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September-October 2012 LIBRARY LINK

meet Susan Orlean

get a card

October 12, 7 pm, KCHS Auditorium

Celebrate Kalamazoo Public Library's 140th birthday on October 12! Join 65,000 of your friends and neighbors and sign up for the smartest card of all during September, National Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Kalamazoo Public Library celebrates its 140th anniversary with an appearance by literary journalist Susan Orlean. Her best-selling book, The Orchid Thief, was made into the Oscar-winning movie, Adaptation, starring Meryl Streep. Her latest work, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, tells the story of Rin Tin Tin’s improbable journey from puppy orphaned on a 1918 battlefield to movie star and international icon. Orlean became a staff writer for The New Yorker in 1992. She wrote dozens of “Talk of the Town” pieces, “Profiles” and “Reporter at Large” articles, plus a series of American popular culture columns called “Popular Chronicles.” Prior to joining The New Yorker, Orlean served as a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Vogue. Esquire, New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, and numerous others have published her articles. A University of Michigan graduate, she also teaches creative writing at NYU. Hear Orlean talk about Rin Tin Tin, her career, and answer questions about any of her books. Plus, meet one of Kalamazoo County’s K-9 teams, on hand to honor Orlean! Learn more at Free, no ticket required.

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get your geek on Whatever you geek, Kalamazoo Public Library supports you. No matter who you are, there are things you’re passionate about – things you geek. Maybe you’re crazy for hula, hip hop, or hamsters. Maybe you love gardening, Gandhi, or globetrotting. Or maybe you geek a parade! Whatever you geek, we want to know. Show Kalamazoo what you geek. Share what you geek and why – then watch for your story and others on KPL’s geek blog.

See what KPL staff geek then join the show! Sign up for your own geek poster or record a geek video during KPL’s 140th anniversary week. Buy your own “What do you geek?” t-shirt online or pick up a bumper sticker or button at the library. To learn more, visit or write to

A Kalamazoo Public Library card – it’s every student's most important school supply. Make trips to the library a regular family event. Borrow books, movies and music, play games, use the computers, meet authors, enjoy concerts, download ebooks and audiobooks, get help with homework or other questions, and more! This young KPL member proudly shows off his brand-new library card. Kids get a free rainbow lanyard holder with their card. Put the smartest card in your pocket! Get it! Use it! @ your library


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events We Want Your Photos! Kalamazoo Public Library turns 140 in October! Help the library celebrate by taking photos of KPL staff, patrons, buildings, and/or events for display at Art Hop on October 5. We're hoping for dozens of photos from every KPL location, from friends of the library and professional photographers. Learn more at



Classics Revisited

Elden Kelly & Carolyn Koebel

September 20, 7 pm, CEN October 18, 7 pm, CEN Join lovers of classic literature to discuss Middlemarch by George Eliot in September and Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises in October.

September 19, 7 pm, CEN Guitarist, singer and songwriter Elden Kelly infuses jazz and American roots music with middleeastern influences. His interest in international styles led him to the oud (a fretless Egyptian lute) and the glissentar (a 12-stringed fretless guitar), instruments he now employs in many performances. Carolyn provides percussion accompaniment.

Urban Fiction September 25, October 23, 6 pm, POW This popular street lit discussion group will talk about Supreme Clientele by Ashley and JaQuavis in September and Azorel’s Daddy’s House in October. Pick up a copy of the novel at Powell. Refreshments.

Acoustic Slow Jam

Banned Books Readout October 4, 7 pm, CEN The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees your right to decide for yourself what you read, listen to, or view. Banned Books Week, observed since 1982, reminds Americans not to take this precious right for granted. Celebrate your intellectual freedom with the American Civil Liberties Union and Kalamazoo Public Library! Local literary celebrities will read from frequently challenged books.

Art Hop October 5, 6-8 pm, CEN and 5-7 pm, POW Enjoy music and birthday cake while you browse this photo collection of both new and historical photos of Kalamazoo Public Library's staff, patrons, buildings, events, and more. 2

October 3, 7 pm, CEN Does your guitar, fiddle, or mandolin never leave home? Want to make music with others but think you can’t keep up? If you can play basic chords, like G, C, D, or A, then you can join us for a slow jam. Sponsored by Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association (GLAMA) members.

Glowfriends October 17, 7 pm, CEN This six-piece group led by Mark Andrew Morris and April Zimont, brother and sister, play a unique blend of shoegaze, 90s’ indie rock, slowcore, and dreampop. The Glowfriends sound features brother/ sister vocal harmonies, vibraphone, subtle acoustic leanings, and the occasional noisy guitar outburst.

history & genealogy Intro to Genealogy September 14, 1:30-3:30 pm, CEN Learn how to start compiling your family tree through databases like Ancestry. com, Heritage Quest, KPL’s index to local publications, plus important print sources, major collections, and more. Registration required; call 553-7808 or register online starting August 29.

& more Brew Your Own Beer September 11, 6 pm, OSH Members of the Kalamazoo Libation Organization of Brewers demonstrate the process of homebrewing beer.

Ask a Lawyer

Lord of the Gourd

September 14, Oct. 12, 11:30 am-1 pm, CEN October 2, 6-8 pm, POW Free legal clinics with Bar Association lawyers. For a free 20-minute appointment, call 553-7920 for the clinic at Central or 553-7960 for Powell. Only one appointment available every four months.

October 15, 2-7 pm, OSH October 17, 2-7 pm, CEN Watch a professional pumpkin sculptor play with his food! Pat Harrison specializes in carving completely edible meals – fruits and vegetables that are carved into whimsical designs, then often cooked and eaten. He specializes in oddly-shaped pumpkins this time of year.

Beading Basics October 2, 6:30 pm, WSQ Learn to make a bracelet or necklace with Cindy Spiess-Malmstrom, owner of The Bead Shop. Materials provided, including a selection of semi-precious stones! Enjoy creating your own bling. Questions? Call 553-7970.

Clip a Little, Save a Lot

Ghost Towns of Michigan October 10, 6:30 pm, OSH Hundreds of ghost towns dot our landscape; some still appear on state maps. Many sprouted in logging, farming, and mining areas, but faded into history when their natural resources were depleted. Take an historic tour with presenter Dianna Stampfler.

Genealogy Lock-in October 26, 6-10 pm, CEN After-hours event for genealogists. Registration required; call 553-7808 or register online starting October 3.

October 30, 6:30 pm, EAST Coupon expert Stephanie Vargo will show you how to save money using coupons. Learn how to look for great coupons, effectively organize and use them, and how to maximize your savings savvy.

Blood Drive September 14, 10:15 am-4 pm, CEN The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types. Walk-ins welcome, or schedule an appointment to avoid waiting. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit Sponsor code: KPL

Putting Your Garden to Bed October 18, 6:30 pm, OSH Enjoying a successful, healthy garden entails work yearround. The growing season may be over, but we need to prepare for a good winter rest and next spring’s activities. Erica Barajas, manager of the Growing Matters Garden and Douglass Farmers’ Market, will share her experiences and suggestions. 3

news New Catalog Easier to Use KPL's updated catalog features simple searching and natural language that people use on Internet search engines. If you don't know how to spell a word, the catalog will now try to help. New KPL books, movies and music scroll on an image carousel on the catalog home page. But if you regularly checked KPL's new items lists in the past, you can still find those in Classic Search. Best of all, you can easily create lists! Log in to your account at the top of any KPL webpage then click My Lists. Click + to create a list, then search the catalog for items to put on your list. Use the Select an Action box to add items to a list.

Holiday Hours September 3, October 8 All Kalamazoo Public Library locations will be closed on Labor Day and Columbus Day. Normal hours will resume on the Tuesdays following those holidays.

Friends Bag Sale September 22, 9 am-3:30 pm, CEN Thousands of titles at 10¢ each or $2 for a bag full – it’s another great sale, featuring exceptionally good stock! Book lovers will find boundless bargains in children’s, fiction, nonfiction, mystery, romance, biography, and even large print books. Friends volunteers will refill the tables as long as supplies last. Fill up your own bag or buy a brown grocery bag from the Friends. Let the Friends offer you this easy opportunity to support your library while enjoying a wonderful time browsing through quality books. Circle the date on your calendar and join us.

November 9, 9 am-3:30 pm Featuring pop-up book artist and paper engineer Robert Sabuda! Hear Sabuda’s history of pop-up and movable books. He’ll also share how he creates his work and show how to create a simple pop-up. Registration required. Learn more at 553-7804 or

Spelling Bee November 14, 6-9 pm Join the fun at the Great Grown-up Spelling Bee! Help raise funds to buy gifts books for at-risk children. Sponsor a team of spellers and cheerleaders at this wild and wacky event. Many sponsorship opportunities available. Call 553-7885.

ONEplace Series Returns

Can't find what you want? Continue your search in MeLCat or Suggest an Item. Both options are easily available on the new catalog page.

September 10-October 15

Senior Expo October 4, 9 am-3 pm, County Fairgrounds Visit the Kalamazoo Public Library booth at Senior Expo! Learn about KPL services of interest to seniors, including new assistive technology at the Central Library and Via Mail, the home delivery service for library district residents who can’t get to a library location. 4

Youth Lit Seminar

Nonprofit managers found Paul Knudstrup's five-session course "Nonprofit Supervision & Management" so helpful that we're offering it again this fall. This popular series explores key issues and strategies in supervision and management. Sessions stand alone, but build upon each other. Space limited, so sign up online now!

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tween/teen Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.)

Pizza & Pages

September 5, October 3, 3:30 pm, CEN Plan programs and service projects, discuss books, movies, music, and web sites, eat snacks, play games, and have fun! Gr 7-12.

October 9, 6-7 pm, POW Grab a copy of Ambitious by Monica McKayhan at the Powell desk. Take it home, read it, then join us for pizza and to talk about Ambitious and other great books you’ve read. Gr 7-12.

Origami September 12, 4:30-5:30 pm, OSH September 19, 4-5 pm, POW Try your hand at origami, the Japanese art of folding paper into beautiful creations. No experience necessary! Gr 7-12.

J-Pop Club September 17, October 15, 3:30 pm, CEN Enjoy Japanese Anime, manga, Pocky and food at this drop-in event. Gr 7-12.

Art Attack After School September 27, 4-5 pm, EAS Drop in downstairs after school. Fun, food, games, crafts! Gr 5-12.

Gamers’ Arena September 29, 2 pm, CEN Play new favorites or old classics during an afternoon of strategy, skill and fun. Choose from one of our many board, card or video games, or bring one of your own! Gr 5-12.

Calligraphy October 10, 4-5 pm, WSQ October 17, 4-5 pm, EAST The art of calligraphy dates to the 28th century BCE. Shodo, the Japanese version, uses ink and brush. Participants will learn to write using this lovely, precise art form. Gr 7-12.

Kazu Kibuishi Skype Visit October 18, 7 pm, CEN Veteran comics artist Kazu Kibuishi, author and illustrator of Amulet, Copper, and the Flight series, joins us for a live video chat. See his studio during this unique “visit”!

Tunnel Books October 27, 1-4 pm, OSH Follow your imagination! Create a unique tunnel pop-up book that features a threedimensional diorama. Registration required, space limited. Katie Platte, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, will lead this class.

Call for Entries! 10th Annual Teen Filmmaker Fest Teen film directors and movie makers – create a film to enter in the the best and biggest film festival for teens in Southwest Michigan! Juried films will be shown at the Film Festival at Rave Cityplace 14 on February 24, 2013. Expert judges will award prizes for the best films in a number of categories. Films due January 19, 2013.

It came from the library! Teen Read Week October 15-20 Read-a-Thon October 20 10 am-4 pm, CEN Dare to read for the fun of it. Join Teen Services’ six-hour Read-a-Thon to benefit Kalamazoo Area Loaves and Fishes. Pick up a registration form at the Teen Desk, gather pledges of non-perishable food items, and read all day! Snacks, prizes, game breaks, lunch provided!! Have a Geek photo taken during the Read-a-Thon!

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kids First Saturday David Small & Sarah Stewart September 18, 6 pm, CEN Celebrate the release of The Quiet Place, Sarah Stewart and David Small’s new book about a young girl who writes letters to her aunt in Mexico after she moves to the United States.

September 1, October 6, 2-4 pm, CEN Take your family to the library the first Saturday of every month! Enjoy stories, activities, and special guests hosted by KPL and Kalamazoo Public Schools. Door prizes! Cosponsored by community organizations that serve children and families: Boys & Girls Club in September; Goodwill in October.

LEGO at the Library

Wild Animal Puppet Show

Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am September 1, October 6, OSH September 15, October 20, CEN and September 11, 6:30 pm, WSQ Build, create, race, inspire, and imagine with other Lego fans. Bricks provided, from Duplo to expert builder. All ages.

September 25, 6:30 pm, EAS Spend some time with KPL’s exotic animals and learn some of our favorite fun facts.

Toddler Talk Wednesdays, 10 am-12 pm, OSH September 5, 12, 19, 26 October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Toddlers play while adults share joys, challenges of the parenting 1-3 year olds. Connie Koning, RN, facilitator.

Baby Talk Wednesdays, 1:30–3:30 pm, OSH September 5, 12, 19, 26 October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Talk about care of babies up to one year with other parents. Connie Koning, RN, facilitator.

Stuffed Animals Sleepover September 17, 5:30 pm, OSH

What happens at the library when all the people go home? Bring a stuffed friend to spend the night and find out! Enjoy a bedtime story and snack then kiss your friend goodnight. Pick up your friend the next day.

Bookworms September 27, October 25 4:30 pm, CEN A new book club for kids and their adults! Discuss great books, make crafts, enjoy snacks. Pick up a copy of the book at the Children’s Desk. Read Sara Pennypacker's Clementine in September, Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn-Dixie in October. Talk to author Sara Pennypacker using Skype at the first Bookworms meeting!

Fancy Nancy Party October 2, 6 pm, OSH A splendiferous occasion for celebrating Fancy Nancy! Wear your most magnificent outfit and enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres (that’s fancy for drinks and treats).

Birthday Crafts October 12, 13, Open Hours, All Locations Celebrate Kalamazoo Public Library's 140th anniversary! Make a card to give to the library – we'll post those on a special board – and enjoy other crafts, too.

Registration required. Call location listed or register online starting 30 days before event. Space limited; ticket required. Pick up FREE ticket at host location starting one week before event; one ticket per person. Call location with any questions. 6

storytimes Adult caregiver must accompany babies and toddlers. Siblings may attend as guests.


Pumpkin Parade October 15, 6 pm, OSH Celebrate the season with stories, craft, snack inspired by the big orange gourd! Ages 3-8.

Doll-o-Ween October 22, 6 pm, OSH Throw a Halloween party for your doll and her friends. Make ghostly treats and a costume for your doll.

Halloween Crafts October 25-31, EAS & POW Make cool and scary Halloween crafts! Drop in during open hours.

Sweet and Spooky October 29, 6 pm, OSH Create a creepy gingerbread and candy house to frighten friends and family for Halloween. Gr 2-6.

Bats in the Library October 30, 6:30 pm, WSQ Discover some fascinating features of bats from around the world. They’re not as spooky as you think! Presented by the Organization for Bat Conservation.

Music and Make Believe October 30 & 31, 9:30 & 10:30 am, CEN November 1, 10:30 am, EAS Based on Bill Martin Jr.’s The Maestro Plays, M&Ms features storytime, craft, and a childfriendly performance by the KSO’s string quartet. Registration required. Call the host library to register. Groups welcome. Ages 3-6.

October 18, 6 pm, CEN Stories, songs, fun via iPad and print. Kids will love exploring this new format; parents can play with some great apps for kids! Ages 2-5.

Family Storytime Stories and activities designed for children from birth to age five. Librarians select the best books for the group that attends.

National Food Day The Fresh Food Fairy encourages kids to “eat a rainbow!” She focuses on the bright colors and funny shapes of fruits and veggies – her goal is make fresh food fun and exciting so kids will be more likely to eat them.

Saturdays, 2 pm, CEN September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 October 6, 13, 20, 27 Wednesdays, 10:30 am, POW September 5, 12, 19, 26 October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Thursdays, 10:30 am, EAS September 6, 13, 20, 27 October 4, 11, 18, 25 Thursdays, 10:30 am, OSH September 6, 13, 20, 27 October 4, 11, 18, 25 Fridays, 10:30 am, CEN September 7, 14, 21, 28 October 5, 12, 19, 26

Toddler Storytime Mondays, 1:30 pm, CEN September 10, 17, 24 October 1, 15, 22, 29 Stories, songs, simple crafts for 2-3 ½ year olds.

Preschool Storytime Tuesdays, 10 am, CEN September 4, 11, 18, 25 October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Stories, songs, and crafts for 3-5 year olds.

Musical Storytime Mondays, 6:30 pm, CEN September 24, October 22 Favorite singalong songs and special guests make storytime fun for the whole family.

Storytime Visit October 24, 10:30 am, POW The Fresh Food Fairy will make silly faces out of fresh veggies with kids then offer them to eat with healthy homemade dips.

After School Snacks October 24, 4:30 pm, OSH How are you peeling? The Fresh Food Fairy will show kids how to make easy treats, including a great fruit smoothie with her bike blender! 7

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director's note our history Kalamazoo Public Library first opened to the public with 2,901 books on October 12, 1872, from a small room in Corporation Hall on the west side of S. Burdick Street – twelve years before the Village of Kalamazoo became a city. I like to imagine how excited village residents felt visiting their first public library. An early history reports that late in 1874, "we find the library ministering to its eager patrons each week-day afternoon...and all day Saturday.” Use of the library continued to grow throughout its early years. In 1881, the library circulated 40,000 books. (Last year, that number grew to 1.6 million!) In 1890, the library’s first permanent home opened, built with a gift of $50,000 from Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Van Deusen. Long time residents recall with fondness their visits to the first Children’s Room, with its sunny southern windows and separate tower entrance. Today’s families feel the same way about the current room, with its colorful stained glass fables and Alice in Wonderland Storyroom. We’re honored to contribute to the library’s legacy, to continue the library’s tradition of service. And we’re very grateful for the community’s support and pride in their library. Please join us in celebrating the library’s birthday at the many special events described in LINK.


Alma Powell – POW 1000 W Paterson St, 49007 553-7960

Washington Square – WSQ 1244 Portage St, 49001 553-7970

Library Board Lisa A. Godfrey President Valerie Wright Vice President James VanderRoest Treasurer Robert Paul Brown Secretary Fenner Brown II Bruce Caple Cheryl TenBrink Trustees

Credits Kalamazoo Public Library’s Marketing and Communications Office publishes Link with support from the Friends of the Library. Contact us with your comments or suggestions, 553-7879 or email

Library Link Sept-Oct 2012  

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