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Thank you East Lansing High School Marching Band!

A big thank you to the East Lansing High School Marching Band for their birthday wishes.  ELPL loves you!

 

New For You - New Catalog and Website Debut in March

In early March, ELPL will be launching a new website and a new catalog system!  New and improved features include: 

New Library Catalog and Website Debut in March

In early March, ELPL will be launching a new website and a new catalog system!  New and improved features include: 

Social Justice Reading Group for Children

I have said many times that the beauty of public libraries is that we are open to all.  No matter your views, how you look, how much is in your bank account or what your zip code is, we welcome you into the library.

As the East Lansing City Council commits to civil liberties for all people, the East Lansing Public Library, Michigan State University and the Greater Lansing Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. have collaborated to offer a monthly Social Justice Reading Group for Children.  The first Social Justice Reading Group welcomed 209 children, parents and caregivers to listen to and discuss stories on immigration and migrant workers and make a craft. I found the program to be incredibly rewarding. Listening to children ages four to 11 years old share how they view people and the world was a positive and uplifting experience, especially while our country seems to becoming more and more divided.

The second Social Justice Reading Group for Children is on February 25 from 10:30am to noon at the East Lansing Public Library.  The February event will explore the topic of racial justice through children’s literature. MSU faculty with expertise in this social justice area will read children’s books related to racial justice. After the readings, MSU teacher candidates will facilitate small group discussions on the topic and volunteers will assist with discussions and craft activities.  The February program filled to capacity in less than 24 hours, but I hope you will join us for future Social Justice Reading Group sessions, planned for March, April and May.

150th Anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Birth!

February 7 is the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder's birth.  To celebrate take a trip back to the Big Woods with Ma, Pa and Half Pint with a hand picked list of items from the library's collection.  Our Laura Ingalls Wilder post is also a sneak preview of the library's new catalog and web site, debuting in early March.  When you click the photo below you will be taken to a new digital list created using the new catalog. 

Wireless Printing Now Available

Did you know you can sit in the comfort of your home, office or car and send a print job to the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL)?  Yes, wireless printing is here.  You can pull up a photo, document or email from your smart phone, laptop, tablet, desk top—actually any device with Internet access and send it to our public printer at the library. You have three days to come into the library and pull up your print request and physically print it. This service will work from a wireless device within the library, as well as, Internet connected devices anywhere in the world.

Paul McCartney: The Life by Philip Norman

As a Beatles fan, I have known of Paul McCartney most of my life, but after reading this biography I now feel like I know him, too. The author does a fine job exploring Sir Paul's musical genius as well as his personal shortcomings. As a result, I was able to move from idolization to admiration of this unique individual.
 
ELPL has both the print, eBook, and audiobook versions. I really enjoyed listening to all the accents the narrator, Jonathan Keeble, used. He does great Paul and John imitations.

Internet Access Restored to City of East Lansing Buildings

All services are back online today, including:

  • Online catalog
  • Public computer access
  • Public wifi access

 

Thank you for your patience during the outage.  

AARP Tax Aide Help at the Library

Beginning February 3rd AARP Tax-Aide staff will be at the East Lansing Public Library offering free tax help to anyone who registers for an appointment.  The AARP Tax-Aide program is designed for low-income senior citizens but anyone is welcome to register for assistance.  Sign-ups are on a first-come-first-serve basis and any participants who show up to their appointment without the proper documentation will be turned away.  

To schedule an appointment stop by the Service Desk at the library or call (517) 351-2420.

You will receive a reminder call the week of your appointment.  Please keep the following in mind:

  • Plan to arrive at the library at least 20 minutes early to fill out forms for the tax preparers.
  • Please bring a picture ID for each taxpayer on the return (i.e. for both spouses).
  • Please bring a Social Security card for taxpayer, spouse, and all dependents (this is a new requirement).
  • Please bring a copy of last year's tax return.
  • Please bring all of your income documents:  W2, 1099R, 1099INT, 1099DIV, etc.
  • If you intend to itemize please bring all your receipts.
  • If you intend to claim educational expenses please bring form 1098T.
  • Please bring a blank check in order to set up direct deposit or debit for any refund or balance due.  Preparers will not keep the check - this is just for the purpose of setting up the proper bank routing information.

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