Staff Picks

KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.

Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

The Immortal Evening

The New York Times Book Review started a feature called “By the Book” a year or two ago. Someone, usually an author, is interviewed about their reading habits. Several of the questions are repeated almost every week like; What is currently on your nightstand?, What book are you embarrassed that you have not read y ...


Our Better Angels Posted by   Steve, 12/12/2014 10:54:02 AM | Add a Comment


Holiday Pile Posted by   Kevin, 12/11/2014 04:16:53 PM | Add a Comment


Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

All Memories Are Traces of Tears

At its core, the Wong Kar-Wai film 2046 (2004) is about the anchor of memory and the struggle to move beyond the emotional stasis of ill-fated love. Developed as an associated sequel to his breathtaking classic In the Mood for Love (2000), it’s a poignant and heart-wrenching follow-up that restarts the story of ...


Health & Fitness Posted by   Angela, 12/15/2014 03:03:03 PM | Add a Comment


Calvary Posted by   Ryan, 12/12/2014 10:46:06 AM | Add a Comment


Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Bargains in the Basement: Live and Local

This week’s first find was from the KPL collection a copy of the Ken Morgan Jazz Unit (Ken Morgan, saxophones, flute Gail Baker, vocals Matt Jackson, piano Paul Erhard, bass Mike Roush, drums), recorded (and titled) Live at Chaps on ...


Best Music of 2014 Posted by   Ryan, 12/11/2014 02:50:21 PM | Add a Comment


The Voice of Christmas Posted by   Ryan, 12/1/2014 09:37:30 AM | Add a Comment


From the Director»RSS

Library news and happenings

Another Way to Reduce Stress

This can be a stressful, overly busy time of year. We’ve all read advice for reducing stress. Here’s another one: uninterrupted reading, even “slow reading.” “Slow reading” is a return to reading habits of the time before cellphones, social media, Google….just sit in silence and read uninterruptedly. Reducing s ...


Year End Donations Posted by   Ann, 12/1/2014 11:49:34 AM | Add a Comment


Spelling Bee Thanks to KPL Staff Posted by   Ann, 11/20/2014 12:10:58 PM | Add a Comment


@ Your Library»RSS

Recent library events, news and more

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: Traini ...


Lots To Do at the Library! Posted by   Bill, 12/19/2014 05:40:54 PM | Add a Comment


The Contract Posted by   Bill, 10/21/2014 03:45:09 PM | Add a Comment


Friends News, Weekly Specials & More»RSS

Bookstore News December 17 - 20

We still have lots of nice gift-quality books available. Our special sale continues but don't limit your gift shopping to the Gift Book selections; our shelves contain many books that would make excellent gifts. And of course, GIFT CERTIFICATES make wonderful gifts also. ...


Bookstore News December 10 - 13 Posted by   Carol, 12/9/2014 03:49:56 PM | Add a Comment


Bookstore News December 3 - 5 Posted by   Carol, 12/3/2014 03:16:21 PM | Add a Comment


Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

Second Chance for Programs

If you read our Link newsletter or peruse the website from time to time, you probably know that KPL has hosted many wonderful local history programs in recent years. We’ve covered topics related to architecture , neighborhoods , women’s history , shipwrecks , and even the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair . All the l ...


An Idyllic Summer Day Posted by   Beth, 8/15/2014 01:54:51 PM | Add a Comment


Michigan’s Historic Lighthouses Posted by   Keith, 5/16/2014 12:00:18 PM | Add a Comment


ONEplace»RSS

Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

Leggo my ego

I enjoy basketball. While some individual players stand out, it’s the performance of the team that decides the game: working together, anticipating each other’s moves, and sharing the spotlight. Sure it takes practice, but it takes more than practice. It takes trust. On a team, trust means…   ...


You're welcome Posted by   Thom, 12/8/2014 09:18:02 AM | Add a Comment


Board training increases impact Posted by   Thom, 12/3/2014 01:32:53 PM | Add a Comment