trying to remove barriers that may keep some people away. More...

October 4, 2017

WSW: Kalamazoo Library’s Director Says It’s “More Than Books”

Ryan Wieber says any library wherever it is tries to serve its community. On August first, he became director of the Kalamazoo Public Library. The former director of the Otsego District Library and the Van Buren District Library, Wieber was hired to replace Ann Rohrbaugh, who retired after 45 years with the Kalamazoo Library. More...

September 21, 2017

WSW: Remembering Thom Andrews

Thom Andrews called being director of ONEPlace at the Kalamazoo Public Library his “dream job.” He had to give it up for health reasons. Andrews passed away last week at the age of 56. More...

September 14, 2017

Court fines go toward books in Kalamazoo County libraries

KALAMAZOO, MI -- It may come as a small relief for those hit with court fines to know that part of their check goes toward books for children. Each year, Michigan county treasurers distribute penal fines to public libraries across the state. Kalamazoo County Treasurer Mary Balkema reported $328,629 was split between local libraries this year, based on the population of their service area. More...

August 28, 2017

WSW: A "Dream Job" Supporting Non-Profits

The former Director of ONEplace says the group was launched in 2009 because almost everyone in a community is impacted by a non-profit organization. Thom Andrews was director of the group formed to support non-profit organizations until he stepped down recently due to his health. ONEplace is based at the Kalamazoo Public Library. More...

August 18, 2017

'Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City' is Reading Together pick

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The 2018 book title for Kalamazoo Public Library's annual Reading Together program is "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City." The non-fiction book by Matthew Desmond follows eight Milwaukee families from the poorest neighborhoods in that city. Through them, Desmond explores poverty and economic exploitation in the U.S. following the 2008 financial crisis. More...

August 17, 2017

Hear the Antique Duplex Phonograph- ‘Made in Kalamazoo, Sold Around the World’

Gibson guitars aren’t the only musical object Kalamazoo is famous for; see and hear the Kalamazoo Duplex Phonograph that revolutionized the “talking machines.” Gramophone records were introduced in the early 1900’s and not long after, Kalamazoo’s Duplex Phonograph Company innovated the way people listened to them. Canadian immigrant Charles E. Hill patented the dual-horn phonograph, promising “twice the sound.” He first planned to manufacture the unique twin cone turntables in Nebraska before moving production to Kalamazoo, according to Kalamazoo Public Library’s extensive research on the history of the Duplex Phonograph. More...

August 14, 2017

Kalamazoo library hands out 2,000 solar eclipse glasses in hours

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Michigan may not be getting the full experience of the total solar eclipse coming up on Monday, Aug. 21, but at around 80 percent coverage it will still be a must-watch visual treat. Since staring straight into the sun isn't a good idea for anybody, solar eclipse glasses are a hot commodity. Numerous museums are selling solar eclipse glasses or providing a pair included with the price of admission the day of the eclipse. Kalamazoo Public Library was giving out solar eclipse glasses for free on Monday, Aug. 14. As of mid-afternoon, it was nearly out of them. More...

August 7, 2017

Development ideas sought for downtown Kalamazoo fire station

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The city of Kalamazoo is seeking the public's help to decide what to do with a 60-year-old former fire station downtown. Built in 1957, the former Fire Station No. 1 at 116 W. Cedar St. was used as the fire marshal's office and a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety training facility until it was transferred to the city's Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. Residents can share their redevelopment ideas at a public meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 8 in the downtown branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library. More...

August 2017

Washington Square at 90

Connect is a magazine-style show that focuses on what your local governments are doing and the issues our communities are facing. August 2017 Segments: The Washington Square Branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library celebrates its 90th birthday. More...

June 23, 2017

Ryan Wieber, New Kalamazoo Public Library Director

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (LORI MOORE SHOW) - Kalamazoo Public Library is pleased to welcome Ryan Wieber as the new library director. Wieber sat down with Lori Moore to discuss his plans for the Kalamazoo Public Library. More...

June 23, 2017

Food trucks pack Lunchtime Live in downtown Kalamazoo

The summer season is upon us and what better way to celebrate than with your lunch made fresh from a food truck? Lunchtime Live has retuned for the summer and will run at 200 South Rose Street every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Employees from the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL) will be at Lunchtime Live for the rest of the summer reading books to kids and educating people about the resources the library offers. More...

June 20, 2017

Kalamazoo anthology on immigration is on its second printing

KALAMAZOO, MI -- A local anthology on immigration and community is getting a second printing two months after its release. "Immigration & Justice For Our Neighbors" was launched at an event April 19, and its first 400 copies have sold out. The book is available as part of the Kalamazoo Public Library's Book Club in a Bag program, which is open to all Kalamazoo Public Library district resident cardholders. "(Kalamazoo Public Library)'s 2016 social justice resolution includes the statement: KPL values compassion and champions everyone's right to be welcome in a safe environment in the library and in the wider community," said Karen Trout, Reading Together coordinator for the Kalamazoo Public Library, in the press release. "Adding this title to our Book Club in a Bag collection -- and encouraging local dialogue about the issue of immigration -- is a perfect way to put this institutional commitment into action." More...

June 8, 2017

Kalamazoo Public Library hires new director from Van Buren County

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo Public Library is about to get a new director. Ryan Wieber, who runs the library system in Van Buren County, will take over as KPL director Aug. 1. He will replace Ann Rohrbaugh, who is retiring. Wieber was director of the Otsego District Library for 13 years. In 2013, he became director of the Van Buren District Library, where he was responsible for the central location and six branch sites. "He just has excellent experience," Farrell Howe, KPL's marketing and communications manager, said of Wieber. "He's worked in basically the same size as Kalamazoo Public Library in terms of number of branches. We believe the transition for him will be extremely smooth. He's energetic and has a lot of great ideas." More...

June 8, 2017

Kalamazoo River Valley Trails… Ready For Adventure!

KALAMAZOO (MICH.)– The weather is gorgeous and the trails are ready! Are you looking for a reason to get outside and enjoy the summer weather with your kids? Do they enjoy stories? Experience Tales on the Trail! Join in for this story-time program on the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, and be entertained with tales about health and fitness as well as the outdoors. Different stories will be featured each month, and each program will last less than one hour. We are pleased to partner with both the Kalamazoo Public Library, and also the Comstock Township Library. More...

June 3, 2017

Do-Dah Parade highlights June Jubilee today in downtown Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI -- June Jubilee weekend, the unofficial kickoff to summer in Kalamazoo, got going Friday, much to the enjoyment of the many people who flocked downtown on a beautiful day for Art on the Mall, the KIA Art Fair and Art Hop. The Kalamazoo Public Library will have inexpensive secondhand books at the Bag-of-Books Sale and will also be holdings its Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff. More...

May 31, 2017

Do-Dah Parade, KIA Art Fair highlight Kalamazoo's June Jubilee weekend

Summer, unofficially, has begun! Though many people consider Memorial Day weekend to be the kickoff to summer, in downtown Kalamazoo it's the first weekend in June. With music, food, art and more on the menu this upcoming weekend, June Jubilee is promising a fun time for anyone wanting one. Go to the rear parking lot of the Central Library, at the corner of Rose and Lovell streets, for the Friends of the Library's annual summer book sale. At 10 cents a book or $2 for a bag of them and more than 10,000 books to choose from, this event's definitely worth a look. More...

May 23, 2017

Historic character preserved in Kalamazoo buildings up for awards

Each May, the Kalamazoo Historic District Commission presents awards to recognize people and projects that sustain the community’s character and improves the quality of life for all residents and visitors. Four awards will be distributed this year to private property owners, commercial developers and city institutions. This year’s award recipients include Jean Harden, PlazaCorp Realty Advisors, the Kalamazoo County Land Bank and Kalamazoo Public Library. More...

May 15, 2017

W. Mich. group hopes to spread awareness about Islam, and people behind the faith

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan group is hoping to spread awareness about Muslim culture and the people behind the faith.
Monday at the Oshtemo branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library, you can get to know your Muslim neighbors. More...

May 14, 2017

Peter W. Farrell Obituary

Farrell, Peter W. 8/24/1949 - 4/23/2017 Peter W. Farrell was born on August 24, 1949, in Buffalo, New York to William and Rita Farrell and died on April 23, 2017. His family moved to Kalamazoo where he graduated from Loy Norrix High School in 1967, a member of the varsity tennis team. He obtained his Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and Master's degrees from the University of Michigan and Western Michigan University. He had been an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia. An avid reader, he enjoyed the Kalamazoo Public Library, particularly the Local History Room and its gracious and dedicated staff. More...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

March 2, 2017

Public forum on right to health care at Kalamazoo Public Library

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Thursday, you can get a chance to learn more about the future of your healthcare. A public forum on the right to health care is happening at the Kalamazoo Public Library. There will be speakers, along with an open mic for anyone to ask questions and voice their concerns. More...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...