First Saturday Fun @ the Library

Apr 24, 2012 09:33:30 AM


Kalamazoo, MI –

On April 7, 2012, Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo Public Schools, and the Hispanic American Council will sponsor First Saturday, from 2-4 pm, at the Central Library’s Children’s Room, 315 S Rose St. This new initiative, now in its second month, encourages families to make regular library visits an important part of their lives. More than 350 parents and children attended the inaugural First Saturday on March 3.

On First Saturday, families will enjoy fun, free activities designed to entertain their children. They’ll see that the library offers popular movies, music and books to borrow and computers to work on, all for free. They’ll learn that libraries and librarians can answer questions on hundreds of topics, plus help with homework.

A number of other organizations are partnering with KPL and KPS in the First Saturday initiative. Each month, one or more of the partners will cosponsor the First Saturday event.

As the April cosponsor, the Hispanic American Council plans to feature a Guatemalan theme: folk tales in Spanish and English, food (tapas), dance, and a kids craft. The first 100 families to arrive on April 7 will receive a free book from HAC. Additional door prizes will be given away by KPS and KPL.

Partner organizations currently include Boys and Girls Club of KalamazooCommunities in Schools of KalamazooKalamazoo County Ready 4sKalamazoo Literacy CouncilGoodwill Industries of Southwest MichiganNAACP, and the Northside Ministerial Alliance. Any organization that serves families and children will be welcome in the initiative.

Organizations interested in helping with First Saturday should contact Andrea Vernola, KPL's children’s programming librarian and coordinator of First Saturday,, or 553-7853.


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