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Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

It’s Okay to Read

Children’s author/illustrator Todd Parr will be the guest speaker at the 37th Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar this year. Parr is the author of many wonderful children’s titles; his whimsical artwork is distinctive, and always makes me smile. His books have positive, reassuring messages about diver ...


I Love You Just Enough Posted by   Teresa, 10/13/2014 07:38:47 PM | Add a Comment


Telephone by Mac Barnett Posted by   Andrea, 10/6/2014 03:31:40 PM | Add a Comment


Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

A Late Bergman Tour de Force

Autumn Sonata (1978) is a masterful portrait of the kind of personal conflict embedded within family relationships fraught with regret, shame and disappointment. The great actress Ingrid Bergman (who only worked with Ingmar Bergman once) puts in a fantastic performance as the aging classical pianist who tries to re ...


Rich Hill Posted by   Ryan, 10/15/2014 04:05:55 PM | Add a Comment


Johnny Guitar...Not Really About a Guitar Posted by   Ryan, 10/6/2014 03:25:22 PM | Add a Comment


Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

FKA twigs - Let's Hear It for the Girl

Give it a decade-- “where you were you the first time you heard LP1 ?” will be a standard question for music enthusiasts everywhere. Singer-producer FKA twigs’ first studio release is not just a well-executed debut; in the vein of Black Star who released one sole record ( Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star ), t ...


I like to mix it up! Posted by   Judi, 10/20/2014 01:06:07 PM | Add a Comment


Ty Segall Posted by   Ryan, 9/30/2014 02:41:48 PM | Add a Comment


From the Director»RSS

Library news and happenings

We Have Good Friends!

This week, October 19 – 25 is National Friends of Libraries Week . KPL is pleased to celebrate our good friends, the Friends of KPL . They are major contributors to our library’s success through their community advocacy for the library and their donation of about $50,000 annually to enhance our programs and ...


142 Years and Going Strong! Posted by   Ann, 10/10/2014 03:41:28 PM | Add a Comment


Library Satisfaction & Use Posted by   Ann, 9/30/2014 03:39:29 PM | 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 Yankee ...


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


Weekly Specials, News & More»RSS

Bookstore News October 22 - 25

Friends of KPL is joining WMU and downtown Kalamazoo in celebrating Spirit Week, the lead up to WMU’s Homecoming weekend, October 24 – 26. To honor Western and to celebrate Spirit Week all college students (from any college) with college IDs will receive 10% off their entire purchase. Remember to identify yourself as a ...


Bookstore News October 15 - 18 Posted by   Carol, 10/15/2014 10:23:13 AM | Add a Comment


Bookstore News October 8-11 Posted by   Carol, 10/7/2014 04:01:49 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


ONEplace»RSS

Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

Interaligned communities

Last Thursday I enjoyed gathering at ONEplace with around 50 others to again explore the topic of community alignment. We spent good time hearing aspirations from each person, reviewing some statistics and concepts, and then engaging conversations – both in small groups and large group. At the end of the session, one ...


ONEplace Nonprofit Leadership Academy Posted by   Thom, 10/10/2014 03:27:50 PM | Add a Comment


A Good Time to Grow Posted by   Lolita, 10/10/2014 02:10:27 PM | Add a Comment