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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.


Yeeow! Aye-yip-aye-yo-ee-ay! Audiences are gonna love the two plays coming to Kindleberger Park this summer and we invite you to play a part in this 34 year tradition!

The 2015 Youth Production is a wacky Wild West comedy, "The Ballad of Jessica James,” directed by Zac Thompson! Zac is seeking a cast of 20-35, ages 9 yrs to 18 yrs, to play a variety of Wild West parts. Auditionees will be asked to read from the script.

The 2015 Family Musical is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "Oklahoma!,” a beloved classic! Director Ken Holda is seeking a cast of 24-30 adults and children ages 14 yrs and up. Please prepare 16 bars of a song from "Oklahoma!” or something in a similar style. Bring sheet music. Auditionees may be asked to dance or read from the script.

Audition dates are Mon, May 18th and Tues, May 19th at St. Ambrose Social Hall in Parchment, need attend only one night. "The Ballad of Jessica James” Auditions happen 4:30-6:30pm, and "Oklahoma!” Auditions at 7pm. Callbacks will happen on Wed, May 20th if necessary.

Visit for play synopses and more info! Experience the summertime magic that is Festival outdoor community theatre in Kindleberger Park!

Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
Spring activities

One of the loveliest hiking/biking trails in the county is right here in Parchment!  Get outside and enjoy the Spring sunshine with these KRVT activities.   More information about the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail can be found at

Crafternoons at the Library
Friday, May 22, 1:00 pm

Do you... Knit? Stitch? Bead? Fold? Carve? Weave? Crochet?

If you are a hand crafter with a portable passion, join us on fourth Fridays at 1pm for Crafternoons at the Library!   Bring along your current craft and enjoy creating and kibitzing with fellow crafters.

Winter/Spring 2015 Dates:
February 27th, March 27th, April 24th, May 22nd, June 26th
. Registration is appreciated but not required.

Spring Story Times
March 3 - May 13
No storytimes on April 7 & 8

Click here to register online or call 343-7747.

Baby & Me Time
Wednesdays, 11:15-11:35 am

for babies 6-23 months with caregiver.
Singing, rhyming, dancing and sharing a book together. 
Registration helpful, but not required.
**No BABY & Me Time on February 18**
Toddler Tales
Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 am
for *2 - 3 1/2 year olds with caregiver.
Songs, rhymes, movement and of course, a story!  *Child must be 2 years old by first attended session.  Registration helpful, but not required.
**NO TODDLER TALES on February 17**
Pre-school Pals
Tuesdays, 1:00-1:45 pm 
OR Wednesdays, 10:15-11:00 am
for 3 1/2 - 5 year olds. 
Stories and songs, fingerplays and fun including a craft.
Registration helpful, but not required. 
**No PRESCHOOL PALS on February 17 & 18**

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 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!
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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.