Up To Date COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus

There’s a lot of information out there about the coronavirus and COVID-19. We’ve put together information for you that brings you local, national, and global information about the virus:

We also recommend the following resources for local information:

Library Resources and Services for Teaching and Learning Online

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Many of our resources are available to you online anytime, anywhere you have internet access.

Librarians are working remotely and are here for you!

Library Services During Temporary COVID-19 Closure

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Library staff are working remotely and figuring out what library services we will be able to offer, based on both the health and safety of our staff and our ability to enter the library building.

Please be patient while we continue to work towards a balance of providing services and keeping our staff safe. Expect an email announcement of current library services soon!

If you need assistance with research help, our Reference Librarians are available to help you. Email reference@kzoo.edu to connect with us!

Library CLOSED Until Further Notice

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Governor Whitmer has issued Executive Order 2020-9 which closes places of public accommodation including all libraries.

Beginning as soon as possible but no later than today, March 16, 2020 at 3:00 pm, libraries are closed to “ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public.” View Executive Order 2020-9.

As the situation continues to evolve, we will update this website and our social media.

Therapy Dogs in the Library 10th Week!

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Relax and relieve some stress by spending a few minutes petting a furry animal friend! Therapy dogs will visit campus in the Kalamazoo College Library lobby on Thursday, March 12 from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. De-stress a bit with a canine companion before finals week kicks in.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Upjohn Library Commons Lobby

Avoid Getting Sick! How the Library Can Help

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We want you healthy and safe! The Library offers disinfecting wipes on all three floors to wipe down keyboards, computer mice, door handles, etc. We also have hand sanitizer on all three floors and at the circulation desk, help desk, and media services desk. Most importantly, wash your hands! If any of our restrooms are out of soap, please let us know right away so we can fill them.

And, as our Health Center reminds us, please follow these best practices to keep our community safe:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Our Student Health Center provides Coronavirus updates, including information from the CDC, Kalamazoo County Department of Health and Human Services, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Reading Together 2020 Author Jonathan Safran Foer Visits Kalamazoo Tuesday, March 10

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Kalamazoo Public Library’s 2020 Reading Together title is We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins with Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Foer will speak about his book on Tuesday, March 10 at Chenery Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

In We Are the Weather, Jonathan Safran Foer explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal, and urgent new way. The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves—with our all-too-human reluctance to sacrifice immediate comfort for the sake of the future. We have, he reveals, turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, and the consequences are catastrophic. Only collective action will save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat—and don’t eat—for breakfast.

You can get We Are the Weather on our shelves, or through the Kalamazoo Public Library or MeLCat if the K College Library copy is checked out.

About Reading Together

The purpose of Reading Together is to build a stronger community with deeper connections through the common experience of reading the same book and exploring its themes together. When we do that, we engage and learn, not only about ourselves, but more importantly about each other and the world around us.

By experiencing the same book, hearing the author of that work speak right here in Kalamazoo, and examining the book’s themes through a local lens, we are able to embrace our similarities and differences from a common point of reference.

Very simply, when we read together, we grow together. 

Therapy Dogs in the Library 10th Week!

Students petting a dog

Relax and relieve some stress by spending a few minutes petting a furry animal friend! Therapy dogs will visit campus in the Kalamazoo College Library lobby on Thursday, March 12 from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. De-stress a bit with a canine companion before finals week kicks in.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Upjohn Library Commons Lobby

Rare Book Room Treasures

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Photo of a book with a painted edge scene

This book from 1825 is a beautiful example of fore-edge painting, a technique where the edge of the pages is decorated with a painted scene. When the book is closed, the fore-edge of the book simply looks gilded. But when you fan the pages out, there is a village scene!

The A. M. Todd Rare Book Room has four such books, including the one pictured. Come visit us, and our curator Mallory would be happy to show them to you!