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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.

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.

Kristin's Top 100 - Part 4

ELPL director Kristin Shelley has worn many librarian hats in her career in public libraries.  Including almost 10 years as a children's librarian, providing book recommendations, storytimes and more to the littlest patrons in libraries.  So when you ask her for her favorite picture books for National Picture Book month, you get a really, really, REALLY long list - all of it pure gold.  

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Kristin's Top 100 - Part 3

ELPL director Kristin Shelley has worn many librarian hats in her career in public libraries.  Including almost 10 years as a children's librarian, providing book recommendations, storytimes and more to the littlest patrons in libraries.  So when you ask her for her favorite picture books for National Picture Book month, you get a really, really, REALLY long list - all of it pure gold.  

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Kristin's Top 100 - Part 2

ELPL director Kristin Shelley has worn many librarian hats in her career in public libraries.  Including almost 10 years as a children's librarian, providing book recommendations, storytimes and more to the littlest patrons in libraries.  So when you ask her for her favorite picture books for National Picture Book month, you get a really, really, REALLY long list - all of it pure gold.  

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Kristin's Top 100 - Part 1

ELPL director Kristin Shelley has worn many librarian hats in her career in public libraries.  Including almost 10 years as a children's librarian, providing book recommendations, storytimes and more to the littlest patrons in libraries.  So when you ask her for her favorite picture books for National Picture Book month, you get a really, really, REALLY long list - all of it pure gold.  

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Building Excitement

The time is getting near for the newly renovated East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) to open.  I hope everyone can join us on October 1, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) for our Grand Re-opening and Ribbon-cutting.  There will be short presentations, family-fun activities, a giant pie from Grand Traverse Pie Company, balloon animals, face painting, library tours and more.  I would love to see the entire community come out to help us celebrate their new library space.

A huge thank you to our patrons and to the East Lansing community for enduring 11 months of construction at the library.  We did our best to keep service interruptions to a minimum, but things were just not the same, and about half the collection was not available during the project.  The ELPL staff and patrons were fantastic and hung in there throughout the hammering and dust.  The staff and I are excited to show you your library.  Thank you to our anonymous donor who made starting this project possible.  There is more to do, but we will take a couple of months to enjoy the “new” East Lansing Public Library.  See you on October 1 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) for the re-opening celebration.

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Updates on the water crisis from our library friends in Flint, Michigan.

Fourteenth Year of One Book, One Community

It is time, once again, for one of my favorite community events, the One Book, One Community (OBOC) kickoff. OBOC is in its fourteenth year! No small feat.  As a librarian, I love that the community and Michigan State University students come together centered around a book, and this year a film too, to discuss hard topics like justice and inequality in our country.

Slavery to Mass Incarceration Presented by the Equal Justice Initiative

Before you attend the One Book, One Community 2015 Kickoff event featuring Bryan Stevenson, take a few minutes to watch this powerful video, titled Slavery to Mass Incarceration, part of the Equal Justice Initiative's Race and Poverty project.

Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson is a brutally honest and harrowing look at the justice and prison systems in the United States, specifically how they are applied to the disenfranchised, mentally ill, poor and people of color.  Stevenson, a Harvard law school graduate, has devoted his life to representing, listening and fighting for death row inmates, mostly in the deep south and more importantly, mostly under-represented and wrongly convicted.  This is not an easy read (it is downright tragic on so many levels) but it is a must read for all Americans so we can begin to understand these deeply broken systems and work to fix them.

Across Generations Videofest

When Michele Norris spoke at the Wharton Center on September 15, 2014 as part of the One Book, One Community program, she told the audience to talk to our parents, grandparents, our aunts and uncles, our elders to hear their stories. She said we need to have conversations with our elders to preserve our family histories or to know where we came from.

Donate, Renovate, Innovate...A Renewed East Lansing Public Library

I am excited to share with the community that East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) received an incredibly generous donation from an anonymous donor on April 10, 2015. The donation is in the amount of $1,500,000.

This is truly wonderful for ELPL and the entire community. It provides the opportunity to inspire and innovate a re-imagined East Lansing Public Library.

What does this mean for ELPL?

The donation will allow for a partial renovation of the library. We will be able to move some things around and to re-purpose some spaces. The teen area will be larger; the maker studio will be larger; the children's area will be engaging; a cyber cafe with vending machines will be added; and the floor plan will be opened up. We will also incorporate new furniture and shelving in parts of the library.

While $1.5 million is huge and by far the largest donation the library, and probably the city, has ever gotten, unfortunately, it does not get us a full renovation of the library nor does it get us a much needed expansion. ELPL does need to be expanded because we are approximately 20,000 square feet too small for the size of population we serve. In addition, it will not allow for any parking lot repairs or additions.

This is why we are asking for the community to match the gift or to even exceed the donation. Our goal is to raise an additional $1.5 to $2 million by May 2016. However to do an expansion and renovation like we need, it will cost $11,000,000. The Donate, Renovate, Innovate...A Renewed East Lansing Public Library Capital Campaign kicked off on April 17.

It is important to note, the gift ELPL received is restricted. It can only be used for renovations to the current library building. It cannot be used for operations. Our operations budget continues to be tight as we juggle the cost of staff, materials and technology needs.

If things progress well, the renovations will start in September/October 2015 and will take approximately nine months to complete. This means our Meeting Room, the North Foyer Art Gallery, the Storytime Room and other areas will not be available to use. Things will be displaced and dust will fly, however, the end result will be a re-imagined East Lansing Public Library where the possibilities will be unlimited.

Coming very soon, we will display a "book-o-meter" to show the progress of our Donate, Renovate, Innovate…A Renewed East Lansing Public Library Capital Campaign and architect renderings of the renovation plans.

This is a great time for the community. With your help we can make the East Lansing Public Library the stellar library the community deserves.

Watch Congressman John Lewis at MSU

If you missed Congressman John Lewis' talk at MSU on February 6, part of the Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series, don't worry, you can still catch the talk on MSU's site.

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban

I loved all of the Frances books as a child.  I actually still own copies of these books that were given to me as gifts when I was a very young person. The illustrations by Garth Williams and Lillian Hoban are wonderful. I loved the little songs that Frances would make up to get her through life. Also, Frances runs away to under the dining room table, which is what I did as a kid.  

Kristin


From Goodreads.com

Frances, one of children's best-loved characters for over 30 years, now springs to life even more in Bread and Jam for Frances,beautifully reillustrated in sparkling full color by Lillian Hoban. In this memorable story, Frances decides that bread and jam are all she wants to eat, and her understanding parents grant her wish'at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacktime. Can there ever be too much bread and jam?

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