Staff Picks

KPL Staff Reviews, News, Recent Events and more.

Staff Picks: Books»RSS

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL Catalog

Another great Sally Spencer mystery!

A young mother is found dead, one of her children is missing. DCI Monika Paniatowski has just returned to work after maternity leave. Her nurturing disposition makes her vulnerable and the plight of the children sends her in directions she wouldn’t normally go. Thicker than Water is another great myster ...

The Princess and the Pony Posted by   Andrea, 4/29/2016 06:34:35 PM | Add a Comment

Lonnie Johnson -- inventor of the Super Soaker! Posted by   Kristen, 4/28/2016 12:26:41 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Movies»RSS

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL Catalog

Beautiful and Brutal

The award-winning, revenge-filled tone poem The Revenant is a magnificently shot film that features sublime cinematography that in scene after scene, generously pays homage to the films of Andrei Tarkovsky. It's also a flaccid story immersed in its endless detailing of unromanticized violence and the kind of brute ...

Brush Up on Your CIVIL WAR History Posted by   Dan, 4/29/2016 10:59:22 AM | Add a Comment

Hillsborough Disaster Posted by   Ryan, 4/27/2016 05:34:12 PM | Add a Comment

Staff Picks: Music»RSS

Staff-recommended listening from the KPL Catalog

Four Favorite Releases of 2016 (so far)

The year is almost a third over and the music has been phenomenal! As we enter the warm summer months here are four great CDs that can be played at maximum volume while enjoying the sun. Welcome the Worms by Bleached – One part Go-Go’s, one part punk and one part pure fun this LA based trio’s sophomore release i ...

Prince Posted by   Ryan, 4/21/2016 04:48:44 PM | Add a Comment

Dive Into Diiv Posted by   Ryan, 4/14/2016 03:18:04 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

Picture Book Neighborhoods

Your library's picture book collections are now organized into Picture Book Neighborhoods. If you're looking for books about cars, trucks, boats, etc, you'll find them all together in the Things that Go neighborhood with a red spine label. Books with yellow spine labels are Concept books. They're all about letters, ...

Urban Fiction Book Discussion Group @ Powell Posted by   Judi, 11/30/2015 03:20:58 PM | Add a Comment

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

Friends News, Weekly Specials & More»RSS

April 6 - 9 Membership News

Join the Friends – Become a Member  Our fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31. It's a perfect time to join.  Joining Friends says to everyone that you care about your library and value its resources. Each new member makes us stronger. Membership is open to anyone interested in supporting our mission. ...

Bookstore News March 23-26 Posted by   Carol, 3/22/2016 03:54:10 PM | Add a Comment

Bookstore News February 24 - 27 Posted by   Carol, 2/23/2016 04:16:26 PM | Add a Comment

Local History and Genealogy»RSS

Local History and Genealogy

New Collection of School Photos

Local History has recently posted a collection of 1960s to early 1970s class photographs from two extinct Kalamazoo elementary schools; Roosevelt School, built in 1909 and razed in 1988, and Hillcrest Elementary, built in 1926 by the Kalamazoo public schools system and closed in the early 1970s for lack of enrollmen ...

Sing a Song of Long Ago Posted by   Tamara, 3/24/2016 08:33:08 AM | Add a Comment

KPL on Posted by   Beth, 3/17/2016 10:55:02 AM | Add a Comment


Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence

Latte with Lanna Lewis

This month Lolita had a great conversation with Lanna Lewis, a Community Investment Officer at Kalamazoo Community Foundation. Lanna discussed what she gained from her five years working at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, the millennial myth she totally disagrees with, and how she uses creativity in he ...

Just ONEthing - April 2016 Posted by   Lolita, 4/26/2016 10:35:18 AM | Add a Comment

Grant Proposal Tips You May Not Have Heard Posted by   Lolita, 4/15/2016 03:25:02 PM | Add a Comment