Kalamazoo Public Library

Ann Rohrbaugh, Director of the Kalamazoo Public Library
Nancy Camden

CORRECTION: The original version of this story misspelled Ann Rohrbaugh's last name.

From a library in 1860 with 120 inherited books, open one hour a day for a school district, the Kalamazoo Public Library downtown and its four branches have evolved into community centers with concerts and performances, movies and speakers. 

Keith Nelson demonstrating a move with a knightly long sword
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

On Saturday, Keith Nelson of Southside Dojo will give an interactive demonstration of ancient weapons and fighting styles at the Kalamazoo Public Library. He’ll show off weapons like the katana, the kind of sword you might see in a Japanese samurai movie.

Kalamazoo Public Library

It may be a backhanded compliment to the importance of the old fashioned book that so many are still challenged or banned each year. The American Library Association says there were 464 reports of book censorship last year. The ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom says the top ten most banned or challenged books in 2012 included the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey; E.L. James’ steamy Fifty Shades of Grey; The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseni; and Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

Kalamazoo Public Library

Two books on food and farming will be the focus of the annual “Reading Together” program in Kalamazoo next year. The Kalamazoo Public Library has picked The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan and Novella Carpenter’s book 

Kalamazoo Public Library

The Kalamazoo Public Library has picked two books for its "Reading Together" program next year. Both have to do with food and farming.

One is The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Appleby's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan. The other is Novella Carpenter's Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. Library officials say the books were selected because of a growing demand by people to know more about the food they eat.

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