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Change to My Account Login Page

Starting today, patrons logging into the My Account page of the library catalog will no longer need to fill in their name.  Only barcode and PIN will be required.

Why is the library making this change?  Coming soon, the library will be rolling out a new library catalog and website.  Both of the new sites offer many patron friendly features that will enable you to find new favorite authors and titles and connect with other ELPL patrons.  The change to the current My Account page will facilitate the move to the new catalog and web site.

If you have any questions about the change please email elpltech@cityofeastlansing.com, and thank you for your patience as we work to make your online patron experience engaging and intuitive. 

East Lansing Welcomes the World

Sun, 10/02/2016 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm
East Lansing Public Library

Welcome MSU international students and families to the East Lansing community! Event features food, music, children’s activities and community information. Community ambassadors are needed to meet and greet international students and families at the event. If interested in being a community ambassador, contact Phyllis at pthode@cityofeastlansing.com.

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.

Books & Bagels Returns in October

Sat, 10/15/2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
East Lansing Public Library

Welcome back to another year of Books & Bagels, ELPL's book discussion group for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders! Each month from October through May we will get together to discuss the book of the month and enjoy free bagels and a hands on activity. For the month of October, we won't have a book, but we will have a meet and greet at the library where we can talk about what we've read over the summer, enjoy a snack and meet each other, and pick up copies of November's title (TBA).

Books & Bagels is a book discussion group for 4th-6th graders.  Thank you to Panera Bread of Frandor for providing the bagels, and many thanks to a generous, anonymous donor for providing copies of Books & Bagels titles to the first 15 program participants.

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Back to School Reads

It’s hard to believe that summer is over and another school year is starting! Get back into the swing of things (or ready for your very first day) at elementary school by checking out our list of back-to-school picture books and early readers!

And remember that while we’re closed to complete the library renovation, you can still order books and pick them up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and our digital collections are always available at elpl.org!

Connect the Stars by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

I’m always intrigued when an author whose books I enjoy as an adult reader ventures into the world of children’s fiction.  I like the book Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos, so I was anxious to read her second foray into children’s literature, Connect the Stars, which she co-authored with her husband, David Teague.  The cover art drew me to the book while I was putting some titles out on display!  The story is about two teens, Audrey and Aaron, who meet at Wilderness camp.  They are both struggling with life in general, due to parts of their personalities that don’t quite mesh with other middle schoolers.  Trying to find their way through the adventures of camp and working together to handle the calamities forms the basis for their friendship, even though Audrey has given up on friends and people in general.  I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story, and also to someone who might need to know that things usually work out OK in the end.

Homework Help

Mon, 10/10/2016 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm
3/4 Meeting Room

Homework can be a struggle.Sometimes it helps to have someone new assist your child with their homework.  Each Monday the MSU College of Education honors organization Kappa Delta Pi will tutor students grades K-12 from 5-7pm.   No registration required!

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education. Invitation to Kappa Delta Pi is based on high academic achievement at the college level, a commitment to being an educator in the future, and a healthy attitude which ensures success in the education of students.

Homework Help will meet every Monday through December 5, except October 31 and November 21.

 

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas

Thank you to Kelsey at ELPL for showing me The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas! This picture book tells the sweet story of a man who uncorks bottled messages set adrift in the ocean and delivers them to their destination, all while secretly hoping to one day find a message that’s meant for him. When he comes across an invitation to a party happening the next day with no name attached to it, he sets out to find the recipient – and finds friendship of his own in the process. It’s a sweet book with beautiful artwork, and although it’s definitely one of those picture books that was probably written with the intention to appeal foremost to adults, little ones will nonetheless enjoy this comforting, whimsical book and its gorgeous illustrations. Find it here at ELPL!

You Are Invited to ELPL's Grand Re-Opening!

Sat, 10/01/2016 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm
East Lansing Public Library

Join us for the grand re-opening and ribbon cutting celebration of the newly renovated East Lansing Public Library!  Ribbon cutting and comments at noon, family friendly activities until 2pm.

 

It's Time to Stock Up!

Beginning Monday, August 22, the Children's and Adult Fiction sections of the library will be closed for renovations.  Check out your items this week and keep them until October!

Also remember, beginning Friday, August 26 the entire library will be closed for the final phase of the renovation.  Click here for all the details!

 

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Last Day for Summer Reading Prize Pick-Up is Saturday, August 13

Summer reading is drawing to a close.  Congratulations to everyone who participated!  You have until Saturday, August 13 at 6pm to pick up/redeem any and all summer reading prizes.  

Theodore Boone series by John Grisham

If your child is looking for a new series to read, I recommend giving one of John Grisham’s Theodore Boone novels a try.  They are fast paced and have interesting characters.  Each story is self-contained so you do not need to read them in order!  The stories revolve around Theodore, a lawyer-in-training.  His mother and father are lawyers and he sometimes is asked to use his knowledge of the law to help his classmates when they get involved in situations.  He has his own little office in the law firm his parents own, and a trusty dog!  There are six books in this very popular series.

Final Renovation Closure - August 26 through September 30

The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) will be closed to patrons Aug. 26-Sept. 30 to complete the renovation of the building’s interior and transition library materials back into the full library space.

During the closure, new furniture will be brought in, shelves will be rebuilt, library materials will be reshelved and all final work will be completed.

During the closure, materials without holds will not be due and all digital resources will remain available to patrons. An external book drop will be available outside of the building for those patrons who do wish to return items. Additionally, library staff will use the building’s north foyer as a location for patrons to stop by for their hold pick-up items on weekdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. It should be noted that a few previously scheduled community events will take place at the library during its closure, including the One Book, One Community author’s event with Ben Rawlence on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. and a performance by David Roth and Reggie Harris on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.

“We appreciate our patrons’ ongoing patience as we work to complete this exciting project,” said ELPL Director Kristin Shelley. “We are looking forward to unveiling the completed improvements to our patrons this October.”

ELPL’s grand re-opening is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1. Grand re-opening events will include a brief program and ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon and family activities from noon-2 p.m.; including face painting, bubbles, balloon animals and more.

 

Library Closure:  

August 26-September 30


Hold pick-up times during closure (Monday - Friday, except September 5) :

  • 11 am - 1 pm
  • 5 - 7 pm


Grand re-opening celebration:

Saturday, October 1 from 12 - 2pm

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