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. 

Library to Delay Opening by Two Hours

The East Lansing Public Library will open at 12 noon on Monday, December 12, to allow for clean up from a winter storm.  

For further updates check the library website and the website for the City of East Lansing.

MSU Creative Writing Center

Wed, 03/08/2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
East Lansing Public Library - #2 Meeting Room

Open to the general public and students. All types of creative writers are encouraged to attend. If you have questions contact creativewritingwcmsu@gmail.com.

Upcoming sessions:

  • January 25
  • February 8
  • February 22
  • March 8
  • March 22

ELPL's Teen Librarian Wins Library SOUP Award

Congratulations to our Teen Librarian Jessica Lee-Cullin for winning Library SOUP! at the Michigan Library Association conference.  Jessica's winning entry was ELPL's Wee Free Pantry, a pantry of nonperishable food and personal hygiene items that provide materials unavailable to the library's most disenfranchised patrons and empower community members to contribute to the well-being of the community.  Way to go Jessica!

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Take a peek at the life of a real woman doing real science in what is still a largely man's world.  Hope found a way to be true to herself and do what she felt she was meant to do despite the many obstacles that block all of us as we pursue our dreams.

The bonus from reading about her personal journey is what you will learn about the green world of plants that surround us.  Go ahead and hug a tree when you finish this book.  You will understand why.

Thanks to Elaine K. for her recommendation.

French Club

East Lansing Public Library - #3 Meeting Room

Practice your French at the Library!  All ages and skill levels welcome.

Upcoming Sessions of French Club:

  • January 9
  • January 23
  • February 6

Knitting and Crochet Group

Tue, 03/07/2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
East Lansing Public Library

Welcome back knitters and crocheters!! Are you working on a project and need a little help? Do you want to share the joy of yarn-craft with others? Come to the library and work with other knitters and crocheters! All ages and levels welcome. Bring your own supplies or use our basic supplies.

Upcoming sessions of Knitting and Crochet Group:

  • March 7
  • March 21

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