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Evaluation 201

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Central Library
Van Deusen Room
This workshop will build on the concepts discussed in Evaluation 101 and provide time for participants to walk through the evaluation design and implementation processes.

In this session:
  • Chose among evaluation models
  • Understand how to generate "good" questions for the evaluation to address
  • Select the appropriate data collection tools
  • Ensure date are used by many different stakeholders
  • Make data-driven decisions
Participants are asked to bring strategic plans, logic models, and any other documents related to the design and implementation of an evaluation.

Presented by Meg Blinkiewicz, Ph.D., Director of Kalamazoo Youth Development Network
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Friends Bookstore Vintage Book Sale

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Central Library
Friends Bookstore
Starting Wednesday (7/18) we will be having a Vintage Book Sale. We have lots of old books. Some are antiques and some are just old, but as the saying goes one man’s ceiling is another man’s floor. If you love old books you will enjoy looking through these carts. There will definitely be some hidden gems at bargain prices. The sale starts on Wednesday at noon and will go through that week and possibly the next.
Store Hours:
Wednesday 12 noon to 7 pm
Thur., Fri, and Sat. 10 am - 4 pm
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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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Play and Learn

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Alma Powell Branch
Children's Area
Come to the Story Place and engage in play for early learning. For children ages 1 to 5 with caregiver, siblings welcomed.
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Drum Beats!

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Alma Powell Branch
Douglass Community Center
Experience an engaging and memorable introduction to West African musical culture at this hands-on drumming workshop. Best for grades K-5. Registration required.
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Little Scientists

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
Early literacy and STEAM activities for preschoolers and their caregivers. Best for ages 3-6. Registration required.
OSH July Topic:  Five Senses
CEN July Topic:  Red Planet
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Art Attack

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Central Library
Teen Studio
Get creative!
Express your creativity while exploring different art mediums. Dress for messy art!

June 22 --Altered thrift store prints
June 29 –Acrylics on Canvas
July 6 —String Art
July 13 —Paper Marbling
July 20 --Caitlyn Pelfresne with Eye to Eye printmaking cart
July 27 --Woodblock prints
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Sankofa Book Club

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Alma Powell Branch
Barnabee Gallery
Join this unique book club for young readers. We will read together, learn new vocabulary, engage in learning activities, and enjoy nutritious snacks. Best for grades 2-4.
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Friends Bookstore Vintage Book Sale

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Central Library
Friends Bookstore
Starting Wednesday (7/18) we will be having a Vintage Book Sale. We have lots of old books. Some are antiques and some are just old, but as the saying goes one man’s ceiling is another man’s floor. If you love old books you will enjoy looking through these carts. There will definitely be some hidden gems at bargain prices. The sale starts on Wednesday at noon and will go through that week and possibly the next.
Store Hours:
Wednesday 12 noon to 7 pm
Thur., Fri, and Sat. 10 am - 4 pm
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LEGO at the Library

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Central Library
Story Place
Build, create, race, inspire, and imagine with other Lego fans. Bricks provided, from Duplo to expert builder. All ages welcome.
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Roll for Initiative

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Central Library
Teen Studio
Grab your dice and Roll for Initiative
Create a character or play one we've got on hand, and explore an imaginary world with other roleplayers in a one-off Dungeons & Dragons adventure. Co-inspired by Fanfare.
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The Great American Read

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Alma Powell Branch
Barnabee Gallery
Tuesday, July 10, 6:30 pm, Oshtemo
Saturday, July 21, 2:00 pm, Powell
Monday, July 30, 6:00 pm, Eastwood
The Great American Read 2018 will spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved and shaped us. Be a part of this family book discussion by picking up a free copy of the book, reading it together as a family, then joining other families to discuss the book while enjoying delicious snacks. Families welcomed.

Free copies while supplies last will be available at the following branches on June 1st:

Oshtemo discussion: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Powell discussion: One Crazy Summer by Rita Garcia-Williams
Eastwood discussion: Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
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Summer Hours - Closed Sunday

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
All Locations
Summer Hours
All Kalamazoo Public Library locations are closed Sundays until September.
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Forget the Pecking Order at Work

9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
ONEplace@kpl
Webinar
Explore the dynamics of team responsibility and accountability in this ONEplace Video Series selection. Watch the video in your space & at your convenience anytime Monday July 23 through Thursday July 26. Post your comments, questions, and related resources on our Facebook page. 

Presented by Margaret Heffernan 

Registration required.
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Toddler Talk

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
Toddlers 1-3 Years
Toddlers play while adults share joys and challenges of parenting 1-3 year olds. Carolyn Call, RN, parent educator/facilitator.
No registration required!
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Little Scientists

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Central Library
Story Place
Early literacy and STEAM activities for preschoolers and their caregivers. Best for ages 3-6. Registration required.

CEN July topic: Red Planet
CEN August topic:  Plant Science
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Crafternoons

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Central Library
Teen Studio
Spend your afternoon crafting!
Drop in for an afternoon of creating and crafting. New take-home project each week.

June 18: Paper Beads & Perler Beads
June 25: Mindful Coloring
July 2: String Painting
July 9:  Self-Care Cards
July 16: Soap Making
July 23: Paper Marbling
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Baby Talk

2:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
Babies up to One Year
Talk about the care of babies up to one year of age with other parents. Carolyn Call, RN, facilitator.
No registration required!
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Play and Learn

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Eastwood Branch
Children's Area
Come to the Story Place and engage in play for early learning. For children ages 1 to 5 with caregiver, siblings welcomed.
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Ask a Lawyer--Portage Community Center

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Portage Community Center
Community Room
Free legal clinic for Kalamazoo County residents 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. Not available for individuals who have already consulted an attorney. 

This clinic takes place at the Portage Community Center at 325 E. Centre Ave in Portage.  Please contact the Law Library at 269-553-7920 for an appointment.
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Life Cycle presents: A Tea Program

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Eastwood Branch
Community Room
Come, join Tony from Life Cycles at Eastwood to sample, and learn about Organic Asian teas. 
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Loud @ the Library

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Central Library
Children's Room
Experience guitar, banjo, keyboard, and other instruments in a hands-on program. We’ll begin with practical information about sound safety. Then we’ll get creative with sound! In June: Strings! Learn about and play the electric guitar, the banjo, and other stringed instruments! In July: Keys! We’ll connect a digital keyboard to a computer and create new music! Best for grades K-5.
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Novel Ideas Book Club: The Space Between Us

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
Join the novelty of Oshtemo's newest book club. Continue your Summer Reading in India. In The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar two women find a connection in spite of their caste. Read how they navigate honor, tradition, and family in modern India.
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Grant Research Tools

9:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Central Library
Van Deusen Room
Great grant proposals begin with focused and effective research. Knowing the right tools and how to use them makes this critical element efficient. The class helps you find funders interested in your mission by introducing you to directories and other tools available to you.

In this session:
  • Learn how to match your grant proposal with the right funder
  • Discover websites and directories with relevant information
  • Explore the Foundation Center’s Fund Information Network with over 100,000 foundation and corporate funders Learn how to do focused, productive searches

Presented by
Matthew Lechel, ONEplace Director

Registration is required due to limited space
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Preschool Storytime

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Central Library
Story Place
Engage in exciting stories, songs, and activities.
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