Staff Picks

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Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

Appreciating All Animals

Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better is a book written by Tracey Stewart, an animal lover, animal rights advocate and just plain true friend to many species. She is also a convert to vegetarianism, holds a degree in veterinary technology, and happens to be form ...

So Bad It's Good Posted by   Kevin, 2/5/2016 03:04:45 PM | Add a Comment

The Secret Museum Posted by   David, 2/4/2016 08:22:38 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

My Favorite Movies--E

(E) The Elephant Man (1980) David Lynch’s films are known for their surrealist, unsettling depictions of the intersection where the sinisterly bizarre and the ‘aw shucks’ banal collide, the television series Twin Peaks being the most representational of his singular vision. One of his most commercially succes ...

My Favorite Movies--D Posted by   Ryan, 2/8/2016 12:33:10 PM | Add a Comment

My Favorite Films--C Posted by   Ryan, 2/6/2016 12:16:41 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Changing Places

I just pulled off of the shelves the album Changing Places by The Tord Gustavsen Trio on a whim, or at least an informed whim, given it was released on the respected ECM label. The jazz trio consists of Gustavsen on piano, a double bass and drums. There's a nocturnal atmosphere throughout the album, one in whi ...

Because of Billie Posted by   Ryan, 2/5/2016 10:12:33 AM | Add a Comment

New View Posted by   Ryan, 1/28/2016 03:54:16 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

Urban Fiction Book Discussion Group @ Powell

On Tuesday November 24, the ladies of the Alma Powell Urban Fiction Book Discussion group had a festive pot luck dinner. This book discussion group has been in existence for several years and is still going strong. If you like Urban Fiction please join the ladies for a lively and fun night of book talk. phot ...

A new exhibit in the Barnabee Gallery at Powell Posted by   Judi, 8/30/2015 03:41:33 PM | Add a Comment

Bookworms Posted by   Bill, 7/17/2015 03:46:45 PM | Add a Comment

Friends News, Weekly Specials & More»RSS

January 8, 2016 - Winter Bag-of-Book Sale News

We're receiving frequent calls from folks wanting to know when our next Bag-of-Books sale will be held. The answer is that we don't currently have a winter sale scheduled. The freight elevator (which we depend on for the sale) is currently undergoing extensive work. We hope we will be able to schedule a sale in Februa ...

Bookstore News December 16 - 19(1) Posted by   Carol, 12/15/2015 04:06:18 PM | Add a Comment

Annual Gift Book Sale Begins November 27 Posted by   Carol, 11/24/2015 02:37:34 PM | Add a Comment

Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

The Archaeology of American Cemeteries and Gravemarkers

At the risk of being accused overly morbid, I’m going to highlight a book about cemeteries for the second time in a year. The last one was The Art of Memory: Historic Cemeteries of Grand Rapids, Michigan a nd I loved it for its amazing photos that captured the beauty and artistry that I enjoy in cemeteries. This ti ...

Midwest Foraging Posted by   Beth, 1/8/2016 11:29:49 AM | Add a Comment

The Taste and Sound of Local History Posted by   Beth, 11/24/2015 03:44:19 PM | Add a Comment


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Expectations and feedback

His total playing time added up to less than a minute, and virtually every second he was on the field, he was the center of attention. Yet, Denver Bronco’s kicker Brandon McManus – who scored 10 of the team’s 24 points – was hardly mentioned in the postgame discussions and gave few, if any, locker room interviews. Wh ...

Developing Resolute-Humble Leaders Posted by   Thom, 2/3/2016 04:44:40 PM | Add a Comment

Just ONEthing - Feb 2016 Posted by   Thom, 2/3/2016 04:41:50 PM | Add a Comment