April is National Poetry Month

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Celebrate National Poetry Month!

Kalamazoo has a special relationship with poetry. There are live poetry events, workshops, and readings year round! We are also home to Diane Seuss ’78, winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her work frank: sonnets.

Here are some poetry events and materials you can take advantage of in April (and all year!):

April 8 is Right to Read Day

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Right to Read Day is a day for readers, advocates, and library lovers to take action to protect, defend, and celebrate the right to read against censorship and book banning.

Censors have recently accelerated their attempts to ban books in schools and public libraries. In 2023, the American Library Association documented efforts to censor 4,240 unique book titles in schools and public libraries.

The ACLU of Michigan recently launched an interactive map to track acts of censorship in Michigan. This map tracks incidents that resulted in a formal review process, so other acts of censorship that occur are not listed.

To celebrate Right to Read Day, take action and tell your elected officials to stand up to censorship. The Right to Read Day website has a form you can easily fill out to send a letter to your senators and representatives and ask them to defend your right to read!

SIP Research Workshops

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Open to Everyone! Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, First Years!
Join your friendly Reference Librarians for a 30 minute workshop to help you get started (or finished!) with your SIP research work.

Second Week:
Tuesday, April 9th at 7:00pm
Meet in Library ULC 118
OR Join the Meeting in Teams

Fourth Week:
Wednesday, April 24th at 4:00pm
Meet in Library ULC 118
OR Join the Meeting in Teams

Librarians are also available for individual consultations via Microsoft Teams
or in the Library. Make an Appointment or email us at reference@kzoo.edu!

Want to know more about how we can help? Check out our Library Guide to SIP Research!

Relax at the Library’s De-Stress Nook

The Library is a great place to study, but you can also unwind here! Check out our De-Stress Nook on the first floor in the Learning Commons (behind the lobby display case). This is a great place to work on a puzzle, play a game, color, or just relax with friends.

What other activities or relaxing things to do would you like to see at the De-Stress Nook? Email us at library@kzoo.edu and let us know!

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Happy Open Education Week! 

This week, we celebrate Open Education Week, a global movement promoting free and accessible educational resources.  

Celebrating Open Education at the Library 

The Library is a strong supporter of open education on campus. Here are some ways we’re celebrating Open Education Week: 

  • Students! Please fill out our brief (3-5 min.) Student Textbook Survey so that we can continue improving our textbook affordability efforts.  
  • Faculty! We want to hear from you too! The Faculty Textbook Survey can help us evaluate and improve our support to you. 

What is Open Education? 

Open educational resources (OERs) are teaching and learning materials freely available for everyone to use. This can include textbooks, articles, videos, and more. OERs can save students money on expensive course materials and ensure everyone has access to high-quality learning resources. 

We encourage everyone to explore the world of open education

March is Women’s History Month

Celebrate Women’s History Month! The Library has an extensive collection of materials written by and about women. Check out our catalog and our Women, Gender, and Sexuality Subject Guide for resources at the Kalamazoo College library.

The Library of Congress also has major online resources on women in art and design, business and economics, culture, government, history, and more. The National Women’s History Museum also has information and resources about women throughout history.

Celebrate International Polar Bear Day!

February 27 is International Polar Bear Day!

Check out Polar Bears International for information on one of the world’s most vulnerable species and their habitat. Kalamazoo College Library also has a virtual collection of climate change resources, a research guide on Environmental Studies, and you can check our catalog for books and articles about animals, animal rights, human-animal interaction, climate change, and more.

Interlibrary Loan Express Service

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OCLC Express Digital Lending

The Kalamazoo College Library has been selected to join to OCLC’s Express Interlibrary Loan program! Due to our ILL staff’s exceptional work, we meet Express standards for consistently and quickly delivering articles and other digital resources. This puts us in the top 10% for OCLC Interlibrary Loan! What does this mean for you? Kalamazoo College users will benefit from the speedy delivery of other libraries reciprocating this same high level of service. 

Who can take advantage of ILL services?

All Kalamazoo College students, staff, and faculty have access to millions (that’s right, millions) of articles and will receive the fastest interlibrary loan service available. For more information about ILL at the Library, visit the Interlibrary Loan page or contact ill@kzoo.edu for assistance.


To place a request, sign into your ILL account or click the “Request via Interlibrary Loan” icons when using resources like Library OneSearch or our Databases.