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: 

Audrie and Daisy: Sexual Assault, Bullying and Social Media

Wed, 03/01/2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
East Lansing Public Library - Community Room

Join us for a screening of Audrie and Daisy, followed by a panel discussion with experts who deal with issues of sexual assault within our community every day.

Audrie and Daisy is an urgent real-life drama that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera. From acclaimed filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, Audrie and Daisy — which made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival — takes a hard look at American's teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control.

The discussion panel will include Tashmica Torok from the Firecracker Foundation, Detective Sam Miller from the Michigan State University (MSU) Police Department, Sgt. Jeff Thomas from the East Lansing Police Department, Harriet McTigue from the Sexual Assault Program at MSU, and Kimberly Hack from End Violent Encounters (EVE).

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. 

Books on Tap - February 2017

Jimmy's Pub

Books on Tap is a book group that combines good books, food, drink, and conversation together in a laid back atmosphere.  Books on Tap meets at Jimmy's Pub, located at 16804 Chandler Road in East Lansing. Books on Tap is hosted by ELPL Adult Services Staff members.

2017 Titles:

Between the World and MeThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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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.

Out of This World 2017

East Lansing Public Library - #2 Meeting Room

The Out of This World book club is a patron led book group focusing on speculative fiction.

2017 Selections:

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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.

Library Board of Trustees Meeting

East Lansing Public Library - 3/4 Meeting Room

The Library Board of Trustees meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month to set policies concerning the management, supervision and control of the library facilities.

2017 meeting dates:

  • January 18
  • February 15
  • March 15
  • April 19
  • May 24 (4th Wednesday)
  • June 28 (4th Wednesday)
  • July 19
  • August 16
  • September 20
  • October 18
  • November 15
  • December 13 (2nd Wednesday)

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.

All Things Must Pass

Tower Records was a late arrival in East Lansing, but the record aficionados I know seemed already well-acquainted with it. This new documentary follows its “rags-to-riches” rise from the 1960s to world-wide renown and then untimely demise in 2006, introducing us to a quirky set of characters along the way.

For some it will be a fond reminder of times past when a collection of LPs was a young person's proudest possession; others will be fascinated by its story and the influence this company and its employees had on well-known recording artists such as Elton John and Bruce Springsteen - something that would never happen in the industry today.