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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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FREE Electronics Recycling

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Washington Square Branch
Parking Lot (outdoors)
Free Electronics Recycling @ KPL
Bring your used electronics to the Washington Square Branch Library for free recycling. Open to consumers and small businesses.
Items accepted: Computers, cell phones, flat screen monitors, printers, mice, keyboards, cords, cables, modems, WIFI routers, cameras, DVD and VCR players, MP3 players, PDAs, gaming consoles and accessories, CD players, radios, stereos, microwaves, calculators, remote controls, UPS, test equipment, small motors and most other electronic items. ( CRT monitors - $15 fee. )
Items NOT accepted: Televisions, dehumidifiers, large household appliances, smoke detectors, and hazardous materials.
Computer hard drive shredding is available for a $10 fee. For more information, contact Emerald eCycling LLC @ 269-978-1914 or www.emerald-ecycling.com
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Cuentos y Canciones

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Washington Square Branch
Community Room
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with bilingual stories, songs, and special guests. Family welcome.
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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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Tumble Toddlers

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Central Library
Van Deusen Room
Beginner walkers with caregivers will love this free movement experience with music and a big open space. Best for ages 1-2.
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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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Managing Change & Making Effective Decisions

9:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Central Library
Van Deusen Room
Supervision Series #4: Managing change becomes a lot easier when you understand how the process of change actually works. Learn what drives change, what gets in the way of implementing change, and ways to overcome the obstacles for positive outcomes. Supervisors and managers make lots of decisions, every day. Most are routine, but others require careful thought; they carry the potential for far-reaching consequences. Learn to consider alternative approaches and weigh options that draw upon information, logic, and intuition to build decision-making and problem-solving skills so essential for successful supervisors. 

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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1-2-3 Play with Me

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
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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Disc Golf Club

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Oshtemo Branch
Parking Lot (outdoors)
Check out Oshtemo's Disc Golf Course!
Learn to play Disc Golf with friends at Oshtemo Township park. The first session will feature, professional player and course designer, Kirk Haggadone of LunaDisc. No experience necessary! Subsequent sessions will be facilitated by library staff. Outdoor events, weather permitting. Please register.  Grades 5-12.
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Game On

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Alma Powell Branch
Barnabee Gallery
Get your Game On!
From the newest favorites to old classics, it’s an afternoon of strategy, skill, and fun. Choose from one of our many board, card, or video games, or bring one of your own!  Sign up to play in a no-holds-barred tournament with Super Smash Brothers, Pokken Tournament, or Mario Kart 8!  Prizes for top competitors!  Grades 5-12.
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Play and Learn

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Eastwood Branch
Children's Area
Come to the Eastwood Story Place and engage in play for early learning. For children ages 1 to 5 with caregiver, siblings welcomed.
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Toddler Storytime

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Central Library
Story Place
Songs, movement, and stories for 2-3 years olds and their caregivers.
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Storybook Character Election

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Central Library
Story Place
Calling all young citizens! Come out and vote for your favorite storybook character at KPL. Stop by and create a video supporting your candidate, make a campaign button to wear, and create a campaign poster. 

Cast your ballot November 1 to November 5. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 8. 

The nominees are: 
Alma Powell Branch: Doc McStuffins
Central Library: Elephant and Piggie 
Eastwood Branch: Pete the Cat 
Oshtemo Branch: Waldo
Washington Square Branch: Dora the Explorer
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Game On

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Eastwood Branch
Community Room
Get your Game On!
From the newest favorites to old classics, it’s an afternoon of strategy, skill, and fun. Choose from one of our many board, card, or video games, or bring one of your own!  Sign up to play in a no-holds-barred tournament with Super Smash Brothers, Pokken Tournament, or Mario Kart 8!  Prizes for top competitors!  Grades 5-12.
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Squirrels: Watch Their Tails and Hear Their Tales

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Alma Powell Branch
Barnabee Gallery
Squirrel away for some fun today… activities, stories, and crafts about squirrels. Delicious snacks provided.
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Tech Tuesdays

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Central Library
Teen Area
Discover something new!
Experiment with cutting edge technology tools. Explore a different project each month!  Grades 5-12.
October. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LittleBits
November . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ozobots
December. . . . . . . . . MakeyMakey
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Registration is open — Register at the library

Ask a Lawyer

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Alma Powell Branch
Barnabee Gallery
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.

This clinic takes place at the Powell Branch of the library, 1000 W. Paterson.  Call the Law Library at 269-553-7920for an appointment.
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Gunpowder Percy Reading

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
Gunpowder Percy by Dr. Grace Tiffany
It's 1603 and Sir Thomas Percy can't stay away from the Globe Playhouse and the history plays London is mad for. Inspired by the warrior Hotspur in Shakespeare's Henry IV, he joins a group of disaffected Catholics that includes the mysterious traveler Guido Fawkes and the rebel aristocrat Robin Catesby. Together they and the women who love them embark on a quest to destroy a Protestant king and return the nation to a holy medieval past.

Dr. Grace Tiffany, professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance literature at WMU, will read from her newest book Gunpowder Percy and actor Chuck Bentley will read selected scenes from Shakespeare's works. Books available for purchase at event from Michigan News Agency. Learn more...
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Breakdance with Kalamacrew

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Central Library
Van Deusen Room
Dance!
Learn some sweet moves from the guys at Kalamacrew, a local bboy crew, prominent in Kalamazoo’s hip hop scene.  All ages interested should attend!
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Managing Change & Making Effective Decisions

9:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Central Library
Van Deusen Room
Supervision Series #4: Managing change becomes a lot easier when you understand how the process of change actually works. Learn what drives change, what gets in the way of implementing change, and ways to overcome the obstacles for positive outcomes. Supervisors and managers make lots of decisions, every day. Most are routine, but others require careful thought; they carry the potential for far-reaching consequences. Learn to consider alternative approaches and weigh options that draw upon information, logic, and intuition to build decision-making and problem-solving skills so essential for successful supervisors. 

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

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Central Library
Story Place
Songs, bounces, and rhymes for babies from birth to walking with their caregivers. Siblings welcome.
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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 with a parent educator/facilitator.
No registration required!
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Baby Steps

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Central Library
Story Place
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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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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Code Lab

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Central Library
Teen Area
Computer Programming
Explore programming concepts through virtual resources, hands-on activities, and more with other techies! A different challenge posted each week. Participate in the library lab or at home. No previous experience necessary. Together we’ll work to demystify coding, with fun, youth-centric, projects that bring the power of computer programming to all of us! All materials provided.  Grades 5-12.
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