ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio Workshop - Keep Warm with Rice Bags

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

Using fabric, sewing machines, and rice, create a hand/neck warmer! Patterns are available for inspiration.

This workshop will also be offered on January 20, 2015.

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ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio Workshop - Banners of Burlap

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

Burlap is so popular right now, so join us to create your own burlap banner.  You can spell out your favorite sentiment on your own banner to decorate your home this season.  We will have all the supplies you need, just bring your imagination!

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ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio Workshop - Gift tags, cards and calligraphy

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

Have you been wanting to see what the Maker Studio is all about?  This is the perfect program to stop by and check it out.  Relax and make a card or gift tag to put on that special package.  If you enjoy writing try your hand at some easy calligraphy!  No experience necessary.

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ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio Workshop - Last Minute Holiday Crafts

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

Running late on holiday cheer? Make simple holiday crafts to use for decorating or gift giving.  This workshop is open to all ages.





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ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio Workshop - 3D Cooking Cutters and Holiday Sweets

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

Make your own holiday cookie cutters using our 3D printers.  We will also be making delicious and simple holiday sweets.

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ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio Workshop - Gingerbread Architecture

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

Join us in the maker studio to make gingerbread houses and buildings using our supplies and your imagination.  This is a workshop for all ages.




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ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio Workshop - Ornament Craft

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

Create a lightweight ornament to display for the holidays.  This is an all ages workshop.

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ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio Workshop - Cookie Decorating

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 11:00am to 5:00pm
ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

Stop by the maker studio to showcase your creativity through edible designs.  This is a program for all ages.

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East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

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.  



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?

Mighty Dads by Joan Holub

A new book illustrated by the creator of the Pete the Cat series, Mighty Dads features different types of construction vehicles and their child counterparts.  On each page you see what the “dad truck” teaches their son or daughter.  Children love seeing the little version of the big truck and repeating what the dad truck is training them to do.  Very sweet for the preschool set!



A new constructacular picture book from the New York Times bestselling creator of Pete the Cat, James Dean and bestselling author, Joan Holub.

Mighty dads, strong and tall,
help their children, young and small.

They keep them safe and bolted tight
and show them how to build things right.

Inventively told through James Dean's colorful construction vehicle characters, MIGHTY DADS is an adoring dedication to hardworking fathers and the subtle ways they teach their boys and girls to follow in their tracks. The Dump Trucks learn to get dirty. Crane keeps his little one safe from harm. The busy Cement Mixer gives his daughter a hug. The Forklift cheers his son on.

A surprising and touching view of a father's love for his children, MIGHTY DADS is the perfect way to say: I'm proud of you! 

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Make Way for Ducklings, a picture book by Robert McCloskey, was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1941.  It is a wonderful, timeless story of how a family of ducks find a home on an island in the Boston Public Garden.  There is an actual bronze sculpture of the duckling family commemorating the book located in the Boston Public Garden.



This classic tale of the famous Mallard ducks of Boston is available for the first time in a full-sized paperback edition. Awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1942, Make Way for Ducklings has been described as "one of the merriest picture books ever" (The New York Times). Ideal for reading aloud, this book deserves a place of honor on every child's bookshelf.

#Giving Tuesday

Join ELPL for a Celebration of Giving with holiday music from the East Lansing High School Jazz Band, treats, an unselfie photo booth and the launch of the ELPL "At The Library" music video!  ELPL's Celebration of Giving is Tuesday, December 2 at 7pm.

Little Green Peas: a Big Book of Color by Keith Baker

While I truly enjoyed the first two books of this series-  LMNO Peas, and 1-2-3 peas, I find this one so charming!  The peas are truly adorable!  I have read this to one child and to a classroom of children and both groups enjoyed it immensely!  They liked the illustrations and pointing out all the items on each page (and thinking of other things that are the color that aren’t featured in the book!).   I highly recommend this book for reading to the 3-5 year olds in your life. 



A passel of playful peas keeps it green as they experience the colorful world around them, from red kites to yellow buses to purple mountains and more! Bright and bold illustrations fill the pages of this delightful exploration of color.

Ladder to the Moon by Maya Setoro-Ng

Ladder to the Moon is a beautifully written children's story about a young girl wanting to know more about a grandmother she never met.  The young girl and her grandmother go on compassionate adventures in her dreams. Illustrator, Yuyi Morales takes Maya Soetoro-Ng's words and brings them to life.

I enjoyed this book because of the artwork and the diversity of characters.  The way the story is told and illustrated, it transcends race.  It is difficult to pinpoint the ethinc background of each character.  As the world becomes more blended, I think it is important for children's literature to have characters that a variety of readers can look at and see themselves.

A side note about the author, Maya Soetoro-Ng is President Barack Obama's sister.



Little Suhaila wishes she could have known her grandma, who would wrap her arms around the whole world if she could, Mama says. And one night, Suhaila gets her wish when a golden ladder appears at her window, and Grandma Annie invites the girl to come along with her on a magical journey. In a rich and deeply personal narrative, Maya Soetoro-Ng draws inspiration from her mother’s love for family, her empathy for others, and her ethic of service to imagine this remarkable meeting. Evoking fantasy and folklore, the story touches on events that have affected people across the world in our time and reaffirms our common humanity. Yuyi Morales’s breathtaking artwork illuminates the dreamlike tale, reminding us that loved ones lost are always with us, and that sometimes we need only look at the moon and remember.