Celebrate National Library Week by sharing how your library has helped you!

In celebration of National Library Week we want to know how the library has been helpful to you!  Stop by the library during National Library Week (April 12-18) and add your experience in person, via social media, or click the button below to share your experiences online.  All responses will be shared with the East Lansing community.



Read to the Dogs

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

The Therapy Dogs will be back and ready to listen to some great stories.  Bring your favorite book to read to a real live dog.  All ages are welcome to practice your reading skills.

Patron Appreciation Day

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:00am to 9:00pm
East Lansing Public Library

Libraries are made by their patrons and on Wednesday, April 15, the staff of the ELPL want to say 'Thank you.' Stop by the library for refreshments, goodies, and contests. Also, just for that day, whatever you pay toward your late and renewal fines, we'll match and waive that amount. If you pay $3.00 toward late fines, we'll waive $3.00 off.

Book in a Jar - National Library Week

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 10:00am to Sat, 04/18/2015 - 6:00pm
East Lansing Public Library

Come guess the books!  See if you can figure out which book now lives in the jar.  Get at least 3 titles correct to be entered into a drwing for a prize.  See if you know them all!


East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

On Friday, March 27, Miss Lezlee's StoryTime is all about ballet!  Four dancers from the Children's Ballet Theatre will be on hand and there will be a drawing for ticktes to their spring production.  The StoryTime will be in the Children's Programming Room.

Popcorn and a Movie

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

Join us for a showing of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, rated PG.  The film is 92 minutes long and is for all ages.  Free popcorn while supplies last.

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio Event - Book Folding Workshop (Warm up to National Library Week)

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

Create a piece of art out of an old book! Using our supplies, you can make an initial or short word that will be created by folding the pages of a book.Wor

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Drop-In LEGO Program

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

Enjoy building with LEGO all morning long.  Use your imagination to create anything you can dream up with LEGO.  Bring a friend and share the fun!  Drop-in for all ages.

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The library offers one BabyTime session each week on Mondays from 10:30am to 11am.

2015 Auction Items

We have already received a number of AWESOME items for the Silent Auction at Books, Bites and Bids!  Take a look at some of the pictures in the slide show and see the list below!



Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Oh my goodness, this book broke my heart.  Jacobson's tale of brother and sister, Arianna and Gabe, and their struggle to stay together no matter what  is guaranteed to at least make you tear up.  These siblings lose their father, their mother, and then their home when things are no longer working out between Gabe and Jana, Ari and Gabe's rules-loving guardian.  

But surprisingly, this novel isn't an overwrought tear jerker.  The author doesn't go for the easy cry.  For me, the book was so moving because of how skillfully Jacobson conveyed how homelessness can make the small everyday tasks of living so difficult.  For Ari, a lost library card means missing yet another deadline for her research paper.  A forgotten backpack means she won't have a clean school uniform the next day and it will be that much more likely that her classmates will complain about her smell.  

I read Paper Things solo in just a few days.  I plan to read it again outloud to my 7 and 9 year old boys.  This year one of them had a classmate that experienced a period of homelessness and both boys had lots of questions about how that could happen and what they could do to help.  At the time we had several discussions about this issue but I think reading Paper Things will be another way for them to think about homelessness and family while enjoying a compelling and well written story.  

Extra audition date added for One World, Many Stories Firefly Storytelling

An extra audition date has been added to the One World, Many Stories Firefly Storytelling calendar.  Interested storytellers and their parents take note!

When:  Glencairn Elementary Library
Where:  Thursday, March 5 from 4:15-5:15pm.


Before March 5 read our helpful How to Audition guide.

ToddlerTime Tuesdays!

East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

The library offers two ToddlerTime sessions on most Tuesdays.  Session times are:

10:15am to 10:45am
11:00am to 11:30am

Chinese New Year 2015

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2015 - Local Celebrations

Chinese New Year Celebration at Meridian Mall

Saturday, February 21 from 1:30-6pm