Staff Picks

KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.

Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

Once Upon an Alphabet

Once Upon an Alphabet , by Oliver Jeffers , is one of my favorite alphabet books for kids (but also really fun for adults) since The Alphabet from A to Y with bonus letter, Z! by Steve Martin and Roz Chast. Some alphabet books, like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom , are perfect for introducing the alphabet to little ...


A Christmas truce during World War I?! Posted by   Kristen, 11/25/2014 10:25:53 AM | Add a Comment


Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar Posted by   Keith, 11/19/2014 11:55:48 AM | Add a Comment


Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

Rosewood Lane

I chose to watch Rosewood Lane because Rose McGowan was in it. I’ve like her since Charmed. Rose McGowan is Sonny Blake a radio talk show therapist. Her alcoholic dad dies, and she moves into her childhood home. They briefly touch on that she tried to sell the house and could not but the movie had to have her move ...


Crazy Train Posted by   Dan, 11/26/2014 08:27:20 AM | Add a Comment


The Punk Singer Posted by   Ryan, 11/20/2014 03:02:29 PM | Add a Comment


Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Slow Club

The new British male/female duo Slow Club effectively weave together expressive crooning with catchy melodies and dance-friendly grooves with their third album Complete Surrender . From beautiful ballads to romping Motown-rooted soul, fans of bands like Beach House, Wye Oak, The Supremes, Low, Amy Winehouse, and S ...


Christmas… and All That Jazz Posted by   Keith, 11/18/2014 03:20:43 PM | Add a Comment


The Power of Mahler Posted by   Ryan, 11/13/2014 02:41:43 PM | Add a Comment


From the Director»RSS

Library news and happenings

Spelling Bee Thanks to KPL Staff

What a night for the 14th annual Great Grown-up Spelling Bee! THANK YOU to all the KPL staff who had a part in making this another successful year of raising serious money to buy books for kids through Ready to Read . It was fun. I can’t begin to name everyone who had a part before, at, after the event B ...


Good Reading Posted by   Ann, 11/19/2014 08:33:52 AM | Add a Comment


Just 15 Minutes a Day Can Make a Difference Posted by   Ann, 11/10/2014 09:25:45 AM | Add a Comment


@ Your Library»RSS

Recent library events, news and more

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 Yanke ...


Teens: Submit Your Film to the 12th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival! Posted by   Stewart, 10/10/2014 11:16:12 AM | Add a Comment


Healthy Living Workshops @ your library Posted by   Angela, 8/26/2014 12:46:49 PM | Add a Comment


Friends News, Weekly Specials & More»RSS

Bookstore News November 26 - 29

 Our annual, and much anticipated, Gift Book Sale begins this Friday. It's a wonderful way to start your holiday shopping. You will find like-new books, in pristine condition, at a fraction of retail price. This sale includes all types of books, both fiction and nonfiction, for children and adults. At this sale y ...


Bookstore News November 19 - 22 Posted by   Carol, 11/19/2014 10:58:34 AM | Add a Comment


Bookstore News November 12 - 15 Posted by   Carol, 11/11/2014 04:16:57 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

How About a December Resolution?

Most of us wouldn't call the holiday season relaxing, especially for nonprofits with year-end campaigns to run. One way I divert some of the anxiety that goes along with hectic year-end events is by setting a small, yet achievable goal with a December 31 deadline. There is something distinctly satisfying about bri ...


The human economy Posted by   Thom, 11/17/2014 10:24:47 AM | Add a Comment


People we need Posted by   Thom, 11/9/2014 07:12:57 PM | Add a Comment