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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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Cuentos y Canciones

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Washington Square Branch
Community Room
Celebrate Hispanic heritage with bilingual stories, songs, and special guests. Family welcome.
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Sweet Baby Blues

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
Explore the origin of the Blues—feel the rhythm, dance to the beat, sing, sway, and play with Bluesy Suzy from Palamazoo Puppets. Best for ages 3-8. Ticket required.

Pick up FREE ticket at host location starting one week before event; one ticket per person. Every person must have a ticket. (Yes, even babies.) Everyone must be seated 15 minutes prior to the start of the program. Every person must bring their ticket. Please call the Oshtemo Library at 269-553-7980 if you have any questions.
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Teen Focus Group

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Central Library
Teen Area
We need your opinions!
Help us out by giving us your ideas and input on the redesign of the Teen Space at Central.  Refreshments served.  Participants eligible to win prizes.  Please register.  Grades 7-12.
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LEGO One Scoop Challenge

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Central Library
Teen Area
Design, Build, Compete, Win
The Challenge:  create greatness with one single scoop!  Everyone will get one scoop of LEGOs.  Time will be set, building will happen, judges will score and prizes will be awarded.  Grades 5-12.
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Mardi Gras Mask Making

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Central Library
Story Place
Create a mask to celebrate Mardi Gras, all supplies provided. Best for ages 6-11. Registration required.
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Marketing Makeover

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
ONEplace@kpl
Webinar

ONEplace Webinar Series: Watch the webinar in your space & at your convenience anytime Monday Feb 27 thru Thursday Mar 2. Kivi Leroux Miller and Claire Meyerhoff share their best tips and tricks for creating truly effective and fab marketing and communications content.

 

In this session:

Add value to your newsletter & website

Improve your social media & email reach

Get the do’s and don’ts on your content, process & messaging

 

Target audience includes anyone involved in marketing and communications

 

Presented by Nonprofit Marketing Guide

Registration Required

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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 269-553-7980 to register.
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Library Board of Trustees Meeting

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Central Library
Boardroom
Kalamazoo Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, fourth Monday of each month (unless noted). Learn more...
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Maker Monday

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Central Library
Teen Area
Make @ Your Library
Tinker, make, try, create and explore @ the library.  Each month will feature different ideas and materials.  Focus on the process (not the product).  Grades 5-12.

February  Magazine ReCraft
March Soap Making
April Gift Making
May Beeswax sheet "sushi" making
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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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Registration is open — Register at the library

Ask a Lawyer

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Portage Community Center
Community Room
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. Not available for individuals who have already consulted an attorney. 

This clinic takes place at the Portage Community Center, 325 E. Centre St.  Call the Law Library at 269-553-7920 for an appointment.
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Musical Storytime

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Central Library
Story Place
Favorite songs, stories, and special guests with Mr. Bill!
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Writings on the Wall: Dig Deeper - Chapter 4: Gender

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan
Blue Room
Continue engaging in Reading Together 2017 by analyzing and discussing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's thoughts about gender as outlined in chapter 4 of Writings on the Wall. 
Facilitated by Susan Freeman, Chair, Gender and Women's Studies, Western Michigan University.
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Musical Storybooks

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Central Library
Van Deusen Room
Based on Brendan Wenzel’s They All Saw A Cat, Musical Storybooks features a storytime, craft, and child-friendly performance by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s string quartet. Best for ages 3-6. Groups welcome. Registration required.
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Musical Storybooks

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Central Library
Van Deusen Room
Based on Brendan Wenzel’s They All Saw A Cat, Musical Storybooks features a storytime, craft, and child-friendly performance by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s string quartet. Best for ages 3-6. Groups welcome. Registration required.
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Free Tax Preparation

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
This session has been canceled. Please check for other sessions in this free tax preparation series or contact the library for further details.
Get your income taxes prepared and e-filed for free by IRS-certified community volunteers, if your household income was under $54,000 in 2016. Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-563-5432 to make appointment and for more information.
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Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Central Library
Story Place
Engage in the magic of Bruce Coville’s Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher with Western Michigan University Theatre. Best for ages 6-11. Registration required.
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Speak It Forward Presents

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Central Library
Teen Area
Leading Through Poetry
Join the mentors of Speak It Forward Inc. as they facilitate a bi-monthly writing workshop, empowering youth at KPL. We’ll craft new poems and develop our works together through the group. These workshops will lead up to an April 2017 ARTHOP event where we will showcase the youth’s poetry. No poetry expertise necessary! All supplies (and snacks!) provided.  Grades 5-12.
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Black Lives Matter Exhibit & Reception

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Alma Powell Branch
Barnabee Gallery
Celebrate Black History Month at this reception honoring featured artists Gerald King and Kierstin Arnett. Stop by the Barnabee Art Gallery all month to view an art exhibit inspired by Black History and today’s Movement for Black Lives, featuring paintings, photos, art pieces, and artifacts by local contributors. Light refreshments served. 
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They Built This City

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Central Library
Van Deusen Room
Architects and builders have played a role in Kalamazoo since its beginnings. Join Lynn Houghton, WMU Archives Regional History Collections curator, for a look at those individuals and firms who designed and built structures during the 19th and early 20th centuries that have been and continue to be part of our community's built environment.
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Registration is open — Register at the library

Ask a Lawyer: Family Law Clinic

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Central Library
Study Room 1
Ask a Lawyer: Family Law
Free legal clinic for persons of low-to-moderate income with Bar Association lawyers.  This clinic specializes in family law issues such as divorce, child custody, and child support.  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. 

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

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Central Library
Van Deusen Room
Based on Brendan Wenzel’s They All Saw A Cat, Musical Storybooks features a storytime, craft, and child-friendly performance by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s string quartet. Best for ages 3-6. Groups welcome. Registration required.
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Baby Lapsit

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Oshtemo Branch
Community Room
Songs, bounces, and rhymes for babies from birth to walking with their caregivers. Siblings welcome.
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Registration is open

Musical Storybooks

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Central Library
Van Deusen Room
Based on Brendan Wenzel’s They All Saw A Cat, Musical Storybooks features a storytime, craft, and child-friendly performance by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s string quartet. Best for ages 3-6. Groups welcome. Registration required.
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