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Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

My Teacher is a Monster!

Peter Brown authors and illustrates some of the funniest picture books around! His new title this fall is called My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)  In the book, Bobby is frustrated with a mildly strict teacher who asks him to "settle down" in class. One day he goes to the park to forget his troubles and hi ...

Guest Cat Posted by   Teresa, 9/17/2014 02:10:15 PM | Add a Comment

Invisible Posted by   Gary, 9/16/2014 05:09:13 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog


Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers starts out by having Charles Brady played by Brian Krause get up in front of his class in school and read his paper about Sleepwalkers; a mother and her son and how they have to run from town to town never settling down, how the men would always come to hunt them and thus they give you the ...

Brick Mansions Posted by   Gary, 9/16/2014 04:23:12 PM | Add a Comment

The Unreliable Narrator Posted by   Ryan, 9/12/2014 12:49:49 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

My Favorite Albums So Far

We're past the mid-way point of 2014 and so here's my ever expanding list of favorite albums of the year. I'm sure a few more releases will make the list by year's end. What about you? What's on your list? The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream Real Estate, Atlas Dean Wareham, Dean Wareham St. Vincent, ...

A Spoonful of Good Tunes Posted by   Ryan, 9/4/2014 04:50:55 PM | Add a Comment

Valerie June Posted by   Caitlin, 9/2/2014 03:11:22 PM | Add a Comment

From the Director»RSS

Library news and happenings

Bargains with your Library Card

Libraries promote library cards as the “most powerful card in your wallet.” For the month of September, your KPL card has even more power…. the power for discounts at some popular restaurants and retailers. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month across the country. In celebration, many Kalamazoo merchants are ...

Homework Resources Posted by   Ann, 8/27/2014 02:53:50 PM | Add a Comment

Ebooks @ the Library Posted by   Ann, 8/15/2014 03:16:43 PM | Add a Comment

@ Your Library»RSS

Recent library events, news and more

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 f ...

Storyteller Chris Fascione at Oshtemo Library Posted by   Angela, 7/18/2014 03:13:17 PM | Add a Comment

DIY with the Kids Posted by   Bill, 7/3/2014 04:22:08 PM | Add a Comment

Weekly Specials, News & More»RSS

Bookstore News Sept. 17 - 20

Civil War buff? We have a  cart full of some unusual and interesting Civil War books. Fan of new fiction? We have lots of new “hot picks” type fiction from 2014, great reading and super cheap. ...

Friends Bookstore News Sept. 10 - 13 Posted by   Carol, 9/10/2014 01:17:28 PM | Add a Comment

Bag-ofBooks Sale - Saturday Posted by   Carol, 9/2/2014 04:17:53 PM | Add a Comment

Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

An Idyllic Summer Day

It’s been a while since we posted an unidentified photo so this one has a bonus – an extra related photo. Both feature what appears to be at least three generations of a family posed in front of a house. One is taken from a distance, making the house fully visible. The house is brick and it is clearly in a rural set ...

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

Images of the Civil War Posted by   Beth, 3/20/2014 03:09:28 PM | Add a Comment


Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

Clarity over certainty

One lesson regularly presents itself to me in a variety of forms – the importance of clarity over and above certainty. Without going into all the gory details, suffice it to say that processes have stalled waiting for every last fact to be gathered, people have adorned their arguments with extraneous and jargoni ...

Glad you asked Posted by   Thom, 9/5/2014 11:01:00 AM | Add a Comment

Work in progress Posted by   Thom, 8/29/2014 04:01:37 PM | Add a Comment - 4 Comments