Monthly Features

2015 Global Reading Challenge

The Global Reading Challenge is a Battle of the Books program sponsored by the Kalamazoo Public Library, and is open to 4th- and 5th-grade classes within the Kalamazoo Public Library District.

Granny Torelli Makes Soup
With the help of her wise old grandmother, twelve-year-old Rosie manages to work out some problems in her relationship with her best friend, Bailey, the boy next door.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.

One Crazy Summer
In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters, Fern and Vonetta, arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, Cecile, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

The Year of Miss Agnes
Ten-year-old Fred (short for Frederika) narrates the story of school and village life among the Athapascans in Alaska during 1948 when Miss Agnes arrived as the new teacher.

Touch Blue
When the state of Maine threatens to shut down their island's one-room schoolhouse because of dwindling enrollment, eleven-year-old Tess, a strong believer in luck, and her family take in a trumpet-playing foster child to increase the school's population.

When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

The Captain's Dog
Captain Meriwether Lewis's dog Seaman, describes his experiences as he accompanies his master on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, to explore the uncharted western wilderness.

STAT: Slam Dunk
When some of the older kids get on Amar'e for not being able to dunk, he sets a goal to make that happen soon. But when Amar'e's playing time is put on hold, he'll have to come to terms with all of the other things he's been neglecting.

Way Down Deep
In the West Virginia town of Way Down Deep in the 1950s, a foundling called Ruby June is happily living with Miss Arbutus at the local boarding house when suddenly, after the arrival of a family of outsiders, the mystery of Ruby's past begins to unravel.

Bobby Vs. Girls (Accidentally)
When Bobby Ellis-Chan inadvertently gets into a fight with his best friend Holly Harper, their disagreement develops into a boys versus girls war involving their whole fourth-grade class.

By the time we're twenty, our brains may already be atrophying. Can mental exercise help?"

The News answers with a resounding YES!

Marx writes "The ability of the brain to establish new connections is called plasticity, and brain fitness exercises are predicated on this mechanism. Working out has also been shown to revamp the brain and prevent it from shrinking."

What you want to do is "to reset or, at least, stall the cognitive-countdown clock in order to reduce your risk of decline, through a comprehensive program that includes exercise, physical therapy, massage, nutrition counseling, life coaching, software games, lectures, and other activities."

Sit down in the News and read this report.

Then - if you think one of these 2 books
speaks to you,
spend some time reading what is
relevant to you.

Your choice -

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the e-phenomenon

The mission of the Michigan News is to bring the world to Kalamazoo. We have been doing that 365 days a year since 1947. The world has changed drastically during these 66 years -- the popularity of e-readers is one of my many challenges. As the owner of a brick and mortar bookstore, my job is to educate my diverse populations on the value of coming into my store and becoming a part of an enlightened community. What e-books, digital magazines, and newspapers-on-line do for us is force us to face the hard truth that we are losing more and more of our cultural heritage.

Therefore, thanks to e-books, I am doing an even better job of connecting with the customers that come in the News' door. I am not interested in being a part of the e-phenomenon. I am one of those who still loves the printed copy to mark up, to rip out and paste on my mirror or attach to my refrigerator, or to carry in my pocket and share with a friend.

Treasure this treasure --
See you at the News!

Dean Hauck