Staff Picks

KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.

Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

I'll Give You the Sun

I read so many great books that it's hard to have a favorites list. But if I ever made a list, I've no doubt this book by Jandy Nelson would be on my list for all time. I'll Give You the Sun is an achingly honest book about family, love, betrayal, reconciliation, loss, and imagination. It's the kind of book that I ...

Landline Posted by   Caitlin, 6/1/2015 09:56:16 AM | Add a Comment

A graphic novel telling the true life story about Nat Love Posted by   Judi, 5/29/2015 04:34:12 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog


While the French film Girlhood won’t likely earn the buzz and accolades that Richard Linklater’s hit Boyhood received last year, it presents a more prescient depiction of adolescence, assimilation and identity of the underprivileged, disenchanted French teens looking to escape the housing projects located in the Pa ...

Let the Fire Burn Posted by   Ryan, 6/1/2015 02:24:16 PM | Add a Comment

If Horror Could Win a Caldecott... Posted by   Dan, 5/29/2015 10:46:54 AM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Best of 2015 (So far...)

I think it is never too early to start compiling your “Best of” list. This year is shaping up to be a pretty strong year for music. As we enter summer, here are my favorite five. No Cities To Love by Sleater-Kinney – They are back. The original riot girls have released the record that everyone in my family enjoys. ...

The Bark of Dr. Dog Posted by   Ryan, 5/13/2015 03:15:05 PM | Add a Comment

Too Much Karaoke Posted by   Ryan, 5/5/2015 04:24:03 PM | Add a Comment

From the Director»RSS

Library news and happenings

Happy National Library Week to You!

This is National Library Week , April 12 – 18. We join with libraries, schools, bookstores, and publishers in celebrating this week to highlight the value of libraries. This year’s theme is “Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library.” In the mid 1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less time wit ...

Library Shout-Out Posted by   Ann, 2/9/2015 09:26:11 AM | Add a Comment

Michigan Notable Books 2015 Posted by   Ann, 2/4/2015 08:11:09 AM | Add a Comment

@ Your Library»RSS

Recent library events, news and more

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. Th ...

Only 10 Days Left to Submit Films for the 2015 Teen Filmmaker Festival! Posted by   Stewart, 1/7/2015 02:58:19 PM | Add a Comment

ONEplace@kpl brings Mindfulness to the Workplace Posted by   Judi, 12/20/2014 02:32:35 PM | Add a Comment

Friends News, Weekly Specials & More»RSS

Summer Bag-of-Books Sale 6/6/15

The Friends Summer Bag-of-Books Sale will take place on Saturday, June 6 during June Jubilee Weekend in downtown Kalamazoo. It’s our biggest book sale of the year and it takes place during a very exciting, activity-packed weekend that officially kicks off the summer season in Kalamazoo. ...

Bookstore News May 20 - 23 Posted by   Carol, 5/19/2015 04:11:31 PM | Add a Comment

Bookstore News May 13 - 16 Posted by   Carol, 5/13/2015 10:59:22 AM | Add a Comment

Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

Neighborhood Focus – Westnedge Hill

We are celebrating Historic Preservation Month, May, with a series of programs that highlight elements of the Westnedge Hill Neighborhood. We got an early start on April 30 with a fantastic program on Crane Park by Natalie Patchell. But don’t worry if you missed it – we’ll have it on the website soon. On ...

Do You Recognize This Photo? Posted by   Beth, 4/2/2015 12:46:47 PM | Add a Comment - 1 Comments

The New HeritageQuest Posted by   Beth, 3/5/2015 04:09:32 PM | Add a Comment


Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

Extending our reach

Summer is often seen as a different time. The fact that school is out of session affects many. Also, people just get out and about more often. At ONEplace, we continue doing what we do, but this summer affords us opportunity to do something new. This summer we’re doing some experimenting. We’re testing three ser ...

Building collaborative connections Posted by   Thom, 5/28/2015 10:37:13 AM | Add a Comment

Just ONEthing - June 2015 Posted by   Thom, 5/28/2015 10:31:47 AM | Add a Comment