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Toddler Talk

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
Toddlers 1-3 Years
Toddlers play while adults share joys and challenges of parenting 1-3 year olds with a parent educator/facilitator.
No registration required!
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Baby Talk

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
Babies up to One Year
Talk about care of babies with other parents. Carolyn Call, RN, facilitator.
No registration required!
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Family Storytime

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
Storytime for the whole family!
Stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun activities designed for preschoolers from birth to age 5, but younger and older siblings welcome. Children must be acompanied by an adult caregiver.
No registration required!
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Family Storytime

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Central Library
Story Place
Storytime for the whole family!
Stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun activities designed for preschoolers from birth to age 5, but younger and older siblings welcome.
Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.
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Ask a Lawyer

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Central Library
Study Room 1
Ask a Lawyer
Free legal clinic for persons of low-to-moderate income with Bar Association lawyers.  Get help with most areas of civil law, including landlord-tenant problems, divorce, and family law.  Appointments for a 30-minute, one-time consultation. You may make one appointment during a six-month period.

Call the Law Library at 269-553-7920 for an appointment.
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LEGO at the Library

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
Build, create, race, inspire, and imagine with other Lego fans. Bricks provided, from Duplo to expert builder. All ages welcome.
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First Saturday @ KPL

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Central Library
Children's Room
Take your family to the library the first Saturday of each month! Get your library card or pick out some books to check out! Enjoy stories, activities, special guests, and door prizes. Something different each month! First Saturday is a partnership program for KPL and Kalamazoo Public Schools. Each monthly event is co-hosted with an organization serving children and families in Kalamazoo. 

In September, Despierta Kalamazoo will host. In October, WMU McGinnis Reading Center will host. In November, WMU H.I.G.E. Outreach will host. Learn more...
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Library Closed (Summer Hours)

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Central Library
Summer Hours begin. Central Library is closed Sundays until September. Learn more...
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Library Closed for Labor Day

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
All Locations
All Kalamazoo Public Library services are closed Monday, September 5, for Labor Day. Normal hours resume on Tuesday.
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Preschool Storytime

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Central Library
Story Place
Stories, songs, and activities for 3-5 year-olds and their caregivers.
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Toddler Talk

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
Toddlers 1-3 Years
Toddlers play while adults share joys and challenges of parenting 1-3 year olds with a parent educator/facilitator.
No registration required!
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1-2-3 Play with Me

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Central Library
Story Place
Spend time together, play, make friends, and talk one-on-one with specialists on child development during this enjoyable one month workshop. For children 1 to 3 years and their parents and caregivers. Learn more here. Registration required. Infant and preschool siblings may attend with registered toddler. Call 269-553-7804 to register.
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Baby Talk

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
Babies up to One Year
Talk about care of babies with other parents. Carolyn Call, RN, facilitator.
No registration required!
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New Overtime Rules for Nonprofits

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Central Library
Van Deusen Room
New overtime regulations take effect December 1, 2016. How will they affect your nonprofit? This workshop answers that critical question for you and allows plenty of time for your additional questions. 

Presented by Leigh Schultz, Attorney at Miller Canfield 

Registration required
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Family Storytime

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
Storytime for the whole family!
Stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun activities designed for preschoolers from birth to age 5, but younger and older siblings welcome. Children must be acompanied by an adult caregiver.
No registration required!
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Family Storytime

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Central Library
Story Place
Storytime for the whole family!
Stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun activities designed for preschoolers from birth to age 5, but younger and older siblings welcome.
Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.
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Friends Bag-of-Books Sale

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Central Library
Van Deusen Room
10¢ each or a grocery bag full for $2.00!
The selection and prices can’t be beat. You can fill a grocery-size bag full of books for only $2 or pay 10¢ per book. Please feel free to bring your own sturdy reusable bag.
Support your Library and Save $$$
Support your library while enjoying a wonderful time browsing through quality books. Thousands of books are sorted by category. You will find: fiction & mystery, romance, science fiction, large print, assorted nonfiction, children’s books, audiobooks, movies, music, and more. Teachers take note—this could be the place to add books to your classroom library without breaking the budget! Circle the date on your calendar and join us!
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Essay Writing with Jennifer Clark

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Central Library
Teen Area
It's College Essay Time
Perfect those college essays in time for admission and scholarship application deadlines.  Practice your personal writing with exercises and tips from writing teacher, Jennifer Clark.  Stay for the editing session afterwards to get help with a current essay.  Best for greades 9-12.
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Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
ONEplace@kpl
Webinar
ONEplace Video Series! Watch the video in your space & at your convenience anytime Monday Sep 12 through Thursday Sep 15. Post your comments, questions, and related resources on our Facebook page. What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it's someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility. 

Presented by Simon Sinek. 

Registration required.
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Job of the Manager & Managing Yourself

9:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Central Library
Van Deusen Room
Supervision Series #1: Supervising and managing – what does it really involve? (Hint; it may be more complicated than you think!) What do managers to do to be truly successful? Why do some fail and others succeed? What is different about managing in a nonprofit organization? How can you be effective when the mix of information, tasks, and responsibilities on your plate keeps changing? This session introduces the course and includes an overview of the manager’s many roles and responsibilities to: manage themselves, communicate for results, build successful relationships, manage others, manage change, solve problems, make decisions, lead and empower others, and continue their own professional growth. Managing yourself will the focus of the final portion of the session and will continue in the first part of the next session. 

Presented by Paul Knudstrup, president of Midwest Consulting Group, Inc. and author of The 8 Essential Skills for Supervisors & Managers. Designed for entry to middle-level directors and managers in all areas of nonprofit organizations (executives, programs, services, administration, operations, fund development, communications—anyone who supervises other staff or volunteers). 

The five sessions build upon each other, so committing to the entire course will provide the greatest benefit.
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Baby Lapsit

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
Songs, bounces, and rhymes for babies from birth to walking with their caregivers. Siblings welcome.
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Little Scientists

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Central Library
Story Place
Stories and science for preschoolers and a caregiver. Best for ages 3-6. Registration required.

Sept 12th – Computers 
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Baby Steps

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
Rhymes, songs, and books for lit Rhymes, songs and books for little ones from walking to 24 months and their caregivers. Siblings welcome.
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Teen Advisory Board

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Central Library
Teen Area
Attention Teens!
Are you looking for ways to give back to your library and your community while having fun at the same time? Join KPL’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) at either Central or Oshtemo! TAB is an informal, fun group of teens who meet monthly to play games, plan library programs, test out new services for teens, and more TAB members also get special perks, rewards, and opportunities! Want to know more? Register online.
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Teen Advisory Board

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
Attention Teens!
Are you looking for ways to give back to your library and your community while having fun at the same time? Join KPL’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) at either Central or Oshtemo! TAB is an informal, fun group of teens who meet monthly to play games, plan library programs, test out new services for teens, and more TAB members also get special perks, rewards, and opportunities! Want to know more? Register online.
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