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Picture Book Neighborhoods

Picture Book Neighborhoods

Your library's picture book collections are now organized into Picture Book Neighborhoods. If you're looking for books about cars, trucks, boats, etc, you'll find them all together in the Things that Go neighborhood with a red spine label. Books with yellow spine labels are Concept books. They're all about letters, numbers, opposites, and other basic concepts. Other neighborhoods are:

  • Favorites - Where you'll find so many favorite authors and characters
  • Festive - Birthdays and celebrations, parades and festivities
  • Growing Up - First day of school, bedtime, bereavement, divorce, new baby, potty training, etc
  • Nature - Seasons, trees, animals, pets, and other nature related themes
  • Our Town - Farm market, dog park, stores, libraries, community helpers and more
  • Rhymes and Songs - Mother Goose and more plus favorite songs old and new
  • Stories - Dinosaurs, princesses, pirates, and so many more

Come visit our neighborhoods at any Kalamazoo Public Library location!

Picture Book Neighborhoods

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.


Bookworms is a book club for kids and their grown-ups. It's really fun for kids and grown-ups to get together and talk books. You should try it! This month's choice is the Caldecott Medal book Fables by the great Arnold Lobel. It's funny with wonderful illustrations, a modern classic, and there's so much to talk about. Plus, it's not too long to read before we meet next week.

Each of the twenty original fables is one page with an accompanying illustration.We still have a few copies available so come in to the Central Library, sign up for Bookworms and get a copy of the book, and then join us to discuss on Thursday, July 23rd.


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.

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!


The Contract

Maybe you've heard about Derek Jeter's new book The Contract. It begins with a young Derek Jeter sitting in his third grade classroom in Kalamazoo and dreaming about baseball - sliding into home base to win the World Series. Derek Jeter always knew that he wanted to play baseball. Shortstop. For the New York Yankees. The Contract is the first book in Jeter’s middle-grade reader series. The book is based on Jeter’s own experiences as he begins playing little league. A central element of the narrative is the contract that Jeter enters into with his parents specifying how he will prioritize his time in order to really focus on baseball while achieving good grades and spending quality time with his family. The Contract is a readable and inspirational book for middle-school aged readers and their adults.

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 amazing films by talented teens 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!