All Hallows' Read

Sun, 10/30/2016 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
East Lansing Public Library

Come in costume to enjoy Halloween stories read by our teen volunteers, a not-too-scary haunted house, plus snacks, trick-or-treating, crafts, and more Halloween fun!  For families with young children.

Since this spooky event will be happening after the library is closed please plan on entering through the North Maker Studio entrance.  Scary treats will be provided so if you have any food allergies please email

Felt Leaf Garlands

Sun, 11/13/2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
East Lansing Public Library - Maker Studio

Join Ms. Lezlee to create felt leaf garlands.  Using the library's Ellison Die Cutter we will create colorful leaves for the garlands.  This is a family program so everyone can craft together.  All supplies provided.

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Books & Bagels - November 2016

Sat, 11/05/2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
East Lansing Public Library - 3/4 Meeting Room

Books & Bagels will be discussing the

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Introduction to the Maker Studio

Sat, 10/29/2016 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm
East Lansing Public Library - Maker Studio

Drop-in to learn more about the Maker Studio.  All ages welcome.

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Mon, 10/31/2016 -
10:30am to 11:00am
East Lansing Public Library

BabyTime is an interactive early literacy experience intended for babies ages birth to 2 years.  It includes nursery rhymes, songs, puppets, rhythm activities, sharing a book, freeplay and more.  Babies are born ready to learn.  BabyTime is important to help lay the foundation for learning in a fun and relaxed fashion.  Although your child is years away from becoming a reader, he or she starts to develop the skills necessary for reading and writing at birth.  BabyTime is one of ELPL's Early Literacy programs that not only teaches and reinforces these important skills, but also makes them for for both parent and child.  

Upcoming BabyTime sessions:

  • October 24
  • October 31
  • November 7
  • November 14
  • November 28


Fri, 10/28/2016 -
10:30am to 11:00am
East Lansing Public Library

Knitting and Crochet Group

Tue, 11/01/2016 -
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:

  • October 18
  • November 1
  • November 15
  • December 6
  • December 20

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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, and thank you for your patience as we work to make your online patron experience engaging and intuitive. 

How This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett

There are certain (okay, several) picture book authors and illustrators whose books I will automatically check out whenever they publish something, and Mac Barnett is definitely one of them. I love so many of his stories (Leo: A Ghost Story and Count the Monkeys, anyone?), so when his newest book, How This Book Was Made, was released, I knew I had to snag it. I did, and as I expected it would be, it was so much fun!

This is a book that’s all about the process of making a picture book – how an author writes, how an editor edits, how an illustrator illustrates, and how all of those things come together to make the books we love. In other hands this might sound like a somewhat dull premise, but this book has Barnett’s goofy and insightful sense of humor all the way through, and Adam Rex’s illustrations match that tone perfectly. There’s plenty of information as well as silliness for little readers as well as grown-ups to love here, and it just might spark an interest in a kiddo who can see themselves writing their own books some day!

Find How This Book Was Made and other works by Mac Barnett here at ELPL.

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

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 - the Young Reader's edition of Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario, the 2016 One Book, One Community selection.

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!

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.