Kalamazoo Public Library 2020 Reading Together Title: We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins with Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer

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Need some winter break reading? Try the 2020 Reading Together title!

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. 

K Researchers Have Access to the Center for Research Libraries

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Researchers at Kalamazoo College have access to the extensive primary source collections of the Center for Research Libraries, an international consortium of university, college and independent research libraries. CRL acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other resources for research and teaching. You can request an Interlibrary Loan or have materials digitized on demand!

Our Reference Librarians are happy to help you find and request materials through CRL. Just ask!

Fall Rare Book Room Exhibit

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Kalamazoo College and the Philosopher’s Stone: The Early Science of Alchemists, Astronomers, and Apothecaries

Date: September 10 – December 13, 2019

Day/Time: Tuesday, Wednesday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Friday: 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Homecoming, Saturday October 19, Family Weekend, Saturday, November 9, other times by appointment

Location: Upjohn Library Commons, room 326

Check Out a Portable Power Station!

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Did you know that the library has portable power stations for you to check out? These batteries allow you to plug in and sit in places that don’t have a convenient power source.

Take one to class, to the quad, to your favorite quiet spot in the library! Charge up and stop worrying about plugging in.

Ask for the portable power station at the Library Circulation Desk. They circulate for four hours, and will help you POWER THROUGH Fall Quarter!

Get Books and Articles Nationwide!

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Did you know that you can request a book or article that the Kalamazoo College Library does not have in our collection? It’s easy!

Just go to the My Interlibrary Loan link on the Library Website. Log in with your Kalamazoo College username and password, enter the information about the item, and it will be delivered to the Library for you! You will receive an email when the item arrives, so be sure you select to receive notifications via email.

In some instances, a Michigan library may own a book. In that case, you can request it from MeLCat. MeLCat only delivers books, not articles or microfilm.

If you have questions, you can read all about Interlibrary Loan. You can also contact the Interlibrary Loan Department by email at ill@kzoo.edu or by phone at (269) 337-7148.

Research Help by Subject 24/7

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Did you know the Library has online guides to help you with your research? Our Reference Librarians create these LibGuides by subject to help you start your research or delve deeper into a topic.

Whether you’re an ANSO major taking an Economics class or a Religion major doing your SIP, these guides are available 24/7 and we’re also here to help!

What Is MeLCat?

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Do you know about MeLCat?

MeLCat is a system that allows you to request books from other Michigan libraries. When you request a book through MeLCat, it arrives for you at the Kalamazoo College Library, and you get an email that it’s here. Then just come pick it up. It’s that easy!

You can check out a MeLCat book for three weeks, and renew through MeLCat for another three. The system includes academic and public libraries, so it’s great for fun reading as well!

Visit the Archives to Learn About K College History

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The Kalamazoo College Archives contains files and artifacts from the history of Kalamazoo College from 1833 to the present. We have biographical records, publications, scrapbooks, photographs, maps, stuffed animals, and more! Visit us on the third floor of the Upjohn Library Commons. You can also call or email us at 269-337-7151 or archives@kzoo.edu.

The Archives has different hours than the Upjohn Library Commons. Be sure to check our website to make sure we’re open when you want to visit.

Some materials are digitized and available on the Kalamazoo College digital archive, CACHE. If you have questions, just ask!