NOTE: Washington Square Branch Library will be CLOSED June 21-24 for repair. Normal open hours at all other locations.

Recent Performances

Nikki Grimes is coming!

Nikki Grimes will be in Kalamazoo on May 9. She will visit local schools and will be at the Powell Branch at 6 pm that evening. Powell, Eastwood and Central will have Pizza and Pages book discussions for Tween/Teens in her honor. If you are interested come in and pick up your free books and get reading.

On April 13 at Powell at 4:30 the Pizza and Pages discussion will be on One Last Word. On April 26 at 6 pm the discussion over pizza will be on Bronx Masqueradeat Eastwood. On May 4 at 4:30, Central will have Pizza and Pages and discuss the book Words withWings. The books are available now.


I hope to see you at one of our Pizza and Pages or at Powell on May 9 for Nikki Grimes' visit.


Urban Fiction Book Discussion Group @ Powell

On Tuesday November 24, the ladies of the Alma Powell Urban Fiction Book Discussion group had a festive pot luck dinner. This book discussion group has been in existence for several years and is still going strong. If you like Urban Fiction please join the ladies for a lively and fun night of book talk.

Alma Powell Urban Fiction Book Discussion Group

photo by Judi Rambow


A new exhibit in the Barnabee Gallery at Powell

We are very pleased to announce our current exhibit in the Barnabee Gallery loaned to us by Diane Washington. Diane is an artist from Grand Rapids. She paints African scenery and ethnic motif in acrylics. 

Come by and visit the Alma Powell Branch to view this great show.


Reverend Hype: The Urban Fiction Book Discussion

We had a great turnout for our February 24, 2015 Urban Fiction book discussion at the Alma Powell Branch. The book Reverend Hype was written and self-published by local author Deacon Raymond Ryan. After talking about the motivation behind writing this fictional story Deacon Ryan lead a spirited discussion. The participants had questions and comments that contributed to the lively discussion with hopes that there will be a sequel.

Sonya Hollins, who had helped Deacon Ryan get his book published, joined the group. Sonya talked about the self-publishing. She encouraged everyone to think about telling his or her story. Sonya says that everyone has a story inside.


Only 10 Days Left to Submit Films for the 2015 Teen Filmmaker Festival!

Attention, Teen filmmakers! If you're planning to submit a film to the 12th annual Teen Filmmaker Festival, don't forget that all submitted films are due January 17th. That's only 10 days from now, so don't wait! Put the finishing touches on that masterpiece and send it to the Teen Services department ASAP. For more information, check out the Teen Filmmaker Festival page or pick up an entry form in person from the Teen Services Desk.
Stewart F.

ONEplace@kpl brings Mindfulness to the Workplace

 Thursday December 11, KPL’s ONEplace held a workshop on Mindfulness in the Workplace. ONEplace@kpl is a management support organization offering resources and services to nonprofit staff, board, and volunteers in Kalamazoo County. The workshop was presented by Eric Nelson from Stress Management Solutions: Training for Health and Well-being. 

We have all heard of the benefits of being stress free, but now organizations and employers are becoming more aware of the rewards of a stress free environment. The improvements in productivity, being more focused, health benefits, less absenteeism and fewer distractions are all incentives for mindfulness in the workplace.

Mr. Nelson talked about being focused, attentive and more disciplined and controlled; being emotionally balanced; and understanding negative emotions. He took us through a Three Step Breathing Space and other mindfulness training exercises.

I greatly appreciated learning ways to set aside just a few moments or minutes to focus and bring balance to my work day. Thanks to ONEplace@kpl.


Lots To Do at the Library!

It's winter recess, holiday break, whatever you call it, and kids have some time away from school. Enjoy some of the great children's programs happening at Kalamazoo Public Library over the next few weeks! Cupstacking, Bubbleman, Yoga Storytime. LEGO at the Library, Stories and Dance, Yummy New Year's Hats, Family Game Day, Movie and Snacks, Flying Aces Frisbee Team... all the details are at Kalamazoo Public Library's online calendar. And, with the Michigan eLibrary, KPL provides access to fun online educational content as well. Take a look at the Michigan eLibrary datase Early World of Learning and the MeL Kids Gateway. There really is a lot to enjoy!


Teens: Submit Your Film to the 12th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival!

Kalamazoo Public Library is pleased to announce a call for entries for the 12th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival! As always, the Festival is looking for the best Michigan teen-produced and directed films. Every year, we get tons of amazingfilmsby talentedteens from across the state and we're super-excited to see what you'll come up with this year. Films are due January 17th, so don't delay- put the finishing touches on that masterpiece and send it to the Teen Services department ASAP! For more information, check out the Teen Filmmaker Festival page or pick up an entry form today!
Stewart F.

Healthy Living Workshops @ your library

Beginning in early September, the library will join forces with the Kalamazoo Area Agency on Aging to offer two healthy living workshops that may be of interest to you or someone you know. The first is Personal Action Toward Health (PATH), a 6-week workshop designed to help adults learn techniques and strategies for the day-to-day management of chronic or long-term health conditions, including arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, emphysema, asthma, bronchitis and depression. The PATH workshop takes place on Tuesday evenings at 5:00pm at Washington Square Library beginning September 9. Please call 269-553-7970 to register for Personal Action Toward Health. The second workshop is Matter of Balance, an 8-week workshop designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Matter of Balance takes place on Thursday afternoons at 1:00pm at Oshtemo Library beginning September 25. Please call 269-553-7984 to register for Matter of Balance.



Storyteller Chris Fascione at Oshtemo Library

Tickets are now available at Oshtemo Library for storyteller Chris Fascione’s performance on
Friday, July 25 at 3pm. Fascione brings classic literature to life with storytelling, mime, juggling, and comedy. Don’t miss this crazy fun program! Come pick up a free ticket at Oshtemo Library today!