Kalamazoo Public Library

A row of books on a tall bookshelf.
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Attitudes are changing in the library world about fines for overdue books. More and more libraries are dropping them, and Kalamazoo’s public library may soon join the list.

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The Kalamazoo Public Library has a new three-year plan. And it includes a new mobile library on wheels. Just don't call it a "bookmobile." Library Executive Director Ryan Wieber says it will be much more than that.

Kalamazoo Recorder Players

On Saturday, March 23 at the Kalamazoo Public Library, the Kalamazoo Recorder Players will perform at noon in a "pop-up" concert, in a Play The Recorder Month event.  Music director Karen Woodworth joined Cara Lieurance to talk about the group, which was formed over 30 years ago. It brings together lovers of the instrument, which comes in a variety of sizes and has a playlist of around 500 years.

Amanda Lentz / Kalamazoo Public Library

The Kalamazoo Public Library doesn't have a branch in southern Africa. But it's helping get books into the hands of kids there. The library has partnered with the nonprofit African Library Project to collect books for a school in Swaziland. Kalamazoo branch librarian Amanda Lentz says they need new or "gently used" books.

Kalamazoo Public Library

Update: Peace Pizzazz, previously scheduled for Bronson Park, will be held at Winchell Elementary due to expected rain. Efforts to keep kids reading over the long summer break are gearing up in Kalamazoo. The Kalamazoo Public Library's annual Summer Reading Challenge offers kids tangible incentives to keep reading - free books. Library Executive Director Ryan Wieber says they earn them by reading at least 20 minutes each day over the summer.