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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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Play and Learn

10:30 AM - 12:00 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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Play and Learn

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Washington Square Branch
Community Room
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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Reading with Tucker

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Eastwood Branch
Community Room
Enjoy a "pawsitive" reading experience. Read to Tucker, the very friendly Golden Retriever. Family welcome. Registration required. To register, call the Eastwood Branch Library at 269-553-7810. 
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Bookworms Book Club

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Central Library
Story Place
A book club for kids and their grown-ups. In March, we will read Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville. In April, we will read Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar. In May, we will read Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel by Nikki Grimes. Best for grades 3-5. Register online or call 553-7804, and then pick up your FREE reading book at Central one month before the club meeting date.
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Summer Hours

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Central Library
All Library Services
Summer Hours: Central Library closes at 6 pm on Thursdays until September.
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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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Library Closed

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Central Library
All Library Services
Summer Hours: Central Library is Closed Sundays until September.
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Closed Memorial Day

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
All Locations
All Kalamazoo Public Library locations and services are closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. Normal hours resume 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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Urban Fiction Book Discussion Group

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Alma Powell Branch
Barnabee Gallery
Join the Powell Book Discussion Group as we share our insights and reviews on works by various authors. Books being discussed this spring include Man on the Run by Carl Weber, Guarding Secrets by Pat Tucker, and The Streets Have No King by JaQuavis Coleman. Books can be picked up at the Powell Branch. Please register at Powell Branch.
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Party in the Park

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Central Library
Bronson Park
Join us!
Kalamazoo County preschoolers, their parents, teachers, and child care providers are invited to Bronson Park to hear stories read by community leaders and costumed story book characters. Each child receives healthy snacks and juice and a gift book courtesy of Kalamazoo Public Library.
Since 1998, Ready to Read has celebrated national Stand for Children Day with a special story hour to focus community attention on the importance of sharing books with young children. Learn more...
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Central Library Opens 10 am

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Central Library
Main Floor Lobby
Central Library opens at 10 am on Thursday, June 1st, due to a staff recognition event.
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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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Play and Learn

10:30 AM - 12:00 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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Play and Learn

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Washington Square Branch
Community Room
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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Summer Hours

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Central Library
All Library Services
Summer Hours: Central Library closes at 6 pm on Thursdays until September.
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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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Stroller Walk

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
Meet at the library and stroll around the park. Come back to the library for stories and a treat. Weather permitting. Family welcome.
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Registration is closed

Ask a Lawyer

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Central Library
Study Room 1
Ask a Lawyer
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. 

Please call the Law Library at 269-553-7920 to make an appointment.
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Friends of Kalamazoo Public Library Summer Bag-of-Books Sale

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Central Library
Parking Lot (outdoors)

Don’t miss the Friends annual June Jubilee Sidewalk Sale in the parking lot next to Central Library. Choose from more than 10,000 books at just $3.00 a bag or 20¢ a book; fiction, mystery, romance, and more. Kids can browse carts full of children’s books, too. Enjoy the Do-Dah Parade, the KIA Art Fair in Bronson Park, and the Friends Book Sale—all in one day!

Indoor Bag-of-Books Sales

Two or three times each year, Friends hosts special indoor sales in the Van Deusen Room at Central Library. Like our popular sidewalk sale, books are just 10¢ apiece or $2.00 for a bag full! Bring your own bag to fill with fiction, science fiction, romance, assorted nonfiction, children’s books, videos, CDs and more!—all in indoor comfort.

Friends Gift Book Sale

Best selling books for only $1.00? Pristine hardback gift books for as little as $2.00?? Shop the Friends Bookstore’s Gift Book Sale for these and many similar values, beginning the day after Thanksgiving. The Friends save books all year for this highly anticipated event. All sale merchandise is in perfect condition and ready for holiday giving.

Collector’s Cabinet

Keep an eye on our showcase for special editions and one-of-a-kind finds!

  • Unusual books
  • Rare books
  • Signed books
  • First editions
  • Out-of-print books
  • Books with special bindings
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Summer Reading Challenge Kick-Off/June Jubilee

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Central Library
Portico (front sidewalk, outdoors)
It's June Jubilee, and the busiest time of the year for downtown Kalamazoo. Thousands of people come to visit our beautiful city to view art, dine, and attend events. 

Kalamazoo Public Library will have a booth on June 3, 10 am - 2 pm, on the corner of South and Rose. Visit us and sign up the whole family for Summer Reading Challenge!

Then visit the Friends of Kalamazoo Public Library in the KPL parking lot on the corner of Lovell and Rose. Score great deals on books, movies, music and more at their annual Summer Bag-of-Books Sale! Open 9 am - 3:30 pm.
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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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