Search the Library's catalog:


Click the "Library Catalog" tab in the menu bar above for more search options.

The library will be CLOSED for the Memorial Day weekend from Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25.  The library will open normal hours on Tuesday, May 26.

A Memorial Day Remembrance
Letters from KVP men in the service, 1943

In December 1942, the Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Company sent a letter
 and a Christmas bonus check of $15.00 to each employee currently serving in the armed forces.  The servicemen wrote letters back to the Company which were gathered into a single document.  This document, "Letters from KVP men in the service," was distributed throughout the Company. 

The library is fortunate to have a copy of this document in our archives.  We present it here as a Memorial Day tribute to our service men and women, past and present.  These letters are a vibrant testament to the KVP family spirit, the optimism of the servicemen, and the special history
of our town.

Letters from KVP men in the service (1943)
Letters from KVP men in the service (1943) - Name Index

These documents can always be accessed by going to our Remembering Parchment page and scrolling to the Parchment History Documents section.

Introduction to Yoga 

with Cathy Tucci, Ed. D., Registered Yoga Teacher

Friday, June 5, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Why Yoga? Its good for you! Come, enjoy, and experience yoga as it should be. All levels encouraged. This is a yoga practice, not a yoga performance. We begin where we are, and move forward. Yoga works on strength, balance and flexibility, and encourages a deeper introspection into ones being. Yoga reduces stress and creates a mind-body connection.

Adults Only, Registration Required, Limit 12

Call 343-7747 or click here to register online.

Welcome to Pinterest Party

Tuesday, June 9, 3:00 pm

What is this PINTEREST that everyone is talking about? Come to this hands on class to learn about this creative resource web site that is unlike any other. Well teach you basic navigation and terms, help you set up your own account if you so desire, and create a Parchment Library community board to share ideas.

Adults Only, Registration Required, Limit 12

Call 343-7747 or click here to register online.

Summer Reading Starts June 15!

ZERO to THREE...Ready to Read
Ages 0-3
Pick up a Get Ready to Read Calendar beginning June 15 and share daily activities with your child.

Ages 4-10

Be a reading super hero and READ every day!
Pick up yourSUPERHERO reading log beginning June 15 and get started!

daily drop-in activities for ages 5-10  begin June 15 @ 10:30-11:30AMMondays will be facepainting (children under 5 are included in this activity). Wednesdays/Games, Thursdays/Crafts, Fridays/Scavenger hunts. 

Teen Advisory Board
Monday, June 15, 6:00-7:30 pm
Share great ideas and pizza!

geared for 3 1/2 - 5 year olds will be on Tuesdays @ 10:30 - 11:15 am beginning June 16.  Children 3 years of age and younger must attend with an adult.  

SUMMER LEGO CLUB  for ages 5 and up will be on Wednesdays beginning June 17 
1:00-2:00pm/ages 5-10
3:00-4:00pm/ages 11 and up

The LEGO Movie will be shown on Wednesday, July 29 @ 2:00pm  Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Bicycle Fixapalooza with Open Roads Bike Program

Wednesday, June 17, 6:00 8:00 pm

Come get to know our new neighbors! Fixapalooza is a community event where anyone can come learn more about what the Open Roads organization is all about, and get their hands dirty fixing bikes. This event is a great time to donate a bike, bring a bike you would like repaired, purchase a bike, work with your child in a small group setting to fix a bike, or just come hang out and meet new people. This is especially a great opportunity for any of our mechanics out there who want to get their hands dirty, and tinker with bikes for a few hours. 

Bikes must belong to kids or teens to be worked on during the event.

This event is open to all ages. No registration is required.

Kalamazoo Public Safety's K-9 DOG DEMONSTRATION  Tuesday, June 18 @ 1:00-1:45pm for children age 5 and older. NO younger siblings please!

Create your own user feedback survey

Learn a new language for FREE!
Just use your Parchment Community Library card to register.

(Note: your library card must contain 6 digits. If you have an older card you can obtain a new one free of charge.)

You can access your library account information via our online catalog!  Click the "Library Catalog" link in the top menu bar of this page.  When the online catalog screen opens, click the 'Log In' link at the right end of the dark blue bar near the top of the page.

You'll need to know your Patron ID (the number on the back of your library card) and your password.  The default password is the last four digits of your phone number.   If this doesn't work, give us a call.  

You may ask us to re-set your password at any time - it can be any length and contain letters and/or numbers.   Stop in or call 343-7747.


All events are listed on the Events Calendar.
You can narrow the list by going to the Adult Events, Teen, or Children's pages.
Click here to suggest an event / Click here to suggest an item for our collection
Look through our Coupon Sharing Box before your next shopping trip! If you have coupons to share, please drop them in the "Unsorted Coupons" box.  You'll find the Coupon Sharing Box on the counter in front of the Director's office.

Click for Kalamazoo, Michigan Forecast

Check out some of our newest books...

If your library account has expired or has more than $2.00 in fines, you will not be able to use OverDrive. 

If this happens, come in to update your account (please bring your license or Michigan ID) and/or pay your fines and you'll be able to use OverDrive again immediately!

Questions?  Call us at 269.343.7747 or e-mail

New York Times Bestsellers


The Michigan Electronic Library gives you FREE access to databases of all kinds, books from other Michigan libraries (interlibrary loan), and subject guides to the Internet! 
Need help ordering interlibrary loan books from other libraries through MeL?  See our Interloan page. 


 Our next book sale is
Saturday, July 11
10:00am - 3:00pm
You may attend the Early Bird Sale from 9:00 - 10:00am for $1.00.  

For more information about our book sales and the wonderful people who make them possible, click the Friends of the Library tab in the left-hand menu.  

We always have a selection of Friends Book Sale books, DVDs and audiobooks available for sale in the center atrium area on the main floor. 
Thank you for supporting our Book Sales!
You can "check out" and
download audiobooks, e-books, music and video from the Southwest Michigan Digital Library (SMDL) website.
You must have a resident library card, Senior Free library card, or Teacher library card in order to use this service.  If you have a reciprocal library card from us, please use your home library card instead in order to access the SMDL site.  You must also have a six-digit library card number.  We can provide a new card to you at no cost, if you need one.

The Library Director is a Notary Public.   She can notarize signatures on certain documents.  This service is free to Parchment Community Library resident cardholders; all others $10 per document.  Please call in advance.